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Offline GunnarG

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3600 on: March 08, 2024, 01:52:02 PM »
My name is Gunnar.I live in Denmark and drive Moto Guzzi Centaro , Griso 1200. and Triumph RS 955I Have ridden motorcycles for over 50 years. Have had many MCs mostly English

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« Reply #3601 on: March 12, 2024, 03:45:10 PM »
Hello.

I'm Ian and I don't own a Guzzi. I currently own an Interceptor 650 and a R1200GS.

I was curious about the Guzzi's before the interceptor, like most people the closest dealer was 3 hours away so I got the Interceptor. Then again, I've seen 4 BMW dealers come and go in my state over the years. Never totaling more than one at a time. It's true Harley has more dealers, but they have more shitty dealers too. I now have a dealer within range, so I don't have to take PTO to see a bike.

So I've been thinking about a Guzzi. I lament the few times I didn't pull the trigger on a California 1400 and alas they are not making them. I suspect it'll come back with a version of the Stelvio engine. I've seen a few for sale with low miles but it appears accessories are rarer than a hen's tooth than they were before.

The interceptor is fine enough and fully kitted with S&S pipes, cat-less header, DNA fuel filter and a PC. The wife doesn't want me to sell it because she finds it easier to climb on. Weird that someone that swims, walks, runs and does yoga bitches about climbing on the GS. The Interceptor is fine solo, two up it drags ass up hills. Great commuting bike though. I'd really loose my ass on a trade, if anything the son will get it. He's a Harley guy, yet likes the bike. He's always tinkering with his FXR and StreetGlide and one's always down.

The Stelvio in my opinion wouldn't be a good replacement for the GS, if I didn't have a GS it would be a fine choice. I simply can't part with it. I hear a lot of the features are after sale add-ons (like PFF, etc). I've got way too much money in the GS to let it go for a bike that has less. I would say the Stelvio is likely a better deal for anyone that balks at a GS. They are now stupidly higher in price. I just have too much wrapped in accessories. The V85TT is still too tall for the wife. She's more of a short jaunt passenger. She's literally an 80 year ago women inside. I call her "The Dream Crusher."

In short I'm leaning toward a V7 special, stone special. It appears I get the Hepco Becker mounts for my C-Bow and Orbit cases to swap out from the Interceptor.  I would love a California or El Dorado more than a V7 but they are harder to find and further away and generally get sold before I can get motivated to get them. Any advice on that would be appreciated.


I'd get a Heritage softail but I really don't care for the culture wrapped around it. I still have memories of being caught in traffic on the Ultra and getting close to having a heart stroke. Fine winter bike though.  Realistically I'm not fat enough to own a Harley because I'm slim and my wife is attractive. I just look like I rented the bike.

I'm actually not found of the BMW culture. They can be real assholes themselves (It's not real BMW!). I did write about my BMW expertise here:

https://medium.com/@socialoracle/how-to-be-a-bmw-motorcycle-master-d55b9167105d

You might find it more entertaining than the BMW community I shared it with. Most of the people I offended with this already died of old age.


I have owned:
Intercpetor 650
2018 R R1200GS
BMW F800GT (It's not real BMW)
BMW K75S (It's not real BMW)
R1200RT
1200 Sportster (Not a real Harley)
2004 UltraClassic
BMW G650GS (It's not real BMW)
Honda Shadow (dependable and boring).
Aermacchi HD 250 (Closet thing to an Italian bike I've owned.


« Last Edit: March 12, 2024, 03:46:16 PM by anglojaxon »

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3602 on: March 13, 2024, 04:29:47 PM »
thanks for the membership !
BigRob from Kiama in NSW ,Australia.
I have an 81 cali 2 and just purchased a 2009 Stelvio 1200, plus others
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3603 on: March 13, 2024, 08:55:17 PM »
Keith here from Alberta, Canada. 

   I have a 22 TT 85. First Guzzi. Had lots of various bikes over the years. This one is particularly interesting. Like people say about the Guzzis
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
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« Reply #3604 on: March 16, 2024, 09:21:41 AM »
Hi All,
New to Guzzi, had my heart set on the V100 but test rode the V85TT and loved it, first world problems I know, Love the look of the 24 V85tt
It will be one of those two bikes come June,
 

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« Reply #3605 on: March 18, 2024, 01:02:54 PM »
Matt
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Offline grandpaul

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3606 on: March 22, 2024, 09:09:27 AM »
Howdy, from central Texas! (formerly from Laredo on the Mexico border)

I've been riding for over 50 years, have owned 173 bikes (mostly British/Triumph/Bonnevilles), and currently have 13 bikes (no Guzzis at the moment, I used to have a scruffy '74 Eldorado 850 with a Cozy convertible sidecar).

