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Offline Bulitt

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3480 on: February 21, 2023, 06:48:12 PM »
Hey folks, just bought a 22 VT85TT Guardia.  I live in N. Florida and will of course have plenty of questions as I get to know this bike.
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3481 on: February 23, 2023, 05:55:13 PM »
Just joined ... age 47, public school administrator, upstate NY.

Currently own two Royal Enfields (Classic 350, Himalayan) and one Gold Wing.

The REs taught me to appreciate a simple, light bike.

I am looking at the V85TT Travel as a possible replacement for the Wing. 

That's why I am here.

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« Reply #3482 on: February 26, 2023, 07:29:40 PM »
Hello to all forum folks!

I've been semi-lurking for a little while and have been a Guzzi fan for over a decade, ridden a few, owned none.

I come from a land of ice and snow (Ontario, Canada) and wish to learn more from those that beat the tarmac with their favourite ride.


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« Reply #3483 on: March 01, 2023, 08:27:21 PM »
Hi folks, Glenn here. Iím a lifelong motorcyclist and retired electro-mechanical field engineer. I started out as a machinist and motorcycle mechanic, got a degree and worked in the printing and publishing industry most of my career. I split my time between South Florida and North Carolina, which is my preferred riding location. Currently Iím riding my 74 Norton Commando, 2002 Triumph Trophy 1200 and my recently purchased 2007 MG Breva 1100. I





had a V10 Centuro a few years ago but found it a bit high-strung for my taste. Anyway, Iím glad to be here and look forward to learning and sharing with you all!
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« Reply #3484 on: March 09, 2023, 09:17:05 PM »
Hi all,

Long-time Guzzi owner, off-an-on rider over the last 20+ years...

I started my Guzzi journey back in Northern California where I picked up my 2002 V11 Lemans new, and then moved out to North Carolina in the mid-2000s, where we are today.

I thought I had already been a member here sometimes in the ages ago, but I guess not!   :wink:

Al

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« Reply #3485 on: March 09, 2023, 09:30:46 PM »
Hi all,

Long-time Guzzi owner, off-an-on rider over the last 20+ years...

I started my Guzzi journey back in Northern California where I picked up my 2002 V11 Lemans new, and then moved out to North Carolina in the mid-2000s, where we are today.

I thought I had already been a member here sometimes in the ages ago, but I guess not!   :wink:

Al

Welcome back Al.  And good luck with that Cali Vintage.  It looks like a good one. 

If you were inactive for a long time your old profile probably was caught up in a housecleaning. 
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« Reply #3486 on: March 16, 2023, 11:31:57 AM »
New here and thanks for letting me in.

I've recently downsized from a Griso 1200SE to a 750Viii, which I'm hoping I won't regret too much. Why the change? Because I'm old and needed something lighter. Trying to find a workshop manual link for it but the ones I can find seem to have expired.

The little V7 is quite revvy for a Guzzi. Reminds me a bit of a Morini 3 1/2 I had.

Had a few Guzzis over the years-a couple of 850T3s, a T3 Cali, a Spada, plus the Griso and now the V7. I was on the Griso Ghetto before this. Still on ST.Org. Used to be on STN.

I'm in the UK. Used to work in forensic mental health; now retired.

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« Reply #3487 on: March 16, 2023, 06:02:09 PM »
Welcome, know the handle from the Ghetto. Last V7III I saw was 21 book. That would be the 850.
Otherwise it's 2017 Anniversary model.  I go here----------------

https://guzzitek.org/gb/accueil_gb.htm
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« Reply #3488 on: March 17, 2023, 02:18:29 AM »
Welcome, know the handle from the Ghetto. Last V7III I saw was 21 book. That would be the 850.
Otherwise it's 2017 Anniversary model.  I go here----------------

https://guzzitek.org/gb/accueil_gb.htm

Many thanks Steve. I've also found a V7iii specific workshop manual in English, if there's anywhere to upload it.

