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Old May 12th, 2017, 01:59 PM   #31
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I've always like the motard look, and may someday still try out a true motard as I bet they are a blast for urban and short backroad jaunts. Someone at my work put their hypermotard up for sale with a mere 2400 miles on the clock. I was pretty sure I was going to buy it when I went for the test ride with cash in hand. I didn't get far into the test ride before I turned around to go back so I could buy the damn thing asap. I think I put 300 miles on it the following Saturday.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #32
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My last bike weighed 703 lbs curb weight. When it started to lean over standing still, it was best to get out of the way.

The Hyperstrada, sans bags, weighs probably 440 with a full gas tank. Easy to manhandle and push even uphill. The weight is low with the gas carried at seat height. With the race seat I can sit far back when the day gets long, or slide right up to the gas cap when it's time to squirt through the corners.

No way would I consider this a touring bike, nor a sport bike, nor a dirt bike, nor for carrying passengers. I know well others here would disagree, but that's fine by me, and for them to extend the usefulness of this bike.

What the Hyper series is to me is a twisty backroad demon. Probably great as an urban lane splitting weapon too, but I limit my urban riding to passing through California towns as quick as possible, and as seldom as possible.

Reviewers that compare the Hypers to all the other standard bikes are simply missing the point of this niche bike. Motorcycle Consumer News for one example.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 05:15 PM   #33
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I smiled all along as I read this post. This is almost exactly how I ended up with the Hyperstrada.

After being away from bikes for a few years, I knew that my next one would be a supermoto (DRZ, specifically) but the reason why I "needed" to get a bike was to go on trips with my father-in-law and I knew that the DRZ would be a pain for that, so I looked into sport touring bikes but they are all very heavy for me (I really like light and nimble cars and bikes). I then came across the Hyperstrada and it seemed perfect. Talking to a knowledgeable friend confirmed this and I bought one soon after.

Less than a month after buying it, and after riding it just 1-2 times, I went on a ~2,000 mile trip with my father-in-law and a brother-in-law, and I had a blast.

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It's funny the way we seem to keep wanting to justify this bikes lovability and utility. I'm sure a lot of odd models have gone through this.

I have a slightly different take on how I ended up in the 'Strada saddle. Yes, I started shopping thinking I wanted a GS. That was only on the basis that Bimmer bikes had a god rep and as I got older, fully kitted GS' on the highway made me drool.

However, the DRZ motards caught my fancy since I first saw one many years ago. Great concept and looked super fun, but I knew that tiny engine and lack of comfort/ tech would spoil fast for the driving I would do. I also always knew I could get by on a KLR, but only if I was forced into a financial situation or still single.

So, the 'Strada truly was the only bike that checked all those blocks on paper. I knew the Monster/ early Hyper drew cult like following and assumed this would have those models DNA. And big OBTW, loved the looks.

I knew from my first week of ownership that I would never sell this bike. I want other bikes more but this will always be in my garage.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 05:47 PM   #34
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I smiled all along as I read this post. This is almost exactly how I ended up with the Hyperstrada.

After being away from bikes for a few years, I knew that my next one would be a supermoto (DRZ, specifically) but the reason why I "needed" to get a bike was to go on trips with my father-in-law and I knew that the DRZ would be a pain for that, so I looked into sport touring bikes but they are all very heavy for me (I really like light and nimble cars and bikes). I then came across the Hyperstrada and it seemed perfect. Talking to a knowledgeable friend confirmed this and I bought one soon after.

Less than a month after buying it, and after riding it just 1-2 times, I went on a ~2,000 mile trip with my father-in-law and a brother-in-law, and I had a blast.
Great story, Mate!

I do rate bikes on "can I pick them up if they tip". My 1st was a Ninja ZX-6R. Woke one morning in college to it on it's side (some drunk asshole was playing on it, I assume). I think I blew 3 vertebrae and 4 testicles righting it. My R6 was a bit easier and, thank the sweet lord baby jesus, cause I laid it down a bunch (Ruff Rider Dayz).

Dropped the 'Strada very early in my relationship. Stupid, really. Just got done washing it and was drying in the garage (Florida sun...). Knew the radiator held gallons of water and was trying to avoid spots (seriously, have you guys seen how much drains from the radiator after a wash?!). Was gently rocking side to side and my sweaty/ wet hands lost grip. Luckily, my new VW broke most of it's fall (thanks VW for that TDI buy-back!!!). Pretty easy bike to pick back up, comparatively (I'm 180 lbs and enjoy picking heavy things up and putting them down in the gymnasium). But these are the things that I mentally prep for if that worst case goes down on a back road by myself.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 08:48 PM   #35
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...didn't get far into the test ride before I turned around to go back so I could buy the damn thing asap. I think I put 300 miles on it the following Saturday.
+1, on RSL's comments too. My test ride was 200 miles and I promptly gave them $1K upon my return...had to part out my sport tourer R1150S since my old lady won't let me have more than 4 bikes at a time...I really wanted this bike...

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Old May 15th, 2017, 11:01 AM   #36
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My last bike weighed 703 lbs curb weight. When it started to lean over standing still, it was best to get out of the way.