I retired from Motorcycle Restorations/Rebuilds/Custom Builds (Born Again Bikes) in 2018; I did that for 13 years and completed over 100 major client projects in that time, besides a dozen or so of my own.

Former U.S.Navy Aviation Ground Support Electrician, former A/C business owner, former Computer business owner, formerly in Commerical Construction and Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, also all manner of other jobs including Sous Chef for a year.

NAUI certified Open Water SCUBA diver, (2) tandem sky dives, water & snow skier, hunting & fishing, camping & traveling, drawing & drafting.

Married 40 years (in June), 5 kids ranging from 48 to 13 (yes, you read that right), 8 grandkids, and ONE great-granddaughter!

Currently (mostly) ride a 2000 Triumph Legend 900 triple or an 01/03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R.

I designed and built my own "Hangardominium" with shop & hangar for my Quicksilver MX Sprint II Ultralight.

Also have:
'66 Triton (hand built Bonneville engine in Featherbed frame) that I built
'65/66/67/68/69/70 Triumph Bonneville 650 that I built for AHRMA's Historic Production Heavyweight roadracing class (raced in '07, '08 & 2010). Best finish was 2nd at Willow Springs in 2010. Finished 5th in '08 Championship (22 riders in class, with many 750 triples & 4s) only raced 1/2 of the events.
'69 BSA Lightning 650, restored by a fellow Texan, acquired as partial payment for a Norton restoration
'72 BMW R75/5 Boxer that belonged to my late friend Nacho
'74 Norton Commando 850 custom that I built using some nice Dreer VR880 parts & e-start
Original Kenny Dreer "New Norton" monoshock prototype bike, most parts of which were shown at announcement of the (then) new Norton America
'82 Honda MB5 that I restored
'83 Honda VF750F V4 Interceptor that I refurbished
'92 Yamaha TDM850 "bug eyes" in work to wake up after 8 years
'00 Triumph legend already mentioned
'01/03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R that I salvage built
'03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R that I am in the process of modifying to "Adventure" style just because so many people said NOT to
My wyfe has a 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 V-twin power cruiser

I am here to get assistance in selling my late friend's (2) '06 Breva 1100s.

That's about it...




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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3607 on: March 22, 2024, 07:10:09 PM »
Welcome and good luck with the sale. You can also post on the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club website although you will have to pay a small fee to list and post pictures as you are not a paying member. I've had good luck with Cycle Trader as well.

Regards, Scott
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3608 on: March 24, 2024, 08:19:19 PM »
Hello all.

I recently added a v7iii Milano to the garage to sit next to my pair of Vespas.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3609 on: March 24, 2024, 10:22:40 PM »
Welcome. Great addition to your garage! I also have a Milano and think that it is the best package offered in the V7lll range.

John H


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« Reply #3610 on: March 25, 2024, 08:34:10 AM »
Welcome. Great addition to your garage! I also have a Milano and think that it is the best package offered in the V7lll range.

John H


Thanks for the warm welcome! I agree the Milano really is a very elegant blend of the aesthetics of the special with the practicality of the stone.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3611 on: April 03, 2024, 09:53:05 AM »
Hi!  I'm Max, 38 years old from Philadelphia.  I'm self employed as a clinical social worker, and I'm also getting back into my art practice (ceramics.)

I'm purchasing a 2022 V7!  So excited to ride it.
My partner has a 2017 Triumph Street Twin with a lot of cool mods.

I've been riding a 1978 Honda CX500, It is so cool but Im not mechanically skilled, or inclined enough, to keep dealing with what it needs all the time.  Its had all kinds of issues over the past couple years, it ends up financially not so great over time either...  I wanted a newer bike that will be in the garage less and ridden more!


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3612 on: April 09, 2024, 07:19:51 AM »
Ron Branom

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2023 V85 TT

Been riding since I was 4!

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3613 on: April 17, 2024, 07:57:22 PM »
My Name is Scott
Live in Kaneohe, Hawaii USA
I have a 2006 Breva V1100

Over 60 for sure! Still riding till I die!!

