Best of Both Worlds : Ducati Hyperstrada 939 vs MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 !

BMW’s R1200 GS was the highest selling Adventure Touring motorcycle in 2015 – followed closely by Kawasaki’s KLR650. These two dual-sport : Ducati Hyperstrada 939 & MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 tend to do everything well, but are worlds apart in design.

These two stylish Italian crossover models combine elegant sport touring with staggering performance. Both possess the full gamut of electronic aids and claim to offer the “best of both worlds”.

2016 Ducati Hyperstrada 939

The Ducati Hyperstrada was originally released as an 821cc model in 2013. The concept builds on Ducati’s original Hypermotard series by incorporating touring equipment such as semi-rigid panniers, a large windscreen, centrestand and passenger grab rails.

Electronic aids include Ducati’s safety pack with three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Rain), eight levels of DTC and three levels of ABS. In 2016 the engine capacity was increased to 937cc, thanks to a 6mm bigger cylinder bore.

The Ducati Hyperstrada 939 is powered by a liquid-cooled, 937cc L-twin, fuel injected, four-stroke engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. Power runs through a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. The front suspension is a 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with 130mm of travel. The rear has a single-sided swingarm and Sachs monoshock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping with 130mm of travel.

Braking is handled by twin 320mm discs on the front wheel, clamped by four-piston radial mount calipers with ABS. The 245mm disc on the rear is clamped by a two-piston caliper with ABS. The fuel tank holds 16 litres.

Specs & Price

Frame: Steel tubular trellis. Rake: 25.5°.
Trail: 104mm. Wheelbase: 1485mm.
Seat height: 810mm. Weight: 187kg (dry).
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy (17-inch front/rear).
Performance
Power: 83.1kW @ 10,000rpm
Torque: 97.9Nm @ 8000rpm
Compression Ratio: 13.1:1
Bore and stroke: 94.0mm x 67.5mm
Top speed: 225 km/h (est)

Price : $17,999 (+ ORC)

2015 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Released in 2015, the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 boasts the latest suite of electronic aids including a quickshifter for changing up and down gears, and a sophisticated ECU that uses an inertial platform with MV Agusta’s skyhook algorithm to initiate suspension adjustments while riding.

There’s also a handy smartphone application for post-ride data analysis. Capable and comfortable, this three-cylinder powerhouse is both addictive and effortless to ride.

The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce is powered by a liquid-cooled, 798cc in-line three-cylinder, fuel injected, four-stroke engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder. Power runs through a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. The front suspension is a fully adjustable 43mm USD fork with 160mm of travel. The rear has a singlesided swingarm with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock and 165mm of travel.

Braking is handled by twin 320mm discs on the front wheel, clamped by four-piston radial mount calipers with ABS. The 220mm disc at the rear is clamped by a two-piston caliper with ABS. The fuel tank holds 22 litres.

Specs & Price

Frame: Steel tubular trellis. Rake: 26°.
Trail: 108mm. Wheelbase: 1424mm.
Seat height: 850mm. Weight: 191kg (dry).
Wheels: 10-spoke alloy (17-inch front/rear).
Performance
Power: 81.0kW @ 10,000rpm
Torque: 80.0Nm @ 8500rpm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Bore and stroke: 79.0mm x 54.3mm
Top speed: 230km/h (claimed)

Price : $20,499 (+ ORC)

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