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The heart wants what the heart wants. My choice of bikes are adventure/do everything "Swiss Army Knife" class of motorcycles. I put my name on the list to buy a V 85 when I became aware that this bike was coming. I am coming on 2 years of ownership and extremely pleased with my choice. I would think that with the "new" 850 motor that a sport touring machine would be a strong possibility for people who like to tour but don't like Adventure style bikes. Probably long life ahead with the V7 bikes and upgraded motors. I am not a cruiser guy, so can't really speak to that. From my perspective, with the world wide success of the V 85, I think the future looks better for Moto Guzzi than it has in quite some time. YMMV.
Piaggio is part of the Immsi group. Looking at these numbers from the last 5 years, anyone with any type of business experience can predict what's going to happen within the next 4-5.
Up and down ? Dusty
I am not a big block guy. My bikes of choice have been in the 500 - 1000 cc range. I am not really qualified to say. I have always been "intrigued" by people who ride 700 lb and up motorcycles. I feel you can tour very well on a 500 lb./80 hp motorcycle. I don't know if the future of motorcycles in general is for bikes over 1000 cc. Like I said, not really qualified to comment. Do you feel there is enough of a demand for this type/size of bike?
I'm betting in the next few years MG will pump billions of dollars into creating a reliable worldwide dealer network plus working creating new motorcycles that are old but new and with lots of new tech but no tech. Piaggio will support warranty claims, back dealers and become #1 worldwide in customer service. MG will in the coming years will expand at a rate faster than the universe did during the big bang outpacing all other manufacturers combined.
Here's a slightly different take, decentralised manufacturering of spares for the Piaggio group, each contient has a facility, 3d printers, 3D milling machines, lathes. You need bit XYZ, order goes to the local facility, they bring up the gerber file and stamp one out. Need a part thats comepley obsolete and unobtainable sned your sample into the facility they scan it and manufacture it the file goes onto the world wide data base so if someone else needs the same thing, thier local facility pulls the file out of the database and away they go. No need to wait for shipping or guess when Italy is on holidays.I think the 1400 didn't take off the way they hoped on most of the Guzzi social media sites they are basically V7 forums except for those dedicated to individual models. I understand completely why they discontinued it.
If my business had these number percentages, I'd expect no change. No new product lines. No new services. I'd more than likely just be offering "the same old same"...So, either they keep doing what they're doing now at the same pace or they completely fold. I see no room here for new product development, R&D, expansions, marketing, etc, without going into major loan debt.
They're selling nothing interesting to me.
Ncdan: I owned a Honda ST 1100 for 22 + years. It was my two up touring machine and put 50 K miles on it. Fully loaded and two up could cruise all day long at 85 - 90 mph or more, easily. Traveled on that bike from Ohio to Banff, PEI, and Key West, and points in between. I never could see a need for anything more.
No one can accurately predict the future...However, I can GUARANTEE you that I will NOT be owning an "electric Moto Guzzi" in my lifetime...
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