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Old May 4th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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New here. Got my '13 Hyperstrada yesterday

Hi all.

After being left stranded a few times, plenty of scary braking moments, and a general uneasyness I looked around for a very short time for something else to replace my 2010 KTM Duke 690. Yesterday on a whim I went and sat on a Hyperstrada. Never rode one. But it seemed to fit the bill for me. Riding position, equipment, power, ABS, DTC, etc. While I didn't score a deep discount on it like some have (bad negotiation, pitfalls of a trade... cash might have been a better incentive), I didn't do too badly. I got $1000 over book on my Duke, the first service on the HS for free (no idea what that costs), free heated grips ($295 retail) no freight, no prep. Just tax and tags. No money changed hands, I got a great interest rate and rolled the remaining balance on the Duke into a payment I could live with, so now it's just a matter of enjoying my new bike. I know better but didn't care (midlife crisis mode enabled). I bit, they reeled me in. On to the bike...

Giving up the Duke had me concerned because it rode like no other bike I've owned including my Gold Wing. Soaked up everything. No need to unweight your body to go over bumps. I knew I'd miss that. And I do. It had adjustable everything and was great right out of the box. The Hyperstrada hurts. Kinda disappointed with that. I'm going to need to do something with the suspension - sad considering the cost of the bike. I am 6' tall and 220lbs. I don't know where the shock is set now. Or where it should be for me. The Duke had a nice manual with listings of setups for different situations.

The windscreen will need to be addressed too. Some, but not much better than the little screen I'd put on the Duke.

I need to come up with a solution for my topcase mount. I just need a plate with a bunch of holes so I can put the attachment bracket on for my SHAD topbox. I put my KTM tankbag on. That works. Maybe I'll color in the orange KTM logos. The luggage that came with the bike makes it wider than my Gold Wing was... lol.

Now that the gripes are out of the way...

It sounds like SEX. Day-um. It pulls like a train. The ergos are perfect for me. I dig the adjustability of engine modes. Gonna commute on Urban and blast upstate on Sport. It's white.. and pretty. The seat's pretty good. I got used to the Duke and that hurt at first. This one hits me in different places but I like that it doesn't make me slide forward. I like the power outlets. Self-cancelling signals are good. I tend to forget to turn 'em off. I'm a bit scared of it. But so far it seems to handle well. The Duke was almost too easy to ride in the twisties. It was light and would lock the brakes in panic situations despite how many times I'd practice. This bike has brakes I can literally live with. I haven't hit any backroads with this bike yet, but look forward to seeing what's what.

So I'm gonna peruse the posts here. Looking for accessory info and suspension setup. I hope I don't come across too many more posts about the deals others got... I see something about making sure recalls are done and flashing the ecu with latest software. I guess I'll ask when it goes in for its 600 mile service.

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Old May 4th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #2
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You will love the bike!
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Old May 5th, 2014, 04:25 AM   #3
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Congrats, on the bike.

Though HS was only third in my comparison behind GS800 and Truimph Tiger, i too ended up in buying a 2014 model in white because of the great price cut i had (I got a 45% reduction). BUT now after riding for the last two weeks, all my concerns have gone except for the ECU issue which may come any time and worry me to take the bike for a long trip (though i dont know this will happen to the 2014 models also).

Enjoy the ride and let us know your feedback.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 06:40 AM   #4
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Congrats! The white one is faster.

First service is really just an oil change and inspection, probably a chain adjustment. Think mine was like $150. So, you got almost $500 plus the waived destination fee. Probably got $900-1000 off. Not bad.

You'll fall in love like the rest of us. Most of the suspension gripes are from a touring aspect- when you flick it around town or in benders, it's amazing how small and controllable it feels.

As for the ECU, I still say a fairly isolated incident. I feel for those that have dealt with it but, I wouldn't fear taking her on a trip. You just can enjoy it if you maintain that fear.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 08:20 AM   #5
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Thanks all.

I'm rationalizing my way into not worrying about what I paid, so I can just enjoy the bike. ECU issues, huh? Is it related to the firmware? How can I check the version my bike has and whether it needs to be flashed with an update? I'll ask 'em at the time of the first service I guess.

I rode into work today. Some things will be done to make it "mine", and suit me best, but overall I'm happy. I was sure the suspension was gonna really bother me after I found it doesn't ride like my Duke did, but on today's commute it was fine. I just remembered to stand up a bit over the big speedbump sized humps between sections of pavement. Gotta love NY. That engine and exhaust note are bellissimo.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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Big electrical gremlin has left some owners with fried ECU and usually blown coils. Some mild tuning issues solved with the NA update, which I don't think we've discovered if you can check the version yourself.

Be sure the recall and software update are complete at 1st service. Search for more info on both.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 10:20 AM   #7
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The red ones are faster just so were clear....
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Old May 5th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #8
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Bring it on! White Power forever!

Seriously, though...the forks are sprung for a 120 pound rider. You will be amazed at how much better a simple spring change and revalving works.

Check out the Fork Upgrade thread.

PS not one electrical problem on mine, and it is nearly a year old with 5k miles.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 02:48 PM   #9
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...White Power forever!
To be clear to my constituents, I do not endorse this man's statement.

But White is faster. It's science. Ducati infused nano-particle technology into the white hyper's clear coat. You can google the wind tunnel testing side-by-side with the very "standard" red model.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #10
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To be clear to my constituents, I do not endorse this man's statement.

But White is faster. It's science. Ducati infused nano-particle technology into the white hyper's clear coat. You can google the wind tunnel testing side-by-side with the very "standard" red model.
and the riders generally better looking (especially with helmets on). Men want to be me and women want to be with me or is that the other way round?? Either way, white is the way forward.
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