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Longevity of the 40's & 50's models was of critical interest to me when I took home my 1200Sport. It wasn't until the dealer was able to make a convincing correlation between a Falcone and the big Breva that I was able to make the purchase with my head rather than my heart.
i thought they were selling on heritage these days? Oh I forget the latest V9 offerings, the heritage models, are a little light on Guzzi heritage.
I should be embarrassed to admit, when I bought my V7II Stone I knew nothing about MGs (to me an MG is still a British sports car) and the only other motorcycle I ever owned was a TU250X. I bought my V7II sight unseen based on comparisons of features and specifications (and not on motorcycle magazine subjective reviews). It wasn't until weeks after buying it that I went online to even ask why the silly V7II Stone name? The name made no sense to me beyond the "V" part of it (I am still not sure I understand the "Stone" part of it). So I probably did everything wrong when it comes to buying a motorcycle, I drove 200 miles to a dealer I had never visited and bought a motorcycle I had never ridden or even seen other than in pictures after ordering it on the phone and sending a check in the mail. I hadn't even checked out the MG forums first (probably a good thing!). And still I ended up with my perfect bike from a great dealer. I guess it just shows, luck, happenstance, and coincidence can triumph over intelligence and thoughtful planning anytime.
I really have to agree with Vagrant on this one as far as quality control goes. I don't believe I have any issues with the quality of the components on the bike but rather the assembly or lack of that I have a problem with. After riding the bike 700 miles from dealership to my home and upon closer scrutiny of the bike, I've found a missing clamp a missing exterior gas tank gasket, a missing drain hose and a drain hose that was there but not hooked up.Even with this said, I have to say I LOVE the bike, the way it looks, handles and performs and would not sell it or trade it for anything else out there.Dave
I find great humor in this thread. as a professional salesman and trainer for over 40 years I can assure you that at best 1 in 10 salesmen know even a tiny bit about what they sell. 2 in 100 actually know how to sell and what an open ended question is.
I find that hard to believe. In our business which is a high technology field, a sales person like that would never get hired and if by mistake they did, they wouldn't last long.
With that said, knowledge of ACTUAL heritage is mostly unnecessary for the average dealer staff, AND models like the V9 who don't directly draw from heritage may still benefit from the perception of it.
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