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Congratulations on the new Guzzi, Dave. Just glad to see someone picking up a bit of the slack that the new 'mature' @SteadyEddie has left behind. Is the red one next to it in the 1st pic the same special edition model? I hope it's everything you want it to be. Have fun with it this coming Holiday weekend.

I have a friend in MO. that has a maxed out (with expensive aftermarket goodies) BMW 850GS that he keeps dangling in my face .... he doesn't ride much anymore and is thinking of selling it. If there was accessible gravel road riding anywhere near me, I'd give it some thought, but there isn't.
 
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The red one is the adventure model, and while I like the color it does not come with any of the accessories except the luggage. I decided to go for the more refined gentleman look over the in your face attention grabbing look, and save some money in the process.
I was thinking that if I bought the red one, it would be easier for the rescue chopper to spot it from the air, when, after several weeks with the bike, I grew overconfident and the throttle hand outperformed my riding ability, and I got pitched over the handlebars and was waiting for the rescue crew to find me.
 

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If any of you ever get to Italy, you need to go visit the MG museum. I haven't been there, but a relative has, and I also saw a video of it on some TV show a few years back. It's supposed to be spectacular in that this company goes back many years and I think they have one of every model they ever made on display.

Before my 'ex' lost her mind due to chemo and steroids, we had planned 3 years in advance to go to Italy for our 40th. I had planned a schedule that would have included factory visits/museum tours of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Moto Guzzi. Nice plan, but instead, we got divorced one month before our 40th. I'd recommend the trip, it's a lot less expensive!
 

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a veterinarian friend of mine was going to school in Parma back in the late 70s and invited me over there to see an F1 race. a school mate of his was a track worker and could get us a free pass to the races. that spring he was accepted at OSU so those plans went to hell in a hand basket. he spoke of the guzzis in those days being flat out monsters on the roads.

So close, but yet so far!

@twowheeladdict i've read some reviews that state there's a lot of front-end dive, and vibration at lower revs. what's your take on the way this sweetheart rides?


i can't believe they actually have downloadable owners' manuals
AND service manuals
FOR FREE!!!
It's been my personal experience that to own any Italian made vehicle, you either need to be a certified tech, or have one on speed dial. So, they just accept the fact that every owner is likely to need one. Lack of dealers, and lack of long-term successful dealers, adds to the DIY motivation and need for easy access to manuals. Smart on their part to make them readily available. Seriously, they've all gotten more reliable in recent years.
 
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Man, I would love to visit those places and ride a Moto Guzzi around Lake Como.

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Do you remember Edelweiss Motorcycle Tours? I haven't looked at their site since covid, but before that they offered about 30 different tours in Europe. 1 or 2 were tied to Moto GP races at the end of the week. I had looked into them on a couple of occasions, but never had the money, time, and open schedule all at the same time as their Italy tour which I think also took in parts of France and Great Britain. Some of their tours were as much as 10 days in that area. You have your choice from about 6-8 different bikes, they have a truck that hauls any luggage or other items you don't want to take on the bike with you to each night's hotel locations. Excellent accomodations and excellent restaurants for lunch and dinner. I aways heard only good things about their tours from people who had done one.
 

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I really like that bike, if one ends up my next to my glide, it's all your fault!! 1st the "Dixxon addiction" now this!! (y):D
Yup, hanging around here can get very expensive!
 
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