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Old 12-05-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Why Did You Buy a Retro Styled Bike?

So, why did you do it? There are plenty of better designs out there; more horsepower, better handling, but you went and paid alot of money to drive 1970's ('60's, 50's) technology. Post a pic of your bike and tell us what you like about it and anything that bugs you about it. I wasn't in the market for anything new, hell, I was looking at old Nortons and Ducatis but the thought of maintaining another older engine was scaring me to death (I just got done restoring a '67 FJ40). My first love is still off-road riding and I lust after the big adventure KTMs but the V7 Moto Guzzis knocked my socks off. Hell, I bought mine sight unseen over the internet and drove 250 miles to pick it up.

This forum has probably caused more problems in my life by forcing me to drool after Urals, Scramblers and Royal Enfields. I love the classic designs, but don't necessarily want to mess with more carbs, points or brittle electrical systems.

The things I love about the Moto Guzzi? The torque, the styling (minus the plastic number plates and red hubs), the riding position and that beautiful exhaust note. Things I don't like? Well, other than the above, I haven't found it yet. I grin from ear to ear when I ride it (thank God for full face helmets otherwise I'd be picking bugs out of my teeth). The nearest Blockbuster is 15 miles away (with the option of riding some fun twisties), and I used to dread exchanging movies. Not anymore, any excuse to ride is fine by me.

So show a picture of your bike and discuss any changes you are thinking about.





What do I want to change? Get rid of the front number plate when I can afford a Stucchi Fairing, exhaust system (2 into one, slip ons??????????), and some bar ends.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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W650

In the 60s when I first started riding I recall lusting after the big brit twins but was a little scared of how powerful and fast they were so I stuck with smaller bikes. Funny how small and light they look now. So when a decent used W650 appeared 12 years ago I jumped on it. What I like most about it is this:
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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In the 60s when I first started riding I recall lusting after the big brit twins but was a little scared of how powerful and fast they were so I stuck with smaller bikes. Funny how small and light they look now. So when a decent used W650 appeared 12 years ago I jumped on it. What I like most about it is this:
It's funny, but I completely missed the W650s when they came out. I think I must have been stationed in Germany at that time. That is a beautiful engine.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:15 PM   #4
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In the 60s when I first started riding I recall lusting after the big brit twins but was a little scared of how powerful and fast they were so I stuck with smaller bikes. Funny how small and light they look now. So when a decent used W650 appeared 12 years ago I jumped on it. What I like most about it is this:
I have almost 30,000 wonderful trouble free miles on my 2000 W650. Would love to have a newer bike, but can't find any bike with the looks and feel .......best bike I have ever owned.

Roy in Tennessee
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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I have almost 30,000 wonderful trouble free miles on my 2000 W650. Would love to have a newer bike, but can't find any bike with the looks and feel .......best bike I have ever owned.

Roy in Tennessee
I'm at 21K and all is well. These Ws seem to last indefinitely if maintained and not messed with. The only new retro vertical twin available here, the Bonnie, is great but larger and heavier and feels more modern to me than the W. The Guzzi V7 is closer in size to the W and is what I would consider for a retro bike these days.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Why? Because every time I look at it, or listen to it, I think "Holy Shit!"
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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2001 Kawasaki W650
Nice power, simple bike, reliable, 60 MPG, etc.
What's not to like? Like my old BSA 650 that I owned back in the mid 60's except gets me home.



Experienced riders like them.



Decent in the dirt/gravel.



Good for hauling garbage to the dump.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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2001 Kawasaki W650
Nice power, simple bike, reliable, 60 MPG, etc.
What's not to like? Like my old BSA 650 that I owned back in the mid 60's except gets me home.
that is one beauty of a bike barnone. I had a 65 mile commute in 01 and was doing it on a Gold Wing. Otherwise I would have had one of these back then.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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that is one beauty of a bike barnone. I had a 65 mile commute in 01 and was doing it on a Gold Wing. Otherwise I would have had one of these back then.
siyeh,
Thanks, It is the third W650 for me and this time I'm going to keep her.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #10
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Because the look of a classic motorcycle is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and something that most modern designs don't even com close to achieving, aesthetically. That alone is reason enough. But also, because I've matured to the point of realizing that I don't need to go double the speed limit every time I ride. (Although I happen to have a bike for that, too).
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #11
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I bought my first Ural because it was on CL too cheap. I never even rode in a sidecar before, nor thought about one until I saw the ad. We loved it and upgraded to an almost new 2010 this spring. It hauls a week's worth of groceries, goes offroad very well, is simple as a rock, has gone 11,000 miles this year without a single issue, and pulls interested and interesting people out of the woodwork. It has been the most fun toy of many different things I've owned. It also happens to be the only bike my wife of 26 years is comfortable on (in?). My two wheelers are too tough on her aging body. It's nice to have her along on rides with this. Even our former GL1800 was getting uncomfortable for her. This one she rode across much of the country in without issue.
BTW- I love the other bikes posted here too.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:40 PM   #12
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When I found out about the Honda CB1100 I wanted one. I don't need to go faster than the speed limit, although I've had every bike I've owned over 100 or at least as fast at it would go, in the case of my KZ440. I don't care for leaning forward and putting weight on my wrists all the time. I like naked bikes, I like to see the bits that make it go. Plastic coated bikes, although pretty, just don't trip my trigger.

I don't have a CB1100, but maybe someday...
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #13
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Why do you need a retro when you can ride the classic?

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:08 AM   #14
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Why do you need a retro when you can ride the classic?


+1



And there is no depreciation. I bought that bike for $700. Well, it's been a few years now. And I did put few bucks into spiffing it up a bit. But still.

Seriously though I did look at retro styled bikes as opposed to the real deal. I have multiple bikes so in the end the real thing had more appeal.

As for why I wanted retro anything, that was heavily influenced by my purchase of a new Ducati 996 in 2000. That bike quickly cured me of my infatuation with sportbikes, I was not worthy. (Don't get me wrong, I loved the bike, still own it in fact. I just realized it's potential was wasted on me).

I like retro styled bikes because though I like older bikes in general, they can be a pain to live with.

As for current retro bikes, I thought I'd love the Guzzi V7. Then I saw that red frame and hubs and whatever else. Ewww.... maybe if I can find a used one someday that I can tear down and refinish. But then again I've always had this silly desire to build a Sportster in the way I wish the Motor Company would....
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:06 AM   #15
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And there is no depreciation. I bought that bike for $700. Well, it's been a few years now. And I did put few bucks into spiffing it up a bit. But still.

Seriously though I did look at retro styled bikes as opposed to the real deal. I have multiple bikes so in the end the real thing had more appeal.

As for why I wanted retro anything, that was heavily influenced by my purchase of a new Ducati 996 in 2000. That bike quickly cured me of my infatuation with sportbikes, I was not worthy. (Don't get me wrong, I loved the bike, still own it in fact. I just realized it's potential was wasted on me).

I like retro styled bikes because though I like older bikes in general, they can be a pain to live with.

As for current retro bikes, I thought I'd love the Guzzi V7. Then I saw that red frame and hubs and whatever else. Ewww.... maybe if I can find a used one someday that I can tear down and refinish. But then again I've always had this silly desire to build a Sportster in the way I wish the Motor Company would....
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