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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1260 on: April 13, 2014, 05:31:20 PM »
Hello, today I was approached by Josh (BlueBoarHound) in regard to my 1975 Moto Guzzi 850-T. We had a long conversation about the bike and he suggested that I create an account on WildGuzzi and get to know some of the local Guzzi owners. My name is Scott Williams, 21, machinist for Mack Trucks and I live in Central PA. I look forward to hearing from you all!

How'd you decide to get into machine work?   The world is running short on good machinists, I keep advising young folks who are "searching" for what they want to do to try it, but few do.

We have a guy in our local group here who's a machinist and rides a Breva 750, he's about 28 though, so an old man compared to you!

Welcome!   You're on one of the best all-purpose motorcycles ever ..

Lannis
"Hard pounding, this, gentlemen; let's see who pounds the longest".

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1261 on: April 13, 2014, 05:31:35 PM »
Geoff Garrod, 58 years old
Conyers, Ga.
Firefighter, Retired

Been riding and racin' 45 years but this is my first Guzzi.  I was looking for a new bike that looks like the motorcycles I remember from when I started riding. It came down to the New Bonnie, Honda's new CB1100 or the V7.  For various reasons I choose the a new 2012 black V7 that I found at a dealership in NC.  
So far so good.

Current bikes:
2005 HD Road King Classic
1973 Yamaha RD250
1972 Suzuki T250
1969 Honda CM91 - second owner
1975 Kawasaki KX-400 bought it new in '74
And of course the new V7

Previous bike - too many

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1262 on: April 13, 2014, 10:54:07 PM »
Hi, I'm Joel.
35yo, firefighter by trade.
Pretty new to Guzzis but definitely hooked.
Own a 1970 Ambassador that I bought last fall.
Opened it up to see if it had chrome cylinder linings and now I'm probably going to pull the motor and do the whole damn thing.
I also picked up a Cali II that I plan on molesting and modifying into a stripped down roadster.
I've been lurking and posting but didn't get around to the intro. Great site.
1970 Ambassador
1985 California II, sorta

DungeonMaster

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1263 on: April 13, 2014, 11:59:57 PM »
How'd you decide to get into machine work?   The world is running short on good machinists, I keep advising young folks who are "searching" for what they want to do to try it, but few do.

We have a guy in our local group here who's a machinist and rides a Breva 750, he's about 28 though, so an old man compared to you!

Welcome!   You're on one of the best all-purpose motorcycles ever ..

Lannis

I worked as a manual mill/lathe and also CNC mill and set-up guy for ten years.
I currently work for a communication utility.
My current jobs pays higher than machining..
Since I can set-up and program I keep hounding my wife about getting a 110 volt CNC for my garage and run that as a side home business.
I'm tired of watching homegrown machine work migrate to China.

DM

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1263 on: April 13, 2014, 11:59:57 PM »

Rob Morton

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« Reply #1264 on: April 14, 2014, 01:22:52 AM »
DM am also a trained as CNC programmer/jig maker/operator, but like you gave it up as the money was not good.
Worked in wood, mostly with multi head routers. IMHO the country to earn as an engineer is Germany where such people are valued.

 :)

Rob

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1265 on: April 14, 2014, 04:25:40 PM »
George Hellinger
Delaware, OH 43015

Change Management & Process Improvement Manager; Vice-Mayor and At-Large City Council Rep

I just purchases a 2014 Norge (Brown); it shares garage space with a '91 ST1100, '71 CL100, '46 Indian Chief.

I am an MSF RiderCoach and instruct for Motorcycle Ohio.



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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1266 on: April 14, 2014, 09:05:38 PM »
That is quite an interesting medley of machines!!

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1267 on: April 14, 2014, 10:01:33 PM »
George Hellinger
Delaware, OH 43015

Change Management & Process Improvement Manager; Vice-Mayor and At-Large City Council Rep

I just purchases a 2014 Norge (Brown); it shares garage space with a '91 ST1100, '71 CL100, '46 Indian Chief.

