Ducati Hyperstrada!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DeedsyDragon, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Cyclic Rival

    Cyclic Rival Adventurer

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    My local dealer is showcasing the bike tonight and I believe doing test rides tomorrow. I am going to go throw a leg over her and see how she feels. Hopefully I will have a few pictures to share too.
  2. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    I went down at lunch today and threw a log over, set up for a demo ride in the morning....
  3. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I got a brief test ride today, maybe 5 miles, back to back with a Triumph Tiger 800 roadie. In San Francisco, so not much chance to get up to speed, but took it through a few turns on O'Shaughnessy and Twin Peaks, if you know the area. For reference, I own a carb'ed M900 Monster (35K miles since new) as well as a DR650 and a 650 Wee Strom.

    Likes:
    - Great riding position, though the seat locks you in one position.
    - Light clutch, pretty good feel
    - Motor felt like it might have multiple personalities, putted along well at low rpm, almost felt like my DR, but also wanted to pull and rev when opened up.
    - Standard centerstand was very easy to use .... the bike almost popped up on the stand by itself.
    - The bags weren't fitted, but the rack loks useful.

    Not quite dislikes, but needs more seat time:
    - Digital dash is way too busy.
    - Shifting was a little rough, neutral not so easy to find (may improve with break-in)
    - Loud exhaust ... and not in a particularly mellifluous way.
    - Fuelling was not great off-idle. I tried both Urban and Touring but it didn't make a difference.
    - Turn signal switch was awkward.

    By comparison, when I got on the Tiger 800 it just worked. Smooth, powerful, flawless ergos and controls. But it felt big and it didn't look or feel exciting, except when the motor got up in revs. The Tiger motor, fueling, trans and dash in the HyperStrada package would be very nice. And I own two V-Twins .... maybe it's time for a triple.

    -dman
  4. NateLePain

    NateLePain Long timer

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    I saw one in DFW, last Friday and without a doubt, it is a beautiful bike but those bags makes me see green, as in KLR Green.

    I don't think the dealerships have had a very good response from their customers. The DFW dealership I stopped at, was closing early, the same day as the Hyper "premier". Another dealership I've been talking to, called me at 7:30pm, wanting to talk about the Hyper. Unfortunately for them, I had just scored a fantastic deal on a '10 Striple and am no longer in the market for a street bike.

    nlp

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  5. Downs

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    The bags are kinda semi fuggly but looks like they have a pretty good volume.

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  6. Cyclic Rival

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    I went down to my local dealership just after they opened on Saturday and threw a leg over it. I am 5'10 with a 30 inch inseam and it felt pretty comfortable. I was on the balls of my feet but it wasn't a strain at all (used to being flat footed on my SV650). The weight and balance felt pretty great. The riding position and ergos felt like they would be perfect me. I also looked at the "wind screen" it really didn't look like it would do much and also looks like it would be easy to remove the basic assembly plastic and order a basic one to replace it. I also threw a leg over the basic Hypermotard that they had and it did not feel nearly as comfortable due to the higher seat height.

    I am looking for a "do it all" kind of bike that I can also ride longer distances on and this looks like it could be it. My buddy has a Tiger 800 xc that I have had the opportunity to ride a few times and while I liked it i did not like that it was slower then my SV.

    When I am in a better position to buy I am gonna go test drive it and if I like it purchase one.
  7. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Test rode a black Hypermotard over the weekend at my local big box store and found it very favorable!

    Seat hight was a little taller than expected for my 32" inseam but it didn't put me off at all, sitting in the saddle placed me a little more forward than expected but farther back than the air cooled style motard and once i was under way it wasn't noticeable.

    Engine noise wasn't anything unusual for a Duc so bonus there for the new engine design.