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« Reply #3489 on: March 19, 2023, 06:07:14 PM »
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This is my 10th motorcycle -- but my first Guzzi. A 2017 V7 Special with just 959 miles on it.




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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3490 on: March 20, 2023, 07:32:32 AM »
Hi all!
I'm Max, 43 years old, from Yekaterinburg, Russia
This is my first Guzzi, my friend from Switzerland gave it to me 3 years ago, and last autumn I rode it home.

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« Reply #3491 on: March 28, 2023, 12:03:50 PM »
G'day all!
I'm Antoine, 35 yo, Frenchie living in the USA since 2009.
Mechanical engineer by education, I work as engineering manager for an industrial machinery OEM.
I live in the Chattanooga, TN area since 2011.
I remember while growing up in France seeing a documentary about Moto Guzzi, this would have been around 2005-ish. It stuck with me for all these year.
Fast forward 15-20 years and I purchased my first Guzzi - a 2018 V7 III Rough. I absolutely LOVED this bike. Because of circumstances (divorce) I had to sell it and stay away from bike for a little time.
But I finally managed to get back on one last week, a 2014 California 1400 touring. I couldn't be happier, and looking forward to many adventures on my trusty Guzzi.




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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3492 on: April 01, 2023, 10:28:41 AM »


Hi!
My name is Laurent ,55 years old, tattooist , living in Paris ,France (Europe)
'got a 1983 Le Mans III , kinda stock except a Mistral complete exhaust line and a few things , and another Le Mans 3 , the grey one ,completely stripped now ,that i'm currently rebuilding with spices inside.

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« Reply #3493 on: April 03, 2023, 01:23:32 PM »
Hello from Colorado's Front Range.  Girlfriend and I are longtime riders, last month we decided to add a couple modern airheads to the garage.  Picked up these '22 v7 850 Specials.  Mine's the blue one.




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« Reply #3494 on: April 18, 2023, 07:14:52 AM »
Hello all!
My name is Matt (not Merle as my handle might suggest)
First-time Guzzi owner in north west Georgia, USA
Work in software support
Old enough to know better
After decades of eyeballing Guzzis, bought a V85TT in Nov 22.
Prefer to work on my own bikes which seems to be common with Guzzi owners.
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« Reply #3495 on: April 18, 2023, 10:09:30 AM »
Welcome from Auburn, GA way over in Barrow Co. I used to work in Dahlonega at the Hill.
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« Reply #3496 on: May 07, 2023, 07:47:04 PM »
Hi folks, I'm new here (again). Steve aka Splicer. I remember some old faces and names from when I was (semi-) active here years ago. I used to be in the SF Bay Area (San Francisco and Alameda) where I had an '04 Stone and later an '04 Nero Corsa. Now I'm in upstate New York near Albany/Troy and I haven't had a Guzzi in about ten years. But I'm back with a silver '08 Norge!

Riding Northern CA is really how I made it my home. My plan, now that I'm in upstate NY, is to do the same here. I swear I've felt incomplete without a Guzzi. It's good to be back in the saddle.




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« Reply #3497 on: May 19, 2023, 12:58:33 AM »
Good Morning All from South Africa

My Name Is Dane, I am 35 years old, I have been around and involved and riding motorcycles since the age of 2.
Racing was a big part of my life and for that, I studied mechanical engineering.
Iv been specializing in Italian bikes for some time now and worked internationally.
For the last couple of years. I have been running the workshop for Aprilia and Motoguzzi South Africa but due to internal issues I have found myself back with Ducati South Africa but with my own customer database from Motoguzzi and Aprilia.
I have since purchased my own Lonelec tools and trying to establish myself and support my customers.
I don't own my own Guzzi unfortunately, but I find it very rewarding to see my customers happy with my work. 

