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post #1 of 25 Old Mar 26th, 2007, 5:03 pm Thread Starter
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Cool The LT's sexy Italian cousin moved in

I haven't come up with a name yet but it sits well next to the light truck in the garage. Very compact, even compared to the R1200RT:





These new Guzzis are great! The exhaust is E3 compliant, but you wouldn't guess by the sound. Puts out quite a snort when you roll on the throttle, and while engine breaking, it burbles and pops like it's wearing an open pipe. Only reason to go after market on the zorst would be to lose weight.

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post #2 of 25 Old Mar 26th, 2007, 5:11 pm
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Hi Tiff,

now that is a nice looking bike! Congratulations on your new ride.

Just curious, does it have the "knee heating" feature, which would be nice in cold weather..?

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Hi Tiff,

now that is a nice looking bike! Congratulations on your new ride.

Just curious, does it have the "knee heating" feature, which would be nice in cold weather..?

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Thanks Ari,

Yes, it does give off some noticeable heat, a la the air-head boxers. Except, instead of keeping the toes and shins warm, you get warm knees. The left cylinder is more aft than the right, so it's felt on that side more. We'll see if it's a problem in the Summer. The fairing lowers can be removed and the bike still looks sharp. That would help keep the heat from channeling through the head ports exclusively (according to the manufacturer).

Of course, the LT can warm the old knees, too. You just have to spread your legs way out to catch the air coming from the side vents. Apparently the pillion gets most of the benefit when in motion.

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When I was a kid (ok, young rider), back in the mid '70's, my heart said 'Le Mans', and my head said 'Californian'. I've always had a thing bout 'Guzzis (a BM, without saggy tits!), but you're bike is beautiful. Keep us posted as to how you get on with it.

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I really like those! Will you do a write up on it. Is the screen electric, I thought it was but then I just read it wasn't. Have fun with it.

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Like most Italian women she has beautiful "eyes" and "eyebrows". What flair... very cool.

If was looking at an RT I would have to strongly consider this scoot - Bella![B]


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Guzzis for 25 years

Started riding a 72 850 Eldorado in High School back in 1974. Stayed with them till 2003. Here is a pic of my Guzzis before selling them. http://www.geocities.com/mgnoc_socal...utchinson.html This is posted on the So Cal Guzzi site http://www.socal-guzzi.com/ These are a great group of guys. Where did you buy it? May be we will get a chance to hook up one of these days.....

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Like most Italian women she has beautiful "eyes" and "eyebrows". What flair... very cool.

If was looking at an RT I would have to strongly consider this scoot - Bella![B]
I'd say it is definitely aimed at the RT market-wise. At $15k you get a comparable package without all the whizz-bang technology and a dozen or so horses off the dyno. I've got the LT to satisfy the tech lust. (The on board computer rivals what BMW has to offer though) . I've admired Guzzis for years, but never had the nerve to pick one up. Now that it's a second bike I don't mind if parts are a chance at waiting.

Although I was seriously considering a R1200GS or Multistrada, this one just spoke to me after seeing and test riding it. Not as refined and purposeful as the hex-head boxers, but not as raw and gnarly as the Ducati L-twins.

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Started riding a 72 850 Eldorado in High School back in 1974. Stayed with them till 2003. Here is a pic of my Guzzis before selling them. http://www.geocities.com/mgnoc_socal...utchinson.html This is posted on the So Cal Guzzi site http://www.socal-guzzi.com/ These are a great group of guys. Where did you buy it? May be we will get a chance to hook up one of these days.....
Craig,

I really like the LAPD bike. Just superb! I used to think Guzzis were much cooler than BMWs back when I was riding my R bikes around. They were certainly rarer.

I bought it at the new all-Piaggio dealer in Thousand Oaks. He's transitioning from a car dealership to Vespa, Aprilia and Motoguzzi. I've talked to him over the past months waiting for the Norge to arrive and he seems to be doing a good job building the business. I'd like to see him succeed. But if it doesn't happen for some reason, I'm not too worried. There's not much on these bikes I can't do myself. The 10 W 60 oil spec for these new 1200 motors was quite alarming, though.

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I haven't come up with a name yet....
Sophia, of course.

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Started riding a 72 850 Eldorado in High School back in 1974. Stayed with them till 2003. Here is a pic of my Guzzis before selling them. ...
Wow, what a coinkidink! I started riding at age nine on small Hondas. When I blew up my Triumph Tiger at 20 I bought a '72 Eldorado ex-police bike. I sold it and bought a brand-new-in-the-crate '75 T3 Police Special in '75. Put 150,000 great miles on that bike before switching to LTs in '90.

