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Old 09-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #4246
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Well, today's another day but I still want a California Touring.
New wrinkle though is that I found out she sucks fuel like there's no tomorrow.

It's kind of like finding out your super hot girlfriend, who's crazy for you and makes everybody's head turn when you go by, has an eating disorder.
Not a deal breaker necessarily, but not ideal either.

One test had the practical range at 120 miles. Damn.
This would be nice too, except for the short range and the stupid windshield (I don't like windshields on my bikes)
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:39 PM   #4247
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I tested the California Touring today. Very good linear power (I was impressed considering it's 700+lb weight). The windshield is easily removable with a few bolts. Fit and finish is great. Lean angle is much farther than the RK I test today.

I'm 6'5", 250 lbs. The left cylinder head was within a quarter inch of my leg. But even in 100 degree heat, it wasn't that bad. The RK had more heat radiating off the engine than the Guzzi.

Which would I choose? Road King or Guzzi 1400 Touring?

By a long shot...




The Guzzi.

It rode better. Handling was better. The details on the bike were better overall (machined spacers and headlight cooling fins just to name a couple). The seat was taller and more comfortable than the Harley. The big Guzzi vibrates at idle like any other cruiser. But as soon as you roll onto the throttle, it's as smooth as butter. After the test ride, I told the dealer, "NOW I understand the 'cruiser' thing. It just has to be the right bike." And for me, I can definitely see my self on a Guzzi. Besides, Ewan McGregor owns one!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:21 PM   #4248
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I MISS MISS MISS THAT BIKE
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:10 PM   #4249
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I tested the California Touring today. Very good linear power (I was impressed considering it's 700+lb weight). The windshield is easily removable with a few bolts. Fit and finish is great. Lean angle is much farther than the RK I test today.

I'm 6'5", 250 lbs. The left cylinder head was within a quarter inch of my leg. But even in 100 degree heat, it wasn't that bad. The RK had more heat radiating off the engine than the Guzzi.

Which would I choose? Road King or Guzzi 1400 Touring?

By a long shot...




The Guzzi.

It rode better. Handling was better. The details on the bike were better overall (machined spacers and headlight cooling fins just to name a couple). The seat was taller and more comfortable than the Harley. The big Guzzi vibrates at idle like any other cruiser. But as soon as you roll onto the throttle, it's as smooth as butter. After the test ride, I told the dealer, "NOW I understand the 'cruiser' thing. It just has to be the right bike." And for me, I can definitely see my self on a Guzzi. Besides, Ewan McGregor owns one!
Thanks for the feedback. My brother is going to look at one tomorrow. This particular bug has bit him hard.

I have never owned a cruiser or a big tourer and have only had a passing interest over the last couple of years. This big Guzzi is a game changer for me as it appeals to me on a much broader level than the (usual) transverse twins. This bike melds a standard with a cruiser with a tourer all with brilliant Italian design and ease of maintenance. Truly a unique machine.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:29 AM   #4250
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I have one. A Griso SE Black Devil. Got it new 3 months ago and it's got 12000km on it already.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:18 AM   #4251
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pure awesomness
Amen.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #4252
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I am in love. The big tourer, the bad ass power cruiser, the ultimate sport-TOURER!
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:11 AM   #4253
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F, so I won't be in the market for a new bike for at LEAST a year but, when the day finally comes I haven't seen ANYTHING currently on the market that would keep an FZ-09 out of my garage. Currently filling up a piggy bank that's labeled FZ-09!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #4254
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F, so I won't be in the market for a new bike for at LEAST a year but, when the day finally comes I haven't seen ANYTHING currently on the market that would keep an FZ-09 out of my garage. Currently filling up a piggy bank that's labeled FZ-09!
Wow, that is cool alright. Amazing amount of motorcycle for the money, it looks like Yamaha is out to own that segment.

The FZ 09 looks like the ideal real world sport bike.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #4255
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F...
+1 And amazingly, it is lighter than the CB500!?!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:20 PM   #4256
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Today the Yamaha FZ-09 has grabbed me by the balls & is pulling hard. Just bought my Daughter a CB 500 F, so I won't be in the market for a new bike for at LEAST a year but, when the day finally comes I haven't seen ANYTHING currently on the market that would keep an FZ-09 out of my garage. Currently filling up a piggy bank that's labeled FZ-09!
So...Is this a conceptual infatuation, or have you seen one in person? I can't get past the styling.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #4257
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So...Is this a conceptual infatuation, or have you seen one in person? I can't get past the styling.
Of course Mr. Spikes will speak for himself, but from my POV it isn't too offensive.
The headlight can be changed, the erector set out back can be eliminated, and the color highlights on the wheels be painted over. Then it would be about on a par with most of it's contemporaries, of which none are going to win any beauty contests.

I'd get the red one.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #4258
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Great looking bike. Is it just me, or does it bear some resemblance to a TDM 950 - a beefier TDM perhaps?

I wonder what a flat plane triple sounds like?
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #4259
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Too soon to mention the Griso again?

Not even a little bit. I've always loved the bike, but after sitting on one today, I feel like I owe it to my heirs to buy one before they stop making them. Shitty weather is fast-approaching the NE and I'm still trying to justify buying it immediately if not sooner...

Remove a couple of cheesy stickers, the rear fender, and you've got a timeless, all-the-power-and-performance-that-I-realistically-will-ever-need-in-the-street, looker that will always turn heads and make you smile.

And yes, it took entirely too long to insert all those hyphens.
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