Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi

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Title: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SISU Printer on October 05, 2006, 11:54:21 AM
It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SISU Printer on October 05, 2006, 11:55:12 AM
Andy Sirvio, 38, Printer, Detroit Michigan, USA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sbaker on October 05, 2006, 11:57:26 AM
Hello

Sam Baker

55 - Sagittarius

Managing Principal  - Xerox Global Services

Dallas TX

Interests:

Sailing, Guitar Playing, Motorcycles

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jon Burdsall on October 05, 2006, 12:01:17 PM
Jon Burdsall

59

Imaging sysadmin

Helena, Montana

Interests
Family, motorcycles, firearms, stereo, many other things depending on the weather/time of year.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: joeguzzi on October 05, 2006, 12:03:20 PM
Joe Edmonson
52 years old
Still Married
Facilities Manager for 411,000 sq ft Operation
Hobbies are Motorcycles (Older the Better) and Camping
Austell Ga. (Surburb of Atlanta)

Joe in Atlanta
1972 Eldorado
1982 Honda GL 500
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Seagondollar on October 05, 2006, 12:03:32 PM
Mark Seagondollar

56

Electrical Engineer

Wake Forest, NC  (8 miles north of Raleigh)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Nick on October 05, 2006, 12:22:39 PM
Nick Di Croce
53 years old
VP Transp/Whse/Distr Co.
Married, 4 children
Hobbies: Motorcycling, ATV, Hunting, Landscaping, etc..
Mullica Hill, NJ
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VA Sean on October 05, 2006, 12:24:53 PM
Sean
36
Pimp
DC

 ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Slygrin on October 05, 2006, 12:25:38 PM
Mike Harrison
45
IT at a healthcare facility
Moses Lake, WA
Interests: Motorcycling & Computers
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on October 05, 2006, 12:30:26 PM
Dean Rose
63 years old, was now 72
Married
Retired
Hobbies are Motorcycles, Fishing, Camping & Cooking
Claytor Lake Pulaski County Virginia
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Steve Scott on October 05, 2006, 12:36:37 PM
Steve Scott
Spring Grove, PA
Eng. Technician at www.microcomdesign.com (http://www.microcomdesign.com/) specializing in environmental monitoring equipment and automated data recording systems as well as satellite and ground-based data telemetry. Part-time dirt bike mechanic.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Turn: ons: Puppies and kittens
Turn-offs: Big Bad Biker types

 ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rocker59 on October 05, 2006, 12:41:56 PM
39-yrs.

no wife.

no kids.

no debt.

not gainfully employed.  I ride motorcycles.

 8)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dave Swanson on October 05, 2006, 12:46:54 PM
Dave Swanson

52

Operations Lead, Aerospace

Hobbies -  motorcycles

bike inventory:

2003 Honda CBR954RR
1983 Harley FXRS
1980 Honda CBX
1979 Honda CBX
1974 Guzzi Eldo
1973 Guzzi V7 Sport
1972 Harley SX350 Sprint
1969 Harley FLH
1965 Honda 150 Dream
1964 Harley XLCH
1962 Triumph TR6SS
1956 Harley KHK


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Amboman on October 05, 2006, 12:50:35 PM
Charlie, 43 yrs. old, classic motorcycle (and sometimes Mercedes) mechanic, Rohrersville, MD.



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sbaker on October 05, 2006, 12:57:04 PM
Sean
36
Pimp
DC

 ;)


Pimp... now I undertand why you don't ride every day and not get your suit dirty!!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VA Sean on October 05, 2006, 12:58:37 PM

Pimp... now I undertand why you don't ride every day and not get your suit dirty!!!!!!!!


I was wondering if that would ever get a comment!   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on October 05, 2006, 01:05:04 PM

Pimp... now I undertand why you don't ride every day and not get your suit dirty!!!!!!!!


I was wondering if that would ever get a comment!   ;D

We know you!!!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gary martin on October 05, 2006, 01:16:07 PM
gary martin
59 yrs. old (look 39 yrs. old, feel 79 yrs. old)
evans city, "pennsyltucky", usa
co-owner of independent insurance agency, part-time ne'er-do-well
coolest possession besides my bikes:  congo african grey parrot that will undoubtedly out-live me!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: PhilPrice on October 05, 2006, 01:26:29 PM
Phil Price

41 years old

South Wales - United Kingdom

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FGO on October 05, 2006, 01:30:38 PM
Jon Margrave

Director of Quality, Ontic Engineering (www.ontic.com)  a retirement home for Aerospace products

51 years old

Los Angeles area

Guzzi fetish
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ragnar on October 05, 2006, 01:32:11 PM
Patrick Waylett, 64, metering instalations inspector,
 retire in 19 weeks and 4 days, not that I am counting.

Hobbies;
Motorcycling, fishing, camping, beer, wine and history. Used to play darts, have won about 40 trophies, played once in an international match South London v Sweden, retired from competative games 4 years ago.

Current Bikes;

2001 Jackal
2001 Royal Enfield 500 Bullet.
Hoping to add a Griso or Norge next year, if the finances work out.

I live in SE England, Chatham, between London & Dover
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 05, 2006, 01:36:04 PM
Tom Huff
40 years old
Chardon, Ohio USA

work: DBA for County Court system

Married

Hobbies: music (writing, recording, performing)
               motorcycles
               travel

Motorcycles in inventory: 2002 MG Stone Metal
                                        1986 BMW K75S
                                        1978 Triumph T140E
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Hacksaw on October 05, 2006, 01:40:16 PM
Hello Everybody.
My name is John R. and I'm an
OOPS, wrong forum. 

John Reid
Lincoln, Nebraska

44 years old next Thursday

Automation Engineer

1970 high mileage Ambassarado
2003 'planning to be' high mileage  EVT
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: yaledriver on October 05, 2006, 01:59:37 PM
Steve Scott
Spring Grove, PA
Eng. Technician specializing in environmental monitoring equipment and automated data recording systems as well as satellite and ground-based data telemetry. Part-time dirt bike mechanic.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Turn: ons: Puppies and kittens
Turn-offs: Big Bad Biker types

 ;D
daa now i get steve wanted to sell penguin meters last week!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: yaledriver on October 05, 2006, 02:10:27 PM
Hello Everybody.
My name is John R. and I'm an
OOPS, wrong forum. 

John Reid
Lincoln, Nebraska

44 years old next Thursday

Automation Engineer

1970 high mileage Ambassarado
2003 'planning to be' high mileage  EVT

I believe that would be step # 1
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pfaff! on October 05, 2006, 02:17:03 PM
Anders Holt is the name

55 is the age

Southern of Sweden is the place where I live. Thats in Europe.

Southern of Italy is the place I do hope to live if&when retired

So does my retired wife.....

Electrical engineer (seen that before  ;)), partly employeed, partly contractor

The rest is my motorcycle, cooking, wines and good books. Don't forget the grown up kids!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matt F on October 05, 2006, 02:17:55 PM
Matt Funk
29
Flight Test Engineer for the Navy.
Married, two kids, two cars and a dog.  Liging the American dream in my 4 BR colonial in suburbia.  
Don't have time for much else.
Quote from: Kev
Dayum, if it wadn't fo this playa I'd be the foshiggity-young gangsta round hair
Now it's me, sucka!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 05, 2006, 02:25:50 PM

Quote from: Kev
Dayum, if it wadn't fo this playa I'd be the foshiggity-young gangsta round hair
Now it's me, sucka!!


Crap, they're getting younger.

But ya know,

MY WIFE still has you all beat   :P :P :P

Cradle robber!  or did you get married in Delaware?   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gootsz on October 05, 2006, 02:26:22 PM
Hello

Micky Trammell

age - 53

married(second time, yes I know)

Kids all gone thank God

R&D Chemical Engineer

Satellite Beach Florida
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BillinPA on October 05, 2006, 03:03:06 PM
Bill Bosworth

38

Carpenter

Married

1 daughter ( my sidecar buddy)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: roy on October 05, 2006, 03:04:56 PM
 roy brock
 age 73
 retired, 3 times
 two dogs, two goats
 1989 cali 111 FF
 1994 V 65 ex cop
 1996 cali 1100
 
 motorcyles and taking care of the "back 40"
 mt olive, nc
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: twhitaker on October 05, 2006, 03:13:01 PM
Terry Whitaker
54
Mechanical Engineer (prostitute  ;D) for a company that rebuilds and retrofits machine tools.
Dayton OH
Married. Third time's a charm.

Guzzis, ralies, waterskiing, and snow skiing.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vkennedy on October 05, 2006, 03:14:06 PM
Victor Kennedy
53
English professor
Slovenia
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VeteranRider on October 05, 2006, 03:17:08 PM
John J. Cerilli

Working in Fremont, CA; living in Pleasanton, CA

Age: 52    

Vice President Global Sales and Marketing
AXT, Inc.

Riding motorcycles >38 years, married, no kids, one "senior-citizen" cat

1993 Moto Guzzi SP1000-III
1993 Triumph Trident 900
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: elvisboy77 on October 05, 2006, 03:18:27 PM
John Kramer
47
Mechanical Engineer
Chapel Hill NC
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: paul in rochester on October 05, 2006, 03:20:23 PM
paul drotar; 46; rochester, new york

Y2K jackal, '83 GL650, '80 CM200T (don't ask), '66 dodge charger (the REAL one)

no kids, six cats

riding, wrenching, volunteer paramedic
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dilliw on October 05, 2006, 03:20:48 PM
George Westbury

43

Work for the French....

Rural South Carolina.

Married to the farmer's daughter (Kim)

We have horses, kids (3), and not much else!

Got my first Guzzi back in May (thanks John Z), an '03 EVT

My first bike was a Herter's minibike  with a big fat rear tire....



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Two Checks on October 05, 2006, 03:21:11 PM
STL Metro area

Assemble/repair film/digital photographic systems 40 hrs a week, going broke the rest

Age 50, act 10, look 50, feel 90

Deevorced a long, long time

One son, US Navy avionics/radar/guidance tech 10 yrs (Matt, if your'e in Norfolk you and he may have crossed paths)

Beer, bikes, beer, airplanes, beer, sippin' whiskey (Bourbon), beer, real BBQ, beer firearms, beer, (there's a pattern forming here)

1990 Cal III F/F
1987 1000 SP II
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SeattleVet on October 05, 2006, 03:23:11 PM
Mike Pearson
52
Network Administrator
Seattle, WA
Married - very happily, 11 years.

Hobbies: model and high-power rocketry, SCUBA, photography, growing & showing orchids.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 03:26:45 PM
Victor Kennedy
53
English professor
Slovenia

Hello Victor!

A Slovenian participant on Wildgoose Chase!   Cool!  Are you a member of the Slovenian Guzzi Club?

I tried my best this summer to get to Slovenia to visti my friends from 2002,  but I did not succeed.   In a way it was a good thing because the motorcycle broke and by my calculations I would have been in Croatia on my way to Ljubjana if I hadn't gone north by ferry instead.  Otherwise, I was sorry I didn't make it!

Slovenian Guzzi Club Dinner, 2002....  Nice people.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/creedon_2006/09Kar_jejte-kdo_bo_pa_placu.jpg)

Will

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: John Peters on October 05, 2006, 03:37:40 PM
John Peters
Age: 51
Occupation: Transition/Vocational Coordinator for Special Education students
Interests: Besides Guzzis (75 T-3 LAPD), sailplane pilot, firearms, fishing
My wife says the Guzzi cures her backaches much better than any meds or chiropractor ever has!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hws on October 05, 2006, 03:40:43 PM
Hi; Hank Sheddan
59
half retired  ;D  Louise supports me

 retired from Unison ind--no not the pill people--aerospace ignition

 did everything from machinist-tool maker to engineering designer, finally gave it up in 03

 like motorcycles, still fly a bit, guns, a little farming.

wish I had the coin to have a stable full of guzzis

 never tire of seeing how interesting the people on this board are.

and how helpfull when one of us needs a helping hand--thanks to all of you.

Hank  :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vkennedy on October 05, 2006, 03:40:51 PM
Hi Will. I wasn't aware that there was a Slovenian Guzzi Club until you mentioned it, but now that I know, I'll look it up. I just got back into biking after 25 years. I sold my last bike to pay for college tuition in 1982, and hadn't ridden anything until this last summer, when my daughter and I rented a scooter on our holidays in Bled and Bohinj. She enjoyed it so much she took a scooter riding course when we got back home (kids over 14 can get a licence to drive a scooter under 50 c.c. here). I've been futzing around with local bureaucracy trying to get my Slovenian motorycle driving licence (ever read Kafka?), but it appears that everything is taken care of now, and I expect to pick up my new Nevada tomorrow.  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Porterhouse on October 05, 2006, 03:41:14 PM
Steve Daley
41
Medical Science Liaison
Seattle, WA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ogsurf on October 05, 2006, 03:46:39 PM
Tom Pritchard
52 Yrs.
Married
Old Land Rovers, Alfa Romeos, Fishing, Surfing

Ocean Grove NJ
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on October 05, 2006, 03:54:28 PM
Vince Ammendola
43yo
Customer Service Rep.
Can you guess where I live?
I enjoy riding my LeMans III and camping at rallies. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 04:02:28 PM
Hi Will. I wasn't aware that there was a Slovenian Guzzi Club until you mentioned it, but now that I know, I'll look it up. I just got back into biking after 25 years. I sold my last bike to pay for college tuition in 1982, and hadn't ridden anything until this last summer, when my daughter and I rented a scooter on our holidays in Bled and Bohinj. She enjoyed it so much she took a scooter riding course when we got back home (kids over 14 can get a licence to drive a scooter under 50 c.c. here). I've been futzing around with local bureaucracy trying to get my Slovenian motorycle driving licence (ever read Kafka?), but it appears that everything is taken care of now, and I expect to pick up my new Nevada tomorrow.  ;D

http://www.motoguzzi-si.com/club_about.html

My experience with them in 2002 was truly a pleasure.  They are great people, I met them in Mandello del Lario and then rode to Slovenia and took part in a ride around the country over a weekend.  We had a party at some huge ex-communist era golf facility that was available for rent.  So the whole club could stay there, out in the country.   Man, it was crazy.   

You no doubt recognize this place....

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/creedon_2006/slovenia.jpg)

I am on the right with Barbara Susnik, a Centauro rider now in Canada with the Slovenian embassy, and Tomaz Moravec on the left.

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/creedon_2006/slovenia2002-Will-next_time_take_Mo.jpg)

Here we are having fixed the loose battery cables on the ST2 I was riding, Matteo Turturro is the other guy (from Italy).   The party started right afterwards!

Will

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wil b. on October 05, 2006, 04:06:00 PM
Bill Beck

51 years young
Broadview, IL
No wife, no kids, no debt, 2 cats
Office Manager
Camping, Hiking, Road Trips, Bicycling, Jazz, Big Band, Movies, MST3K, T.O.P.
'71 Guzzi Ambassador, '75 Guzzi 850T, '91 Honda Nighthawk 750, '04 Kymco Super 9
'05 Scion xB

Daily lurker on this site!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vkennedy on October 05, 2006, 04:07:49 PM
Bled castle. What do I win?

I've never met Barbara, but I've talked to her on the phone (I'm originally from Canada, and am in touch with the consulate in Ljubljana quite often). We live at the other end of the country, in Maribor.

Thanks for the link. I'll get in touch with the club.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 04:11:59 PM
Bled castle. What do I win?

I've never met Barbara, but I've talked to her on the phone (I'm originally from Canada, and am in touch with the consulate in Ljubljana quite often). We live at the other end of the country, in Maribor.

Thanks for the link. I'll get in touch with the club.

That's a coincidence!

They're a good bunch.

Will

PS You win a ride to Bled :-))))

PPS If you do get in touch with the Slovenian Guzzi club in person, give them my regards, and let me know how it goes!   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Cam Lay on October 05, 2006, 04:30:11 PM
I always enjoy these. 

I'm an entomologist.  Probably the only one here. (?)  I've been educated well beyond my abilities and am living proof that if you don't live a virtuous life in the field you'll go to Management. 

My specialty is structural and household pests, particularly termites and beetles.  In my "day job" I fly a desk for SC's pesticide regulatory agency.  It's a little science, a little crime-fighting, a good bit of consumer protection, and a whole lot of bureaucracy.  And every other Tuesday at noon I do a call-in radio show about insects.  My 15 minutes of fame ought to be about up by now...

Outside of the day job I do a good bit of consulting as an expert witness.  (Lawyers, make a note.  Consulting pays for the Guzzi, you know.)  Every now and then I get invited to come out and put on some training for some group of pest-control guys, or another regulatory program.  I'm going to have to start taking more leave for these and riding the bike.  I've passed up chances to ride out to Arizona and Oregon recently.  I did have a nice ride up to Indianapolis this year, though.  (Hi, Dave!)

Three kids.  Two German Shorthairs.  One argumentative woman.  House in the country.  Moderate carpentry skills.  Wiring efforts usually pass the "lick two fingers..." test.  Not good at tire-changing.  Will hunt for food. 

Regards,
C
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vkennedy on October 05, 2006, 04:31:50 PM
Bled castle. What do I win?

I've never met Barbara, but I've talked to her on the phone (I'm originally from Canada, and am in touch with the consulate in Ljubljana quite often). We live at the other end of the country, in Maribor.

Thanks for the link. I'll get in touch with the club.

That's a coincidence!

They're a good bunch.

Will

PS You win a ride to Bled :-))))

PPS If you do get in touch with the Slovenian Guzzi club in person, give them my regards, and let me know how it goes!   

Hvala lipa, Will!

Jaz bom, seveda.

Lep pozdrav in srecno pot!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 04:41:34 PM
Bled castle. What do I win?

I've never met Barbara, but I've talked to her on the phone (I'm originally from Canada, and am in touch with the consulate in Ljubljana quite often). We live at the other end of the country, in Maribor.

Thanks for the link. I'll get in touch with the club.

That's a coincidence!

They're a good bunch.

Will

PS You win a ride to Bled :-))))

PPS If you do get in touch with the Slovenian Guzzi club in person, give them my regards, and let me know how it goes!   

Hvala lipa, Will!

Jaz bom, seveda.

Lep pozdrav in srecno pot!

Oh my God, now I'm going to go crazy wondering what that means...  :-)

Since I've now hijacked this thread...

Will Creedon
42
San Diego, CA, USA
Engineering Research Manager
Some time EFI Tuner
Guzzis and anything Italian including the girls
Finding twisty roads wherever they are
Flying marginally powered old airplanes

Will


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 05, 2006, 04:42:17 PM
Bill Beck

 ...MST3K...



Yeah!  Now I feel like I'm sitting around a campfire! 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wil b. on October 05, 2006, 05:08:37 PM
<MST3K>

Threw that in just in case!

BILL
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wayne Orwig on October 05, 2006, 05:20:35 PM
Wayne Orwig
I follow Bill around with tools.  ;D
Live in Hog Mountain Georgia. The upitty yankees moving in don't like that name.
My hobby is brewing beer. My other hobby is drinking it.
To fund my hobbies, I write manufacturing test software and design barcode readers.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SeanF on October 05, 2006, 05:28:11 PM
Sean Flanagan

35 years old

Computer geek

I live in a motorhome...actuall y a school bus that's been converted to a motorhome (http://seanf.smugmug.com).

Currently at Mormon Lake Lodge in northern Arizona.  Fixin to move to a warmer climate in about 3 weeks.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 05, 2006, 05:29:41 PM
Age: Old. But not so old I wont bust you into kindling
Location: Close enought to Moto International that I buy over the counter. Far enough away that Bigfoot is renting the spare room
Occupation: Cricket bat Samurai
Hobbies: Re-enacting 3 Stooges films in my living room

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jreagan on October 05, 2006, 05:37:18 PM
John Reagan

46yo, divorced, no kids, live-in GF who loves to ride

Nashua NH

Software Engineer for Hewlett-Packard

Hobbies: Photography, motorcycles, woodworking

I have lots of photos from an around-the-world trip I took last year at

http://www.pbase.com/jreagan/worldtrip

for those of you might be interested.  Plus a few of my Breva and Bonneville at

http://www.pbase.com/jreagan/motorcycles
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzilady on October 05, 2006, 05:45:12 PM
Lori Daeuber
33
Elementary school teacher
Moorhead, MN ("across the ditch from Fargo, ND" as Eric from this board says - and yes, he's my wonderful Guzzi riding husband  :))
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 05, 2006, 05:47:30 PM
John Reagan

46yo, divorced, no kids, live-in GF who loves to ride

Nashua NH

Software Engineer for Hewlett-Packard

Hobbies: Photography, motorcycles, woodworking

I have lots of photos from an around-the-world trip I took last year at

http://www.pbase.com/jreagan/worldtrip

for those of you might be interested.  Plus a few of my Breva and Bonneville at

http://www.pbase.com/jreagan/motorcycles

Sweet! I'm typing this on a new HP laptop i bought last weekend. Can I have your number? Y'know...in case i have a question or something

 ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: philp on October 05, 2006, 06:22:15 PM
Phil

41
Cypress,TX
Geophysicist
MSF Instructor, ahem.. Rider Coach

Married to my riding partner (19 years)
3 kiddo's who all love to ride

Riding since ~'84 with a short hiatus in the '90's

Passions: Family, martial arts, and recently fabrication -working a project bike.  Oh - and of course, riding.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: John L. on October 05, 2006, 06:28:41 PM
Hi Y'all !
I'm 51 just now
Married - -for the 2nd and last time
3 kids grown, 2 left
2 grandkids
Cleverly disguised as a worker bee for Ok Dept of Environmental Quality.
Got back into riding 4 or so years ago ...
Love riding, don't like working   SHOCK!
Private pilot - virtually unused since, but a great accomplishment at the time LOL.
Frequent lurker, love the board here
THANKS LUAP !
Just got Sheila (wife) a V-star 650 to get started with...
Life is goooood

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 850tBill on October 05, 2006, 06:31:13 PM
Hi

Bill Kerekes

49

Comercial Construction Superintendent

Conroe, Texas

Golf, 75 T, 73 MG Midget and try to keep moving around room in my garage ::)
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Post by: Fudge Packer on October 05, 2006, 06:41:03 PM
Bob
50

Forklift operator for Mars Inc.  I tell truckers to backup & take this load  ;D

Not married currently but, I'm in the process of ordering a Filipino bride  :)
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Post by: Riding Free on October 05, 2006, 06:44:55 PM
 Gary , 56  Just North of Canada.
Married 39 years, 2 Sons , 1 deceased , Nov 20, 2000
Metal model maker, concept cars
Just started riding Guzzi number 17  
as near as I can count it is motorcycle #49  or so overall Only 5 of them were rideable when purchased.
Started riding in 1965
First motorized two wheeler was a Lil Indian minibike
powered by an alky burning, ported Mc8 McCulloch kart engine
First real motorcycle a 1963 BSA Royal Star Followed by a very long string od Royal Enfield Interceptors, Triumph twins and triples, Matchless singles and twins, Norton twins, BSA singles, twins and triples, An AJS and a Velocette KTT, An Indian arrow. One Asian, a dreadful KZ1000
 The other Italians were a 1975 750 Sport, a 1971 450 Ducati Scrambler and a 1984 Ducati 900SS Bevel (bought at a GM employee auction in 1986 with 19 miles on the clock)
 
    
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: luthier on October 05, 2006, 06:49:46 PM
      Dan Kellaway 53 Guitar Maker www.kellawayguitars .com
With the best lady ever, who makes Medieval Wedding Dresses  www.medievalwedding attire.com
who loves the bike with a passion
We have 4 Border Collies  2 children each
3 grandchildren  
We live in Singleton Hunter Valley NSW Australia a coal mining town
we live to renovate to get onto land. Our sanity if you call it that is derived from the simple pleasures of the ride.
I love to play and write music at times, photography, amateur website writing, checking out this site[ I think a little too obsessively lately], drinking beer of course, and mechanical repairs ['wrenching' to you yanks] to my vehicles although I'd prefer they didn't need it. It's enjoyable on the Guzzi if it's done right the first time.
There it is ; a serious response. I do enjoy some of the more cryptic ones too though.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mike Harper on October 05, 2006, 07:11:26 PM
Mike Harper   66   Moto Guzzi dealer for 37 years and a reluctant farmer just southeast of Kansas City, MO
Hobbies -- Antique motorcycles  I got bunches and bunches and flying
Married for 45 years-- 3 grandkids
2 Horses that run loose on the farm, 2 dogs, 1 Cockatiel
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 07:14:21 PM
1984 Ducati 900SS Bevel (bought at a GM employee auction in 1986 with 19 miles on the clock)[/left]

An S2 perhaps? 

900SS's were made from 1975-1982, replaced by the 900 S2 in 1983/84, the 84s had electric start etc, and then the 1985 S2 Mille which was the end of the line.

Will



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: stevet on October 05, 2006, 07:26:15 PM
Steve Tiedman

Minneapolis, MN area

37 years, 7 months young.

Been with the same great lady for over 16 years, married to her for over 13 years.

No kids.

Work for a body of municipal government as a housing & building inspector, looking forward to the day when I can leave it all behind for a pasture without so much horsesh*t.

Steve.
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Post by: Chuck in Indiana on October 05, 2006, 07:40:22 PM
Chuck Stottlemyer
"Well past 21"  ;D Retired engineering modelmaker/tool & die maker/moldmaker/machine designer and builder.
Live on a farm/airstrip in central Indiana.
Hobbies.. have built or restored 5 airplanes, fooling around in the machine shop, flying, double bassist, and Guzzis. duh.
"If you have no fear, you ain't doing it right..."
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Eldo in the Weeds on October 05, 2006, 07:43:26 PM
name: Eric
age: 41
location:  Katy, TX
occupation:  outside sales (musical instruments)
hobbies:  Guzzi's, guitar, guns, PC games

72 Eldo (in pieces)
2002 Stone (almost)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 05, 2006, 07:57:45 PM
Hi; Hank Sheddan
59
half retired  ;D  Louise supports me

retired from Unison ind--no not the pill people--aerospace ignition

did everything from machinist-tool maker to engineering designer, finally gave it up in 03

<snip>


Thank you for reliable Slick magnetos - mine, installed in 97, have been entirely trouble free  :-)

Will
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Post by: Texas Turnip on October 05, 2006, 08:19:57 PM
Age: Unknown. Stolen by Gypsies at birth and later sold to farmers that needed a replacement for their dead mule.

Currently Executive VP in charge of total production of Brassica rapa.
Senior VP of TURDASS (Turnip Users Research & Development Association)
Married 6 or 7 times. I used to drink a lot.

I want my headstone to read "A steady job and a good woman have been the ruin of many a biker."

Tex
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Post by: guzzimike on October 05, 2006, 08:27:04 PM
Mike

50

Huntington Beach, Ca.

Electro/Mechanical engineer

Run my own business testing/repairing low (480) and medium voltage (1KV-15KV) electrical power distribution systems since 1986

Wife, son (17), 3 Chinese Shar-Pei dogs, 2 fire-bellied toads.

Hobbies: Reading, Motorcycling, Muscle Cars, Guns, Soccer, watching B&W classic movies.

'79 Moto Guzzi CX100,   '79 Kawasaki KZ1000 (Mad Max Replica), '68 Dodge Dart GTS 383.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Daniel Kalal on October 05, 2006, 08:29:32 PM
Daniel Kalal
49 (Guzzi owner for 30 years)
Fatigue Engineer, Cessna Aircraft Co.

(http://www.dankalal.net/2006trip13/photo271.JPG)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: toddhaven on October 05, 2006, 08:45:54 PM
Todd Haven
Age:40
Parts manager for MPH Cycles,
and MPH Automotive.
Came to work with my brother 17 years ago,
looks like I may be off the probationary period soon.

hobbies: Guzzi, blues/jazz/Texas folk music, history, Libertarian politics.
And beer.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: s-rider on October 05, 2006, 09:00:01 PM
 :)   Sid Kerr
      Phoenix Az.
      Old
      Part time truck driver
      Hobbies-  Motocycles And motorcycle trips

      01 Jackal
      03 Suzuki 1200 Bandit
      96 Suzuki DR650
      79 Yamaha XS1100
      83 Yamaha Virago 920
       
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mongoguzzi on October 05, 2006, 09:04:57 PM
Mark Williamson
50
Power Plant Operator
Alabama
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pete roper on October 05, 2006, 09:06:29 PM
Pete Roper

Age 49, or something :P

Job. Open to interpretation. Sometime Guzzi mechanic and designer of bits to cure a few of the problems the factory built in just to fool us ;D. Full time cook and bottle-washer and Mr. Mum for the last 21 years. Now, having just got rid of my two oldest kids, I have only a 12 year old and a 78 year old with dementia to look after, Jude, the wife, fends for herself!

Interests? Travel, motorbikes, (although most *modern* bikes hold little or no allure for me.) current affairs.

Dis-interests/hates? Much of popular culture, plasma screen TV's and anything sold as a 'Lifestyle Accessory'.

Ambitions- To drink my own bodyweight in beer every day for the next 50 years!

Pete
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: owassojoe on October 05, 2006, 09:08:12 PM
Joe Chandler
Owasso, OK
56, today
Public School Supt.
Married 35 years
Who has time for hobbies?  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dinger on October 05, 2006, 09:11:45 PM
Ron, 38 years old but I feel 28!  Happily married for almost 10 years (second try).  No kids yet, wife is 30 so there is still hope.  2 dogs and a cat with 18 toes.

I like to shoot anything that goes BANG.  Clay birds are my favorite.  Reloading is fun.  I enjoy wood and metal work.   I have a passion for well trained Laborador retrievers; minpin house dog has a place in my heart.  I enjoy boating.  I've owned several bikes and at times they are all I can think about..... Current bike is the best; Jackal!

My wife is the greatest!  She loves me and my Lab (Ann)!  She can ride anything with 2 wheels and is a pretty good skeet shooter.  She can drive and load a boat, out fish me anyday (she also cleans them), back a trailer, cook, and run a business.  Did I mention she's good looking?  I got a keeper!

I manage (sell, repair, clean toilet, whatever needs done) a pool and spa store for my inlaws.  I enjoy working toward something as a family.  I started out in a lawn mower repair shop in junior high, diesel truck shop in high school.  I was an auto mechanic for several years after high school.  During this time I managed 56 college hours.  I did a stint in purgatory as a pool builder after meeting my wife.......  I was a juke box repair man for 8 years.  I went to school in the AM and went on service calls all hours of the night.  Finally got my degree as a shop teacher at 35.  Then my inlaws wanted to open a new store, next to the lake, in Grove Oklahoma.........

Current bikes: 2000 Jackal, 1974 Honda CB-200

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MindenDadof6 on October 05, 2006, 09:19:10 PM
Dan Frazier
Age 51
Married 25 years, 6 children (3 hour glasses, 3 wedges)
Landfill Manager
Observed Trials, Skeet and Sporting clay shooting,
Sailing, Motorcycle riding, wood working, home improvement (house is vintage 1905)
Reducing the deer population to make riding safer while filling freezer with tasty meat.


2000 Jackal
1981 Honda Silverwing

Trials Bikes:
2003 Gas Gas
2000 Beta Rev3 (Italian)
1986 Fantic 301 (Italian)
2 Yamaha TY-80's
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dinger on October 05, 2006, 09:19:52 PM
I forgot to mention scuba and travel! ;D
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Post by: bill_powell on October 05, 2006, 09:30:58 PM
Bill Powell
47
Retired Army (101ST ABN)
Dover, TN
Guzzis & Minis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 05, 2006, 09:36:02 PM
Kent Reniche

50 (Officially an Old Fart, I have my AARP card!)

Correctional Educator

Soon to be married. (She's way too good for me)

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Post by: zzrider on October 05, 2006, 09:56:05 PM
Dave Zentzis, 45 - Salem Oregon
Married 17 or 18 years(therabouts)
2 Sons, 2 St. Bernards, 4 cats, 7 chickens
Live in town but will probably be asked to leave soon.  :)
Wife is a part-time graphic designer/illustrator and full time homescool teacher and animal trainer.

Interests - songwriting, local history, old machines.

Dislikes/peeves - pop culture, wastefullness, frivolous lawsuits, Television, planned obsolesence

Bikes (in various states of disrepair)- '75 850T, '69 Ducati 450, '66 Triumph Cub and '65 Honda s-90


Oh yeah, I also dig Seans' Bus 8)

Sean Flanagan

.........I live in a motorhome...actuall y a school bus that's been converted to a motorhome (http://seanf.smugmug.com).

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Frank Smith on October 05, 2006, 10:10:21 PM
Ok, I'm in.  I enjoy these threads as well.  I started one some years back about occupations.

Frank Murry Smith; Stonewall, Louisiana
Yes, that is the correct speeling.  My Daddy spelled it that way and so does my Son!  I'm 46yo and soon to be 47, but seem to act like 27 until that right elbow starts to ache.

Mechanical Engineer who could have retired by now with the 5 years of service with Enron if the crooks hadn't been around. :(
Capital Project Manager for International Paper Company at Mansfield, LA.  That's the flagship mill, but we're struggling.  No further information on this unless at a campfire with lots of beverages. ;D  We have our annual benefit reduction meeting tomorrow. :o

Jeanne is from Indiana, I know a yankee, but coming around since she has been here so long.  Joey 12, Steph 9, Travis 8, and Molly 3.  Molly has Angleman's Syndrom to keep our life interesting.  Angles do know how to express love. ;D 8)

Riding since '69 when I threw a leg over a Honda P-50 and still have my first big bike, '74 RD-250A, that I found a couple of years ago.  Two Guzzi's and looking for justification for a third or fourth.  Griso and Norge?

New house and need to sell the old one.  Why does the news tell everybody the market has flattened and is turning down once I get in this position?  Oh, well.  We plan to be here a long time if we can make the note.  The kids have 18.5 acres to ride the dirt bikes on and a couple of hundred more out in the woods if the landowner stays out of state.  Guzzi rally plans are in store here if we can ever get settled.

I've met so many good people from across the country riding these quirky bikes that it just doesn't seem right for anyone to have to suffer through that HD popularity contest.  What happend to all those people that bought Corvette's at mid-life anyway?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chet Rugg on October 05, 2006, 10:37:24 PM
Chet Rugg   52.
professional   ;D ;Dcampfire sitter
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: will-t on October 05, 2006, 10:59:40 PM
William Williams Oakwood Texas Retired age 67
Married to the same lady for 43 years
Own 40 acres and a new house have one horse, one donkey, ten goats, some chickens, two dogs[labs] and four cats.
Am kicked back and enjoying life
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Post by: ln_e_is_1 on October 05, 2006, 11:13:03 PM
Federico Pennacchini
26
Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Tucson, Arizona
Married for two years the 23rd of this month.

My interests include: space exploration (it's why I do what I do), motorcycles, music (I'm a classical and jazz bassist, I also listen to WAY too much techno), roll playing games (both table top and MMOs), anything dorky or geeky, all scifi (loving the new battlestar Galactica, my interest in firearms was recently rekindled with my purchase of a SIG P239 and I plan on taking the Arizona CCW course this month, anything Italian (I do like my people), GLBT activism (got to stick up for my people), family, and enjoying being a 1st generation American

'02 California EV
'81 Suzuki GS550L slowly being rebuild and turned into a cafe racer
'65 Chevy C10 Stepside
'80 BMW 325ic
Shopping for a Scion XA (I can fit my upright in it!!!)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cj750 on October 05, 2006, 11:31:44 PM
Jay Williams, 42, Muskogee Oklahoma USA. City prosecutor.
(Special dispensations available to anyone getting a speeding ticket while on a Guzzi.)
Wife (Maggie), no kids. Never did like sharing my toys.
Collector of WWII artifacts and machine guns.
I enjoy things that make loud noises and/or go fast.

Y2K Jackal
'67 Guzzi Stornello (project)
"1957" Chang-Jiang 750 w/sidecar
'69 Cougar Eliminator (351 4 bbl)
'70 Cougar Eliminator 428SCJ (project)
'89 5.0LX Mustang coupe
'93 F150 Lightning

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Post by: Zerhackermann on October 05, 2006, 11:53:24 PM
Jay Williams, 42, Muskogee Oklahoma USA. City prosecutor.
(Special dispensations available to anyone getting a speeding ticket while on a Guzzi.)
Wife (Maggie), no kids. Never did like sharing my toys.
Collector of WWII artifacts and machine guns.
I enjoy things that make loud noises and/or go fast.

Y2K Jackal
'67 Guzzi Stornello (project)
"1957" Chang-Jiang 750 w/sidecar
'69 Cougar Eliminator (351 4 bbl)
'70 Cougar Eliminator 428SCJ (project)
'89 5.0LX Mustang coupe
'93 F150 Lightning



Suwheet! a prosecutor with machine guns!
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Post by: idahorider on October 06, 2006, 12:09:59 AM
Paul Emerson
Lewiston, Idaho
57 next week.
Newspaper editor
Married for 37 years. Two kids and two grandkids.
Hobbies: Motorcycles, fly fishing, chasing steelhead (that's a big trout) in my jet boat. reading.
President, chaplain, treasurer and only member: North Central Idaho Moto Guzzi Owners Association.
2001 California Special
1983 R100 RT anniversary edition BMW.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: RJ Reeves on October 06, 2006, 12:28:43 AM
RJ Reeves:51
Occupation:  Working blue collar for a company I used to own.  (OK I fake it as a sales rep.). :P
Engaged #2 ::) For 5 yrs.  With step family of 4.
Interests: Psychology, bikes,keyboards and guitar.
Curent owner:  of NOTHING!   I sold my T-3, looking for a Concours, and then back to Italian.
Dislikes:Political extremists, skunks (they's slippery), popular rock, inlaws.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: justin_o_guy1 on October 06, 2006, 01:47:17 AM
Nolan Parker, 51, married 21 years, 1 daughter, 19.
2 Jack Russels that stay outside & 1 chihuahua, spoiled, living in here against my wishes, but  OOOOh well!
We have a bit over 11 acres & want chickens & goats later.
Got a 73 F150 I need to stick an engine in & straighten the body on & repaint.
Have a few guns, only 1 with a trigger I haven't messed with. That's the 12 gauge. Some trigger work went well, some not quite so well, but nothing was a total failure.
Bikes are a 2005 Suzuki Boulevard, 650 single & 2005 Nevada
I lurk here when I am not reading about things no one wants to talk about. Disabled & often kinda stuck in the house, I look forward to days I can ride. Pesticides & heavy metals are not good for a guy. I got interested in what drives the political direction of the nation & started diggin a few years ago. Not happy with what I have found.
The people who post here & ride the Guzzis just don't seem to be an average cross section of America. Some very interesting folks here. Glad to have found this forum.
I have: Been a roughneck in the oilfield, tried my hand in a machine shop, been a body man & repaired copiers & cash registers. One year I had 14 or 15 W-2 forms just because I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do ;D Always worked harder & got more done than the next guy, or two.Working hard was what I did when I wasn't playing hard.Of the 6 kids hired as sackers when I was 16 I was first to get a raise, become a checker & get an aisle to stock. I hustled!
Of all the jobs I wish I could have had repairing flight simulators tops the list.Danged Air Force wouldn't let me.
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Post by: Frederik on October 06, 2006, 02:01:39 AM
Name; Frederik Smit

Age; 34



<= Location

Work; IT engineer

Hobby's; Guzzi's, Amateur Gynaecology   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rickp on October 06, 2006, 02:38:10 AM
Rick Parker

52

Heavy equipment parts specialist

Married 28 yrs., wife has more miles on a bike than I do ;D!
 1 13 y.o. Daughter(Dad, I can flatfoot your Jackal... :o)  Did I say she likes to ride?

