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Old July 30th, 2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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Oh that sound.

I'm a short shifter. I think it came from not winding out the KTM Duke's big single. Or the BMW 850 twin before it. Come to think of it, the only bikes I've ever really run to redline were probably my GL1500 and Nighthawk 750. But even then, not too often. They sounded like they were begging me to stop thrashing, so I would. No bike has ever really communicated to me that it wanted to be wrung out. Until now.

On the commute home last night I wrung out the HyperStrada motor as traffic went from congested to less congested, and I went from trolling along in third all the way up to OMG this is crazy speed. And the bike sounded ANGRY. I got this big grin on my face as I began to squirt through traffic with the tach bar somewhere in the right of the display panel and it was glorious. An engine and exhaust note orchestra was playing my song, one I hadn't heard from any other bike I've owned, ever. It had a sound akin to a Ferrari or other Italian supercar. It was intoxicating. I'd been hooked on the sound of throttle blips under overpasses and the sounds of downshifting. But now. MPG be dammed.

I won't be a short shifter anymore.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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It truly is an amazing stock note. I always wonder if the 1199 is like this x's 11.

I take it up to 10K, like, often. I'll admit I've hit the limiter a few times, which I try to avoid. It probably doesn't make much sense to go about low 9's from what I remember of the dyno chart...but, it just gets so angry up there!
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Old July 30th, 2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Smile Hyperstrada Ehaust Note

Thanks for the posts on the Hyperstrada exhaust note. I'm not a Hyperstrada owner but I love the looks and size of the bike. I posted concerns about quality (after reading some of the nightmares posted by owners) and had several people respond with posts about not having any quality issues.

In any case, I'm a fool for great looks and great sound and I can't get this Italian beauty out of my mind despite the fact that it's not a long distance tourer which is what I want. I have a really great 2006 BMW R1200RT that is a great sport tourer but a little bigger than what I'd like and not terribly exciting (but a great bike nevertheless). It's really a great all day bike. And then there is this little Italian beauty that I keep seeing in my mind's eye so I go back to the forum and get a great dose of what the bike sounds like winding toward red line.

Thanks for the post -- I appreciate hearing about those operatic exhaust notes.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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I had a hornet before getting a Hyperstrada. The hornet sounds really amazing due to the 4 inline engine. But noting beats the sound of the Hyperstrada.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 02:04 AM   #5
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I love the higher notes on the bike too. I have redlined it quite a few times when I'm on the track and it truly is awesome! Imo no other brands give me that feeling of joy and power than the sound of a Ducati (oh, anf I have Termis on it so ear plugs is a must when I'm on the track, ha ha).
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Old July 31st, 2014, 06:18 AM   #6
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I have a really great 2006 BMW R1200RT that is a great sport tourer but a little bigger than what I'd like and not terribly exciting (but a great bike nevertheless). It's really a great all day bike.
It's size is part of what makes this a not-so-great long tourer. It's very light and has snappy geometry. Big, heavy bikes give a more comfortable ride. You could solve a little with serious suspension work and an ugly windscreen but I wouldn't purchase thinking it's a long-haul tourer.

Unless you're reading AJSarge's coast-to-coast thread...
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Old July 31st, 2014, 10:11 PM   #7
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Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing sounds like a singing Duc, it's the opera of the bike world, airbox roar and a bellowing exhaust - Yes please
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Old August 1st, 2014, 05:50 AM   #8
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My wife and I carpool sometimes when I'm at a worksite within a few miles of her office. Mostly when it's not nice enough outside to bother riding my bike. On a whim I asked her if she'd like for me to ride her in to work on the Ducati today and she went for it. The bike is cramped for the two of us. Maybe not cramped, but let's say, "intimate". We had a Gold Wing. That's like a king sized bed compared to the Duc. I took it easy for the most part. I did however let her hear the song I've been enjoying, winding it out a bit to elicit the angry roar.

I dropped her off and she won all today's cool points with her coworkers. And a short time ago she texted me to say "thanks for the exhilarating ride". No such thing was said about the Gold Wing. Thanks for the chance to nap, maybe. Which she did sometimes even through the twisties.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 06:58 AM   #9
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That's a good boo you got. My wife just smirks at mine, which doesn't really bother me as I really don't like riding a passenger on anything smaller than a Wing or big HD. It's more that she has known me since college and doesn't believe me when I say; "I'll take it easy!" I remember riding her on my R6 back in the day and she finally asked, "Do you have to lean it over so far? (just casual street to street turn-in)" She thought I was just trying to scare her...chicks, man.

For the married guys, how often do you get the question: "So your wife let you get a motorcyle!?"
I love that question cause my reply is: "I didn't ask her."
Seriously, I get sick to my stomach when a guy says his wife won't let him get a bike. I'd say time to get a new wife unless it's just a bs excuse to not have fun.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 07:19 AM   #10
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I stole my wife from a riding buddy, nearly 40 years ago. She IS my riding buddy. Learned to ride her own bike at age 40, and just recently has taken a break from riding. We have done many thousands of miles two-up; she is a fearless passenger.

There are seven running and registered bikes in our garage. Half of them are hers. The Harley is both of ours. What I find strange is that after many years of riding Yamahas and Hondas there is only one 100% Japanese bike left - her SV650. And it's the only 'sportbike' left, all others are either vintage or baggers. I must be getting old or something.

The only problem with the 'intimate' seating position on the Strada is that she tends to bump helmets with me. Gets annoying after a few dozen times...
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