Taking the new Guzzi for a spin

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Bommes, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. Speedy23

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    Just found this, great story, very entertaining. Love your account of the Guzzi. I had an SP1000 many years ago and did several continental trips on it.

    Thanks
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  2. Bommes

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  3. nochwas

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    @Bommes, really enjoyed your report, thank you for taking time to bring us along for the ride— including many 'real-world' moments of indecision, surprise, changed plans, etc. : )

    couple gear questions if you don't mind; what kind of helmet are you using? Interesting take on the modular design. Do you like it? Also curious what gloves those are
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  4. Speedy23

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    Hey @Bommes, how is that Guzzi settling down? Would love to get an update on your thoughts. My own bike is Yammie FJR1300 which is awesome on good roads but often thought about getting the V85TT for those roads and tracks that are a bit more marginal.

    Are you still pleased with it?
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    Had to look back @ the pictures for the gloves, got a couple of pairs I wear.
    These are a pair of Segura (same brand as my jacket) retro styled gloves.
    I cut out the label so I can't find the exact model..
    There short, vented leather gloves with a 70th label on the outside.
    My helmet I like a lot.
    My previous helmet also was a modular model, by the same brand.
    It's a Scorpion Exo tech in matt grey.
    Great thing is it flips open all the way to the back.
    So the front bit is not sticking up in the air catching wind.
    When it's hot I like to ride with the helmet open, and that used to give me a sour neck after a days riding.
    But this is a great piece of kit, but like most of the modular helmets it does make a lot of noise on freeway speeds. So earplugs are key.


    I love it to bits, the styling, the ride and the feel it gives me.
    But.. there's always a but..
    Coming form a 100Bhp bike it is a step back in terms of raw speed.
    I notice I take of full wack on this bike more often then I used to on my previous bikes.
    That's not a deal breaker, its not bad but it's just something I notice.
    So when there is a shop that offers a ecu tweak that gives out a bit more oempf I'm all in for that.
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  6. Speedy23

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    Hi again @Bommes....from what I can see, there are a couple of places offering an ECU flash for the V85TT but they seem to be more about sorting out the emissions-related lean fuelling than outright power gain. So more to do with "rideability" than speed.

    Apparently there are 2 versions of the V85 map available, the older map can be overwritten with the new version...The first V85's had the 7621GA10 map. The latest batch have the 7261GA14 map. There are quite a few differences between them. Apparently.
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    @Speedy23 Yeah I seen some where that there was an update map.
    Question is if I'm going to visit the dealer for just that update or wait for the 1sth years service.

    Also saw something about a Australian company that made new map.
    Written for a bike without cat and open exhaust + k&N air filter.
    Result speak off a bit more power and an overall better and smoother running bike.
    Going to be a very long ride to have then update my ecu..:rofl
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  8. Shaggie

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    Hi from NZ :wave

    great report n lovely bike

    congrats on the bubba

    S
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  9. Bommes

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    Hi @Shaggie thanks for the compliment and the greetings.. :D

    The bubba is still inside her oven.. all going well with the little one so far.
    My girlfriend on the other hand is having a tough time.
    Diabetics is making her taking insulin injections 3 times a day and checking her glucose levels 7 times.

    But I think the not being able to eat chocolate when ever she want's is doing her head in.....:hack
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    All the very best to you three @Bommes

    Shane
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  11. nochwas

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    thanks much @Bommes, that is helpful. That does look like a smart solution to the modular helmet compromise. I have a Scorpion AT950, my first modular helmet, and even just moving around like at a gas station, I find the chinbar sticking up over my head to be a little clunky.... and yes actually riding with it up is very awkward.

    unfortunately looks like your Exo-tech model isn't sold in the USA

    appreciate your reply and best wishes with the growing family : )
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