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Old May 13th, 2019, 11:06 PM   #1
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HyperLife

Ducati. Hyper Strada. Street machine. She never fails to please does she.

12,000 miles on the clock and ticking. She looks as good as new. And feels it.
Coming back from winter abroad, I quickly determined an essentials upgrade package was due for the season. And so it has come true. I changed the oil and filter, did a chain job, threw in a new battery, and had new rubber installed.

This tender loving care is returned in spades. Motorcycling is uniqe and therapeutic. The love affair that unfolds with the machine is a little odd but if you understand inter-race relationships, its the same thing. The HyperGirl is a glorious little fairy that is magical and stellar and a realm bender.

My sister in law said, "how do you know its a girl?". My brother instantly replied, "anything with that much power going in between your legs better be a woman". The Hyperstrada exudes erotic sexuality that could only stem from Roman ancestry. Even still and cold she appears like a steed awaiting the David. When hot, she squals and hollers and you cant twist her hard enough. Shes forever young, barely legal, screams like a banshee and loves to be throttled hard.

I went with Shell oil and a new Yuasa battery. A mechanic/shop owner buddy of mine once convinced me of the superior engineering of top end machinery, compared to tuner-market products. I've been rolling with that philosophy for all my bikes and vehicles for the most part and have found that subtle improvements are more satisfactory than silly cheapy aftermarket crap. I do have a Puig touring screen which I find better than factory but barely adequate to stave off fatigue and tinnitus for everyday riding. I also have an SW-Motech tailbag and a Cortech 10L tank bag. I like them both and my overall setup but by this point, its better to strip her of all that and place a Multi in the place of touring leaving Hyper to the everyday convertible, just grabbing the necessary piece of luggage required for each individual outing. The Giuseppe Starace intake finally arrived after 14 months so that will go in next time is feasible and a Termi Low will go on later as well. Beyond that, a blast of gold for the wheels and maybe just maybe a Mupo front drop in. That all accumulates and is in the danger zone for changing too much of a good thing, trying to change the purpose of the original instead of obtaining a more suitably purposed bike from the outset, i.e. Multstrada 1200. But until then, the Hyperlife as is is stellar.

New Pirelli Diablo Rosso III's to cap off the seasons update have breathed a fresh hunger into the spirit of the bike. Old hard Shinko 705 dual sport tires had become increasingly dangerous and frustrating considering their off road bias, incorrect size, age and thinning tread. The new rubber inspires agility once again and trust in the bike is coming back. The Shinkos were causing a lot of instability, particularly at higher speeds. Thankfully, the new Rosso III's are smooth as silk and have stabilized the high speed riding. Finally, I'll remove the charcoal can and try the flapper disconnect.

Then its all down to a lot of fuel consumption and mile after sweet mile of motocycle nirvana. I might go for a tour of Vancouver Island. A friend has proposed we rally the TransAmerica Trail. Im still out to court if its a good idea for the Hyper or not.

I rode the new Hypermotard 950 SP. It was fine, but I was happier to be back on my own bike.
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Old May 13th, 2019, 11:17 PM   #2
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The shop also ran the VIN and fixed a recall, the can filter as they called it. My TPS recall is up to date already from a few years ago.
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Old May 15th, 2019, 05:05 PM   #3
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Ducati. Hyper Strada. Street machine. She never fails to please does she...She looks as good as new. And feels it..."anything with that much power going in between your legs better be a woman"...mile after sweet mile of motocycle nirvana...
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Old May 15th, 2019, 06:54 PM   #4
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If you have the 13 installing the clutch upgrade is money well spent.
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