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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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About to pull the trigger...Suspension worries

I'm about to pull the trigger on a red 2013 Hyperstrada at a bargain price. This is my first new to me bike, so I'm probably a little overly hesitant.

I had a chance to test ride a 2014 SP and loved it, but it was too tall for my 5'10", 30" inseam body. Unfortunately my dealer didn't have a demo strada, but I sat on one and was happy with the ergos. My only hesitation is that I'm a bigger guy - around 210lbs (dry) and I've heard a lot of complaints about the suspension on the strada in general and especially when compared to the SP suspension.

I'm fairly new to street riding (lots of dirt in the past), so I'm certainly not "dragging knees" at this point, so I don't even know if I will notice the imperfect suspension. I guess my question is, is the $2K to upgrade to the SP and the next $1-2K to add the low seat and some of the Strada accessories going to be worth it or is the Strada a good enough platform that I can upgrade the suspension if I desire and as mods come to market?

Thanks for the help, I've really been enjoying reading the posts here! Looking forward to joining the crowd.

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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:54 AM   #2
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Welcome! How will it be used? Fun, commute, etc.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:57 AM   #3
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Mostly fun, some longer rides out into the country for camping. I have a fantasy of getting my fly fishing gear on it and going out stalking some nice roads and some trout...
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Old April 9th, 2014, 05:58 AM   #4
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I'm in NYC now, but about to move to Central VA which makes what I mentioned above a little easier...
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Old April 9th, 2014, 07:16 AM   #5
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The forks can be fixed for less than $500 plus some shipping, see my "fork upgrade" thread in the 'Mechanical and Technical' section. Mine have been dialed in to my weight and riding style.

The rear shock is not bad, has a remote reservoir and hydraulic preload adjustment which should handle your weight without a problem. My wife and I weigh >320 and ours does fine two-up.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 07:31 AM   #6
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The forks can be fixed for less than $500 plus some shipping, see my "fork upgrade" thread in the 'Mechanical and Technical' section. Mine have been dialed in to my weight and riding style.

The rear shock is not bad, has a remote reservoir and hydraulic preload adjustment which should handle your weight without a problem. My wife and I weigh >320 and ours does fine two-up.
Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Is this the Race Tech upgrade that you wrote about?
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:13 AM   #7
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The Strada is a better stock adventure bike than the SP, especially with the deals some people are reporting for 2013 models. Some of us don't like the brake dive and lack of adjust-ability up front, but it will certainly carve sweepers beyond a novice riders abilities.
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Old April 9th, 2014, 08:15 AM   #8
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The Strada is a better stock adventure bike than the SP, especially with the deals some people are reporting for 2013 models. Some of us don't like the brake dive and lack of adjust-ability up front, but it will certainly carve sweepers beyond a novice riders abilities.
Thanks so much! Sounds great to me. I'm going to pull the trigger!
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Old April 9th, 2014, 09:18 AM   #9
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Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Is this the Race Tech upgrade that you wrote about?
You bet. Worth every penny. From what I'm hearing about the Andreani inserts, they are not perfect either. Not to mention triple the price once you get them installed and set up properly. Shipping is the only hassle.

Twozzie found a local shop to do a similar job, you might ask around your area.

If anyone saw the article on frame alignment in the latest Cycle World, R/T does that too. Hope I never need it....
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Old April 9th, 2014, 09:24 AM   #10
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I went through the same thought process on the SP vs the strada - and for me the deals on the '13 Strada's are two hard to pass up - it was a $3k difference in price and I wanted most of the Strada accessories, so adding those to the SP would have made it a $3,600 spread at least for me.
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