3 horses 2 LLamas

Hobbies: Motorcycling, any firearm within the last 150 yrs., hauling hay, lurking this forum!

Ridden on and off since '68, now learning to speak Italian with a 2000 Jackal

Marysville,WA
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on October 06, 2006, 02:51:54 AM
Older than most here.  Younger than a few.

Live on the navel of the Earth.

Occupation is riding in circles cleaning the lint out of the Earth's belly button.

Have a few Moto Guzzi's in the collection.  Trying to get rid of the none Guzzi's in the herd.

Married late in life.  Living my mid-life crisis now that way I don't have to fear it.

Biggest hobby is duh.....the Moto Guzzi herd. Feeding and taking care of it.  During the Fall I coach shooting.  Winter it's wrestling at the local high school.  Rest of the year it's driving my mortgage and escrow people crazy.  Once in awhile I consult for my wife's private a/c catering business.  Most of the time I take care of our youngest son.

   

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzi-Guy on October 06, 2006, 03:46:52 AM
Guy Fortier

47 years old

claims examiner for a f***ing insurance company

married

hobbies motorcycles, cooking, traveling.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Riding Free on October 06, 2006, 04:41:29 AM
1984 Ducati 900SS Bevel (bought at a GM employee auction in 1986 with 19 miles on the clock)[/left]

An S2 perhaps? 

900SS's were made from 1975-1982, replaced by the 900 S2 in 1983/84, the 84s had electric start etc, and then the 1985 S2 Mille which was the end of the line.

Will
.


From what I understand, the 900SS was still made in 84 They were not sold in the US after 82.  That is why I usually say it was a bevel drive because most people assume otherwise. As far as I know they were still being made until 1986. That particular 1984 900SS BEVEL was only in the US because General Motors wanted to look it over. I bought it from GM at an employee auction for $1500 with a service manual, a spare head and a Michigan title.The bike was in Euro trim with 40MM DelLortos and rock strainers along with fine sounding Contis. If it weren't for a local dealer sending in a shill bidder I would have won the bid at $400.  Back then the Harley/Honda sheep couldn't care less about a Ducati. Most of them had no idea. I later found out who the dealer was. He said he told his bidder to stop at $1500 because he figured there would be no title only a BOS, since the bike was not actually type approved for 1984. He was sick when I told him I got a Michigan title with the bike. Since the title was from the certificate of origin I was listed as the first owner.
   Many in the US think the 900SS went away when they quit coming here in 1982. Not the case.
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Post by: gwensp on October 06, 2006, 05:35:17 AM
Gwen Pettigrew

Age; not telling

Location Cardiff in Welsh Wales. Were men are men and sheep are scared.

Work; Advisor to King Gruntfuttock, king of Peasmoldia; professional snail sexer, chocolate taster to Homer J Simpson, and first woman to cross the Pacific on a springless pogo stick. I have done none of those things.

I do however manage a 3D Seismic interpetation lab and manage the IT for a university school.

Hobbies; Motorbikes, bread making ( the eating kind not the kind that pays for motorbikes), hiking, painting minature figures, Round the Horne, learning German and trying to build a robot.

Likes; chocolate, wine beer, Moroccan, Italian and Japenese food, and cats
Dislikes; ironing, crap driving and reality TV

Bikes; Nevada and a Spada. Would love to have a Norge and any Guzzi bacon slicer single.


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Post by: theecricket on October 06, 2006, 05:48:08 AM
     
We have 4 Border Collies 


We have 1 1/2 Border Collies.  Crash is a smooth coat half white.  Great breed!  Smart, obedient, loving dogs!  Lemmy is 1/2 BC, 1/2 Beagle, and also a 1/2 white.  It is quite funny what you end up with when you get a dog that is 1/2 the smartest dog breed and 1/2 the dumbest!  What a character...
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Post by: hws on October 06, 2006, 06:01:06 AM
what an interesting trend,  a collection of fascinating talents and interests.what does this say about the guzzi design? and the ability of a group of people to become addicted to it's finer points.what a great thread.thanks to all.
 ;)
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Post by: Wayne Orwig on October 06, 2006, 06:50:11 AM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FUGuzzi on October 06, 2006, 07:03:24 AM
Julian here
32 years old
three dogs, three cats, zero kids, one wife
Patent Examiner in electrochemical technologies (fuel cells and batteries)
evening graduate student in Economics
love golf, coffee, cigars, Scotch

'93 Cal III daily ride
'84 V65 (first Guzzi, in storage)
'92 Mazda Miata (have had for 10 years)
'86 C-10 work truck
'76 and '74 VW baywindow buses (project)

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Post by: VA Sean on October 06, 2006, 07:28:21 AM

Hobby's; Guzzi's, Amateur Gynaecology   ;D


Frederik-
You rock!   ;)
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Post by: silver redspine on October 06, 2006, 07:33:26 AM
Tim Fiehler
Born in '53--- I'm 53!
40 miles west of Boston--- Hub of the Universe
Finish Carpenter/Woodworker
Wonderful woman has put up with me for 29 years--- married for 21, with 2 Lads--19, and 17.
Bassist (another one!), electric/acoustic for 38 years (and I still play like crap!); occasionally build guitars/basses ('tho not for a living, or as well as Mr. Kellaway), collect/use antique woodworking tools, Historical Society Prez., sucker for the "Perfect Vehicle"-- Motorcycles!
'65 Puch 175 "Twingle", '76 BMW R75/6, '84 BMW R80/ST, '78 Yamaha SR500--- Gone, but not forgotten!
2000 Guzzi V11Sport, 2000 Guzzi Jackal--- Current Rides.
'78 Guzzi 850 T3, '84 Guzzi V65C--- Projects (sure, I'm, Uhhh, workin' on 'em! Yeah.... that's it!)
'67 Aermacchi SS250, '71 Aermacchi SS350 ( HD Sprints--- Uhhh, yeah. They'll be up 'n runnin' any day now!)
'71, '72 Honda CB175's-- ( Didn't I tell ya I was gonna try Vintage Racing? They'll be runnin', Uhhh... next season!)
Sense a pattern here?
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Post by: samfrank on October 06, 2006, 07:39:42 AM
Sam Frank
55
Orthodontist for 23 years
Pittsburgh, PA
married 33 years
three offspring, the older two have moved back home! (lucky us) :'(
love lurking on this site
hobby is motorcycling
Breva 1100 is current ride and fourth Guzzi
'73 Eldorado--Hey Jason, is the Eldo ready Yet?
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Post by: dhansen on October 06, 2006, 08:09:36 AM
Dennis Hansen, Spruce Head, Maine.

Another 1953 @53 kid, married with a daughter in Grad School.

Currently pretending to be a boatbuilder but always thinking about getting a real job.

Check out www.hansenandcompan y.blogspot.com to see a little of what I'm about. (Just started the blog, much more to come).

I LOVE CBRs.............. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that is, model airplanes and bikes.

2001 V11 Sport in Silver. Only one project bike, what? Gilera, OK, sears, 106SS.

Whatever happened to summer?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: redhunter on October 06, 2006, 09:14:06 AM
Carl Sederquist

71 and going strong
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10/redhunter/th_cas.jpg) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10/redhunter/cas.jpg)


Commercial International Satellite service and operations consultant (45 years in this field)

paid my dues by living in Southern New Jersey for five years and Wash DC for 28

Live and work from my seashore home in Surry, Maine since 1996
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10/redhunter/th_Xmas05.gif) (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y10/redhunter/Xmas05.gif)



My interests are history, motorcycles (euro), firearms and fine food and wine. Also films that have content with any of these subjects.

politics - Libertarian of course.  read my copy of "Reason" cover to cover each issue along with my motorcycle rags and "Rifleman"
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 09:21:24 AM

Age; not telling



Fine. I guess we wil have to cut you in half and count the rings  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: frans belgium on October 06, 2006, 09:52:17 AM
Frans Vandaele
Living in Brugge, Belgium
53
Married, 2 sons
self-employed banker
Hobbies: motorcycling, jazz and blues (used to play, now just listen), Scotch Whisky, Belgian Beer ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: yaledriver on October 06, 2006, 09:52:28 AM
Timothy Matthias Liewer Hershey, NE. USA
    A&P IA aircraft mechanic, out of high school found railroading to pay better, have been maintaining and repairing A/C to stay active in that field for 40 years. Have had the good fortune to buy some old junkers and crashed out heaps and restore them over the years, My first personal restoration was a 1943 Boeing Stearman, then I picked up Lyman Gustave Bloomingdale's 1936 Stinson Reliant, I still own this a/c and love the history of it . It was based at Roosevelt field Long Island NY from 36 to 40, then it was pressed into military service during WWII. Bloomingdale would fly it from Long Island to Manhattan, past the statue of Liberty on his daily commute to his department store. I also traded the Stearman for the Yale (another story)
    Wife Diane son Choan daughter Shannon 3-8/9 grand kids!
     Returned to motorcycles after 35 years as a way to relax and take some of the daily grind off, it seems to be working!!!  
           Can't spell as you all know, don't seem to have the ability to make lil crib notes in head like most. Have always considered this to be cheating on your part and finally came to the conclusion I have done pretty well for what I have to work with!!! Inherited a 2 stroke Lawn Boy once would like to trade for old Bultaco any takers?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jmdaia on October 06, 2006, 10:09:11 AM
Mike DeRienzo

62

Instructor and Architect in Florence, SC

new wife w/ 2 kids ( 1 started college this year)

old wife, 1 boy, flight test engineer after graduating from the Air Force Academy last June, 2000 ZR-7, 2002 KLR 650

stuff:  03 Guzzi EV11t, 81 Lancia, 62 MGA Coupe
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Two Checks on October 06, 2006, 10:13:39 AM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.



But it's nowhere near Butts, MO.

Yes, there really is a town named that, it's south of Rolla, near Steelville.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 06, 2006, 10:17:30 AM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.



But it's nowhere near Butts, MO.

Yes, there really is a town named that, it's south of Rolla, near Steelville.

Never been to Butts, MO but I've seen Big Butt, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gwensp on October 06, 2006, 10:18:21 AM

Age; not telling



Fine. I guess we wil have to cut you in half and count the rings  ;D


Ohhhhhhh messy and very ouchy
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: luthier on October 06, 2006, 10:19:31 AM
Age: Old. But not so old I wont bust you into kindling

And the other one about cutting someone in half to read the rings.
Sounds like the onset of Treebergers syndrome, a delusional state where the recipient becomes secretive about themselves while imaging others to be made of wood.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Charles in Lake Charles on October 06, 2006, 10:23:42 AM
Charles Rader

Divorced twice - there won't be a  third time!

64 years young?

Professor of marketing - I should be able to retire in another 10 years.

Hobbies = motorcycles and passing a good time.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SantaFeRider on October 06, 2006, 10:30:32 AM
Name: Marcelo

Live in:  Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Age: 65

Profession: Retired, life misspender.

married for 30 years, one daughter from former mistake.

Hobbies:  motorcyclist for 45 years, anything else with a motor has captured my attention at one time or another, food, wine and spirits, outside living, smelling the roses, classical music, art and architecture, traveling.

Favorite quote:  "knowledge is the enemy of faith"

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 10:43:32 AM
Age: Old. But not so old I wont bust you into kindling

And the other one about cutting someone in half to read the rings.
Sounds like the onset of Treebergers syndrome, a delusional state where the recipient becomes secretive about themselves while imaging others to be made of wood.

No...It's called ASHberger's syndrome.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: luthier on October 06, 2006, 10:59:58 AM
Age: Old. But not so old I wont bust you into kindling

And the other one about cutting someone in half to read the rings.
Sounds like the onset of Treebergers syndrome, a delusional state where the recipient becomes secretive about themselves while imaging others to be made of wood.

No...It's called ASHberger's syndrome.



Well you don't seem Autistic to me. Maybe it could be ENTism.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chicago Mark on October 06, 2006, 11:14:34 AM
Mark Pintar, 45

West Chicago, IL

Married 20+ years to my best friend and wife, Shannon

Screenprinting mesh and other supplies sales rep

Confirmed Guzziaholic, no 12 step program needed or desired

2000 blue and silver Bassa with lots of mods and additions with more planned

1998 BRG Centauro Sport, also with lots of mods and additions with more planned

DINK (dual income, no kids)

3 dogs, Mini, (MinPin), Max (MinPin) and Spike (Yorkie)

Still love old FIATs, Studebakers, Willy's and cars or trucks in general.

We live for Jesus Christ and enjoy riding as we're able to and as time permits. I'm a deacon at our church and Shannon is also heavily involved in the Ministry of Helps. Our church, www.fwo.org is far from religious or ordinary in that we preach and teach bible doctrine, not church doctrine. Religion is a shackel, Jesus is our strength. We are far from perfect unless you consider us as perfect sinners. But we strive to be worthy of Him.  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: moltoguzzi on October 06, 2006, 11:21:52 AM
Mario Anthony Malone, nickname Molto, 51yo.

Happily married to my high school sweetheart 25yrs., a son and daughter, 2 cats.

Last 10yrs Police Officer, previous 20 as a Mech. Eng. for the Defense industry.

Traced roots to ancient Rome but now married to a Viking/Barberian, go figure.

Fishing, hunting, soccer, family vacations, former foosball Eastcoast Champion, eating.

As a kid in Italy I owned a Torino moped 50cc and a 125cc Gilera, returned to riding this past year after 37yrs and it as taken most of my free time and money, I am in love with my 02EV, I must see and touched it everyday.

Looking forward to a red Norge with spoke wheels, alternates Vintage or HD Softail Deluxe.

Oh yeah my wife is a professional shopper and I am her only client.

Motto: Motorcycles have spoke wheels, cars have mags

Ciao, Molto



 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gary martin on October 06, 2006, 11:49:59 AM
ok, since pets are being mentioned . . .
mine :  congo african grey parrot "pogo" says "see ya later" when i leave the house and lots of other stuff depending on the situation.
wifes:  green wing macaw and two cats - of that group only one of the cats is tolerable ::)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dee g on October 06, 2006, 11:51:34 AM
Dee Gutierrez  I live in  Cashmere, WA with Pete (N97972)

42

911 dispatcher.  I tell cops, firefighters and paramedics where to go.  Been doing that for 12 years, only job I liked better was flying a King Air.

Divorced once, I have 4 kids aged 17 - 22. 

Hobbies:  motocycles, flying (I'm multi-comm-IFR), cooking, eating, wine, gardening, reading, x/c skiing, bicycling
We have 7 motorcycles, 2 planes, 2 tractors, several 4 wheeled vehicles and I am having trouble keeping up with maintenance schedules. 

For those of you, like Yaledriver, that like antique aircraft, my friend Tom is doing a ground up restoration of a Fairchild F24 that belonged to the DuPont family back when it was new. 

http://www2.whidbey.net/nc19143/index.htm

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 12:05:02 PM
1984 Ducati 900SS Bevel (bought at a GM employee auction in 1986 with 19 miles on the clock)[/left]

An S2 perhaps? 

900SS's were made from 1975-1982, replaced by the 900 S2 in 1983/84, the 84s had electric start etc, and then the 1985 S2 Mille which was the end of the line.

Will
.


From what I understand, the 900SS was still made in 84 They were not sold in the US after 82.  That is why I usually say it was a bevel drive because most people assume otherwise. As far as I know they were still being made until 1986. That particular 1984 900SS BEVEL was only in the US because General Motors wanted to look it over. I bought it from GM at an employee auction for $1500 with a service manual, a spare head and a Michigan title.The bike was in Euro trim with 40MM DelLortos and rock strainers along with fine sounding Contis. If it weren't for a local dealer sending in a shill bidder I would have won the bid at $400.  Back then the Harley/Honda sheep couldn't care less about a Ducati. Most of them had no idea. I later found out who the dealer was. He said he told his bidder to stop at $1500 because he figured there would be no title only a BOS, since the bike was not actually type approved for 1984. He was sick when I told him I got a Michigan title with the bike. Since the title was from the certificate of origin I was listed as the first owner.
   Many in the US think the 900SS went away when they quit coming here in 1982. Not the case.

I remember seeing your bike advertised for auction at that time (1986), or maybe afterwards for sale elsewhere.  The GM story rings a bell as does the bike.

Bevel drive engines were not discontinued in 1983, but the 900SS was discontinued, and replaced by an updated model called the 900S2.  Many people think the S2 is less of a bike than the SS it replaced for various reasons (it got very poor reviews at the time) so that is why it is significant to some.  Today some of the changes are easily backdated.  The S2 wasn't sold in the US, which leads to some confusion here, although it was sold in Canada. The S2 used a new frame relative to the 750 or 900SS, recognizable by different engine mounting lugs (flat like a Darmah, versus being a weldment made from two pices of tubing).  This frame is well known as a backwards step relative to the SS frame, it screwed up the handing a bit.  The same frame was used for post-82 Hailwoods, which were sold in the US.   Electriic start was available on the S2.   In 84 they introduced different engine cases, with new verison electric start and spin on oil filter for the S2 and Hailwood, but kept rolling element bearings for the rods.  Then in 1985, they introduced an again-revised engine on the S2 and the Hailwood, this time the "Mille" with 973 cc displacement and plain bearing bottom end.

Massimo Bordi was the technical lead for the engine updates in 84 and 85, he later was the technical lead for all the 4V/cylinder engines that  got Ducati their WSB victories.  He left when TPG took over from Cagiva.

This was the last of the 900SS's, a 1981/82 model....

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/81_900_ss.jpg)

Here is a 1983/84 Ducati 900S2...  (this one is actually an 83, but they are very similar except for the engine cases).  The fairing is the same as a 600 Pantah.   This one has electric start, same setup as a Darmah, never available on a 900SS.  Instruments and warning lights the same as the Hailwood or Darmah, with ND gauges, different than the Veglias used on the last SS's.

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/900S2/900_S2_Brochure_Inside.jpg)

Here is a 1985 Ducati S2 Mille.  Note the different engine cases.

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/desm2.jpg)

Sorry for yet another thread diversion!

Ciao,

Will

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 12:36:51 PM
For those of you, like Yaledriver, that like antique aircraft, my friend Tom is doing a ground up restoration of a Fairchild F24 that belonged to the DuPont family back when it was new. 

http://www2.whidbey.net/nc19143/index.htm
 

I'd seen that page before, Fairchild 24s are neat airplanes.  A friend of mine has a beautiful one with a 200 HP Ranger, unlike this one with its Warner radial.   They are cool because they are a little smaller and more economical than the typical 30's cabin airplane.

Thanks,

Will
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on October 06, 2006, 12:55:12 PM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.



Can't argue that point since you live there.  If I still lived in Chester, PA then I'd argue with you. ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: EVDavid on October 06, 2006, 12:56:23 PM
David Hughes
Gloucestershire, England
58
Married, with son at uni
Close to end of ten year contract restoring old farm and buildings in Greece and about to move to head office in south of France.
Classic Brit bikes, fishing and WW11 piston engined aircraft, hope to mahe Reno air races for 60th birthday next year.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hotair on October 06, 2006, 02:09:33 PM
Hotair/ David Evans 58,retarded(means I am able to slow down),1 son, married third time last I hope,plumber/AC/pilot fixed wing and free balloon/certified risk evaluator for ins ind/inflateable product replica mfg/builder/goof-off/worlds worst typest and speller/hint checker for my wife/like: eating,drinking,BS, cooking, cigars, all things that GO, fishing,travel,people,science, reading,ect,ect........OH YEA live in south TEXAS where you can do things outdoor all year long ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: NOLAGuzzi on October 06, 2006, 04:16:54 PM
Mark Wilson
31
New Orleans LA
Occupation- Cancer Research, Tulane University

Hobbies; Kung-Fu, Motorcycles, Music, and Horticulture.




 

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Joliet Jim on October 06, 2006, 04:41:45 PM
Jim,
CPA, CMA, CFM, CISA, CITP
Collector of certifications
Married 22+ years
2 daughters 21 and 17 I'm almost free.
3 bikes - Trident Beast Stone
2 goldens Valentine and Bear
3 convertibles S S S
Unincorporated Illinois where the land is flat and the roads are straight.
hobbies, photo, bass fishing, darts (metal not that plastic tipped electronic wannabe sheet)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JohnG. on October 06, 2006, 04:44:08 PM
G'day.... :)
John Gorman
Age: 47
Married to Colleen...15 years...
Three dogs,Two cats & a bloody horse on
small farmlet just out of town 8) :)
Driver for a Autologistics mob...thats looks like its
going to be sold...again... :(
Currently riding a Aprilia Caponord ETV 1000...
(but wishing for a new MG the same size...)
..'cause anything else is too small,causing back ache...
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Turin on October 06, 2006, 04:46:33 PM
Turin Saris, 33, scottsdale AZ       Ex nightclub manager and bartender, now plant manager and lab tech for a Ensso Emulsions (U.S. sister Co. to http://www.entacemulsions.com/) I also get to Drive a Kenworth T600 and a T800, both w/ 4000 gallon tanks. A T-3 was my first bike 17 years ago. I've had a KTM (POS), a heavily modified Cagiva Allazurra (balled that one) , and currentlly have a Trumpet 1200 Daytona, in addition to my two Guzzi's. I'll be looking for a third Guzzi, probablly a square fin Lemon of some sort. I'm also a muscle car nut, and have involuntarilly collected three cats (the missus knows I'm a sucker).
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dan Beaman on October 06, 2006, 05:17:47 PM
I decided to never hide behind a nickname...that holds me more accountable for what and how I say things.  that's not a put-down of nicknames, just an accountability issue for me.

Dan Beaman
Brayton, Iowa That's halfway between Des Moines and Omaha
My wife and I own a small town jewelry store. (been in the business itself for 20 years and bought this stoe 11 years ago.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: GZRPWR on October 06, 2006, 05:22:51 PM
Don Nortrup

Suburban DC

Age 64, Married 42 yrs, 2 daughters

Retired in March after 40 years in a federal environmental agency (the one that warns you when the hurricanes on its way)

Still trying to figure out how this retirement business works

Enjoy the bikes, traditional music, photography, and travel (looking forward to New Zealand in ((our)) springtime)

Goal is to keep riding till I'm the oldest on this board




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 05:23:04 PM
I decided to never hide behind a nickname...that holds me more accountable for what and how I say things.  that's not a put-down of nicknames, just an accountability issue for me.

Dan Beaman
Brayton, Iowa That's halfway between Des Moines and Omaha
My wife and I own a small town jewelry store. (been in the business itself for 20 years and bought this stoe 11 years ago.

Fair enough. And whatever serves to control your impulses  ;D I just snap myself with a rubber band. But I digress.

It occurs to me that there aint no way of knowing for sure that "Dan Beaman" isn't anymore a 'nym than "Zerhackermann" is.  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Riding Free on October 06, 2006, 05:23:59 PM
,
1984 Ducati 900SS Bevel (bought at a GM employee auction in 1986 with 19 miles on the clock)[/left]

An S2 perhaps? 

900SS's were made from 1975-1982, replaced by the 900 S2 in 1983/84, the 84s had electric start etc, and then the 1985 S2 Mille which was the end of the line.

Will
.


From what I understand, the 900SS was still made in 84 They were not sold in the US after 82.  That is why I usually say it was a bevel drive because most people assume otherwise. As far as I know they were still being made until 1986. That particular 1984 900SS BEVEL was only in the US because General Motors wanted to look it over. I bought it from GM at an employee auction for $1500 with a service manual, a spare head and a Michigan title.The bike was in Euro trim with 40MM DelLortos and rock strainers along with fine sounding Contis. If it weren't for a local dealer sending in a shill bidder I would have won the bid at $400.  Back then the Harley/Honda sheep couldn't care less about a Ducati. Most of them had no idea. I later found out who the dealer was. He said he told his bidder to stop at $1500 because he figured there would be no title only a BOS, since the bike was not actually type approved for 1984. He was sick when I told him I got a Michigan title with the bike. Since the title was from the certificate of origin I was listed as the first owner.
   Many in the US think the 900SS went away when they quit coming here in 1982. Not the case.

I remember seeing your bike advertised for auction at that time (1986), or maybe afterwards for sale elsewhere.  The GM story rings a bell as does the bike.

Bevel drive engines were not discontinued in 1983, but the 900SS was discontinued, and replaced by an updated model called the 900S2.  Many people think the S2 is less of a bike than the SS it replaced for various reasons (it got very poor reviews at the time) so that is why it is significant to some.  Today some of the changes are easily backdated.  The S2 wasn't sold in the US, which leads to some confusion here, although it was sold in Canada. The S2 used a new frame relative to the 750 or 900SS, recognizable by different engine mounting lugs (flat like a Darmah, versus being a weldment made from two pices of tubing).  This frame is well known as a backwards step relative to the SS frame, it screwed up the handing a bit.  The same frame was used for post-82 Hailwoods, which were sold in the US.   Electriic start was available on the S2.   In 84 they introduced different engine cases, with new verison electric start and spin on oil filter for the S2 and Hailwood, but kept rolling element bearings for the rods.  Then in 1985, they introduced an again-revised engine on the S2 and the Hailwood, this time the "Mille" with 973 cc displacement and plain bearing bottom end.

Massimo Bordi was the technical lead for the engine updates in 84 and 85, he later was the technical lead for all the 4V/cylinder engines that  got Ducati their WSB victories.  He left when TPG took over from Cagiva.

This was the last of the 900SS's, a 1981/82 model....

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/81_900_ss.jpg)

Here is a 1983/84 Ducati 900S2...  (this one is actually an 83, but they are very similar except for the engine cases).  The fairing is the same as a 600 Pantah.   This one has electric start, same setup as a Darmah, never available on a 900SS.  Instruments and warning lights the same as the Hailwood or Darmah, with ND gauges, different than the Veglias used on the last SS's.

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/900S2/900_S2_Brochure_Inside.jpg)

Here is a 1985 Ducati S2 Mille.  Note the different engine cases.

(http://www.ducatimeccanica.com/desm2.jpg)

Sorry for yet another thread diversion!

Ciao,

Will


Hello Will,
 Thanks for the info. I sold the bike to a pretty well known Dacatisti from Toledo Ohio area. I have heard it now resides with a Detroit area Triumph parts dealer whom I used to deal back and forth with about 25 years ago. It was positively an SS not an S2. Perhaps the title date and GMs involvement had some issues. The ID tag as I recall and title for sure called it a 1984.I still have an old Michigan registration . It had the early style frame, the race kit goodies and the beautiful Contis not those ugly Eastern looking mufflers fitted to the S2.Kick start only and not the S2 style cases. In any event it was a very real 900SS Ducati and titled and probably tagged a 1984. It was only here because GM wanted one. It did come direct from Italy.[/color]
  Perhaps a one off from the parts bin? For sure it was not type approved or emissions certified for that model year in the USA. Still it wound up titled and registered as a 1984 right here in Michigan. The dealer bidding was a Ducati dealer at one time and is still a Guzzi dealer.

    Thanks again for the info, if I still owned the bike I would get a real answer. For now I call it what the title called it. And I know for sure it isn't the S2 model but is a genuine 900SS/
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Steph on October 06, 2006, 05:25:39 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 05:29:07 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 

Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Steph on October 06, 2006, 05:32:49 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 

Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


Wilguzzi bandwith warning on "modify" button request :D


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 05:34:56 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 

Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


Wilguzzi bandwith warning on "modify" button request :D





No to mention Speedy McToolbox on the "Quote" button
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FUGuzzi on October 06, 2006, 05:38:57 PM
Alias or not ;D, now that we know who we are amongst ourselves, may I add that if you haven't joined 216 of your Guzzisti friends already on the Google group page to please do so, so we know *where* you are!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Steph on October 06, 2006, 05:39:49 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 

Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


Wilguzzi bandwith warning on "modify" button request :D





No to mention Speedy McToolbox on the "Quote" button


McToolbox?  you callin' me a tool? I'm not a tool  ;) ;D


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FUGuzzi on October 06, 2006, 05:40:10 PM
and yeah, linky is http://www.frappr.com/guzzisti
and FWIW, FUGuzzi my alias is not "Eff You Guzzi", FUG = Fredericksburg, VA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 05:41:07 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D



 

Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


Wilguzzi bandwith warning on "modify" button request :D





No to mention Speedy McToolbox on the "Quote" button


McToolbox?  you callin' me a tool? I'm not a tool  ;) ;D




Notchou....me.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 05:44:49 PM
  Hello Will ,

 Thanks for the info. I sold the bike to a pretty well known Dacatisti from Toledo Ohio area. I have heard it now resides with a Detroit area Triumph parts dealer whom I used to deal back and forth with about 25 years ago. It was positively an SS not an S2. Perhaps the title date and GMs involvement had some issues but the ID tag as I recall and title for sure called it a 1984.I still have an old Michigan registration . It had the early style frame, the race kit goodies and the beautiful Contis not those ugly Eastern looking mufflers fitted to the S2.Kick start only and not the S2 style cases. In any event it was a very real 900SS Ducati and titled and probably tagged a 1984. It was only here because GM wanted one. It did come direct from Italy.

From your description it is an earlier model bike titled as an '84, which was common, and that would've been even more likely considering that GM bought it for their own reasons (not likely to include rides in the country :-)  and so they didn't necessariy need to title it. 

Ciao!

Will

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: verde on October 06, 2006, 05:49:22 PM
Andy Sicignano
59
Houston, Tx
Married, 5 kids, of whom 4 are still in college.
Computer Systems Consultant
Hobbies... ? I seem to have lost track of them, although I'm enjoying the hell out of a Federico Fellini film retrospective that wraps up this weekend.
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Post by: Steph on October 06, 2006, 05:52:52 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D


Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


You think it's just a typo error?
in your dreams!
"snipper" rifles are world renowned rifles from transalvania ;D

 
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Post by: Rainman on October 06, 2006, 05:54:25 PM
John
47
Contemporary Blacksmith/Shipwright; Repairing machinery, from 1100ft. oil tankers to a garden tractor.
Hillsboro, OR.
Hobbies; Fly fishing, Fiddling, Tinkering, electronics (building a jefferies My15M ECU), & Dragging pegs on the Guzzi.
1 wife
4 children / 2@home.


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Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 05:58:23 PM
Now that we have all given info about ourselves, lets hope some psycho wont come after us with a snipper rifle... ;D


Snipper rifle? Does it use scissors for ammo?


You think it's just a typo error?
in your dreams!
"snipper" rifles are world renowned rifles from transalvania ;D

 

You scare me
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Post by: travelingbyguzzi on October 06, 2006, 06:05:25 PM
Bill Loveladt
 Eskimo Spy under cover as a construction surveyor in the Seattle area
 46 yaers old.
 wife is an excellent pillion occupant good for 400-500 mile days, day after day after day
 Cal II, Eldo, SP1000, 1100Sport
 Like beer, literature, fresh vegetables, MEAT, John Lennon, and Ann Margeret in 'Tommy"
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Post by: Riding Free on October 06, 2006, 06:15:46 PM
  Hello Will ,

 Thanks for the info. I sold the bike to a pretty well known Dacatisti from Toledo Ohio area. I have heard it now resides with a Detroit area Triumph parts dealer whom I used to deal back and forth with about 25 years ago. It was positively an SS not an S2. Perhaps the title date and GMs involvement had some issues but the ID tag as I recall and title for sure called it a 1984.I still have an old Michigan registration . It had the early style frame, the race kit goodies and the beautiful Contis not those ugly Eastern looking mufflers fitted to the S2.Kick start only and not the S2 style cases. In any event it was a very real 900SS Ducati and titled and probably tagged a 1984. It was only here because GM wanted one. It did come direct from Italy.

From your description it is an earlier model bike titled as an '84, which was common, and that would've been even more likely considering that GM bought it for their own reasons (not likely to include rides in the country :-)  and so they didn't necessariy need to title it. 

Ciao!

Will



   My curiousity has been aroused. I will try to get hold of Kenny and have him check the tag. I sold the bike about 20 years ago but for some readon I recall the neck tag showing a 1984 build date. It seems that issue came up when I sold the bike. If I had seen 1982 I would have been more likely to have started referring to it as an 82. Stay tuned I'll try to confirm.
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Post by: two-speed on October 06, 2006, 06:17:07 PM
    Hi All,
      Leo Thompson, ---- 70 years young, ;)    Retired mechanic---- (Auto, small engines and Industrial )

     Hobbys are----- Camping, Motorcycles, and Cave exploration ;D
   
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Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 06:22:48 PM
  Hello Will ,

 Thanks for the info. I sold the bike to a pretty well known Dacatisti from Toledo Ohio area. I have heard it now resides with a Detroit area Triumph parts dealer whom I used to deal back and forth with about 25 years ago. It was positively an SS not an S2. Perhaps the title date and GMs involvement had some issues but the ID tag as I recall and title for sure called it a 1984.I still have an old Michigan registration . It had the early style frame, the race kit goodies and the beautiful Contis not those ugly Eastern looking mufflers fitted to the S2.Kick start only and not the S2 style cases. In any event it was a very real 900SS Ducati and titled and probably tagged a 1984. It was only here because GM wanted one. It did come direct from Italy.

From your description it is an earlier model bike titled as an '84, which was common, and that would've been even more likely considering that GM bought it for their own reasons (not likely to include rides in the country :-)  and so they didn't necessariy need to title it. 

Ciao!

Will


   My curiousity has been aroused. I will try to get hold of Kenny and have him check the tag. I sold the bike about 20 years ago but for some readon I recall the neck tag showing a 1984 build date. It seems that issue came up when I sold the bike. If I had seen 1982 I would have been more likely to have started referring to it as an 82. Stay tuned I'll try to confirm.

OK, as you have probably noticed, I like old Italian motorcycles, and learning about them :-)

If it has right side shifter, it is a 75.  Rare.

If it has crossover from right side shaft to left side shifter, it is a 76-77.   

If it has left hand shift shaft, silver/blue or black/gold with straight stripes, it is a 78-80. 

If its silver with curved blue stripes (like the picture), and black frame (unlike earlier silver SS's) its an 81-82.

Ciao!

Will

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Post by: morini500 on October 06, 2006, 06:37:54 PM
Lance------43-------Newport RI---------Stone Mason , Scenic Artist--------Wife and 2 boys, 3 and 5 yrs old ---  Interests- Family, Bikes, Surf, Skateboarding, Sculpting, Mid Century Modern Stuff
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Post by: Doug McLaren on October 06, 2006, 06:47:15 PM
I'm Doug McLaren. I live in North East England, I'm 50, married and have 2 kids.  I've had an interest in bikes since I was about 17 years old. At present I have a 1977 Le-Mans, a 1982 G5 which I've tarted up as a cafe racer and a 1994 Ducati 900 Monster.
I'm a chauffeur, cook, cleaner, gardener, painter and decorator, Mr Fixit, errand runner, childrens entertainer and general dogsbody when I'm at home. The rest of the time - truck driver.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Riding Free on October 06, 2006, 06:51:14 PM
  Hello Will ,

 Thanks for the info. I sold the bike to a pretty well known Dacatisti from Toledo Ohio area. I have heard it now resides with a Detroit area Triumph parts dealer whom I used to deal back and forth with about 25 years ago. It was positively an SS not an S2. Perhaps the title date and GMs involvement had some issues but the ID tag as I recall and title for sure called it a 1984.I still have an old Michigan registration . It had the early style frame, the race kit goodies and the beautiful Contis not those ugly Eastern looking mufflers fitted to the S2.Kick start only and not the S2 style cases. In any event it was a very real 900SS Ducati and titled and probably tagged a 1984. It was only here because GM wanted one. It did come direct from Italy.

From your description it is an earlier model bike titled as an '84, which was common, and that would've been even more likely considering that GM bought it for their own reasons (not likely to include rides in the country :-)  and so they didn't necessariy need to title it. 

Ciao!

Will


   My curiousity has been aroused. I will try to get hold of Kenny and have him check the tag. I sold the bike about 20 years ago but for some readon I recall the neck tag showing a 1984 build date. It seems that issue came up when I sold the bike. If I had seen 1982 I would have been more likely to have started referring to it as an 82. Stay tuned I'll try to confirm.

OK, as you have probably noticed, I like old Italian motorcycles, and learning about them :-)

If it has right side shifter, it is a 75.  Rare.

If it has crossover from right side shaft to left side shifter, it is a 76-77.   

If it has left hand shift shaft, silver/blue or black/gold with straight stripes, it is a 78-80. 

If its silver with curved blue stripes (like the picture) its an 81-82.

Ciao!

