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Old April 17th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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new here looking for bike

Hi my name is DJ
I am looking for a new bike and have been test driving so many. I love adventure style bikes. I was originally looking at a Honda nc700x. It was ok. Then tried the cb500x. Was lighter and more fun but lacked soul. I drove the 250r and it was so much fun but no power and a little too small.
Went to the Kawasaki klr. Ugly. Nice but no manners on road. The vstrom was nice but again didn't thickle mt fancy.
I own an old Harley that's all custom. It has what I like. But it likes to break down at the worst times. I've been riding motorcross my whole like and currently own a cr500r. I love this bike.

My sister owns a duc 750ss and a 1098. I love both of them but don't like to lay down as I ride.

So this brings me to the hyperstrada. I have been reading your reviews for weeks and have to say the bike seems super impressive and exactly what I want. (will hopefully test drive it this weekend)

The only problem is price. Is the bike really worth the premium price. I guess it's all a prefference. But has anyone regretted buying it? I live in Boston and can only ride 5 month of the year.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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I looked at some of the same bikes - NC700x, VStrom, KLR. NC700x to me was a nice competent bike but underpowered - not a highway bike. VStrom - just seemed cheap - I admit I did not ride one just sat on it and that was enough. KLR reminded me of my Suzuki dirtbike from 25 years ago - old!
Put the Duc HS next to one of them - other than the sheer beauty factor you get ABS, TCS, massive brakes,
110 hp, fuel injection (not on a KLR). Then start it up - even with stock exhaust the HS sound great. Whats the KLR or Honda sound like in comparison? A Duc is a different class of bike altogether. Compare it to say a BMW and the HS is actually good value for what you get. And as my dealer said - at the end of a ride you will park the bike in the garage, get a beer from the fridge -- if you have a BMW?KAW?SUZ you wont think about it until the next ride - with a Duc you will take that beer and sit in the garage just looking at your bike!
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:02 AM   #3
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If it didn't have The Ducati Safety Pack (ABS, DTC, Power Modes), I'd say $13K is too much. But the level to which you can tune the riding dynamic is very trick. The motor is also amazing. I was a little worried about the smallish displacement (for a twin) but it's a technical masterpiece. Plus they saved us a bunch of money with extending the valve job interval way out.

I would hunt for a left over 2013. Some new members have been getting those for $10K or less. That is truly a bargain.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:04 AM   #4
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It's been a year and 6500 miles. I still stare at mine a lot.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 11:10 AM   #5
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The hs also comes with bags as most of the others don't. The Honda sounds like a small Honda haha. It's odd but kind of like a scooter? Klr is also the same but a bit more low end to me as far as sound goes.

For me it really comes down to tq. My hd has it my 2 stroke 500 has it and my sister's bikes have it. Its what I want and not a lot of the bikes I've ridden have it at all.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 12:26 PM   #6
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Also any advice on finding deals on the 2013. The local shop has a leftover and the asking price is not far off front the new 2014 models. Should I be able to talk them down to 10k usd
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Old April 17th, 2014, 01:03 PM   #7
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check out the classified section here - there are several for sale.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #8
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Just checked the classified and the only cheap ones are way too far away
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Old April 17th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #9
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I'd hold out for slightly used if price is the obstacle. We've had half a dozen listed on this site over the past year. I remember one going for sale in the 11's with less than 700 miles on it.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #10
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I love my Strada, it does everything I want. But it really depends on what you're going to use it for? A couple guys on here mentioned they wished they had gotten a regular hypermotard and added the SW Motech, blaze saddle bags. But again it depends on what you use it for.
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