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Title: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: wavedog on December 30, 2014, 08:59:54 PM
As I was walking my dog around the block the other day I decided to count the houses and motorcycles. The one block street I live on has 18 houses. 15 are occupied. There are 7 motorcycles. behind my house on the other side of the block is a similar house count with 3 bikes. On the other side of that block are three more bikes that I am aware of. I walk to the stop sign at the end of my street and within a half block there are 7 more bikes. It is like that all over this town. During the weekends when people have their garage doors open it seems as though every fifth house has a bike or two in the garage or driveway. What is the bike density like where you live?
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Post by: rocker59 on December 30, 2014, 09:05:37 PM
Lots of bike density in my 'hood. Very few of the bikes get ridden. Well, once per year during the big biker rally, but otherwise they sit in those garages...
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Post by: Adk.IBO on December 30, 2014, 09:20:27 PM
3 houses on my road, 5 motorcycles, 2 get ridden regularly for now anyway.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Lannis on December 30, 2014, 09:30:28 PM
Really hard to tell.   

Almost all the motorcycles are kept inside, and very few are actually ridden.

I did pass a nice FZ07 Yamaha on my road in the fall, going the other way.   The rider turned around and chased me down, followed me to the house.

He said he was so amazed to see a motorcycle on the road that wasn't a cruiser-HD-clone that he had to find out who was actually riding a Stelvio!

So they're pretty rare!

Lannis
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Post by: Semper-guzzi on December 30, 2014, 09:51:04 PM
There's about 7-8 bikes in the hood. About 25 homes or so. My neighbor takes his boys and the dirt bikes out nearly every weekend. The rest of the riding is done by me. Very seldom to the neighbors pull out their Harleys.
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Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on December 30, 2014, 09:54:45 PM
In my little "village" (Gapland) there are approx. 30 houses. Other than me, there are three guys with bikes. A twenty-something with a Yamaha FZ-09 (I think that's what it is), a forty-something with a Honda 919 and some sort of straight-piped Harley Dyna, and a fifty-something with an early '90s dresser Harley.
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Post by: LowRyter on December 30, 2014, 09:59:24 PM
There are 75 houses in my neighborhood.  I think there are six motorcycles, half in my garage, the other half are Harleys at three different houses,
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Post by: BigDave in PA on December 30, 2014, 10:08:03 PM
There are 5 Guzzis in my garage and they get ridden regularly. There's one Harley across the street. On the weekend, if the weather's nice I'll hear it going up the road making all the noise you can imagine. About a half hour it's back and put away. The rest of the neighbors are all Amish so they aren't into motorcycles.
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Post by: lucydad on December 30, 2014, 10:23:53 PM
Hmm, good question.  Couple blocks away I used to see a young man with a sportbike, I think a Honda?  Block around one other guy had a HD, but have not seen it in a long time.  Not many bikes nearby, but in Sugar Land, TX quite a few.  Hear them flying by on the nearby freeway.  This is more of a Jaguar, BMW, Porsche and Lexus kinda place I guess.  I remember growing up in Durango, CO in the sixties and seventies:  bikes everywhere.  Good old days those were.
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Post by: Kiwi_Roy on December 30, 2014, 11:37:57 PM
Four in my apartment complex, all mine  ;D
Around the road from me there was a nice looking yellow sportster sweating away under a plastic sheet, I stopped one day thinking it was probably some young guy who didn't know any better, it was corroded as you can imagine. I knocked on the door and suggested he get a proper motorcycle cover that would allow it to breathe, he threatened to punch my head in  ???
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Post by: Waltr on December 31, 2014, 12:02:36 AM
Two other bikes that I have never seen ridden. Lots of horses, cows, chickens, peacocks, goats and deer. In the springtime they all talk to each other. Except for the deer, they are pretty quiet.
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Post by: Rusty goose on December 31, 2014, 12:03:16 AM
I live on a fairly long street with three cul-de-sacs and no outlet. There are roughly 55 houses and seven motorcycles. a Harley Heritage soft tail across the street riden regularly by the retired police woman. The other six are in my garage, two street bikes riden regularly, two off road riden irregularly, and two disassembled projects.
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Post by: balvenie on December 31, 2014, 03:16:06 AM
          The bloke across the road acquired a Harley, recently. Methinks I can't be setting a good enough example but to be fair, the Cali was off the road for a month while its failure to start issue was being sorted. 
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Post by: father guzzi obrian on December 31, 2014, 04:39:34 AM
my guzzis, Pete's Mana and a single Harley..... So guzzi's outnumber Harleys, and mana's equal Harleys....  (so Luaps site capitalizes Harley, but not guzzi....hmmmmmm
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Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 31, 2014, 05:58:08 AM
Mine.
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Post by: Perazzimx14 on December 31, 2014, 06:00:02 AM
There are at least 4 Guzzi's in my neighborhood  
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Rough Edge racing on December 31, 2014, 06:00:37 AM
 I live in a older rural area,houses are spread out a bit. I think about one out of five have a bike. Mostly Harleys or  Japanese clones..And a few sport bikes...None have mufflers...
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Post by: redrider on December 31, 2014, 06:18:54 AM
17 houses, 5 bikes, all at my place.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Steve Scott on December 31, 2014, 07:15:47 AM
2 miles of road, 37 houses, 5 bikes, 4 of them in my garage... At the end of my road there is a club which hosts hundreds of bikes 5 or 6 times a year.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Green1000S on December 31, 2014, 07:24:52 AM
All motorcycles in the neighborhood are in my garage. One Beemer guy was here, but he moved out. There's not even a loud pipe Harley in the block.
Does Amish buggies and Amish scooters count?? We have those..

Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: neverquit on December 31, 2014, 08:29:52 AM
There are about 50 houses on my street and I am the only one who rides bikes.  One neighbor rode large cruisers but he passed away.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Tobit on December 31, 2014, 08:47:59 AM
Too many houses to count as I live in the city.  In the eight block or so area in which I walk, I only see on bike, a Suzuki bandit, parked in front of a house occasionally.  Otherwise, I'm the only one.

Tobit

Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Sheepdog on December 31, 2014, 09:36:26 AM
I live in a rural area, so there just aren't that many folks around. However, we have five bikes here and a Triumph triple, a Bonneville Silver Jubilee, a Honda VTX 1300, and two Harleys within walking distance. The fellow across the the highway has a beautifully restored '64 Chevelle SS convertible that's pretty cool also...
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Post by: segesta on December 31, 2014, 11:25:43 AM
There are 75 homes in my neighborhood, with one Japanese cruiser, a Kawasaki 300, and the two bikes in my garage. People here are good stolid folk that max out their 401(k)s and send their kids to cello lessons--no money for toys.

Except me: I'm on the Medicaid and EBT card and Social Security retirement schedule, aw hell yeah.
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Post by: Stormtruck2 on December 31, 2014, 11:38:02 AM
Twenty three homes in my area. Fourteen motorcycles, all mine. That is a 14:23 ratio of bikes to homes. Not too bad of a ratio. Didn't realize I lived in such a bike rich enviroment.  ;) ::)
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Post by: DCWCALI on December 31, 2014, 11:47:42 AM
60 houses - 16 motorcycles (mostly in two garages) and one Norton Commando that I would love to own
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: andrewdonald1 on December 31, 2014, 12:03:08 PM
I live up a peninsula adjacent to Olympia during the weekends.
I'd say I've seen a couple Harley's and maybe a couple metrics. 

Most of the bikes cruise by on their way around the 101 highway to circle the west side of WA state.

Now if you were talking Prius', they are everywhere here.

 
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Guzzistajohn on December 31, 2014, 01:02:01 PM
8 houses in my "hood" 2 Guzzi's, a Triumph and 2 Bultacos. Oh, I have a neighbor that owns 2 yellow 49cc scooters and a yellow suit to ride them in. He's a psycoligist. One day he rode over and invited me to go ride his scooters with him. I pointed at his scooter and told him "If my bikes used the toilet, that is what they would leave behind"  :bikeBzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: LongRanger on December 31, 2014, 02:56:11 PM
Five on my street -- my four and my neighbor's immaculate '79 CB750F SuperSport. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife (well, she's pretty hot) but nothing was ever written about not coveting thy neighbor's bike.
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Post by: pebra on December 31, 2014, 03:17:00 PM
The guy four houses to the east has an adventure bike. After that I think I have to walk around a bit to find the next one.
A few Guzzis within a two-mile radius.
Two years ago I was waiting in the line for the ferry to take me home from Copenhagen. Beside me in the line were two ancient Indians. At least one of the riders live less than a mile away, but I can't recall having seen him or the bike about. Could be bikes behind closed doors I don't know about...
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Post by: bad Chad on December 31, 2014, 04:20:13 PM
There are 67 homes in my side of our subdivision.  7 of them have street legal bikes that I know of.  Of the seven, 2 of us ride as much as we can get away with, the 3rd rides a couple times a week, and the other 4, on nice weekends or in one guys case,  :Dwhen he's pissed at his wife!
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Post by: bad Chad on December 31, 2014, 05:26:18 PM
Indeed.  I went on Google maps, and then counted them from the sat pic!  Pretty cool, 2015 is in many ways a long way from 1970!
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Post by: Wayne Orwig on December 31, 2014, 06:03:20 PM
Three.
All three are in my garage.

