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Old June 1st, 2016, 01:29 AM   #1
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From: England, Milton Keynes
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Testing a Hypermotard 939 SP

As my 821 Hyperstrada was in for its second annual service yesterday I took out a Hypermotard 939 SP for a 60 mile test.

What can i say, I was never really of the opinion that the Hyperstrada suspension is bad, but my god the SP suspension is GOOD! I found myself aiming for potholes and speed bumps I would normally avoid just to test out how good it was at smoothing them out.

Engine wise I would say there is a bit more urgency in the rev range but not enough to make the leap from an 821 to a 939, the exhaust note is the same.

The gear position indicator is nice to have as are the LED indicators on the handguards.

Do I intend to upgrade from an 821 to a 939? Yes, but only as I intend to upgrade from a strada to an SP. I have used the panniers once in 2 years, the windscreen makes no difference to me but I am 6'5 and 18 stone so unless it was a riot shield that is to be expected. I did use one of the power sockets back when i used my phone as nav but I have a wired in garmin now so there is no need for these. I will miss the centre stand for chain maintenance but i'm sure a paddock stand will suffice as i don't do a huge number of long trips where I will need to lube away from home (oooo err).

Please don't take this as a slight on the strada, Its a great bike but for me the SP makes more sense for my style of riding.

here is a pic of the SP i rode yesterday
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Old June 12th, 2016, 04:30 AM   #2
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Testing a Hypermotard 939 SP

Hey thanks for reporting, I was curious what the new one would be like, guess the new ohlins forks work like they should.

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Old June 12th, 2016, 05:05 AM   #3
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The thing is, SP is €2000 more expensive than the ’Strada. And €2000 is just enough to buy top-notch Andreani-Íhlins stuff, so you’ll end up with equally-well suspended but more practical bike. That’s actually what I am doing now, having the cartridge kit installed and waiting for the built-to-order TTX gem to arrive.

That said, if I was to buy the Motard-family model today, I would go for SP, too. More suspension travel is always good and I love the current model year’s graphics.
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