It could also serve as a sort of roll call to see how many followers of the one true Hyper are left.
Good point and hopefully bring some of them back.
I would suggest however that no time or effort is spent bashing that other fine machine that shares a name and nothing else with our near perfect motorcycles.
Thanks for bringing this up early on. I agree 110%.
I had hoped that with the arrival of the 4-valve there would be piles of 2-valve Hypers laying around for fans like me to pick up for a song. Didn't happen.
Doesn't seem like it. From what I've seen and heard, the owners of these bikes are dedicated to them, understand them for what they are and have no reason to change because of it.
it is my goal to own one of each of the 2-valve Hypers.
Spoken like a true HM enthusiast!
That is quite the goal.
when the hypermotard made its appearance last decade, I was convinced that the perfect motorcycle was born conceived by the genius of Pierre Terblanche.
I know exactly what you mean! To this day, there is not is not one particular bike out there that has lit such a burning fire inside me as the original Hyper has. I remember seeing one in the flesh for this first time at the Seattle IMS show and just feeling the adrenaline coming off it when looking at it. Don't get me started when I sat
on it. I wasn't in the position at the time to own one but made it a life-long goal to. A few years later and I can now say that I've owned two!
I read all existing reviews of both HM generations in order to make a good decision. I finally took a stand considering that 1) This is my first Ducati, 2) The bike is intended to stick with me for many years, and 3) Nobody knows what will happen in the future, so if this was going to be my "only" Ducati, it had to be a legendary model.
I understand where you're coming from and without a doubt say that you made the right decision. The first gen, arguably, is more legendary as you state with the dry clutch, air cooled design, full front and rear trellis frames etc.
I am investing in buying the DP handguards and mirrors, the original seat and some subtle mods trying to keep it as close as possible to the original design
Good. When it comes to the factory mirrors/handguards, you either love them or hate them. There is no in between. For me, the foldout mirrors are one of the distinctive traits about the these bikes and without them just doesn't seem or look right.
I love those exhaust pipes beneath the seat so I wont get a 2-1 exhaust system).
Aren't they one of the neatest factory exhaust systems?! The majority of bikes these days simply come with a big old ugly factory can that is simply there to serve a purpose with no design built into it. The factory exhaust on these bikes was actually built into the design of the bike! How often do you see that on bikes these days? Not often. Sometimes I do wish I had the factory system on mine just because it does look so
Call me crazy but I'm considering making a display of mine and putting the tail section inside the house and calling it "art."
What is it you love the most of the 1st gen HM?
Good question. Well I wouldn't know where to start but I think the best way to answer it would be how it makes me feel. It gets my blood pumping like no other bike has done before.
How far can you go with a full tank?
I am planning a trip and there is a 200 miles section without gas stations.
Is there a risk of not making it?
Not much over 100 miles. You will have to get a larger tank to go that distance between stations, without a doubt.
I'm just happy to see there are other first gen owners around that can offer advice and stories of their rides.
Congrats on the new bike and hopefully before long you'll be able to share some stories of your own with the HM!