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Why? The FJR is HEAVY, and seems to carry a lot of its weight up high. I'm not getting any younger. Pushing it around, on any kind of an incline, is sure to prompt a cloud of profanities. And I cannot flat-foot the bike at a stop. The saddle isn't especially lofty, but the bike is wide. And I'd swear my legs have gotten maybe an inch shorter over the last few years.
So... the V7, which I would expect to be able to purchase from proceeds of the sale of the FJR. (No, I don't have either enough garage or enough disposable income for two bikes.) V7 advantages: lighter, lower. I should be able to do routine maintenance, including maybe valve adjustments, myself. Character.
Disadvantages: insufficient alternator capacity for heated gear, a necessity for long-distance riding in Colorado. Probably insufficient power for those occasional two-up rides in the mountains. No cruise control. No heated grips. Cooked calves on hot days, I would think. "Character."Advice is certainly welcome, but I may get no further without riding one.
If you want this easy-to-handle light bike, you HAVE to modify your expectations as to amenities, space, comfort, luggage capacity, and power.To me, it's worth it to have a lighter bike that doesn't make me cringe when I have to stop on a gravelly, off-camber road, hoping I can hold it up ....Good luck!Lannis
the key is to concentrate on and enjoy what you have gained rather than what you have lost. You may even discover that a lighter bike will open up opportunities for experiences you never had the chance to enjoy when you were focused on a more frantic riding style. As Lannis pointed out, a 750 cc to 1000 cc bike isn't really "small" in the motorcycle world, except as compared to the land yachts most people, including myself, tour on. Since you mentioned that your wife is uninterested in even overnight trips on the bike, you really don't need a bike big enough to carry the kitchen sink and refrigerator on longer rides, so you haven't lost much, if any, in required carrying capacity.
Thanks, Lannis and jumpmaster. I am concerned that I may not be able to arrange a long-enough test ride to really get any sense of the V7's capabilities in the twisties. I do like to ride at a 7/10 pace through the corners. I understand that there may be an issue with cornering clearance, but I'm not clear whether that would come into play for me, or only be an issue for a real hotshoe. It's been many years since I scraped any hard parts in a corner. Thoughts?
G'day all,My name is Steve and I’m from Batemans Bay, which is on the beautiful south coast of NSW, Australia. I’m 48, married with 2 children and I’m a public servant.I’ve never owned a Moto Guzzi before, but there’s just something, I can’t put my finger on it, that I’ve always admired or liked about them. Maybe it’s the engine configuration, maybe because it’s Italian (like my best mate), who knows? Motorcycles aren’t supposed to be logical decisions, are they?My current ride is an ‘06 VFR800 which I bought in ’18, after a long layoff from riding. The last bike I owned before the VFR was a Suzuki 600 back in ’92. Lot’s of things have changed since then, except for my love of riding.I’ve been eyeing off an ‘08 Breva 1200, which I have some questions about, but will post in the appropriate section.Thanks for having be aboard,Steve
G'day Steve. Great part of the world you're from. We have a place in Narrawallee just up the coast. The Breva would be great down there. I'm on my second Guzzi now. Jump in - you'll love it. Cheers. Bob
Follow-up post...Rode a low-mileage used 2018 Milano over the shop's stingy 3-mile prescribed loop this morning, with rain threatening. Very clean bike, very light after the FJR, both feet flat at a stop. Nice. Not used to running out of steam at 6,000 RPM, but I'm sure I'll adapt. Idled nicely, shifted well. I left a deposit; I go back Tuesday (taking the day off from work) to finalize the deal and take delivery. Very excited to get to know this bike better. Maybe I'll call her Alyssa...Know anybody that would like to buy a perfect 2016 FJR1300 ES? https://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/d/denver-2016-yamaha-fjr1300-es-sport/7117560608.htmlAnd now, to go look at windscreens and luggage options. And a throttle lock...
Nice! Love my Milano so far. Please let me know what you land on for luggage. I'm struggling to make a decision.
I don't know if they make a kit for the Milano &/or V7III, but I have the Hepco-Becker luggage rack/pannier combo for my Mille GT & really like it. The 30 Liter bags aren't huge but the set-up looks nice on my bike. There's a company in England - Moto International, I think - that had the best prices I found after a lot of research a couple of years ago, even after factoring in shipping. You might be able to find 30 &/or 40 L bags on ebay or Wildguzzi.com, but the rack & pannier frames are model-specific, so not as likely to find a used set at a better price than new ones.
After seeing jumpmaster's solution and watching TexMexStrada's youtube video, I've decided to go with Hepco and Becker. Probably 40s on the sides, and a 40 out back. My usual luggage go-to, Givi, certainly has nothing I'd be eager to put on the bike.
Well, here i am and here it is. IT is a 2011 Norge (didn't show the road rash side LOL). I've been wanting to get another bike for several years. Destroyed my 81 Suzuki GS1000G in a head-on collision with a Honda . . . . . . Civic driven by an 18 year old cutie back in April, 2009. Wasn't ready to turn loose of the cash to buy another one what with job uncertainty and promises made to she who must be obeyed. Then, about a month ago one of my younger brothers called out of the blue on a Saturday AM and said "I'm bringing thu Guzzi to you and signing the title over. Needs a clutch but other than that, it's ready to ride". So, I find myself the owner of a motorcycle I probably woulnd't have even thought of before. About to order an oil filter because it's been sitting for a year without an oil change. Still pondering going the clutch myself or taking it to the shop. It will move under its own power so I've cruised around the funeral home parking lot across the street a bit. Put a new battery in a week after I got it.
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