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Not the same "character" though.. <shrug> Yeah, I had a 1000SP, too.
I wanted a 1000SP, could only afford a V65SP. Couldn't even afford to look at BMWs. In to 80's fresh outta college and just married.
FYI for next time, if you flip the BMW upside down you can shift it to third gear and that works better for getting 'home' An old 'GS in the middle of nowhere' trick. Or you could use one of these...As with V11 Sports, shifter springs on airhead BMWs break occasionally, and did so then as much as now. Its not really an old bike thing.
I only owned this one 10,000 miles and one year. In that time I has warped front rotors. The ride was amazing but the weather protection was so good I couldn't stand riding it from April to October while wearing protective riding gear. In hindsight I should have kept it for a winter bike and traded my Road Glide Ultra for a Road King Special. My local dealer lost Triumph and the next closest was 2 1/2 hours away. It was summer and I was motivated to make a trade.It has a tall seat height and holds 7 or more gallons of fuel so it feels heavier at a light than the Road Glide.
Read a contemporary test on a small valve Guzzi with 30-mm carbs and you'll find that its probably the slowest accelerating large motorcycle that was then available.
Fifteen thousand miles and never a hiccup with ours. Ten thousand miles between oil changes, it's a great two up ride. 350 mile range really helps when you are exploring western county and state roads, and I've got a lowered seat and lowered pegs to make the weight easier for this old man to handle...
I'm on the Lemans 4 in the swap meet here....It's just what I wanted, an Italian V twin with some thrust
I'm on the Lemans 4 in the swap meet here....It's just what I wanted, an Italian V twin with some thrust "
I'm on the Lemans 4 in the swap meet here....It's just what I wanted, an Italian V twin with some thrust " Pete S, the seller supposedly has all the repair receipts from the first owner and he says there no mention of "expensive engine repairs..Reading on the Internet it's seems the valve seat jobs were done well before 60,000 miles...So who knows, maybe it was done...But there's always the few that last longer than average before chronic problems show up...
Secondly the bike has a Florida title in the previous owners name...... Still looking....
Tony, When are you planning on starting your trip?
Looks like it has OEM Fuji front brake discs, which are warp prone. Replacements are common to almost every other Italian bike of the 90s, but expensive. EBCs are less expensive but still expensive. If they pulse, this might take some creativity to limit costs.
Tony pulled the trigger. I saw the bike yesterday. very clean. good cosmetics. Bodywork should be coming off soon.
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