Will


   Got that . Haven't been paying a lot of attention to Ducatis since the 900 was sold. Just a rider not a colllector My 1974 was a right foot shift, 750 Sport it was the only other Duc V twin that I owned.I rode it A LOT more than I ever cared to ride the 900.It was born school bus color and wound up quite red. At the time I had the 900 I was involved in a kidney transplant.That kind of put motorcycles on the back burner for a while. The 900 was silver and blue. The 750 Sport was originally sold at Blackie's in Detroit. The conversion to red  was done by Greg R. You probably know him or of him. I would rather not mention specific names here.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 07:02:33 PM
    Got that . Haven't been paying a lot of attention to Ducatis since the 900 was sold. Just a rider not a colllector My 1974 was a right foot shift, 750 Sport it was the only other Duc V twin that I owned.I rode it A LOT more than I ever cared to ride the 900.It was born school bus color and wound up quite red. At the time I had the 900 I was involved in a kidney transplant.That kind of put motorcycles on the back burner for a while. The 900 was silver and blue. The 750 Sport was originally sold at Blackie's in Detroit. The conversion to red  was done by Greg R. You probably know him or of him. I would rather not mention specific names here.

Shoulda kept that 750 Sport :-)

Since the 900 was silver/blue, the rest is easy:  if it had a black frame it was an 81 or 82, and probably would've had the boxy dual seat shown in the picture.   OTOH, If it was silver/blue with a silver frame it is a 78 or earlier.

My money is on 1982, fitted with 40-mm carbs and Contis for the Italian market.   Elsewhere that year they often came with LaFranconis and 32-mm carbs, but you could often get the the earlier spec parts as a "race kit" from Ducati for about $400.  Most of them went to Australia in the early 80's.

This is fun trivia, lodged in my mind since I was in my 20's and a bevel nut.  I really loved them, despite puttng most of my miles at that time on a LeMans... like all good bevel nuts!

Will
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Post by: SantaFeRider on October 06, 2006, 07:09:20 PM
that's wonderful.

I remember when I was passing by the walkboard on my Lambretta and the girl in the bikini waved at me with a hot-dog.  I immediately parallel-parked the Civic at the town square and walked to the department store for a cheese danish.  Man! that oil was expensive; but I took it like a man and ordered the Calvin Klein 34-B.  When I got home I emptied the fish pond, lit the grill and threw the sheets in the garage.

Makes a lot of sense.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 06, 2006, 07:15:24 PM
that's wonderful.

I remember when I was passing by the walkboard on my Lambretta and the girl in the bikini waved at me with a hot-dog.  I immediately parallel-parked the Civic at the town square and walked to the department store for a cheese danish.  Man! that oil was expensive; but I took it like a man and ordered the Calvin Klein 34-B.  When I got home I emptied the fish pond, lit the grill and threw the sheets in the garage.

Makes a lot of sense.

The next day some guy on a bevel Ducati went by you so fast you pee'd your pants like any BMW rider would.   He laughed and moved on to the next moving road block.

Will


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: toddhaven on October 06, 2006, 07:24:32 PM
that's wonderful.

I remember when I was passing by the walkboard on my Lambretta and the girl in the bikini waved at me with a hot-dog.  I immediately parallel-parked the Civic at the town square and walked to the department store for a cheese danish.  Man! that oil was expensive; but I took it like a man and ordered the Calvin Klein 34-B.  When I got home I emptied the fish pond, lit the grill and threw the sheets in the garage.

Makes a lot of sense.

psst, SFR,
your TV remote is in the freezer, between the ice cream and your car keys.
I don't know why your diving mask and snorkel are there as well, but maybe it
will all make sense to you later :D
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Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 07:26:46 PM
I'm Doug McLaren. I live in North East England, I'm 50, married and have 2 kids.  I've had an interest in bikes since I was about 17 years old. At present I have a 1977 Le-Mans, a 1982 G5 which I've tarted up as a cafe racer and a 1994 Ducati 900 Monster.
I'm a chauffeur, cook, cleaner, gardener, painter and decorator, Mr Fixit, errand runner, childrens entertainer and general dogsbody when I'm at home. The rest of the time - truck driver.

Oh Hey...Mclaren....Ni ce cars
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Post by: Nick_of_time on October 06, 2006, 07:48:45 PM
Nick Thomas
Livin' in San Francisco
Software technical writer.  Was just purchased by Oracle Software.  Probably won't last.
47 years old
Married to a BMW rider for 10 years.  It's OK, she's Canadian.

Hobbies - currently taking my 2nd motorcycle mechanics class (I ride a Guzzi after all); making muzzle loading firearms, which leads to hunting, which leads to cooking; cheese making, which doesn't lead to anything except weight gain.  Abalone diving, which brings us back to cooking.

Current stable: 
'04 Stone
'00 Harley FXDX (for sale; the poor thing just couldn't compete)
'79 Honda NA 50 (49ccs of raw power, and DAM it's cute)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 07:51:32 PM
Software technical writer.  Was just purchased by Oracle Software.  Probably won't last.


Ain't these sofware companies heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?



(Oracle? Documentation? *snicker*)

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Post by: Hubini on October 06, 2006, 09:21:43 PM
Mark A Livorini
46
Poland, Ohio, a suburb of Youngstown
Mortgage Loan Originator for National City Mortgage Co
Been with my wife for 25 years, her and my father are my two best friends
No Children, however we have three dogs Sweetie, Mia, & Ringo, two rescues, and one adopted, I'd love to have a side car rig so that they could ride with us
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Joliet Jim on October 06, 2006, 09:28:35 PM
hey I was just wondering if everyone would go back and add their social security numbers and credit ratings
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Post by: hotair on October 06, 2006, 09:41:45 PM
SURE!!! 1123451234 credit score 0000000000 Z you and SFR are on a tear tonight ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on October 06, 2006, 09:48:04 PM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.


Says one who has never spent a summer in Bakersfield.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 06, 2006, 09:50:17 PM
Live on the navel of the Earth.

Atlanta is the rectum of the earthi.


Says one who has never spent a summer in Bakersfield.

I have. It's a pile.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Offcamber1 on October 06, 2006, 10:29:19 PM
"I was born a poor black child..."
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Post by: spadapatina on October 06, 2006, 11:45:32 PM
Marcus Parris 35

 former welder/fabricator, wheelchair mechanic, composite fabricator, boatyard rat
currently sales rep for durable medical equipment and really missing the Zen meditation of the TIG Torch and the Perfect Bead
 1.3 kids, 1 wife, 2 dogs, a morgage in the Hudson Valley NY
 '78 1000SP    '84 Cal II
 Hobbies are bikes; photography; splitting wood; taco exploration (Mexican food, you dirty git); home repair and yardwork avoidance
 Politics are well left of center with leaning , sympathy, and go get 'em for Libertarians and Greens (you figure it out, I cant)
 All time Favorite food is black roasted arabica beans, ground fine, served as liquid delivered under high pressure into a small cup; leafy greens served dry and brown, rolled in a tube and served in packs of twenty; whole grains and leafy greens fermented at room temperature with lager yeast and served chilled in a 12 oz "Anchor Steam" bottle; and if I get hungry, a handtfull of East Oakland or Central Valley taco truck Al Pastor tacos with lime juice, hot sauce, and garnished with sliced radishes and scallions. The perfect meal is a taco made with two (preferably handmade) tortillas, fresh protein, cillantro,  and raw onion., If you're stressed about taco truck food quality, the one thats crowded and has folding chairs stuffed with cops and day laborers at lunchtime is always safe and food quality absolutely guarranteed three star.The saddest day will be when haute cuisine/pop culture recognizes and embraces the true taco truck, probably  leading a Hollywood actor owning a chain of of them.
 
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Post by: dee g on October 06, 2006, 11:49:48 PM



Quote
Says one who has never spent a summer in Bakersfield.
Quote

I have.  Used to live in Cal City. Reserved for KCSO, spent WAY too much time on the roads between Boron and BFL/Lerdo.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Riding Free on October 07, 2006, 06:23:51 AM
that's wonderful.

I remember when I was passing by the walkboard on my Lambretta and the girl in the bikini waved at me with a hot-dog.  I immediately parallel-parked the Civic at the town square and walked to the department store for a cheese danish.  Man! that oil was expensive; but I took it like a man and ordered the Calvin Klein 34-B.  When I got home I emptied the fish pond, lit the grill and threw the sheets in the garage.

Makes a lot of sense.

   If some is bad more is better ??? Could be all the effort to resist reading is such a strain as one ages.
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Post by: john in vt on October 07, 2006, 06:38:01 AM
John Stewart

vermont

51 years old, married a long time to great lady

restore antique autos

am into snowboarding, 70s italian motorcycles, women

also restoring an airplane (sanity check)

74 sf750
77 900sd
78 900ss
79 cx100
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Post by: centauro on October 07, 2006, 07:15:30 AM
Valerio Barone, 52, General Aviation A &P mechanic; Mary Esther, Florida
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzziknight on October 08, 2006, 09:06:55 AM
Hi All,

I'm Yaniv Adir. I live in Atlanta, GA. I have a 98 EV and an 06 Concours. I've been on the MGCL for years, but just got onto Wild Guzzi. I am a helicopter Pilot for Atlanta Police.

Yaniv
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Post by: VA Sean on October 08, 2006, 09:13:14 AM
Hi All,

I'm Yaniv Adir. I live in Atlanta, GA. I have a 98 EV and an 06 Concours. I've been on the MGCL for years, but just got onto Wild Guzzi. I am a helicopter Pilot for Atlanta Police.

Yaniv

Yaniv-
I would like to report a vandal who lives somewhere near the Garage Mahalo... he places nails under the wheels of Bill Hagan's motorcycles.... please put out an APB... sorry no physical description... just look for the guy with a sack full of nails!

Welcome to the board!
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Post by: SantaFeRider on October 08, 2006, 09:26:24 AM
Sean, the NSA can do mo' betta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KScuosn2WqY
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Post by: moltoguzzi on October 08, 2006, 09:41:05 AM
Spadapatina, "execuse me while I whip this out" but if you havent you must see "Blazing Saddles" the movie, the campfire scene will bring tears to your eyes and the rest of the movie isnt bad.

Ciao, Molto
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Post by: Gini Fata on October 08, 2006, 10:25:21 AM
Gini Fata, 51 and a paperworker from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I love women, good food and motorcycles and everything in between. Any day I can ride is a good day..Winters are too long up here. I had 2k Jackal and a 87 lemans and now ride 2k v11sport and an 05Fjr and a 650sv.
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Post by: Redmond on October 08, 2006, 02:25:28 PM
John J. Redmond
57-Married to Lori
83 LeMans III - soon to be running again after modifications - carb change to Mikuini's and modified maifold, new rings for speedo and tachs.
Kailua Kona , HI
Industria sewing machine mechanic, construction- spectialy work, auto and heavy equipment mechanic, inventor of many things for mankind and bikers, Distributor for Strong Arm Sprays, Poet
Motorcycles, weight lifting, airplanes-owned 2, snorkeling, Long distance high speed paper punching.

John

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Post by: guzziknight on October 08, 2006, 05:21:12 PM
Hi All,

I'm Yaniv Adir. I live in Atlanta, GA. I have a 98 EV and an 06 Concours. I've been on the MGCL for years, but just got onto Wild Guzzi. I am a helicopter Pilot for Atlanta Police.

Yaniv

Yaniv-
I would like to report a vandal who lives somewhere near the Garage Mahalo... he places nails under the wheels of Bill Hagan's motorcycles.... please put out an APB... sorry no physical description... just look for the guy with a sack full of nails!

Welcome to the board!

LOL, good one Sean. I fly over Bill's house all the time. Other than Bill and Wayne, i haven't seen any suspicious people hanging out dropping nails. But, I'll keep looking!

Yaniv
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 08, 2006, 05:28:28 PM
Hi All,

I'm Yaniv Adir. I live in Atlanta, GA. I have a 98 EV and an 06 Concours. I've been on the MGCL for years, but just got onto Wild Guzzi. I am a helicopter Pilot for Atlanta Police.

Yaniv

Yaniv-
I would like to report a vandal who lives somewhere near the Garage Mahalo... he places nails under the wheels of Bill Hagan's motorcycles.... please put out an APB... sorry no physical description... just look for the guy with a sack full of nails!

Welcome to the board!

LOL, good one Sean. I fly over Bill's house all the time. Other than Bill and Wayne, i haven't seen any suspicious people hanging out dropping nails. But, I'll keep looking!

Yaniv

Maybe they're dropping from an MD500?   

Just kidding.

Ciao and welcome to the board.

Will   
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Post by: RocketCaptain on October 08, 2006, 05:33:27 PM
I've just finished reading the entire thread.

I used to be Todd, a normal, somewhat happy guy.  I have a couple kids and a couple pets and a couple motorcycles and a couple bills and a couple irrational phobias.

But after reading the thread, I don't want to be Todd anymore.
I'm looking to buy (or rent) a better profile.  Or, if you'd just like to sell off part of your bio, I could start collecting bits and pieces of your lives, and create a real winner for myself.  If it's real good, maybe I could enter it in shows.  That would really enhance my self worth.

I think it was Pete Roper that said he didn't like anything promoted as a "lifestyle accessory".  Well, I do.  I want any lifestyle accessory you people want to get rid of.
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Post by: Joe on October 08, 2006, 06:30:42 PM
Joe Matthews

32 years old for 5 days now, and single

I am now living in Raleigh NC. I recently started a new job working at a company that builds packaging machinery that installs shrink wrap labels and safety seal bands on products. I was living in New Orleans until Katrina came, working as a oil field commercial diver for 10 years. I had been wanting to move back to my home town (Raleigh) for a while, and Katrina moved my plans up for me. I am interested in most anything that runs on gasoline, and I have never bought a running motorcycle before. I currently own a 98 Centauro, a 97 Suzuki Bandit, and a 75 Honda CB500T that was my dad's first motorcycle back then. He sold it to my uncle after a short time who rode it briefly and then for some reason parked it in a field for 25 years or so. He gave it to me and I managed to get it running again. It is my latest on going project. Besides bikes, I am also interested in wine making, surfing, guns, music, scuba diving, genealogy, and real estate.
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Post by: Will Creedon on October 08, 2006, 06:37:42 PM
<ship> I have never bought a running motorcycle before. I currently own a 98 Centauro <snip>

Hi Joe,

I enjoyed reading your post....   And it struck me as even more insightful than you might understand.  :-)

They're good when you get them sorted out though...

Will
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Post by: rocker59 on October 08, 2006, 08:54:00 PM
   I have never bought a running motorcycle before.

Wanna buy a Quota ?   (http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/deal.gif)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Joe on October 08, 2006, 10:31:43 PM
It behaves a whole lot better now that it has your chip installed, Will.... Thanks!!! :)
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Post by: Britcheflee on October 08, 2006, 11:52:24 PM
Notice that we are all pretty much bloody old farts?   And 90% of us are some kind of advanced engineers...guess thats what you need to be to own a guzzi?!!!

Lee Holifield
Chef -
Ex FCO Cairo, London Vienna
International Brat - Africa, Middle East and many other places overseas,.
Er.....48 - However I was told you are only as old as the woman you feel.....my wife is 47  :-[
Lover of Staffie Bull Terriers
850T KZ650 and a sweeet V11 Ballabio.
Oh, I live in N CA Placerville.
Envy every other biker on the road whilst I am driving my car.
2 Kids 10 and 7 - I plan to pretend to have advanced Alzthiemers by the time they are teenagers so I can act more crazy than they do!

Lee



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Post by: Joliet Jim on October 09, 2006, 06:18:30 AM
Notice that we are all pretty much bloody old farts?   And 90% of us are some kind of advanced engineers...guess thats what you need to be to own a guzzi?!!!



you noticed that too, makes me what a simple beancounter is doing amongst the elite. :D
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Post by: LaMojo on October 09, 2006, 08:48:57 AM
Jack Green - 58 (Damn - 58, is that right?)
Married to Jeanie for 32 years. A local girl employed with the local school system as a grant writer and technology specialist.  I'm working for the USACE (Army Corps of Engineers) at Fort Polk, La filling the Mech. engineer's slot. We have two daughters - one married, living in Austin, TX - One starting collee in pre-vet studies at Louisiana. Tech.
Pets - two horses, two dogs and one cat.  (Our kids left them for us to enjoy.)
Living in same house for 31 years. (My grandmother's big old home located about four blocks from where I was born.)  I'm sort of a pack rat and have accumulated a lot of stuff that I need to get rid of.

Love to travel and explore back roads, enjoy camping, dabble in electronics/computers, repair old mechanical devices, train nut and collect Lionel electric trains and, of course, motorcycling and attending rallies. Got my Ham Radio license a couple of years ago and currently working on my private pilot's license.  Fishing and water skiing when I have time.  Working on the family geneaology and meeting distant relatives I never knew before is my latest interest. 
Motorcycles include a Quota, EV, a project Eldo and convert.  Kawasaki F9 (Big Horn), and a '68 Honda 305 scrambler fill out the garage.  My college car, a 1968 Mercury Cyclone, (yellow) is parked there also.
That's about it.     
 
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: radguzzi on October 09, 2006, 09:51:17 AM
Robert Dentico

53

Married for 33 years
Parent for 30
Grandpa for three... calls me B-Pa... :)

Reliability & Maintainability Engineering Technician for a major defense contractor (Navy, ships...)

Live on the Coast in Maine

Hobbies include the family,
motorcycles; both riding and restoration (Triumphs and Guzzis),
photography,
music,
MGBs,
skiing,
travel.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Alabama on October 09, 2006, 10:35:17 AM
Richard C l a u s (Santa's my younger brother)
Age 67
retired
made drivers license for motorcycles Dec 2004
Bought a brandnew California EV Touring Jan 2005
rode it 15000km so far
am hapy with it so far
My nick name ist because I'm running a city partnership with Mobile, Al
Anybody from Alabama here??
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TwoEds on October 09, 2006, 12:14:41 PM
Ed Bretthauer

58

Auto Technician/Shop Foreman

Married 27 years ( She is not crazy about motorcycles )

1998 EV
2001 HD Electra Glide

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: paragod on October 09, 2006, 01:44:59 PM
Mike Mason

Age 60

Director - Federal Executive Board, Houston
Dept. of Homeland Security - 32 yrs Federal Service

Hobbies - firearms and motorcycles - owned 25 bikes to date

Current bike inventory - 03 California EV and 96 Ducati 900 SS
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pebra on October 09, 2006, 03:02:10 PM

Per Brastad, 56, from Oslo area, Norway.

I try to have a look at this forum about daily. Much good advice, and good entertainment value too!
I hope more Scandinavians introduce themselves here. I saw Holst posting, but believe there are more!

I have a degree in economics, but have degenerated into (surprise!) management. Currently I’m a partner in a consultancy advising companies about pension plans, and managing their plans.

I haven’t got facilities to do anything much with my bikes myself. Nor do I have the wits, frankly. I love to ride though. Other spare time I like to read, travel, go hiking or skiing. I like single malts and Belgian beers, too. And wine, although no connoisseur. And food to go with the wine. Limburger is fine with me. Or Soignon, the camembert made from unpasteurised goat’s milk. Come to think of it, Scotch goes well with cheeses! And I love football.

Been married for 26 years, have daughters at 23 and 18. Wife is about 5’11”, and found riding as a passenger on a previous smallish Yamaha Virago very uncomfortable. I got the California hoping that would improve things, but she’s just not enthusiastic about motorcycling. Looks like the California will have to go. I love my Guzzi roadster though - hope we’ll never part, although she can be a temperamental lady.

I had a fine ride yesterday, but it was nearly freezing this morning. Sadly, the season will soon come to a close.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 09, 2006, 03:25:10 PM
hey I was just wondering if everyone would go back and add their social security numbers and credit ratings

Only if I owe you something from a PayPal commitment!   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 09, 2006, 03:26:26 PM
Notice that we are all pretty much bloody old farts?   And 90% of us are some kind of advanced engineers...guess thats what you need to be to own a guzzi?!!!

Lee Holifield
Chef -
Ex FCO Cairo, London Vienna
International Brat - Africa, Middle East and many other places overseas,.
Er.....48 - However I was told you are only as old as the woman you feel.....my wife is 47  :-[
Lover of Staffie Bull Terriers
850T KZ650 and a sweeet V11 Ballabio.
Oh, I live in N CA Placerville.
Envy every other biker on the road whilst I am driving my car.
2 Kids 10 and 7 - I plan to pretend to have advanced Alzthiemers by the time they are teenagers so I can act more crazy than they do!

Lee





DAMN! The lonely outsider again...
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Nick on October 09, 2006, 03:28:32 PM

although she can be a temperamental lady.



the bike?? ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pebra on October 09, 2006, 03:43:53 PM

although she can be a temperamental lady.



the bike?? ;D


No! Eh, yes!  Actually .....   ???
Same goes for never parting!!    ;D

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 09, 2006, 03:50:11 PM
I've just finished reading the entire thread.

I used to be Todd, a normal, somewhat happy guy.  I have a couple kids and a couple pets and a couple motorcycles and a couple bills and a couple irrational phobias.

But after reading the thread, I don't want to be Todd anymore.
I'm looking to buy (or rent) a better profile.  Or, if you'd just like to sell off part of your bio, I could start collecting bits and pieces of your lives, and create a real winner for myself.  If it's real good, maybe I could enter it in shows.  That would really enhance my self worth.

I think it was Pete Roper that said he didn't like anything promoted as a "lifestyle accessory".  Well, I do.  I want any lifestyle accessory you people want to get rid of.

Go ahead and take miine. I'm not using it.  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: john hooper on October 09, 2006, 04:08:06 PM
john hooper, age 47 been riding 27 years, about 225000 miles member of motoguzzi club gb, riding a cali ev an 82 spada and a honda varadero. Hobbys include teaching people to ride, been an voluntary instructor for 25 years, fishing, keeping tropical fish and travel, have been to australia,new zealand, the usa and most of europe.

john hooper
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 09, 2006, 04:17:47 PM
john hooper, age 47 been riding 27 years, about 225000 miles member of motoguzzi club gb, riding a cali ev an 82 spada and a honda varadero. Hobbys include teaching people to ride, been an voluntary instructor for 25 years, fishing, keeping tropical fish and travel, have been to australia,new zealand, the usa and most of europe.

john hooper

Varadero? Bastard. Okay not bastard....provided you ship me an Africa Twin by friday.  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dan Beaman on October 09, 2006, 08:08:38 PM
Quote
Go ahead and take miine. I'm not using it.
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Quote
I'm an entomologist.  Probably the only one here. (?)

Hah!  I'm a gemologist!  Probably the only one here (?)  (although my spell check doesn't recognize it either!)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: twovalve on October 09, 2006, 09:04:34 PM
Ron

Upper East Tennessee

51 years

Part time missionary

Looking forward to another warm, dry, sunny Pipestem, West Virginia MG rally next October and staying off the Blue Ridge Parkway after dark while riding a motorcycle! 

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ronkom on October 09, 2006, 10:39:57 PM


Ron Komoroski
60 (yikes!-it feels wierd to see that number pop up on the screen)
Retired R&D Technician, Motorcycle wrench & Guzzi restorer
Lynchburg, VA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Maka In Oz on October 09, 2006, 10:48:44 PM
Maka McMahon (Air Force nicknames last forever!)

Ride:  Y2k Jackal.  By myself is best, but for group rides I like the Ulysses 'Usual Suspects' (ride every Wednesday, 40 yo to be a junior, 50 yo to be a full member - Ulysses has 25,000+ members Australia wide), or Fat Bastards (minimum weight 90 kg/200 lb).  Both are probably illegal under our anti-discrimination laws!

Live:  Australia's bush capital, Canberra (about 25 minutes of winding road to Mr Roper's!)

Domestics: Wife of 23 years, and three billy lids: M20, M15 and F12

Job:  MD of Defence acquisition/information security consultancy company

Past:  Air Force Nav:  4,000 + hours, 15 types.  Fast jet (fastest I've been is M2.2) to helicopters and heavies.  Flew with RAF (lived in Lincolnshire for 14 months) and USAF (lived in Texas for 27 months). Managed quite a few hours first pilot day/night solo on jets before the Air Force decided I really should be a Nav.

Hobbies:  After three years + of heavy gardening (after 2003 bushfires trashed most of our neighbourhood, a fair chunk of the house and all of the garden), I'm actually starting to enjoy it.  Music (vicariously these days - eldest is a jazz double bassist, middle one is a lead guitarist/vocalist with a couple of high school garage bands) keeps me interested as a part time roadie/manager for the kids and radio model planes to keep the aviation connection.

Best way to spend a day is still on a back road on the Black Jackal

Cheers
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: QuattroValvole on October 09, 2006, 11:14:33 PM
Marty Burks

Age-48 (Holy sh!t, how'd that happen?)

Work-Ex heavy equipment mechanic, current travelling salesman

Live-airplanes, hotel rooms and rental cars

Keep my stuff-Livermore, CA

Was happily married for 5 years, apparently 5 out of 9 isn't a very good average, now divorced.

Bikes-every one I've bought since 1974, (hey I sell stuff for a living not a hobbie) 18 total from the 1937 Chief to the MGS-01, 5 Guzzis in all. All running, licensed and insured except the 3 vintage MXers

Use most of my money for-bikes, boats, whiskey, guns and girls, the rest I spend foolishly
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eldoroddo on October 10, 2006, 12:10:53 AM
Rodd Whiston, 42

Lake Forest, CA

Married to Maria for 8 years

Bought an Eldo after not being on a bike since 1991--Having a blast!

Also play around with my 67 Mustang fastback.

Love old cars, bikes, airplanes

Learned to fly in a 1946 Globe Swift with a fuel injected  Lycoming 180 (Solo at 17 ;D)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on October 10, 2006, 12:31:40 AM
Better put in the Kiwi Connection

Muzz, aka Murray Turley

35 years married to the Princess (Lucy)

2 kids, one of each.
3 grandkids.
Pet free, so we can ride more.

Hobbies vary as to time of year, but throw in Guzzing, mountain biking, wind surfing, small game hunting, fishing, snorkelling and living life to the full.

We have a most fabulous country here, and it encourages one to "get out and do it".

Currently after being an industrial chemist, carpenter, quantity surveyor, property manager, school teacher and workshop supervisor, I am now a shop manager in a small town out in the boonies.

Life is good.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 10, 2006, 12:46:15 AM
Age: Old. But not so old I wont bust you into kindling
Location: Close enought to Moto International that I buy over the counter. Far enough away that Bigfoot is renting the spare room
Occupation: Cricket bat Samurai
Hobbies: Re-enacting 3 Stooges films in my living room






So Zer.......... is really .  FWIW, now I know.

Did I give you permission to post personal information about me? 

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BigDave in PA on October 10, 2006, 01:23:59 AM
Dave Whitehead
54 years old
Paradise, PA USA
Maried 36 years to wife Betty. (she also has a couple Guzzis)
guzzi rider since '72
Self employed home repairman and self employed mobile & club dj.
1 son
Libertarian
My hobbies are: Guzzis, guns, music, outdoors.
Presently involved in a research project on torque values for drain plugs & valve caps and the premature failure of
crush washers.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Texas Turnip on October 10, 2006, 07:49:08 AM
Dave Whitehead
Presently involved in a research project on torque values for drain plugs & valve caps and the premature failure of
crush washers.
[/i]

Thanks Dave,
My coffee got blowed all over the computer and screen after reading about your "research" project.
Tex
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eldoroddo on October 10, 2006, 03:01:54 PM
Lots of disingenuous riddles and attempts at notoriety in this topic.
I've been here briefly, and based on casual observations, am likely to soon be gone.
There are some nice people here, and some educated and entertaining people as well...
Blessings upon you all.

My Introduction:
I am nearing 40, and have owned, ridden, and restored bikes at a rate of about 2.3 per year since getting a license to drive at 17.
Nearly 1/3 of the bikes I've sampled were Guzzis, and of them all, these were the ones I chose to ride from ocean to ocean.
I've managed many but modest achievements with even more modest of means... This was once called being self made.
I appreciate most things as esoteric and sublime, but most of the time I wish people would just get to the point or stop talking.
and now it is my turn...

Peace upon you my brothers.

Ben


Nice to know ya...have a nice trip. ::)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: norCal Randy on October 10, 2006, 04:02:40 PM
Dave Whitehead
Presently involved in a research project on torque values for drain plugs & valve caps and the premature failure of
crush washers.
[/i]

Thanks Dave,
My coffee got blowed all over the computer and screen after reading about your "research" project.
Tex




You know what they say, Turnip, Dave,.......... you never can be too carefull.   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VA Sean on October 10, 2006, 04:50:38 PM
Okay-
The joke post was fun... but here goes.

turned 36 last month.

Married for 7 years to a recently Guzzi indoctrinated woman, who camped for the first time in her life at the VA Rally this summer.

After getting kicked out of my dad's apartment my senior year in high school, I nearly dropped out of high school to work on sport fishing boats in southern California -- I already had the job and was doing it on weekends.  Ended up graduating, barely... then moving North and doing a season of salmon, striped bass and rock cod fishing out of SF Bay... that was a long, cold, wet spring and summer.  Got out of that gig and went back south to do construction... typical construction job... boss ended up owing me money during every pay period... never paid me what exactly what I was owed, but he had plenty of money to take his wife and kids on trips to Mexico... so after a year of doing that I moved back to SF and decided to go to college... worked 2 jobs supporting myself (retail sales and as an English tutor)... continued working a couple jobs when I transfered to UCSB to finish my degree... ended up getting pretty decent grades and went to law school.  Reason I went to law school was to be a District Attorney (so I could help put the bad guys behind bars)... clerked at my local DA's office and HATED it... got into taxation and trusts & estates through a visiting professor at my law school (Thanks IRA!) and haven't looked back!

Wife is a native of Alexandria, VA and that is where we have lived now since 1999.

2 dogs:  bulldog (Beef) and mini Schnauzer (Otto).

No kids.

Hobbies:  fishing, beer, riding, fine wines, (eating) Italian food and B.S.ing with friends.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tackett on October 10, 2006, 05:36:45 PM
I just hit 40 and am currently working as a fabricator in a Special Effects shop in North Hollywood. I get to design, build and destroy things for a living (although most of the job is less glamorous than it sounds).

Bikes have been in the family since the 50's, and I started riding at 8 and racing at 10. I took a few decades off from riding, but then picked up a Kawi KLR 650. My bug for an Italian v-twin led me to a 850 T5.

I still have the KLR and Guzzi as well as a few project bikes (Yamaha XS650 50's style bobber and an XS Street tracker).

I dodged the wedding bullet a few months before the wedding almost 20 years ago and never looked back. No kids. No wife. No pets. No asking permission. It's not perfect, but it works well for me.

Tackett
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: theecricket on October 10, 2006, 06:52:22 PM
Okay-
The joke post was fun... but here goes.

turned 36 last month.

Married for 7 years to a recently Guzzi indoctrinated woman, who camped for the first time in her life at the VA Rally this summer.

After getting kicked out of my dad's apartment my senior year in high school, I nearly dropped out of high school to work on sport fishing boats in southern California -- I already had the job and was doing it on weekends.  Ended up graduating, barely... then moving North and doing a season of salmon, striped bass and rock cod fishing out of SF Bay... that was a long, cold, wet spring and summer.  Got out of that gig and went back south to do construction... typical construction job... boss ended up owing me money during every pay period... never paid me what exactly what I was owed, but he had plenty of money to take his wife and kids on trips to Mexico... so after a year of doing that I moved back to SF and decided to go to college... worked 2 jobs supporting myself (retail sales and as an English tutor)... continued working a couple jobs when I transfered to UCSB to finish my degree... ended up getting pretty decent grades and went to law school.  Reason I went to law school was to be a District Attorney (so I could help put the bad guys behind bars)... clerked at my local DA's office and HATED it... got into taxation and trusts & estates through a visiting professor at my law school (Thanks IRA!) and haven't looked back!

Wife is a native of Alexandria, VA and that is where we have lived now since 1999.

2 dogs:  bulldog (Beef) and mini Schnauzer (Otto).

No kids.

Hobbies:  fishing, beer, riding, fine wines, (eating) Italian food and B.S.ing with friends.

Sounds like the construction boss was a tooter...  I had similar experiences Sean.

I was a crazy lost person when I was younger.  Now I see why Alanon is so popular... but my parents truly love me and did the best they could.  I am older and wiser and thankful for the chance to live through my life the way I have.  I have experienced things that many people never will.  I am lucky to have learned to love and accept people for the way they are because of it too.  If I, like yourself can do my small part to make life work better for people I'm happy.  I don't share the fishing hobby though unless the beer or fine wine hobby is included.   ;)

-Tom
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VA Sean on October 10, 2006, 07:00:53 PM
Sounds like the construction boss was a tooter...  I had similar experiences Sean.

I was a crazy lost person when I was younger.  Now I see why Alanon is so popular... but my parents truly love me and did the best they could.  I am older and wiser and thankful for the chance to live through my life the way I have.  I have experienced things that many people never will.  I am lucky to have learned to love and accept people for the way they are because of it too.  If I, like yourself can do my small part to make life work better for people I'm happy.  I don't share the fishing hobby though unless the beer or fine wine hobby is included.   ;)

-Tom

Right on, Tom-
Yeah - Im betting if we sit down for some (more!) beers one of these days, we'll probably have a pretty similar story.

Hey -- I know you are a music guy.
have you ever seen/ heard of The Upper Crust... absolutely phenomenal (in a humorous way) live band... they were just in your neck of the woods too.
I saw them when I was visiting my cousin in LA.
check 'em out -- tell me what you think.
http://www.theuppercrust.org/
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matt2 on October 11, 2006, 11:08:34 AM
Hey all, I'm Matt from North Dakota and this is my first post!

I'm 42 and live a couple miles from Canada (Manitoba) and a couple miles from Minnesota.

Just finished school for a career change into respiratory therapy after working in manufacturing for 10 years building busses and luxury tour coaches.

After riding the heck out of mini bikes as a kid, I got back into motorcycles ten years ago by buying an old shovelhead (before everybody and their cousin bought an HD).  A couple years ago I picked up a naked CBR 600 done up in streetfighter style with motocross handlebars mounted and most of the plastic torn off.  Back in August I finally purchased a Moto Guzzi, an '87 SPII to use as my bagger for touring with the girlfriend of 6 years.  Now all I need is a dirt bike or dual sport and I will be set!

Never married, no kids, one mutt dog.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 11, 2006, 11:18:12 AM
Hey all, I'm Matt from North Dakota and this is my first post!

I'm 42 and live a couple miles from Canada (Manitoba) and a couple miles from Minnesota.

Just finished school for a career change into respiratory therapy after working in manufacturing for 10 years building busses and luxury tour coaches.

After riding the heck out of mini bikes as a kid, I got back into motorcycles ten years ago by buying an old shovelhead (before everybody and their cousin bought an HD).  A couple years ago I picked up a naked CBR 600 done up in streetfighter style with motocross handlebars mounted and most of the plastic torn off.  Back in August I finally purchased a Moto Guzzi, an '87 SPII to use as my bagger for touring with the girlfriend of 6 years.  Now all I need is a dirt bike or dual sport and I will be set!

Never married, no kids, one mutt dog.

Welcome Matt. Nice to see someone else who likes old raggedy bikes too ;D

I would consider DS and Dirtbikes as separate things. For a dual sport on the cheap I would suggest a KLR or older DR650.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sanders on October 11, 2006, 12:27:37 PM
Sanders Walker
age 57
Wuerzburg Germany
Originally from Texas
Have been, Ranch Manager, Machinist, Tool and Cutter Grinder,Machine Shop Supervisor, VP & Director of Operations Airborne Pipeline Leak Detectio Co. and now Supply Technician for Wuerzburg American HS.
Wanted a Moto Guzzi for10 years bummed rides on other peoples, bought a 2004 EV new last year in December with the Cam updates. Did 2000 miles in 10 days on the B roads in Germany, Austria and France with my wife on back and our friends from Texas on my PC800 in June of this year.
Mileage wise would not be much in the States, but when you run B roads and no Autobanh in Europe your lucky if you can average 40 mph.
The Guzzi is without a doubt everything I expect and want in a motorcycle. I just need to add an 850 Griso or V11 sport to go with the EV for solo stuff.
Reading and Motorcycles only Hobby. My wife says the motorcycles are an obsession.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzisteve on October 11, 2006, 12:45:51 PM
Steve Kames                                                                                                    53yrs                                                                                                                Auburn, GA -10mi from Hog Mtn                                                                                                       Married                                                                                                             Lumber Dept/ Home Depot                                                                                 Motorcycle Bum
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dlapierre on October 11, 2006, 04:57:43 PM
Dennis Lapierre
Age:59
Retired city cop, now a farmer and I manage a job search centre in Salmon Arm BC (the salary lets me keep the farm)
Live near Falkland, BC
Married, three teenage sons, one of which has become a decent bike rider. Maybe we can tour together once my new hip is 100%.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: RocketCaptain on October 11, 2006, 09:09:36 PM
Dennis, you say the new hip isn't 100%?
Why not list the model number, and tell us what it's doing?  We can probably get it straightened out.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Alberto on October 12, 2006, 12:24:13 AM
I'm Alberto Franchi

I was born in italy the May 9th, 1965

I ride my second Guzzi, a California Special Sport, the first one has been a V65C.

I'm separated, i have a son and i have the most beatiful girlfriend in the world.

I'm a freelance in information technology and i'm a founder and councellor of one of the biggest italian guzzi fan club, www.moto-guzzi.it.

Feel free to ask.

Ciao
Al
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on October 12, 2006, 12:35:53 AM
I'm Alberto Franchi

I was born in italy the May 9th, 1965

I ride my second Guzzi, a California Special Sport, the first one has been a V65C.

I'm separated, i have a son and i have the most beatiful girlfriend in the world.

I'm a freelance in information technology and i'm a founder and councellor of one of the biggest italian guzzi fan club, www.moto-guzzi.it.

Feel free to ask.

Ciao
Al

AL, It would sure be nice if your club website was in English too. Sorry I don't speak Italian.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dee g on October 12, 2006, 12:44:06 AM

Learned to fly in a 1946 Globe Swift with a fuel injected  Lycoming 180 (Solo at 17 ;D)



Sweet plane....

