Thought I would revive this old thread as I am in the midst of this internal debate at the moment. A little background. I had my first airhead over this past two years, an 84 R80RT. I did a lot of repairs on it but realized it wasn't my dream bike in the end thought I'd get what I could for it instead of putting money into it. So now I'm bikeless, a strange feeling. Through a connection at a local shop I might have a chance to buy an '80 SP1000. I don't know all the info yet but it's low miles and appears in pretty pristine condition. On the OTHERHAND there's this '77 R100s for sale that is also tempting me. It has had the same owner since 1980 and he's done a lot of work on it. Has 42k miles but has had top-end rebuilt in '08, new clutch this year, transmission rebuild this year, shaft drive rebuilt, wheel bearings etc etc. A long list of stuff anyways and has the receipts. I liked my airhead but found it a bit tame. It was certainly capable but not very exciting. I want more power and sport handling in a vintage bike but still be able to take long trips with my gal. I've never ridden a Guzzi so I don't have much to compare it to. I've ridden an R90s and enjoyed it a lot. I'm sure either bike would be an exciting change but I'm not sure which way to go. The guys from this shop have me favoring the Guzzi as they think they're better bikes all around. It's certainly tempting to go Italian! Thoughts?