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I visited the local H-D dealer to check out the PanAm; I knew more about it than the salesman, and the manager had no idea when they would get one.They had one of their electrics on the floor so I asked if I could sit on it. I'm long in the waist, about like your typical 6'3" guy. On the bike I was stretched like this young lady - there was no way I would take that bike for a test ride.Dan
The dealer experience has to change I've never met a sales person who knew even minimal history of the brand or any past models plus they never even stock basic maintenance items
Has the dealer situation ever been good from a national stand point?
In the 40 plus years of ownership, nothing much changes.Everybody say it is going broke, but it just soldiers on.
Yes, I guess we are really splitting hairs here. Rider posted these numbers, "Strapped onto the Borla Performance Dynojet dynamometer, the Breva spun up 71.7 rear-wheel horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 56.3 lb-ft of torque peaked at 5,500 revs."
Yep, I think your take is right and the loyal owners club, as you are, is what has proped the brand up over the years. The folks on this forum makes this evident. This being the way it is, my original question is still Revelant. The company now has two motor platforms, small and smaller, is that substantial for any motorcycle company? I know it would put any of the other brands down in short order, I know HD and Honda would fall.
I was talking to one of my forum Pals last night and after our conversation ended a question became apparent to me, what is the future of the moto Guzzi brand of motorcycle. They no longer produce the newest line, 1400s, which was their future for touring and cruiser bikes at the time of introduction. They no longer offer the ole work horse 1100 series, which was used in most all of the versions of riding needs and desires of Guzzi riders, so whatís left? Personally for the kind of bikes I prefer being cruiser/ tourers, the future looks kind of bleak:(.What say my fellow Guzzi enthusiast?
Since its introduction in 2009, the clear road ahead for Guzzi has been the V7 Classics and other small block offerings."And that's the way it is, cause Stone Cold says so"
Piaggio electric bikes with Guzzi badges will follow the small blocks.
A modern day Galletto, the Gallectto. https://www.rideapart.com/news/433948/moto-guzzi-galletto-hybrid-concept-design/
Vespa already has two electric scooters. The Elettrica.
Since its introduction in 2009, the clear road ahead for Guzzi has been the V7 Classics and other small block offerings.1100 Tonti ended a decade ago with the Calvin 90th Anniversary bike.Tha CARC era ended with the Grist 8V SE.The big block era ended with the Cal14.Nothing followed those cancelations, except more new versions of small block bikes. The future is chiseled in stone. Piaggio electric bikes with Guzzi badges will follow the small blocks."And that's the way it is, cause Stone Cold says so"
I suppose I'm a old dinosaur, but I think MG hit their high mark with the Calvin 90th Anniversary bike. My Cali's were my favorite MGs and that one really struck me as "right" in so many ways. Still wish I could've afforded one back in the day. The EV with tubeless rims was pretty damned awesome as well.
Yes, bleak. I was at a local event for the 100th Anniversary a couple of weekends ago (thanks Mario, good fun).There were 100-ish bikes there. One V85 and a V7, I think. And a single. Every other bike was a big block. And very few riders looked under 50, if any. You know what they say about languages when there are no longer any native speakers under about 5 years old? Yeah...we're some way past that stage...
Different times - different cultures. This thread is quickly starting to look like old curmudgeons vs new owners.
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