So while at the MotoGP race at CotA in Austin I had a chance to finally sit on what is right now my dream motorcycle.
The Ducati Hyperstrada.
Sadly it was all I hoped it would be. Now I’m even more crazy for this bike and my poor lovely wife will suffer even more with me talking about it and begging her to let me get one.
While it is not the prettiest bikes in the world it does have a distinctive look to it. The one we saw was white and I would want a red one.
Now you can not tell much about about a motorcycle while doing nothing but sitting on it, but you can get a little feel for it and it’s better than nothing. Especially when your a motorcycle crazed fool like me.
We’ll start with the bad or well the not awesome. The seat is quite high, if my memory serves it’s 870mm from the ground, which for us Americans is just a bit over 34 inches. I have a on an optimistic day a 32 inch inseam, which with a one inch heel on my boots still leave a bit of a stretch to the ground. It will definitely be a slide a cheek off at stops bike. Not horible and my friends Mutlistrada was similarly high, so I know I can handle it. I’m hoping the 435lbs is mostly low, which it should be since they have moved the tank to be partially under the seat.
The riding posistion is definately a nice one. With the long reach to the ground comes the benifit of plenty of leg room while not sacraficing ground clearance. The reach to the bars isn’t really a reach and there is only a slight lean forward needed. Around town and in the backroads it will let you have a commanding veiw of the road as well as a comfortable seat for the longer trips. I hope the screen does a good job of deflecting some of the wind, since with no lean forward, that could get uncomfortable.
The last thing I made sure to check was the position of the center stand lever. On the Multistrada it seems to interfere with the heel of your left foot. On the Hyperstrada it seems like it does too, but maybe not as much since I think it is in closer to the bike. Sadly a center stand is such a nice thing to have with a chain driven bike I wouldn’t want to remove it, and the only way to know if this will be annoying is to ride it for several hundred miles. Or at least a good long test ride.
The luggage is not hard cases which is a little disappointing as well, but since I really wouldn’t use it on a daily basis and would instead get a top case for daily use I don’t think it would stop me from wanting them.
Now the only question is how long will the lovely wife put up with my begging before she finally gives up and kicks me out.