Semi retired, it's Hawaii... we all have to keep working here to survive.


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3614 on: April 22, 2024, 11:58:54 AM »
Joe

just turned 60 and just got my motorcycle license AND a new 2023 V7 Special

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3615 on: April 22, 2024, 12:03:29 PM »
Howdy, from central Texas! (formerly from Laredo on the Mexico border)

I've been riding for over 50 years, have owned 173 bikes (mostly British/Triumph/Bonnevilles), and currently have 13 bikes (no Guzzis at the moment, I used to have a scruffy '74 Eldorado 850 with a Cozy convertible sidecar).

I retired from Motorcycle Restorations/Rebuilds/Custom Builds (Born Again Bikes) in 2018; I did that for 13 years and completed over 100 major client projects in that time, besides a dozen or so of my own.

Former U.S.Navy Aviation Ground Support Electrician, former A/C business owner, former Computer business owner, formerly in Commerical Construction and Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, also all manner of other jobs including Sous Chef for a year.

NAUI certified Open Water SCUBA diver, (2) tandem sky dives, water & snow skier, hunting & fishing, camping & traveling, drawing & drafting.

Married 40 years (in June), 5 kids ranging from 48 to 13 (yes, you read that right), 8 grandkids, and ONE great-granddaughter!

Currently (mostly) ride a 2000 Triumph Legend 900 triple or an 01/03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R.

I designed and built my own "Hangardominium" with shop & hangar for my Quicksilver MX Sprint II Ultralight.

Also have:
'66 Triton (hand built Bonneville engine in Featherbed frame) that I built
'65/66/67/68/69/70 Triumph Bonneville 650 that I built for AHRMA's Historic Production Heavyweight roadracing class (raced in '07, '08 & 2010). Best finish was 2nd at Willow Springs in 2010. Finished 5th in '08 Championship (22 riders in class, with many 750 triples & 4s) only raced 1/2 of the events.
'69 BSA Lightning 650, restored by a fellow Texan, acquired as partial payment for a Norton restoration
'72 BMW R75/5 Boxer that belonged to my late friend Nacho
'74 Norton Commando 850 custom that I built using some nice Dreer VR880 parts & e-start
Original Kenny Dreer "New Norton" monoshock prototype bike, most parts of which were shown at announcement of the (then) new Norton America
'82 Honda MB5 that I restored
'83 Honda VF750F V4 Interceptor that I refurbished
'92 Yamaha TDM850 "bug eyes" in work to wake up after 8 years
'00 Triumph legend already mentioned
'01/03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R that I salvage built
'03 Kawasaki ZRX1200R that I am in the process of modifying to "Adventure" style just because so many people said NOT to
My wyfe has a 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 V-twin power cruiser

I am here to get assistance in selling my late friend's (2) '06 Breva 1100s.

That's about it...





Howdy fellow Leander-thal
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3616 on: April 24, 2024, 03:29:53 PM »
Chuck Keen

Down in Matagorda County Texas (SSW of Houston)

70 years old ... riding most of my life, started in dirt, but mostly big cruiser and touring bikes (Harley, Victory, Indian, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph)  downsized bike-wise a few years back --- back protesting lifting 900+ lbs bikes off the kickstand ... tried a Ural sidecar rig for awhile, unique bike (would have enjoyed more if I still lived somewhere with hills and forest roads) just sold it ... supplemented that with a 2017 V7 III Stone <-- Just traded that in on a new 2023 V85tt Adventure (Blue, White, Red)

Worked in Nuclear Power most of my life, retired now ... 8-1/2 years in the US Navy, then 35+ years at civilian nuclear powered electric plants in Arkansas and Texas.

Not much in the me-too thing ... don't much care to see myself (so to speak) coming down the road.   Also like a bike that makes me look back and appreciate it when I park ... as well as something simpler I am confident in wrenching on myself <<--- Moto Guzzi sort of ticks all those boxes.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3617 on: May 05, 2024, 06:44:41 PM »
Greetings Guzzers !!!

Nick, Galway, 3rd attempt at posting, west coast of Ireland - first Guzzi - non runner - Fe o2 special - What could possibly go wrong ? It'll be grand !

2 weeks ago I offered an old friend help in moving his 98 EV1100 Cali. It had not been turned over in 10 years and in that time had been moved from damp shed to damp shed. It was in a pretty sad state unfortunately.
Life and circumstances separated my buddy from his Guzzi a few years after they drove from Ireland to Greece and through most of Italy having done the entire Adriatic loop - twice.

