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There is something about the Quota that really appeals to me. I certainly don't need one but when is that ever a valid reason not to get a certain bike? One recently came up for sale near me at a decent price which has really got me thinking.

I have no plans to go offroading or riding to Alaska so this would just be used as a street bike.

I really love the look of the '90s and early 2000 sporty Guzzis. But, I'm a big guy with bad knees so a tall bike with generous leg room makes more sense for me.

Anyway, for you present and past Quota owners, how would you compare them to other Guzzis you have owned or ridden?
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Bought my Quota on 5-30-14 with 37,664 miles on it and sold it on 11/1/14 with 42,167 miles. The bike was comfy and handled very well. Had it on the tail of the dragon and was pleasantly surprised at its ability. The long travel suspension is also very nice while touring.

The downside is wind noise is unbearable even with earplugs. Wind buffeting is bad unless you fit Gustafson tank wings. The worst thing is the Quota sucks fuel like a NHRA drag car. Even riding easily on the BRP it will garner mid 30s at the highest. Stock exhaust and some of the rims were know to crack.

I have replaced the Quota w/ a DR650 and am not unhappy.

YMMV
« Last Edit: February 07, 2015, 10:52:14 AM by Perazzimx14 »
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I love mine. In fact this is my second one. I have 3 other guzzi's and this one is my daily rider. The wide handlebar and narrow wheels let you really throw it around. The stock rear rim is the one to look at. The front rims are fine. Gas mileage isn't great I get mid 30's and I have a lead wrist, but I also have a PCIII. I have never noticed any wind noise or buffeting but I'm a big guy so maybe my head is above the turbulent zone?
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I was the keeper of Darth Quota for a while. With Conti Trail attacks, it was a much better handling bike in the canyons than you would expect. In a previous life, it was the Guzzitech commuter, and got 50mpg on the expresway. I know. No one believes that, but it did. After making a mod to quiet it down a little, it was running pig rich, and got in the high 30s/low 40s. It had a modded intake, PC, Jackal headers, homemade 2 into 1 and a FMF "muffler". It was a *great* touring bike, the long travel suspension just ate up rough roads. As mentioned, helmet turbulence sucked, about like the Centauro. Many think it is Guzzi's best touring bike. It is at least one of the best..but way too tall for me.
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Stock seat and my bum didn't get along so I had a custom one made up. Aerodynamics sucked as bad as the mileage.

In the end I had an offer to buy shortly after I got the Griso and let her go. Some days I miss her, other days, not so much. So many quirky things between the Fuel injection, instrument panel, plastics becoming unobtainium - I wanted to do more riding than trying to keep her on the road.

I do miss the tall seat, wide bar and unique look. The Griso makes up for it with huge power. And the Russell Day Long.  ;D

A Honda XR650L replaced her for dirt use and at about 200lbs less she is still too heavy. After several years of ownership I'd should have gotten the DRZ400 (or the DR650).

But there are times I think about getting another. sigh....
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I've had a Quota for a couple seasons now and 6k miles, most of that pulling a sidecar. My frame of reference is the airhead BMWs, and compared to the R100GS it's about 10% more of everything- 10% more power, fuel, weight, etc.. It's a great highway bike being quite comfortable, and seems to be a lot sturdier built that the airheads, which seem to be right at their limits with a sidecar. 
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 here is some great reading someone here posted a while back http://www.odd-bike.com/2014/04/moto-guzzi-v-twin-off-roaders.html
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I've had 2 Quota's and they are absolute hoot to ride. ;-T

They are not really capable of true "dirt riding", afterall, its a big fat rhino. Great for fire roads and gravel. However on the normal road it has lots of ground clearance, its fast and fun on twisties, while being easy to ride due to massive torque.
It can be loaded with hundreds of pounds of camping gear, 2 on, it will take you faithfully anywhere. I've done many 2K-3K trips with it. Even over 900 miles in a day.
Seat sucks, there are 2 versions of it. Narrow one and wider one. Wider is better, but it still sucks. I bought Alaska leather sheepskin's and now its much better.

Gas mileage? Not really important for me, but it is in range of 35-40mpg. Bike is happy on highway at 70-80mph. goes like a tank.

Buffeting is rediculous, but greatly improved with Gustafson tank deflectors. Which by the way break every single time you lay your bike down. Me being often in the woods and dirt, end up buying quite a few Gustafson deflectors.
I've tried Gustafson 9+ windshield and few others, no good. Finally got Laminar lip and it helped a lot.

Great bike to do long distance. Knees will not lock up as they do on my 1000S.

Quota's have quite a few things you must sort out, but once thats done, its a bulletproof bike.

