Talking about ‘Bike of the Day’ article series, it goes like we pick a motorcycle that is on our mind currently and we write a short article about it to introduce you to it and today we are starting this series with none other than Ducati Hyperstrada.
The iconic Italian motorcycle maker came up with the Hyperstrada in 2013 and since then this motorcycle has grabbed eyeballs from corners around the world. Ducati explained Hyperstrada as, “a unique and innovative motorbike, which represents a kind of ‘crossover’ between the Motard world (Dual-Sport) and that of Touring”. Correctly said, the Hyperstrada bridges two different motorcycle worlds together, a kind of a Supermoto bike you can tour upon. The Hyperstrada is essentially derived from Hypermotard series of motorcycles and there are more similarities than the differences between both the bikes. Though Hyperstrada is desgined for touring purposes but you won’t be able to stay on road for long due to its small 16L fuel tank. The second-generation Testastretta 11° engine (with the eight-level DTC and three riding modes) and chassis (with adjustable ABS) of the Hyperstrada is shared with its parent Hypermotard. If major differences between two are counted then Strada will come out with different ergonomics and accessories for the touring purposes.
The Hypermotard is equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires while the Hyperstrada gets Scorpion Trail rubbers. The Pirelli Scorpion Trail on the front is 120/17 ZR17 while the rear is 180/55 ZR17. Hyperstrada is smaller in dimensions than most of the touring bikes out there that means it easy to play with. Talking about its usability, Hyperstrada is a bike that is basically meant for everything. Be it the road, off-road or even track, Hyperstrada can be ridden anywhere. The 821cc Testasterra 11° engine on the Hyperstrada is capable enough of producing 110 hp of power @ 9250rpm and 89 Nm of torque @ 7750 rpm. The front shocks mounted on the front are 43mm usd forks and rear shocks are progressive linkage with adjustable spring preload, rebound damping monoshock. Hyperstrada weighs 181kg in a dry state (without battery, lubricants and fuel), the wet of Hyperstrada is 204kg.
Talking about the electronics of Hyperstrada, it comes equipped with three different Riding Modes, Power Modes and Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC). Riders can chose between Sport, Urban and Touring modes, the sport mode provides the rider with full 110 hp of engine power delivering a punchy performance, while the Urban mode restrict the engine to 75 hp helping in gradual response from RbW on acceleration. The touring mode allows the bike to use its full 110 hp with a more gradual response from the RbW on acceleration, greater intervention from the DTC system and level 2 braking from the ABS with maximum stability on braking and lift-up control.
Overall Ducati did a great job by coming up with a bike which combines two different segments of motorcycles into one. If we have to sum it up in a single statement, Hyperstrada is a super fun bike that is ready to be taken anywhere with or without roads.