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Old January 18th, 2019, 12:07 AM   #1
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I did a motorcycle exam many years ago. Since then I've been driving a motorbike just a few times, so I would like to buy a motorbike which is agile and easy to operate, and at the same time quite comfortable. I would like to buy Hyperstrada 939 (I like this bike very much) but I am interested in your opinion if it is appropriate for the "new" driver.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 03:08 AM   #2
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I Ride: 2013 hypermotard/hyperstrada, 2005 zx6r, drz125, crf50 crf70
New rider....get a supermoto. It will limit you as far as power, teach you how to ride better (because of the limited power)and can take a hit. That's my opinion. You will be very sad when you drop the Ducati but make no mistake, you will drop your first bike(even if its just in your driveway).
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Old January 18th, 2019, 11:42 AM   #3
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This was my third bike and I had about 15k miles or so under my belt. You could certainly get this bike, put it in urban mode and start riding, how you progress will depend on how you find the bike. If it's intimidating to ride you won't be able to get comfortable as easily so progress on it will be slow. Also, as noted, you're likely to drop the bike at some stage (I dropped my first two bikes once each making simple mistakes) so if you are ok with a few scratches then sure. KTM 390 might be a good bike to start with. Similar styling, but lighter and lower powered so it'd be easier to practice on.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 04:46 PM   #4
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I think you've been offered some very good advice here...
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Old January 18th, 2019, 04:56 PM   #5
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I Ride: 16 Honda CRF250l, 2016 Hyperstada 939
I first rode a motorbike just over 3 years ago at the age of 60. I bought a Honda CRF250l and 3 months later I got a new HS 939. While I learned quickly on the Honda, even riding it solo RTW last summer I am just now beginning to feel comfortable on the Ducati. I've haven't dropped either of the bikes in almost 16,000 miles of riding but I came dang close on the 939, making a U turn in a gas station parking lot for gods sakes. Get a smaller bike, ride the snot out of it then move up is my two cents.

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Old January 18th, 2019, 09:53 PM   #6
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Giving it some thought, the Supermoto is a great idea. Sure, you can buy just about any used bike and get some quality riding experience under your belt again, but the Hyperstrada is a very unique bike. It is 400 lbs and 115 HP, cut in half-ish in Urban mode. You sit upright, not a crotch rocket and not laid back like an HD. Either a Supermoto or an Enduro would provide very similar riding position and feel to a Hyperstrada.

Economics really depends on what you buy because with search you can get on a Ducati Hyperstrada for not a lot more. You could avoid the hassle of transferring title, riding it for a short period and then re-selling again to only then go buy the Hyperstrada and again doing title/insurance/etc.

Only you know your abilities best, but as reference, my 14 year old son feels comfortable on the Hyperstrada. It is a very familiar fit and feel to motocross, only on street tires.
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Old January 21st, 2019, 01:10 AM   #7
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Thank you very much for helpful advices.
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