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Old 11-12-2012, 12:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I have owned a small-block Guzzi since 2007--bought it new.

I love it. It is fun to ride. But although I got a speeding ticket on it, I am not a very fast rider, nor do I challenge the corners. When I am on the mountain twisties, I ride slow.

It has been a great bike, but the lack of dealer support means that when you need a part, you may have to wait to get it. Fortunately, Harper's MG, Moto International, Riders Hill, Rose Farm Classics, and a few other places stock lots of parts.

Do you do a lot of your own wrenching?
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:12 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I thought you told me you never wanted to go back to the farm and drive tractors again???? Nostalgia?
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:49 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Isn't the new stelvio the 8 valve engine?
Took the 8v griso for a spin a few weeks ago which has the same engine but a higher state of tune, probably one of the the most enjoyable bikes I've EVER ridden!
Every time you touch throttle an amazing v twin rumble thunders from your crotchal area (literally the engine sits directly between your thighs!) the bike rocks gently to the side like a V8 in a engine bay when you rev it! Puts a smile on your dial every time!
Pretty sure the 8V engine makes over 110HP, but the torque is huge.
+1 for the Goose here - especially if you want something unique and loads of fun
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:40 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I've had 5 Guzzis over the last 30 years. My last one was a 1200 Griso, which has the same engine as the Stelvio. It's a peach of an engine! 110bhp and smooth with it. The main drawback, as with all Guzzis, is an excess of weight. But, if you are a big strong boy, it's not much of an issue. However, I found my Griso to be too hard to handle when I resumed riding after my shoulder replacement op. In fact, I've given up totally on big, heavy bikes. If you go down the Guzzi route, you will appreciate the shaft drive, the great range, the comfort, the feeling of being on a rare and exotic machine, and the lovely engine and transmission package. Certain aspects will annoy you, but later, you'll learn to love them. Also, whilst not as stone simple to work on as the old ones, you can still do an awful lot yourself. If possible, try to buy from a well established and knowledgable dealer. It makes a big difference. Whichever bike you choose, may you have many happy miles!
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I've had 5 Guzzis over the last 30 years. My last one was a 1200 Griso, which has the same engine as the Stelvio. It's a peach of an engine! 110bhp and smooth with it. The main drawback, as with all Guzzis, is an excess of weight. But, if you are a big strong boy, it's not much of an issue. However, I found my Griso to be too hard to handle when I resumed riding after my shoulder replacement op. In fact, I've given up totally on big, heavy bikes. If you go down the Guzzi route, you will appreciate the shaft drive, the great range, the comfort, the feeling of being on a rare and exotic machine, and the lovely engine and transmission package. Certain aspects will annoy you, but later, you'll learn to love them. Also, whilst not as stone simple to work on as the old ones, you can still do an awful lot yourself. If possible, try to buy from a well established and knowledgable dealer. It makes a big difference. Whichever bike you choose, may you have many happy miles!
I have been talking with my orthopod and the plan is for one anchor or stay. With Pt I should be back up and running in eight weeks....with continued exercise I will be 100% in no time. Shoulder replacement is a lot more complex. I hope you are doing well. As for the drive shaft I prefer them ...closed and not open to the elements like a chain or belt. The dealership is a problem though the nearest dealer is in Texas......
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