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Old October 6th, 2017, 12:16 PM   #11
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Ooof, I'm not sure 1,000 miles in a day sounds like much fun anyway. Roadtrips I enjoy tend to be 400 - 600 mile days with a focus on fun roads versus highway. First trip I took on this bike was Portland and back allowing two days to ride up and two to ride back. It was great and definitely convinced me I picked the right bike!
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Old October 6th, 2017, 12:21 PM   #12
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Sadly time is a burden for those who are employed. I was able to enjoy The Dragon in the morning, then ride all the way home afterward. A ride that included a few hundred miles in heavy downpour. That was a hard 1,100 miles to get back in time to sleep and return to work.

Now, my little Hyper rides on the back of my car. It has been from the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico to Pacific that way.

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Old October 6th, 2017, 10:44 PM   #13
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Did an 800 mile day on the Hyper in August. Planned some mountain roads on my way to SmallSat but construction denied me, so I had to superslab way more than I wanted. The bike is not fun at this distance per day and 80-90 MPH. Probably won't do that again. Return was 2 days and way more mountain roads and about 1000 miles, parts of it epic. These are the roads I love this bike on.
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Old October 7th, 2017, 01:21 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by N4teTheGreat View Post
I've always been a bit weird, I love LONG rides but I have yet to see a touring bike that I'm interested in riding. In fact, I somewhat enjoy doing trips on bikes not meant for that purpose. My old bike, a Honda 599 went on several 400+ mile rides with me including a backroads road trip to and from LA. Could have used a better seat but otherwise it was fine.
Your Honda 599 is a great bike and if set up for LD riding, really not bad, IMO.
I've done plenty of "touring" on smaller bikes too. 60,000 miles on my Suzuki DR650: Colorado, AZ, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, LOTS OF MEXICO and ALL of California numerous times.

Owned a few "light"ADV touring bikes too ... DL1000 V-Strom and Triumph Tiger 1050. 90K on the Vstrom. (a Suzuki press fleet bike!)

Did the UP and Down of Baja on a XR250R (mostly OFF road) and 10 earlier trips throughout Mexico on various bikes from XL600R, XR400, DRZ400E, XR650L, XR250R and KLR650.

Did several cross country rides mid/late 80's on my BMW R100RS, Ninja 750 and TDM850. Honestly, the Vstrom was the best of them all, then comes the DR650. My Hyper is "not yet rated".

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In comparison the Hypermotard is fantastic. I find the riding ergonomics for my 6'3" frame to be extremely comfortable, and coming from am mountaing biking background, the stance is confidence inspiring (possible more so than is good for me). I've done a few days over 500 miles and aside from general fatigue I've not really found anything about the bike uncomfortable.
Nate, you have YOUTH on your side! ... and being a cyclist means you are Iron Butt champ over any regular MC rider. TOUGH ... you guys do not feel pain!

I can't figure how big guys fit on the Hyper ... I'm only 5'7" and barely fit on it and it's cramped in seating and puts me TOO CLOSE to bars with little room to move. I've adapted but riding position is not ideal but actually fairly comfortable. (mysterious!)

Was out yesterday 3 hours riding Marin roads. Did pretty good, very little fatigue.

For me the Strada will be used on 200 to 300 mlle days, usually 3 day rides all over California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and AZ. (90% California)

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I'll be doing a cross country trip next year to celebrate my 40th year on this planet with a ride to and from Colorado, taking time to ensure I can spend as much of that ride as realistically possible off the interstate. The Hypermotard to me is the perfect machine for this.
Lots of bikes could do fine on your Colorado ride ... and most "average" riders would look at the Hyper and say "impossible" But we know better!
Go for it Nate!

As you know, on a bike almost anything is "possible. In 1975 I rode a Vespa 150 from Lima, Peru' to Huancayo, Peru'. From sea level up to 9K ft. (up near Macha Pichu)
Really no big deal at the time.

Rode a 350 Jawa two stroke from Oaxaca, Mex to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, did same trip on a Honda 50 step through! Snapshot of my youth, now I'm fearful, weak and slow ... but wasn't always that way.

Keep on keeping on!

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