Ducati Hyperstrada Forums Ducati Hyperstrada Motorcycle

Go Back   Ducati Hyperstrada Forum > Ducati Hyperstrada Forum > Ride Reports

Ride Reports Ride reports and pictures of your motorcycle riding adventures


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old June 19th, 2018, 05:58 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2018
From: Philadelphia
Posts: 28

Buy Hyperstrada, go on an adventure

Hey all

Just picked up my 13' Hyper in April. Actually found it in the classifieds here. It had very low miles and was well taken care of. I have actually already doubled the odometer reading from when I got it.



It replaces my high mile 12' M696 and my DRZ400 SM. I miss them both especially because I had put a lot of little custom touches on them.

They were both great bikes but neither was comfortable for anything more then an hour on the highway.

I will get there with customizing the Hyper too, but for now all efforts have been focused on getting ready for my first long trip.





So far I have no regrets, the Hyper seems capable of a little bit of everything and that is exactly what I was looking for.

My two friends and I have been talking about a trip to the Trans-Labrador highway in Canada for a couple years now and this year is finally the year. We are going the week of July 4th. For those of you not familiar, the Trans-Lab is a remote highway that crosses Labrador Province in Canada. It has long stretches (hundreds of miles) of gravel.



It hasn't taken much to get the bike ready (which was kind of the idea). Just mounted a set of knobby tires, a Rotopax gas tank and a pair of real handguards.

I will throw a waterproof duffel and some other things on top of the Rotopax.

I will update this after the trip with pictures and thoughts

Last edited by creeve; June 20th, 2018 at 04:00 AM.
creeve is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old June 21st, 2018, 09:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Hyp Noob's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2017
From: California
Posts: 244

I Ride: '13 Hyperstrada, '06 DR650, 2017 KTM 690 Duke
If you're riding that DRZ SM on the dirt with that 17" on there then I guess you'll do OK on the Hyper off road. I hated my Hyper off road. But I didn't ride it off road enough to figure it out. Much prefer a 21" front.

It felt super squirrely with street 17" on there at normal pressures. Scared me some. I'm a dirt rider since age 13 so I could probably adapt ... but the Hyper was not happy with rocks bashing off it's inadequate skid plate.

I thought sure I'd bust an engine case or crack a wheel.

I'm sure those Knobs will help you, but do be cautious. All the best!

Fuel economy on the Hyper can be really really good if you take it a bit easy. Should be possible on dirt roads. Go to Tour mode, not Sport. Don't rev it out and try to keep at steady speeds. I got well over 52 MPG averaging 70 MPH on fairly flat ground. Crossed California, the Hyper did great.

Riding hard on twisty roads in Sport mode, that fuel figure drops to 40 MPG or less. Have a great ride!
Hyp Noob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2018, 04:48 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2018
From: Philadelphia
Posts: 28

Actually I laced a 19" rim on the stock SM hub. I was pleased with the results. Good combo on the dirt and street.

I have considered doing the same on the Hyper. Maybe using a Mulitstrada Enduro front wheel.

As far as the fuel. Our longest stretch between fuel stops on the trip is 250 miles and we wanted to be over prepared, which is the reason for the extra large rotopax.

Last edited by creeve; June 22nd, 2018 at 06:12 AM.
creeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 22nd, 2018, 02:06 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2017
From: Canada
Posts: 20

Man, I'm from Quebec and I wouldn't even tackle this stretch of road, props for doing so. I'm extremely curious to hear about your impressions and see pictures on your way back.
How many days are you planning for the whole trip? I assume you are bringing a tent as well?
m00se is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2018, 05:09 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2018
From: Philadelphia
Posts: 28

Yea the challenge is part of the fun. But people have done the trans-lab on Harleys so I think it will be all right.

We have 11 days for the trip. Yea we are planning to do a lot of camping.
creeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 23rd, 2018, 08:16 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Hyp Noob's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2017
From: California
Posts: 244

I Ride: '13 Hyperstrada, '06 DR650, 2017 KTM 690 Duke
Quote:
Originally Posted by creeve View Post
Actually I laced a 19" rim on the stock SM hub. I was pleased with the results. Good combo on the dirt and street.

I have considered doing the same on the Hyper. Maybe using a Mulitstrada Enduro front wheel.