Thank you

 

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« Reply #3498 on: May 19, 2023, 07:41:13 AM »
Welcome Dane, I'm about done with my wrenching on others bikes at 70yrs old.
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« Reply #3499 on: May 19, 2023, 11:36:32 AM »
Well hello everyone, I'm the new owner of a 2018 V7 III carbon (dark). My first MG. I'm an older rider(65yrs on two)just about to turn the big eight 0. love the bike#00051 but...it rides like a tractor,any thing I can do for this? thanks in advance. Zeek :bike-037: :popcorn:
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« Reply #3500 on: May 19, 2023, 02:04:22 PM »
Well hello everyone, I'm the new owner of a 2018 V7 III carbon (dark). My first MG. I'm an older rider(65yrs on two)just about to turn the big eight 0. love the bike#00051 but...it rides like a tractor,any thing I can do for this? thanks in advance. Zeek :bike-037: :popcorn:

Welcome Zeek!

I can't give you any tiips on making the V7 III ride more smoothly except for you to wear a lumbar support belt and avoid potholes & big bumps!   :grin:

On the other hand, you're my hero just based on your age!  I just turned 78 and my back & hips have started to limit my riding somewhat - the product of both a somewhat hard life at times plus poor decisions during the periods that life wasn't being hard - LOL!
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« Reply #3501 on: May 19, 2023, 03:34:22 PM »
If you don't want it to ride like a tractor keep rpm's above 3500, welcome from the junior age of 70.
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« Reply #3502 on: May 22, 2023, 04:45:12 PM »
Greetings!  My name is Mark.  I'm 62 and now (mostly) retired.  I'm from eastern Pennsylvania.
I have a 2022 V7 Stone and a 1980 V50.  I'm glad to be included here.

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« Reply #3503 on: May 30, 2023, 06:41:34 PM »
Greg Kane (Mondo) here. Old retired fart currently on an FJ-09 with many years on ST1300ís. I am about to pull the trigger on a V85 TT for numerous reasons and found this group to assist with any questions, farkles, etc.

Greg
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« Reply #3504 on: May 31, 2023, 06:41:28 AM »
Andy Overstreet, Union WV. Been Guzzi curious for years, now it's time to start getting serious about it.

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« Reply #3505 on: May 31, 2023, 10:14:25 AM »
Greg Kane (Mondo) here. Old retired fart currently on an FJ-09 with many years on ST1300ís. I am about to pull the trigger on a V85 TT for numerous reasons and found this group to assist with any questions, farkles, etc.

Greg
Ha, Ha, I grew up in St. Charles . Hot Rod cars running from the police. Back & forth from Rex's to McDonalds.
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« Reply #3506 on: June 04, 2023, 05:01:52 PM »
Hello.  Ted here.  I'm a 54 year old District Attorney in western North Carolina.  I'm what I believe is referred to as a returning rider.  Had dirt bikes growing up, then a 250 Kawasaki Ninja when I was 19 which was traded in on a '89 or so 750 Ninja after about a year.  Rode that for a while but sold it when I was sent to Korea in the Army.  never got another bike and was out of motorcycling for many, many years until I became friends a handfull of years ago a guy who was hardcore into bikes and raced.  Looking back on it, I'm amazed I survived those Ninja years- no protective gear except a helmet - shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers.  A year or so ago I bought his '81 Yamaha XS 650 (which my wife was not that supportive of).  He and I rebuilt it and modded into a cafe racer.  Many hours of wrenching, kick start only, rear sets, and clip ons.  Funny how my re-entry bike is about 20 years older than my last bike all those years ago.  I have discovered that I still enjoy curvy roads, but at mild speeds.  However, while my XS looks awesome and is fun in curves, it's not that good for for straight roads - the riding position gets painful after a few miles.  I keep my eye out for something that would be a better fit for my current riding desires: pokey, relaxing, and comfortable.  New doesn't appeal to me - I find myself gravitating to older, dare we say antique or classic, bikes, and I find working on them just as enjoyable as riding.  I saw a '72 Ambassador 750 on Bring a Trailer a couple of weeks ago (sold on 5/21) that was exactly what I was looking for.  I loved the style, and the look of that particular bike (down to the brown leather seat), and while I've never sat on one, the ridiing position looked like exactly the thing I was wanting.  Plus, I loved the 'antiqueness' of the thing. 