(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e340/flymymbz/swift2.jpg)

(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e340/flymymbz/swift1.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Alberto on October 12, 2006, 06:03:06 AM

AL, It would sure be nice if your club website was in English too. Sorry I don't speak Italian.


Don't hurry! :)

I'm working on it. A brand new website at www.moto-guzzi.us will be available in few weeks.
At the moment you can find our 'workshop' in it. Full of manuals of almost every kind of guzzi.

Ciao
Al
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Nick on October 12, 2006, 06:52:35 AM
I'm Alberto Franchi

I was born in italy the May 9th, 1965

I ride my second Guzzi, a California Special Sport, the first one has been a V65C.

I'm separated, i have a son and i have the most beatiful girlfriend in the world.

I'm a freelance in information technology and i'm a founder and councellor of one of the biggest italian guzzi fan club, www.moto-guzzi.it.

Feel free to ask.

Ciao
Al

Alberto,

I just registered in moto-guzzi.it. The site looks very nice and full of information.

My compliments to you for a great job.

Nick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on October 12, 2006, 08:42:57 AM
Alberto, I'd like to buy one of your club T-shirts. Is that possible?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motoduck on October 12, 2006, 09:55:22 AM
Jeff Bottrell
36 - Detroit Michigan
Moto Guzzi dealer (Aprilia, KTM, Vespa, Piaggio, & misc)
Wife Jackie
Son Brendan 3years
Son TBD minus 2 months and counting
Lots of debt

Current bikes:
75 850T/Sport
78 850 Lemans (restoration project)
69 Ambo (restoration project)
78 Lemans Racebike
71 Ducati 450 Desmo
55 Handlebar Vespa (restoration project) sensing a theme here....
02 Vespa ET4 (project - putting a dustbin fairing on it..why?....because!)
05 MZ Baghira (adventure tourer)
05 KTM 525SMR Supermoto racebike
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SISU Printer on October 12, 2006, 10:47:48 AM
Jeff Bottrell
36 - Detroit Michigan
Moto Guzzi dealer (Aprilia, KTM, Vespa, Piaggio, & misc)
Wife Jackie
Son Brendan 3years
Son TBD minus 2 months and counting
Lots of debt

Current bikes:
75 850T/Sport
78 850 Lemans (restoration project)
69 Ambo (restoration project)
78 Lemans Racebike
71 Ducati 450 Desmo
55 Handlebar Vespa (restoration project) sensing a theme here....
02 Vespa ET4 (project - putting a dustbin fairing on it..why?....because!)
05 MZ Baghira (adventure tourer)
05 KTM 525SMR Supermoto racebike


You know they have meetings for that kind of sickness.... :o
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 12, 2006, 11:32:56 AM
I'm Alberto Franchi

I was born in italy the May 9th, 1965

I ride my second Guzzi, a California Special Sport, the first one has been a V65C.

I'm separated, i have a son and i have the most beatiful girlfriend in the world.

I'm a freelance in information technology and i'm a founder and councellor of one of the biggest italian guzzi fan club, www.moto-guzzi.it.

Feel free to ask.

Ciao
Al


Ciao Alberto,

Nice to see you on this board...   I enjoyed my time with the moto-guzzi.it group a few years ago in Mandello and later on at a club outing!  Nice people.

Will
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dlapierre on October 12, 2006, 01:51:36 PM
Dennis, you say the new hip isn't 100%?
Why not list the model number, and tell us what it's doing?  We can probably get it straightened out.

It's a Zimmer, a model designed for people still intending to work, bend, carry weight and, I think, ride bikes, though they weren't explicit on that point. What it's doing is healing. Just had it installed Aug 12. I'm walking normally already. Should be good to ride come spring.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: slug on October 12, 2006, 02:44:04 PM
Howdy All,

Name: Greg
Age: 33
Sign: Yield.
Location: Seattle
Occupation: Programmer for a logistics company.
Marital Status: She hasn't left me after four years (there's still time...).
Offspring: None that I know about.
Hobbies: Metalsmithing, fly fishing, biking, making stuff.
Bike: '03 V11 Sport.
Current project: Building molds of V11 bodywork (seat cowl, tank pad, tail section) so I can make new ones from carbon fiber (and hopefully will sell parts, too)


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eldoroddo on October 12, 2006, 03:06:19 PM

Learned to fly in a 1946 Globe Swift with a fuel injected  Lycoming 180 (Solo at 17 ;D)



Sweet plane....

(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e340/flymymbz/swift2.jpg)


Yes they are, and fully aerobatic too (except for intentional spins). A real kick in the pants when they have bigger motors installed in them.

One wierd drawback is that the landing gear knob is shaped like a flap and the flap knob is shaped like a round gear. :o
(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e340/flymymbz/swift1.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gary on October 12, 2006, 05:23:24 PM
Gary Tilson - Atlanta

Semi Retired Architect - Now have a Kitchen & Bath showroom - design & sell fine cabinetry

Age: 59 going on 32

Wife: Married 36 years (to the same person) with 2 grown gainfully employed college graduates - yeehaw

Hobbies: Hedonism - like fine wine, cooking (& eating), traveling, riding, hiking, boating

First bike: '62 HD Sportster acquired wrecked for a significant discount. The owner didn't need it anymore.

Now: '03 Cali Special Sport

Soon: Norge
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mphcycles on October 12, 2006, 06:50:49 PM
Quote

You know they have meetings for that kind of sickness.... :o
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Hell  Jeff's almost well. The new baby may just cure him.
I'm Mike Haven,corner office guy at MPH cycles in Houston.
Lived in Houston since 1976. Been getting hands in or on motorised machinery ever since.
Started on a Honda SL90, that i rented all summer from a buddy ,then bought my first bike from Atlas cycles just before we moved here from Tulsa, a CB 350 K2. Had plans to travel and conquer the world on that big road warrior. Instead mostly just cruising around the
outlying farmlands, wasting gas and polluting the air. A summer job at a motorcycle shop may have had some influence on my lack of development. A few Hondas later I went to work at a Honda car dealership where the money was much better in the late 70's.
Then off to the Porsche dealer for a time. Then a Ferrari shop. Ended up opening my own little repair shop 1983 , just temporarily till I could find a decent job. Still havent found one. BMW K100rs seemed like the right bike for a guy who fixes BMW cars all day.
It was , but it lacked someting. A Norton Commando provided that something. Involvement!
But those Guzzis I saw back at Atlas made a lasting impression on my addled 16 year old mind. I never knew anyone who owned one, but when Harpers had those 1987 LM4 SE  for a very reasonable price I figured why not? Super Bowl weekend I drove up to the Harper farm and picked up a bike in a box, that I had never seen, never heard run, with no warranty of any kind. All the way home I was looking at this big box in the back of my truck thinking"what the hell is wrong with me?"
Thats is open to debate, but I still have and ride that bike regularly.
Met my bride Kim at the Guzzi national in 1992. ( tip, girls you meet at rallies are generally bike friendly)
Todd and I started MPH cycles in 2000 as a trial to see if we could get anywhere in the bike business. All the staff rode already, why not?
a Bike loving  wife allows me to gather up an assortment of bikes that I always wanted.
The Lemans SE was my first Guzzi.
   2x V7 Sports     
        Lemans1
        Lemans 3
      Daytona RS
     Laverda SFC
American Eagle 750 s
    Duc Gt 750
    Duc GT 500
Norton Fastback Combat 750
 Benelli 250
 Benelli 350
MZ Ts 150
MZ ts 250
Mz RT125
BMW r90s
BMW r 75/'5
BMW r26
BMW r 50
BMW r 60/2 x2
BMW R1100 gs
Krauser MKM 1000
KTM rxc 400
Honda xr 500r
honda xl125
honda XR75
Honda trx 400
plus a bunch more I cant think of right now
Yes these are all personal bikes not shop stock.
Jeff you got some work to do!
Hobbies are riding, music, blues and folksy singer song writers,  playing with guns, playing farmer/homesite developer,searching for the perfect india pale ale,learning as much as I can about motor vehicle technology.

   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: johnk on October 12, 2006, 07:00:44 PM
John Koester

43 years old

Happily married 10 years

Senior modeler at Tippett Studios where we do VFX work for movies and commercials.

I've been a daily rider since I started in '82. Bought my first Guzzi (V50 monza racebike) in 86. Can't seem to get enough time to go riding much beyond commuting these days. That really stinks.

johnk
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Will Creedon on October 12, 2006, 07:06:38 PM
when Harpers had those 1987 LM4 SE  for a very reasonable price I figured why not? Super Bowl weekend I drove up to the Harper farm and picked up a bike in a box, that I had never seen, never heard run, with no warranty of any kind. All the way home I was looking at this big box in the back of my truck thinking"what the hell is wrong with me?"

$5000 out the door was what Pro Italia wanted for one...    <edit - Or was it $3000?>   I almost bit, but was too broke at that time - just out of college.   What corrosion damage?   I couldn't see any.

Ciao,

Will



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motoduck on October 12, 2006, 07:08:42 PM
Geez Mike...those are all current bikes?  I resist new temptations on an almost weekly basis.  It is painfull but I really don't have enough room or time until I finish some of the bikes I have now.   My wife is eyeing my 74 BMW 2002 like she wants it gone which kinda concerns me (of course...I could park 4 bikes where the car is).  I had alot more a few years ago and then decided that I would sell off most of it and just focus on vintage Moto Guzzi's.  That worked for a while until another Ducati single came along and the first exception was made.  Now I've got scooters and all kinds of stuff sneaking in to the garage.  Oh well...still cheaper than a therapist!
Jeff
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jake on October 12, 2006, 09:38:16 PM
Hi - Jon Fouts
Granville, Ohio

Been riding since 1975 - Jap bikes, then a BMW, then Jap - now have found MG
restored an 850T - great bike

Married, 2 kids - daughter about ready for her first ride

Work in mental health and hospice - play some guitar - make some wine - ride some horses

Been reading this site/board since I got into Guzzi 4 years ago - finally decided to join
thanks for all the tips over the past couple of years.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 12, 2006, 09:39:54 PM
Quote

The Lemans SE was my first Guzzi.
   2x V7 Sports     
        Lemans1
        Lemans 3
      Daytona RS
     Laverda SFC
American Eagle 750 s
    Duc Gt 750
    Duc GT 500
Norton Fastback Combat 750
 Benelli 250
 Benelli 350
MZ Ts 150
MZ ts 250
Mz RT125
BMW r90s
BMW r 75/'5
BMW r26
BMW r 50
BMW r 60/2 x2
BMW R1100 gs
Krauser MKM 1000
KTM rxc 400
Honda xr 500r
honda xl125
honda XR75
Honda trx 400
plus a bunch more I cant think of right now

   

You win.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Greg Field on October 12, 2006, 10:07:12 PM

Hobbies are . . .searching for the perfect india pale ale . . .

Shi-ite, Mike, you shoulda told me. Seattle's IPA City. Diamond Knot is the insider's choice, but you coulda tried about 25 different IPAs on tap over at the Beveridge Pub, in Steak's 'hood, which is now holding its "Hoptoberfest."
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JPea on October 12, 2006, 10:15:04 PM
My wife is eyeing my 74 BMW 2002 like she wants it gone which kinda concerns me (of course...I could park 4 bikes where the car is).

I let my '74 go a few years ago and still cry myself to sleep at night.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mphcycles on October 13, 2006, 10:32:54 AM

Hobbies are . . .searching for the perfect india pale ale . . .

Shi-ite, Mike, you shoulda told me. Seattle's IPA City. Diamond Knot is the insider's choice, but you coulda tried about 25 different IPAs on tap over at the Beveridge Pub, in Steak's 'hood, which is now holding its "Hoptoberfest."
Well, I wasnt comfortable enough with your bike to suggest a beer testing expedition. Especially at the speed required to keep you in sight. And the hotel had a decent selection, the Alaska amber ale was tested extensively the night before, perhaps too extensively...
After I left your place Saturday I pretty much had hit the wall and went for an early evening. Next time, we go !
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stephen on October 13, 2006, 04:11:54 PM
Hi
Stephen Colao
Early 40s
Dallas Texas
Aircraft Maintenance Tech nician for Major Airline

Hobbies: Motorcycles, All Things Italian, including cooking, music, cooking, Bocce Ball, eating what I cooked. Calabria, where my family originated.

What goes good with Garlic?.....Everything

Past MC: Home built Triumph 650 chopper, 1986 Sportster, 1987 Electra Glide.

Current MC: 2003 Aluminum Guzzi, 1971 Ammbasador (project)


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on October 13, 2006, 10:16:02 PM
It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.

 Okay, here I figuratively stand in front of all of you and confess.
  I am Sasquatch Jim and I am a cyclaholic.
   It is true, I have abused my own dear bank account many times for the sake of just one more bike, that I really did'nt need and could'nt afford. I have gone without food for periods of time to satisfy this powerfull addiction.
 I have sold other more practical vehicles to unscrupulous buyers to obtain money to front to purveyers of two wheeled satisfaction.
 Whenever I think that I have finally obtained the ultimate high in motorcycle ownership, along comes something more responsive, or lighter, or faster, or just neater.
 I am a life long slave to this addiction, There is no hope for redemption whatsoever.
 

 Sasquatch Jim
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zerhackermann on October 13, 2006, 10:17:45 PM
It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.

 Okay, here I figuratively stand in front of all of you and confess.
  I am Sasquatch Jim and I am a cyclaholic.
   It is true, I have abused my own dear bank account many times for the sake of just one more bike, that I really did'nt need and could'nt afford. I have gone without food for periods of time to satisfy this powerfull addiction.
 I have sold other more practical vehicles to unscrupulous buyers to obtain money to front to purveyers of two wheeled satisfaction.
 Whenever I think that I have finally obtained the ultimate high in motorcycle ownership, along comes something more responsive, or lighter, or faster, or just neater.
 I am a life long slave to this addiction, There is no hope for redemption whatsoever.
 

 Sasquatch Jim

And you can actually get something resembling music to come out of an accordion. A herculean feat, as far as i am concerned
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motowfo on October 14, 2006, 06:38:54 AM
Hello Guzzists!

I'm Rick Mathis

19...er... (okay, really 55)

Nashville, TN area

I get to play on computers for a living!!

I purchased my first Guzzi in 2000 ... a brand new LeMans!  It was a great bike but... we never seemed to gel so away it went...

Next thing I knew I had to have another Guzzi so... into the stable crept a really nice 59 Falcone (see avatar)...

Then a funny thing happened... Another Guzzi, a 73 Police Bike showed up and let me take it apart, put it back together and even let me ride it up to the Kentucky rally this fall!! 

I have also been in heat over a Centauro (East of the Mississippi) which I have subsequently purchased and brought into the now crowded garage.... what a bike!!

I do occasionally play or other brands of Italian bikes and have even closed a blind eye to the fact that my KTM is Austrian (Wasn't that Italians and Germans getting together??  ::)  ) (Flame off, please)...

I am married to my lovely high school sweetheart and both of our two children and grown and gone!! 

This is a great forum and I look forward to some great info, discussions, and the occasional bit of humor/bs that this board promotes!!!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gary martin on October 14, 2006, 06:46:16 AM
Hello Guzzists!

I'm Rick Mathis

19...er... (okay, really 55)

Nashville, TN area



welcome to the monkey house, Rick!  do you know any of them nashville cats? ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzilady on October 14, 2006, 08:23:04 AM
Hey all, I'm Matt from North Dakota and this is my first post!

I'm 42 and live a couple miles from Canada (Manitoba) and a couple miles from Minnesota.

Welcome Matt! I thought I would introduce myself since I'm probably the closest Guzzi rider to you. Are you in Pembina?
Eric and I live in Moorhead, MN. Not too many Guzzis in this part of the country.  :D
We make it up your way a couple of times a year, but only on the way to Winnipeg. Being Canadian, Eric needs his fix of Tim Hortons coffee.  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motowfo on October 14, 2006, 03:23:56 PM



welcome to the monkey house, Rick!  do you know any of them nashville cats? ;D
Quote

Hey... I are one..!!  You mean folks like Andy and Docc?  (Never heard of 'em!!)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: N2-UK on October 14, 2006, 03:51:06 PM
Hi,

I'm Nigel and I'm an al.....  oops, sorry, wrong forum

er, I'm Nigel  & I ride a '99 Cali Special in perfect pearl white. And it's loaded with extras.

I also own a Honda Deauville (pronounced Dullsville by those jealous of the bike's ability to do all sorts of stuff rather than just ride out & back on a Sunday).
My wife of 27 years, Kate,  rides a Honda Varadero 125 & my 18 year old son, Adam rides a Shadow 125 although both of them have promised to get their full licenses this autumn.

They'd better, next time we go back to Spain I don't want to be carrying pillion.


I carry out safety inspections on lifts (elevators), escalators & anything else that lifts (and some stuff that won't ). Been doing it for over 27 years.

I'm an ex-GB National Squad Air Pistol & Free Pistol shooter although I now generally spend my time coaching Olympic pistol/rifle disciplines rather than competing.

I also like fly-fishing, diving, snorkelling & mountain boarding & similar stuff that prevents me from growing up any more than I have to.

So why do I also have an interest in early Romano British history? I dunno, but I do.

I'm hoping & praying now that there's a merger/takeover on the offing that'll get me the redundancy terms I want to spend more time doing all of the above.


Work really gets in the way of living, doesn't it?


Nigel

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom Hansen on October 14, 2006, 05:26:33 PM
Tom Hansen

Retired HS Principal.  24 years on the line.  51 years working at one job or another. Sure as hell not a "newbie"!  Lurk mostly, don't have much to say but really get a kick out of the rest of you.

Carlsbad, NM
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jackaldriver on October 14, 2006, 06:09:33 PM
Hi All,

Chris Byars

37

Civil Engineer

2000 Jackal is my first bike.  Just learned to ride in April 2006

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on October 14, 2006, 07:50:55 PM
Hi All,

Chris Byars

37

Civil Engineer

2000 Jackal is my first bike.  Just learned to ride in April 2006



Great way to get started; on a Moto Guzzi.  Way to go!   :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mipiacevino on December 04, 2006, 02:37:23 PM
Dan Landolfi
Age : 23
Occupation : Meat Cutter (not as dirty as it may sound)
Here in the sunniest, most beautiful, hot, humid, sticky Florida

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Aldo on December 04, 2006, 02:59:58 PM
Aldo

Age: 26 (riding old Guzzi's since 18)
Occupation: Military
Married to a very Italian wife, I have a daughter (4 yrs old) and a dog...
I move around a bit, but now in the UK...
My passion for vintage and classic Italian motorcycles came from my father, also a Guzzi owner and on this forum...

Not to new to the forum nor new to Guzzi's, see some of my bikes below:

http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=8361.0
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bob Wegman on December 04, 2006, 03:11:50 PM
Bob Wegman,  55, Rochester, NY
Retired from Rochester Fire Dept. 32.5 yrs
Married 28 yrs to my wife, whom is way too good for me.
Two daughters 27 and 26, both living in NYC.
Hobbies; Motorcycles,  Especially Guzzis, Going to rallys, meeting new friends. Hunting ( although I must be a lousy shot),
Airplanes.
Thinking about going back to school for some updated motorcycle and auto training. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jsciullo on December 04, 2006, 03:20:44 PM
Hey All-
Jim Sciullo (45 act like Im 2 - ask my wife)

Dublin,OH (former Pittsburgher - Go Steelers)

Occupation: Account Mgr - Cisco Systems

Two teenagers, married 20 years.  Live in America's most boring city.

If you like your roads straight - no hills and lots of corn... this is your place.

2000- V11 Sport (she's killin me)
2002 - Cal Spec Sport (best bike I've ever owned)
2005 - BMW L1200LT (the wife bike)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on December 04, 2006, 04:19:44 PM
Hey all, I'm Matt from North Dakota and this is my first post!

I'm 42 and live a couple miles from Canada (Manitoba) and a couple miles from Minnesota.

Welcome Matt! I thought I would introduce myself since I'm probably the closest Guzzi rider to you. Are you in Pembina?
Eric and I live in Moorhead, MN. Not too many Guzzis in this part of the country.  :D
We make it up your way a couple of times a year, but only on the way to Winnipeg. Being Canadian, Eric needs his fix of Tim Hortons coffee.  ;D

I've been to Canada quite a few times - Sault Ste. Marie, Sudburry, Parry Sound and a few others along the way.  Gotta have my Tim Hortons coffee when I'm on the Canadian side of the border. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: egn6 on December 05, 2006, 07:12:50 AM
Ernie Nappi
61, Italian/Hunky blend
South Park, PA (a little south of Pittsburgh)
Small Office Equipment Business Owner
Married 1st-17 years, 2nd-15 years
Wife-Cathy (will not ride in a sidecar...yeeesh!)
7 year old female Bichon, Sammie-loves motorcycles
Motto:  Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jim mac on December 06, 2006, 06:27:38 AM
Hi,

Jim from Edinburgh in Scotland  (53) - some of the best biking roads in UK
Married with 4 kids, 21,19 , 8,6   -  don't belive your wife when she says she wants a last kid before she gets to old - it turns into two !!
Manager for a copyright organisation
own a Convert - greatest bike ever produced by Guzzi !  and a Cali 1100i that is bleeding me dry by one small fault at a time - currnetly is in dismantled state to change the gear shift return spring
Hobbies include earning enough money to keep my kids out of state schools - that doesn't leave enough time for anything else

I ride my bike(s) all year round to work etc - only ice keeps me off the road
I am always amazed when I see how many of you guys own 3 or more bikes, and how cheap they are compared to UK where everything is a rip off - petrol is currently $9.00 a gallon. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motoscotto on December 06, 2006, 08:59:20 AM
Hi eveyone,
Scott Orville
Lake Nebagamon, Wi
Married
52 yrs old
2 children
2 grandchildren
Hobbies are  motorcycles, archery, hunting, tounament pool, something to do in the winter.
1999 Black Bassa
1987 Heritage Softail
2000 Zohgshen 125GY
1982 Honda 200 ATC
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mikebui on December 24, 2006, 02:07:14 PM
Hello Guzzists,

I'm Mike Bui
Born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1964 now resigned in Katy, TX
Married
2 boy’s 7 and 10 yrs old and 1 dog.
I get to play on computers for a living!
Now back into riding after 25 yrs off the saddle.

Hobbies include the family, motorcycles, photography, music, martial art, downhill skiing, golf, camping, cooking and love to travel all over the world.

PEACE ON EARTH; GOODWILL TO ALL. TIS THE SEASON. MAY THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BLESS EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE LANDS. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: swalker on December 24, 2006, 02:29:50 PM
Steve Walker
MGNOC Arkansas Rep
Joined the club in 83....
51 years old
Married 32 years....
Journeyman Lineman
Wore Out...but still able to ride....
Bikes Too!!!!
Wants to Retire..and continue Riding....
Enjoys Vintage Coin Operated Machines....
and other things Too................ ................... .

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matteo on December 24, 2006, 10:25:12 PM
Greetings to all, Matt Manfredi here of Anchorage Alaska, born in Bari Italy, raised in NYC, Moved to Alaska in 1980 and did 20 years in the US Coast Guard (mostly Kodiak Island) as a Helo Crewman/Mechanic. I am In the air ambulance buisness now , so if you get medvaced out of here you might cross my path.I had bikes as a teenager and got back into them when I retired from thr CG. Always wanted a Guzzi and started adopting strays that I found. An 82 V50III, an 83 and 84 1000SP and when the local dealer showd me a shiny black 2000 Jackal I couldnt resist. Joined MGNOC last year, or was it this year?  After logging a couple of trips on the Alcan I figured a little more protection and fuel range would be just the ticket, ABS would be nice to have when those Moose decide to get a closer look. So when Greg field announced the arrival of a Red Norge in Seattle I decided that was it. So I am waiting till May to pick it up. I have been entertained and informed by this forum for a few years now but somehow never got around to joining. Anyway.
Salute to all!
Matt
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matteo on December 24, 2006, 11:30:14 PM
Hi Larry, yes it will. I see you have a V7. Did you see the Dutch tour post?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: donn on December 25, 2006, 01:23:47 PM
That dutchman is making a great go of it!  My  beater V7 is more of a rolling experiment than anything else. Junkyard on wheels ;D

Donn Cave, Seattle.  I had one just like it almost 30 years ago, white 1974 El Dorado, and was idly thinking about riding it to Brazil.  I remember reading that there's no road through Panama to Colombia, have to ferry.  Don't remember if there are real roads from Venezuela to Brazil, I think that may be open to question.  Anyway, this V7 wouldn't have been the bike for that trip.  Eventually the transmission ground itself up, and I sold the bike for parts and went back to bicycling.

Now I have a white California II that appears to be in better shape, I wear a lot better riding gear, the local Moto Guzzi dealer is a whole different universe of better than what we had in the late '70s, and Moto Guzzi is looking pretty sharp with the new models.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matteo on December 25, 2006, 03:30:04 PM
Donn, have a look at this.
http://travelluna42.blogspot.com/

Matt
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ChuckH on December 26, 2006, 06:58:53 AM
Chuck Hoefflin

73 years of age, married 48 years, two grown children, three grandchildren

Twice retired as a Mechanical Engineer; first from Cummins Engine Co after quite a few years (three at a Technical Center in Germany), second from Waukesha Engine after nine years.  Now working (don't laugh, someone has to do it) at a local golf course so I can play for free.

Located in Columbus, Indiana (the Athens of the Prairie, home of Cummins Engine Co and Tony Stewart, if you are NASCAR inclined)

Cycling (Long distance touring and rides to cycle rallies.  Current ride is a Kawa Voyager, expect to move to 1st Guzzi, Breva or Norge in a year), Golfing (almost shot my age last year, this year will be easier since I'm older and wiser), Teaching Sunday School Class for my age group and working around the house and yard.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mike LaB. on December 26, 2006, 02:41:10 PM
Hello All,
I'm Mike LaBozzetta. Been a Forum member and MGNOC member since October of 2002. I don't log on very much but I do enjoy reading these posts and putting my two cents in on occasion.
I'm 59 yo, and married to the same woman for almost thirty six years. She's my favorite passenger and we enjoy weekend rides together.
I'm a carpenter working for the county school system, hopefully with only two and a half years to retirement.
I live in southeast Florida a bit west of Ft. Lauderdale, closer to the 'glades than the ocean.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistaracing on December 26, 2006, 05:20:47 PM
Name: Audun Tveito
Age: 35(36 in a few days)
Lives in Norway
Occupation: salesperson at a hardwhare shop. Ex. car mekanic.
( I still have not got home with the whole pay check as it is too much tools to be bought! "I just need that for this job that I am going to do on this bike please darling let me buy it!!Please!")
hobbies: Guzzi, classic motorcycles, hunting, beer, tuning of my motorcycles(a neverending procect, How to get 50
bhp out of an old 500cc single guzzi!) ;D
All this in between my kids, Charlotte, age 13, Signe, age 3 and last Sondov, age 3months!
Member of the Moto Uniche group. A group of scandinavian "Guzzista" that has a "need" to modify their Guzzis!http://www.motouniche.dk/
And this is me in my shop!(http://www.motouniche.dk/Gruppen/Audun/A1.JPG)



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzidad on December 26, 2006, 08:33:44 PM
   Steve Wagner
   age:54
   Spring Hill, FL (35 miles north of Tampa)
   Mechanic/electrician in the corrugated box industry
   2 grown sons, 2 grand kids, one Ex-wife
   Current bikes
     96 1100 Sport (Gina) 101,400 miles
     04 Triumph Tiger  54,500 miles
     
   Been riding Guzzis since 1983. Used to live in Wisconsin. 15,000 miles a year was a good year. Moved to Florida 5 years ago and am now averaging 40,000 a year. (Hey, I work 6 days a week). Much better. If I ever get to retire maybe I can ride as much as I want.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on December 26, 2006, 09:40:03 PM
   Steve Wagner
   age:54
   Spring Hill, FL (35 miles north of Tampa)
   Mechanic/electrician in the corrugated box industry
   2 grown sons, 2 grand kids, one Ex-wife
   Current bikes
     96 1100 Sport (Gina) 101,400 miles
     04 Triumph Tiger  54,500 miles
     
   Been riding Guzzis since 1983. Used to live in Wisconsin. 15,000 miles a year was a good year. Moved to Florida 5 years ago and am now averaging 40,000 a year. (Hey, I work 6 days a week). Much better. If I ever get to retire maybe I can ride as much as I want.

Don't you miss our nice weather?   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on December 27, 2006, 06:33:36 AM
   Steve Wagner
   age:54
   Spring Hill, FL (35 miles north of Tampa)
   Mechanic/electrician in the corrugated box industry
   2 grown sons, 2 grand kids, one Ex-wife
   Current bikes
     96 1100 Sport (Gina) 101,400 miles
     04 Triumph Tiger  54,500 miles
     
   Been riding Guzzis since 1983. Used to live in Wisconsin. 15,000 miles a year was a good year. Moved to Florida 5 years ago and am now averaging 40,000 a year. (Hey, I work 6 days a week). Much better. If I ever get to retire maybe I can ride as much as I want.

You are lucky you live that far North of Tampa, but probably still get a bunch of the traffic. When I lived down there I wondered how anyone could ride in that mess. Half of the people can't drive and the other half can't see but they're all behind the wheel.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: centauro on December 27, 2006, 07:08:11 AM
Valerio Barone
Age: 52
Born and raised in Italy- came to the US in 1970
Live and work in Northwest Florida (Fort Walton Beach)
Occupation: Full-time General Aviation A & P mechanic - 30% retired
Happily married to a wonderful woman for 30 years. Both of our kids are married, one grand daughter and another on the way.
My son Aldo recently joined the board, himself a Guzzi rider with 2 bikes.
Bikes: 1984 SP 1000 and 1985 Vespa PX 150E
Hobbies: Wrenching on anything mechanical, cooking, listening to classical and instrumental music, phylosophy, armchair-economist and statesman, and generally addicted to knowledge.
Dislikes: Yardwork, consumerism, newfangled techno-garbage, and anything that does not improve the human condition
Now you know me,

Val

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ptrkbeam on December 27, 2006, 07:59:22 AM
Hello, everyone.

I'm Patrick Beaman.
Third generation Houstonian now living in Katy with my bride, Stella.
Graphic designer.
Hobbies are riding and learning about my '02 LeMans ( owned for 10 days - thanks MPH! ), riding, fishing, reading, travel...

Happy New Year.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: VA Sean on January 17, 2007, 04:04:49 PM
bump

Noticed we had lots of new members over the past few weeks.

Don't be shy guys.

 ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MG_Rocket on January 17, 2007, 04:30:08 PM
Hello,

Marty Tully,
almost 50,
"Postal"
in northeast PA area.

No bike yet, but soon, very very soon.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on January 17, 2007, 06:24:38 PM
What are you looking for?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: double.d on January 17, 2007, 10:19:21 PM
David Deambrogio
Brisbane AUS. Where it used to rain.
45 yo
sort of married ???
Aluminium sales rep
Sports. The Griso
Relax.    The LM4
Hobby.   Woodwork
Drink.   Anything from Mr Walker
Goal.   To own as many Guzzi's as some of you guys
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Kiwikid on January 18, 2007, 02:37:52 AM
Matt Whale
Ohakune, Noth Island, New Zealand (Where are all the kiwis? )
33 years old
Occupation: Fitter and Turner at a pulp mill
Not married yet but soon, no children but soon. Have a loving partner and she doesnt love bikes. So I go to rallys on my own, YEHAAAAAA.
Bikes: 1 rooted 1000s stripping the gear box at the moment ( very important must be done right now cant be put on hold)
Hobbies: Guzzis, hunting, fishing and boozing with my mates.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SalinasDave on January 18, 2007, 08:55:54 PM
David Kimberly
Gave up practicing law to teach special education
live in Monterey County, CA
Married
2 daughters
Both in college, 1 married (to an Austrian).
'04 Breva
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Frank Smith on January 18, 2007, 09:15:21 PM
I thought I already did this once or twice.  Check back through the thread.

I'm Frank. ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: toddhaven on January 18, 2007, 09:19:30 PM
I thought I already did this once or twice.  Check back through the thread.

I'm Frank. ;)

Hi Frank!!

We're here for you!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Frank Smith on January 18, 2007, 09:36:22 PM
I thought I already did this once or twice.  Check back through the thread.

I'm Frank. ;)

Hi Frank!!

We're here for you!!

I don't have to stand up and tell you everything I've done wrong to anybody in my life tonight, do I?

It's getting late and I have work tomorrow.   :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stephen on January 19, 2007, 07:34:33 AM
What a bunch of nice folks! I looked at Guzzis for years, I guess partly because of my Italian heritage, and partly because they are beutiful bikes.
I rode Harleys for 14 plus years starting in 1985, they were just coming up from the AMF mess, and recently formed HOG. It was fun riding and hanging out with like minded folks. But as the years went on and Harley got greedy and stuck on itself, I noticed the cliental started to change. Yes we all rode Harleys but I found it harder to find anyone to talk about the bikes and touring the people changed, could not talk about what tires, oil, roads, camping gear or anything , even the HOG Rallies seemed to cater to a group that just meets and parks rather than rides.
All this to say this is a fine group, I noticed alot of Mechanics, Technicians, Engineers and the like. People who enjoy the machine. Even when there are "problems" with Moto Guzzi , atleast everyone can talk about problems, solutions, and ideas.

Great group!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God Bless and Let's have a great 2007

Stephen
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sbaker on January 19, 2007, 12:08:00 PM

Hi:

My name is Sam

I'm a Guzziholic

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on January 19, 2007, 03:03:48 PM

Hi:

My name is Sam

I'm a Guzziholic



You poor man.  We have a treatment program for you here!   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: norflog76 on January 19, 2007, 05:19:26 PM
Randy Ullery - OFBG
58
Retired Elect Engr Aerospace
Silver City, New Mexico
Hobbies - old motorcycles, new motorcycles, ride motorcyles, read about motorcycles, fix motorcycles, take pictures of motorcycles, talk about motorcycles,  visit motorcycle people,
go to motorcycle rallies

56 Norton ES2
64 Norton Featherlastic 850
65 DKW 50cc
66 Norton Atlas - current project
69 Norton Fastback
71 Norton basket case
71 B50T
71 B50SS project
73 Triumph Trident project-in-waiting
73 Montessa trials project-in-waiting
73 Honda XL175   hey how did that get in there?
74 Norton Commando owned since new
75 Norton Commando that I  wore out and needs rebuilt
76 Triumph Bonneville project-in-waiting
73 Eldorado last plated in 1978, recently brought back to life, current project
94 Ducati Monster, stolen, wrecked and returned to me
95 Guzzi California
Want to get:  Adventure Touring machine

I have a 10 acre parcel just  outside of town.  Guzzi riders welcome to stop and pitch a tent if you're passing through this area.  Also a couple of great twisty roads in the area.

I bought  a bunch of old bike projects and saved them for retirement.  Now I got a lot of stuff to do!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sbaker on January 19, 2007, 05:34:39 PM

Hi:

My name is Sam

I'm a Guzziholic



You poor man. We have a treatment program for you here! ;D

How many steps????
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mike Craven on April 28, 2007, 06:36:23 PM
My lurking days are over...
Mike Craven, 50, electrical engineer (Yellowjacket)
Atlanta, GA, USA
1983 Cali II which I bought in '93 after getting the OK from the late John Hoffman.  John was the local highly regarded Guzzi dealer-mechanic (and parts/mechanic shop for any Italian machines).  I also had called Harper's to see what they had to say.  Almost always take vacation with my wife on the back and have been through a lot of N.America... Nova Scotia and Victoria BC are the farthest points.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I often have burgers and beer with the Atlanta GA gaggle. And even did an Alps tour with a rental from Alis and Peter.  That was inspired by and overlapped with Bill Hagan and Kathy for a couple of days.  Still owe Bill for his hospitality and counsel on that trip. 
Planning on the US National Rally in MN this year.
MGNOC L-715 (wife, Sue, is L-716), 2 married kids, 2 grandkids, dog, '74 Lotus Europa, '83 Jag XJ6 (wife's everyday driver)
Cheers,
    - Mike -
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rjamesohio on December 19, 2007, 04:11:50 PM
Ron James
53 - married, two sons, 2 cats and 1 Border Collie
Central Region Manager, Datamax
Hobbies - cars, restoring motorcycles, music, travel, making anything
favorite movie - Rain Man
'I'm an excellent rider'


(http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh141/rjamesohio/Ron_Ferrari.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Spud on December 19, 2007, 07:44:19 PM
Bob Hague

53 years old (but still immature)

Head of a small manufacturing company

Columbus, Ohio
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: radan2 on December 19, 2007, 07:48:33 PM
Jim Wayne
63, single
Jacksonville, NC
retired middle school teacher and part-time coordinator of academic competitions for Onslow County Schools.  Yes, I am smarter than a fifth grader.
Active in the PGR, enjoy writing
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Maka In Oz on December 19, 2007, 08:13:08 PM
Hi,
Maka in Oz - just down the road from Mr Roper
49 yo (honest!)
Wife (of a couple of dozen years) + 3 kids (all still at home) + cocker spaniel.
Ex RAAF navigator (21+ years), now Information Security/Defence Acquisition consultant
Riding since '75, Guzzi since Y2k
Other interests:  RC planes, blues harp, kids' bands various (roadie/manager/sound engineer).
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FGO on December 19, 2007, 08:48:08 PM
Hi, Jon Margrave in So Cal, 52yo, Aerospace Engineer/Director.  MX racer in early 70's (Jawa, CZ, Penton and Ossa), current pariah on WG, frequently Pete Roper west coast minder.  love guzzi's, currently supporting a 72 Eldo, 73 cop eldo project, 2002 crashed Lemans, 2002 SS, 07 Griso and a few odd ricers.  rode older ducs and brit bikes in the 70's - early 80's, switched to modern jap sport bikes for a few years until my reflexes and drivers license points could not handle them....
Conviced the missus to live close to the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu and near the LA mountains for many of the best MC roads around....

