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Old 04-25-2012, 03:48 AM   #2236
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That'd be the one. I've got some ideas for the white though...there's a little too much of it for me, and it looks too "pretty." I'm thinking some parts need to turn a low or no-gloss black, or I've even kicked around the idea of doing a complete color change and re-upholstering for a completely different look.

But before any of that can happen, I need to get back to the US! Not too much longer...
You've got me thinking, custom paint job, brown leather seat, custom set of headlights maybe. Anyone done some serious customising in the looks department?
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:28 PM   #2237
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You've got me thinking, custom paint job, brown leather seat, custom set of headlights maybe. Anyone done some serious customising in the looks department?
Leather saddlebags, tassles, bit of cardboard in the spokes to give it an engine sound...
Seriously, why would you?
The only thing I DON'T like about the Stelvio (and it seems I'm on my own here! ) is that it leaves the factory in primer and needs a coat of colour and some clear on top. Preferably red.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #2238
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You've got me thinking, custom paint job, brown leather seat, custom set of headlights maybe. Anyone done some serious customising in the looks department?
Ok...I got a little freaked out when I read your post because my first thought was "hey I don't remember posting that!" You and I are possibly thinking along the same lines.

Here's what sticks in my head. Not that the Stelvio would be a copy of this, but this is just a color inspiration.

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Old 04-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #2239
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Leather saddlebags, tassles, bit of cardboard in the spokes to give it an engine sound...
Seriously, why would you?
The only thing I DON'T like about the Stelvio (and it seems I'm on my own here! ) is that it leaves the factory in primer and needs a coat of colour and some clear on top. Preferably red.
And to that I'd say "why wouldn't you change it?"

You don't like the color (flat black) and think it should be red. That's great! Change it and make it to your liking. Mine is coming in white, and think it might look better in something much more subdued. It's just paint...paint is easy to change.

Not all customization ends in leather saddlebags, tassles, butless chaps and fake boobs.

EDIT: I tend to look at most vehicles as a blank canvas, but a canvas with some personality built in. A Super-Tenere or Versys would look ridiculous in grey paint with brown leather, but the Stelvio or an R1200GS would look great that way. To me, it's all about finding the personality of the bike, building on that personality, and doing so within the preferences and personality of the owner...the bike and the owner should have similar personalities. I'd look and feel ridiculous on a tassled and chromed Harley, but a buddy of mine is right at home with that. He'd look and feel ridiculous on any of my bikes too. That's why he rides Harleys and I ride other bikes. But in the end, it's all good...he has what he likes, and I have what I like.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:45 PM   #2240
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Anyone around here ever take a Guzzi on a long trip? By long trip, I mean something you read about in the Ride Reports threads...thousands of miles into areas that may have never seen a Guzzi?

Sooo....would you trust your Guzzi to take you anywhere in north America? How about central America or beyond?










I trust mine.

Search here and at WildGuzzi.com/forum and you'll see a ride report, or two, from me... Haven't posted one here in awhile, so there will be more at WildGuzzi...

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Old 04-26-2012, 07:31 AM   #2241
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Mike (rocker 59) takes his all over the place....ALL over!
I have put 20 thousand miles on 2 different Guzzi's last year and I did not commute on one.
I would not be afraid to ride mine anywhere and I am planning an alaskan trip with my stelvio.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #2242
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That is sigline material right there.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:49 AM   #2243
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And to that I'd say "why wouldn't you change it?"

You don't like the color (flat black) and think it should be red. That's great! Change it and make it to your liking. Mine is coming in white, and think it might look better in something much more subdued. It's just paint...paint is easy to change.
Another note on the paint. I had my grey and black F800GS repainted in almost the same colors as the European model. That would be my preferred color but I do like the look of the grey and black model coming to Canada. One thing I am definately sold on is the matt finish. We all know those gloss finishes and the work we do trying to keep them shining. But, the scratches are inevitable. And with all the banging thru the brush I do I gotta say the matt finish still has my F8 looking like a new paint job. I'm sold on it and sticking with it. Even if the bike came with a gloss I'd change it. An easy thing to do by the way, as it is only a topcoat.

