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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:16 AM   #11
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Nice report and beautiful shots, Bill! 420 miles in a weekend...ironhorse!

So can I get your honest opinion on bar vibes and brake dive? I see you have a nice Bimmer for comparison. Think this is a cross country bike for someone with the stones?

Oh, and I got a little lost in your fuel tracking. Is that about 48 mpg? Was that being easy on the twist grip or giving it some tug?

Jealous...
I never noticed any vibrations in the handlebar. There is some dive in the front, but it is not excessive considering the long travel in the forks. Smooth braking makes it less abrupt. Would I go cross county on this bike...yes if I had to. Given a choice, I would go with a MultiStrada (or my Bimmer). The only thing that bothered me was my bum knee. The knee angle is more than on my BMW and the BMW has highway pegs to stretch. The good thing on the Hyper, is the taller seat height allows you to dangle your legs without touching ground for stretching. It's also very easy to stand up on the pegs or sit on the passenger seat for a mid-ride stretch. (I am 5'11' and 180 lbs).

My mileage varied from 37 mpg during heavy handed break in, to 48 mpg during normal spirited riding. These numbers can be off slightly. I noticed during fueling, I had thought I had overfilled (fuel in the tank neck) but, a little wiggle on the bike, and some air bubbles, the fuel went back down to below the neck. So, I don't know if I filled to the exact level each time.

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So how were the 320 miles, comfortable and ready for another? Btw are you using reg or premium gas?
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Frank
The 320 miles were really comfortable. Really surprised with the seat comfort. I could definitely do another 320 today, and I'm no spring chicken at 53 years.

Funny you ask about fuel. I neglected to check the manual for fuel requirements, so I just shot in the middle and ended up with 89 octane once and 91 the other two times. When I got home and reviewed the manual, it says "Use fuel with a minimum octane rating of 90 (RON+MON)/2".

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Old April 29th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #12
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Thanks for the report Wild Bill!

I to did not notice any buzzy handle bars nore divey front end under hard breaking didnt seam to bottom out the front suspension.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 08:32 AM   #13
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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #14
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Thanks for the report Wild Bill!

I to did not notice any buzzy handle bars nore divey front end under hard breaking didnt seam to bottom out the front suspension.
riding to slow
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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:44 AM   #15
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riding to slow
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Old April 29th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #16
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I just took a test ride on the Hyperstrada and have to completely agree with Wildbill. I enjoyed it so much I purchased it. I'm trading in my Triumph Explorer which weighs almost 200 lbs more. I'm 5-8, 165lbs. It fit me well. I have to wait until a Red one comes in for delivery.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 12:37 AM   #17
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Any tall guys been for a ride yet???
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Old April 30th, 2013, 02:30 AM   #18
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Thanks Bill! It's nice to know. My carbed F650 gets around 45 too. But 49hp. No wheelies for my 58 yr old bod. Now 110hp, hummmmmmm.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #19
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Just picked up my Hyperstrada last night and after only 120 KM or so, I know I've found my dream bike. I can't sing this bike's praises enough. The following are my thoughts [I'm 6.0 feet and 180 Lbs]

-It's compact, but not cramped at all
-The seat is firm but comfortable
-Power is very linear [I stuck with "Touring" mode], with strong torque. Unless you also own a Panigale, the power will impress you.
-Handling is - to use he much abused phrase - telepathic
-Very neutral seating position, but forward enought to feel completely in control
- Feels feather light, but absorbs the rough roads nicely
- Front end is a little "dive-y" under heavy braking, but I'm not plannig to race the bike, so I think it's fine.
- Bags are nicely made, roomy, come off easily and the mounting hardward is unobtrusive.
- fit and finish are jewel like. This machine will turn heads.
- fuel range seems good, but I haven't had a chance to really try that yet.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #20
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ride reports...

I wish you blokes would stop already with the photos and glowing reports! I have a red H'strada on order (due by yesterday by the way, but no sign of it yet) but sick of waiting bought a new BMW R1200R back in Feb. Am really undecided as to whether I now even want to go for a demo ride when the H'strada finally arrives.... what a dilemma to be in!

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