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Old May 6th, 2017, 06:58 AM   #1
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Finally an accurate review of the Hyper

Few motorcycle testers get the Hyper series. They complain about the characteristics that make the Hyper so much fun - Within the niche it was designed for. As this review shows; Ducati says it is a top 2nd bike.

I purchased the Hyperstrada with my eyes wide open knowing that it was a niche bike. NOT an all-rounder like a GS. A fun hooligan bike focused on the kind of roads I so enjoy.

Article LINK: Ducati Hypermotard 939 Review -



Video: Ducati Hypermotard 939 Launch -

It’s always nice to walk away from a press launch without speeding fines or jail visits, particularly mischievous motorcycles that entice hooliganism with minimal provocation, very like the Hypermotard. Although niche in many eyes, Ducati’s fun-packed stunter has always been a personal favourite since model’s inception...

This Testastretta engine – although sincerely fiddled with over the years – was originally designed for superbike racing, and slow-speed aptitude isn’t really in its repertoire. Crisp like Walkers above 3,000rpm via that snappy, elasticated throttle, it’s a bit lumpy when negotiating slow-speed drudgery and ambling through towns and cities but soon fixed with a touch of the button. I’ve never been one for opting to switch to fairy modes and culling power/softening throttle response, but toggling through to ‘Urban’ mode dramatically soothes low-speed etiquette.

Not that it’s difficult to ride by any means. Well, not unless you’re really short. As previously mentioned, the chassis is virtually unchanged meaning you’re treated to brisk steering and super-agile reactions with a whiff of ‘bar input. Those of you hankering after genuine sportsbike/supernaked pedigree are best off opting for exactly that, as big-lean heroics aren’t the 939’s forte. There’s oodles of weight over the front-end (boosted by the riding position) that routinely supplies confidence during mediocre lean angles and ripping up mountain roads, although there isn’t that steadfast composure from the front-end when it’s buried in a turn – a by-product of its motard geometry.

Constant changes of direction and an abundance of medium-paced bends separated by short, sharp bursts of throttle abuse is where the Hypermotard flourishes, employing the slow in, fast out philosophy. It’s a bike that becomes sexier with momentum, yet beautifully controlled the other way by a slipper clutch.

By their own admittance, Ducati says the Hypermotard is a popular second bike or urban warrior in the UK. If you’re thinking of bank/jewellery heist and eyeing up a getaway vehicle, then look no further than a Hyper’. The strongest markets are Austria, Switzerland and any other countries that feature mountain roads.

All reasons why I so enjoy my Hyperstrada, especially now that I have Mupo suspension.

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Rode mine up to the crest today and the new suspension is good. No more bottoming and can feel that front tire. Still dragging toes, I'm going higher with my pegs.

Probably my slowest bike but love riding it and it's easy to ride. Just need to work on few more things like brakes, luggage, clutch, etc.
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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?

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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?
I can agree with this. The hyper is my touring bike. It does 550 mile days with relative ease, especially on back roads.
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The hyper is my touring bike. .
You guys are certainly on one end of the sliding scale, as proven by motorcycle sales numbers.
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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?
Reading things like this makes me believe that the 'strada must be vastly different than SP. Maybe it's the ergonomics, the height, the suspension tune... I can't put my finger on it. It must be something big.

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.
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A bit from Total Motorcycle:

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When the prototype Hypermotard was first shown at the 2005 Milan show it represented the creation of a new sector, one that bridged the gap between refined sportsbikes and minimalist supermotards. But some people at Ducati had reservations about the initial Hypermotard concept and were unsure if people were ready for such a motorcycle.

Despite these reservations, the project continued, driven by the belief in the upright and in-control riding position of a dirtbike, but without the harsh characteristics of its single cylinder engine. These confident few designed a bike that combined the agility and lightweight precision of a supermotard with the refined power and characteristics of a charismatic L-Twin sportbike.

The launch of the Hypermotard in 2007 created a new crossover category: pure fun reinvented in a motorcycle that can be used every day.

2013 marked a new milestone in this development: Ducati presented a new and exciting generation of Hypermotards, which drew on elements from the original concept that made the bike unique and such a success: innovation, design, but above all fun in the extreme.
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the 'strada must be vastly different than SP.
Well, we all know that the distinction between the Hyperstrada and Hypermotard SP, from the rider's seated position, is the suspension and baby windscreen.

That's it.

The differences are mostly between our ears. How we perceive the ride qualities and shortcomings.

I tend to default to what the designers intended when looking at what to expect. An expectation which is either affirmed or rejected as my actual seat time increases. With over 6,000 miles on my Strada, I have concluded that the designers at Ducati were spot on with their design goals. Goals that were certainly influenced with the market necessity of meeting pricing demands, thus marginal suspension. A shortfall which I have remedied with my Mupo installation.

I've seen riders crossing the continent with everything from a scooter to the gigantic Gold Wings pulling trailers. To each his own. May we each find enjoyment in our purchase decisions.
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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.
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Well, we all know that the distinction between the Hyperstrada and Hypermotard SP, from the rider's seated position, is the suspension and baby windscreen.

That's it.

The differences are mostly between our ears. How we perceive the ride qualities and shortcomings.

I tend to default to what the designers intended when looking at what to expect. An expectation which is either affirmed or rejected as my actual seat time increases. With over 6,000 miles on my Strada, I have concluded that the designers at Ducati were spot on with their design goals. Goals that were certainly influenced with the market necessity of meeting pricing demands, thus marginal suspension. A shortfall which I have remedied with my Mupo installation.

I've seen riders crossing the continent with everything from a scooter to the gigantic Gold Wings pulling trailers. To each his own. May we each find enjoyment in our purchase decisions.
Well - this is a debate that has no answer, but the changes you note are significant. That screen makes a world of difference, and the ability to get on and off the bike easily is not to be underestimated. Not to mention the stability that a lower suspension enables. It also has a different and more comfy seat.

In addition, it has higher bars, passenger grab rails, 12v outlets, and, I believe, different engine mappings than the sp. It also has bags - and they may not be the best in the world, but they work well, and never quite seem to die (just change color).

I think it all adds up to surprisingly well thought out and functional package. My hope was that with the intro of the yanaha fj-09 tourer, the strada would be appreciated for what it is, as opposed to "the bike in the photos stuck between the motards".

Never could overcome that, and now they have the 950 multi - 500lbs of soft ugly in my book. Shame really.
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