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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by young skywalker, Jan 8, 2006.
I'll bet David just smiled....
Anyone around here ever take a Guzzi on a long trip? By long trip, I mean something you read about in the Ride Reports threads...thousands of miles into areas that may have never seen a Guzzi?
Got some ideas cooking in my head centered around the following facts: I'm picking up a Stelvio in June, I'm retiring from the army next March, I've got no responsibilities to anyone, I've got a fair chunk of change saved up, and I don't feel like I need to get into another job/career right away.
From everything I've read, Guzzis seem to be pretty reliable...more so than the R1200GS, something I considered when signing up to buy a Guzzi. Yet whenever I see the ride reports, the steeds of choice are usually BMWs, KLRs, or DRs.
Sooo....would you trust your Guzzi to take you anywhere in north America? How about central America or beyond?
I'm taking my Stelvio up to Alaska, through the Canadian Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, etc etc and back home to Boston, Mass. It already has 22000 trouble free miles on it in a little over a year, so I don't expect this trip to yield different results. I have no reservations about taking it on this kind of trip.
If it goes well this year I'm tossing around the idea of Peru next year.
Just for shits and giggles I asked my local dealer what the out of pocket would be for a new Stelvio trading in my 09 with 40K on the clock.
He came back with 10K taxes in.
I already have the 4.25 rear rim, boxes, grips, gps powered up. The only things I would be getting is the "new" motor and the larger fuel tank.
That is a lot of coin for that. I think I'll keep my 09 a bit longer.
If I am correct, I believe I saw your white Guzzi yesterday. It is a beauty!!!! By my location, you can confirm.
Guzzi's do not hold their value and are tough sell or trade when it's time to move on....I speak from 1st hand experience,. The dealer I purched from would NOT take my Guzzi back in on a trade for a new one. That just plain sucks.....
That'd be the one. I've got some ideas for the white though...there's a little too much of it for me, and it looks too "pretty." I'm thinking some parts need to turn a low or no-gloss black, or I've even kicked around the idea of doing a complete color change and re-upholstering for a completely different look.
But before any of that can happen, I need to get back to the US! Not too much longer...
Talk about my scenario. I am determined to get a Stelvio as soon as I can after the divorce settlement. Which is supposed to be any day now. I'll be circling around, over and thru our great continent, as far north and as far south as I can go. No responsibilities, fair chunk o' change and picking up the trade again as a semi retired in the distant future. So, I too can only hope this is a kick ass tank with the heart of a mailman (sleet and snow and all that).
Would you take a car on a trip like that? Yes? Then take the Guzzi. It's built like a car. Just put 5k miles on it first to get through any "teething pains" it may have, then ride it to the ends of the earth....and back. They're dead simple to work on for maintenance so you can do oil changes/valve adjusts (bring a set of valve cover gaskets along), etc., just about anywhere. Keep it full of the right fluids and it will last a very long time. If you want more testimony, head over to wildguzzi.com and ask your question over there. You'll hear story after story of high mileage bikes with nary a hiccup.
Save travels, and thanks for your service.
It was about what I expected. After looking around it would appear to be a little quicker depreciation than the GS or GSA but not by a much percentage wise around here at least.
Not many bikes do.
I've had the same experience trying to sell Hinckley Triumphs, Aprilia RSV Mille, Guzzi 1200 Sport, etc and so on.... You either wait for someone who just has to have that bike - or take it on the chin and trade it in.
It pays to find the bike as a new leftover heavily discounted so you don't take the massive hit, if you can.
All I can say about the NTX Stelvio is wow.
I've owned 2 Guzzie's before many years ago
and I just saw the NTX Stelvio some body posted pics of it in this thred ,
I think I'm going to have wet dreams tonight,
Ofcourse I was talking about dreaming riding it through a water crossing some where in the outback in Austrailia
Thanks for the feedback. With any luck at all, any teething pains will be minimal. And I'll have about 10-ish months to get some miles on it and make sure it's set up exactly how I want.
Toadride...I think you and I are talking about similar trips. I'm looking at primarily North America first, then decide if I want to go any further. I've only spent 20 months out of the last 10 years actually living in the US, so I think I'd like to explore around the US, Canada, and Mexico a bit...get used to being home again.
My two previous Guzzis were distinct generations apart. The first was a V11 Sport, and it was built to a very high quality standard, and worked very well.
Had a few Italian quirks, but the vapor locking finally pushed the right buttons and I sold the bike. It was a work of art, and a very good daily driver.
The next was a 1200 Sport, a Breva built with some sporty hardware. It was superbly built, fit and finish was top notch. It was a noticable step in quality improvement and more modern design.
After reading about the improvements to the Stelvio, I'm pretty sure it's like getting a next-gen bike.
You've got me thinking, custom paint job, brown leather seat, custom set of headlights maybe. Anyone done some serious customising in the looks department?
Leather saddlebags, tassles, bit of cardboard in the spokes to give it an engine sound...
Seriously, why would you?
The only thing I DON'T like about the Stelvio (and it seems I'm on my own here! ) is that it leaves the factory in primer and needs a coat of colour and some clear on top. Preferably red.
Ok...I got a little freaked out when I read your post because my first thought was "hey I don't remember posting that!" You and I are possibly thinking along the same lines.
Here's what sticks in my head. Not that the Stelvio would be a copy of this, but this is just a color inspiration.
And to that I'd say "why wouldn't you change it?"
You don't like the color (flat black) and think it should be red. That's great! Change it and make it to your liking. Mine is coming in white, and think it might look better in something much more subdued. It's just paint...paint is easy to change.
Not all customization ends in leather saddlebags, tassles, butless chaps and fake boobs.
EDIT: I tend to look at most vehicles as a blank canvas, but a canvas with some personality built in. A Super-Tenere or Versys would look ridiculous in grey paint with brown leather, but the Stelvio or an R1200GS would look great that way. To me, it's all about finding the personality of the bike, building on that personality, and doing so within the preferences and personality of the owner...the bike and the owner should have similar personalities. I'd look and feel ridiculous on a tassled and chromed Harley, but a buddy of mine is right at home with that. He'd look and feel ridiculous on any of my bikes too. That's why he rides Harleys and I ride other bikes. But in the end, it's all good...he has what he likes, and I have what I like.
I trust mine.
Search here and at WildGuzzi.com/forum and you'll see a ride report, or two, from me... Haven't posted one here in awhile, so there will be more at WildGuzzi...
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