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I am a fan of BMW styling until the 2005 model year. A prefer Botticeli to Picaso. I liked the looks of my Muth designed 1984 R100RS probably the most of any bike I have had with the 97 R1100RS and my 2004 R1150RT and the most voluptuous of all, the mighty K1200RS also nice looking.
"The Berliner Motor Corporation's obsession with entering the large and profitable US police motorcycle market against Harley-Davidson is characterized as folly for the unrealistic specification that Berliner demanded of the Ducati Apollo, yet authors like Falloon laud the Apollo for vision of this very specification. The Apollo engine, in V-twin form, would in fact become the heart of Ducatis for the following four decades. Similarly, the Berliners pushed Moto Guzzi to create a big v-twin for the American police market, and had greater success with the production of the Moto Guzzi V7. Like Ducati, this engine type would carry Moto Guzzi from those days up to the present day, and Moto Guzzi in the end found many police department customers for their version of the Berliner dream bike.""Moto Guzzi, like Ducati, was under pressure from the Berliner brothers to produce a Harley-Davidson-style big-bore V-engined bike.It was reported that Moto Guzzi sold 5,000 Eldorados per year from 1972–1974, making it a fierce competitor to the Harley FLH."And this:"A cruiser motorcycle is a motorcycle in the style of American machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s, including those made by Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior and Henderson. The riding position usually places the feet forward and the hands up, with the spine erect or leaning back slightly. Typical cruiser engines emphasize easy rideability and shifting, with plenty of low-end torque but not necessarily large amounts of horsepower, and are traditionally V-twins, but inline engines have become more common. Cruisers with greater performance than usual, including more horsepower, stronger brakes and better suspension, are often called power cruisers.Japanese companies began producing models evocative of the early cruisers in the mid-1980s, and by 1997 the market had grown to nearly 60 percent of the US market, such that a number of motorcycle manufacturers including BMW, Honda, Moto Guzzi, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph and Victory have currently or have had important models evocative of the American cruiser."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruiser_(motorcycle)And one of the photo examples:
Obviously different but trying to hit the same market segment in the 60's and early seventies.Most of the other possibilities were British which were smaller and much lighter as a rule (apart from the then defunct Vincent's and Ariel square fours) and certainly not cruiser style ;or BMW which were I'd call Gentleman roadsters .It was pressure from the US that made Guzzi increase the capacity to 850 cc too according to several authors.What I'm not sure is if Guzzi had the US market in their sights from the drawing board stage though.Somehow I don't think so as the previous ranges didn't sell much stateside did they?
I am eager to see the V100 in person. Current early reviews of the machine now that it's out in the public are very positive. I have two prime concerns. The reports I've received from people who have seen and sat on the V100 are that it is a junior-sized machine. Dimensionally, they say the bike felt smaller than the V85TT but bigger than the V7 series. That's not good news to me. I am interested in a machine in the ballpark of my BMW 1250GS or the H-D PA and countless other current adventure-style bikes. The other thing is the issue Moto Guzzi quality control and that's something that will take time to bear out. Electrical connectors, component assembly etc etc, are all things that have traditionally caused problems for Guzzi products. The old saying, "yeah, you have to sort them out to get them correct" has no place in the modern motorcycle market. An owner should not have to be a mechanic to own a Guzzi and deal with it. Just look at the topics of how to fix them that pervade this very forum. For example, lingering in my mind is that I really should tear off the entire rear swing arm assembly of my new GRiSO and grease the bearings which probably were not greased at the factory. I remember a host of these sort of things I had to do to my Stelvio while I had it. Many of such problems should have been taken care of at the factory before the bikes were ever sold. Competition will continue to eat Guzzi's lunch if this persists.
The other thing is the issue Moto Guzzi quality control and that's something that will take time to bear out. Electrical connectors, component assembly etc etc, are all things that have traditionally caused problems for Guzzi products. The old saying, "yeah, you have to sort them out to get them correct" has no place in the modern motorcycle market. .
The old saying, "yeah, you have to sort them out to get them correct" has no place in the modern motorcycle market. An owner should not have to be a mechanic to own a Guzzi and deal with it.
Thanks Huzo ! Glad to have been of some minor help . Your Norge is a fine testimony that Guzzi build and quality is fine....200,000 plus on any bikes odo without any major intervention is irrefutable proof .Are they all that reliable? Obviously some exceptions but look at any other brand and the answer will be similar...shit happens or not, sometimes caused by Luigi or Hans, sometimes by a forgetful service tech,sometimes by the little pimple head in the accounting department.
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So is it somewhat laid over seating like a 1200 sport, Griso or more upright like a v7
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