(http://www.geocities.com/mgnoc_socal/Pic-JonMargrave.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 19, 2007, 09:44:47 PM
Well, this is an interesting bunch.  :o Lots of gearheads, of course. No wonder that Guzzi rallys are so much fun..
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: WFORIDER on December 19, 2007, 10:51:44 PM
Joe Meyers.....living in Sacramento Ca.....Current BMW Motorcycle salesman for the last 3 years.

Past life Neon Artist for 18 years....Been riding since I was 8...have had about 30 motorcycles....was a expert racer...now just track days...

Lost my right leg to a staph infection from a 70'S surgery from a bike accident ....layed dormant for 24 years and came back to screw with me about 5 years ago...still ride dirt and do track days....like tattoos   and dogs and married to a great lady who endures it all.

age 54 ::) Also his a picture of my right riding boot...

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2104/2128315456_0bd06e5eec.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzi_sean on December 19, 2007, 11:03:56 PM

Hello all, I'm a newbie to the forum, but I've been riding goose for some time

Name:  Sean
Age:  33
Location:  Central Mass.
Occupation:  Scientist
Bike:  00 Moto Guzzi Quota, my one and only :'(
Married, two kids
Interests:  Motorcycles, Dog Training, Wine, Islay Malts
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 1 Jackal Rider on December 19, 2007, 11:11:53 PM
Name: Tom Prescott

Age: 46 yrs.

Location: Fayetteville, NC.

Occupation: we don't need no stinckin' occupation

Bikes: 84' Le Mans III, 00' Jackal, 06' Victory 8 Ball and 08 Kawi KLR

Interests: Girls,Guns,Bikes and Bluegrass

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: scra99tch on December 20, 2007, 12:27:53 AM
Name: Jim Knight

Age: 27 years.

Location: Wilton, NH.

Occupation: Lead Machinist, Make lead screws.

Bikes: 2001 Jackal

Interests: Skiing, Traveling, Beer (the corked kind), Tinkering.

Not yet married but soon real soon.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pfaff! on December 20, 2007, 12:37:31 AM
bump

Noticed we had lots of new members over the past few weeks.

Don't be shy guys.

 ;)

Bump.

-you nearly got me. Pimp!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guido Valvole on December 20, 2007, 12:01:35 PM

Might as well de-lurk...

Carey Russ
55. Look 40, feel like 150 in the morning. All the more reason to wake up after noon.
I live in Martinez, CA, where motorcycle is spelled H A R...
I'm a freelance automotive jounalist. But bikes are more interesting than cars, at least modern cars.
The flock in the garage is a V50II (Topo Gigio, not sexy but ready and willing to run at any time), a Monza (which some day will be back together after the gearbox exploded), and an 86 Le Mans IV, The Beast.

Thanks to NorCal Randy for the LM seat, a vast improvement. And to Mark W for the plug cap. (explanation: the LM went into mourning the day Pavarotti died. Started, ran fine at speed, wouldn't idle. Plug cap mentioned in Guzziology, just try to find one around here. I met Mark at the Alfa Club Italian day, he had a spare. That helped but didn't quite solve the problem. Which turned out to be a weak battery - 12 volts doesn't mean much if there aren't amps behind it. New battery made it all better again. Well, except for the carburetion "adjustments" to fix the electrical problem...)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: christoph on December 20, 2007, 12:24:42 PM
Hey, Chris McGrath
53 years old
Located in Decatur Al but will be moving back to Oregon when I retire in '08
Mechanical engineer in the pulp/paper industry, I make the steam and pulp
Married with 3 daughters, all in college
2001 Ducati ST4 (with 60 k miles), '78 R100/7 (for sale), 1980 CX 100 (in parts on the garage floor)
Been riding since high school and bought my first Guzzi this year, great bike and great forum
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Joe Arena on December 20, 2007, 05:28:04 PM
Joe Arena
51yrs of age
Perth Western Australia
Ride the one and only Yellow Griso in Perth
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzista_Joe on December 20, 2007, 05:53:33 PM
Jose Mourino
38 years old
live in Rochester, Kent, UK with my wife, 3 kids, and two cats

Slowly and gradually breaking away from the day (and night) job to do my own thing:- web design, Spanish-English-Spanish translation, and I'm also setting up a Inventory Agency for the Lettings industry.

In my spare time I set up Squadra Guzzista, an online community for guzzisti. I enjoy history and art but I happiest when I'm doing absolutely nothing, or when I'm riding my bike.

I'm down to just the one Guzzi now, a 2001 Cali Jackal.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bill929 on December 20, 2007, 06:10:37 PM
Bill Finger - 46
Jacksonville, FL
West Jefferson, NC (motorcycle heaven or at least very close to it)
Married, no kids, except for our three dogs and three cats
Environmental Attorney - I help clients recycle environmentally impacted commercial property (a/k/a Brownfields Redevelopment)
Current Bikes:  2007 California Vintage, 2006 BMW F650GS
Past Guzzis:  1985 V65 Lario, 2001 EV, 2001 V11 Sport, 2003 California Titanium
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jhardy on December 21, 2007, 02:29:28 PM
John Hardy
Ramona, CA (San Diego)
Married: Contestant #2
Children: 2 sons, ages 22 and 24
Pets: 1 dog, "Preferred Discussion Partner"
Occupation: Retired Military - US Navy, Naval Aircrewman
                  Current: Defense Contractor
Bikes: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
         1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Other: 1959 Austin Healey Sprite (undergoing marathon restoration)
Other Interests: Pheasant hunting, reading history, trying to understand the logic of Democrats......

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: norCal Randy on December 21, 2007, 02:42:57 PM
John Hardy
Ramona, CA (San Diego)
Married: Contestant #2
Children: 2 sons, ages 22 and 24
Pets: 1 dog, "Preferred Discussion Partner"
Occupation: Retired Military - US Navy, Naval Aircrewman
                  Current: Defense Contractor
Bikes: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
         1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Other: 1959 Austin Healey Sprite (undergoing marathon restoration)
Other Interests: Pheasant hunting, reading history, trying to understand the logic of Democrats......





Hey John,  hope you folks survived another Ramona fire ?   ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jhardy on December 21, 2007, 02:50:06 PM
John Hardy
Ramona, CA (San Diego)
Married: Contestant #2
Children: 2 sons, ages 22 and 24
Pets: 1 dog, "Preferred Discussion Partner"
Occupation: Retired Military - US Navy, Naval Aircrewman
                  Current: Defense Contractor
Bikes: 1989 Ducati 750 Sport
         1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Other: 1959 Austin Healey Sprite (undergoing marathon restoration)
Other Interests: Pheasant hunting, reading history, trying to understand the logic of Democrats......





Hey John,  hope you folks survived another Ramona fire ?   ???

Yeah, dodged the bullet again this year, closest damage to us was about a mile away. Old Julian Highway is a mess as well as a lot of the other East County roads.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: zeta on December 21, 2007, 03:08:58 PM
Mike Adams

52, hey that's 25 if you're dyslexic

Math Teacher

Manitou Springs, Co

1 Dog (Diesel), 1 wife, 3 kids (one of each), 3 grandkids (one of each)--not necessarily in order of importance ::)

Turn-offs - the ones that lead to the twisties

Turn-ons - hippie chicks that smell like patchouli and Italian stuff.

Bikes:  Norge, 2 08) KLR's, 250 ninja, pitster

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: norCal Randy on December 21, 2007, 03:35:15 PM

Might as well de-lurk...

Carey Russ
55. Look 40, feel like 150 in the morning. All the more reason to wake up after noon.
I live in Martinez, CA, where motorcycle is spelled H A R...
I'm a freelance automotive jounalist. But bikes are more interesting than cars, at least modern cars.
The flock in the garage is a V50II (Topo Gigio, not sexy but ready and willing to run at any time), a Monza (which some day will be back together after the gearbox exploded), and an 86 Le Mans IV, The Beast.

Thanks to NorCal Randy for the LM seat, a vast improvement. And to Mark W for the plug cap. (explanation: the LM went into mourning the day Pavarotti died. Started, ran fine at speed, wouldn't idle. Plug cap mentioned in Guzziology, just try to find one around here. I met Mark at the Alfa Club Italian day, he had a spare. That helped but didn't quite solve the problem. Which turned out to be a weak battery - 12 volts doesn't mean much if there aren't amps behind it. New battery made it all better again. Well, except for the carburetion "adjustments" to fix the electrical problem...)





Welcome to the Zoo, Carey.....well you've been lurking so you  probably already know that.   :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guido Valvole on December 21, 2007, 07:16:08 PM
Thanks Randy. Yeah, this place is quite the entertaining and educational zoo.  ;D

And it's not like I meet Guzzi riders much around here. I've even gotten the "do they still make those?" comment.

See you up in Winters some time when a) something's running and b) I'm not going out of town the next day.

Carey
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: trev in albion par on December 21, 2007, 07:23:31 PM
Hi :)
Trev 51
Fitter and turner
Albion Park Australia
Guzzi EV
surfing, black powder guns,photography,bush walking, oh and my wife Anne ::)
Merry christmas all
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motowfo on July 16, 2008, 02:48:14 PM
oops
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on July 16, 2008, 03:26:02 PM
oops

(this must be the guy who voted " 'They' are looking for me ... Unsafe ..."   on the "...CLOSET"  thread !!   )  :D ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rboe on July 16, 2008, 03:44:36 PM
Victor Kennedy
53
English professor
Slovenia

You know it's a small world when you join a new forum and only guy you know is from Slovenia, half a world away - and from another forum.

Ron Boe
54
Computer Tech
Phoenix
Married - no kids, three dogs, two cats and no bikes - yet. Makes me a poser for now.

Woodworking, astronomy, pistol shooting and if it would only snow - X-country skiing, looking at getting back into riding.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: AWBILLO on July 16, 2008, 03:48:30 PM
Bill Brunetti, 63, retired, married, Torrance, Cal., '04 Cal EVT, '78 Vespa P200E, R1150GS

Happiness & Health
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: motowfo on July 16, 2008, 05:55:44 PM
Rick Mathis
57
I live in a binary world (Financial management systems)
Franklin, TN
Indentured, Children and Associated offspring residing outside of my domicile

Motorcycling, Dog Agility Coach (in training), AOS
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: prof_stack on July 16, 2008, 07:10:16 PM
Norm Hardy, in Seattle,  57 (seems to be popular "decayed" on this forum)
HS math teacher,  Wife and son
Been riding since I was 16, on 7 motorcycles (but not at one time).
Scary accident 06/2007 but now mostly mended.
Other hobbies:  bicycling, acoustic guitar, cheesemaking, coffee roasting
Favorite number:  33
Current ride:  between bikes, but I'm looking.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BoBo on July 16, 2008, 07:34:04 PM
Eh, here goes.

Robert Oler (BoBo is for Bob O)
26 years old
Cedar Rapids, IA
OTR Truck driver
Single, no kids, no debt, mildly insane
Former collector of "youngest rider" plaques at Guzzi rallies  8)
Love comedy, hate censorship.

Grew up on a hog farm here in Iowa (IOWA the corn state not the potato state) been into Guzzi since Ned's started selling them in '96 or so.  Been riding since the Honda Minitrail days of my youth.  I love the three "G's" which is guitars, guns, and Guzzi's.  I've really enjoyed browsing through the forum here.  Lot of interesting folks which is part of what got me into Guzzi in the first place.  Fun fact:  girlfriend broke up with me in High School because I refused to get a limo for prom and instead rode my dad's 1996 California and spent most of the night riding around in my tux pretending I was James Bond.  I also am happy to still be riding after having a serious accident on my 1998 EV in 2003.  Took a year to get back up and riding but I haven't looked back since.  I play guitar, drums, banjo, and sometimes think I can sing.  Other than that I'm an old Guzzi rider in training.

Anything else y'all want to know you can ask.  See you at the Wisconsin Rally in August.  Look for the gray/black sport.

BoBo
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: philp on July 16, 2008, 08:33:19 PM
Eh, here goes.

Robert Oler (BoBo is for Bob O)
26 years old
.....

STOP!!!!!

BoBo.  Either you intro'd on the wrong forum or there is a typo up there...  26 years old?  I think there is an over 50 rule to riding guzzi's.    :D :D :D
Actually, at 43 I thought I was one of the babies, although I'm pretty sure there are a few folks here a couple years younger than me.  ;)

Seriously, welcome.  I just couldn't keep from noting you are one of the younger guzzi riders to post to this thread.

Enjoy and once again, welcome.

-Phil
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: lyns57 on July 16, 2008, 09:34:42 PM
Lynette, in Kansas City area
Age 51...yes, me too, in the 50s
Business Manager
Enjoying my first Guzzi, a Norge named Andor.  He's a keeper!
I read the Guzzi forums to learn from others.  Small community, but spread across the globe.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: timbone on July 16, 2008, 09:40:28 PM
Tim Williams, 48 years old, from Cumming GA
Civil/Construction Engineer for a large national contractor working on the constant expansion of Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport.
Married with no kids, two dogs and a cat.
Current bike is a black 2000 Bassa. Hobbies include lurking, swapping relays, torquing bolts, filing gas caps and installing hose clamps. Oh yeah, I also enjoy riding, camping and frisbee golf.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on July 17, 2008, 01:57:19 AM
OK, guess I'll jump in here: 

Grew up in south Louisiana, attended LSU now and again while working as a parts clerk, warehouseman, truck driver, apprentice electrician, gas pump jockey, tech writer, industrial maintenance planner, computer salesman, lab technician, programmer, and software instructor.  Longer "careers" included twelve years in industrial instrumentation, and fifteen in my own real property appraisal business.  Volunteer gigs included several stints as a Boy Scout leader, soccer coach, weight trainer for teen athletes, guitar teacher, and an interim minister (now that’s a 4 sixpack story!) 
I finally discovered my “calling”  and headed back to Grad. School at Tulane, in my 40's. 

Thirty-one total years of marriage (two loong strikes, then a home run.)  Six kids, many dogs. 
Major Relocation in 1999 from God Nose to God’s Country, beautiful northern Idaho -- a state with more than 6000 named mountains, wonderful riding roads, and an almost charming way of being out of step with the "real world."

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 15, more on than off, and have owned maybe 18 bikes across the years. 
My Jackal, Oso, is my first Moto Guzzi.  It will likely be among my last bikes, too,
but may well get a stable-mate before Last Call. 

I’m 63 in countable years,
   and range from the age of 16 -- when next to a Harley at a stoplight --
   to maybe 85 -- each morning, before my first mug of Louisiana coffee. 

Family genetics point to at least another 40 years for me; “my people” tend to hang in there until they finally Get It Right. 

My wonderful wife Barb and I live near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with our quiet cat and two terrific dogs. 
We have a couple of grandchildren already, and several more promised soon. 

We ride our bicycles and hike, take the dogs ‘waaaaaaay out in the deep forest to run in the mountain streams, and camp every chance we get.  Our mutual passions are our family and our animals.  Every now and again, I pick up one my favorite guitars and let my fingers remember what my head has long since forgotten.  Like my riding, it's a trip through my life's time. 

Barb and I are both clinical psychotherapists; we co-own a small mental health clinic in Coeur d’Alene. 
Barb’s clients mostly refer to her as “wonderful.”
Mine mostly refer to me as the “psycho  therapist.” 

Now you know another reason why I ride . . . 


(right-click on my Avatar pic; select "View Image".  The little one's a FatBoy, in the twisties . . .  ) 


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Cave on July 17, 2008, 08:39:45 AM
Cave Luther  - Teeth are 62, mind is juvenile, knees/hips are older than dirt.
On a long, steep gravel road
Nedrow, NY (Near Syracuse)

Married 27 years (this time).  Two kids, two grandsons.  Two dogs.

I manage a campus grocery store for S.U. 
In addition to motorcycling I enjoy “wet” hiking (When Celebrex kicks in).  “Wet” as in tromping through creeks and climbing waterfalls.  Snowshoeing.  Unwinding in my two-story treehouse.

2004 Stone (With Windjammer III)
1964 Honda 305 Dream – in boxes and crates, waiting for me to retire

Former bikes
1973 Honda CB350
1974 Honda CB750-4 (With Windjammer II)
____ Honda 400 twin
____ Honda CX500 (Another one with a ‘Jammer)
1978 Honda CB750-SS
1984 Yamaha Virago 700
1997 Yamaha Virago 1100S


Some of my former cages
(just the ones I wish I had back)
1920 Ford Model “T” – ground-up restoration – (It was my Dad’s car but I did all the work on it [he paid the bills]).  I touched every nut and bolt...  poured the Babbitt, rewound the mag, recored the radiator, rebuilt the tranny..., etc.
1951 Crosley
1960 Renault 4CV
1954 Chevy
1969 Datsun 510 wagon  (Bolt for bolt, the best built car I’ve ever owned)
1953 Stude Commander
1970 VW bus (Twin carbs and Hurst - no kidding - shifter!)
1957 MGA – ground-up restoration – Anyone know any British wiring jokes?  They ain’t jokes!

Current tractor – 1953 Ford NAA w/front snow blade and 3-pt salt/sander

Former tractors
1953 Farmall Cub – ground-up restoration – trophy winner
1953 Oliver 880 row crop – baling wire and JB weld restoration  ::) – hard worker
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Barker45 on July 17, 2008, 10:21:57 AM
Barker Stein
35
Union Occupied Northern Virginia
Army Vet (former helicopter pilot- UH-60s)
job= LEO
Married with no kids (yet) and no pets
I have a few Guzzis and love them all
Other passions include; shooting sports, history, vintage bicycles, and reading
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: skibum on July 17, 2008, 12:39:40 PM
Larry Belasco
53 years of living a dissolute lifestyle
Married to a tattooed red-headed goddess
Public Interest Attorney - represent children in abuse and neglect proceedings
Obsessive motorcyclist and snow skier
First motorcycle @ 13 - Hodaka Ace 100
Living in Reno, Nevada - but consider myself a chauvinistic Manhattanite
Animal lover (not literally)
Unrepentant liberal
Masochist - as witnessed by Guzzi, Triumph & BSA ownership  8)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gus on July 17, 2008, 01:20:33 PM
Paul "Gus" Davis
57
Small Business Owner
St. Peter, MN
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JJ on July 17, 2008, 01:40:18 PM
Hello

John J. Cerilli ("JJ")

53 - Leo

Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, AXT, Inc.
www.axt.com
Fremont, CA

Married, no kids, two cats

Interests:
Motorcycles, sport touring, motorcycle memoribilia, wrist watches, (old and new), vintage motorcycles, www.vintagemotorcyc lesonline.com, antiques, pocketknives, guns, cars, (old and new), traveling, camping, enjoying life!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wileefox on July 17, 2008, 02:31:33 PM
Jeff Fox
Age 49
Minot ND
Information Security Specialist for ING http://www.ing-usa.com

Current Bike 98 EV
Former bike '77 Benelli SEI
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: stone4jerry on July 17, 2008, 06:11:10 PM

Jerry Ledbetter
age 57, retired but I volunteer as a computer class instructor a couple days a week.
Married and living near the grandchildren in North Charleston, South Carolina.
I've been riding motorcycles since 1971.  Currently own two Stones, 2002 and 2004.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Howard R on July 17, 2008, 07:42:38 PM
I seem to have somehow missed this thread the first fourteen or so times it apparently popped up, so I'll jump in now.

Howard Rhinehart
54
electrical engineer, at a (much too) small biotech company
Laurel, Maryland
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dharma Bum on July 17, 2008, 10:58:39 PM
Mike Poeckes
Colorado Springs
Age 61
Utility Supervisor
One wifeof 33 years, two adult children, two grandaughters, two dogs, two cats
but only one Guzzi (96 Cali), Suzuki VX 800, and an SR500 frame hanging on the wall and boxes of parts.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Shakey on July 17, 2008, 11:39:59 PM
We're supposed to have identities? OK

Steve Cox
Retired Navy Submarine Service
Semi Retired Computer Repair Business Owner
Married to a very patient lady,  have 3 adult kids... physically at least  ;D, and one grandson who will someday ride a motorcycle (or so he says when sitting on the Guzzi).
57 going on 39, for the 19th time.
Bikes:
'03 California EV Touring
'08 Triumph 675 Street Triple (talk about a different ride)
Been riding since 1968, still feels great to be in the saddle.
Hobbies: Enjoy photography (B&W film... yes it still exists) and target shooting. Varmint hunt when I can find the time.
Pets: '88 Jaguar XJ-SC V12 and two male Schnauzers Fritz und Schatz. The brothers from another planet.
Now aren't we all supposed to gather in a circle and sing Kumbaya, or something?
Reside in Kitsap County, Washington, but originally from the Bay Area down in the People's Republic of California.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mtwillyman on July 18, 2008, 12:51:30 AM
 ;D Don Wilson, 44, Rigger/Truck driver, Port Ludlow,WA.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 5757prevo on July 18, 2008, 07:38:37 AM
Bon Jour     Norm Prevost  married 30 years to my best friend,together 35. Two great kids #1 daughter-school teacher    son in law -law enforcement. #1 son Mrechant Marine-engine         50 years old  self employed janitor   own rental properties
  Lewiston,Maine

  Interest:fishing, boating ,coach competition rifle,member local school board
  1934 wooden sailboat         1976 850 LeMans
  1968 Cadillac Sedan de Ville   1979 Donzi X18                                        Beinvenue                                                                                       
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hockeynut on July 18, 2008, 08:56:30 AM
Love this forum - need it as the nearest competent dealer (IMHO) is 4 hrs away.

Dave LaBelle
Westby, WI
Age - 47
Manufacturing Manager for a large printing operation

Recently divorced after 25 yrs.   
5 kids - 3  grown and out of the house - the last 2 are still with me.  Four girls and a boy.  All played hockey. Yes, girls play hockey.  I'm actually going through withdrawl as #4 decided to give it up after 3 yrs of playing on a Tier 1 national level team.  Running the youngest for Softball now and am getting used to sitting in the warm sunshine.

Started riding in the early 70's when I saved up my newspaper route earnings for my first mini bike.  The 70's were great for that - Rupps, mini trails and then all the nice dirt bikes they were coming out with.  Got my first road bike (Yamaha RD125) at 16, actually took my drivers license test on my bike and not in a car.  Drove for a few more years, then got married and started having kids.  Didn't own a bike again until age 40 - it was long overdue.   Had a couple Asian cruisers and decided I needed something different.  I tell people riding and the $ for the new Norge is my divorce therapy. 

Interests:
My kids sports
Riding
Old Mercedes diesels 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Revlis on July 18, 2008, 03:24:43 PM
Keith

Age: 36

Occupation:  Art Director

Location:  Just North of Seattle Washington

Bikes:  Been riding on the street for 14 years, all sport bikes until the Griso. 15 years or so of dirt experiance as kid on top of that.

1994 GSX-R 750 Only transportation for a few years.

2000 Honda CBR 1100 XX  Decided I wanted something more comfortable...  Still my only transportation.

2002 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa  Decided I wanted something Evil and Black.  Love this Bike, finally have a car of my own.

2007 Moto Guzzi Griso, Decided it was time to grow up... But only a little tiny bit.   :)   This bike has put the fun back into riding.  Reminds me of why I started riding again. 

Interests:

Riding, Driving, Photography, Art, Shooting, Work...   

Happily married for the last 14 years or so, Prior Military, Prior Government, Currently employed in the Motor sports industry.

I'm loving the Pacific Northwest and The Griso...   


This Guy.  Me with both the Griso and my Busa.  A buddy of mine was up from Tampa and she was riding the Busa.   
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l78/Revlis1300/Moto%20Guzzi%20Griso/IMG_3747.jpg)



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: The Professor on July 18, 2008, 04:18:00 PM
Jim Guest
Professor - Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical Nutrition
Former Police officer (Patrol, Traffic, Detective (Burglary Division), SWAT team member, Police Academy Instructor (Defensive tactics and related topics)
Age 63
Unable to ride anything for the past three weeks due to a herniated disk (not bike related).  I typically ride every day so not riding is quite difficult.  I should be able to ride again next week.
Hobbies: Motorcycles, Martial arts - Shotokan karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kojasho, American Kenpo (Ed Parker's system), Krav Maga, and a bit of Aikido.
I was formerly owned by a 2000 Jackal that now owns Beaver
Currently owned by a BMW R1200RT
I love the RT and miss the Jackal every day, but I know it has an excellent home
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vghp on July 18, 2008, 06:04:35 PM
My name is Vaughn

Drank way too much grappa, wine, and beer at the rally. Met lots of great people. Somehow made it back to Salt Lake City

42 years been riding for 34 of them.

2007 California Vintage
2007 Ducati GT 1000
1975 BMW R90/6

Look forward to next years rally.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on November 19, 2008, 12:47:08 PM
'S been too long with this Thread leaning against the back wall.
We've had quite a few Newbies since the last post here, so I'll toss it to the top: 




BUMP !!

OK -- tell us about yourselves !

MB

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pfaff! on November 19, 2008, 12:49:49 PM
I did not find......Ohh - there you was.....

 ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Luap McKeever on November 19, 2008, 07:18:36 PM
Luap McKeever
38
Computer/Network engineer
Extreme SW corner of Missouri on top of the Ozark Mountains...Lookup Mountain, MO
Happily (re)married with 4 kids (2 at home)
6 year Air Force/Gulf War vet (1989 - 1995) with AMMO (Explosive Ordnance)
Currently have a 73 Eldo and 98 EV...May pick up a Stelvio soon.  Over 100K logged on Guzzis since 1997.
Hobbies: Riding, Hunting, Fishing.  The perfect vacation for me includes a Guzzi, my wife, a 7MM Remington Mag for plinking, and a fishing pole to catch dinner. Alaska maybe?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Doug Doolin on November 19, 2008, 07:29:48 PM
Doug Doolin
Hell of a guy..
Retired from Illinois Department Of Corrections.
52
hobbies: Motorcycles,quads,watching any type of racing except NASCAR.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldyaler on November 19, 2008, 07:31:55 PM
Russell Reeves (Rusty)

49
 
Charlotte,N.C.

Temporarily unemployed.

Currently working as caregiver for my father.

4 time grandpa :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SidecarMike on November 19, 2008, 08:34:47 PM
I guess I never filled this out.

Mike Laubenstein
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Not Menominee or Menomonee Falls but those are other towns in Wisconsin.
As a good friend likes to say, I have 37 years of experience being 21.

Started out my working life as a Jaguar mechanic, retired with bad knees, worked as a motorcycle mechanic, then reschooled as a Computer Network Administrator.  Downsized.  Now I live on a lake and make a living selling your stuff on the Internet and teaching you how to do it yourself.  Did you know there's an online auction site for circus equipment?
Twice married but 32 years this time, Three kids, 5 grandkids.
I've had lots of bikes, started with Harley, eventually switched to Goldwings and now to Guzzi.
This is my first Guzzi and about my eighth sidecar.
Interests include kayaks, target shooting, sidecars, grandchildren, and fly fishing for anything but trout.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Paul Murray on November 19, 2008, 08:43:16 PM
Paul Murray
Storrs, CT
High School English teacher, still dressing up as Sophocles  and Shakespeare to give background lectures
59 years old
Happily Married 27 years
One kid, an engineer, likes cars and bikes- pedal type
I enjoy building things, riding bikes, sailing, rowing, surfing
2001 Jackal- new to it
1965 Porsche 356 Coupe
and my cool barn!!!!! almost done building it!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nmwildog on November 19, 2008, 09:50:16 PM
Name: Steve Farris
Age: 63
Occupation: Trail Contractor
Hobbies: Riding, Hiking, Eating.
Rode my first mini-bike in 1954; US Army Ranger 1964-1971; Got my first Guzzi, a V7, while stationed in Belgium in 1969; Never grew up, too late now, prolly die soon anyhow; 26 yrs with my Kiwi girlfriend; No known kids; My momma told me to go to school or I'd end up digging ditches. After the Army, I went.  Paid my way through school working for a wildcat miner; Taught elementary school, hated it and quit; Taught secondary school, hated it and quit; Taught college, hated it and quit;  Became a museum curator, got bored and quit; 22 yrs ago I packed two weeks worth of food and gear on my back,  hiked 18 miles into the wilderness, and got a job working on the trail.  Been at it since then (Look Ma, I'm a ditch digger!).  Every year I go into the woods for 6-8 months and build trails.  Rest of the year I ride and enjoy living in New Mexico.  I don't hate anything anymore and I'm never bored.
I like this site but I mostly lurk, also I'm wireless for at least half of every year.  I currently have
7 guzzi's. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: apex1397 on November 19, 2008, 10:17:57 PM
Jim McDonald
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: apex1397 on November 19, 2008, 10:24:07 PM
Jim McDonald
Latrobe Pa.
motorcycle mechanic last 5 years (before that worked as a mechanic on everything from Cadillacs to gas turbines)
married 23 years
Longtime lurker on this board,a lot of good information here.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: notsure on November 20, 2008, 04:10:56 AM
Raphael Kogan (AKA Raph)
33
Litchfield County, CT
I'm in Broadcast Engineering so by right my surroundings are unconventional (near a decade of IT and some Military Satcom before that in a prior life) I do a little traveling work alot of strange hours but at the end/beginning of the day I like to think it's worth it
Happily not married but have a great girlfriend that rides dirt (and eventually street) with me and is very supportive of my addiction and my sacrifices.
3yo German Shepherd which is smarter and better company than most people I know.
I learned to ride on a bucket of a theft recovered DR350 that I spent more time wrenching on than riding.  Got a 03 WR450 in my 20s and have ridden as far north as Canada and as far south as the Hatfield McCoy trails in WV.
I've taken at least one week off a year just for riding vacations ever since.  In the time being I've sat on nearly every bike that wasn't made in Milwaukee for the next 4 years trying to find that perfect fit for my transition to street.  Rode Stars, 919’s, VFRs, all lovely but nothing seemed to click. Moved away from the “City”  Found a local dealership that had Guzzi on the floor and found what I was looking for.  Took delivery of my 07 Griso barely a month ago, I've been unable to wipe off the perma-grin since.
I think that previous statement may have pigeon holed me as Kev's definition of a " Guzzi Poseur."  :D   I just don't want to appear as something for appearance's sake. I certainly don't want to appear to be a dentist or lawyer or associated with that ilk.
I don't want a pickle...

Hobbies: Riding, Skiing, Cooking, AV club (J/K), and Camping.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sanman60 on November 20, 2008, 11:31:31 AM
Mike Whitlock
43, married forever, 2 Rottweilers at home
Retired USN, presently aerial survey helicopter pilot
Fishing, gunpowder, kempo karate
3 Guzzis, R75/5, Triumph 500, Norton 850
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: larrys on November 20, 2008, 01:38:59 PM
Larry Stannard
55 years young.
Salem, CT
Married 21 years, daughter in college, 1 dog, 6 cats.
Former building contractor, 13 years now as a building inspector. Been building and wrenching on motors of all kinds since I hopped up my minibike engine when I was 10. My affair with motorcycles began in '73 when I bought a Bonneville chopper. Ran Limeys for 20 years. Thought all bikes needed engine teardowns and chassis rebuilds every two years. Bought my first Guzzi in 1981, a '76 Convert with a California Sidecar from a dead guy's estate. I've owned a number of Guzzis since then, I presently ride a '95 California that I bought as a salvage. Have been really messed up on boats (racing sailboats) for the last ten years, haven't ridden much, but getting back into it in recent years.
Hobbies: Sailing, fishing, competitive shooting, antique outboards.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: redrider on November 20, 2008, 02:21:22 PM
Joe Dawes in Columbia, SC. I currently work for the University of South Carolina as an emergency generator tech and whatever else no one wants any part of. Married to a most wonderful Redhead with two cats and a dog. One son, now deceased. One awesome grand-daughter. I am also in the process of getting the service department going in a new motorcycle shop in town. I also teach the MSF courses.  Motorcycling is my major hobby but Kite flying and firearms fit in as well. And there is always time for a good recipe and a cold one.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jkerb on November 20, 2008, 05:25:12 PM
Jack Kerbert
52 yrs. old
Lunenburg, MA
Support Engineer Database Security
Married 32 yrs. (same redhead)
2 grown sons
1 Greyhound (+1 arriving Saturday)
Back to riding after 25yr layoff
Enjoying my (new to me) Breva 750
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on December 05, 2008, 09:41:17 PM
BUMP !!
We've had a run of "Newbies" lately -- it's about time to pony up guys (and "girl"  :D :D ) :
Who y'all are ?   Where y'at ?  What'cha doin' when you're not ridin' ?
We want to know, you betcha !
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dsenn on December 05, 2008, 11:15:53 PM
dale senn
knocking on 64
cocoa Fl. (ND native)
retired mechanic (from small eng. to tractor-trailer, HD factory trained when the school was still at the juneau plant ('76)
happily divorced
1 daughter-3 grandkids
enjoy building, fabricating things - always have a project going
new to Guzzi (7months) now have 3

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: delrod on December 06, 2008, 08:19:14 AM
Doug Elrod
49 yrs old
sprinkler fitter
Pittsburg

4 years ago my wife said "when I get a new house you can have another motorcycle".
I have been on my 03 EV for three yrs now. If any of you get close PM me maybe we can meet.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: smoky on December 06, 2008, 08:25:54 AM

Frank yau, 48 , Live in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Married. Just pick up a left over Cali Vantage  ;D. Don't know anything about Moto Guzzi, been riding since 1981.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on December 06, 2008, 08:37:53 AM
Dean Rose
Roanoke, Virginia

I an a sixty six year old delinquent and am retired, use to be a Construction Engineer. I am also a Guzziholic. I live in maybe the most wonderful place (between the Blueridge and Appalachian mountains) to ride a motorcycle. Wish I had discovered Moto Guzzis years ago.

I've had the joy of being married to the same wonderful lady for the past thirty years. Why she puts up with me I don't know.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Motogogo on December 06, 2008, 11:14:25 AM
Hi!

 J T
Welch Minnesota
just about 50 y.o. OMG!

Have done lineman work and maintenance work at oil refineries, these days
I paint homes and do lapidary work (polishing gemstones) also gem mining and sales.
Have been riding a V7 for almost 30 years it has been bulletproof!

Very interested in the new V7 cafe or a Quota someday.......

 J T
http://www.varockhounder.com/uploads/2008112508437460.JPG (http://www.varockhounder.com/uploads/2008112508437460.JPG)
Yup I like rocks.


 
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: YBFAST on December 06, 2008, 07:52:34 PM
Adrian Rick
50 going on 35
Sales
Married 30 yrs. (3 grown boys moved out, both dads moved in)
1st Guzzi is my 06 Griso... next stablemate a Norge? Mainly a Jap bike owner over the last 35 years
St Cloud MN

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mg940 on December 07, 2008, 06:01:07 AM
Well been watching this site for 4 or 5 years finally decided to join

Mark Squires

age   43 yrs

occupation  Currently plant operator  previously parts interpreter for Cummins engine company , truck driver

Bike history   Yamaha SR250, Suzuki GSX250, Kwaka GPZ500S , Moto Guzzi 650 Lario, BMW 650 Funduro & finally Moto Guzzi Bellagio 940

2 kids 1 of each m6 f9 the other half Tracey rides a Peugot 125 jetforce scooter now wants a v7 classic

Having watched this site for a long time I was convinced that Mr Roper was the man to look after my new bike & I met  him for the first time at the NSW Moto Guzzi clubs Ragged Fringe Rally recently where he was in full regalia (fez , glow in the dark alien braces,Beer in hand & numerous under belt)

Fortunately he is not about to change into a Yamaha Corporate type service manager Just wouldn't be right.   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matthew on December 07, 2008, 01:48:00 PM
Hey Y'all

My name is Matt Shively.  I am pushing near 40 years old soon.  A few months ago I fulfilled a somewhat childhood dream.  After previously riding a nighthawk, Kawi ZX-7, Goldwing then a Vrod, I got myself a 1994 Moto Guzzi California.  I bought it from Peer before I left Holland.  (Check out his website http://www.guzzipalace.nl/ ) 
I been married nearly 18 years and have 2 great kids - 1 boy 16 and a girl of 11.  We have a 10 year Bouvier des Flandres, named Stormy.  My wife is more wonderful and beautiful than I deserve. 
Work has primarily been with the defense department, 13 years in the US Navy, contracting in Afghanistan, five years working for the Army in Europe, and currently working with the marines in the western desert of Iraq.  Usually I have been doing satellite communications, but this trip I went outside the comfort zone and found myself working on elevated infrared sensor systems.  I love the job, especially working with some of the best young people in the world. 
I already have the Guzziology book and found Harpers to have some incredible customer service.  My windshield was broken during shipment back home.  That would now be Georgia.  The CSRA where I personally believe they have the best BBQ in the world. 

Thanks for reading my ramblings!!
Spero che ci vediamo sulla strada piu presto.

Cioa ciao

Matt
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gusanito on December 07, 2008, 03:58:23 PM

George B., 55, retired from New England to the Tallahassee, Fl. area. I've been riding for 38 years, all kinds of brands. I owned and restored a '81 V50 Monza and a '77 Lemans in the '90s. Currently there's a '98 V11EV in the garage. I recently picked up a '74 Jawa Velorex hack which will be mounted to the Guzzi after the restoration. I've been lurking here for a while and I can't thank you guys enough for all the technical information you post.

George
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TeeHee on December 07, 2008, 05:06:39 PM
Hi there.
I'm Mike Davis, from Bridgend, South Wales, UK and am a retired Police Sergeant. Have been lurking for sometime now, although have replied to a thread recently.
I'm 64yrs, happily married for 44yrs, with two very grown up daughters and 4 grandchildren. ( 21yrs - 9 yrs )
My hobbies include all motorsports, especially motorcycling.
My motorcycles are:
1956 BSA B33 500cc single.
1960 BSA 650cc Super Rocket.
!977 Moto Guzzi T3 ( All original! )
1993 Moto Guzzi Targa 750cc. (Getting a little too sporty for me now! )
I enjoy reading all Moto Guzzi threads.
Cheers Mike.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: steamdriven NZ on December 08, 2008, 12:25:28 AM
Since you asked so nicely...