As far as the fuel. Our longest stretch between fuel stops on the trip is 250 miles and we wanted to be over prepared, which is the reason for the extra large rotopax.
Great idea on the Multi 19" front! Just try to maintain good geometry, rake & trail and all that stuff.

My Strada only has the stock plastic bash plate, really took a beating ... so keep an eye on it, make sure it's protecting the vitals enough.
If you take it easy you'll make 250, but I'd pack the Roto as well. You can never have too much fuel.

If you can, I'd run the tank DRY pre trip ... so you know for a FACT, your true range. Really nice to know. This has saved me crossing Nevada and Utah (off road) and Baja and Montana. Always allow a cushion for luck!
Hyp Noob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 10th, 2018, 01:25 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2018
From: Philadelphia
Posts: 28

Just returned back last night. I am happy to report that the trip went well and the bike performed fantastically. We had great weather and met some really terrific people. We actually passed another Hyper on the dirt going the opposite direction, unfortunately they did not stop.

We ended up going a little farther than planned. About 4000 miles 350 of which were in dirt. My friends were on a BMW F800 GS and a Triumph Tiger 800. The dirt roads were well maintained and the Hyper was really at no noticeable disadvantage. We were cruising at 50-65 mph in the dirt. Sadly (for enthusiasts) it looks like they are going to pave another 80 miles this year.

The only issue I did have was the kickstand kill switch started acting up and killing the bike randomly. I think the extra load (75lbs) from the luggage may have tweaked the kickstand. We simply unbolted the switch and ziptied it out of the way.

Average fuel consumption was in the low 40's, not bad considering the extra weight and our average cruising speed (80 mph on pavement). Both tires are pretty well shot. The Pirelli Rally STR in the rear worked well although it did square off very heavily. The TKC80 in the front wore in a really strange way and although it still has usable tread I think I will replace it as well.



Right after crossing the Saint Laurence river


After romping around under the power lines next to the highway in Quebec


At the end of the first dirt section looking at Lac (Lake) Manicouagan


Entering Labrador


Somewhere in the middle on the longest stretch of dirt


On a stone road on the coast of Newfoundland


On the giant ferry to Nova Scotia


On the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, really nice curvy road, finally got the bike properly leaned over.

Last edited by creeve; July 10th, 2018 at 03:17 PM.
creeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 22nd, 2018, 08:10 PM   #8
Member
 
Joined: Sep 2015
From: Denver, CO
Posts: 38

I Ride: 2014 Hyperstrada
Looks like a blast!
Curious on what luggage/ tents you're carrying on the back there and how that Rotopax is mounted to the rear.

Thanks
CountChocula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 23rd, 2018, 05:10 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Joined: Apr 2018
From: Philadelphia
Posts: 28

Quote:
Originally Posted by CountChocula View Post
Looks like a blast!
Curious on what luggage/ tents you're carrying on the back there and how that Rotopax is mounted to the rear.

Thanks
We shared a tent. My buddy on the triumph carried that, I bought a tarp that we pitched next to the tent and kept the gear under. The gear list was long. We carried typical camping gear. You can see my sleeping pad in front of the 60L watproof duffel. We brought pretty extensive tools. I also brought a spare oil filter, clutch cable and we each carried a quart of 10w-40. I just made an aluminum plate that bolted to the rear grab bar and accepted the rotopax mount. Lastly I had a camelback strapped on as a tank bag, provides the storage of a tank bag but also puts your water right there in front of you.

Last edited by creeve; August 23rd, 2018 at 05:14 PM.
creeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 23rd, 2018, 05:32 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Joined: Jun 2017
From: Canada
Posts: 20

Beautiful pictures, must’ve been a blast. Thanks for sharing
m00se is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

  Ducati Hyperstrada Forum > Ducati Hyperstrada Forum > Ride Reports

Tags
adventure, buy, hyperstrada



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adventure mods CarelCronje Motorcycle Talk 13 April 20th, 2017 11:49 AM
Adventure mods CarelCronje Gear 3 May 1st, 2016 06:09 PM


Ducati Hyperstrada Facebook Ducati Hyperstrada Twitter Ducati Hyperstrada RSS Feed



Ducati Hyperstrada Motorcycle Forum
Copyright © 2012-2014 HYPERSTRADA.COM • All rights reserved.