Did I mention already, thats its an absolute hoot to ride on twisties!!! ;-T ;-T ;-T





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Bought my Quota on 5-30-14 with 37,664 miles on it and sold it on 11/1/14 with 42,167 miles. The bike was comfy and handled very well. Had it on the tail of the dragon and was pleasantly surprised at its ability. The long travel suspension is also very nice while touring.

The downside is wind noise is unbearable even with earplugs. Wind buffeting is bad unless you fit Gustafson tank wings. The worst thing is the Quota sucks fuel like a NHRA drag car. Even riding easily on the BRP it will garner mid 30s at the highest. Stock exhaust and some of the rims were know to crack.

I have replaced the Quota w/ a DR650 and am not unhappy.

YMMV
Pretty much sums up my experience as well. It was NOT a trail bike at 500+ pounds and whenever I took to Q out on UP adventures, I ended up thinking to myself. "If I drop this thing way out here, no one is going to find me till hunting season".
So I replaced it with a DR650 and then replaced the DR with a KL250 Super Sherpa.
So for the road work I take the Buell. For the trails, I take the KL.
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I was the keeper of Darth Quota for a while. With Conti Trail attacks, it was a much better handling bike in the canyons than you would expect. In a previous life, it was the Guzzitech commuter, and got 50mpg on the expresway. I know. No one believes that, but it did. After making a mod to quiet it down a little, it was running pig rich, and got in the high 30s/low 40s. It had a modded intake, PC, Jackal headers, homemade 2 into 1 and a FMF "muffler". It was a *great* touring bike, the long travel suspension just ate up rough roads. As mentioned, helmet turbulence sucked, about like the Centauro. Many think it is Guzzi's best touring bike. It is at least one of the best..but way too tall for me.

I had Darth Quota for several months while Ed Milich was working on my Cal SS, the battery was always low if you did not keep it running on the freeway, and if you rode it hard in the twisties and used the rear brake, the old fluid would heat up and you lost the rear brake. It also steered like a boat, as in you needed to start turning a bit before you needed to compared to other guzzi's.  It was bullet proof, you could not hurt it, and if it fell over, nothing even got scratched.  It would wheelie reluctantly, and was comfortable if you fit it, a bit slower than the average guzzi and setting up the TB was an art.  However, I would not hesitate to have driven Darth across country with who knows how many miles it had on it.  I followed it back to its first owner in California, Wallis Sholar who had it grenade with titanium push rods in it, and it was then passed around like a $3 whore.  It could not be killed.  Chuck made the only improvements in it during its tenure in So Cal, but again, it was fully bullet proof..... As a touring bike, if it fit you, it was great, smooth and comfortable.  It was not too tall for folks of normal height ~;

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Re: For you current and past Quota owners, how does it compare to other Guzzis?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2015, 05:15:34 PM »
I had Darth Quota for several months while Ed Milich was working on my Cal SS, the battery was always low if you did not keep it running on the freeway, and if you rode it hard in the twisties and used the rear brake, the old fluid would heat up and you lost the rear brake. It also steered like a boat, as in you needed to start turning a bit before you needed to compared to other guzzi's.  It was bullet proof, you could not hurt it, and if it fell over, nothing even got scratched.  It would wheelie reluctantly, and was comfortable if you fit it, a bit slower than the average guzzi and setting up the TB was an art.  However, I would not hesitate to have driven Darth across country with who knows how many miles it had on it.  I followed it back to its first owner in California, Wallis Sholar who had it grenade with titanium push rods in it, and it was then passed around like a $3 whore.  It could not be killed.  Chuck made the only improvements in it during its tenure in So Cal, but again, it was fully bullet proof..... As a touring bike, if it fit you, it was great, smooth and comfortable.  It was not too tall for folks of normal height ~;

And from what I understand Ed blew the motor and a donor motor was added. I think we are all talking about the same bike. Urban legend, water cooler talk........... IDK.

What I do know is I don't regret selling the Quota but would not hesitate to buy another ???
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Re: For you current and past Quota owners, how does it compare to other Guzzis?
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It could not be killed.  Chuck made the only improvements in it during its tenure in So Cal, but again, it was fully bullet proof....

Oh, yeah.. I fixed a *lot* of stuff on old Darth.. He'd been beat almost to death, but not submission.  ;D My last ride was from SoCal to the Oregon nationals with a bent front wheel, a mere 1300 mile jaunt. No problemo. Could hardly tell it.
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Re: For you current and past Quota owners, how does it compare to other Guzzis?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2015, 06:40:20 PM »
I've had mine 13 years. Still runs like a scalded cat. Never been in the shop. I'm getting 37-40 MPG two up. The only mod I haven't done is the Yamaha headlight swap. We love it, very comfy two up riding. We ride it almost every weekend this time of year. Mostly lunch runs up in Ocala N.F.

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