The Hyperstrada, sans bags, weighs probably 440 with a full gas tank. Easy to manhandle and push even uphill. The weight is low with the gas carried at seat height. With the race seat I can sit far back when the day gets long, or slide right up to the gas cap when it's time to squirt through the corners.

No way would I consider this a touring bike, nor a sport bike, nor a dirt bike, nor for carrying passengers. I know well others here would disagree, but that's fine by me, and for them to extend the usefulness of this bike.

What the Hyper series is to me is a twisty backroad demon. Probably great as an urban lane splitting weapon too, but I limit my urban riding to passing through California towns as quick as possible, and as seldom as possible.

Reviewers that compare the Hypers to all the other standard bikes are simply missing the point of this niche bike. Motorcycle Consumer News for one example.
Ha ha you reminded me of why I sold my last Harley. Although I once picked up my full-dress E-glide after some insurance scammer cut me off intentionally, I got tired of hefting 800 pounds off the side stand. BTW the secret of doing that was that the tires ended up against the curb. Plus doing it with my back to the bike and the shot of anger adrenaline. The b***h came out with a video camera on me! Took all my will power not to smash it.

But I think my Strada is a fine tourer, for the back road trip to the races at Laguna Seca and even a week with my old bike club with wifey on the back. It does okay on twisty roads, too. At 400+ pounds it's certainly not a dirt bike, though!

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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:04 PM   #37
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Magazine road testers always try to put a bike in a category. This one gets it wrong, as usual.

I've had three Harleys, and got tired of herding 800 lbs around. Plus, they are really meant for the slab. Rode one to Florida and back. That was fun, but been there, done that. A GS? Heavy, big, and overpriced and underspiced, like a bad restaurant. Not much of a back road scratcher, either. Rode a buddy's on the IOM one year. Competent but boring.

These days I think of our Strada as our "bagger." For me, it is a comfortable middleweight touring bike that is still plenty exciting on the little roads I like to ride. I have no problem with riding it in town, either.

Right now it's parked next to a FZ-09, an SV650, and a KTM 390 Duke. When I ride 450 miles on back roads to the WSBK races this year guess which one I'll take? And which one my wife is willing to climb on the back of?
Agree, the Brit guy got it wrong completely. Typical. There are very few good roads in Britain, certainly not like NorCal or SoCal. Most bike testing there is done at the track. Most of the writers aren't much good on twisty roads they've never seen before. I've ridden with them at press launches.

GS: Unless you've ridden the more recent versions of the R1200GS, I'd hold that boring complaint. With about 125 HP on current GS's, these bikes ROCK.
Not only FAST but great handlers for their weight. They suck up the junk on our crap roads ... and no other bike allows you to hammer out 300 miles of technical twisty road ... and still leaves you feeling somewhat alive. And of course, not many better for true LD touring. OFF road? Forget it. Give the GS another shot. Would I buy one? Nope, too expensive and BMW service not great.

Hope you know the good roads up to Laguna!
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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:07 PM   #38
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I can agree with this. The hyper is my touring bike. It does 550 mile days with relative ease, especially on back roads.
That's good news for me! What size rider are you? I've only managed about 200 miles in one sitting so far ... and I love it. Hoping to be able to do more.

Thing is ... I'm only 5'6" ... so I think I'm the same size as the little Italian Ducati engineer who designed the Strada! It fits me ... and frankly, no idea how the big guys here fit on it.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #39
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I would put my hyper at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I think I'd die trying to go more than 300 miles in a day on it. It's exhausting and a sensory overload - trying to tame the engine, feeling every pebble in the road, the wind at higher speeds. It's more aggressive and race-ready than any bike I've ever ridden.
Granted, 300 mile days would be a push. I've no problem "taming" the engine, nor do I feel "every pebble" in the road. My ride is down right PLUSH yet perfect when pace picks up. Sucks up our nasty roads with ease. The shield actually does a decent job on wind. Real race bikes are quite a bit more aggressive in my experience. This Duc is mild, smooth and easy to ride for hours, even nasty technical roads.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:34 PM   #40
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OK, try this Strada review. A review on the roads I enjoy riding.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...rstrada-review
Good review, first one. I read ALL the reviews you've listed plus quite a few more BEFORE I bought my HyperStrada. RevZilla guy did a nice job IMHO. This based on feedback I'm getting from my short history with my bike within it's first 1000 miles.

But mine has some nice modifications: Suspension front/rear, pipe.

The Strada is the first more PRACTICAL Super Moto bike I've owned .. I've only owned one ... but tested several over the years for City Bike. I tested early KTM 640SM and an early version Husky 610/630. This back in early to mid 2000's.

Ended up buying a KTM Duke ll. I liked it but it wasn't much good for more than day rides ... and the suspension needed work which I never did. Otherwise, a fun bike and reliable (saying a lot for KTM back in those days!)

Tested Suzuki DRZ400SM. Not impressed. Tested more modern version of Husky. Awesome, but totally useless away from race track.

I wasn't at all looking for a HyperStrada when I stumbled across the one I bought. I'd just come off a Yamaha FJ-09 and getting on THIS Strada really woke me up.

Only gotten better more I ride it.
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