I am an MSF RiderCoach and instruct for Motorcycle Ohio.


We'd like pictures of those bikes.  As mentioned, a pretty eclectic mix!

Lannis
"Hard pounding, this, gentlemen; let's see who pounds the longest".

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1268 on: April 15, 2014, 07:23:45 AM »
We'd like pictures of those bikes.  As mentioned, a pretty eclectic mix!

Lannis



Yes,  :PICS!:, especially that new-to-me at least brown Norge.

Bill




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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1269 on: April 15, 2014, 12:52:12 PM »
Hi,

I'm a long time rider of Hondas, over 30 years. I currently ride a Deauville (NT700 in the US) which I have had for 3 years or so. I am starting the process of looking for a new bike and , as Honda aren't producing the Deauville any longer and the new replacements for the Deauville and Pan European are the CTX, which, IMO, look terrible, I'm looking at other Marques.

I am rather taken with the Norge and am researching common problems and gotchas she may have.


A little about me: I am a Systems Analyst (well someone has to be  ;D) retired. I am currently living in France and teaching English to nurses (no it's not as interesting as it sounds). I have an RV which I am using to travel Europe.

Many thanks

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1270 on: April 15, 2014, 07:37:52 PM »
I am currently living in France and teaching English to nurses (no it's not as interesting as it sounds). I have an RV which I am using to travel Europe.

Many thanks

Sounds like a dream job to me.  I don't see how it could NOT be interesting!!  ooh la la.   What kind of RV's does one use in Europe?  Surely not things like the giant Winnebagos here? 

Hope the Norge works out.

Lannis
"Hard pounding, this, gentlemen; let's see who pounds the longest".

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1271 on: April 15, 2014, 10:39:56 PM »
How'd you decide to get into machine work?   The world is running short on good machinists, I keep advising young folks who are "searching" for what they want to do to try it, but few do.

We have a guy in our local group here who's a machinist and rides a Breva 750, he's about 28 though, so an old man compared to you!

Welcome!   You're on one of the best all-purpose motorcycles ever ..

Lannis
It was suggested to me by dad, who also worked at Mack, when I was in middle school. He explained to me the field was running thin and I'd just about be guaranteed a job if I were to pursue it. So I decided take it up at our local Vo-Tech. I was 1 of only 3 students in the metalworking shop of a pretty decent sized high school, and this was after they crunched the machine shop, metal fabricating and welding shop all into one "Precision Metalworking" shop, due to lack of interest. I have even heard that they are considering discontinuing the course altogether now...

Anyhow, Thanks for the welcome! I feel as if I will learn a lot from this forum!

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1272 on: April 16, 2014, 09:58:02 AM »
Eric K.

26 y.o.

Well Engineer Tech

Pittsburgh, PA

Bikes:
'13 Guzzi V7 Stone
'05 BMW R1150R
'10 Husaberg FE450
'01 Gasgas 280TXT
'Something ATK 406

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1273 on: April 18, 2014, 12:16:07 PM »
Sounds like a dream job to me.  I don't see how it could NOT be interesting!!  ooh la la.   What kind of RV's does one use in Europe?  Surely not things like the giant Winnebagos here? 

Hope the Norge works out.

Lannis
I have a 30' RV so it is one of the smaller ones. It is possible to get up to 36' RVs in Europe.

The question is... should I buy a white Norge or a brown Norge?

CaptRick

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1274 on: April 18, 2014, 09:12:56 PM »
Rick
Age 59
Live in Santa Fe NM USA
Executive Director of Facilities @ Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino
1972 Ambassador


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1275 on: April 18, 2014, 09:51:21 PM »
Hi all.

Doug
Age 54
Vancouver BC Canada
Programmer, former bar owner
Scuba diver, drummer, loves mowing the lawn, wood chipping and doing dishes. ;)

Current ride is 2004 Suzuki DL1000
Honda Shadow ACE 750
Honda 450 standard
Yamaha XT250 used in First Blood movie (ridden by Sylvester Stallone).

