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Old 01-16-2010, 07:26 PM   #46
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The problem I have with the Hypermotard is that my tender bits feel right on top of the steering head. IMHO, it's not a natural riding position at all, especially when you dial in some speed and get headwinds pushing your torso backwards and creating arm fatigue. Great for backroad sprints, but for general use, I just don't see it, especially after testing one with a Termi exhaust. The engine was silky smooth in its immediate delivery though.

One bike I have been extremely curious about is the KTM SuperDuke though. many UK publications herald it for an outstanding balance of performance, intuitive ridability and good price point. Looking forward to warmer weather so I can do a comparo between a few bikes on my list.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:13 PM   #47
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I've been riding dirt bikes for close to 40 yrs, so this bike is as natural feeling to me as they come. The seat I have makes a big difference, but your correct in that its not the best bike for the slab. Thats fine with me though as I hate riding slab anyway. If you keep the speed below 75 or so, its really not a problem.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:59 PM   #48
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One day about a year or so ago I decided to take this:
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:06 PM   #49
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And turn it into this:


No the decision wasnt driven by a wreck and subsequent streetfighter it due to lack of intact fairings. I just got a hair up me arse and wanted to see what a sit up versus "assume the position" arrangement would be like.

I have everything so that I can swap it back to the full fairings and clip ons in about 2 hours so it kind of like having 2 bikes. I only switch it back that way for the rare track day as its just so much more fun to ride with the sit up and beg dirtbike bar set up on usual mountain sorties.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #50
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That shortie'd D+D makes a terrible racket so sometimes I throw the stocker back on for more scenic, peaceful excursions.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:19 PM   #51
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Nice job. I've wondered what a BMW K1300Gt would look like without the side fairings. Same idea as yours. How hard is it to get the fairings on and off?

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:10 AM   #52
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:25 AM   #53
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David the swap over takes a couple hours. Its easy just takes the time. Some cable, hose rerouting (yes everything fits both ways),swap front brake reservoir, put on my extra top clamp with the clip ons and the bodywork, headlight, etc. To make life easier I have oem wiring connections so the light swap is just unplug and plug.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:48 PM   #54
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Guh.

Show's over. Guy with the MV wins.

Seriously, that's one of my grail bikes. Took a tester for a short spin (was an 06 model), and it was so eager to have me breaking legal limits it wasn't funny. Took all my will power to walk away.

Yet I still dream about that bike. . . . Come on lottery numbers. . . !
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:57 AM   #55
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my first bike was the Z750... so much fun... but not on motorways when you needed to get a few miles done quickly.

i loved it (apart from the budget suspension and lack of weather protection).

i took it everywhere i could in the 18mths i had it.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:29 PM   #56
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No the decision wasnt driven by a wreck and subsequent streetfighter it due to lack of intact fairings. I just got a hair up me arse and wanted to see what a sit up versus "assume the position" arrangement would be like.

I have everything so that I can swap it back to the full fairings and clip ons in about 2 hours so it kind of like having 2 bikes. I only switch it back that way for the rare track day as its just so much more fun to ride with the sit up and beg dirtbike bar set up on usual mountain sorties.

Demon...It looks really nice. Please please please could you post some more pics of the bike and share some details of the nose arangement? I am thinking to do the same either on a zx9 or on a thunderace, but I think the zx9 looks much better.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:47 AM   #57
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Guh.

Show's over. Guy with the MV wins.

Seriously, that's one of my grail bikes. Took a tester for a short spin (was an 06 model), and it was so eager to have me breaking legal limits it wasn't funny. Took all my will power to walk away.

Yet I still dream about that bike. . . . Come on lottery numbers. . . !

Nothing like a bike with a floppy boob as a head light to inspire dreams right...

Buy one used, they are almost cheap these days. the service will wreck you on the other hand.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:25 PM   #58
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #59
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:05 AM   #60
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My friend and I just bought these last month. Mine is on the right
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