Someone nearby is a biker, not to be confused with a motorcyclist. You know, cruiser, pirate garb, and a flatulent exhaust that he rides to the bar.
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Post by: rodekyll on December 31, 2014, 06:12:14 PM
My town is the neighborhood.  If we tried to subdivide it the parts would be too small.

I'm guessing 30 bikes in town.  About 10 HDs (two trikes), a couple of squid bikes, and a motley crue of various adv and on/off road, small-displacement machines.  I know of three beemers that run and a Honda being café'd.  One guy on an original-issue triumph TT comes by to borrow my brit tools too.  But as far as I know, I'm the only one in town that actually 'rides' -- that is -- puts the bike on the ferry and heads for an actual highway.
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Post by: Yukonica on December 31, 2014, 06:18:50 PM
          The bloke across the road acquired a Harley, recently. Methinks I can't be setting a good enough example but to be fair, the Cali was off the road for a month while its failure to start issue was being sorted. 

What? no one remembers how to bump-start?  :-[
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Post by: rdbandkab on December 31, 2014, 06:27:56 PM
Three bikes in my neighborhood.  Three Italian bikes actually.  All mine!  Stelvio, aprilia Futura, and a newly acquired Beta 300rr.
We do have quads and Harleys a little further away...  I can hear them blocks away.
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Post by: Yukonica on December 31, 2014, 06:43:54 PM
What surprises me is not the 'bike density' here as much as the MG density. I know of 7 Guzzi locally that are ridden and have heard of another 5. Optimistically: a dozen.
As a ratio: there should be 32 bikes shy of 2300 Moto Guzzi in Maryland and roughly 1100 in Toronto.
Piaggio obviously needs to pay more attention north of 60.  ;)
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Post by: GUZZIWALT on December 31, 2014, 07:22:37 PM
38 house my 2 and 1sportser next door
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Post by: GUZZIWALT on December 31, 2014, 07:24:11 PM
Sorry 38 houses
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Post by: lucian on December 31, 2014, 07:34:10 PM
About 60 homes on our block, 2 guzzis, 1 concourse, 1  thruxton, 1 r9t, 1 sportster, so I guess thats two :D
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Post by: pebra on January 01, 2015, 04:39:07 AM
Just checked the Norwegian Guzzi club's members list.
Within a two-mile radius from me there are 7-8 members, two of whom have two Guzzis.
That's pretty good I think, but on the whole motorbikes are thinly spread around here.
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Post by: flip on January 01, 2015, 06:36:03 AM
There are 6 bikes in my neighborhood. My Guzzi and Aprilia, a couple around the corner has 2 harleys and his old v4  Honda cruiser and there is another guy with a small Japanese v twin cruiser.
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Post by: slopokes on January 01, 2015, 06:51:08 AM
 :+=copcar there are 10 within two blocks of me--I have 3--corner guy has 3 hd's and 2 scooters-rides up and down the street on sunday--once--I think he is a mayonnaise salesman--2 occ bikes spend all their lives in a garage 2 blocks away :BEER:
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Post by: Gliderjohn on January 01, 2015, 06:51:20 AM
I live well out in the country. I think I have the only bikes in at least a couple of miles of my house. Now if you want to count tractors, that would take a while.  ;D
GliderJohn
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Post by: hammick on January 01, 2015, 09:55:23 AM
40 houses and three bikes total. All in my garage. Most of the guys in my neighborhood are milk and cookies.
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Post by: blackcat on January 01, 2015, 10:19:12 AM
7 bikes, I have five and the other two run occasionally in their garages with sporadic exposure to the environment; one sporting a cigar rider and the other a single cylinder BMW with no rider. 
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Post by: Triple Jim on January 01, 2015, 10:56:41 AM
Other than mine, there are a few within a mile or two of here.  They fall into two categories:  Harleys and big Japanese sport bikes with extended swing arms.
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Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on January 01, 2015, 12:49:17 PM
I'm going to ball park it and say there's @ 25 houses on my block (counting the side street culdesac(sp?).  No one here rides, but there is a guy about 6 blocks away with a newer Honda cruiser and a guy across the street from him into 70s muscle cars.  I just need to take the old Guzzi out this spring or summer and approach them and strike up a conversation.  It's always good to make new friends who are fellow gear heads.   
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Post by: rzimmerman on January 01, 2015, 07:07:58 PM
5 houses on my block. 5 motorcycles. All the motorcycles are mine. The neighbors (my folks) have 3 1965-1966 Mustang Convertibles and 2+2s. Small town life rocks!!!!
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Post by: mgfan on January 01, 2015, 08:19:28 PM
3 houses on my road. 3 Guzzis,all mine. Down around the corner, 1 house, guy has a Harley, rides up and down my road once sometimes twice on sunny Sundays. :BEER:
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Post by: dee g on January 02, 2015, 06:24:53 PM
5 houses, 33 bikes.  All but two at my house.    ;-T
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Post by: jbntx on January 02, 2015, 11:24:38 PM
5 houses, 33 bikes.  All but two at my house.    ;-T
That's a lot of bikes you've got. Riding get them all, or gathering rust?
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Post by: Crusty on January 03, 2015, 07:20:37 AM
I live in an older part of a city in decline. My neighborhood is all three and four decker apartment buildings. The only motorcycle that I know about is the Norge that lives in my garage.
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Post by: jbntx on January 03, 2015, 09:43:32 AM
3 bikes in my neighborhood, all mine.
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Post by: dee g on January 03, 2015, 07:58:34 PM
That's a lot of bikes you've got. Riding get them all, or gathering rust?

