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Old July 11th, 2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Just rode home a new-to-me 2014 Hyperstrada in white with 3.5k on the clock yesterday. Still got approx. 1 year of warranty left. The original owner kept the bike in pretty much perfect condition, and as far as I could tell, the break-in was done right.

Very happy to get into Supermotard type bike with some added flexibility and practicality for touring and 2-up with the Mrs.

Pretty much stock other than the cleaned up rear end. I love the clean look, but for 2-up I'll be putting the grab rail back on.

My past Ducs are Monster 796, Sport Classic 1000S and Scrambler. Coming from dirt bike/motocross background since I was a kid, and my other bike is 1966 Triumph T120R so the HS is my do-all practical machine.

I'm only 5'5" with 29" inseam, but with my dirt bike background, the 'Strada felt pretty darn good as soon as I hopped on it. I don't think I need to change the geometry or anything, but I might be putting the "Journey" seat for longer rides.

Hoping to learn a lot from you guys. Cheers!

Quick snap from yesterday, right after riding her home.

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Old July 11th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #2
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Cool welcome to the club
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Old July 11th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #3
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Welcome along man, glad to see you went for the best colour!!

Here's mine, few more mods done since this pic...

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Old July 11th, 2016, 09:14 PM   #4
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Enjoy - it's a wonderful machine. When you start dipping into that massive midrange torque the triumph might start feeling lonely.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 05:04 AM   #5
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Welcome along dude
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Old July 12th, 2016, 07:13 AM   #6
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Hey thanks guys.

Jokeshopbeard, My past Ducs were all red, but this is a nice change and I am really digging the white. Yours looks great! What's your highly recommended mods?

appliance821, Haha I hear ya. I was grinning all the way from Sacramento to SF when I took her home. My Bonnie is a VERY different bike and there is no comparison. It's 50 years old, RIGHT FOOT shifting, virtually no braking power, British/American standard bolts MIXED from FACTORY. They live in very different parts of the spectrum.

I've got Evotech radiator protector and "Journey" seat coming, and currently thinking about a detachable top mount box with passenger support.
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Old July 12th, 2016, 08:06 AM   #7
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If you plan on getting a rear rack & box, get the givi, kappa, or ducati racks. They are the only brands that have extra supports. There have been reports around here of broken grab handles, all of which were using other brands of rear racks. I have a Kappa KGR46 trunk with top rack and passenger backrest. It's essentially a Givi Trekker 46L. Highly recommended!

As for other mods, delete the exhaust flapper valve, and remove the charcoal canister. Happy hyper-ing!
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Old July 12th, 2016, 10:40 AM   #8
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Considering where you live, you might want to re-install the rear mudguard. Or never ride in the rain...
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:43 AM   #9
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Hey thanks guys.

Jokeshopbeard, My past Ducs were all red, but this is a nice change and I am really digging the white. Yours looks great! What's your highly recommended mods?

appliance821, Haha I hear ya. I was grinning all the way from Sacramento to SF when I took her home. My Bonnie is a VERY different bike and there is no comparison. It's 50 years old, RIGHT FOOT shifting, virtually no braking power, British/American standard bolts MIXED from FACTORY. They live in very different parts of the spectrum.

I've got Evotech radiator protector and "Journey" seat coming, and currently thinking about a detachable top mount box with passenger support.
Whoa - it's a real bonneville -that's a whole other story. Just keep the shifting/braking thing straight!
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:46 AM   #10
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Welcome to the club... hmm, 2014 white from Sac you say? I wonder if that was the demo bike @ A&S that I test rode before buying my 2015?
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