Fact 1- They are built better than ever. Fact 2- Better than ever for Guzzi is still not as good as mAny other bikes made. Fact 3- Piaggio screwed up the parts distribution when they moved from Woodstock, GA to NY. Fact 4- You can't get warranty work done because (look at fact 3) dealers never know when sh*t will show up. But in every other way they are better than ever.
I have an 03 LeMans. Second owner. Two things needed warranty work last year. My local dealer (80 miles away) ordered both things in with the bike back to me in less than a week. I wasn't even thinking the bike was under warranty. but he did. Ordered the parts and did a real good job for me. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Guzzi. The Griso and 1100 Breva are on my short list for the next bike.
Ride one first Longride, I sat on one at the bike show last year and was surprised how high the pegs were. For the vertically challenged like Buz it would be fine, but normal size fellers like us it might be an issue.
I think an R1200RT is next on the list for me, one of my buds just got an '07 that's pretty sharp, make a nice winter bike.
I am the Bus Mgr at an Atl Guzzi dealer. Ask ANY parts person or tech in this shop and they will tell you the exact same thing as I stated. I'm not dogging the bikes. I like them alot. But if you can't get parts and the bike just sits wouldn't that frustrate you? Does us.
If you look at how efficent Ducati and Triumph are at delivery Guzzi still lags behind by weeks in most cases. It's not right that a customer should have to wait for that long. Now, maybe it's because we were so spoiled when they were based in Woodstock. But then again, most of our Ducati parts come through NY or Long Beach and they still get here faster in some cases- even when Guzzi was based here. Could just be a Georgia thing. There are only two Guzzi dealers in the state and we may now be the red-headed step-child of delivery now.