On the day - it turned out that the shed that he intended to put it in was too small by four inches .... that afternoon I made my friend an offer - and it’s now mine. I know the history of the bike and remember riding it when my buddy imported it from the UK 24 years ago, It was interesting and I enjoyed it. He's still very attached to it and will be welcome to use it anytime he likes

It's now 2 weeks later, totally stripped the entire rolling chassis and sent 2 boxes of bits off to be blasted and powder coated (VERY carefully - all breathers blocked and threads etc .. protected) - should be done by Tuesday evening - getting wheels (gently) blasted on the same day, tyres coming this week also - bearings are on the bench.

I removed the motor and tranny in one go in the first instance and split them today - WET CLUTCH !!!! Smells like gear oil - transited through the input shaft ... I’ve boiled the oil out of contaminated brake shoes and pads in the past - even worked on a K1100 clutch - but I think I’ll be investing in new clutch spongey bits.

The front suspension is shot, fenders are rotten through, all chrome is peeling, electrical connectors around many of the relays have exploded through the plastic due to the rusted contacts, paint has peeled of the frame & swing arm, tyres are shot and flat, the wheels have things living on and in them, brakes need total refurb, all the mechanical and gassy bits are sound - turns over, gears do gearey stuff, entire fuel system has to be overhauled, instruments etc

Front and rear fenders, wiring loom, front forks (complete), relays, some cabling and other bits and bobs 2nd hand from Italy arrived for under €550 shipped off Fleabay.

I'm not a fan of the curvy fuel tank styling and am hoping to find a colour that'll bring me 'round - any and all suggestions appreciated.

Beemers are normally my thing (over 35 years with airheads and 15 with oilheads), lost count at over 100 bikes a long time ago. In March and early April I finished a 6 month build on a 76' R75/6 and a quick refresh on a 1980 Yam XJ650 special (both happily re-homed). The stable currently consists of a "dark black" 98' Triumph thunderbird that I rescued from a cafe racer boy and a 2015 NC750X manual that I thump around on.
Normally go through (restore or refresh) 3 or 4 bikes a year but the T-bird and NC have been keepers for the last few years. I plan to keep the Guzzi for the foreseeable but its an interesting undertaking - should be ready in June if I don’t head back to sea  ... Hehe

Please be patient when I ask stupid questions- thanking you in anticipation.

I look forward to hopefully learning more about my Guzzi from you guys, gals, vowels, consonants, nouns, verbs and squiggles

Cheers

Be well all
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3618 on: May 08, 2024, 12:46:55 PM »
Hi Everyone! Brad from PA, USA, and I work on computers. Bought my Moto Guzzi about a year ago, it's also my first brand new motorcycle. 2022 V85TT Adventure. I've been riding on and off for about 20 years. Hopefully now I can spend more time riding and less time wrenching.




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« Reply #3619 on: May 11, 2024, 03:53:34 PM »
Greetings from the PNW, USA guys and gals.

Retired Airline Pilot, 56 years riding experience, Hondas to Harleys.  Of all the bikes I've owned or ridden, none gave me a bigger smile than my new '23 V7 Special red stripe.  For pure riding experience, Guzzi's got the Goods!

Riding, more riding, musician, good food, more riding, golf.

Life is better on two wheels.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3620 on: May 21, 2024, 08:33:19 AM »
Hello from Agua Dulce, CA
64 years old. Just retired from owning Canyon Welding. We are a precision welding shop with FAA certifications.
Just purchased a '17 Stelvio NTX. My third Guzzi.
Motorcycles, Golf and Grandkids.

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« Reply #3621 on: May 26, 2024, 03:18:19 PM »
Hi all, my name is Dave, new rider from Italy, currently based in Germany!

