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Hi All!

I joined last year after I bought my 17 Hypermotard 939 but never posted.

Unfortunately, it was stolen within 3 months of having it and less than 600 miles!

I am finally done mourning and I am looking to buy a new bike again, I was wondering if any of you can help with some feedback I am looking to buy another Hyper but the Scrambler Desert Sled has caught my eye and really peaked my interest. I am concerned that after having the Hyper that the sled may not be enough?

I mostly do city riding and commuting and at times felt that the Hyper was too much bike for what I needed but fun as hell. Also, I am somewhat of a novice rider so didn't really use the Hyper for "hooligan" stuff, but was interested in maybe taking it to a track one day. Since then I came across the Desert Sled that I think fits my needs, my only concern like I mentioned before is that after a couple of months may want to upgrade?

I would really appreciate some feedback as I am anxious to pull the trigger on a purchase asap.:grin2:
 

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Politically correct opinion: Test ride both and find out which one makes you feel happier.

Brutally honest opinion: Go for the Desert Sled.

Reason 1:
somewhat of a novice.
The DS is a really fun bike to ride with with nice torque available starting at low RPMs. You can have fun on it at any speed. On the other side, you really start appreciating the more advanced and powerful liquid cooled hyper when you ride it hard.

Reason 2:
maybe taking it to a track one day
Yes. The hyper is better suited for the track at high RPMs and high speeds. But, if you are somewhat of a novice, I don't think you will feel confortable going really fast to stretch the hyper's legs at the track.

Reason 3:
I am concerned that after having the Hyper that the sled may not be enough?
Trust me. If you can take the DS with its 800 engine to the limit, then you are no longer a novice. And I doubt you will take it to the limit while
city riding and commuting
Reason 4: Resell value.
Every new hyper incarnation is visibly different from the previous one. So they tend to look older when the new incarnation is launched. In a couple of years there will be many used 950s in the market, and selling a 939 at a good price will be hard. On the other hand, the design of the Desert Sled is timeless.
 

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Thank's for that!

Those were all very good points. I never really thought about the resale value of the bike and you are correct that the Hypers do look older compared to newer models.

I have to say that I am surprised that you being a Hyper owner would suggest the Desert Sled, that really helps put it in perspective how great the sled is!

Also, I will probably never do wheelies and hooligan stuff, its just that I already owned a 939 and love the design and styling of the bike,(and power) but never really pushed it to its limit. Also, for what I really need it for I agree that the sled will be enough.

Thanks again for the feedback, it was really helpful!
 

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Counterpoint.

The first and most obvious answer is go ride both.

2- The hyper is a much more capable all around machine. You don't have to ride it like Hayden, but if you want to , it's there. The desert sled is a nice style bike, but if it's your primary, it's not all that great. The DS is heavy and not all that agile. I rode one and wasn't all that impressed. The downgrade in power and handling will be noticed. Even though you say you're a novice, you will get more aggressive with time, and the hyper will accommodate that much better.

E- Scramblers are the new cafe racers. Everyone is making one now, but the DS is more scrambler in style than substance. If you like that, then have at it. Any bike you bring to a track day at first will be fun, as it's a new experience. If you choose to get semi serious aboot them, the hyper will continue to shine, the DS will start to show its lack of capability.



Oh wait, we're not talking aboot the 1100 hyper? Hell, I'd rather just walk.:grin2: J/K, Congrats on whichever bike you go with. It's kinda like waking up next to a stripper or a pornstar. Both are going to take a lot of your money, but you'll stil, brag to your buddies aboot it with either one.
 

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Ha Ha! Thanks for the counterpoint and insight! The things you pointed out addressed most of my concerns with being used to the Hypers power and downgrading with a smaller engine. Also, the point about it being my primary made a lot of sense, as I feel that eventually I will want to go bigger, as a second it seems like a no brainer to add to the stable.

I also liked that you pointed out that I can definitely "grow" into the Hyper with time and that there would be plenty of room for me to do so.

I guess I have a hard decision to make!
 

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Why not having both?

You can buy the Sled now and a low miles hyper in a couple of years when 939 prices go down and your need for speed grows.

You might even be able to find a nice deal for a used 950 by then (which seems to be a better hyper than the 939).
 
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