Question for Moto Guzzi Owners

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  1. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Any of you tall guys ever hit your knees/shins on the cylinder heads?

    Maybe this is a stupid question but I seriously don't know, having never even sat on one before.

    Been looking at v-twin bikes and I have always liked the looks of MGs engine design. Been keeping an eye out for early to mid 2000s 1100cc bikes for sale--preferably ones with a little leg room to accommodate a 38" inseam.
    I don't mind some knee bend but constantly banging knees/shins into something while riding doesn't sound too inviting nor enjoyable.

    Thanks for your insight.
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  2. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt Been here awhile

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    Both my friend, Jim and myself ride '07 California's. Neither he (34" inseam) nor I (32") have any trouble bumping the heads. However, a 38" inseam might limit how roomy you might find the accommodations on these bikes.
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  3. xdsbiker

    xdsbiker Been here awhile

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    On my 4th guzzi, and have never had a problem with my knees hitting the cylinders.
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  4. Roadscum

    Roadscum Long timer

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    I think you'll likely be bumping the heads. The only way to be sure is to visit your local dealer(if you have one) and sit on one.

    Paul
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  5. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    That's the kicker, Paul, there are no dealers near me. And, I don't know anyone who owns one, unfortunately.
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  6. phughes

    phughes Long timer Supporter

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    Take a hook at this site and it will give you an idea, though I would still try to sit on one. You can put your height and inseam in and it will show you how you will sit on the bike.

    http://cycle-ergo.com
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  7. brucifer

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    Thanks, I use that site often. Pretty handy but as you say, best to actually sit on one.
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  8. KingOfFleece

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    I'd imagine at your inseam you need custom seats anyway to avoid being bent up to much. Getting thew seat build up so your knee angel is the same as what most of us have in the 30 to 34 inch inseam will avoid any contact and make you much more comfortable. I'm unaware of any OEM that figures 38 into the equation as it's so far out of the standard tables. A seat mod will make the motorcycle usable without contact.
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  9. rider33

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    I've generally found the opposed heads of boxers to be more limiting than the V of Guzzi's. That said, you may find the flatter seats of the V7's or older T-3's easier to deal with as you can slide back a bit. Early Bobber's (2017) had more forward controls as well which gives you a fair amount of leg room in addition to a flatish seat.
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  10. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    With a 38" inseam he needs to get the entire triangle correct or it'll be murder after a hour or so
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  11. invicta1

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    I had the same concern with the Stelvio. Was very leery. Live no where near a dealer - - so I waited till my travels took me near one, and took a test ride to answer my questions. I now have a Stelvio.
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  12. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Nice. What's your inseam?
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  13. invicta1

    invicta1 Long timer

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    34", 6'2"+

    Seat matters too, ability to move about.
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  14. invicta1

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    With 38" inseam - would def. borrow bike from friendly Guzzi owner or test ride when in city with dealership.
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  15. lazos 990

    lazos 990 Been here awhile Supporter

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  16. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    Ride a Guzzi Norge, 6ft, 32 inseam, no issue touching cylinders.
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  17. slowpoke69

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    Same, but a Breva 1100, no problem. Might not be a bad bike for you, I know they make after market bars because some feel it's a long reach in the B11s.
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  18. brucifer

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    The Breva is the specific model that has caught my eye. Been hoping one would pop up for sale somewhat near me. So far, no luck.
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    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Mine has been great, reliable, handles well, sound GREAT with the Mistral exhaust on it. I saw one at my dealer in PA for under 4k, it was one of their mechanics bikes too, grey with a burgundy seat, sharp looking. Wide World of West Chester, PA. Nice guys.
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  20. Blakebird

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    6' tall w/ 34" inseam - have owned four Guzzis and have had plenty of knee room on them all.
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