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1276 on: April 19, 2014, 09:40:48 PM »
Hello,

Jack McKown. I currently don't have a Guzzi, but my wife really wants one. I'm hoping to learn more about them.
I'm an Electrical Engineer and I live in Houston.
Fair winds and following seas

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1277 on: April 20, 2014, 08:08:56 PM »
 Ron Hartwig , 53, Light Aircraft Engineer,
Queensland Australia.
Hello everyone, What a fantastic forum.

Bikes
2009 Griso 8V
GT 750 Suzuki
VTR 250 Honda
2015 Griso SE Rosso
2012 Stelvio 8V
2009 Griso R  Track only
76 GT 750 Suzuki
If you Ride a Griso, You need Tyres with Gription

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1278 on: April 21, 2014, 01:39:04 AM »
Hello,

Jack McKown. I currently don't have a Guzzi, but my wife really wants one. I'm hoping to learn more about them.
I'm an Electrical Engineer and I live in Houston.

Lucky man, best way is to get one and hang around here.

 :)

Rob

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« Reply #1279 on: April 21, 2014, 07:50:44 AM »
Hello,

Jack McKown. I currently don't have a Guzzi, but my wife really wants one. I'm hoping to learn more about them.
I'm an Electrical Engineer and I live in Houston.

Have you drifted into AF1 yet??   ;-T

Big_Jim59

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1280 on: April 21, 2014, 10:10:43 PM »
Jim
Age 55
Dallas, TX
Work freelance marketing since my last "real" gig went south in 2001.
I have been mad for motorcycle since I was 12. I have owned just about every type and brand of bike except Harley. I just figured there were too many people into those already. They didn't need me. I am currently Guzziless. I have a Y2K Honda VFR in Yellow and a Norton with yellow frame and black tank. (I dig yellow and black). I do have the hots for a Griso but it is still beyond my means. To get one I would have to sell the Norton and it is more like a pet. I ride my VFR quite a bit and have been taking mostly weekend trips. I have the requisite Sergent's seat, Heli bars and some cavernous Chase Harper soft bags.



It has been a while but during my last two years in college, and a bit after graduation, I was a mechanic at a Norton, Triumph and BMW shop. Later we picked up the Guzzi dealership after Cal passed away. He was the long tome Guzzi dealer in Oklahoma City but I don't think he actually sold any. In any even I found myself doing the Guzzi service. I fell in love with 'em. I was riding a BMW R90/6 at the time and the Guzzi just felt more solid. I got a chance to sample a new, white, Le Mans III and that thing went around corners like it was on rails. I did manage to get my T3 (sport) and I put lots of miles on our shop's full dress Guzzi Convert. I was the only one who would ride it. It was sky blue with scenes of Jesus from the bible air brushed all over it. It was well done just not to most people's taste. Converts are not for everyone.



I miss Moto Guzzis and the people that ride them.
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1281 on: April 22, 2014, 06:45:52 PM »
HI,

new so cal member here, Ryan 31 T-3 and possibly a v7 special by this weekend. (pic to come)

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1282 on: April 22, 2014, 07:10:52 PM »
Hello all.  New guzzi rider here in Charlotte, NC.  I bought an 84 California II from forum member "tonyduc" & brought it home last weekend.  
I'm 55 and do pricing for marble and granite fabrication and installation.  Other old rides are 1974 BMW 2002tii and a Richard Sachs bicycle from 1979.

Got hooked on Guzzis by my former neighbor, who is also on this forum as "rocketcaptain", he used to let me ride his Bassa. Well....he moved away last fall and took his motorcycles with him!

So i'm looking forward to getting back on the road.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1283 on: April 24, 2014, 08:53:47 PM »
Hello everyone. My name is Bob,and I'm a Guzziholic. Actually just picked up my first Guzzi, 2014 white Norge. Previously rode a Vulcan 750, and most recently a VStrom 1000. Approaching my 50th so the Norge is my early birthday gift. Love the ride so far during break in.
I'm work in Supply Chain for a power tool company. Looking forward to learning more about the marque, and can contribute when I can.