There's the bunch that get ridden all the time, and some that I ride once a year, just because I feel sorry for them.  Those will be put up for sale come spring.  Not really into the cruiser style bike anymore. (Its taken a couple years to convince the spouse that we need more space in the shop)  And there are 6 that are in the rebuild stage: 3 BMW airheads, 2 Stornellos and a baby Ninja.  The only one gathering rust, so to speak, is the Scura.  Its got a charging issue that I haven't quite figured out yet.  It'll start right up two or three times, then the fourth time I try to fire it up, it'll have a dead battery.   ???
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Post by: jbntx on January 03, 2015, 08:14:49 PM
Its got a charging issue that I haven't quite figured out yet.  It'll start right up two or three times, then the fourth time I try to fire it up, it'll have a dead battery.   ???
Sounds more like a *dis*charging issue. ;-)
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Post by: jas67 on January 04, 2015, 07:22:52 AM
I don't really live in a neighborhood, per say, but, just along a rural road.

Aside from my 20 or so (9 are registered, about 6 ridden regularly 9 months out of the year with one or two in use all year), one neighbor about 1/4 mile away has several Honda Shadows, one that he rides, the rest a rotating fleet of fix-n-sell bikes, plus a 70's CB450 he rode "back in the day", just collecting dust.    There is a Norge that lives about 1 mile East of me.   I've spoken to the own once when filling up.   I suggested we get together and ride.   I haven't seen him since, except occasionally riding past.    The only other bike "in the hood" is a loud open-piped ape hangered chopper thing about 1/4 mile North.   Owner is a fair weather rider who, thankfully doesn't ride it often.
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Post by: blackbuell on January 04, 2015, 08:02:11 AM
Within 2 blocks of our house there are 8 MC's in addition to mine: 3 Harleys, one Suzuki sport bike, 4 metric cruisers (2 YAM, 2 SUZ). The riders with the metric cruisers seldom ride. One of the Harley guys rides as often as I do; the bike has an unrestricted exhaust. Unfortunately, in warm weather he commutes to work on the bike & leaves very early in the morning, often waking me.

Jon
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Post by: Kev m on January 04, 2015, 08:26:51 AM
Define neighborhood? I now live in a maze of houses and lakes. Most of the houses are small log cabins that were once vacation homes and even though they almost surround my lake and the more modern houses built by my developer they are technically in a different borough.

