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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by rocker59, Jan 17, 2006.
Viva Guzzi !!!
Can I show I bike I sold a few years back? She was fun though:
Here's my '86 SPII. Think I'll take it out for a spin today.
"Drove bike from L.A. to NH. No problems.............. Heading up to Nova Scotia one weekend and voltage regulator fries, totalling bike. Love those Italian electrics.................."
the quirks, peculiarities* and 'shortcomings,' in concert with the at-times stunning aesthetics are what make a well-done moto guzzi a moto guzzi. taken together, these characteristics almost portray the bike more as an organic object, and less a mechanical one. not unlike people: inherently flawed devices, far from perfection, but beautiful in their design and in no way less interesting than more efficient and predictable modalities of mechanics.
i drive motorcycles for recreation, so the right combination of 'quirks,' 'peculiarities' and (the elusively-defined) 'character' can speak rather for a bike/make and not against it. i do not ride professionally, nor do i race, and as a result i do not view motorcycles as trade tools to be used purely for their functionality. i don't want the motorcycle to be 'transparent' when i'm riding it, and guzzis are in my experience anything but transparent machines -- viva le imperfezioni.
*Such as cylinder heat. From a motorcycle.com shootout review: "...We all experienced heat in one way or another from [the other] Twins in the breeze, but because of the Guzzi's cylinders proximity to the rider's knees, the heat emanating from this bike seemed exaggerated..."
I would love a Bellagio if it had the 1200cc 4v motor!
Hi folks-- I came back to riding as an adult with a 750 Breva and have been on a B1100 for a little over a year. We did some long rides around the PNW last summer and plans are underway to go farther afield in coming months.
Here she is on the Columbia River Gorge:
and on the Washington coast:
Mike, I bet you miss those jugs!
Yeah. That Quota was actually pretty cool...
'69 Ambassador. 92k miles. Currently dry-docked for refitting.
'72 Ambassador. Resto-mod done in '05. 949cc Convert engine, 850T3 transmission among many other changes.
That is a gorgeous motorcycle.
'71 Ambassador. Built from an incomplete basketcase and parts bought off of eBay and elsewhere. Totally rebuilt mechanically, left cosmetically imperfect (original paint on all parts). Recently added Wixom saddlebags and a refurbished Guzzi "polizia" fairing. Ready to travel...
Customer's '68 Falcone
My latest ... '07 Norge.
EV on the Cabot Trail last year...
One of my all time favorite Guzzi...'84 SP 1000
Y2K Bassa Hot Rod Roadster...
Quota out for a dirt road ride...
SuSu and EV at Barber's...
Son Mike reading a map in New York... I think.
A silver Sport 1100, just because they're so pretty...
850 T-5 along the north shore of Lake Superior. It was sort of a Guzzi bastard child with few imported and a 16" front wheel that made cornering suspenseful but it had the sound and massive torque I grew to love.
Obligatory Killboy shot:
This is a really bad, older digital shot of the Sporti... It had, at the time the modified tail section that came with it when I bought it, I have since found an original tail section but it is in black so I need to paint all of the body parts, real deep red...
This is not killboy but it was shot FROM a Guzzi in the Gap... Wife Sue shot it over my shoulder...