2000 Moto Guzzi Jackal?

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  1. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    2000 Moto Guzzi Jackal? Experiences? 40k miles... red. Reviews I've read say it's my kinda bike. Simple, no bling, good handling.
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  2. NJ-Brett

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    I do not know anything about it, but its red and Italian, how could you go wrong?
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  3. Madtownguzzi

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  4. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    2 up comfort for 1-2 hour rides?
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  5. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Yes. And then some.

    The Jackal was the stripped-down California of the time. It has all the basics in the chassis and driveline that the more blingy Bassa and EV do.

    The bikes will go hundreds of thousands of miles. Very solid and proven platform. Between the size of a Sportster and a Dyna, for comparison.

    Tube-type wheels. No Guzzi Integrated Brakes. Non-Adjustable suspension. Pegs instead of boards (From the factory, anyway). Available Hepco + Becker racks to mount hard bags.

    A good all-around traditional standard motorcycle.
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  6. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    As Rocker59 states, it is a good all round traditional standard motorcycle. I own a 2001 Jackal. Now, I will be the first to admit that guzzi isnt for everyone, and this is my first goose, but I really like it. I get kick everytime I ride it. I have owned it for 13 months and have put 8k on it. Not that many miles, but I have enjoyed everyone of them. The only downside of the Jackal, and this is just personal preference, is that the seat for me is too low, and the rear suspension reaches its limits before I do. The seat could be about 2" higher for me (5'10" , 33" inseam). I am a lightweight so I am not overtaxing the rear shocks with weight. With the Jackal what you get is really cool motorcycle riding experience. A frame that handles confidently, a motor that lets you know its a motor, enough looks to make you want to get on it and ride and not a lot of excess stuff like chrome, electronics and plastic. The bike is easy to maintaine. The gearing is high. I never use 5th unless I am going to be at 80 or above for a while. The engine likes to rev, this is no low rpm cruiser. When you ride the guzzi jackal it lets you now that you are riding a MOTOR cycle. Its a cool experience. You might like it.
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  7. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I'll be looking at it in person this weekend. The deal is a trade of my KLR plus some extra stuff. Pretty fair deal. It seems like my kinda bike. I've had two cruisers, but only for a few months each. It will be nice to permanently add one to the stable.
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  8. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    After you look at it post an update as to your decision. Keep in mind that when you ride it, for the first 15 minutes or so you might not 'get it'. Put a thousand miles on one and nobody will be able to pry you off of it. Good luck.
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  9. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    They are damn nice lookin bikes!
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  10. dogfm

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    What could possibly go wrong :rofl
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  11. oxman

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    I have a 2001 jackal ...my first Guzzi and im sure it will go to the grave with me :roflA rock solid bike that you don't see every day ...buy it I say buy it ...:D

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  12. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    Unless there are any big red flags with the deal I'm going to go for it. In the pictures the thing looks mint, only odd thing is one side cover is black. But I know they get stolen or can fly off on the highway. And based on things in the background of the pictures I can assume it's been well treated. I love my KLR and spent some serious time on it, but am finding out the reality that I don't have time or easy access to do any dirt riding. It was basically just a commuter for the last 2 years. It was nice because I could park it at my apartment and not worry about it getting stolen, but now that I have a house with a garage, I'm find myself just using my Triumph as my commuter. But a cruiser will definitely get some use. Sometimes I just want to kick back and cruise.

    The bike has a big windscreen which will be put up for sale, I hate windscreens on cruisers. It has engine guards with highway pegs and small saddle bags. I like the styling and I prefer the no-bling aspect of the jackal model. I like cruisers that can handle and rev.

    I decribed my KLR to the guy thoroughly, sent pictures and told him about it's crash history. I don't sugar coat anything when I'm selling things. I'm kicking in some extra stuff to even out the deal. I just hope he still likes it in person. Mechanically it's 100%, 685 kit, spring upgrade, etc etc... But the plastics are rough.
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  13. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Gets my vote for best motorcycle name ever.

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    I grew up with this game. Awesome! :1drink
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  14. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    Oxman- nice Jackal. Looks good and you have added some nice mods.
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  15. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    Saw it, signed the title! We made the trade, but are doing the actual swap tomorrow.pictures and details will be up tomorrow!
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  16. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    Congrats! Looking forward to your photos. Hope you enjoy the bike.
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  17. lousgoose

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    Giant congrats! You will not be disappointed. Over on Wildguzzi you'll find lots of guys with well over 50k, even 75k on theirs. Though it was designed as a bare bones Goose, some will even say it is overall one of the most reliable and trouble Guzzis ever. I've owned three iterations of the California and while they were all very dependable, I will have to say the Jackal has been the most trouble free thus far. As another poster noted, the only real immediate drawback you will notice quickly is the stock seat is perhaps THE worst stock seat I have encountered in many bikes and years of riding. Replacement options include Corbin, Harpers, or like mine, just have the driver and passenger rebuilt by Ned's Comfort saddle.

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  18. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I was able to take it for a ride around the block, feel pretty good. I'm getting plates tomorrow. First thing I did was take off the huge windshield and leather stud saddle bags, just not my style. It cleaned up the look of the bike a lot.
    It's in great overall shape, but it has been down at least once and low or zero speed, nothing bad tho.
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  19. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    Nice looking Jackal. The red is a good color for that bike. Hope you enjoy it.
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  20. lousgoose

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    Way to go. Great looking MG. Red is my favorite.
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