Dunno if it's been done yet, but here it is...
When : Sunday 17 Feb 2008
Where: Sunshine Coast.
What: Ducati Hypermotard 1100S Vs BMW HP2 R1200
We caught the 1120 ferry out of Horseshoe bay.
Even yesterday it was probably a good idea to give time to some roads to defrost a bit.
Gorgeous winter day to be on the Ferry. My favorite time of the year.
On Saturday I did the usual Squamish run with another buddy. Say what you want, but the Ferry ride is way more relaxing and enjoyable. The Sunshine coast is for me the best riding right next door to Vancouver. Beats Hwy1/Hwy7 any time. $28.10 for the ferry is the price to pay. That might just cover the fuel cost to get back and forth to Hope. Enough ranting.
After a quick food fix a the Gumboot in Roberts Creek to allow the Ferry traffic to disappear, we took our first stop in Sargeant Bay.
That little road running parrallel to Hwy101 is a motard heaven. A real little roller-coaster has the grade changes constantly with blind corners. The only stress is with all the driveways.
We ended up going to Egmont. Where all the following pictures were taken.
Size : The HP clearly is the winner here. Your morphology will dictate which one your ride. The big guys can have the advantage to ride both. But let me tell you that since I road the first Hyper Motard last summer for half an hour around downtown, it is not easy. So italian size guys will be happy there, However they would not be able to do anything with the HP.
Weight : A draw. You may be surprised to learn that both bikes weight the same dry. (175 Kg)
Look : Hypermotard. That is my personal taste, but you have to admit that the designers have gone the extra length on the Ducati. That tale light for example is a work of art. Under seat exhaust for a cleaner look too.
Sound Idle : Hypermotard. low grunt and clutch all the way.
Sound Running : HP2. yeah I like my Akropovic backfire sound more. After market exhaust for that Motard will be here soon, and then I will change my mind for sure ;-)
Fuel Range : HP2 wins. Easy one because the Ducati had to be pushed off the Ferry, has it was completely dry. We pushed all the way to the Blenz coffee shop to the amusement of the Sunday tourists. I wish I had a video.
Sure that warning light came on, but it was a simple choice of gunning it to make the ferry (Ruby lake at 1536 - Ferry leaves Langdale at 1620) or stop for fuel. The Hypermotard actually coasted half of the dual lane leading to the terminal. By a pure miracle it started again just enough to load on board.
The HP2 carried 13L, just half a liter more than the HM. I was running on reserve too, but enough to make it to the westmount chevron.
So boys, you want to top up that bike in Sechelt, not the first station past Roberts Creek. Or ride less aggressively :-)
Handling : HM all the way baby. Especially in some capable hands this baby rocks and will give you joy at every corner.
The HP was design for off road in mind. The HM stops where the pavement ends. The HP just goes on (2 bikes in one).
On the ferry back to Horseshoe bay.
General public interest: Draw. This picture was taken while nobody was around but onlookers came round a few times. Both bike generate quite some comments and questions as they look pretty unusual compare to what is generally on the street.
Demo days are coming. Be aware that this year Ducati starts its tour early and on the west coast. BMW will be in May as usual. So check the web for dates and try both if you can.
Back to horseshoe bay.
A friend on his R1 came to the rescue with some fuel.
So we ended up going home in the dark.
Lights : HP2 wins that one. I really felt that the HM headlight was a bit weak. So after market fog lights will be a nice safety feature for any HM owner. The Ducati red does not help much in the dark for visibility.
Thanks for reading.