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Old December 3rd, 2018, 06:15 PM   #1
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Touring on a Hyperstrada

My bike is more of a motard at this point. No cases and the small carbon headlight fairing (no screen). I'm not worried about cases as I can carry what I need on the tail rack. I'm wondering if anyone has gone much distance with just the carbon beak screen up front? Thinking about riding a couple of thousand miles when the weather improves.

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Old December 3rd, 2018, 08:52 PM   #2
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I'm wondering if anyone has gone much distance with just the carbon beak screen up front?
Partly depends on height. I'm 6 ft and you get quite a bit of air on your chest without any shield. If you want to push any speed on the superslab, you're going to feel it...
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Old December 3rd, 2018, 10:53 PM   #3
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I have the touring screen and a couple hundred miles above 70 mph wipes me out. I don't have necessarily wide shoulders, but thats what gets super fatigued.

I mean, I could slow down, but then all those cars would get in front of me...

Have a carbon beak faring I'm about to mount. For the driving I do, I don't think it will stay on long.
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Old December 4th, 2018, 05:37 AM   #4
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I'm 5'8 slowly going on 5'7 (63 years old). I rode my Honda CRF250l around the world this summer with a small Baja screen which seemed to direct the wind to the top of my helmet. I was ok however I rarely topped 60 mph.

I doubt I go over 65-70 mph as after having the Ducati for 2 years now I've only had it at 70 once. I prefer just tootling along. I guess I'll plan on getting it out around here in DC a couple of day ride and see how I do.

Below is an pic of my 250 with the Baja screen in Far East Siberia
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Old December 4th, 2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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Cheers on that trip. I absolutely loved Long Way Round/ Down series.

Conversely, I find it hard to stay below 70. The aero limits on this bike have helped me determine what I truly desire in my perfect bike. Recipe calls for a Multi...but, I just don't want one. Little too purpose over form for me. I desire a Diavel. I need a BMW or KTM. The pro's of my Hyper still keep me in the "never gonna sell it" category.
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Old December 4th, 2018, 08:02 PM   #6
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,,,I find it hard to stay below 70...calls for a Multi...but, I just don't want one...pro's of my Hyper still keep me in the "never gonna sell it" category.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 10:35 AM   #7
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I love touring on this thing, of course my idea of touring is finding the least efficient way to get from point a to point be on roads with questionable maintenance records so the hyper is the perfect bike for that. I have the SP so no wind protection whatsoever and the stock seat isn't as comfortable. That said I've put over 10k on it this year and rode it from California to Colorado and back this summer. 12 hour days got a little uncomfortable by the end but I was consistently cruising on the straights of highway 50 in Nevada at 85 - 95. Unless there's a really bad headwind the lack of wind protection doesn't bother me at all.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 11:01 AM   #8
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With my HS I,ve done up to 500 miles in one day, twisty roads, highways etc. Travel 1500 miles in 3 days a couple of times, only with my backpak, more tan enough. Speeds from 40 miles in twisty roads to 120 in straights roads, no problema and great handling.
I,m 60 years old and no sore muscles afterward.

I know, there are much better bikes to travel, but in that case.. Take the car.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 12:41 PM   #9
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I love touring on this thing, of course my idea of touring is finding the least efficient way to get from point a to point be on roads with questionable maintenance records so the hyper is the perfect bike for that. I have the SP so no wind protection whatsoever and the stock seat isn't as comfortable. That said I've put over 10k on it this year and rode it from California to Colorado and back this summer. 12 hour days got a little uncomfortable by the end but I was consistently cruising on the straights of highway 50 in Nevada at 85 - 95. Unless there's a really bad headwind the lack of wind protection doesn't bother me at all.

Nate thank you. This was exactly the feedback I was looking for.
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Old December 5th, 2018, 04:11 PM   #10
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So true, the Hyper with the OE little screen is comfortable at 100+ mph. Solid and without a hint of twitchiness. The vast valleys of the Nevada Hwy 50 are straight and true with good paving.

The best roads are those backroads no cruiser, Harley or Gold Wind dare to travel. The Ducati wheels handle the potholes without damage, though I use the throttle to loft the front a bit.

My preference is for 300 very twisty mile days, to up to 600 miles with some highways thrown in.

Experience shows that those who pack a lot enjoy a twisty backroad ride less. Pack mountain climbing light, with pods for laundry, and your travels will be delightful with the Hyper.

Pack a lot and you would be better riding a mule like a GS.

With the different weather systems found on long travels, or in the mountains, I find packing a small & lightweight heated vest replaces the many layers needed to keep your core warm. A warm core is important. My Aerostich vest draws only 45 watts, and keeps me toasty. Addictively toasty, like slipping into a hot tub.

In top riding areas I find that having a central motel room allows leaving bags behind and riding daily fun focused loops.
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