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Old June 15th, 2018, 12:54 PM   #11
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I've had mine for 6 months. Never a dull moment.
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Old July 17th, 2018, 10:32 PM   #12
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After three days and 800 miles I confirm that if I were to ever take any longer rides than that, I would definitely be on a Multistrada 1200. I used to think the hyper could go around the world. Yes, it could. But the Multi is far and above more suitable. Even with a new touring windscreen, and add on luggage, this is not a globetrotting bike. Perfect for my needs in an all around bike but have to quash our dreams of circumnavigation on the Hyper. The Hyper is not stable at high cruising speeds, over 110mph. The Multi glides effortlessly at 150. After the research, it is very clear the Hyper will never get old and never be sold but will stand down when it comes to spanning continents. The real goal is to have a stable of Ducatis, one for each task. Monster821 is next for city bike.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 12:57 AM   #13
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Ya, lot's of hwy is a chore. I've done a couple 400 miler's, and being over 40 with a bad back usually has me hitting the bed dreaming about varsity touring bikes. Definitely not a Multi fan. I don't like big bikes and I feel like with just a few tweaks, it would look dramatically better. When I do finally trade for total cruising comfort, I'll go full retard and get a Wing (you gotta read reviews on the 2018) or K1200.

Agree on a stable of bikes. The Diavel is on my short list. That's the closest to a cruiser I can get but I'm waiting to see if they stuff the V4 into it.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 09:57 AM   #14
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Having just completed a 4 day 3400 mile road trip, I still think the hyper SP is a great all around bike. Yes a multi or other big touring bike would be more comfortable, but for me at least I like the raw feeling of eating miles on bikes that aren't really meant for the purpose. There are a few things I need to sort out before another trip as ambitious as this one though:

-- The race seat kicked my ass, I think even the stock seat on the standard hyper is more comfortable but I might consider buying a second seat to get custom upholstered. I really like the race seat for general riding however.

-- Riding position / grips and gloves - I'm 6'3" and compared to previous bikes I've owned I felt the SP fits pretty well. I would get some discomfort in my legs on longer days, but I don't think anything short of highway pegs would solve that and it's easy enough to just let my legs dangle for a bit or stand up and stretch.

I do think I need to play with the handlebars to shift my weight forward slightly and down. I've got long arms so there's room to adjust there. I also either need better gloves or thicker grips as I got nasty blisters on my throttle hand but found whenever I tried to further relax my grip that I couldn't maintain throttle speed. The gloves I have bunch up at my knuckles so I think it might just be a fit issue there.

That and a few minor mehcanical gremlins aside, the bike did great and I'm looking forward to the next chance I get to put down a few days on the road.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 10:51 AM   #15
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Love my hyperstrada for long trips on the backroads. Creeping up to 30,000 New England mountain miles on this goat of a bike.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 11:52 AM   #16
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Highly recommend a cramp buster or other poor man's cruise control. You'll find that sweet spot where you can rest your palm comfortably over the throttle/ handguard and it really helps with the hand fatigue. Almost bit the bullet on a kaoko cruise control but didn't like what I read.

So, cruise control. Just like in my sporty cars, it's something I think all bikes should have. At least all the ones with RBW. I was looking at an '06 K1200 for sale and the fookin thing had cruise! That's one of the 'duh' options that separates an actual touring bike from touring capable bikes.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 02:37 PM   #17
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Having just completed a 4 day 3400 mile road trip
Wow, that is a lot of miles in 4 days. What was that, about 12 hours a day in the saddle?

I just did 4000 in 10 days and that is about as much I can find enjoyable.
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Old July 18th, 2018, 02:59 PM   #18
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The Hyper is not stable at high cruising speeds, over 110mph. The Multi glides effortlessly at 150.
The Multi might be stable at 150, but the engine will still be at 8500rpm. Not very practical for either bike. The gearing on both bikes makes sustained speeds above 100mph impractical. I guess you could put a tiny rear sprocket on the Multi...
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Old July 18th, 2018, 03:40 PM   #19
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N4te,
Highly recommend a cramp buster or other poor man's cruise control. You'll find that sweet spot where you can rest your palm comfortably over the throttle/ handguard and it really helps with the hand fatigue. Almost bit the bullet on a kaoko cruise control but didn't like what I read.

So, cruise control. Just like in my sporty cars, it's something I think all bikes should have. At least all the ones with RBW. I was looking at an '06 K1200 for sale and the fookin thing had cruise! That's one of the 'duh' options that separates an actual touring bike from touring capable bikes.
This ride definitely had me thinking about a cramp buster, I'll explore that (and better fitting gloves) before my next trip!

We met a guy from Canada during our trip. He'd flown to Colorado to buy a K1200 and was riding it back home. I was a smidge jealous when he told us how many miles a day he'd managed to cover on that thing (something like 900 I think!).
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Old July 18th, 2018, 03:43 PM   #20
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Wow, that is a lot of miles in 4 days. What was that, about 12 hours a day in the saddle?

I just did 4000 in 10 days and that is about as much I can find enjoyable.
Some days were longer than others :-) we had a few unexpected detours that resulted in a few 500+ mile days. On the way to Colorado it was at least 12 hours a day, on the way home things were mostly easier save for one day where we actually went north into Wyoming (flaming Gorge and Glenn Canyon are really fun to ride though) and ended up doing 550 miles. I definitely enjoyed it, but there were a few days I'd have preferred ended earlier.
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