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Old 05-15-2012, 05:24 AM   #1471
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I will say that on my recent cross country, by far, the majority of bikes I saw out doing miles were H-Ds; only a couple of 'Wings and a scattering of Beemers.

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Had one. Beautiful bike. Very comfortable on the road. All the raw visceral performance of a 4 cyl minivan.

Lots of people love them so I'm obviously the odd one here. Just get ready to double the price if you want to make one as fast as a 3 generation old 600cc sport bike. IMHO of course.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:35 AM   #1472
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:34 AM   #1473
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Had one. Beautiful bike. Very comfortable on the road. All the raw visceral performance of a 4 cyl minivan.

Lots of people love them so I'm obviously the odd one here. Just get ready to double the price if you want to make one as fast as a 3 generation old 600cc sport bike. IMHO of course.
I'll agree with you. I never could grasp the attraction either until I started riding slower bikes and just sort of be-bopping around at sane speeds.
I get it now.
I still can't stand the volume of open pipes, so I'm still a weirdo in that respect. But, it's a fun experience to just kick back and let the torque pull you along without having to bend time-space everywhere you go simply because you have 140+hp on tap.
It's a different ride for a different mindset.
I still prefer a big 4, in fact. But, a v-twin cruiser isn't near as awful as I used to think it was.
The mid-80's Dodge Caravan acceleration curve does concern me in traffic though.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:50 AM   #1474
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Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
Ditto on the matte green Griso se!
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #1475
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Yesterday it was a Drz400, today I've moved onto a Moto Guzzi V7(booked a test ride for saturday). Next week I'll be back to Triumph where my heart belongs.
Nice bike lusts Little Bull. Goto tell me how that Moto Guzzi V7 test ride goes. I sat on a V7 Racer, haven't ridden one, and loved the stance but wasn't sure the engine had enough gusto. The Griso looks awesome too but I have never even seen one in person.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:06 PM   #1476
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Nice bike lusts Little Bull. Goto tell me how that Moto Guzzi V7 test ride goes. I sat on a V7 Racer, haven't ridden one, and loved the stance but wasn't sure the engine had enough gusto. The Griso looks awesome too but I have never even seen one in person.
I've been drooling over Guzzi's lately saw one or two Griso's at the crud run, I would love the stelvio, but the Griso is 5k cheaper, either way I can't spend 10k on a bike, and have learned people who own Guzzi's don't sell them so the used market is tiny unless you want the California...meh
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:51 PM   #1477
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I've been drooling over Guzzi's lately saw one or two Griso's at the crud run, I would love the stelvio, but the Griso is 5k cheaper, either way I can't spend 10k on a bike, and have learned people who own Guzzi's don't sell them so the used market is tiny unless you want the California...meh
Darn, missed the Crud run as I was fixing my truck. Would have been nice to see some Guzzi's, talk to the owners and maybe sit on a couple to see if my body would fit.

As far as prices go, if you don't mind used, they show up allot cheaper than new on the used market especially in the non riding season. You've probably heard of Moto International, cheaper prices for a Guzzi or Aprilia. I even found a Guzzi Grisso last winter for less than $5k (many states away). Hard to jump on a large dollar purchase with no way of deciding if it would work out though.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:06 AM   #1478
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I've been drooling over Guzzi's lately saw one or two Griso's at the crud run, I would love the stelvio, but the Griso is 5k cheaper, either way I can't spend 10k on a bike, and have learned people who own Guzzi's don't sell them so the used market is tiny unless you want the California...meh
If you want one of the new Griso SEs, then, yeah, you're going to pay close to MSRP as those are running out the doors of the dealers. If, on the other hand, you'd be happy with an older 1100 Griso, you can pick up a Demo or New left-over for around $7K (Moto International) with a fly and ride program that covers most, if not all of the cost of your flight to Seattle. The new Stelvio is also in demand, so again, yeah, they are going for close to MSRP.

NOS Norges are going for right around $9K-$9.5K, but the new Norge has a waiting list at all the dealers I know of.

It's a nice change for Guzzi - not so good for those looking to buy the latest, but hopefully it will make Piaggio think just maybe they can sell a few more bikes and need to beef up the dealer network.

As for used, they are around, but you do have to keep you ear close to the forums (wildguzzi and GuzziTech).

Happy hunting.

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Old 05-16-2012, 06:16 AM   #1479
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I want the bike I already own.

But I want about $2500 to put on all the mods and farkles I can pile on, like exhaust, cams, pistons etc...

Then time off from work to ride the damn thing.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #1480
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:13 PM   #1481
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #1482
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As of now I am wanting an Electra Glide or at least a big touring bike so I can take my wife with me across the country
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:52 AM   #1483
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #1484
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Hmmm. This has actually turned into a serious question for me now. Since I need to sell my Goldwing, I decided to get something made within the last 7 years.

Drawn further down from that, I've shown a distinct preference for Harley, especially since I have school and future job based reasons to buy one. I also need something capable of my high speed commute, so the Royal Einfield and Ural Solo ST are eliminated right off the bat.

So all things considered, my somewhat short list of HDs I'm looking at is:

1. The Heritage Softail Classic.


There is a lot of sentimental value to this one, since my uncle (who isn't doing so well now) had one, and it was the first bike I ever rode (passenger). It also has the benefit of a big comfy seat, and bags.

2. The Road King.


The obvious choice. Locking storage, better turning (not that Florida has turns or anything), and that police air seat. There are a million of them down here, slightly used, so deals are abound.

3. The Fat Bob


Better brakes, easier to get then the Switchback. Dunno much about the style, those dual headlights don't quite agree with me, but it's dark at night down here. I would need to either get a sissy bar, or saddlebags extra.

4. The Sportster "72"


Short range ( I could go to school and back, but I would have to fill up every day, no choice), no storage (so saddlebags, or a sissy bar), Five speed Evo. I can't put my finger on why, but I've loved this bike since it was first shown, and it's only gotten worse since I got the chance to sit on it.

But, I'm really aching for that Twin Cam 103. I know I won't be fiddling with it for a while.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:36 PM   #1485
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Hmmm. This has actually turned into a serious question for me now. Since I need to sell my Goldwing, I decided to get something made within the last 7 years.

Drawn further down from that, I've shown a distinct preference for Harley, especially since I have school and future job based reasons to buy one. I also need something capable of my high speed commute, so the Royal Einfield and Ural Solo ST are eliminated right off the bat.

So all things considered, my somewhat short list of HDs I'm looking at is:


2. The Road King.


The obvious choice. Locking storage, better turning (not that Florida has turns or anything), and that police air seat. There are a million of them down here, slightly used, so deals are abound.


But, I'm really aching for that Twin Cam 103. I know I won't be fiddling with it for a while.
If you ride two up on any regular basis, especially with one particularly important person, have her or him check the rear seat. My wife found that the hard bags hit her mid calf, and hard bags are a must for me. While this would not be a big deal around town, it would definitely be an issue after 300 miles. This was pretty much a deal killer on the bike for me.

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