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I hope Guzzi is not still chasing BMW! They have done it for decades and it has almost never been successful.
Concept bike. Code for "will never make it into production."If I see another Oberdan Bezzi puerile fantasy, I may just vomit.
Only a couple of days waiting to EICMA, followed by 5 years wait, and then 2 years to figure out the recall won’t happen. Enjoy the past
People here love em. I think they're hideously ugly. You'll get lots of great info here. Welcome!-AJ
Hello, just joined the forum.I am considering a V85TT, probably a Travel or Centenario model. I have three bikes, two Royal Enfields and a 2016 Gold Wing. I am gradually looking for a replacement for the Wing. I want a smaller, more nimble bike with an adventure bike riding position that can do some light off-roading.This bike has a lot of features I am looking for. It has cruise, shaft drive, tubeless wheels, heated grips, two year warranty, and is reasonably priced. Those combination of features are not easy to find.I skimmed the service manual today to see how easy it is to change the oil, adjust the valves, and remove the wheels as I would do that work myself most of the time. I was pleasantly surprised to see doing those things looks pretty straightforward. Looks like screw and nut valve adjusters vs. shim and bucket - major bonus. I actually like the air-cooled, modestly powered engine. I also find having a simple key and instrument cluster attractive. My REs have taught me the value of simplicity.The two things missing are a quickshifter and a nearby dealer. The closest is 250 miles away. I know that this will not be a direct replacement for the Wing - and I very hesitant to replace mine because I have done a lot of modifications to it, it is reliable, and Honda dealers are everywhere. I just cannot get away from the low seat height and weight of the bike.I am checking in here to see what your thoughts might be on making a move like this. I am heading out of town in a few weeks and happen to be going to an area that has an MG dealer. They have several V85TTs in stock. I will stop by for a test-sit and kick the tires.
Huzo, yours looks a little bit north of AWESOME! Really great looking. Scott
It will have a lot more power than the RE's, less than the GW. The handling is really outstanding; I had one for awhile and sold it because I am a power junkie. I thought it was a bit tall to swing a leg over (I'm 32" inseam), but not crazy like some KTM dirt bikes that I've had. Once moving, the center of gravity is low enough that it is very manuverable. Get a windscreen that works for you and it is an all-day mileage bike. I personally think it might be more than a handful off-road, but if off-road is gravel, then it is perfectly fine. If off-road is single-track, then it is going to be heavy. Maintenance is super-easy.It is a very good motorbike. I was happy with mine.
Very confidence inspiring. I find myself riding faster that I should in the curves because the bike can handle it with aplomb!I personally don't understand the desire for a quickshifter. Reminds me of the Honda Z50. Back when we hadn't yet mastered the skill of using a clutch lever.Of the two bikes you mentioned, only the travel comes with the heated grips already installed, so negotiate them into the centenario purchase if you go that route.
Thanks. Glad to know about the handling - I am not a peg scraper, but I do love to get into it in the curves, safely. Not going to do anything crazy off-road. One of my REs is a Himalayan, and I have that if I want to do some serious discovering. The V85TT would be my longer ride bike, replacing the Wing. There have been times when I want to take a gravel road or two and don't dare with the Wing. If a Wing goes down in some mud, might need a helicopter to get it upright again. Forest roads, gravel, etc. would be all the MG is subjected to.I see that Madstad and Cal-Sci make windscreen for the V85TT ... I own both on different bikes and would put one on the V85TT.
I’ve come to realize there is no such thing as the perfect motorcycle, but for now the V85tt is about as good as it gets, just my opinion!!!
traction control and abs standard, don't know if it is cornering or not. Definitely test ride it if you get the opportunity.
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