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DungeonMaster

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1284 on: April 25, 2014, 10:23:11 AM »
You had a 750 Vulcan?
I rode one of those once and I hated the way it understeered.

The Guzzi is VASTLY superior.

DM

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« Reply #1285 on: April 25, 2014, 08:11:03 PM »
Oh, ok, if I must.
I usually have my social secretary handle theses things so protocol will be missing.

I have to call myself Fredly here coz apparently some barstard has stolen my real name (Fred) on here, now I've already forgotten what I'm supposed to write here, I have a wife you know, I call her Horrie (short for horrible Helen) but if anyone else calls her that both Horrie and I will smack ya down.

I used to be a motocycle mechanic and I am one again now, maybe for only a little while longer when I get sick of whining motorcyclists.

I have 35 motorcycles, they are mostly in bits (for easy storage), 2 are Guzzis, 1 black & gold MK V that is a bit sick from some fool running over it while my son in law was riding it, it all turned out all right and I never had to kill or torture anyone. The other is an SE Griso that was the first into the country coz I was the one who hounded and generally made a pain in the arse of myself till John sample told me he was bringing 6 in, now there's heaps of them and I stopped counting after 18, right now the SE is in bits coz the followers failed didn't they, and I'm at the end of a long que with me hand out to receive my free crap that may last 50 K like these did.

I'm not going to tell ya how old I am coz it ain't any of your business, I was born in 1958 so only those with a modicum of intelligence can work it out.

There's 2 race bikes in my shed, the best is a '55 500 Goldie that took me around 20 years of failures and blowups to turn into a reasonably reliable race bike that has the chance to win the national title if only I had the balls to take her to the limit, don't ask to borrow it.
The other is a 1962 Benelli Barracouta that I bought from a less than honest bloke who had been racing it for 30 years, in order to save the Goldie from the disaster that would have eventually happened from racing on the stupid little tracks available in SE Queensland, in 3 years of ownership I have never completed a race meeting on it, suffering a major failure each time, I think I'm onto it now though.

I joined this forum because I was at the end of my tether with a mystery noise that was emanating from the clutch/gearbox area of the Griso, but I found out what it was before I posted the questions here, of course it was that 1 little follower that has failed, completely loosing all it's coating and beginning to wreck its corresponding cam lobe, I pulled the engine and gearbox completely to bits looking for the source, and when I'd run out of ideas, joined Guzzitech and then this site, but found on the other site a lot of complaints about the followers and cams, so more out of curiosity I disassembled the top end and found the beginnings of disaster which turned out to be the cause of my mystery noise to my surprise.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #1286 on: April 27, 2014, 08:48:54 AM »
Windell Stiefer, 64
Austin, Texas
Retired
1977 850 T-3 pretty much stock

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« Reply #1287 on: April 28, 2014, 06:25:24 PM »
My name is Fern, I'm 30 years old, and I live in Baltimore. I do operations and policy analysis in the criminal justice community here in the city. A few months ago I bought a 2013 V7 Stone midlife-crisis style; it was brand new, and I had never actually commandeered a motorcycle myself. Now, having been licensed a whopping ten days, I consider it among my better decisions in life. ;)

This board is so great! I've been on here for 15 minutes and I already learned that my bike's tendency to struggle shifting into second gear early in the morning is normal. :) I can't wait to learn all of the ins and outs of my machine from folks who know what they're talking about!

 

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« Reply #1288 on: April 28, 2014, 08:37:06 PM »
A V7 is one of the best ways to have a mid life crisis.

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« Reply #1289 on: April 29, 2014, 03:44:44 PM »
I just bought a 2014 Stelvio I'm 46, I work as a VSO (Veteran service officer) and I have a couple house apes that are 2 and 4 that prevent me from riding as much as I would like. but they love ATV's and snowmobiles so it wont be long until they can touch the riding pegs...


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