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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
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 ~;
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....
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