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by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

Saturday morning hunt for a new bike

posted: 2009-06-08 20:40:49 perma-link, RSS comments feed

This weekend I finally made it down to Destination Motorcycles.
I got to sit on a few bikes and talk to the owner. I have a little more respect for the Ducati Multistrada now that I've been on one.
But the real reason that I was there was to sit on the HyperMotard. Bad name, but a bad ass bike.

Any way, after looking around I asked the owner about it and he told me that someone had dropped it ( on a test ride I guess ) so it was in the shop, but not to worry because it wouldn't fit me any way. It was just like that moment in The Christmas Story when Ralphie, after spending hours in line to see Santa, finally asks for a Red Rider BB Gun and Santa replies "you'll shoot your eye out, kid."

He suggested maybe a BMW R1200GS or Moto Guzzi Stelvio. Yuck.

Well, that sucked so I headed to Ultimate Toyz to see the Aprilia's that they don't mention they have on their web site. They all have scalloped gas tanks and fairings that are supposed to fit around your legs. They don't fit mine. Oh well.

So I still haven't sat on the bike I've been obsessing over for more than a month.

When I got home, I re-injured my back and ended up spending Saturday and Sunday trying real hard to not bend, twist, or lean in any way shape or form. Easier said than done in the presence of a 4 year old boy.

And I'm left wondering if the Ducati Hypermotard really won't fit me ( 6'7", 270lbs ) or if the dealer realized his 11k bike was only worth about 9k unless he could clean it up and put it back on the showroom floor with the whole dropping incident conveniently forgotten.

Eh, such is life.



Armed Liberal commented, on December 29, 2010 at 11:24 a.m.:

Glenn, just followed the link for your year-old comment...apologies for not responding!

You night get cramped on the Hyper for sure...the handlebars are very close for me (5'-10", really long legs, short torso, 32" arms) and I wonder how they'd work for someone with much longer torso/arms...

But it's a hoot for sure.

So is my Tiger, with the Hyperpro suspension (and the new Tiger 800 might split the difference, being 40lb lighter). Go over to a Triumph dealer and see what you think...


Ladyrooss commented, on August 20, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.:

Although all the way over in Perth, you have inspired me to fit out my bike so I can get out and about a bit more woihtut feeling like a pack horse from hauling around a full backpack I love this girls basket and shall now go on the hunt for one of my very own too cute!!


Nabel commented, on June 29, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.:

Review by loppy for Rating: Nice belt buckle. It can get thru the metal dtoceetr at work, so that means it should do the same at an airport. It holds up his pants, which is a good thing. Looks cool. Goes well with his Ducati. It came in the mail quickly. One complaint is it scratches a bit easily, so be careful. 4 1/2 stars


Mihriban commented, on June 29, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.:

stand on you toes then go back to flat then stand on your toes then go back flat on your feet reapeat that until your calfs star to ache this will back your calfs thieckr and for ur upper legs you gottA DO SOMETHING BUT I FORGOT WAT ITS CALLed but it makes your legs thick and gives youa bigger butt too

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