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post #1 of 26 Old 10-21-2012, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Now I'm a Guzzi Freak..

Got my V7 Classic home today..

I've been around Guzzi's for 25 years.. Co-workers who had them were the only guys at work I could carry on an actual conversation about motorcycles.. Sport bike guys were all about wheelies and going 150mph, and the Harley guys were all about riding 10 miles to a bar..

The Guzzi guys liked to RIDE PLACES and wander, check stuff out, work on their own bikes, be comfortable and have fun. I've been a BMW rider since 1987 and the Guzzi guys were good people..

After 15 years of BMW rallies, I got tired of the BMW way, and the rallies were getting boring.. So I sorta switched to the Guzzi rallies.. Fun people, cheap admission, etc..

So, one thing led to another, and I've been admiring, with a slight case of desiring a Guzzi for a while..

Fast forward to this summer.. I decided in June that I'd spend $5K on a new (used) bike.. I looked hard for a used V7 Guzzi, but none were to be had, so I went with plan "B" and bought a nice Triumph Sprint ST..

Well, this week what I wanted became available.. This afternoon I returned home from a 1330 mile round trip to pick it up in Fayetteville, AR...



Saddlebags are supposed to arrive this week.. More photos then..
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Wow, look at the jugs on that girl!!!
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Wow, look at the jugs on that girl!!!
Yeah.. They're not all saggy, like a BMW..
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Beautiful bike. I have an eye out for one myself if the price is right. Give us a ride impression when you get a chance.

A couple of years ago I nearly bought a V1000 convert with auto trans. The guy backed out though.

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I put 80 miles on it today.. Ride is very firm.. All reports I'd heard about the stock Metzelers were true.. They SUCK!... They follow every line on the road except the one you want to ride, and they're 5500 miles old and are about toast anyway..

I've got a set of Michelin Activs on the way, and by all reports they completely change the handling..

The bike is very cold blooded.. The FI enrichener is a must if it's cold..
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Hey Paper, now that you have another bike can I have one of your old BMW's? Promise I'd take good care of it!

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Well, I'm planning on putting my R65 up for sale.. That's sort of the same thing, right?
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Well, I'm planning on putting my R65 up for sale.. That's sort of the same thing, right?
Sort of, but I want the one you got last summer... Love that bike!

Oh, and by the way, the Guzzi is Gorgeous!

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Last summer?? Well, I got the R65 in the spring and the R1200GS a couple months later..

Or are you talking about the Triumph from this summer? Cuz that one's going up for sale, too.
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Lol! Sorry, I can't keep up! The R1200 is my fave!

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