My dad and I were the So Cal chairmen of the MGNOC. We put on a few rallies and a bunch of rides from '74 or so till about '85.

Those pictures bring back a lot of great memories!


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Does it vibrate a lot?

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Does it vibrate a lot?
Not excessively. No more than a BMW R series. I expect it to smooth out as it runs in. Right now, the mirrors do get fuzzy at certain rpms, since they're handlebar mounted. Handgrips and footpegs smooth out when it counts: on longer, droning stretches (what few I've ridden on, yet).

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Talking Of course!

Sophia, of course.
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I really like those! Will you do a write up on it. Is the screen electric, I thought it was but then I just read it wasn't. Have fun with it.
Yes, the screen is electrically adjustable. The controls are awkward: a button on the left bar for Up and one on the right for Down. I think the left switch could be converted to a rocker or two-way toggle leaving the right button open for a light switch or garage door opener. It's a set-it-and-forget-it deal though and for it's size the fairing surprisingly effective at wind management. If the windscreen were a tad higher and wider by two inches or so both ways, it might even be better.

There's a video review by one of the local, Southern California Guzzi expert/enthusiasts here.

When I get more time on it, I'll post my impressions.

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Damn you Tiff I keep looking at your pic of that Guzzi and can't get them out of my head. I too enjoyed the rarity of having them around. Thinking I just might have to go down to Long Beach and see my old buddy Mark Ethridge at Moto Guzzi Classics...
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Congrats on your red goose. Its a slippery slope when you start down the Guzzi path. I have two in my garage and if it wasnt for the LT - I just might grab the Norge. Good luck with your new bike.
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I looked at the Norge at the bike show in January. Unfortunately, it wasn't the final release model...but I did like what I saw. I like yours even more. Keep is informed as the miles pass by. Congrats on the new bike, she's a beauty!
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congrats

congrats tiff!

i rode the new calif at bike week. very impressed. brought back the 70s!

however, i was smitten by the triumph sprint...very pleasantly surpirsed!
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Damn you Tiff I keep looking at your pic of that Guzzi and can't get them out of my head. I too enjoyed the rarity of having them around. Thinking I just might have to go down to Long Beach and see my old buddy Mark Ethridge at Moto Guzzi Classics...
Yes, that other thread about old boxers has me reminiscing about my old R80/7. I often think of getting another to restore, but then I consider trying something "new" like an old Guzzi or even an old Triumph, (although I think I'd be in for a lot of grief with the latter. Maybe I'm wrong?).

Did a lot of wrenching on the R80: heads, clutch, carbs, suspension, etc. I later had a '95 GS/PD, but all I did was ride that one.

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[QUOTE=tkramer] or even an old Triumph, (although I think I'd be in for a lot of grief with the latter. Maybe I'm wrong?).

QUOTE]
Now you're talking to me Kramer. I have a 69 Tiger that I've owned forever. Restored it a few years ago, currently working on a 72 Norton. The old Brit bikes may leak, break down, etc, but I love 'em.
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There is nothing comparable to a gorgeous, red hot Italian..... and the Guzzi ain't bad either! Thanks to Billy Omaha for the visual of the dazzling Sophia Loren. Regarding the Guzzi; what are the weight, HP, and torque figures? At what rpm does the torque peak? This is a very attractive bike. It captures the lines of the ST1300, FJ1300, and Ducati ST4 in one package.....good choice.
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There is nothing comparable to a gorgeous, red hot Italian..... and the Guzzi ain't bad either! Thanks to Billy Omaha for the visual of the dazzling Sophia Loren. Regarding the Guzzi; what are the weight, HP, and torque figures? At what rpm does the torque peak? This is a very attractive bike. It captures the lines of the ST1300, FJ1300, and Ducati ST4 in one package.....good choice.
Weight: 540 lbs dry. (With 6 gallons of fuel and such, figger 580-590# wet)
Claimed power: 95 HP at 7,500 rpm
Claimed torque: 74 ft/lb at 5,800 rpm

Not, market leading by any account, but respectable for any modern bike.
Then again, I've never been much of a "measurebator" when it comes to specs of any sort. If I were smart or sensible, I would have bought a GS or the new Triumph Tiger for they out-perform the Guzzi, but this one just speaks to me.

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Be careful. Guzzi's have a way of taking over your garage.
Have fun on your new goose!!!
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