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Discussion in 'Photos' started by SNAPGADGET, Feb 13, 2017.
Here are both of mine. Bought the California first and liked it so much I traded my GS for the Stelvio. Both are great bikes
I wanted a Norge but ended up on a gs. Nice pics.
Love me some good Goose.
I still have the last one but do wish I still had the Stelvio and the V7.
Gus the Guzzi, 1984 California II. The first recently with a more reasonably sized GL1100 trunk and the second in 1984 when he was new with stupidly huge trunk and the awful original seat.
OK, I admit being a sucker for Guzzi pix.
It's possible I have a few. [Kathi just groaned when I read that to her. ]
So, here goes:
My 1998 EV about a mile from where I sit pecking out this post. Will only be riding my keyboard today ... and putzing with rest of moto-harem in the Moto Grappa to avoid "Kathi's Perpetual & Ever-Growing Do-List."
My 2006 Ballabio; only Guzzi I've sold. Regret it almost every day. My executrix -- mentioned above -- can decide what to do with the others. My over-insured life might lead to that sooner than later with some cabana boy-toy in Marseilles riding my Mandello maidens instead of me.
The 2010 Griso & 2007 Norge at Braddock's grave. A Florida buddy was seeing if he really wanted one. He did; now has his own.
The Norge gets its solo photo. Almost ache to see this sort of pic in mid-February. On the bright side, some brave daffodils are breaking the surface to check out things. No flowers yet, but one can almost feel spring coming.
OK, if you insist. A Griso-only pic. This is in Kentucky, last May, returning from a "mutton run."
Keep posting your pix; helps me forget the weather outside just now.
Weather in Northeast Texas is going to be nice for the next two or three days. Supposed to be in the low 80's on Sat. I think spring has arrived as the bradford pear and redbud trees are close to blooming Planning to break out one of the Guzzi 's out for some exercise this weekend. Won't be long before camping weather is here.
Nice pics on this thread so far. Lets keep it up.
Had this one since 1981. LeMans II with Sprint fairing. Stainless exhaust system. Fitted some Jota bars for more comfort. 86,000 miles on the clock but done quite a few more as it goes through phases of eating speedo cables.
Currently RTW'ing on another brand and don't have access to my digital catalogue, so my avatar will have to suffice. 78 LeMans, series 2 ( rectangular tail light)
Nice pictures, would you mine saying what you like about the Stilvio over the GS
I had the GS for about 2 years and was on my 3rd clutch disc due to leaking oil seals and it seemed they always started to go when I was on trips. It got to where I didn't trust it whenever I was traveling. BMW's are not as reliable as most people think. I believe the redesign in 2013/2014 addressed some of the common issues people had complained about. I had a 2010 std GS and the fuel range was only about 175 miles before going on reserve. Maintenance was more involved and repairs where expensive. The other thing that BMW does in my opinion is to use electronic technology to make a statement which usually over complicates troubleshooting and repair. I have several friends that won't own anything else but they won't buy one without the extended warranty. On a positive note I loved the bike itself and the way the GS handled. I had it set up so it was perfect for me and was it was very comfortable on long trips. The GS was also great in the twisties and was more flickable than it size led you to believe. The accessory market is huge and there is a somewhat large dealer network compared to Moto Guzzi. There is a reason it is BMW biggest seller.
The Stelvio handles very similar to the GS and the ride is very similar. To me the Stelvio feels like a smaller bike than it is due to the engine layout and it feels much more compact than the GS. With regard to how it handles twisties It is just as, if not more flickable than the GS . Normal maintenance is a breeze on the Stelvio and is easy to perform for the average owner. There is more vibration thru the bars and you do feel the heat from the cylinders in the summer in stop and go traffic but to me it is not unbearable . Once you are moving it goes away. The 8.5 gallon tank is wonderful and a 300 mile range is pretty easy to do.The small dealer network can be a negative but there are good dealers out there that do mail order for maintenance parts. I get good service from AF 1 racing in Austin Tx and I do have one local dealer in the Dallas area. The aftermarket accessoriy business is somewhat limited compared to the G S. The last thing i really like about it is that Guzzi character and soul that people talk about.
To sum up the Stelvio is the GS for people who don't want a BMW.
1993 SP3 - purchased new in 1994. Rode it for a while, then got bitten by the enduro bug, so rode enduros for a number of years. Got the SP3 tuned up late last fall, and am back to riding it again. There might be a Stelvio or Norge in the future, but the SP3 is still a great bike.
of the 7 BMW's that I have owned, three have been RT's. I still have an old Airhead RT. I test rode a Moto Guzzi Norge in 2014 and just couldn't get it out of my head. I now own one. A+A+A+
thanks for the reply, my GS is getting on a bit . I think the new GS is too expensive for me and there are a few issues that I'm not happy with. The Stelvio has been on my mind for the last few years, its not sold in Australia anymore but there seems to be a few good ones on the market.
I saw these at the International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis .
So, here I sit in the Navy Lodge at WRAMC in Bethesda, waiting to go over in an hour or so to have the cataract in my right eye removed. Had left one done earlier this month.
What an astonishing difference that makes. If you are "of the right age" and think you need it, you probably do. Don't wait!
Anyway, with some time on my hands, and needing something to take my mind off being hungry and thirsty , I thought I'd post a few more recent pix of my Guzzis.
Thanks for indulging this cheap therapy.
My Guzzis in the Moto Grappa -
EV at sunset near home -
Norge & some buddies at Pipestem -
Griso south of Martinsburg, Pa. -
Now, with some time left before "suiting up," think I'll start on my tax return.
If I ever get a Guzzi it will be just like your Stelvio,love that color.
Thanks, I really liked the burnt orange color and just happened to run across this bike for sale down at AF-1. Was used but only had 4,500 miles on it and already had the top box on it and a California Scientific shield. It was traded in at another dealership and they didn't know what to do with a Guzzi.