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Old May 28th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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I Ride: Hyperstrada, Transalp & Fireblade
Getting back on a superbike

So I pulled my Fireblade (that's a CBR1000RR for you folks in the US) out of winter hibernation yesterday and took it for it's first proper outing since buying the 'strada in January and riding it (almost) every day since.

I suspect a few of you guys will appreaciate this, but man, what a difference!

Being back on the 'blade felt like grabbing hold of a bullet at terminal velocity compared to riding the comfy 'strada. 85mph on the 'strada feels like 145mph on the 'blade!

For those of you that have gone from superbikes to the 'strada and then back again, how has it left you feeling?

Getting back on the 'strada I suddenly notice it's lack of harmony/unity as a machine by comparison to the silky smooth 'blade. It feels much more suited to the road, and more fun because of it, but I'm left feeling suddenly ambiguous about two machines which I love dearly (yes, I tend to become very emotionally attached to my bikes).

I suppose a longer stint back on the 'blade will clear things up, but I'd love to hear some of your guys experiences in the meantime!!
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Old May 28th, 2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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I think it has to be put in context. Your 'blade does what it was designed to do very well: cut the wind up to very high speeds, carve a sweeper, throttle out to high rpm. But try and throw your briefcase and a gym bag on the back and cut through congested city traffic, or hop that sidewalk curb to take a shortcut, or take a fire road for fun, or ride 200 miles to a friends and hit the town for a pub crawl and reverse route the next day.

I'm reaching middle age and got a lot of bad joints. Just the thought of trying to live on a sport bike like I do on my Strada makes my wrists and lower back ache. But having a rocket in the stable for fun runs is totally feasible.

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Old May 28th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #3
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I also ride a fireblade 954. I love it. It's so much nicer to ride on a daily basis - no fuss, just perfectly smooth, stable, composed riding. The hyper is insanely more fun and I am a much better rider on it as well due to having a dirtbiking background.

As gatdammit said they really compliment eachother. I like riding both.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #4
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I Ride: '13 Hyperstrada,White
For me at least, I can have great fun with the Hyper at near legal speeds. I can fill the bags for a longer tour. I can't say that about any other bike
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Old June 8th, 2015, 02:39 PM   #5
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I've owned about a dozen bikes but just never had any interest in a "superbike".

Maybe I'll buy one as a track bike one day? They look uncomfortable as hell. Just riding my buddy's Street Triple was enough of a turn-off for me. For around town I found it too hunched over, too high revving and too much effort to lean it over for my taste.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 05:35 AM   #6
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As you know I came from a 636 which I daily rode for the last year. It definitely had many things it was better at than the Strada, but it also was a nightmare to live with below 30 mph, sitting in traffic, or trying to do any real slow speed moving, and the insurance was double what I'm paying for the hyper now, with the same everything.

The ninja was better above 40 and better on the highway, but I tend to avoid that. It all really just depends on the kind of riding you do primarily. 80% of my riding is commuting and I will only do 1 maybe 2 trackdays a year, so the supersport was wasted on me. Awesome bike that I loved riding, but between the annoying niggles commuting, and my lower back problems, it just wasnt for me.

FWIW, my backroads arent in the best shape either, so I can fling the hyper places I couldnt dream of flinging the ninja, because I had no steering damper so the bumps in corners were pretty scary. The big suspension and Scorpions on the hyper soak it all up, and the lean angles are hysterical. I'm already comfortable to the point in one weekend that my next 'task' is to wear off the little scorpion logo on the edge of the tire
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Old June 9th, 2015, 11:47 AM   #7
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Who said a superbike cannot be handy:

Greetings from someone who wish he could drive like this - I'm too "old" for that I'm afraid
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Old September 9th, 2015, 07:22 PM   #8
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I have a older blade a 929 as my first bike. Still it scarier me when I WOT the engine.
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Old September 10th, 2015, 05:36 AM   #9
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So my uncle is visiting and was really wanting to ride. I let him take my hyperstrada and I borrowed my buddy's kawa 636 (2013?). I had been riding a street triple R for two years prior. Anyways- I was surprised at how natural it felt taking curves on the 636. I had forgotten how a true sport bike feels. With that said, I couldn't wait to get off of it. It reminded me why I'll never own a sport bike for the road again. The 636 is plenty powerful but even it just wanted to be revved. And the position- yuck. Maybe I'm getting old. (young/middle 30's)
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