If everything (price negotiations) goes well, I'll be a proud "Moto Guzzi v7 850 Special ('22)" owner this upcoming week!
I tried it last week and immediately fell in love with the bike. I've tried BMW (non-boxer engine), Triumph Bonneville and some Honda stuff, and while I did enjoy the Bonneville more than anything before, I thought the Bonneville T120 was too powerful for the type of bike it is, and also "too smooth" if you know what I mean. Meanwhile, the 850cc engine in the v7 fits perfectly and I like how it maintains its character throughout the rev range.
I guess it would be an understatement to say that I'm hyped to get my bike soon, and I'm already planning my trip to Mandello. :P

Anyway, looking forward to checking this forum once in a while, as I've read some threads before (it seems to list well on my search engine) and it seems you guys are having a good time here!
2023 Moto Guzzi v7 850 Special

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« Reply #3622 on: May 29, 2024, 06:40:24 AM »
Well now. It's been awhile. I bought an almost new Norge in 2011 and joined this esteemed group of ne'er-do-wells. I hung out here for a few years and then as they say, life got in the way of my pursuit of two wheeled bliss. I spent my formative years with my Norge mostly in Afghanistan with only few riding breaks taken when I made it back to the US. After that was over for me, I took another position within the company managing a new project in Texas. I had put about 25K happy miles on the Norge then ran into a problem that just chapped me and I sold it. To this day, I miss that bike. In the subsequent years, I bought a couple new bikes and currently ride a 17 Triumph Trophy SE. It is a truly great road machine but the urge has never left me to get another Guzzi. The 1400 Californian is the all time most beautiful touring bike IMHO but I am leaning towards a used Stelvio for a few reasons. I hope to be retiring this year so a reliable bike with tractor like performance and reliability seems to be a good idea. It is good to be back. I've been riding for more than 50 years. Several different types and brands. I am an engineer by trade specializing in repair solutions for construction equipment. It is good to be back on the pages here. I missed the fellowship and friendly committed atmosphere to the brand that you all have here. I am glad to be back.

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« Reply #3623 on: May 29, 2024, 07:19:15 AM »
Welcome back BlackTruck, Yes, I remember the handle when you were here before. Ride Safe.
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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3624 on: May 29, 2024, 03:15:22 PM »
Howdy  Y'all

I'm a recently retired Attorney/Civil Servant preparing for my personal Route 77 journey on my recently acquired Norge 1200 "Sofia"

I live in Olympia WA and will make the 50TH ANNUAL MGNOC NATIONAL RALLY JOHN DAY OREGON my first stop on my way to Big Bend Texas and on to the Texas Hill Country and stops en route, I'll be in my birthplace, Fort Worth Texas on my 77th Birth Day (hence the Route 77 trip name)

I look forward to the Guzzi Life!
Meet Me In The Wind

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3625 on: May 29, 2024, 03:51:42 PM »
Welcome back BlackTruck, Yes, I remember the handle when you were here before. Ride Safe.
Your name also, I recall. I have always been a fan of not so mainstream bikes and the Guzzi was a favorite of mine. It was my start into a sport touring bikes. As I approach retirement, I want to get another Guzzi. I am glad to be back on these pages again.
Thanks for the reply.

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« Reply #3626 on: June 03, 2024, 12:17:59 AM »
56, arizona, art, noise.

Late bloomer on riding: Took the MSF course at 52 and promptly bought a Royal Enfield Meteor 350 to practice and gain skills. Love that machine but after a few years it’s finally Graduation Time. Picking up a 2019 V7 iii Stone this week.

Here to take wisdom & hopefully give some back.

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3627 on: June 05, 2024, 12:29:41 AM »
After 50+ motorcycles in the family and 54 years of motorcycle license, finally the first Guzzi ! Long time enthusiast, enjoying my '21 V7 Stone in Ice Blue, glorious color, same color on the Gray Goose Vodka Martini bottle :) hmm, may be a name there?
I rode my friends MG many time and always liked them, now it's full time


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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3628 on: June 09, 2024, 02:40:13 PM »
64, retired. and from the UK. 40 years since my first Guzzi, many makes/models in between, including 4 more Guzzis, now got another. Man, prices have gone up a lot for spares since my last one in '98. Hopefully I don't need too many.......

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Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
« Reply #3629 on: June 10, 2024, 11:13:13 AM »
Hello, all!

I'm Xander, 55, a US Navy veteran and semi-retired Web Developer / IT Consultant in TampBay (we're not all terrible), USA.  [insert Florida man reference here]

I've been a biker since about 13 and owned a handful of bikes, but I've not ridden or owned one for at least 20 years, until just recently when I found my latest true love.  I've passed my motorcycle rider's course (wasn't required back in the day) and I'm committed to the ATGATT club.

This is my first Moto Guzzi and my first adventure bike.  She's a '21 V85TT Adventure Centenario and I think she's gorgeous.  :drool:

 

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