Anyway, if I roughly call the whole maze one neighborhood I've only seen three other bikes so far, one Harley Softail, one Harley dresser, one Triumph Bonneville. Well, that's all I've seen parked in driveways or garages on a regular enough basis to figure they reside there.

I've also seen an SV650, Ducati Monster, Hyabusa (with stretched swingarm) and an even more hideous FXD with monster apes.

All but the Ducati looked like friends stopping by the homes where those other bikes live. The Ducati was just passing by so I dunno...
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Post by: jas67 on January 04, 2015, 08:49:38 AM
Unfortunately, in warm weather he commutes to work on the bike & leaves very early in the morning, often waking me.

I, unfortunately deal with one of those a**holes too.     He goes past our house at 5 AM about 3 out of 5 days of the week in the summer when we have the windows open  >:(
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Post by: cruzziguzzi on January 04, 2015, 10:57:27 AM
Aside from the Harley/Clones of which there are three and they only seem to see the light of day during the "season" and at that, only on event weekends - the total number in the neighborhood is however many I have at the house at any given time.

They're thin on the ground in my neighborhood.

Todd.
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Post by: Feliz on January 04, 2015, 06:41:31 PM
Five...and all mine. About 75 homes.
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Post by: Semper-guzzi on March 11, 2015, 07:00:47 AM
This socal ride that just happened last weekend pulled a lot more people out from Facebook in the local area. I had not imagined this many would own Guzzi. Hell, there are 3 or 4 at least in the next town over. Within a 10 mile radius I bet there's 5 or 6 easy.

What happened? I'm happy and upset all at the same time. Happy Guzzi is becoming more known, more sales, which means better stuff in the future, but I'm upset because it'll be more known and won't draw as many stares. More happy than upset tho.

How many Guzzi's are in your neighborhood? Not including all 12 in your garage.
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Post by: Triple Jim on March 11, 2015, 08:06:23 AM
I've never seen one within a 50 mile radius of me.  I rode to the DC area and back twice and never passed one.  In fact the only Guzzis I've seen anywhere near here were at the Bull City Rumble, which is a fairly large meet in Durham for Japanese and European motorcycles.  There are usually a couple Guzzis there.

Oh, and there was one in the garage of the Raleigh Guzzi owner I bought my Mille from.
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Post by: Lannis on March 11, 2015, 08:25:00 AM
We just recently had a discussion about "How many Guzzis are in your area/On your street?" but I'll be darned if I can find it.

Every once in a while you can get shocked by seeing several Guzzis together.   One day Greg King and I were out riding on our Centauros, just on a random ride in Virginia, and before the day was out we met TWO other Centauros, and didn't know the owners of either of them.  

Based on that, you'd have thought that Centauros were becoming as common as Harley FXDS-whatevers, or as Chevy Malibus.  But there never were or are very many; sometimes it just seems like it.

I can name about 12 Moto Guzzis within 50 miles of me ... we see a lot of them on our 3rd Saturday lunch rides.    But if I go out on an all day ride, and I see a Moto Guzzi, I'll hit the brakes, do a U-turn, and chase him down, it's such a rare occasion!

Piaggio, with their well-known level of customer service, final build quality, and their non-support of their own dealers, will continue to assure that Moto Guzzis are rare in this country, and that you have to have a particular enthusiasm for them in order to put up with the overall owner experience, so no worries there!!

Lannis
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Post by: Guzzistajohn on March 11, 2015, 09:51:44 AM
I was riding through town last fall on the lemans and a guy rode by on a t3, I turned around and pulled up next to him and asked if anyone was hurt in the crash. We got a good laugh and I made a new friend. Turns out he's been a guzzi owner since the late 70's.
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Post by: Wayne Orwig on March 11, 2015, 10:16:02 AM
In 1998 shortly after I got my Centauro, I was with a coworker going to lunch. He ask "why Moto Guzzi?". I replied something about them being unique, and you don't see them all the time. Just as I said that, a red Centauro rode by.  :o
There could have only been a couple of hundred in the entire US at the time.    ::)
 
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Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on March 11, 2015, 10:26:39 AM

I can name about 12 Moto Guzzis within 50 miles of me...


This about right for me as well.

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Post by: Cage Free on March 11, 2015, 10:32:40 AM
Once in a while I see a guy on a newer Stelvio in town but other than that its mostly pirates or hipsters on HD's.
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Post by: rocker59 on March 11, 2015, 10:52:07 AM
In the last month, there has been and EV on Craigslist and an EV on Ebay only miles from where I live.

