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Old February 7th, 2014, 08:34 PM   #11
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Sweet! The roads might clear up around here pretty soon, and I have a good dealer that will let me try one.

I really don't mean to throw a wrench into this thread but has anyone here had a Multi for comparison? I'm so torn because I want to feel pereched over the front wheel but I also want the touring capabilities of the Multi. I'm very much a have my cake and eat it too person.

I guess I'd use the bike for what it does best but I do love to travel which makes me wonder about the multi.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #12
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Man, size is a big factor for me. I'm 5'8" and will own a big touring bike one day, but the Multi is just too big for the fun I want to have right now. I'm one of those guys that would choose a Miata over a Vette, though. I like the extreme feeling of control of smaller/right sized machines. Without a doubt, the Multi will be much smoother over long hauls and you get a lot more bike but, you will pay for it.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 11:57 PM   #13
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Man, size is a big factor for me. <snip> I like the extreme feeling of control of smaller/right sized machines. Without a doubt, the Multi will be much smoother over long hauls and you get a lot more bike but, you will pay for it.
The Multi is a bigger and heavier machine. Its a tourer, comfy for all day cruising. The hypers are for B-road (small turny meandering) fun type. Each can do the other, but not to that degree. Horses for courses.

I have a 3 mile commute and prefer the little roads. I'm getting the Strada

Choose one and smile

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Old February 8th, 2014, 07:13 AM   #14
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If you want touring capabilities the the strada is great, so far I've had it on a weekend trip about 700km from home, and it was great. I've also done an iron butt 1000, so 1000mi in 24 hours. And next year I'm taking the hyperstrada from here (New Brunswick, Canada) to deals gap in Tennessee, the front forks aren't fantastic, but they are pretty good. I may revalve them eventually but it's not high on my priorities. There are a few guys here who own both multi and hyperstradas, but I am very happy with the hyperstrada
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 04:12 PM   #15
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So now I'm considering the base hypermotard 821 since I'm not sure I'd put the panniers to good use and I'd just put a bigger or different screen on it anyway. Other than the power outlets, is there any other disadvantages than saving a decent amount of cash?
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #16
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Some good and bad the outlets are powerlet outlets still 12v but smaller and watertight by design, really better then regular cigarette lighter outlets but I haven't seen much for accessories that work off them, so I've never used mine. And a couple more pluses for the strada are the centre stand which I use all the time and the seat is different, wider and more comfortable.
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 11:40 PM   #17
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So now I'm considering the base hypermotard 821 since I'm not sure I'd put the panniers to good use and I'd just put a bigger or different screen on it anyway. Other than the power outlets, is there any other disadvantages than saving a decent amount of cash?
I were also in the thought of buying a base Hypermotard, but when thinking back and forth I realized that it would be a compromise from what i wanted and that i would be more expensive to upgrade later on.

The SP has the better suspension, taller and lighter harder seat and in Sweden, the SP is way more expensive both in price to by and insurance.

The strada strada had from my point the items i missed on other bikes.
Center stand is lovely to have when lube the chain, the screen takes the most of the wind of your chest (I’m 185 cm). Softer seat = more comfy when I commute to work.
Bags, well I thought that i where never to use them, but I have and love them.
Exp when I had to take them off the first time. Dam, they where irritating.

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Old March 3rd, 2014, 06:04 AM   #18
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My bags became impossible to unlatch until I hit the latches with some WD-40. Now they work perfectly. I too thought I'd never take them out of the box until I did.

The forks on the Strada can be improved, check some of the other threads.

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Old March 3rd, 2014, 06:07 AM   #19
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Some good and bad the outlets are powerlet outlets still 12v but smaller and watertight by design, really better then regular cigarette lighter outlets but I haven't seen much for accessories that work off them, so I've never used mine. And a couple more pluses for the strada are the centre stand which I use all the time and the seat is different, wider and more comfortable.
Those outlets are BMW spec, and matching equipment and adapters are available. I got some adapters from Rider Wearhouse, but have not needed them yet.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 08:05 AM   #20
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Sweet! The roads might clear up around here pretty soon, and I have a good dealer that will let me try one.

I really don't mean to throw a wrench into this thread but has anyone here had a Multi for comparison? I'm so torn because I want to feel pereched over the front wheel but I also want the touring capabilities of the Multi. I'm very much a have my cake and eat it too person.

I guess I'd use the bike for what it does best but I do love to travel which makes me wonder about the multi.
The multi would be better for longer trips, but it makes bigger power also and is heavier.

I have taken several 2 - 3 day trips on the Strada, the dry bags included with the panniers are very nice and work well.

For back roads, this bike is about the best you can do I believe. The seat is a bit close for me and you can not adjust much. I am 5' 11" and 185 lbs.

I put 5wt oil in the forks, and cut 10mm off of the spacer. The forks stock, studder some on high speed turns in bumps, I felt the rebound was too slow. Mine are fine now.
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