as I recently switched from a VFR to an R1200GS, I can really appreciate the direction the market is taking in embracing the UJM riding style of old, as well as larger engines in milder states of tune (I won't pretend my GS is gruntier in any gear or any speed than my VFR was, but it sure doesn't have nearly as much compression braking that the VFR did in it's power band, which makes using the power up there easier for me).
It's a nice feeling, to ride near the front of the pack through a ride, and keep going with a few of the other handlebars when the clip-ons have had their fill and are slabbing it home
Hurrah for the MT-01s, Griso's, and FZ-1's of the world (and a huzzah for my favorites, the various adv touring bikes).
We're seeing a new age for the motorcycle consumer, with legitamately fast bikes that are much more laid back and easy going.. I couldn't be happier
Yeah, it makes a ton of sense to have the motor mounted longitudinally in the frame, the cylinders are out in the airflow and the shaft drive can come straight back. Heck, BMW has done pretty well with a similar setup for some time.
Harley's arrangement is pretty odd, when one thinks about it. They need an awkward primary drive connection with the tranny and the rear cylinder is blocked from the airflow, not quite ideal for an air cooled engine though they make it work.
Guzzi? Advertising money? Boy these guys must be easy AND cheap, lining their pockets with the $11 Guzzi has budgeted for marketing the Griso & Breva...
Come to think of it, that's been one of the problems (at least Stateside) for some time.
It took me 25 years of riding / racing before trying my first Guzzi - everyone will tell you they are definitely different, (they are) but for some reason, one can easily get attached to that ol' lump of a motor.
If you ever get a chance, ride one for a few hours; it takes that long to determine: 1) It ain't my cup of tea; or, 2) How the hell am I gonna afford another bike?
What an astonishing mess! Perhaps Piagggio piad part of the Aprilia buy out price in acid and the guzzi engineers cashed out. There's a damn good reason this bike doesn't fit into any previously defined categories!
Cool videos-130mph between the twisties, not bad. I grew up on and love shaft drive, while it is not very performance based I love to see them used in sporty situations like this. What frustrates me is when they hide single sided swingarms behind mufflers. How long did it take Honda to finally move the mufflers out of the way on the VFR.
Cool looking. Unfortunately, I don't think it is designed for tall people, unless I want a burn tattoo on the inside of both knees (or look like I'm getting ready to have a baby). I think Guzzi is missing the boat on American-sized bikes. Guess I'll have to buy the Ulysses!
By ancient, you mean as in v-twin? Or aren't you paying attention to the parts about modern FI, lubrication system, etc., etc. If the age of the configuration mattered we'd all be riding Triumph triples and there wouldn't be any Harleys.