Steamdriven is Kev Botman, 42 year old aircraft engineer living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ex Kiwi Air Force (yes we have one) now with the national airline doing heavy maintenance.

Married 1st time around this time last year to a lovely lady who says we need a bigger shed so we can have more mechanical toys. Yes there is a God! We have two dogs and four cats, the biggest bunch of nutters I've ever known. We love 'em.

Bike history, started riding in 1984 on a Honda CB250N twin, then a Yamaha SR500, then an 1973 850 GT Guzzi (Eldo in your world) then bought my '84 V50 Monza in 1988. Still have it 20 years later, just re-engined it with a Nevada engine and gearbox, going to wire wheel it once I find an NTX front hub... (insert fishing symbol here...)

So I've never owned a bike with more than two cylinders!

Other interests include a river running jet boat (have a look at www.nzjetboating.co m to see what it's all about if interested), cycling (mountain bikes) vintage aircraft (helping with another restoration...) writing, drawing, making stuff for around the house and fixing lots of stuff for friends and family. Recently acquired a Massey Ferguson 65 tractor (familiar technology, what!) that is also receiving attention... Exercising the dogs and enjoying time with friends and family and of course my dear darling wife, with work filling out the rest of the time!

Life is good, a reward for clean living I suspect.

Cheers Kev.



 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on December 08, 2008, 02:27:42 AM
Hope to see the Monzada next Swap Meet Kev! ;D

Good to catch up,  hopefully for a bit longer next time.
Muzz
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DucatiSSsp on December 08, 2008, 02:36:22 AM
Bryce Senff
Bellevue, WA
Merchandising Mgr-Quality Food Centers.......alway s tell the kids at work to "pay attention in school or else you'll end up working in a grocery store when you get to be my age!" ::)
43, Single, no kids that I know of.......Dad always told me to "Have sex like a basketball guard....pull up and shoot!"  Been good advice so far! :D
Besides motorcycles, I try and spend lots of time out on the golf course.
Just recently picked up a '97 Sport 1100i and am looking for a used EV or a new Cal-Vin for more leisurely rides.  Also feel the need for another Ducati 900SS.
Have a FJR1300 and a WR426f residing in the garage as well.
Happy riding!
Bryce




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 1oldcarguy on December 10, 2008, 07:17:43 PM
Rich Mathiason     Bloomington MN
 52 yrs,,,sheeesh !  that seems old
 automotive type mechanic ,until I figure out what I want to do when I grow up,,Bought my first bike, a1973 V7 sport, from Leo's ,,,,,then a whole bunch of bikes,,,,had a series of water buffaloes,,,had a couple of those alpabet racer things, (ya know, those yamakasuki yfrzx611-9 , kinda bikes) discovered mortality and had to by a beemer,,(it was sold ,1 week later,,,it was s l o w ),,,,,,
Then,,gave up motorcycles for 20 years,,,,,,and ,I figgered I would go back to the beginning,,,,,and bought a 07 norge from Leo's
 uhhh,,I guess kinda a turn back in time ,,sort of,,,,maybe sideways,,, sorta

When I turn my computer on,,this forum is the first thing I look at,,,I really enjoy it
Rich ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lee Bruns on December 10, 2008, 07:24:05 PM
Lee Bruns (thats Bruns, not Burns . .hhm-kay)
Watertown South Dakota
Married, two children
Machinist, auctioneer, inventor.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzitaco on December 10, 2008, 07:39:02 PM
Ramon Delgado
36 yrs old
Married, 4 kids
Looking to go back to Florida (Lighthouse Point)

Live in Argentina, Finance Director.  Moving to Hamburg, Germany in March 2009

Hobbies: Fishing, bikes, hunting and running
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cvcaelen on December 11, 2008, 01:59:58 AM
Christiaan from Belgium,

45 years old,
Married, 2 kids
been riding 20-something years on bikes,
but my V7 Classic is the first Guzzi I own

Hobbies: geocachen, riding my bike and taking pictures (sometimes all combined :)  )

Christiaan
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JonC on December 11, 2008, 06:58:23 AM
Jon Crim
Gilbertsville, NY
55 years old
Manufacturing Engineer Aerospace Company
Most of my time is spent restoring old bikes and cars and working on a 200 year old house I live in.
Funny short story being a horrable kid I use to spend my youth flogging my Dads 70 Guzzi when my XLCH used to blow up on a regular basis, never could hurt that bike, who would have thought almost 40 years later I would buy my own a 95 Sport.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Kurt_W on December 12, 2008, 11:24:58 AM
Kurt W
Marietta, Ohio
27 years old (do I have to sell my Guzzi now because I'm too young!?)
Reserves Engineer

Recently acquired a Norge in preparation for a semi-cross county trip I'm planning to take next summer which I didn't think my Kawi ZRX would be that well suited for. The Norge is my 3rd bike; I started on a CBR 600 F3 back in 2000 but didn't care much for it. Sold it around '02. Went bikeless for a few years and tripped across a friend-of-a-friend selling his '01 ZRX 1200R and picked it up. I decided a couple months back that I wanted to do some travelling and the ZRX didn't seem like the bike I wanted to do it on so after looking through just about every sport touring bike I could think of it came down to the Norge, FJR1300 and the R1200RT. I didn't really like the RT and the FJR lost due to a desire to own a Guzzi that was brought on by a memory of a lime green V11 that I ran across when I was younger.

Other info: Single, two cats (crazy cat engineer guy,) tendency toward older Japanese and British cars (CRX's, 240Z's, misc; in many cases the odder the better.)

Oddball fact: I had never seen a running MG prior to going to look at the Norge I purchased. Even the previously mentioned V11 was being trailered when I saw it.

I'm usually more of a lurker then a poster so i probably won't have much to say but so far I've enjoyed reading the forum.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rc135s on December 12, 2008, 01:36:27 PM
Anthony Norton
Gray, TN  - near Bristol Motor Speedway
Information Systems Auditor and  Adjunct Faculty at local Technical Community College

Spinal disability due to Air Force incident on Shemya in the Aleutian Islands.

1989 Cali III is up for sale due to upcoming fourth surgery to put things back together after being t-boned
by a teenage driver last weekend, luckily while in the car, and it's left in me such a state that riding won't be possible any longer.


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BoBo on December 12, 2008, 04:09:33 PM
Kurt W
Marietta, Ohio
27 years old (do I have to sell my Guzzi now because I'm too young!?)

No.  I'm 26.  Bought my first Goose when I was 18.  Enjoy your Norge.  BTW, the V11 Sport is an awesome bike so you know.  Even the non-green ones like mine.   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: CanadaGuzzi on December 12, 2008, 07:45:12 PM
Hello All,
Brock in Edmonton Alberta, 32 yrs old.
Landman, new to riding but have been a Moto Guzzi fiend for years.  Hoping to find some folks up north into Guzzis, you certainly don't see alot up here...  Also enjoy bowhunting, sailing and hockey.  Currently sitting at home with a broken leg watching it snow- (side effect from hockey) I hate crutches so much...
Cheers.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ragnar on December 13, 2008, 05:20:28 AM
Quote
Patrick Waylett, 64, metering instalations inspector,
 retire in 19 weeks and 4 days, not that I am counting.

Hobbies;
Motorcycling, fishing, camping, beer, wine and history. Used to play darts, have won about 40 trophies, played once in an international match South London v Sweden, retired from competative games 4 years ago.

Current Bikes;

2001 Jackal
2001 Royal Enfield 500 Bullet.
Hoping to add a Griso or Norge next year, if the finances work out.

I live in SE England, Chatham, between London & Dover

Needs an update, 67 in February, retired in 2007, the Enfield is gone, just the Jackal now.
The finances still haven't worked out, %^$" banks.

More or less full time ralliest now with 15 last year, in 6 different countries.
Generally having the time of my life. I reckon every year of retirement is worth at least 5 of work.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pmillar on December 13, 2008, 08:20:10 AM
Newbie first poster here - despite owning my '73 Eldo for eight years now (restored w/ major help from Cycle Garden back when I lived in socal)

Pete Millar, Ann Arbor, MI  wife, two kids, dog and two cats
Work in commercial finance - travel throughout the midwest  (spent a few years in quality system consulting/auditing)
interesting past bikes include my first ever, a '72 Kawi H2, R100RS with a few japanese bikes in between. Still own a '97 TL1000S and picked up a street legal TTR250 this spring.

Hobbies - bikes, sailing, UM football and increasingly mountain biking w/ my son.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: johno on December 13, 2008, 08:34:26 AM
John Adams
37 years old
Lift (Elevator) Engineer
Dorset UK
Proud owner of a Red 97 sport injection
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: papasloan on December 13, 2008, 09:21:29 AM
Price Sloan
63
So Calif
I play with Computer stuff during the day and make Guzzi exh parts in my spare time.
Guzzi's rock.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzziman61 on December 13, 2008, 10:37:05 AM
Hello all

Eric W. Root

47

Technical Director for production company

Brookfield, Illinois

Interest Motorcycles, Cars, camping, hiking ETC.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: demills on December 13, 2008, 11:03:10 AM
Dennis Mills
60
Independence Missouri
Happily divorced for 8 years, son 28 & daughter 20.

I'm a high school Custodian in KC, my co-workers get upset when the kids call us janitors, but I don't care.

I've been riding motorcycles since I was 17 except for a 12 year period from 92 to 04 due to financial problems, the ex was much better at spending money than making it. After getting the debts payed off & my credit rating restored started thinking about getting a M/C again, I knew I wanted something with shaft drive, I had had Beemers before, a 74 R90/6 (totaled in a rear end collision) and a 77 R75/7, I didn't like the seating position on the Japanese cruisers and couldn't afford a BMW so looked at Guzzi, I had known some Guzzi riders back in the 70's and one of the teachers (retired) at my school had a couple of Guzzis so I was sorta familiar with them, I had also met Mike & Alice Harper many years ago, so when I looked in the Yellow pages and saw Harpers listed decided to take a drive and see what they had, got lost but finally found it, a Motorcycle dealer on a farm who would of thunk it :D. Well anyways ended up buying the only Breva 750 they've ever sold, now have 28,300 miles on it and still loving it ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: zeta on December 14, 2008, 12:18:40 PM
Mike Adams (53) or (35 if dyslexic)
Manitou Springs Colorado
Math Teacher
Retired Navy
Married
3 kids, one of each :D
3 grand kids
Hobbies: sailing (no more as Katrina took my boat, Nonsuch26, and moved me to god awful Colorado ;D)
Motor Toys (2-08 KLR's, willing to trade one for a Quota, 1-07 Norge,  1-06 Ninja 250, 1-05 Pitster, 1-04 Honda ex400 quad, 1-63 Honda ct200
Travel (trips this year, Nationals(west coast loop)--Norge, Mazatlan--Norge, West Fest--KLR), planned--Nationals/Montreal summer of 09.

If you are coming to Colorado give me a shout, great riding awaits.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzipalace on December 30, 2008, 02:47:53 AM
It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.

Hello Guzzisti!
My name is Peer Janssen from the Netherlands; almost 54 years young, 4 grown up kids and I own a private Moto Guzzi museum. Please check out my website http://www.guzzipalace.nl  My occupation: senior trainer and consultant in a European leisure company. Since 1985 I collect and restore old Guzzis....at this very moment I own about 35 Guzzi motorcycles.....if you visit my website and click under "collectie museum" you will find pics..... I will translate my website also in English in the near future by the way....
This summer I sold a 1994 Moto Guzzi California to Matt Shively who was working as a army officer (communications) in the Netherlands and he returned to the States a couple of months ago. On December 07, 2008 he introduced himself on the site.... I hope to get in contact with him...so... please Matt respond!! I hope you are still satisfied with the California bike??
Wish you all guys(and girls..) a very very happy newyear... Please let me know what you think about my website..... Ciao, Peer
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: bsnell on December 30, 2008, 11:05:24 AM
Barry Snell
Age 63 (64 next week!)
Trial Lawyer
San Antonio, Texas

Married, 3 sons, 3 stepchildren, 3 grandchildren
Iron Butt Rider (on 1998 Cal)
2002 MG EV80
2003 BMW R1200CL
2002 Triumph Bonny
1994 Honda Aero "Captain America" chopper

Wife, Melissa, rides 2006 Honda Shadow 800
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Edo on December 30, 2008, 02:55:30 PM
Ed Mason
age 64
retired printing/graphic arts teacher

Living in the woods of southern Delaware, at a place called Mandelawario (says so on the driveway sign)
'00 V11 Sport (green)
'83 1000SP
'81 KZ/GPZ 550  (that I stopped riding about 2 years ago and need to get of)
LM III (gone)
Two grandchildren

Hobbies: motorcycles, food, wine, beer, Italian (language), traveling in Italy, darts, woodworking sometimes, and feeding the wood stove

cin cin,
Edo
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sluggo on December 30, 2008, 04:11:28 PM
Somehow I haven't done this yet.


AJ Johnson

35 yrs old - high school history teacher / football coach

Married to a wonderful (and younger) woman who rides a 2001 California Special.

1/2 child -  We are foster parents hoping to adopt the 2yr old we have been taking care of for 5 months.

Hobbies:  Motorcycles (duh), old cars (1954 Dodge Coronet), sports, general tinkering in the garage.  I tend to buy non-running motorcycles, fix them & sell them to buy more non-running motorcyles.   ???

We live in Corpus Christi, TX and enjoy the weather.  Born in TX, but grew up in Colorado, the wife wanted to go somewhere warm & couldn't afford to live in San Diego, CA (and didn't want to be known as a Californian).  We miss the mountains, but not the snow.  We go back every summer.  We recently bought my father-in-law a bike which allows me to ride up there too.   ;D   

If you are ever in South Texas give us a shout.  Just a few months until Spring Break.  :-\

AJ


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jim King on December 30, 2008, 07:11:54 PM
Jim King.  A lot like my sigh-on name. 
Live in NW Arkansas near Gentry. 
Pushing 62.  Social Security--here I come. 
Married-- forever. 
Three Kids-- Two are still married. 
Two Grandkids.
Not sure what I do. 
In the past, I have been Aircraft Mechanic--North Island Naval Air Station. 
2 years Army. 
Tried farming in New Mexico.  That also seemed like forever. 
Construction. 
Longhaul truck driver. 
The last eight years-- Auto and some motorcycle rebuilding. 
Now I am helping a friend build a shop. 
Mechanics and welding always mixed in there. 
I am also looking for a good Mail Scam where people just send me money. 
Most hobbies involve hammering, welding, grinding, rusty parts, motors, old cars and some electronics. 
Oh, yeah.  Moto Guzzis. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: andrewdonald1 on December 31, 2008, 08:08:48 PM
Andrew Donald
Puyallup, WA
Manage commercial mechanical construction (HVAC, plumbing, piping, fire protection).

Riding 20+ years, everything from dirt bikes, ATC's, sport bikes, Harley Road King, to finally a Guzzi V11.
In the last two years, I finished up two restoration projects (and learned a lot!)
1986 GSXR 1100 frame up: (engine from a 2002 Bandit 1200, big bored, ported heads etc, 17" wheels, upgraded forks etc) - a real beast!
1975 Honda CB550K1 for the wife - I loved this little bike.

Finally decided to downsize to one do it all bike.
Had to be air cooled, minimal maintenance and had to be Italian - left only Moto Guzzi.

Love it!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Phil/TX on December 31, 2008, 09:45:19 PM
Wow, found this thread late:

Phil Grundy
Semi Retired
Air conditioning and Heating Contractor (now the wife's Co.)
Age 64
Hobbies: Riding, Golf, Fly fishing, Ham radio, and so on and so forth.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mudwasp on January 01, 2009, 12:14:32 AM
jeanette
43
colorado
research
married w/kids 1 teen 1 out of the house
V11 scura,Kawasakis-ex650f,klx300r,Gas Gas txt2000 and a tarted up klx110pit bike(most dangerous bike in the garage).
interests-my family,work, italian motorcycles,other motorcycles,art,cooking,friends,pets,trail riding,reading


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Humbug on January 01, 2009, 04:03:14 AM
guzzipalace: nice collection!

Name: Alex

Current location: London, England

Occupation: Buyer, petrochemical engineering company.

Current bikes:

Honda Bros (Hawk GT647) with 126,000km on the clock, and the most reliable bike I've ever owned, having taken me reliably over Europe, and to work for the last 12 years.

Guzzi 850 T5 with 60,000 miles on the clock, which has been less than ideally reliable, but which I am kicking into reliability. Most frustrating aspect has been an electrical system that refuses to stay charged. Still comfy, adequate handling, and fun to ride.

Past memorable bikes:

Yamaha SRX400:
Fun single in classic Brit cafe racer style. Lots of fun from 27hp.

Honda VFR400 NC30
Best handling bike I've ever owned, but hideously uncomfortable until 45mph, when the wind takes the weight off your wrists. Entertaining V-four motor with gear driven cams. Useless as a pillion carrier.

V50 Mk II
The only bike ever to set itself alight while I was sat on it. The rebuild took two years, but it eventually left my possession a fair bit more reliable than when I obtained it. Fun in small doses on back roads when it would bounce hilariously on its Koni shocks. It took me to Scotland a handful of times, and was good fun touring around the lochs. It also taught me what little I know about bike mechanicals.

I would like to trace either of the people that encouraged me into Guzzi's all those years ago, Chris (left), or Martin (right).

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/Humbug66/V50_ChrisWarren.jpg)

Thank you,

Humbug

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/Humbug66/nov08-3.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: charlie b on January 06, 2009, 10:35:50 PM
Well, it's about time I did this.

I finally chose a bike.  Will be seeing a 1984 850 T5 in about three weeks.  Being shipped from WI to NM.  Got it from the MGNOC ads.  Am looking forward to getting it.

My last bike was a 1971 Honda 500-4 that I rode/commuted on for about 12 years (79-91).  I decided to get back to riding again and a MG was on my short list of bikes I always wanted.  I didn't want a high HP sport bike so started looking a few months ago, with a lot of assistance from folks in here and in the V11 forum.

Name: Charlie Bice
Occupation 1-retired Army
                2-large defense contractor/engineer
                3-manufacturer of model airplane kits
Age: 55
Married for 33 years
Current Location: Tijeras, NM (mountains just East of Albuquerque)
Past Locations: Grew up in Phoenix, Army time in NY (West Point), KY (Ft Knox), Germany (near Ansbach), NM (White Sands Missile Range)
Other vehicles:  Toyota Tundra (mine)
                      Mini Cooper Clubman S (wife's)

Am glad I found this forum.  Great bunch of people.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: braunsan on January 19, 2009, 06:22:14 PM
Former Iowa Farmboy, 32
Recently married
grad student (high school science teacher someday - military service slowing school down)
weather officer, MN air national guard

I've had lots of interesting jobs, oil refineries and family farming being most interesting (and rewarding)

live in Des Moines, IA

'68 CB160
'73 CB350
'72 R75/5
'04 Stone!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Freeburd on January 19, 2009, 09:08:27 PM
  Hello Everyone!

  Jeff Burd
  Age 55
  Ocupation:Sole proprietor Residential remodeling business 25 years
  Married
  two children, son 27 yrs & daughter 24 yrs-son in law 24 yrs
  Freeport, Illinois
  Hobbies: motorcycles, skiing , bicycling, Rc airplanes, & closet banjo picker on
  stage a few times.

  Motorcycles owned past & present: Honda 69 125, Honda 71 CB450 DOHC,
  87 Honda helix 250, 94 Suzuki 850, present 98 moto guzzi EV, 73 850 Eldo.

  Comments: Guzzi Rallies are the best!! Have been attending midwest rallies for
  last 10 yrs. Really Great People! Good Food & spirits. Guilty of lurking.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cjbwfd on January 22, 2009, 09:52:48 PM
Charlie Bull
 52
Firefighter (3 more years and done, then life on the bike)
Westfield, Ma
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: supernav on January 23, 2009, 08:08:18 AM
Hi Guys,

Nick Brook from Haslingden, Lancashire, England UK

2007 California Vintage (traded my 1976 T3 in for it)

2005 Buell Firebolt Yee ha!!!!!!!!!!! (Traded my 1998 Ducati ST2 in for it)

Run my own IT company producing debt recovery software (well someone has to be in the right place at the right time!)

53 years old, widowed in 2007 but picking up the pieces and living again now

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zipster on January 23, 2009, 08:26:16 AM
Rob Glynn, 46, Newton NC
Engineer, now designing supply chain systems for home improvement retailer, former Navy Flight Officer.
Busy dad with 3 kids 15, 12, 7.  Married for 18 years.
Rider of all things 2-wheeled...Current moto is 07 Norge bought used with 5K miles and now sorted out, highly enjoyable for my 80-mile/day commute to work through hills of northwest NC.  Sold an 03 Stone Touring last year with 18K miles after struggling to find dealer in reasonable distance to do cam/valve recall.  History with older Hondas (69-73 CBs) and shared ownership of a BSA in college.  Do some bicycle racing including 24-hour mountain bike races with my team Assnelbows.
Small side business roasting coffee.  Also brew beer, garden and spend a lot of time outdoors with the kids: canoe, camp, backpack, beach, travel.  Great place to live for all that.
Would love to head to a rally this year and do some longer trips; Time is scarcest resource.  Also want to get into an older MG project at some point, good work to share with kids.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on January 23, 2009, 10:04:09 AM
Rob Glynn, 46, Newton NC
Engineer, now designing supply chain systems for home improvement retailer, former Navy Flight Officer.
Busy dad with 3 kids 15, 12, 7.  Married for 18 years.
Rider of all things 2-wheeled...Current moto is 07 Norge bought used with 5K miles and now sorted out, highly enjoyable for my 80-mile/day commute to work through hills of northwest NC.  Sold an 03 Stone Touring last year with 18K miles after struggling to find dealer in reasonable distance to do cam/valve recall.  History with older Hondas (69-73 CBs) and shared ownership of a BSA in college.  Do some bicycle racing including 24-hour mountain bike races with my team Assnelbows.
Small side business roasting coffee.  Also brew beer, garden and spend a lot of time outdoors with the kids: canoe, camp, backpack, beach, travel.  Great place to live for all that.
Would love to head to a rally this year and do some longer trips; Time is scarcest resource.  Also want to get into an older MG project at some point, good work to share with kids.


Come to Guzzi's in the Blue Ridge and the Virginia rally.


Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gregory Holt on February 05, 2009, 08:30:21 AM
Dean,
I'll be in the Blue Ridge mountains in mid June. Do you know the dates of the Guzzi rally in Virginia? Love riding that part of the country.
Greg Holt, Tallahassee
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on February 05, 2009, 08:45:30 AM
Dean,
I'll be in the Blue Ridge mountains in mid June. Do you know the dates of the Guzzi rally in Virginia? Love riding that part of the country.
Greg Holt, Tallahassee

2009 VMGOC Virginia State Moto Guzzi Rally
June 26,27, & 28, 2009
Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista, Virginia


North Carolina Moto Guzzis in the Blue Ridge
Jul 31 to Aug 2, 2009
Moto Guzzi campout at Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground, Cruso, North Carolina. Ten minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, north on Highway 276. Full facility campground with campsites, hot showers, laundry, and chalets. Full service restaurant. Awards for Guzzi riders. No registration fee for rally. Call campground to reserve chalet: 828-235-8350. Blue Ridge Campground, 59 Motorcycle Drive, Canton, North Carolina 28716. http://www.blueridgemotorcyclecamp.com/.
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dextertan on February 05, 2009, 10:16:10 AM
Hi,

My name's Dexter, living in Singapore (anyone heard of us? ::))
Occupation: Medical Rep. (Stiefel Lab). Come-back rider after 20 years.. Owned a '07 Norge GTL, used to ride VT250 and XR400 in the 80's. 46 now, married with a daughter. Small country, so I ride in neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Thailand mostly. Hope to learn more about my bike in this great forum!

Dexter
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jbolivar46 on February 05, 2009, 02:29:11 PM
Hi,

Jim Bolivar
47
Eugene, Oregon
Special Ed Teacher
Married
2 children, 3 stepchildren
Family
Gardening
Vintage race anything
Touring
Rallies
Current rides are:
64 Ford Short bed F100 429/C6
87 Guzzi Le Mans
77 BMW R100S
73 Raleigh International 10spd
53 Rudge Aero Fixed Gear

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on February 19, 2009, 12:35:44 PM
Too many Newbies here who haven't taken the chance to tell us a bit about themselves. 
This long-suffering Thread fades from time to time, but I personally find it a handy place to go when I forget the who-what-where of some of our WB posters. 

( ... except for the ones I try very hard to forget.  You know who you are.   :D   )


Sooooooooo >>>   BUMP  !!

Jump in, guys -- and don't forget the "where."   
And while you're at it, why not a pic, like these "
http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23363.msg354074#msg354074 (http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23363.msg354074#msg354074)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hogdogs on February 19, 2009, 05:55:44 PM
Don't hate me cuz you ain't me...
I didn't see this when I made threads 'bout myself so I will link them here...
About hogdogs
http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23500.0

Hogdogs chapter 2
http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23673.0

Any hotrodder thread...
http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23469.0

My old Ambo
http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=23556.0
Brent
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: whitey on February 19, 2009, 07:19:39 PM
steve (whitey) gates. 49 yrs old. home kiowa ks. occupation self employed farmer. DIVORCED. two children hailey 24 son clint 19. i own two guzzis 1999 white bassa and a 2001 silver jackal. interests are hunting and motorcycles.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hogdogs on February 19, 2009, 07:36:53 PM
OOPS...
I am Brent in the far wetern panhandle of Fla.
I am another unable to work the 60-80 hours my carreers have demanded. I do what I can though. Since I do not go solo, I am still able to run the dogs on hogs with others around to help.
I am a rabid 2nd amendment supporter. I am a meat predator in a big way. Love bikes and riding but more important to me is wrenching... not to cobble up junkers but rather for improvements and routine maint. Couldn't stand my 90 springer softail as it was rather boring... Loved my Ambo I had previous and my 1980 80 inch 5 speed shovel head. Built the snot out of that motor! ;D I am 40 now and my son is the age at which I was ripping the pavement off the streets of central florida... 19 and my baby girl is 17. Now that the kids are up and growin' good I am getting the itch to run a bike hard again.
Brent
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: lazydog on February 19, 2009, 07:59:05 PM
Fred Sanford
41
Bull Valley, IL

Junk Dealer

Hobbies- ballet, classical music & sand blasting lousy Itailan chrome off old bike parts
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ratguzzi on February 19, 2009, 08:28:23 PM
Fred Sanford
41
Bull Valley, IL

Junk Dealer

Hobbies- ballet, classical music & sand blasting lousy Itailan chrome off old bike parts

Bull Valley,  like near McHenry, IL?
JB
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzmann on February 19, 2009, 08:41:44 PM
Brian, age 49, high school teacher, married with three grown daughters and a six year-old son.  I live in southeastern Vermont
I have three Loops ('67 V700, '69 Ambo, '73 Eldo), a 1977 850 Lemans (just purchased (by me, I know what I want) for my upcoming 50th and making its way from New Mexico up to Vermont), and a 2003 V11 LeMans.  Also a 1972 BMW R75/5. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: swalker on February 20, 2009, 06:37:22 AM
Steve Walker
Age 53
Bentonville, Arkansas
Journeyman Lineman (Digger Derrick Operator)
MGNOC Arkansas Reps since 1988
Married to Leila 35 years this July...
Special Interests   God, Guns and Guzzi's
Retiring one of these days!!!
Hobby  Antique Coin Operated Machines

http://gumball43.tripod.com/coinop.html
http://gumball43.tripod.com/machines
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jblk9695 on February 20, 2009, 11:16:30 AM
Gerald Blake (Jerry)
San Bernardino, Ca.
Prototype machinist, CNC & conventional machining
63 years, but not old
Owned a bunch of bikes, but never a Guzzi(maybe in the next couple of years)
Currently ride an 01 Kawasaki Concours
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on February 20, 2009, 11:27:54 AM
Gerald Blake (Jerry)
San Bernardino, Ca.
Prototype machinist, CNC & conventional machining
63 years, but not old
Owned a bunch of bikes, but never a Guzzi(maybe in the next couple of years)
Currently ride an 01 Kawasaki Concours

You need to ride one that has been set up be a dealer that has been recommended by these guys. Take it out for a little 200 mile spin.

WARNING!!

Bring your checkbook!

Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ponti_33609 on February 20, 2009, 11:28:18 AM
I do not think I ever posted here.............

Bob Ponticelli
45 Years Boston
3+ Years Tampa
48

Previous - Director of Client Services (Boston Gas)
Current - Billing Manager for Colocation Provider (Switch and Data)

Rode between 10-20 years old (Honda CT70, Kawasaki 400 Triple)
No Bike again till I was 46!!
Married - Linda (Computer Programmer for Boston Financial Firm)
Have learned enough about keeping my bike running from everyone here that I have yet to need professional servicing!  

Bob

 ;)



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ronkom on February 20, 2009, 12:00:17 PM
I was happily reading the whole thread when I came upon the the entry I'd done in 2006. Had forgotton all about it (a hazard of sneaking up on age 63 & having chemically abused my brain in the 60's & 70's). Reading all the interesting posts encouraged expanding on mine:
Ron Komoroski
age 62+
Married (it seems), all my life, 20 years to wife #!, 19 to my "fighting partner" Alice (that's fighting back-to-back against the world)
I have: 3 Sons, 2 granddaughters, 3 greatgrand kids-2 girls, one boy.(first wife).  Alice has(by previous marriage) a son & a daughter, 3 granddaughters, a greatgranddaughter & (soon) a greatgrand son. Al & I figured we'd already more than replaced ourselves & avoided having  kids of our own
Pet, French Hotot-Standard rabbit ("hop-along")(French connection, I used to own a stable of Renault's)
Working Life: Assorted odd jobs, 2 years Steel worker, 8 years owner-manager ladies dress shop. 27 years Sr. Technician, Advanced Materials R&D (ceramics & composits) early retirement when labs closed. Motorcycle rider/wrench since age 20, MX racer (400-501 Maico), part owner racebike shop, motorcycle distributor rep (Benelli), motorcycle accessory sales + Moto Morini Rep (road whore). Since "retirement" in 2003, full time bike repair/restoration at home. Working on my 5Th full frame-up Guzzi restoration.
Guns: I moved from Va Beach "to the country" in the mountains of Va. in 1975 expecting the imminent collapse of the economic "House of Cards". Was ready then, am ready now. recent purchase, case of 7.62x39mm poppers.
Long guns 22-250 (reach out & touch) SKS (closer) 12 ga. pump (closer still) lever action .22 varmint control. Handguns,( up close & personal) .25 auto, .380 auto .357Mag revolver.
Politics: Fiscal Conservative (should never have quit the gold standard), Social Progressive ( Govt should help those less fortunate, affordable health care & higher education opportunity for all a  must. Obscenely greedy few should NOT be allowed to accumulate all the Nation's wealth).
Hobbies: GUZZIS, Va MGNOC Rep since '92, VMGOC member/director/Va Guzzi rally since '84 Va Rally master (w/Alice) 1999-2007, Rally Master, Guzzi "Millennium National Rally" Y2K. Riding, Wrenching, Rallying. VW Westfalia's (we own an '87 Vanagon), Reading, (latest, "Around the World on a Motorcycle 1928-1936", I recommend highly) Sci-Fi, Science, History (especially WWII aircraft, War of Northern Aggression), Fantasy, anything by Clive Cussler, Dan Brown, John Ringo, Robert Jordan. General tinkering, Too much time on the compuker (a love-hate relationship) & The Steelers! Played football myself in High School & Collage, became a "Stillers" fan in the '50s & '60's when they were the league doormat, have enjoyed their rise to be the best, 6 times. In the fall I bleed Black & Gold.
Stable: (running) '74 Eldo Police Custom "Strider", '98 EV "Lovely Rita-the redhead".(projects,) a G5, A "Tuttentaro" 125 Guzzi Enduro, a Cal II, plus a "pile" of T & T3 stuff (a whole bike may be "in there")
Location: Lynchburg, VA, VA Guzzi Rider website "www.vaguzzi.com"  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Goosecoop on February 20, 2009, 12:40:15 PM
Mike Busch
64
I am an adjunct faculty for Jones International University and do management/leadership coaching for local and regional companies though it looks/feels like semi-retirement.
Located in Hudsonville, Michigan
Own 2 Guzzis : '89 Cal III and '74 civilian Eldo
I do all my own wrenching
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: spandau traitor on February 21, 2009, 08:36:08 PM
Bill Pack
age 53
married 32 years
3 kids, 3 grandkids
30 years in auto industry, hoping to do better
Ofallon, Mo. 30 miles west of St. Louis
current rides 82 Moto Guzzi 1000SP
                  01 Kawasaki ZRX1200
Jesus, lot of three's in this info. does that mean something besides the obvious odd factor?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jdgretz on April 01, 2009, 09:18:08 PM
John
61
Los Angeles, CA

Thinking seriously about a Norge - have owned and ridden mostly standard bikes since 1964 (yes, they had motorcycles back then  ;) ).  Rebuilt and old V7 once upon a time.  Looking for something in the Sport Touring kind of thing.  I think my short list is R1200RT and Norge.

Oh yes, I run an IT Consulting company, and am a semiprofessional photographer.  Also retired Army Major who still flies helicopters when I can find someone else to foot the bill.

jdg
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Terry on April 02, 2009, 08:44:19 AM
Terry Shrable
37 years old
Occupation - Deputy Sheriff
Have owned - Suzuki TL1000R, Yamaha Venture, ZX-7, CBR1100XX
Still Have - Ducati 996 and a Silver 07 Norge
No children, one German Short Hair Pointer who loves to hunt
Probably work too much but I love my job   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzimundi on April 02, 2009, 09:00:05 AM
Terry Shrable
37 years old
Occupation - Deputy Sheriff
Have owned - Suzuki TL1000R, Yamaha Venture, ZX-7, CBR1100XX
Still Have - Ducati 996 and a Silver 07 Norge
No children, one German Short Hair Pointer who loves to hunt
Probably work too much but I love my job   

Welcome! You be treating us nice now....  ;)

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u48/kmshupin/Forethought-DeputySheriff.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Louis on April 02, 2009, 09:31:41 AM
Hi all

Louis Smeulders
Breda, The Netherlands
60
2 daughters and 4 grandsons
Retired Militairy
MGCN, MGEOC and MGNOC member
Own several Guzzi's and are waiting for my Stelvio TT
Would love to make some trips in the States in the coming years.
Could use help for that !

My old de-registrated V-35 with towingbar, in use for great fun at Rallies !
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-292E_49D4CE9C.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-292E_49D4CE9C.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ragnar on April 02, 2009, 10:29:37 AM
Hi all

Louis Smeulders
Breda, The Netherlands
60
2 daughters and 4 grandsons
Retired Militairy
MGCN, MGEOC and MGNOC member
Own several Guzzi's and are waiting for my Stelvio TT
Would love to make some trips in the States in the coming years.
Could use help for that !

My old de-registrated V-35 with towingbar, in use for great fun at Rallies !
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-292E_49D4CE9C.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-292E_49D4CE9C.html)


High Louis
I recognise the badge on the cut off. "Californieri" right? There are a few member in the UK too.
How's Rene? I ain't seen him for a while.
If you are at Boxmere I will see you there.
patrick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JBU on April 02, 2009, 10:54:54 AM
hello everyone,

Joël Urruty
Hickory NC (moved here 2 years ago)
occupation: sculptor/artist
married
Children: one 3 year old girl and another kid on the way (actually any day now!)
age: 40
motorcycles:
59 lodola (which I am currently restoring)
74 eldo
89 honda gb500

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: charlie b on April 02, 2009, 11:04:33 AM
Hi all

Louis Smeulders

Would love to make some trips in the States in the coming years.
Could use help for that !

My old de-registrated V-35 with towingbar, in use for great fun at Rallies !

Need a thread on your little V35 project bike.  Cool looking seat.

When it comes time to travel post a note.  Many of us would give you a place to stay.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: m13 on April 02, 2009, 12:41:53 PM
Hi folks
John Boyles (m13 was my ID when a MC courier in DC long ago and actually was m11 but that's another story)
Registered Nurse currently with local Heath Department
Married with 2 boys 15 and 17
57 yo (me)
Have owned : Triumph Trophy 500 197?, Eldorado '73, Gl1000 first production year I really can't remember what that was?
Now own:2007 Vespa 250 GTSie, '68 Honda Dream
SERIOUSLY entertaining letting the Vespa and Dream go for a V7 Classic (can't justify adding another bike...wife you know..)
Loved the Eldo until the chrome cylinders decided to revolt. And I DO where a helmet when I drive! Pics of Then ( '74ish and somewhat recent '07 rides )(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-C2F3_49D4F858.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-C2F3_49D4F858.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: marc on April 02, 2009, 03:49:26 PM
hi there
My name is marc cafarella,59 yrs young,control room operator at coal mine i tahmoor australia,bike 07 n0rge red,with unigo trailer,hobbies:motorcycling,cycling,water skiing,snow skiing.do own maitenance
marc
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wild Bill Guzzi on April 02, 2009, 07:50:52 PM
William C. Myers
Age: 50
Military
Married - 21 years (I love my wife)
One dog (hers)
One bird (hers)
Money (hers)
Currenlty ride a Harley (mine), but I do not dress up like a pirate.
Will have a Guzzi soon
Like to move to Sherwood, Arkansas within 5 years
Hoppies:  God, family, guns, guns, guns, and more guns, hunting, shooting, guns, running, playing gutar, guns, motorcylces, guns

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jim King on April 02, 2009, 11:20:14 PM
Sherwood?  Man go a little further NorthWest!  Much better for Guns and Bikes and all that other stuff.  Let me know when you get there. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Flay on April 03, 2009, 12:24:22 AM
Why Not...

Christopher Stewart
42 years old (WTF! How DID that happen...?).
Occupation - Visual Effects TD/Supervisor (Stargate, Smallville etc..).
Have owned - 82 Seca 400, 1996 Ninja 500 etc..
Still Have - 1969 Suzuki T-500 "Titan", Breva 750.

