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Old September 2nd, 2015, 12:18 PM   #81
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Maybe I think you talk a lot about things you don't know much about.
if you think that, ok, its your opinion.

but, anyone who writes that the fork of the HS has no problem, is simply spoken, unexperienced.
you can decide to live with it and to be satisfied with it - ok, i had many forks which were not perfect and i could live with them.
but, the HS has the worst fork i had on my bikes. thats fact.
if someone agrees or not, that does not bother me, because its my experience. you can make your own.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 03:19 PM   #82
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Wish they would have offered an upgraded suspension. Don't see how hard it would have been to adapt the SP kit. Big pill to swallow was buying a Ducati without an adjustable front fork; my first one but just assumed it would have some adjustability.

That being said, it's certainly capable. Maybe I just fall in the benchmark rider ergo's but, I get quite ballsy on this bike: used to slide the stock skorpion through hard turns; have 0.0mm of chicken strip left on rear and maybe 2-3mm on the front (PR3's); and recently got her over far enough to drag the center stand and bend the shifter back (a slip that traction control saved). I've never felt the front end push in a turn but was not this aggressive on the stock tires.

It handles as good as my old R6 below 80 mph in twisties; even better in point-and-shoot style riding. And that was a designed race bike.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:27 PM   #83
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I don't race on a track but I do ride Missouri back roads... Most are not that great... I owned many sport bikes and ride at a sporty pace... I did crank 2 turns on the rear when I got it.. I don't know if that helps any. But I just rode 350 miles of nothing but back roads and I love the bike.. If I wanted more sporty I would go back to a cbr.. They are the best handling I ever owned
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 07:31 PM   #84
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I don't race on a track but I do ride Missouri back roads... Most are not that great... I owned many sport bikes and ride at a sporty pace... I did crank 2 turns on the rear when I got it.. I don't know if that helps any. But I just rode 350 miles of nothing but back roads and I love the bike.. If I wanted more sporty I would go back to a cbr.. They are the best handling I ever owned
Indeed Missouri roads aren't the best but a race tech massage makes the front end much more manageable. The bike would wallow and not hold a line at fast pace but now it's much better. Now I'm no pro but I have been riding for 26 yrs and without decent suspension you can only go so fast.
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Old January 31st, 2019, 07:14 PM   #85
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OK, 4 year old zombie thread...but wanted to state/ask...I am looking at buying a Hyperstrada/motard/sp. No track racing...back roads/fire roads/ highways when I have to. I am 6ft and 250+ . Reading these suspension post and a new forum friend stated he wish he had the SP. So, at my weight is the SP the best/only way to go or is a std motard/strada ok? (seems i am 100 lbs over most riders) And don't suggest a harley! ha.

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Old February 1st, 2019, 12:30 AM   #86
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OK, 4 year old zombie thread...but wanted to state/ask...I am looking at buying a Hyperstrada/motard/sp. No track racing...back roads/fire roads/ highways when I have to. I am 6ft and 250+ . Reading these suspension post and a new forum friend stated he wish he had the SP. So, at my weight is the SP the best/only way to go or is a std motard/strada ok? (seems i am 100 lbs over most riders) And don't suggest a harley! ha.
Go for a standard Hypermotard or SP. You can add the hyperstrada touring parts if that's what you want.
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Old February 1st, 2019, 10:41 AM   #87
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I have and standard 821 (need to sell it) and after two years I upgraded to the SP. I wanted all the shiny bits and the better suspension. I figured it would cost about the same to buy the SP as it would to add that cost to the base with an upgrade.

That said I put 8k on the base 821 and found it acceptable. There were times when I'd feel the fork get a little bouncy under hard high speed braking but I run my suspension plush so overall it was good enough. That said, damn the Ohlins is nice (looks good too) and it's nice to know I can change settings if I ever decide I want a firmer ride or want to track it.
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Old February 1st, 2019, 01:26 PM   #88
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OK, 4 year old zombie thread...but wanted to state/ask...I am looking at buying a Hyperstrada/motard/sp. No track racing...back roads/fire roads/ highways when I have to. I am 6ft and 250+ . Reading these suspension post and a new forum friend stated he wish he had the SP. So, at my weight is the SP the best/only way to go or is a std motard/strada ok? (seems i am 100 lbs over most riders) And don't suggest a harley! ha.
You weigh less than me and my wife, and the preload adjuster on the rear takes care of the combined weight just fine. The Strada has a remote adjuster, but you won't need that. Some proper rubber and you would be in biz.

Be aware the seat on the SP is a lot higher (3 inches if I remember correctly).

I wouldn't knock harleys, they are really great for Interstate travel. Super comfy.
Had a few, got tired of hefting the beast off the sidestand. And tired of the company, had a Buell too.
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Old February 2nd, 2019, 09:24 AM   #89
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I wouldn't knock Harleys or any bike. After I sold my Vmax, I would ride my buddies extra Harley. Just not ready for one yet. And the reference was more as a joke as I showed a pic of me on a Hyperstrada to a friend and he said I dwarfed the bike, to get a Harley (but he rides a groam)
On one forum, A guy from Utah, has a 2014 SP (many pics in the desert/mountains) and he said the SP can be very rough on washboards and rough roads...but sort of how my Suzuki DR350 vs my CRF450X is. The DR350 is like riding on a lazy boy...soaked up the rough stuff and I am not going to fly over huge jumps anymore...
Currently looking at a 2015 Hypermotard stealth. 1,400 miles on the speedo for 7500...but its 675 miles away.
I just missed a deal where a 2013 SP went for $6,800 and only 1,014 miles...but it was 800 miles away. A lady racecar driver and Equine breeder in Tennessee was selling.
I am in the Dallas TX area...so some should pop up around here.
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Old February 2nd, 2019, 02:23 PM   #90
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DNA is the same, but SP is way more focused. I see the SP as tool for blasting around town, racing, or bare bones day rides. If you plan to take a trip that requires anything bigger than a backpack or like plugging gadgets in, the Strada is a better choice. The stock suspension is fair if you enjoy doing the speed limit and engine breaking to the light. $700 total got me a fully adjustable front setup. The HS looks great with a windscreen and bags, things I can't live without. I've slapped enough go-faster bits on mine that it's probably as capable as a stock SP, yet I can throw the bags back on and road trip it. 3 cents.
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