I've never seen the bikes on the road, and I've never known them to participate here.

It's like that with cars, too.  There is always something cool tucked in a garage, just under your nose, and you don't know about it until it's listed for sale somewhere.

It's a rare occasion that I see another Guzzi on the road.
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Post by: charlie b on March 11, 2015, 12:00:31 PM
Yep, rare to see any.

But, on our sunday morning bike gathering there is frequently another Guzzi or sometimes even two!

I think one other guy and I are the only ones in town with just one Goose each.  Seems like the rest all have 3 or 4 each (or 20 in the case of Forslund :)  ).
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Arizona Wayne on March 11, 2015, 12:10:11 PM
Figure I'm the only guy with Moto Guzzis & Piaggio MP3s within 100 miles of my town.  If you live  in/near high density areas they are not so rare.  My nearest dealers are 150 miles away and I hardly ever need them.    Some people here are aware of MGs but most have yet to be aware of MP3s and I've lived here 5.5 years.  ALL my rides are rare because that's the way I like it.  ;-T  uh-huh   uh-huh   We live on Rte. 66  so all  manner of bikes are possibly seen go by our house.    Most are Harleys, Japanese, BMWs year round.   Packs of Harleys are most common.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Tobit on March 11, 2015, 01:14:34 PM
A Griso somewhere near me.  Occasionally I see an older model around town.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: dibble on March 11, 2015, 03:05:17 PM
I recently went to a Waitangi Day pizza party at a friends,everyone there lives within a 200 yard radius, host and guests own

'67 Bonniville
 Ducati 900SS
Ducati 900SL
Rudge
Honda RS250
V50II
VFR800
Honda CRM
Mk1 LeMans
Ducati Bevel
Triton
Velocette
Triumph Adventure
a JAP engine looking for a home
 
That was between 4 of us

We discussed friends within the same 200yd radius who have
4x Morinis
Laverda SF
Laverda SFC
Cafe Racered Big Block
GSXR 1100 Slabbie
Enfield 500
Stelvio
Breva

There are lots of UJMs around as well



Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Matteo on March 11, 2015, 03:51:03 PM
Lots of young folks buying V7's in Portland. Norge, Stelvio and California buyers tend to be older. Hipsters are the future. Not sure why that term is used ( is it the hats?) since most seem pretty regular. Frank Sinatra wore funny hats, was he a hipster?
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: oldbike54 on March 11, 2015, 04:23:22 PM
Lots of young folks buying V7's in Portland. Norge, Stelvio and California buyers tend to be older. Hipsters are the future. Not sure why that term is used ( is it the hats?) since most seem pretty regular. Frank Sinatra wore funny hats, was he a hipster?

 Dunno , and yes  :D

                                                             Hipster

   Dusty
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: GuzziPilot on March 11, 2015, 04:29:01 PM

Excerpt:

We just recently had a discussion about "How many Guzzis are in your area/On your street?" but I'll be darned if I can find it.

Lannis

This one?

http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=74023.0q (http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=74023.0q)

 ;-T
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Scott of the Sahara on March 11, 2015, 05:55:50 PM
As long as they keep selling Moto Guzzis, there will be more Moto Guzzi riders.
Let's say the local dealer sells 20 Guzzis a year. In 5 years that is 100 people riding Guzzis.
In 10 years that number grows to 200.
In Seattle we have always had a Moto Guzzi presence. I remember seeing them in the 1970's
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: normzone on March 11, 2015, 07:21:24 PM
Yeah, [Semper], I thought I'd identified the few Guzzistas within hailing distance, you being among them, but that ride brought out several that I was unaware of. I'm looking forward to the next get-together.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Testarossa on March 11, 2015, 07:31:18 PM
I'm new on Gail's street of about two dozen townhomes, each with a two-car garage.  In addition to my three bikes, I'm aware of a BMW 1200, a bored-out Virago and a low-mileage mint W-650, which I got to ride around the block.  I'm sure a couple of dirt bikes will appear as the weather grows warmer.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Frulk on March 11, 2015, 07:35:09 PM
Since I started looking for them after I bought a V7 in August of 2014 I have seen a whopping ZERO Guzzis on the roads of northern Utah where I live. That's prob close to 10-12K miles of driving with 3K of that on the bike during those 7-8 months. I had the bike being serviced last week at the dealer in Salt Lake and two Guzzi's were sitting there getting ready to be worked on. A V7 Stone and a V7R (but I think the V7R was a floor model). I do know that somebody used to post on this site from south of SLC (Provo?) that owned a V7R. So there are at least three Guzzis in this general 70-100 mile north/south area.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: lucydad on March 11, 2015, 07:36:53 PM
I know the Houston area has a lot of Guzzis.  Rarely see them on the road.  Saw a 750 Breva, just once, at a local Shell station.

