Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: Tiger 800xc
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Hertfordshire, ENGLAND
Other Motorcycle: Ducati 907ie
Extra Motorcycle: Kawasaki zx6r
I am an ex-Guzzi owner (Breva 1200). I now own a Tiger 800xc. I bought the Guzzi new and developed a Like/Indifference relationship with it (as opposed to Love /Hate). It really did put the 'and?' in bland.
While my Tiger was being serviced, I test rode the new V7 Stone, mainly out of curiosity. I'd read all these glowing test reports that compared it favourably with the Bonneville. Well, I've not ridden a Bonneville but I hope the gear change isn't as sloppy as the V7. I hated the thing! The tyres made it feel like it was running on marbles too. However, it sounded wonderful, even with the standard silencers and I noticed people looking round at it as I passed. Mind you, they do that when I ride the Tiger; perhaps it's me they're looking at ! Nah, the Guzzis are all show and no go IMO. I've seen a Dyno chart for a V7stone in standard trim - 38bhp at the back wheel.
No, if I spend any more hard earned on another bike, the Bonneville will be top of my list for a test ride. This is my third Triumph and I don't plan to deviate from the brand again.
I always referred to my Moto Guzzi as 'Motor Gutless' AND it let me down (starting problems) all over Europe last year. It had to go. I've loved my Tiger from the moment I first rode it. It's quick, light, reliable, and (to me at least) good looking. The Guzzi was slow (for a 1200cc machine), heavy, unreliable and well, 'Mutton dressed as Lamb' as we sometimes say in the UK.
Moto Guzzi's after sales service is pretty rubbish too.
So, to conclude, my advice is - Don't buy a Moto Guzzi. You have been warned!
Last edited by relocatedfixer; 10-28-2012 at 08:58 AM.