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Old 11-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #91
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I've been seriously considering a Road Glide, but I like the looks of the California 1400 and would like to give them a try, but it has to be at the right price point. The Rocket III Tourer at $16,999 has my attention as well. I would want the Guzzi to be near that price point..
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #92
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You better hope you have a good dealer close by. In Kansas there is only one in the state. Ned's in Riverside, Iowa used to be a dealer and they are the best.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:21 AM   #93
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You better hope you have a good dealer close by. In Kansas there is only one in the state. Ned's in Riverside, Iowa used to be a dealer and they are the best.
I dealt with Ned's when I had my 03 LeMans. He's not listed as a dealer anymore. RoseFarm Classics would be my nearest dealer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:33 AM   #94
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My current bike is an XR1200 and my previous bike was a Guzzi Nevada 750. Before I bought the XR1200 I test drove a Breva 1200 and a Griso. Afterwards I had a rented 883 Sportster for a day.

Guzzis are very similar to Harleys in sound and feel, although they weigh a bit less. The Guzzis rev a bit higher, and don't have quite as much low-end torque as a Harley; they also don't rust as quickly.

Anybody who enjoys riding a Harley should try a Guzzi, especially if you're looking for a deal on a used bike.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #95
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You better hope you have a good dealer close by.
Why?
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #96
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Why?
"Because European brands are all unreliable and break all the time."

or

"Because I had a Guzzi XYZ back in 1785 and it was a POS and was broken all the time."

Did I get that right?
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #97
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #98
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Another short "first ride" report. Its a rave. Almost gushy.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/11/27...ng-first-ride/
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:57 PM   #99
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Do you really think anybody who is considering a Road King would even have the Guzzi on their radar? I don't Harley guys even look at other bikes. To the average rider a cruiser style bike appeals to, the HD is the de facto "I've arrived" brand, and most everything else is painted with the "why that, couldn't you afford a Harley" brush.
Actually, I think quite a few who ride Harleys have Guzzis on their radar. Most of the serious riders I know who own Harleys not only know what they are, but also have a pretty high regard for them. They've been around since 1921 and like Harley, they do have an impressive heritage built on racing. By the time of its pull out from Grand Prix racing (after 1957 season), Moto Guzzi had won 3,329 official races, 8 World Championships, 6 Constructor's Championships and 11 Isle of Man TT victories.

The Texas Harley dealers had a promotion going last year that required you to visit 42 dealerships in the state to acquire the maximum number of entries in a drawing for a new bike. It sounded like a good excuse to do 3200 miles around the state, so a buddy and I made the tour. We were both on Guzzis and had a lot of nice conversations with interested Harley owners in those dealer parking lots. The ones who were familiar with the brand all liked them, and the others all had a positive response after seeing them for the first time. I'm not saying anyone we talked to is going to rush out and buy a new Cali 1400, but I guarantee there are quite a few out there who know what they are and look at the brand favorably.

But for newcomers to the motorcycle world that are trying to impress someone, you're probably right.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:21 PM   #100
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It isn't even easy to find a dealer near me. The Guzzi Canada site has a "find a dealer" page, but there aren't any. Point of fact, there are of course, the Guzzi site just doesn't help find them. I know there is one in Guelph, because I rode past there one afternoon and stopped in to see what they had. For me to own a limited-volume brand, I would like to find a dealer that didn't just have a few bikes on the floor, but really knew their product and cared about the brand.

The 1400 is gorgeous, I hope enough are bought for me to find a used one in 2 years.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #101
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It seems that the real problem with not being able to find a dealer is that it's hard to go buy a bike. I can do the rest myself. Also, I find myself wondering how I can get out from under my Triumph to buy one of those when they arrive.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:36 PM   #102
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It seems that the real problem with not being able to find a dealer is that it's hard to go buy a bike. I can do the rest myself. Also, I find myself wondering how I can get out from under my Triumph to buy one of those when they arrive.
Not hard for someone in your neck of the woods:

http://www.rosefarmclassics.com/

Rosefarm gets rave reviews from thier customers...
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #103
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Not hard for someone in your neck of the woods:

http://www.rosefarmclassics.com/

Rosefarm gets rave reviews from thier customers...
Hmmm....looks like that website hasn't been upated in about 3 years. Not very confidence inspiring for someone looking for a new Guzzi.

In regards to HD riders and Guzzis, friend has a '99 Road King and a early '70s 850 Eldorado.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:39 PM   #104
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Hmmm....looks like that website hasn't been upated in about 3 years. Not very confidence inspiring for someone looking for a new Guzzi.
Rosefarm is a top-notch Chicagoland dealer. One of the premier dealers in the USA.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #105
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Another short "first ride" report. Its a rave. Almost gushy.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/11/27...ng-first-ride/

Thanks for the tip.

The author, Bruno de Prato, has not been reluctant to criticise Italian iron in the past, especially Guzzis. A rave from him carries some weight.
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