Ducati Hypermotard vs Ducati Monster
I did a poker run the other weekend around the
Flinders Ranges on Wilma the Wideglide. After spending over
$11,000 on rebuilds and replacement parts in the last three
years and having her running like a potent swiss clock you’d
reckon I’d be happy.
She runs smoother than ever with way more power yet
something just didn’t feel right.
I wasn’t getting the grin I used to. I’d been in the Harley
scene for 14 years and done a ton of rallies, had the badges to
prove it, even run out of room on my jacket for the yearly
rockers from H.O.G. and somehow came to realise as I was
powering home from Port Germain, I’m over it, I’m ready for a
change. And yet I thought I’d keep Wilma the faithfull
I guess the BMW R1200GS sitting in the garage spoiled me for
a bike that handled, stopped and went well, and got me
hankering for a taste of a little bit of exotica.
So I put Wilma up for sale and within my Harley group
one mate had a mate looking for just my typre of well loved and
cared for ride. So it seems she is gone from my life. The
memories I get to keep and I had a real ball with Wilma
travelling 120,000 k’s around this country.
So what to replace her with? I mean I could put the money on
the house payment but where’s the fun in that. Besides the
Beemer has gotten used to a stablemate and might get
And something else was calling me. I had a short
list of ,V-Twin, semi upright position, loads of tourque,
character, noise and cred. I rode a Buell Lightening Long and
was very impressed. It surprised me how well it went and
handled. The riding position was good for me and I did’nt feel
overly cramped. I rated it pretty highly.
But, I was booked in to ride a Ducati Hypermotard last
Friday, so I did.
This was the maddest thing I could imagine on two wheels. In
fact I can only describe it verbally and do so in this podcast.
On the same day I also rode the Ducati Monster S4R and if I
describe the Hypermotard as absolutely insane this has gotta be
described as insanity in a suit.
Suffice to say when I got back from both rides I described
each one to the Sales guy Sam. I said the Hypermotard was like
riding a wild boar in the bush, never quite in control and
almost allowed to be on board rather than the boss, and the
Monster was like riding a circus Tiger, you think you’ve got it
all under control, until one snap and your back in the jungle
at the beasts mercy. If none of this makes any sense to
you? Better listen in as I describe it better, I think?
Not a technical review, with no horsepower figures quoted
but plenty of seat of the pants feedback.
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