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Old 09-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Guzzi Convert or Keep the Buell S2

I like the older bikes, just more character. I have the opportunity to trade even for a 1976 Guzzi V1000 LAPD Convert bike with 23k for my 1995 Buell S2, 8300 miles.

I don't know squat about the Guzzi, but am interested in the Italian bikes.

Of course Id probably "do my own thing" to the Guzzi, but nothing crazy.

Is it a good trade? Just looking for some opinions and/or info on the Convert.

Im guessing the value of the bikes are both pretty close to each other.

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Old 09-13-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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A Convert is a totally different ride than any Buell, and even wierder than "regular" Guzzis. Some people like oysters; some like snails.

Have you ridden a Convert? It's like a 90-mph moped that weighs 550 lbs. Two-speed manual gearbox, hooked to a huge torque converter. You leave it in high or low and let the TC do the work.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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As Fred says, a Convert is an oddball abong oddballs.

From the flywheel back it's a completely different bike than others of the era, if you want to do much parts-bin customizing you'll have issues.

Blast from the past:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=301352
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:02 PM   #4
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Your Buell has plenty of "character" and isn't getting any newer.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:16 AM   #5
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Having owned a G5, SP1000 Spada and ridden a Convert around the block, I'd say no. Run from it!

A Tonti framed Goose is a delight but not hooked-up to a Power Glide like tranny.

Look to a T3 or better.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:36 PM   #6
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Having owned a G5, SP1000 Spada and ridden a Convert around the block, I'd say no. Run from it!

A Tonti framed Goose is a delight but not hooked-up to a Power Glide like tranny.

Look to a T3 or better.

whooow............not so fast.

Converts are definately different, but it depends on what your after.

solid ,easy (and fun) to work on, no parts issues, tonti handling, enthusiastic owners ,max comfort , 2 up touring capacity, layed back rumble on the small stuff, like a scooter in town, motorway blaster and SO SMOOTH.

I have a k75 and 80gs in the shed, but its the goose that comes out most right now.

Can´t you have both, a convert would be the perfect Buell companion.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #7
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Riding a convert is like riding a magic carpet. Unbelievable city bike. I vastly prefer it to my others. Great handling. Last forever. Almost impossible to get them totally oil tight. Mine marks it spot when I park it. I use a tray in the garage... More questions, join the yahoo convert group:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/MGconvert
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