I've not ridden a Small-Block Guzzi, but the open road is the natural habitat for the Big-Blocks. They are at their smoothest once you get over 3,500 rpms, they're stable, have very effective brakes, and remarkable handling. The great looks, high quality components, and shaft drive are lagniappe. My California Vintage weighs 117 lbs less than a Road King Classic and 237 lbs less than a Rocket III Touring...and gets an honest 44mpg (better than my lightly modified T100). What's not to like?
2003 Bonneville T100 and 2007 Moto Guzzi California Vintage