It seems to me, that we are living in the Golden Age of Motorcycling right now - even the "stodgy old Guzzis" have something exciting in the works. Honda is probably the only moto-manufacturer that doesn't really have anything that "catches my eye".
Oh, my! Hokie Smokes! I love it! But then I'm such a sucker for sweet Guzzis.
I've said these things here before but:
seeing John Wycoff smooth his first gen V-7 Sport thru the old, long gone original ramp from 285 to 400 north years and years ago....and the time I babysat a middle years LeMans for a friend who was doing the Naval Aviator thing in the Persian Gulf for almost a year - with strict instruction to "ride it as much as possible"....and my neighbor & friend up in the Fox 5 monitored N. GA Mts with his late, pre Piaggio era LeMans who has graciously lets me ride it repeatedly (along with his KLR 650)....
Oh, my...everywhere I turn it seems I see a Guzzi. Am I telling myself something?
The bike I tested did not have ABS (guess that's what you meant by ABC, right?). An ABS equiped bike will be released pretty soon. Bike will be available in the USA, guess that's what you meant by "here". Regretfuly, US price and shipping schedule were not supplied at the press event. Keep an eye on motoguzzi-us.com for updated info
AirHawk is right - when is Honda going to wake up? I thought this was going to be some kind of 'big year' for them. Oooo, a sorta new CBR. ZZZZzzzzz..... Props to Guzzi for coming up with a great line of bikes with style and class (performance? Well....).
Guess I'll keep polishing my CBX until Honda starts putting caffiene back in their coffee.
BMW and Moto Guzzi, two old marques with proud racing heritages that I never considered owning. First BMW and now Moto Guzzi cause me to reconsider.
These companies have actually tried to give customers what they want! Or say they want anyways.
You'd see these bikes around, sometimes with the Beemer, rarely with the Guzzi, solid, different.
I remember a Moto Guzzi racing, it was (I think) an 850 LeMans at Daytona... while ago. Guy was riding the wheels off it for a top 5 finish. He was dicing with a Yoshimura Suzuki GS1000 ridden by Roberto Pietre (sp) a Good Rider. Guess what happened when they hit the oval? ZZZEEEEYYAAAAWWWW!!! 30+ MPH closure and passing speeds on the straights of course! This guy digging like a madman in the infield to catch and re-gap the Suzuki, lap after lap, by enough to take the position at the flag, as I recall, one of the most inspired rides I've ever seen. I started to follow this no name "Guzzi" Rider and thought he'd do well, Freddie Spencer did.
Guess I'm saying, yeah, I know Moto Guzzi had it's glories but I don't "remember" them. That doesn't matter as much as it used to.
Yossef took me on an exotic and fun European bike for a day trip in Italy, nice ride! Thanks.
Now I want a Red one, great. That makes the 100th bike I really want! jeez... So many killer bikes these days, that's a good thing, kinda.
Moto Guzzi (and BMW) seem to be moving toward me but in truth I'm meeting them close to halfway. Makes me wonder which old dog is learning new tricks?