It would be interesting to organize a Houston area Guzzi rendezvous at Brazos Bend Park early summer.  See how many V-twins could be drawn in?

Good idea there.  Maybe offer prizes for oldest bike, farthest ride, bike with most miles, bike with least miles and dirtiest bike?  Maybe Italian ribboned home made medals with some sort of Latin phrase?  Guzzi banner and Italian flag waving in the breeze and the alligators wondering if we were good to eat?  Reserve some camping?
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: oldbike54 on March 11, 2015, 07:39:02 PM
I know the Houston area has a lot of Guzzis.  Rarely see them on the road.  Saw a 750 Breva, just once, at a local Shell station.

It would be interesting to organize a Houston area Guzzi rendezvous at Brazos Bend Park early summer.  See how many V-twins could be drawn in?

Good idea there.  Maybe offer prizes for oldest bike, farthest ride, bike with most miles, bike with least miles and dirtiest bike?  Maybe Italian ribboned home made medals with some sort of Latin phrase?  Guzzi banner and Italian flag waving in the breeze and the alligators wondering if we were good to eat?  Reserve some camping?

 Greg , you are the perfect point man for this thing , get on it  ;-T

  Dusty
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Penderic on March 11, 2015, 11:41:54 PM
Just me.  :'(

Get more riders hooked while they are young! ;)
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag77/Penderic/guzzi%20baby_zpsornqujhg.jpg)
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Arizona Wayne on March 11, 2015, 11:54:56 PM
If you want to see a lot of Guzzis all you have to do is go to any MGNOC rally.  ;)  You won't see as many as at the Guzzi rallies in Europe but for here the most available in 1 place.  ;-T  Iowa rallies usually have about 500 riders show up.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: Testarossa on March 12, 2015, 09:54:11 AM
Boulder is, of course, home to the University of Colorado, one of the nation's great party schools. The town is full of 19-year-old frat boys driving $60,000 Hummers and Porsches, and co-eds driving the latest retro-cute Euromite.  Of course there's a lot of Ducatis, Triumphs and maybe a dozen Guzzis amongst the transient undergraduate population.  Half a dozen members of WG within hailing distance.

I now reside in Gail's neighborhood of about 50 townhomes, and thus far count one W650, one BMW 1200, one bored-out Virago, and my three bikes. We'll see what shows up when snow season is well and truly done.
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: AMGeneral on March 12, 2015, 02:17:02 PM
Yea! It's why I have one, let's see, these cover a few nearby counties, cause that is my neighborhood.

Chet- Has two, Bassa and Cali Special
Gary- one, EV
Dean- two, Jackals
Steve - one, Bassa
Tony- one, Bassa or Cali Special, can't remember
Bernie- one, EV
Burton- one, Jackal
Louis- one, Bassa
Myself- one, Jackal
Roger- one, EV -his son, one Stone

Quite the group when we all get together at a camp-out.

Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: rocker59 on March 12, 2015, 02:37:48 PM
I know the Houston area has a lot of Guzzis.  Rarely see them on the road.  Saw a 750 Breva, just once, at a local Shell station.

It would be interesting to organize a Houston area Guzzi rendezvous at Brazos Bend Park early summer.  See how many V-twins could be drawn in?

Good idea there.  Maybe offer prizes for oldest bike, farthest ride, bike with most miles, bike with least miles and dirtiest bike?  Maybe Italian ribboned home made medals with some sort of Latin phrase?  Guzzi banner and Italian flag waving in the breeze and the alligators wondering if we were good to eat?  Reserve some camping?

Be careful...  You'll be hosting a rally, if you don't watch it!
Title: Re: How many Guzzis in your neighborhood? More Guzzi owners than we think?
Post by: delrod on March 12, 2015, 03:14:24 PM
Be careful...  You'll be hosting a rally, if you don't watch it!

May have to be careful when you define "Houston area"