Rode a friend's 919. Then a triple, then... Went looking for a bike that felt like one...

Have Mistral pipes to install, Hard bags, Givi screen and some engine guards. Love it.

It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Louis on April 03, 2009, 06:38:34 AM
Quote
High Louis
I recognise the badge on the cut off. "Californieri" right? There are a few member in the UK too.
How's Rene? I ain't seen him for a while.
If you are at Boxmere I will see you there.
patrick

Hello Patrick
Yes, you are right. I am one of the "Californieri" like some fellows from the UK are.  One Scottish "Californieri" past away in february.
How's Rene ?  I don't know at this moment, but i think he is fine.  If all goes well Rene has to do his turn in Afghanistan and will go there in Mai i think.  I quit as Boxmeer-organizer after 11 years to have more time for myself.
I don't know if i am in Boxmeer this year, because i praktically bought a Calli-III in Arkansas and might fly over to registrate it and make a nice tour as well.  But it might even later this year that i go to Arkansas, must find a cheap flight to get over.
Ciao........Califor nieri Brother-Louis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Louis on April 03, 2009, 06:52:28 AM
Quote
When it comes time to travel post a note.  Many of us would give you a place to stay.

Hi Charlie
Well, that post will come very soon. If all goes as i think, i take over a friends Cal in Arkansas. I have to fly to Arkansas to register the bike and get an insurance on it.  After registering i also will make a tour. After that tour i also need storage space untill the next tour.
I will make a post for help in different ways.
The V-35 is an old one and not road worthy but the engine and gearbox runs well and it is great fun to play with it outside public roads.
Ciao........Louis   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mandoguzzi on April 07, 2009, 09:03:32 PM
Dave Leporati
Tallahassee Florida
age 59
my first Guzzi (ex ducati)
mandolin picker/beer/2 years left as a lowly elementary school art teacher/fly fisherman/beer
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: troyhamilton on April 08, 2009, 09:39:56 AM
troy hamilton 45 have a guzzi, it was suposed to be a 850 t , it turned out to be a t3, with a posible 1000 mill? I am also buying my old t back from jim king. got most of the money,
living on disability due to a motorcycle crash 10 years ago, and a brain hemorage.
love bikes, think guzzis are the best thing going.
little pyscotic, little crazy. compleatly honest.
live in alma, ar, crawford county, dixie.
you northern people are good people too, just differnt from us.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: regularguy on April 09, 2009, 04:50:58 PM

Craig Toth

51

Self employed  machine shop  anything for a buck

fascinated by all machines, wheeled or not

'87 SPII
'03 BMW R1150R
Bits of other bikes
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pieterinsausalito on April 10, 2009, 08:08:21 PM
Hello all, my name is Pieter, age 30, location: Northern California, occupation: wanderer (that doesn't pay but it sure occupies)...

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on April 10, 2009, 08:16:26 PM
Hello all, my name is Pieter, age 30, location: Northern California, occupation: wanderer (that doesn't pay but it sure occupies)...

Thanks!

Nice work if you can get it. Had to quit my job doing that when I got married to Cindy thirty years ago.

Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sgtbrown on April 10, 2009, 09:18:04 PM
Tom Brown

Age 60

Retard (retired) Police Sgt.

Hobbies are motorcycles and collecting WWII gear, US and British.

Work part-time in a pawn shop. Funny, I get to meet the same kind of people I did at my old job!

Don't own a Guzzi - yet!

Sarge



(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-827F_49DFFD5B.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-827F_49DFFD5B.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on April 11, 2009, 04:55:24 PM
"Now that's a knife!"  Crocodile Dundee.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: garydye on April 11, 2009, 09:01:57 PM
Gary Dye truck driver st joe mo. 2003 ev and wife lori has a 1999 bossa
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: thomas on April 24, 2009, 10:57:36 AM
Hi
The name is Thomas and I live in Durban, South Africa - I seem to be the only african on this group if I look at the members' map. I've been riding Guzzis since 1985; currently I ride a much-modified 1981 SP1000 and a rebuilt Guzzi Lemans 850 MkII (looks like a Mk 1 from a distance). I also have a bunch of other bikes, all of them old. The youngest is a 12-year-old Yamaha YZF750SP.

cheers
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-E91C_49F1E0A9.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-E91C_49F1E0A9.html) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-CCC1_49F1E0A9.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Nick_W on April 24, 2009, 12:58:32 PM
Nick Webb
55 (age, not preferred speed limit)
Translator
Lincoln, Nebraska (the state with no bends)
2004 Breva 750
Likes: sleeping, riding, what else is there?
Dislikes: chrome, chains, anything with more than two cylinders
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on April 24, 2009, 03:20:29 PM
Nick Webb
55 (age, not preferred speed limit)
Translator
Lincoln, Nebraska (the state with no bends)
2004 Breva 750
Likes: sleeping, riding, what else is there?
Dislikes: chrome, chains, anything with more than two cylinders

Come on Nick.  You dislike chrome and have a SILVER Breva!   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: RoMoMoTo on April 25, 2009, 01:37:10 PM
Bob Herman, age 59
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
Owner, Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Tours

Interests: besides old motorcycles, middle-aged motorcycles, a few newish ones
Lots of other interests...


(http://i651.photobucket.com/albums/uu238/ROMOMOTO/MePhoenix.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: RoadPirate on April 26, 2009, 12:10:15 AM
Figure this is natural place for my first post  :)
Brendan
37 years old
Dallas, TX (Never thought I'd be a Texan; but I'll have been here 15 years this summer: longer than any place else!)
Consultant/Trainer for legal practice solutions company
Married to Holly 8+ years
No kids; but we have a 12 year old lab-mix (took us a while to get around to getting married).  Used to be like having a kid, getting to be more like having an elderly grandparent living with us. 
Hobbies - motorcycles, scooters, photography.  Travel a lot for work so little time for much else.
Current rides:
Me - 2004 Breva v750ie.  I'll post more on the "Show us Your Guzzi's" thread, 1988 (yes, "88") BMW 325i
Wife - 2004 MINI Cooper
Past Rides (Two-wheelers only for brevity):
Me - 2005 Harley-Davidson XL883C, 2003 Derbi GP1, 1970 Vespa Sprint Veloce (in that order)
Wife - 2005 Yamaha V-star Classic, 2005 Vespa ET4

(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-3FB2_49F3EC57.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-3FB2_49F3EC57.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: izzug otom on April 28, 2009, 10:44:50 AM
Hi, I`m Martin from the UK. I`ve just got my first Guzzi , a Nevada Club 02 model.

I have some issue with cold and hot starting and fluctuating tickover speed, so I will no doubt be starting a thread hoping for some help from some experienced Guzzi folk. ::)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: anklodge on June 03, 2009, 08:09:04 PM

Don't own a Guzzi - yet!

I heard you did have a Guzzi!!!!
Andrea Ank
Tom Brown

Age 60

Retard (retired) Police Sgt.

Hobbies are motorcycles and collecting WWII gear, US and British.

Work part-time in a pawn shop. Funny, I get to meet the same kind of people I did at my old job!

Don't own a Guzzi - yet!

Sarge



(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-827F_49DFFD5B.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-827F_49DFFD5B.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BryanReid on June 17, 2009, 03:21:04 PM
Hi Bryan here. New to this forum and still can't see how to post... I'll work on that. I am heading into Alaska from Canada next week. A companion has a new Motto Guzzi which will need servicing and likley new tires sometime in Alaska. Does anyone on the forum know of and Motto Guzzi dealers/service operation in Alaska. No end of Googling has found anyone.
Appreciate you help.
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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: deweyvicknair on June 17, 2009, 03:51:35 PM
Dewey Vicknair

Lititz, PA

Self-employed gunsmith  (www.vicknairrestora tions.com)

Age: 41

Married, 3 children, 3dogs, 0 cats

Hobbies: riding motorcycles, restoring motorcycles, wooden airplanes, wooden boats

Current Bike:1986 LeMans IV

Former Bikes: Aprilia Caponord
                    Husqvarna 510 supermoto
                 


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: g®eg on June 18, 2009, 07:33:01 AM
I guess I should post up over here too.

Greg Jarvis, 48.
I live in Bristol, RI, but I am a Canadian by birth & a British subject by virtue of my parents.

I have a 2008 Norge, a 1996 Triumph Sprint and a 2004 Honda XR 650-L

I sell sailcloth for a living, and used to be a sailmaker (still am I guess).

I also teach the MSF rider course many weekends in Massachusetts.

stuff I do: http://www.naisp.net/gjarvis/ (http://www.naisp.net/gjarvis/)

(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc125/Gregory_Jarvis/ride%20reports/P9150079.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rusty goose on June 18, 2009, 05:18:28 PM
Hello all-

Another new guy here, Rusty Newman, originally from Colorado  (the state I claim),  now residing in Chesapeake, MD.
39 yrs, married 14, two boys.

Hobbies include restoring bikes and cars/trucks, shooting, anything outdoors.

I'm a G-man, Firearms Instructor for one of the many Federal acronyms.

I've been riding 34 yrs, had many machines, but my G5 is the first Guzzi for me.(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-DBCD_4A3ABD2A.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-DBCD_4A3ABD2A.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MrTricky on June 18, 2009, 05:56:08 PM
What the hell

Frank
42
Brisbane Australia

Sometime IT person

1 missus
6 daughters
1 dog
1 cat
1 '96 Black Sport 1100
1 '91 RGV 250 (It is still a twin)
1 Bianchi 928L push bike
1 Fender guitar
1 surfboard
Just put me down for 1 of anything really I think
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dave1068 on June 18, 2009, 06:19:41 PM

-Dave
-40 yrs old
-R.I
-Investigator (background and security clearances)
-Soon to be Breva 1200 Sport owner

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: azguzzirep on June 18, 2009, 07:00:42 PM
Tom Short
Phoenix born and raised.

Just turned 50, waaah! Arizona MGNOC Rep.

Bought my first Guzzi from the Arizona Hiway Patrol in 1980, a 1974 Eldorado. Been on Guzzi ever since

Hobbies are much like everyone else's, guns, booze, bikes, broads. Never married, no kids.

I've been to Mandello and loved it! Been to a Guzzi rally in Germany, too!

Grazie, Carlo! Multi Grazie!! Mille Grazie!!!!!!


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nosail on June 18, 2009, 07:19:04 PM
Why not. Born and live in Vancouver, BC. I own a small non ferrous foundry and machine shop. Our own product line is fire fighting equipment. Been married 32 years. Have 3 kids and 1 grandson as of last month  :). Road raced bikes in the PNW from 1972-1985. The last 7 years as passenger on a sidecar rig. Haven't ridden much since 1985 and decided it was time for something different (thus the Guzzi). I've called a fellow I used to race against who has a V11 LeMans and rides the odd Sunday with 6-8 other Guzzis and plan on riding with them. So far I love this bike and as others have said it is fun to ride at any speed.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gordon on June 26, 2009, 06:30:39 PM
Gordon

Grew up in Houston and have been in Tulsa since 1981.  (My wife was from Oklahoma and convinced me it was a tropical paradise--I'm less gullible now)
65 years old, 64 good ones, last year off the bike for chemo and surgery
Physician, now part time
Married 31 years, 2 grown children
Hobbies include playing the cello, chamber music, golf, cooking.  Enjoy riding eastern OK and western Arkansas.

Norge 2007, red (traded in the Nevada 750)
Ducati S2R 800, also 2007, also red
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ROBOTMAN on June 26, 2009, 07:32:34 PM
Jonathan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Architect, recently laid off.  Formerly a robot-combat promoter, before that a molecular Biologist, before that a professional musician. 

recently married, 40 Years old

Like to sketch, Cyberpunk fiction, building things. 

Current owner of a 1968 Fender Jaguar, a 1993 MG 1000s, a neat little Lincoln Wire-feed welder, some lovely Deco furniture from the 20's (birdseye maple veneer).  All the other stuff I own is essentially crap, and completely disposable. 

(http://i458.photobucket.com/albums/qq307/Robotb0y/Blind%20Lizard%20Rally%2009/Me3a.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rdbandkab on June 26, 2009, 08:45:52 PM
Richy

47
West Virginia (northern panhandle)
1 black 06 Breva 1100

Sometime IT person too!

1 missus of 20 something years
1 dog
2 birds
2 cats
1 05 Gas Gas ec300
1 2000 Xr650r (street legal)
1 02 aprilia Futura (flame red)
1 Cannondale Jekyll
1 Cannondale Prophet
I like to ride with said missus (kab)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-6F00_4A4579BA.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-6F00_4A4579BA.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: bloodweiser on June 27, 2009, 07:48:33 AM
Raj - 24 - upstate NY
perpetually in college, aspiring teacher.
Looper for 2 years, Looper for life.
Someday I'll have a le mans!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3597/3627680586_fc02374986.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: n2f on June 28, 2009, 12:18:03 PM

Hi, I'm Lisa.  My main hobbies are motorcycling and scuba diving.  This is a pix of my Guzzi:

(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-2B6F_4A47D30C.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-2B6F_4A47D30C.html)
2002 Guzzi V11 Le Mans

I'm the second owner.  Bought it with 9,500 miles back in March of this year - took it in for it's 12K service yesterday.  It's my first Guzzi and I love it!  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TassieMike on July 05, 2009, 08:53:16 PM
Hey y'all.
TassieMike here.
I'm 49, an Emergency Physician, and live in Tasmania, AUS, home of the best biking roads in the galaxy.
I am in the process of cleaning up a V50 ('78 model), with a few mods to make it a bit more "personal".
It's my second Guzzi; the first was  a V65TT about 20 years ago.  Wish I still had that one.
If I could have any other Guzzi, it would be either a V7 Sport or a V11 Sport Scura.  Although the new 750 Classic is tempting.
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-9807_4A5159B2.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-9807_4A5159B2.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: QCGoose on July 05, 2009, 09:55:12 PM
Name's Chris. I'm 24 from Davenport, IA. I'm a Union Pipefitter/Welder and just started my 4th year of a 5-year apprenticeship. My current Guzzi is a '98 V11-EV with 31,xxx miles on it (I've put a bit over 2K on it since I got it 2 months ago). I absolutely love this bike and plan on adding at least one more within the next few years.

(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-69A6_4A51676B.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-69A6_4A51676B.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-E089_4A51676B.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-E089_4A51676B.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rocker59 on July 06, 2009, 12:24:42 AM

Hi, I'm Lisa.  My main hobbies are motorcycling and scuba diving.  This is a pix of my Guzzi:

(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-2B6F_4A47D30C.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-2B6F_4A47D30C.html)
2002 Guzzi V11 Le Mans

I'm the second owner.  Bought it with 9,500 miles back in March of this year - took it in for it's 12K service yesterday.  It's my first Guzzi and I love it!  


Welcome!  Nice bike.  I'm kinda partial to the spine-frame bikes, myself.

A good set of tires and a weekend in the Ozarks, and you'll never want another bike!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sundancer on July 06, 2009, 11:11:10 AM
Steve Quigley
soon to be 52..
married - 2nd time is the charm
2 grown Daughters (currently in Orlando and Cary, NC)
App Analyst for http://www.amerigroupcorp.com/Pages/Home.aspx (http://www.amerigroupcorp.com/Pages/Home.aspx)
dog and cat.. city pound rescues
1 bike - Christine (only a 1 car garage..)
fishing, boating and the obvious.. 

Virginia Beach, VA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Thunderbox on July 06, 2009, 12:25:47 PM
Dave Lindhorst 53 for now.
Foreman Police garage, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Retired from the military after 20 year of playing soldier.  Was a great thing to do but when it's time it's time.

Just new to the site and ride a newly purchased 04 V11 Sport with just over 1100 miles on it.  Nice bike, the catch word here is fun.  Always wanted a Guzzi so I finally decided it was time.  Other bike is an 06 Buell Ulysses.  Another fun bike.

I am a V twin guy as evidenced by my past bike purchases.  never owned an I4 and never really wanted one either.  They can have them.

Hobbies, Music, motorcycles, movies, boats, traveling and I was once an on air radio host.

If you are ever past here let me know.  I have a spare bed, tools, access to a garage and a kick ass BBQ.  Not to mention beer and a hot tub too.  Sometimes that's nice after a long ride.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: larrys on July 06, 2009, 12:38:01 PM
Larry Stannard, soon to be 56. Building Inspector for 15 years in SE CT. Riding and wrenching since 1969. Mostly Limey stuff til 1980, bought my first Guzzi, a '76 Convert sidecar rig. Have owned a '70 Ambassador, '83 SP, LM IV, V50 II, presently love my '95 Cal 1100 that I bought wrecked in '02. Married 23 years, daughter in college, one dog, 6 cats. Am messed up on power boats and racing sailboats, too.

Larry
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on July 06, 2009, 01:30:58 PM
I thought you were okay till I read the last line on the boats. ::) Boats will mess you up.  Good thing you have a bike to ride to keep you balanced. ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 988940 on July 27, 2009, 12:02:14 AM
My name is Ross, 38 Y.O., from NY.

Haven't street ridden much over the past 5-10.
All my friends ride Harleys these days.
I had an FXDX-T last year.  Got rid of it QUICKLY, after 1k mi or so.
Very ill-handling bike.  Death wobble.  Poor chassis design.

So now... Guzzi time.
Just picked up a clean '04 EV11 Touring.
6,400 mi on the odo.
Paid a lot for it, but hot bikes and hot chicks ain't cheap, are they?

Not a lot of street riding time in my schedule,
but did manage to ride 150 miles in the past week  ;D

Likes:
-style
-torque curve

Dislikes:
-rear brake pedal (WTF??) (and no cheap fix either  ??? )
-linked brakes (WTF again)
-heel-toe shifter (which I 'kinda' seem to be getting used to, but still, WTF)
-Mickey Mouse mirrors (who sells lower profile ones?)
-Vibration felt in hand controls kinda sucks.
-Seat is shitty.  Too low, and shape is a little too cupped.


Misc thoughts;

Everyone who sees the bike compliments the styling.

I'm not too thrilled about the fairing style
nor the turbulence it created (I already took it off).

The lower fairing thingies cause motor heat to roast my feet (took them off too).

I need tires! Previous owner wore the center of the Mich Macadam tires
from too much straight-line riding.
The bike is not handling acceptably at the moment due to this.
What tires are good??
Also- can I put radials?
The way bias tires follow grooves and cracks is weird and creepy.


In general, my impressions are kinda in-line with the reviews I've read online.



The only other person I know that has a Guzzi is my uncle in Italy.
I'm not keen on models, but it is really old, it is all red, and I think it's a single cylinder.

So then-
so far, I haven't been struck by any kind of thunderbolt of passion for the bike.
(Like the thunderbolt that my '92 Duc 900SS struck me with  :o )

I like the new offerings like the Griso, Stelvio and the Vintage (much cooler bags than mine).

I dunno- the style of these Guzzis gets me going pretty good,
but their function is a question mark so far.
(what's up with these valvole idraulico's)

I know it's different,,
it's not a UJM.
Will it be a keeper?

Time will tell!  Looking forward to finding out...
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/98940/GUZZI/IMG00057-20090719-0703.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: r11rider on July 27, 2009, 11:19:20 AM
Hi...can't believe I haven't posted to this thread before!

John Van Deren, 63
Montpelier, VT.
Married (twice), four kids total (hers and mine), 1st grandchild due Oct 1.
Grant writer for a local non-profit family center.
Got back into motorcycles in the 90s after divorce (great therapy), had a few BMWs (R75/6, R100CS, R1100RS) before finding my V7 Sport...loved the Sport for 8 years and sold last summer to finance my "new"  Italian love...2004 Aprilia Futura (a poor financial decision to trade an appreciating asset for a depreciating one, but the Fut stirs the juices like no other ST bike I've ridden!).

Hobbies other than bikes: woodworking, movies
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on July 27, 2009, 03:08:15 PM
My name is Ross, 38 Y.O., from NY.

Haven't street ridden much over the past 5-10.
All my friends ride Harleys these days.
I had an FXDX-T last year.  Got rid of it QUICKLY, after 1k mi or so.
Very ill-handling bike.  Death wobble.  Poor chassis design.

So now... Guzzi time.
Just picked up a clean '04 EV11 Touring.
6,400 mi on the odo.
Paid a lot for it, but hot bikes and hot chicks ain't cheap, are they?

Not a lot of street riding time in my schedule,
but did manage to ride 150 miles in the past week  ;D

Likes:
-style
-torque curve

Dislikes:
-rear brake pedal (WTF??) (and no cheap fix either  ??? )
-linked brakes (WTF again)
-heel-toe shifter (which I 'kinda' seem to be getting used to, but still, WTF)
-Mickey Mouse mirrors (who sells lower profile ones?)
-Vibration felt in hand controls kinda sucks.
-Seat is shitty.  Too low, and shape is a little too cupped.


Misc thoughts;

Everyone who sees the bike compliments the styling.

I'm not too thrilled about the fairing style
nor the turbulence it created (I already took it off).

The lower fairing thingies cause motor heat to roast my feet (took them off too).

I need tires! Previous owner wore the center of the Mich Macadam tires
from too much straight-line riding.
The bike is not handling acceptably at the moment due to this.
What tires are good??
Also- can I put radials?
The way bias tires follow grooves and cracks is weird and creepy.


In general, my impressions are kinda in-line with the reviews I've read online.



The only other person I know that has a Guzzi is my uncle in Italy.
I'm not keen on models, but it is really old, it is all red, and I think it's a single cylinder.

So then-
so far, I haven't been struck by any kind of thunderbolt of passion for the bike.
(Like the thunderbolt that my '92 Duc 900SS struck me with  :o )

I like the new offerings like the Griso, Stelvio and the Vintage (much cooler bags than mine).

I dunno- the style of these Guzzis gets me going pretty good,
but their function is a question mark so far.
(what's up with these valvole idraulico's)

I know it's different,,
it's not a UJM.
Will it be a keeper?

Time will tell!  Looking forward to finding out...
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/98940/GUZZI/IMG00057-20090719-0703.jpg)


Keep the rpm's up shift at 5K.  Cruise between 4K and 5K.  For the heel toe shifter.  Think of your left foot pivoting at the ankle and rock your foot that way.  When shifting make it a definite positive push on the lever.  No finesse style like shifting like riding a UJM.  Foot braking.  Use the little nub for your heel instead of leaving it on the floor board.  Just some minor foot adjustments.  It'll make sense to you after riding around for awhile then you can stretch out for the highway on the boards.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gentlemanjim on July 28, 2009, 02:01:11 AM
Hi,

I've been rattling around here for a while and thought I'd make my intro formal.  I have owned 23 bikes over the years My present daily ride is a BMW k75 standard.   I just purchased my first Guzzi and I'm doing a restomod of a V50 III as a tribute bike to the US unavailable V7 Cafe. Her's my progress so far.

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k104/gentlemanjim737/IMG_1310.jpg)

(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k104/gentlemanjim737/IMG_1315.jpg)

Here's my BMW
(http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k104/gentlemanjim737/IMG_1314.jpg)

I have to say this is the most active, informative and fun group and glad to be a member.

Jim
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 988940 on July 30, 2009, 07:47:31 AM
Quote

Keep the rpm's up shift at 5K.  Cruise between 4K and 5K.  For the heel toe shifter.  Think of you left foot pivoting at the ankle and rock your food that way.  When shifting make it a definite positive push on the lever.  No finesse style like shifting like riding a UJM.  Foot braking.  Use the little nub for your heel instead of leaving it on the floor board.  Just some minor foot adjustments.  It'll make sense to you after riding around for awhile then you can stretch out for the highway on the boards.
Ha ha, you said "minor"...  :D
Thanks for the input.

Seriously though-  love the bike.  Can't wait for some better weather 'round here.
Viva Guzzi
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on July 30, 2009, 12:33:48 PM
Easier and cheaper to adapt to the bike than adapting the bike to your tastes or you could sell it. :o :D Spelling corrections made to previous post. :P
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mountain Bob on August 22, 2009, 02:10:05 PM

BUMP !

This one's for Shrike -- and all the other Newbies who slipped in among us, hoping to remain private. 
When you're on a Moto Guzzi, you can NOT slip by unnoticed !!

(Vacationing dentist, yesterday, curbside in Coeur d'Alene: " 'Moto Guzzi' -- who makes that?"

... some things never change.  ;)  )
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Marek on August 22, 2009, 07:54:19 PM
Marek Odoner 59 (from home of HD (never had one)
IT at local school system
Just got 2004 baby Breva (and someone run into me on first ride, I am ok, bike has few scratches)

2004 Breva 750, 1986 Honda Nighthawk 450, Suzuki DR 350
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sluggo on August 22, 2009, 07:58:33 PM
Marek Odoner 59 (from home of HD (never had one)
IT at local school system
Just got 2004 baby Breva (and someone run into me on first ride, I am ok, bike has few scratches)

2004 Breva 750, 1986 Honda Nighthawk 450, Suzuki DR 350


Sorry to hear about the accident, glad you & the bike aren't too dinged up.  The small block Breva is a neat bike that never got the attention it deserved. 

AJ
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wcguzzi on August 23, 2009, 12:40:35 AM
Dennis Hoagland, mid 50's
Walnut Creek, CA
Wonderful wife and daughter, and a pretty terrific german shepherd who loves me when others are pissed off.
2002 LeMans, Champagne of course
'81 G5 Cafe Project in pieces on the garage floor
Chemical Engineer (Projects), Shell Oil Company  
Trail runner, half-assed jazz guitarist, and terrible cellist. Picked up the Guzzi after 30 yr hiatus from bikes (wife is a physical therapist which may explain). Ride as time allows, wrench when I can't

Enjoy the community and appreciate someone resurfacing this thread.  (http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-B493_4A90D635.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-B493_4A90D635.html)
(http://s4.postimage.org/dzrd9xic/Guzzi_done.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/dzrd9xic/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jbirdv11ev on August 23, 2009, 08:44:21 PM
 Jay Salisbury   Half a century old,  married 25 years to Ronda, Central Michigan. Union Plumber/Pipefitter for 20 years, My 1st Guzzi was a 1981 convert, sold it and got a New 1999 EV, purchased a 1974 basket case 850 t last year. Someday I will get started on it.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 220 on August 23, 2009, 09:42:44 PM
hi am 220 org from glasgow scotland rasied in so cal am a mess heres my el doe clover celtic pride bike i own a auto body shop(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-5A37_4A91FE1F.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-5A37_4A91FE1F.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-8C3C_4A91FE1F.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-8C3C_4A91FE1F.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-80D5_4A91FE1F.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-80D5_4A91FE1F.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on August 23, 2009, 10:17:15 PM
(http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo165/1000s1991/Vacationshots022.jpg)

Good looking bike!
Title: Welcome new users. Official Introductions Please!
Post by: Luap McKeever on August 24, 2009, 07:06:51 PM
First, welcome aboard.  We're glad to have you and hope you'll find this site both entertaining and educating.

Now, on a more serious note...
Sometimes, I receive at least 10 nasty emails per week regarding why their account has not been activated.  Some on a Monday morning, and some, only a few hours after they signed up.  Some, not even in the U.S.A., much less the same timezone.

So, I wanted to reiterate the fact that account approvals are not automatic.  Nor, are they guaranteed.  Some have tried with questionable usernames as well...and failed.

Since manually approving accounts and requiring a 'site intention' email before Chet or I approve an account, I have avoided probably 99% of potential spammers and spam-bots.  So, after signing up, please send me a message (or reply to your welcome message) and tell me to let you in.  Nothing elaborate, just so I know you're real and not a spammer.

I am tickled that some 15-20 people sign up daily.  It has to be good news for Moto Guzzi (I hope).  If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would have a board with this many members on it, I'd have called you nuts. ;D

Anyhow, I want to invite new users, and those who want to become new users, or even existing users to Check out the FAQ's (http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?board=2.0).

Also, Please refrain from posting Political, Religion, Pornography (unless their naked bikes ;D) and other senseless drivel.  This includes pictures, captions, cartoons, etc.  If you have a beef with another member, use the Private messaging system, phone call, email or face to face instead of starting a lengthy debated topic that everyone can see.

Most of all, enjoy the forum.  I built it in the hopes it would be like a virtual, and family friendly campfire.  Once again...welcome aboard!

If you registered and sent me your "human verification" email, and 24 hours pass by and your account is not yet approved, send me another one because the original could have been removed as spam.

At any given time, there are 10-20 unapproved accounts because I have not received an email from you.  If 2 days go by without me receiving said email, I delete and reject the account and chalk it up as "a spammer".  It's nothing personal...just trying to keep the board free from spammers.

Second, Introduce Yourself.  The premise of the boards existence is that of a virtual campfire.  Imaging if you will, that you are sitting around a campfire talking to your buddies and someone runs up and says "hey, I have such and such for sale", then they run off.  That sort of thing would be frowned upon.  Please avoid getting off on the wrong foot and introduce yourself here.

Your input is valuable to the forum, and the Moto Guzzi community.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mariowink on August 26, 2009, 06:16:02 PM
Thank you to the admins for allowing me to participate on this forum. My name is Mario and I am a motorcycle addict. I have been riding for over 40 years and still take cross country trips of 12 thousand miles at a time. I also have an off road bike for the logging/mountain roads and don't mind getting dirty. I enjoy riding in all weather but try to stay off of the ice. (At least on my road bike.) I look forward to sharing what I have learned and learning what you all might share.

Enjoy every mile.   :)  Mario
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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: duck-9 on November 08, 2009, 11:00:04 PM
Tom Sturm
McLeansboro, IL
Married to the same lady for 44 years



I am a really OLD sportbike type (900ss,748,675,ST4,1098) who by chance got a wrecked 06, 1100 Breva. It is as far down the Harley path (slow air cooled V twin) as I can stand to go, but to my surprise I have enjoyed it greatly. Because of that, a week ago I bought a Norge on Ebay, & just returned from a  1500+ mile trip to East TN, & NC. Yes I did the Dragon, no knee touched the ground. I also can no longer dunk. Yesterday morning when we left the motel, it was 38 degrees in Sweetwater, TN, 420 miles later in Southern IL it was 78. I hope to learn more about the good & bad of the Norge from the forum. Thanks, Tom
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BravoBravo on December 17, 2009, 05:45:41 PM
Hello everyone. I am new to this board. I've been riding for forty years and have had an assortment of motorcycles over the years (Triumphs, BMW, Harley, Yamaha, Can-Am Spyder) but purchased a 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio a little over a month ago. I am really loving this bike. It seems like a great all-round motorcycle. I live in London, Ontario, Canada, so there isn't much riding going on right now - too much snow and ice (even worse, lots of salt on the road!) so I am looking forward to spring and some great riding with the Stelvio.
Cheers, Bruce
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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kitze2 on December 18, 2009, 12:04:30 AM
Well, I've been around for a few weeks and just stumbled onto this thread.

My name is Damien DiPace. I live in San Lorenzo California. My wife and I have been together for 16 years and just married this past June. We also just bought our first house. I'm a Project Manager at a shipyard here in SF bay. I specialize in inspected vessels but work on anything that comes up in the drydock. My wife is a biochemist at Genetech.
I just bought my 1st Guzzi a couple of weeks ago. Actually my brother and I both bought Norges on the same day. We made the salesman very happy.
I've always had bikes since I was 17 years old, I'm 43, except for that 31 day period in the late 80s when some creep stole my bike and I couldn't afford a new one until the insurance paid me after 30 days. I've had street bikes, dirt bikes, enduros, cruisers, racers, four strokes, two strokes and even a few rat bikes. With the Norge I've owned every major brand except Harley and KTM. I've bought the same bike more than once (3 SVs, 3 Xt600s, 4 CB1s) and I'm not ashamed of it, although I should be.
I'm an avid track day rider. I try to get at least 8-10 days a season.
Other than bikes...
We try to ski as often as we can.
The wife and I are avid gardeners. One of the big draws to our house when we first saw it was the yard with 8 different types of fruit trees. And lot's of room for veggie beds.
I love black powder cartridge shooting. Although these days I only hunt paper. There's just something about the smoke and boom I love.

I'm proud of the fact that the last network TV I saw was some show with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepard. Survivor? Of what?

Ok now I'm all self conscious like...


Cheers
Damien
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Roundbarrel on December 18, 2009, 02:27:28 PM
While the introductions are going around I'm Miles from New Zealand, been lurking here for a few weeks just seeing what goes on. I've been riding about thirty years, the last fifteen on my long-suffering '77 Lemans that puts up with a continuous cycle of modification, hard use and neglect with little complaint.
Also have enough projects in the garage to ensure I'm always broke and none of them ever get finished  ;D

Oh yeah, I test turboprop aircraft engines for a living, you can't argue with 5000 horsepower  ;-T

Cheers,
Miles
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: GUZZISTAS on January 11, 2010, 11:23:45 AM
Hello everybody!
I am Fanis from Greece, I am 37 years old, owner of a BREVA 1100 and member of Hellenic Moto Guzzi Club.
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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nick949 on January 11, 2010, 12:05:47 PM
Hello Folks,

Nick Adams - 58, newbie to the list and, after a 30 year hiatus, reborn motorbike fanatic and Eldo rider, currently cursing Canadian winters and the dent it puts in being in the saddle.
Occupation - archaeological consultant (sounds far more glamorous than it really is).
Married, 3 older kids (15, 20, 22)
Inverary, Ontario Canada  (eastern end of Lake Ontario)

I have a few bike related tales on line at http://www.wanderpigs.com/Authors/NickAdams.html (http://www.wanderpigs.com/Authors/NickAdams.html) if anyone has a few moments to kill. One describes a manic trip on the Eldo to the Chic Chocs in eastern Quebec. The other describes early motorcycle adventures on a 1950 P & M Panther 600 when I was in my teens.

Love this list - the membership is articulate, funny, respectful of the opinions of other. Long may it remain that way.

Nick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on January 11, 2010, 10:49:33 PM
While the introductions are going around I'm Miles from New Zealand, been lurking here for a few weeks just seeing what goes on. I've been riding about thirty years, the last fifteen on my long-suffering '77 Lemans that puts up with a continuous cycle of modification, hard use and neglect with little complaint.
Also have enough projects in the garage to ensure I'm always broke and none of them ever get finished  ;D

Oh yeah, I test turboprop aircraft engines for a living, you can't argue with 5000 horsepower  ;-T

Cheers,
Miles

You live in Picton and you test jet engines  ???

Welcome to the wild world of WildGuzzi.

Love the Queen Charlotte on a warm summers day.  Come out in Picton with face ache from the grin factor. ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MotoGuzziGuy on January 11, 2010, 11:16:52 PM
Hello.

  Anthony, New Jersey

  Self Employed

  Been riding since I was very young.

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ambarado on January 11, 2010, 11:48:55 PM
I'm a real new goose here, but have totally enjoyed all the info, humor, and insanity!  Keep it up.

Craig Sheldrick
58 years old, like another here, I act 12, my mind is 28, summer 25, winter 105.
Benton City, Washington State.

Been riding, all street,  since about 78.  Have ridden small yamahas, TR6C trumpet for awhile, bought my first used Guzzi in 1990.  It was a converted convert, proceded to put 170k on it.  I haven't had really any interest in wanting another brand.  

Guzziaholic!  
  
Had a 2001 Bassa, put 38k on that one while I was building my Ambarado.
Sold the Bassa.

My daily ride now is the Ambarado.  I've got about 50k on it.  (very modified 1970 Ambassador police)
On shelves are;
                    My friends 74 Eldo police, and his nephews 68 V700.
                    My 73 1/2 Eldo California 4-shoe
                         73 July Eldo police 4-shoe
And probably enough stuff to do another loop and a tonti.

Espresso
My interests are 99% Guzzi.
Espresso  
I play a 68 Rogers drum kit.
Espresso
Would like to learn bass.
Espresso

As far as work, I was a journeyman sheet metal worker for 12 years.  Now I have a government job, I'm a Governmental Monetary Dispersial Tech. ::)

Have an awesome girl friend who loves to ride.

I hope to see as many of you Guzzi people at the National ralley in John Day Oregon this coming June.

Awesome forum here.

Ambarado  aka - Craig

                    
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: muz61 on January 12, 2010, 12:57:17 AM
Wow, I'm part of a big World family it seems!
Murray Maunder, age 55
Tauranga, New Zealand
TV Cameraman/Producer/Director Freelance (incl motorsport TV)

Current bikes Aprilia RSV1000R (2000), Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 (2006)

Bought this very tasty black Griso 2V 1100 before Christmas and now I ride much more often - it's so user friendly!
Plan to outfit the bike with easily detached saddlebags before hopefully travelling to New Zealand's South Island at Easter with some mates to attend a Warbirds show with all the great old WWII stuff.

I've ridden bikes since 1971-78 Suzukis, 1979-83 RD and RZ Yamahas racing production classes, before settling briefly into a Suzuki RG500 Gamma. A break to build my media company and have a family life (stupid me!) meant I rode bikes from my mate's shop (Suzukis, then Aprilias and Guzzis) in exchange with helping his race team. I got to respect, then be intrigued by Moto Guzzis. A V1100 Sport was the revelation that these slightly awkward looking Italians were (are) the real deal - a rider's machine with tons of real-world character.

I bought the Aprilia RSV1000R 3 years ago and in that time put 15,000km on it, riding mainly day trips to our twisty road areas (Coromandel, Rotorua Lakes if you know NZ at all). Trouble with these bikes (like all pure sport bikes) is the presence of the law enforcement, high speeds necessary to enjoy them, and lack of comfort, pillion provision. In other words they are bloody impractical!

Every time I head up my driveway on the Griso I already have a grin on my dial - whether it's a trip to the cafe or a ride over the ranges to another city. I hope I still love this bike this much in a years time. Of the Suzuki T250 and GT750 and RG500, the Yamaha two strokes, the Kawasaki H1, and the Aprilia, I think this bike has a special place. The all round fun bike to ride anywhere, whatever the pace.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Roundbarrel on January 12, 2010, 10:57:54 PM

You live in Picton and you test jet engines  ???