    Best stock seat I have ever had. Point and shoot drivability. Seat height to foot peg ratio was good with a proper bent to my knee, not too little or too much. I circled the parking lot a few times to get a feel for the old girl before entering traffic anticipating lots of pull upon acceleration. Was in Touring mode and did not notice any twitchy throttle anywhere or in any mode even at slow speed. Acceleration was nice but not as strong as anticipated even in sport mode but you must remember this is a new not broken in motor so things will only get better and the grins will get bigger. Exhaust note was pleasant not overly loud for those not interested in hearing their Duc's. Breaks were strong and comforting, i was not able to engage the ABS so cannot comment on that. Cable activated clutch was not even noticeable the fact that it was a cable would surprise most with its smoothness. Slipper clutch did its job on some hard downshifting and did not allow the rear to skid. Found it to be very light and nimble as expected for handling it really feels like a big dirt bike which is exactly the intent! The turn signals have standard bulbs installed not LEDs which make them less expensive and easily upgradable if so desired. Mirrors could be a little bigger and wider but thats just compared to what I'm used to. All in all its a very favorable package and I eagerly await my Strada to arrive so we may begin our lives together!

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  8. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    I hope your experience with the clutch is the norm, and mine the outlier.

    When I saw the bikes at a show earlier this year I sat on one, pulled in the clutch, and wondered WTF was wrong with it. I had no idea it was cable operated before I pulled it but it was instantly noticeable that it wasn't hydraulic. It was one of my main peeves with the bike actually.

    I'm still interested in an SP and would be quite happy if the next one I sit on doesn't display the same feel...
  9. jerdog53

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  10. NateLePain

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    I really like the black on red frame. I wonder why Ducati didn't go for a red covering on the rear shock spring.

    nlp
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  11. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I have an air-cooled Monster 900 with stock exhaust and I thought the HyperStrada engine was very quiet mechanically but exhaust was loud .... both riding it (helmet of course, no earplugs) and curbside idle with helmet off.

    Agreed - just right!

    I thought throttle was twitchy and/or low-speed fueling was off, but the more I think about it the throttle (and clutch) was just very light, and I'm sure one could could get used to that easily and quickly.

    Agreed - very nice clutch effort and feel! Getting back on my dry and hydraulic clutch Monster for the 75 mile ride home was painful.

    Handling and big dirtbike feel worked for me, and agree that mirrors could have been bigger (width seemed OK, but would prefer a taller surface height ... but maybe I'm just used to round or square mirrors). My dealer only had a HyperStrada, no regular HM, and it was red. In the pictures I like the gray/black (Stealth?) a lot - enough that I'd consider getting the standard HM in that color and adding Strada accessories as needed. Does anyone know ... is that a matte color, and how do those finishes hold up to knee and tank bag abrasion?

    -dman
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    Ugly bastard! What ever happened to that gorgeous Italian styling of the past? That Panigali is beautiful, so there must be someone there with some sense of art? No?
  13. Cyclic Rival

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  15. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    That was fun!
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    Ace vid. You guys with all that space to play in are very lucky..
  17. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Just found this thread, I hardly ever go to "Road Warriors", but that is where I belong I reckon. LOL

    350+ miles on my HyperStrada. Went for a lunch run 90 miles south today.

    Lock & Dam #5 on Red River.

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  18. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Crop Dusting Everywhere

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    Thanks LLama! :clap

    Yup!

    This started out in "Beasts" but then got moved over to "Road Warriors" I guess because no one can think outside the box....:deal more to follow
  19. DeedsyDragon

    DeedsyDragon Moto Dragon

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    So what are your impressions so far?
  20. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    I like it of course or I wouldn't have traded the STR on it. Can't wait to get out from under the break-in rpm limits, but, 5.5k rpm is 80mph. Course what gets you is just when it is starting to rip, you hit the 5.5k limit and have to shift (ok, I missed a couple and went to 6.5k). Redline is 10,500 rpm.

    80 or 90 lbs lighter than the Multi12, engine sounds very similar when accelerating, suspension a bit stiff compared to the more plush Multi12. Brakes just getting broke in and are really good, rear brake has wooden feel.

    Got 52 mpg on 180 mile lunch run, that is pretty cool, course the wife gets nearly 60 mpg on the 696.

    I'm 5' 11" and 185 lb with 32" IS, seat height is same as the Multi12 but easier to touch down, not much room to scoot back, but you can sit on the pillion seat to stretch you legs.

    Didn't like "urban mode", run "touring mode" mostly, but "sport mode" is really crisp and feels great, will wait till it get 1200 miles (break-in).

    Lean to the mirror and it is turning, so better be at the turn-in, very fun bike.

    P.S. You can program the ABS and DTC in each mode, I am staying with defaults. You can light up the DTC in 1st gear on brisk takeoffs. Default in Touring mode is DTC=4 ABS=2.