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Old 07-05-2013, 06:51 AM   #76
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Glad to see someone chime in with a boost for the Griso.

Why is it so many people just don't get Guzzis? I've had 4, all stone reliable, over the years. All I hear is bleating about the small dealer network- fix it yourself!
This sounds a lot like "get off my lawn, whippersnapper!"
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #77
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This sounds a lot like "get off my lawn, whippersnapper!"
No no! Join me on my lawn, just don't sit on the oily patches....mind that pile of clutch plates....

I've seen a lot of people put off a bike they'd love just 'cos the dealer is too far away. Guzzis are a prime example.

I consider it my life's work to encourage people to tear into it themselves. Especially when most bits are instantly available, as is lots of good advice, via the net. The only dealer of any description at all is more than 50 miles from my house so no choice!
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:17 AM   #78
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Guess I'm lucky, because there's a Guzzi dealer right down the road.

Griso is sitting there a few months ago and it looked great. I liked the stance and the bike seemed like it would be easy to get long with. Sales guy walks up and offers a test ride..!

I had to leave, quickly, to save my bank account. Really like that bike a lot.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #79
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Go for the Buell, it'll remind you why you fell in love with motorcycles 45 years ago (no jokes please, you know what I meant). I can't imagine they are too expensive over there.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #80
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #81
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:38 AM   #82
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I am 62 and just bought a triumph street triple r and am having a blast. i also have my 06 fjr with 123k on the odometer which is for rides longer than 150 miles. The str is just so light and the sound when you crack the throttle, wow.


ps I am one of those that won't buy a guzzi because of the lack of a dealer network. I am not making their problem my problem.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #83
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #84
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Ehhh HOOLIGAN bike ;) Maybe you mean CB1000R?

HAHA!! Tom, that bike really made an impression on you, didn't it?

I see that you have referenced it a number of times. I plan on going to ride one soon, just because you loved it so much!
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:47 PM   #85
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I'm having a hard time getting this one out of my mind. I was holding out for the KTM duke 690R - but I don't think they are going to bring the R model to the US. So its between the ducati hypermotard sp and the street triple R. While I have no doubt the STR is a great bike, I think the ducati is winning out in my mind. This should work for an aging hooligan.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:52 PM   #86
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #87
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HAHA!! Tom, that bike really made an impression on you, didn't it?

I see that you have referenced it a number of times. I plan on going to ride one soon, just because you loved it so much!
I would realy love to get a Triumph Speedtriple but its a four hour ride to the nerest dealer and when i had my Sprint 955iST the ONE that are closer wouldent take big servic on it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:27 AM   #88
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The thing with the CB1000R i only tested it wher ther was a lot of tight twistis and it was a blast, it was even comfortable, upright seating pos and nice realxed angle for the knees(i am only 176cm). Its suposed to handle better then the Z1000.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:44 AM   #89
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So you want something more comfortable, with a shaft, more upright seating, and so on?

I'd say look at the GTR1000/1400, the Pan European, or the FJR. I've only had the Kawis, but ridden the other two, all are fantastic canyon carvers, road bikes, touring machines, grocery getters, and all around fun for being a hooligan. (There are folks on sport tourers that can put some of these kids on their sport bikes to shame...)
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:45 PM   #90
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Duc Hypermotard or Monster, KTM SMT or Duke, all the way to a FJR? We have a really broad view on what constitutes a hooligan bike!
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