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Old 11-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #61
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I think I'll be putting one of these in my garage in the new year. Digging the cast rims. If the new heads add a couple of ponies, that'll be alright too.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:09 PM   #62
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i'm looking towards purchasing something in this size/style/price range myself.....

so, i'm guessing nearly every v7 owner also toyed with the idea of a bonneville. ultimately, what was (were) the deciding factor(s) in your decison to pull the trigger on the guzzi?

eyeballed them last weekend at erico in denver and they both look like gems to me!
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:44 PM   #63
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The Triumphs are nice. Shaft drive is the big seller for me.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:50 PM   #64
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i'm looking towards purchasing something in this size/style/price range myself.....

so, i'm guessing nearly every v7 owner also toyed with the idea of a Bonneville. ultimately, what was (were) the deciding factor(s) in your decison to pull the trigger on the guzzi?

eyeballed them last weekend at erico in denver and they both look like gems to me!
Shaft drive, and fuel injection. I purchased my 2009 V7C used for about $6k. To get fuel injection on the Bonnie, it had to be 2010 or newer, and I just didn't see any for sale (used, didn't want to pay new price). Plus, I like the longitudinal mounted V-twin. It gives the Guzzi's a unique look, unlike anything else available today. The more I looked at them the more the Guzzi tugged out me, and told me it was the bike for me. I've only had it about 5 weeks, but have put nearly 1,000 miles on it in that time, and am really lovin' it. I definitely feel that I've made the right choice.

Now, if M.G. comes out with a V11 or V12 Classic (same classic style as the V7 Classic with the big block engine), that may be my next bike.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #65
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I looked at one, but price, plastic tank, and spoked wheels/tubed tires are what sent me to the Bonneville.

I would have been a lot more interested if they had the new black one with the cast wheels, new heads, and steel tank available.

Chain vs shaft is almost a wash to me with O-ring chains.
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Old 11-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #66
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Shaft drive, and fuel injection. I purchased my 2009 V7C used for about $6k. To get fuel injection on the Bonnie, it had to be 2010 or newer, and I just didn't see any for sale (used, didn't want to pay new price). .
The Bonnie got EFI in '09, not '10. I got my EFI, mag-wheel '09 "used" (with 236 miles on it) in May '10 for a grand less than a new '10 would have been
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:20 PM   #67
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The Bonnie got EFI in '09, not '10. I got my EFI, mag-wheel '09 "used" (with 236 miles on it) in May '10 for a grand less than a new '10 would have been
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:33 PM   #68
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i'm looking towards purchasing something in this size/style/price range myself.....

so, i'm guessing nearly every v7 owner also toyed with the idea of a bonneville. ultimately, what was (were) the deciding factor(s) in your decison to pull the trigger on the guzzi?

eyeballed them last weekend at erico in denver and they both look like gems to me!
Shaft drive and the quality of fit and finish. Also, here in BC the Triumph would have cost me an extra few hundred per year in insurance because it's over 750cc. The V7 has more than enough power for me, so the extra oomph of the Bonneville wasn't an issue. But the biggest thing was shaft drive: I promised myself that I'd never again carry another can of chain lube across the continent.
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:47 PM   #69
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Gonna see some new gossip on this thread now!

Some links to start you off...

http://blog.motorcycle.com/2011/11/0...ange-revealed/
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:52 PM   #70
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You guys want to tell him or should I?
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:29 PM   #71
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You guys want to tell him or should I?




.......and thanks for the replies to my question, hope it's not seen as a 'hijack'......

what i find really interesting is that even folks that ended up buying the triumph are still checking into a v7 thread! the bike must have struck a chord....

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Old 11-04-2011, 07:50 PM   #72
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Anybody got side shot of the cast wheels? From this angle, to my eyes at least, they look a little cheesy. Whilst I much prefer this bike to the bonneville, I find the triumph cast wheel much better looking. Tubeless?
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:16 PM   #73
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:37 PM   #74
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Hmmm, they might be getting somewhere....

Now if this bike makes some decent power...
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:02 PM   #75
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I really don't think its about the power...seeing that black one, all these lights go off in my head for things I'd do to it. Jack up the suspension, some knobbies, clip ons, figure out a high pipe; I'd make it a dirty cafe back road bastard. Or add a rack, backrest, luggage, call it an around town run about.
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