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1972-moto-guzzi-ambassador-4/

However, the wife was not at all in favor of buying another bike ( i.e. she was dead set against it) so I missed out.  And ever since then I have deeply regretted not buying it.  I'm pretty sure my regret is lasting longer than my wife's anger would have, so I have been kicking myself big time for not going ahead on it.  But, it did convince me that an older Moto Guzzi is what I'm wanting, so I figured I would lurk on here for the time being, and maybe, just maybe, I will eventually find a similar bike available or, ideally, that bike being re-sold.  So, here I am.

Thanks,
Ted
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« Reply #3507 on: June 04, 2023, 10:26:04 PM »
I saw a '72 Ambassador 750 on Bring a Trailer a couple of weeks ago (sold on 5/21) that was exactly what I was looking for.  I loved the style, and the look of that particular bike (down to the brown leather seat), and while I've never sat on one, the ridiing position looked like exactly the thing I was wanting.  Plus, I loved the 'antiqueness' of the thing. 

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1972-moto-guzzi-ambassador-4/

However, the wife was not at all in favor of buying another bike ( i.e. she was dead set against it) so I missed out.  And ever since then I have deeply regretted not buying it.  I'm pretty sure my regret is lasting longer than my wife's anger would have, so I have been kicking myself big time for not going ahead on it.  But, it did convince me that an older Moto Guzzi is what I'm wanting, so I figured I would lurk on here for the time being, and maybe, just maybe, I will eventually find a similar bike available or, ideally, that bike being re-sold.  So, here I am.

I think that you can consider yourself lucky that you "missed out" on the BaT Ambassador.  Most of the items on BaT are bid considerably above what you can find elsewhere in the same or better condition if you keep looking.  Ambassadors or Eldorado 850s aren't rare and there are many around that are in good condition and won't need any more work to get them fully sorted out than some of the "fully restored" bikes sold on BaT.  I'd recommend finding out who the local old Guzzi "gurus" are within a reasonable distance from where you live & just call or email them to let them know you're in the market and see if they know of any good ones for sale.  Apparently, a good percentage of the ones for sale change hands by word-of-mouth rather than public listings.
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« Reply #3508 on: June 08, 2023, 09:48:49 AM »
I think that you can consider yourself lucky that you "missed out" on the BaT Ambassador.  Most of the items on BaT are bid considerably above what you can find elsewhere in the same or better condition if you keep looking.  Ambassadors or Eldorado 850s aren't rare and there are many around that are in good condition and won't need any more work to get them fully sorted out than some of the "fully restored" bikes sold on BaT.  I'd recommend finding out who the local old Guzzi "gurus" are within a reasonable distance from where you live & just call or email them to let them know you're in the market and see if they know of any good ones for sale.  Apparently, a good percentage of the ones for sale change hands by word-of-mouth rather than public listings.

Thank you for the info.  I hadn't thought about looking for local Guzzi owners - excellent idea.  Thank you!

Thanks,
Ted

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« Reply #3509 on: June 12, 2023, 10:43:39 PM »
GmaninAZ
71 yr/young this July, retired, first Guzzi, but many other bikes. Been riding since about 14 yr/young.

2023 V100S Verde with 300 miles now, and a coolant leak. I have a short video of where mine is leaking from; it is at the large lower (I believe) hose connected to an aluminum tube with a smaller tube branching off and behind it. How do I find the posts here on this issue, and share my video  please? I love the bike but this looks like the clamp is not tight enough, and is very dissapointing.
I also have a neutral safety switch issue. When I shut the bike off after a ride it is in neutral. When I come back to re-start, or after sitting overnight upon turning the key to ignition, the gear indicator will show 2 gear and will not start, even though it is in neutral I have to engage first gear and roll the bike either forward or backward and hear a slight click and N will show in the dash enabeling  a start.

Thank you Gary





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