And the color, flat black? Come on really? It's far from flat black.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:17 PM   #2244
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And to that I'd say "why wouldn't you change it?"

You don't like the color (flat black) and think it should be red. That's great! Change it and make it to your liking. Mine is coming in white, and think it might look better in something much more subdued. It's just paint...paint is easy to change.

Not all customization ends in leather saddlebags, tassles, butless chaps and fake boobs.

EDIT: I tend to look at most vehicles as a blank canvas, but a canvas with some personality built in. A Super-Tenere or Versys would look ridiculous in grey paint with brown leather, but the Stelvio or an R1200GS would look great that way. To me, it's all about finding the personality of the bike, building on that personality, and doing so within the preferences and personality of the owner...the bike and the owner should have similar personalities. I'd look and feel ridiculous on a tassled and chromed Harley, but a buddy of mine is right at home with that. He'd look and feel ridiculous on any of my bikes too. That's why he rides Harleys and I ride other bikes. But in the end, it's all good...he has what he likes, and I have what I like.
I agree in principle - but I like to live with the bike a bit first, let it become what it does best as we learn to live with each other. Take the original Guzzi Le Mans as an eg; well, I've had a few of them over the years - plus the replica 2s, 3s and a few others beside. Yet I still have the first one, the one I bought in 1977; it's evolved many times and it now has a polished alloy tank, spoked wheels - there's not much that's standard besides the frame (painted grey) and the block (oh, and as far as "Would I ride my Guzzi to..." - after one very high speed run through Zimbabwe in Africa, my luggage had bullet holes in it...).

Yet my wife's Le Mans has seen a few differences too - and she's comfortable with it back to almost entirely stock.

A blank canvas maybe, but not a static one.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:29 PM   #2245
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Ahhh Mike... U.S. 64 through the Carson National Forest in autumn. That's a sweet pic on a sweet bike.

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #2246
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Brazos Overlook is one of my favourite places in the country.

US-64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla is a great moto road!

I make it a point to ride that section of road and stop at the pass any time I'm in that part of the country.



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Old 04-27-2012, 09:23 AM   #2247
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Guzzi Enduro gathering

In keeping with the tradition of having an annual gathering for the Moto Guzzi enduro bikes in the U.S., the gathering will take place 18-20 May 2012, in Baker, Nevada.

Each May, for many years, there has been a gathering of Italian motorcycles in Baker. The organizers of the Grappa Gruppo Gathering have invited the Guzzi Enduro riders to join their event.

The host motel/restaurant/bar/campground is www.silverjackinn.com Terry, the owner is a enduro motorcyclist and has always proven to be a great host for the GGG. As always, this will be a fairly informal affair. Some riders may refer to it as a “ride to eat”. There are hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore in the area. Great Basin National Park/Lehman Caves is located at Baker. Just an hour away is Ely, NV. On this same weekend, the Silver State Classic open road race will be based out of Ely. A fun chance to see some cars that will be running down closed sections of highway at 200 miles per hour. Www.sscc.us It also looks as if Baker will be a stop for the Alamo Express endurance motorcycle rally on 19 May.

The rooms at the Silver Jack Inn should be filling up quickly. There should be camp space. A back up motel would be the Whispering Elms, only about 300 meters away from the Silver Jack. Their contact is www.greatbasinmotel.com

Hope to see some of you there.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:32 AM   #2248
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #2249
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I love the way they adorn your parlour. I mean, who needs coffee table books when you've got those?
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #2250
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I love the way they adorn your parlour. I mean, who needs coffee table books when you've got those?
I think the little saucer of milk he puts out for them is sweet too. Or is the milk for the Lake Como elves?
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