Welcome to the wild world of WildGuzzi.

Love the Queen Charlotte on a warm summers day.  Come out in Picton with face ache from the grin factor. ;-T

I live in Picton but work over the hill in Blenheim, the engine test facility is out the back of the airport there.

The Queen Charlotte is about five minutes from my front door  ;D  I usually avoid it this time of year though, it tends to be choked up with road magots (caravans,camper vans and idiots towing boats).
Let me know if you'd like to catch up over here some time.

Miles.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JPL on January 13, 2010, 09:53:34 PM
Another Minneapolis Guzzier piping up.
J. Paul Liebenow, Tricenarian (30)
Audio guy & Musician

My 1980 V50II
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Note the anti-theft paint scheme. ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bugs on January 15, 2010, 10:34:15 PM
Howdy - I'm Bugs, I'm in southern Vermont. I'm the Night Shift foreman on the Snowmaking crew at Mt. Snow. Been making snow for 29 winters now. I currently own an 02 V11 Le Mans (for sale) I'm lookin to buy a late model California. I've had many bikes over the years, I usually own em for a couple of years & then try something different. I can't afford to own more than one at a time, so that's my reason. I wanna play on a buncha different toys before I slide off this tarmac into the next world!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: john.l.ford on January 15, 2010, 10:55:23 PM
John Ford
AGE 41
MARRIED 22 years
2003 California Stone Metal
Citrus Heights, Ca
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Green1000S on January 16, 2010, 11:10:34 AM

Lauri Virkkunen, 51
Judging from the places I have lived, I am a travelling gypsy.
Wife and 2 daughters + retarded English bulldog, T-bone (aka bonehead)

I live in Pennsylvania, middle of Lancaster Amish country.

I've been riding on and off, mostly jap bikes and Harleys. Last year I got a Guzzi 1000S.
Certified gearhead, I like anything that spins and makes lots of noise. Old, new, does not matter. Including guns.
I wrech just about everything on my bikes and cars, being a watchmaker I like taking things apart. Occationally I even get them back together! ;D



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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Randown on January 17, 2010, 09:33:47 AM
Greetings! I'm a fair weather Sunday rider & a Guzzi noob.

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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on January 17, 2010, 10:14:28 AM
Never seen this thread. Never did an intro.

Name: Brian
Age: 54
Location: 40km north of Copenhagen (Europe, Denmark)
Occupation: Nordic IT Service Delivery Manager at a large US Corp. company.
Started riding anything with an engine at the age of 8 I think
My first real bikes above 50cc an NSU Super Fox, NSU Super Max and a Lambretta 150cc scooter.
My first street legal bike: Honda CB72

Hobby: Geese, Guzzi and small blocks ;o)
Why: They are unique, they have spirit and soul, they are simple, and they are a hoot to ride and most people really like them.
My favorite ride - my red lady Targa. No need for pics, you've seen her before.
My main project for the time being, rebuilding a 1986 red Lario.
My pasion - making a 750cc 8valve small block mill stable for upgrading my Targa. The engine originally ment for her before the factory binned it.

I find this forum entertaining, helpfull and for most parts freindly. I enjoy its somwhat global profile.

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: fpicabia on January 17, 2010, 01:23:05 PM
jeff taylor

46

furniture builder, with a taste for the arts.

motorcycles, telemark skiing, flyfishing, climbing, surfing, travel, lots of reading.

springs, long island/brooklyn, ny.

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: brownk on January 17, 2010, 02:41:17 PM
Kevin Brown  48 yrs. Been around Guzzi since 1989.  Couldn't get one til 2002. Kids and all you know. Now i own 2,  a 90 cal lll and  an 07 norge.  I live in Elwood, Ks.  2 woods that don't float Natalie and Elwood.  Anyway I'm new to this computer stuff so have fun with me and be safe.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: matt in aust on January 18, 2010, 04:54:03 AM
Greetings from a lurking luddite (never posted anything before, so bear with me).

Matt, 52, currently farming in southern New South Wales (that's a State in Aust) between a couple of insignficant places called Tarcutta and Adelong (sheep, cattle, native grass seed, 4000 acres) married with one professional student daughter. Employees - me, wife and 4 Kelpies (sheep dog breed) - I'm very much at the bottom of the pecking order with wife and dogs fighting it out at the top. Done a few things at the same time as farming - journalist, technical writer, farrier, horsebreaker, showjumping trainer, mechanic, professional student (took me a looooong time to get a couple of degrees) shearer, environmental revegetation, etc.

Currently run a Guzzi Lemon 1000 which is gradually being reduced to its component bits as I delve into the 'bargain' I bought a few years ago.

Lovely things Guzzis, nearly as primitive as a shovel but prettier.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tobit on January 20, 2010, 03:22:35 PM
51

Fat

Balding

Director of Engineering at a PBS station

Married, (used to not be fat and balding) to a beautiful Kentuckian (filly, not a horse) 10 years my junior.  (I'm not stupid).  Kentucky women are the best.  They like to fight and are never wrong.  She balances our checkbook, homeschools our offspring, is a print journalist and puts up with a lot.  She also holds a higher degree and a greater earning potential than I do.  (I'm not stupid)

We're Catholic (she converted, I came back)

Two beautiful kids, girl & boy, 10 & 9, born in Memphis.  Love blues.  Older the better.

Officer in the Knights of Columbus (Told you I was Catholic)

Faith, family and then all the rest: Guitars, Guns, Motorcycles, old books (what I should have read in school rather than Cycle and Chilton's), old music.

Like to tinker with and rebuild old guitar amplifiers, love my Les Paul, Tele, Martin as much as my Guzzi and all of them more than "Smokey" my 93 year old Colt 1911.  Love the outdoors, I can see it from my deck or when the garage door is open.  Guess that makes me an expert in forestry policy.

Love Memphis.  Hated leaving but so goes life.  I can smoke some mean-assed ribs when John Lee Hooker is on the turntable.  Son prefers Steppenwolf but he's 9.  What does he know.

Hard Core Luddite which makes my communications career an interesting way to spend my life.  A conflicted soul, I'm a Gemini.  Twitter is for birds, Facebook is what happens when I read in bed at night, don't want to text when there are 373 emails in my Outlook inbox.  

Love to cook, I'm of Spanish descent so food is life.  If it has olives and saffron.

Onion, Garlic and Bell Peppers are the Holy Trinity.

Started riding at 12 in '70 on a cousin's Yamaha JT1.  Never stopped until we started a family then the LeMans and Cali got parked for about 5 years so I could be home for that critical early time.  Except that I bought a few early '70s Montesa Cotas (247s, 348s) and spent ALL my time in the garage restoring then riding AHRMA and regional Vintage Trials events.  Gorgeous bikes, wish I still had the Rathmell 348s.  

First noticed Guzzis while a teen living in Panama.  Saw my first burgundy Ambo or Eldo and never forgot it.  Fell in love with the '83 LeMans III but ended up buying my LeMans IV.

Motorcycles owned?  Not many.  Between '72 and today, pretty much in order '72 Hodaka 125 Wombat (kid), '73 Yamaha RT3 360 (teen), '76 Suzuki GT500 (college), '84 Kawasaki GPz750 (twenty something dumbass), '86 LeMans IV (almost 30), '81 V50 Monza (for girlfriend, still have), '89 BMW R100RT (bought in '93 while in Michigan), '93(?) Guzzi Cal III Touring (Givi bags, trunk, full fairing, bought in '95).  

Still have the LeMans and the Monza.

Guess that covers it.

Oh, yea, Long winded.

Cheers,


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ponti_33609 on January 20, 2010, 03:47:16 PM
Quote
for girlfriend, still have

Hi Tobit,

Nice intro .... one question.......your wife let's you keep the girlfriend?

 :D :D :D

Bob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tobit on January 20, 2010, 03:59:52 PM
Almost.  GF was XGF for 3 years and the week before I married the XGF called out of the blue.  Quite a trick since I'd moved to different states, twice.  XGF heard I was getting married, don't know how and knew who future wife was.  All ok but hairy at the time.  XGF was nice, wife is better.  Monza is souvenir.

Cheers,
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: PJQ on January 20, 2010, 08:49:21 PM
G'day from Melbourne in Oz.

Acquired a friend's 72 ex-copper Eldo after he bought a house and decided nine bikes wouldn't fit the shed or the new budget constraints.

What a sweet ride!
I've fallen in love with her - as you do - especially when she's dripping wet....
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_u0_IOr1cg0w/S1bTYVYTBhI/AAAAAAAAAJI/lscg9bZdE6Q/s800/Wet.jpg)

Oh yeah,  Peter Quick
just threw a leg over 50  (cripes what job that is).

Regs,
PJQ
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: double.d on January 20, 2010, 09:18:33 PM
Greetings from a lurking luddite (never posted anything before, so bear with me).

Matt, 52, currently farming in southern New South Wales (that's a State in Aust) between a couple of insignficant places called Tarcutta and Adelong (sheep, cattle, native grass seed, 4000 acres) married with one professional student daughter. Employees - me, wife and 4 Kelpies (sheep dog breed) - I'm very much at the bottom of the pecking order with wife and dogs fighting it out at the top. Done a few things at the same time as farming - journalist, technical writer, farrier, horsebreaker, showjumping trainer, mechanic, professional student (took me a looooong time to get a couple of degrees) shearer, environmental revegetation, etc.

Currently run a Guzzi Lemon 1000 which is gradually being reduced to its component bits as I delve into the 'bargain' I bought a few years ago.

Lovely things Guzzis, nearly as primitive as a shovel but prettier.



Hi Matt, i grew up not that far from you in Griffith.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wirebiter on January 21, 2010, 02:45:26 PM
Hello,

Brian Roth living in Taunton, Massachusetts

39 (for the 4th time)

Electrical engineer for the Boston grid (now) after 20 years of absorbing neutons in Aircraft carriers for the Navy.

Married (to a wife who is wonderfully supporting of my need for motorcycling) with three kids.

I've been riding since I was 11 but always on Japanese bikes until I finally succumbed to lust for an Italian V-Twin and as of last September, now have an 08 1200 Sport.

Travel (especially of the adventurous kind on motorcyle) is my #1 hobby.  My crowning ride thus far has been a 4 month, 16,000some mile sojourn to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and back.

see:   http://anotheradventure39.spaces.live.com

I'm looking to ride the James Bay, QC road this summer which will complete my goal of visiting all the provinces and territories of Canada (as Hudson Bay is Nunavut).


The stable:

92 Kawi Concours
97 Kawi KLR650
05 Suzuki DL1000 VStrom
08 MG 1200 Sport

Thanks to all on this forum that I've been gleaning info and ideas from! (http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-5E99_4B58BC74.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-5E99_4B58BC74.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-B955_4B58BC74.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-B955_4B58BC74.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-7D7B_4B58BC74.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-7D7B_4B58BC74.html)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-980F_4B58BC74.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-980F_4B58BC74.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: isleter55 on February 16, 2010, 07:26:44 PM
A first gen boomer started the life at the same time as the Panhead.

Fascinated by the CB450’s racing DOHC when it came out, but the poor performance in Mile High city’s lean air and the lack of enjoyable low end torque lead to the departure from riding for a third of a century until a recent re-entry.  

Joined the board to look for solutions to remedy minor oil leakages and intake/exhaust leak from the right cylinder manifold/header during warm-up, the 1980 850T3 shows her age and wobbles somehow like her owner, hopefully a planned mid-life update will bring her liveliness back.

She’s getting the factory seat replaced by an old solo saddle to uncover her beautiful rear (shinny fender), removing the now inapposite rear grab bar requires loosening two bolts that secure the fender to the frame extensions, and putting them back without dropping the two Bakelite panniers out of alignment, not at all an easy task for a lone pensioner to wrench.(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-44F2_4B7B445F.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-44F2_4B7B445F.html)<divclass="msgbox">Nofilesuploaded!</div>

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wes Stephens on February 16, 2010, 08:30:25 PM
Wes Stephens, 67 years young, retired but used to be an electronics tech, Washburn, MO
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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: punkrod on February 23, 2010, 01:29:11 PM
Another Wildgoose newb.
My name's Pieter, I live in San Diego. Been riding since the ripe age of 5. I have and had lotsa bikes over the years, mostly Harley's but also a few euro machines, (BMW, Triumph, Norton, Ducati). By day, I'm an electromechanical engineer and I wrench on bikes in the evenings and weekends.
I recently aquired this '72 Eldo. It does run but needs tuning / transmission / clutch work.
(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/pieter8000/guzzi-eddo.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzimundi on February 23, 2010, 01:33:10 PM
pieter,

Welcome! Looks like you're gonna have some fun with that rebuild. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on February 23, 2010, 08:12:35 PM
Quote
I live in Elwood, Ks.  2 woods that don't float Natalie and Elwood.

I'll have to remember that one. I'm near Elwood, In.  :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Vince in Milwaukee on February 28, 2010, 02:43:10 PM
Another Wildgoose newb.
My name's Pieter, I live in San Diego. Been riding since the ripe age of 5. I have and had lotsa bikes over the years, mostly Harley's but also a few euro machines, (BMW, Triumph, Norton, Ducati). By day, I'm an electromechanical engineer and I wrench on bikes in the evenings and weekends.
I recently aquired this '72 Eldo. It does run but needs tuning / transmission / clutch work.
(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e330/pieter8000/guzzi-eddo.jpg)

This machine looks to be in more than capable hands.  Welcome to the madness. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TT650 on April 21, 2010, 02:21:34 PM
Quote
I live in Elwood, Ks.  2 woods that don't float Natalie and Elwood.

I'll have to remember that one. I'm near Elwood, In.  :D

Just goes to show you that you should pay attention in school, I was under the impression that Elwood means an errection in spanish :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ambassador dreamer on April 21, 2010, 02:47:30 PM
Ok-
James Garcia
42
back in college for Diagnostic Medical Sonography,and out of work
Married to a wonderful wife!
have an awesome son-5yrs. old
Guitarist,played in a few bands- "Broomhellda" and when I was a kid played in a band in N.Y.C. called "Antidote"(hardcore/punk),and Shang HiFi, played tons of shows in the North East Coast- but didn't add up to much- except for having great times. Now, just glad my wife can deal w/me and enjoying watching and playing w/my son. Hopefully, graduate from college and get some work-then get a Guzzi of my dream.-(There are so many Guzzi's I love!) How's that for a short take!-LOL!
P.S.- I love this forum! Yes, I'm a Newbie(or maybe a "Wannabe"), but it has been so helpful in my learning about motorcycles and true therapy- when I get to see and hear all your stories and bikes. Thank you- everyone!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TT650 on April 21, 2010, 04:33:28 PM
Ohhps already posted and did not introduce myself.

Name: Rudy Muller
Location: Cary, IL but lived in a few different places (Switzerland untill 21, Canada, Quebec and Ontario untill 29, New York, New Jersey and now in Illionis since 1994.
Age: 45
Never married but got custody of my son (almost 9 years old) and do have one of those things that sit in the car next to you and make a lot of noise..... ummmmm yeah Girlfriend. (she gets made when I tell her that to :) )
Occupation: Machinist, tool and die maker, but in the last 2o some years all I did was install and repair machines in the packaging industry and sit on my rear in an office too much.

Hobbies: things I can do with my son, like BMX, Tae Kwon Do, love any kind of racingif it got wheels and makes noise I will watch. Camping especially at Road America.

My first "accident" on a motorcycle came about at the age of 4 month, my dad took me and mom for a ride in the sidecar and of course it was time to show of his driving skills to his first born. He popped the sidecar up in the air and mom was strangeling me. At 7 I got a little moped looking thingi that had a running motor, then a 50 cc bike with 10 and soon I borrowed some bikes from Dad when he was not home. He found out most of the time and he was a beliver that if you do wrong you get your butt spanked, as soon as my rear healed we tried again :)
The first bike I owned was a Zundapp 125 six days edition boy what a screamer that one was. Honda XL 125 and then had some Yamahas XT 600 and 660's, Yamaha FZR 600 in 91 my first new bike. When I moved to the US I sold that and soon after got myself a Ducati 900SS. Sold it 3 years ago and now will get a few older bikes from my dad, Guzzi TT650, a 72 Ducati 250 this is acctualy my sons bike. A Benelli 250 don't know the year all I know it hardly ever runs and when it does it goes really really fast. This will be a project for me and junior, we modify it to take to the track. And last but not least my dad's modified Universal with sidecar this is the bike he used to race with some 50 years ago.

Long story sorry.

Having a blast on here and look forward to get to know some of you better over the years :)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-DD67_4BCF6F17.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-DD67_4BCF6F17.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ambassador dreamer on April 21, 2010, 06:14:57 PM
Ohhps already posted and did not introduce myself.

Name: Rudy Muller
Location: Cary, IL but lived in a few different places (Switzerland untill 21, Canada, Quebec and Ontario untill 29, New York, New Jersey and now in Illionis since 1994.
Age: 45
Never married but got custody of my son (almost 9 years old) and do have one of those things that sit in the car next to you and make a lot of noise..... ummmmm yeah Girlfriend. (she gets made when I tell her that to :) )
Occupation: Machinist, tool and die maker, but in the last 2o some years all I did was install and repair machines in the packaging industry and sit on my rear in an office too much.
 

Hobbies: things I can do with my son, like BMX, Tae Kwon Do, love any kind of racingif it got wheels and makes noise I will watch. Camping especially at Road America.

My first "accident" on a motorcycle came about at the age of 4 month, my dad took me and mom for a ride in the sidecar and of course it was time to show of his driving skills to his first born. He popped the sidecar up in the air and mom was strangeling me. At 7 I got a little moped looking thingi that had a running motor, then a 50 cc bike with 10 and soon I borrowed some bikes from Dad when he was not home. He found out most of the time and he was a beliver that if you do wrong you get your butt spanked, as soon as my rear healed we tried again :)
The first bike I owned was a Zundapp 125 six days edition boy what a screamer that one was. Honda XL 125 and then had some Yamahas XT 600 and 660's, Yamaha FZR 600 in 91 my first new bike. When I moved to the US I sold that and soon after got myself a Ducati 900SS. Sold it 3 years ago and now will get a few older bikes from my dad, Guzzi TT650, a 72 Ducati 250 this is acctualy my sons bike. A Benelli 250 don't know the year all I know it hardly ever runs and when it does it goes really really fast. This will be a project for me and junior, we modify it to take to the track. And last but not least my dad's modified Universal with sidecar this is the bike he used to race with some 50 years ago.

Long story sorry.

Having a blast on here and look forward to get to know some of you better over the years :)(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-DD67_4BCF6F17.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-DD67_4BCF6F17.html)

Sorry Rudy- I'm not much of a computer tech,I had to quote you.  I have to compliment your bike in the picture you posted! WOW!!! A beautiful example of great design!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sack on April 21, 2010, 07:04:49 PM
Hi everyone!

I've been riding for 45 of my 56 years and I just can't shake it! Not that I want to. Was looking for a new bike, hadn't initially thought of a Guzzi but somehow happened upon them. After hearing of the prices of NOS and taking a test ride the hook was set.

I'm enjoying my Norge very much and have brought the wife back into riding with me some. While the kids were home it was too dangerous of an activity for her. But with the encouragement of riding couples we know she's getting more used to the idea. Hoping to plan some weekend ride-aways when time allows.

I work at a hospital here in the Seattle area and have found this board very helpful in getting to know my Guzzi better.

Ciao!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stone(r) on April 21, 2010, 07:09:47 PM
What's hapnin everyone?    T. Jay here... 33, Pipefitter, Hoboken NJ (Birthplace of Frank Sinatra and Baseball)  Also, I ride a 2003 Cali Stone
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lucretia on April 22, 2010, 01:11:44 AM
Lorne Paidel, Regina Saskatchewan.
59 yrs and retired. I'm on my second Guzzi.  First was  "Lucretia", 2000 Cali Sp. I fell in love with it at first sight, in February, in the middle of a winter storm.  Bought it then and there. Alas, we parted ways, literally, on a large patch of spilled oil.  I recovered, she didn't.  I found a 2007 Cal Vin with 15000 kms in Toronto and had it shipped here last October. I miss the valve sounds of the Cali Sp but love the updated engine on Cal Vin. This, by the way was the only Cal Vin registered in Saskatchewan! I am glad to see I'm not the only person to go crazy over Guzzi.(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-B3F6_4BCFE6AC.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-B3F6_4BCFE6AC.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wildebube on April 22, 2010, 04:47:49 PM
I’ve been here for a while but never wrote an intro – so here goes:

Lee Norman – 54 – computer geek.  I like to say Wills Point, TX because that’s the closest town, but I’m really somewhere southeast of Elmo.

I started riding in the summer of 1970 on a brand spanking new  Kawasaki Bushmaster 90, other known as a G3TR.  It wasn’t mine, but it might as well have been.  From there I went to a borrowed Bultaco Pursang 125.  My first bike was a Maico 360 that I bought in Germany in the spring of ’74.  It was there in Germany that I first became interested in Moto Guzzi and BMW.  I moved back to the States in ’74 and started riding on the street on a ’72 Honda CB350.  I went through several Japanese bikes while I was dropping in and out of college, but finally decided to go euro once I graduated and had a real job.  At that time I was looking at a BMW R65LS and a V50 Lemans.  I ended up with the BMW.  I liked the V50, but had never seen one in the flesh.  The R65LS was sitting on the showroom floor calling to me.  That got me into the BMW thing. 

The R65LS gave way to an R80ST, then an R100GS/PD, then an R1100RS.  I liked the RS, but somewhere along the way, motorcycling had stopped being fun.  I thought long and hard about giving up riding.  I wasn’t enjoying it and I really wasn’t riding much at all.  I finally sat myself down and gave myself a good talking to.  I tried to think about what it was that had made it fun in the past and why it wasn’t fun now.  I came to the conclusion that I just had more fun on bikes that were smaller, lighter, and simpler.  So I sold the RS and started looking.

I looked at a lot of bikes, but when all was said and done, my choice came down to a BMW F650CS and a Breva – the 750 was the only one at the time.  The BMW was butt ugly, but exceptionally practical for commuting and riding around the local area.  One cylinder, light, clean, and simple belt drive, ABS, great mileage, cheap to insure, and being a BMW, familiar.  The Breva, to my eyes, was absolutely gorgeous and sounded great.  The test rides were short and didn’t convince me either way, so it ended up being a head vs. heart decision.  Back then Moto Guzzi had only been going out of business for 80 years, and just before being acquired by Aprilia, they were on the ropes again.  I loved the Breva, but decided that the BMW was the smarter choice.

Mechanically, I liked the F650, but the fugly looks never grew on me.  I kept it for not quite two years and traded it on an F650GS Dakar.  In many ways the Dakar was the best bike I’ve ever owned, but last summer I found myself looking again.  The Dakar was tall enough that I was beginning to have trouble swinging my creaky leg over it and was really uncomfortable stopping on unlevel ground.  I wanted something more comfortable and capable in west Texas where the speed limit is 80mph and the prevailing speed is faster than that.

A quick glance at the BMW lineup, and I decided that the next bike would definitely be a Guzzi.  Then it was just the small block vs. big block decision.  My previous experience with BMW made me think that the V7C was probably what I would like the best, but I was simply in love with the 1200 Sport.  Since this is already so long, I won’t go into the whole process.  I just decided to go with the one that was tugging on my heart strings.  I still wonder if I wouldn’t have been just as happy, or even happier with the V7C .  But I love the 1200 Sport.  What I really need is enough space and money for the 1200 Sport AND a V7C.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wildebube on April 22, 2010, 04:50:45 PM
Oh yeah, there's something else I should mention.  My brother-in-law liked my Guzzi so much that he went Guzzi shopping too.  He traded his '08 KLR 650 and bought a NOS '07 Griso.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jklotz on April 23, 2010, 05:36:30 PM
Very interesting thread! That's one of the things I love about bikes - the diversity of the people who they seem to bring together.

James Klotz
44
Atlanta, GA
Single, but long term GF

I'm a professional architectural photographer www.jamesklotz.com. I also teach photography ay a local college.

Been into bikes for all of my adult life (father hates them, or I would have had them as a kid too). Owned upwards of 20+ bikes in my time, but never a Guzzi. I am currently in the process of buying a Stelvio, hopefully by next week. My other bikes are an 08' KTM Superduke, 08' BMW K1200S and an 08' KTM 990 ADV (which I'll be selling shortly to finance the Guzzi ;)  ) I try to keep the stable at 3, although it's not always easy...

Biggest accomplishment on a bike: riding from Atlanta to Terra del Fuego (the end of South America) solo. Awesome trip! 16K miles on a GS.

I've got a greyhound who is a rescue from the race tracks. He's a good boy.

Other hobbies include brewing beer, guns (although I've never pointed a gun at another living being in my life), photography (obviously) and travel. Past hobbies have included caving, racing bicycles (road), mountain biking, playing guitar and music recording.



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Texpatriate on April 27, 2010, 12:15:16 AM
Joshua Michael Cheek
34
propmaster in West Hollywood
I work on a great show for ABC called Castle, which means that I have very little free time. I live with my wonderful girlfriend and our dog, Tony, and cat, Lulu. I own a Vespa GTS250 & and a '06 MINI Cooper JCW. I'm about to have two months off between seasons, so I'm planning on buying my first real motorcycle, which happens to be a V7 Cafe Classic. So, I'll be using you guys for advice real soon.  ;-T  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on April 27, 2010, 01:04:40 AM
Welcome on board, Joshua!

The V7C belongs to a class of Guzzi's that will put a smile on your face, hard to get rid of ;-T
Search the site, and you'll know. We have quite a few enthused V7C owners on the board.
This bike is a true head turner too :o

Isn't she beautiful ::)
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-D7C6_4A5646ED.jpg)

Saluti
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ambassador dreamer on April 29, 2010, 02:55:23 PM
Hey Iceblue! That bike looks Hot!!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on April 30, 2010, 01:13:50 AM
Unfortunately not mine - I wish it was though :-\

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: old head on April 30, 2010, 07:47:07 AM
I haven't see this thread before either so.....

Glen Johnson
age       53
likes      fishing, hunting, guns, genealogy, and travel

I worked for Louisiana Department of Transportation as a draftsman and lab tech for about a year, then worked at Howard Brothers for 10 years in store management before they went bankrupt, then 2 years as receiving manager for Super Saver Wholesale (bankrupt), then to Old America Stores for 10 years in management before they went bankrupt, a couple of years with Office Max, then quit, their management operation was not for me, retail was changing.

landed a job at a chemical plant here in Louisiana.  Wife went back to LSU to get her degree in '98, BS and then Masters, daughter started LSU in '00, got her BS and Master's, son started in '01 and got his BS. Me, I had about 60 hours of college credit, 2 years of trade school as draftsman, and a job that I didn't care for, and work experience in a field that I come to despise.  Somewhere along the way I decided I need to get a degree, so in '02 I started LSU part-time and began working night shifts at the plant.  Now, 8 years later, l am scheduled to graduate this May.....

First two wheeler was a Briggs and Stratton mini bike that got abused and wrecked many, many times.  At 17 bought a one year old '73 Kawasaki 175 enduro, then moved on to an assortment of two stroke dirt bikes from 90cc-250cc all Japanese.  

1978 bought my first street bike, new '78 Honda 400 Hawk, kept 2 years
1980 bought new another 400 Honda Hawk, sold too many problems
1982 bought a new leftover '80 Honda Ft 500 single, kept this one for 12 years.  My favorite up to now

Had two kids, and decided that it was time to do family stuff, so sold the FT and didn't return until '07 when I bought the Breva.  Both kids had graduated and left the nest, although the boy kept coming back.  Anyway, I had started a motorcycle fund several years back, and I would work an extra shift from time to time and put that money in the fund.  

Then one day, and a new shop opened up, they sold Vespa's, Aprilla's, and Moto Guzzi's.  So I stop in to see.  I had seen a Guzzi years ago (73-74) in a shop and really liked the look of them, but way out of my reach during my early years.  There it sat, a red Breva 750, only Guzzi they had.  I threw a leg over it, and I knew this is what I wanted, but bigger.

So, I found this site, called a few shops and MPH had a black 1100 leftover.  Called Mike @ MPH on a Friday, talked to wife when she got home, called Mike back on Saturday and gave him deposit.  Picked up bike on December 8 or so, day after finals at LSU.  

Even though I have concerns about the long term viability of Moto Guzzi, shaft drive and the electonics on the Breva, when the motor starts all the concerns leave.  It is like I am transported to a place where it is just me and bike, no other problems can intrude.  I will probably have this one for a long, long time.

Old Head

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on May 01, 2010, 01:36:11 AM

It is like I am transported to a place where it is just me and bike, no other problems can intrude.  I will probably have this one for a long, long time.

Old Head

You know it Old Head ;-T ;-T ;-T

Good to get to know you ;)
We share a few interests - Guzzi, Genealogy and travel. (Just home from Egypt - with 4 additional days extension to the trip - Volcano in Iceland)
I spent "2 years" in central Florida from '77 to '79 (not too far from Louisiana)

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: old head on May 01, 2010, 10:05:57 AM
iceblue,

I have only been to Spain, Mexico, and Italy so far.  I have been to most of the states except Oregon, the Northeastern states.  We have been thinking of going to South Africa this summer, but it probably won't happen as I really need to go back to work in my new profession.

My Dodge needs a new paint job, and new carpet and such, its 18 years old and 230k, it needs some cosmetic attention.  Same for the boat, needs new carpet, and seats.  Lots of little projects that have been put on hold the last 2 years due to school.

I really haven't done much on my family history in awhile, too busy.  I have had some information published in a book by a noted genealogist in Alabama, Floyd Johnson's JOHNSON Family History.  It seems my genealogy had a start somewhere in Norway at some point, many many years ago before coming to Scotland.  I haven't found any direct links yet, but the information seems to indicate this, probably never know for sure in this lifetime.

Old Head
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: booger on May 01, 2010, 10:15:21 AM

Brendan

36

Therapist 
(dont all come asking me for help all at once now, guzzi addictions are for life, not something you can taper down with a therpeutic intervention)

Unmarried and wondering

wandering like a gypsy whenever i can and eating food and drinking libations as I ride the wave while the surfs up on the rollercoaster ride through the universe as we know it
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on May 01, 2010, 10:26:35 AM
iceblue,

I have only been to Spain, Mexico, and Italy so far.  I have been to most of the states except Oregon, the Northeastern states.  We have been thinking of going to South Africa this summer, but it probably won't happen as I really need to go back to work in my new profession.

My Dodge needs a new paint job, and new carpet and such, its 18 years old and 230k, it needs some cosmetic attention.  Same for the boat, needs new carpet, and seats.  Lots of little projects that have been put on hold the last 2 years due to school.

I really haven't done much on my family history in awhile, too busy.  I have had some information published in a book by a noted genealogist in Alabama, Floyd Johnson's JOHNSON Family History.  It seems my genealogy had a start somewhere in Norway at some point, many many years ago before coming to Scotland.  I haven't found any direct links yet, but the information seems to indicate this, probably never know for sure in this lifetime.

Old Head

I have a few generations in place by now, among others my fathers German lines. My wife is a pure bread viking, without the red hair though, she's still somewhat blond, no greys - in spite of our age. I'm almost total silver ;D, but genealogy is a life time occupation as I'm sure you know  ;)  

Ciao

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: old head on May 01, 2010, 10:39:21 AM
iceblue,

I started this discovery of family history about 20 years ago, and it is amazing how much information there is out there once you start searching for it.  I was lucky that my family lived here in southern Louisiana, as the Catholic Church kept very good records for many years, albeit a lot of it in french.  My dad's side has a paper trail to England till about 1600, as that is when my ancestor (he was from N. Scotland) joined the British Army and was sent to Nova Scotia and lived the rest of his life there.

My mom's side seems to come from Switzerland, then France after leaving the troubling times of the french aristocracy.  

It seems many people were interested in our family history and the amount of information people have is amazing once they realize someone is interested in it.

Old Head
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tiger02 on May 02, 2010, 02:45:55 AM
Hi all-

Didn't want to get too far ahead of myself over the last week, but can't wait any longer!  Ebay auction  (http://"http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230466396325&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_500wt_924")just ended for my first motorcycle, a 1974 850T.  The timing was perfect; my girl's going to ride it for the next month while we get ready to ride the Delhi - Leh loop in India at the beginning of June.  Meantime I'm riding around and just starting to learn to work on a Honda CB 125 knockoff.  SO

Tom, age 30, work in economic development in Afghanistan.  Never had wife, kids, house, or much of anything else permanent.  Figure it's about time to grow up and take a stand so got a tattoo and a bike that I'm not going to want to give up.  The world's newest Guzzi Girl is shy about introducing herself right now, but she's in LA so we'll be looking for suggestions for a good shop and good rides in SoCal.  

Fokken excited to join the club!

Tom
(http://images.craigslist.org/3nc3ma3p75Y05W65S0a4j898fcf6ead191aff.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 02, 2010, 06:04:13 AM
Hi all-

Didn't want to get too far ahead of myself over the last week, but can't wait any longer!  Ebay auction  (http://"http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230466396325&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_500wt_924")just ended for my first motorcycle, a 1974 850T.  The timing was perfect; my girl's going to ride it for the next month while we get ready to ride the Delhi - Leh loop in India at the beginning of June.  Meantime I'm riding around and just starting to learn to work on a Honda CB 125 knockoff.  SO

Tom, age 30, work in economic development in Afghanistan.  Never had wife, kids, house, or much of anything else permanent.  Figure it's about time to grow up and take a stand so got a tattoo and a bike that I'm not going to want to give up.  The world's newest Guzzi Girl is shy about introducing herself right now, but she's in LA so we'll be looking for suggestions for a good shop and good rides in SoCal.  

Wow! And welcome. In the LA area, Moto Guzzi Classics. The SoCal hooligans hang out here..
 http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum/170.html
Wonderful riding around there once you get out of the LA basin.

Fokken excited to join the club!

Tom
(http://images.craigslist.org/3nc3ma3p75Y05W65S0a4j898fcf6ead191aff.jpg)

Wow! And welcome. In the LA area, Moto Guzzi Classics. The SoCal hooligans hang out here..
 http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum/170.html
Wonderful riding around there once you get out of the LA basin.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmanjob on May 02, 2010, 06:15:22 AM
Welcome to the world of Guzzi tiger02, be safe in Afghanistan.  ;-T My son just got back from a all expense tour of the mountains Curtice of the 10th Mountain Division. ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: KaptainKen on May 02, 2010, 11:50:33 AM
Greeting Guzzi Pilots!

Newbie here with a "new to me" 2000 Jackal ... just picked it up an hour ago. Very excited you can be sure. I had been looking for a California of about the same vintage to use as a touring bike, but this one turned up here in Fort Pierce, Florida at a price that I couldn't refuse. Did I do good? Who can tell me about the Jackal? Any issues I should be aware of?

One of the reasons I got it so cheap is because a final drive seal is leaking. According to the previous owner the "small" seal was replaced but the "large" seal is the one leaking. Who knew there are two seals? I'm a fair mechanic and have messed around with car, bike and boat engines for most of my 65 years. Is this a replacement that I can handle? Where can I get parts? Over the net, preferably 'cause MG dealers are rare to the point of being non-existent here in Florida ... or perhaps I have been mis-informed.

Will need a repair manual and a windshield, too. Hopefully one of you gents can steer me in the right direction.

Best regards,
KaptainKen
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tiger02 on May 03, 2010, 12:30:35 PM
Thanks gents--sent a line over to Todd about the guzzitech garage as well.  Will post a new thread about the bike...

Glad your kid made it home safe, oldmanjob.  This is the first time I'm nuts enough to be here voluntarily!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmanjob on May 03, 2010, 12:39:57 PM
welcome aboard the forum Kap, and if everything goes right you should have more info than you will ever need :o ;-T :BEER: :BEER:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom Mangini on May 03, 2010, 06:27:29 PM
 :PCS!:(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-B7DA_4BDF5AC9.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-B7DA_4BDF5AC9.html)
Hi, I'm Tom Mangini from Tucson, Az by way of California and New Jersey. I'm a landscape contractor. Not getting as many miles on as I'd like, but I do what I can. Just came back from Prescott Rally. I ride a 98 HDM. I've been lurking for years but I just decided to start posting. I'm a hunt and peck, two finger guy. Right now my wife is typing this for me.  ;) Maybe this will improve my typing. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wet Coast Griso on May 03, 2010, 09:28:03 PM
Better late than never, 17 posts in and I just discovered this thread!

Michael Moss Age 52 Semi Retired - Worked in TV Post Production now doing the freelance thing. Born in Vancouver BC Canada, and now live in Tsawwassen which is a suburb of Vancouver.

Have ridden for 20 years but just bought my first Guzzi last month a "new" 2007 Griso. Still getting used to it, I find it a different animal than my '90 VFR.

(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-E583_4BDF84A9.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-E583_4BDF84A9.html)

Here it is just days after I imported it from the US, at the inspection station (note the lack of plate).
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Creepinogie on May 28, 2010, 12:43:23 PM
Hi, I'm Lyle Landstrom in Moorhead MN. Just joined. I've got a 79 SP1000 (with a recently blown transmission,) a 74 Eldorado porject and an 81 SP 1000 project. I've been into bikes for a good 30 years, Mainly Indians and HD's but I also own a Ural and a modern Triumph. It was suggested to me to join this group so here I am.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kitze2 on May 28, 2010, 01:48:15 PM
Greetings, Lyle and Michael. Welcome
You must start by telling us what the best oil is.  :D :D
Just kidding.
Welcome.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MG850T on May 28, 2010, 09:51:51 PM
Paul Lancaster
48 years old
Married 15 years to a girl I met in Austria while riding through the Alps with Edelweiss Bike Travel (4 Kids).
Own a 1975 850T and a 1992 BMW R100GS (the one I was riding when I met my wife)
Flight instructor for German airline pilots and German military transport pilots at Lufthansa Airline Training Center Arizona.
The BMW is a great bike, but Guzzis are more visceral and make riding more than a form of transportation.

...and the best oil is Olive Oil, of course.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JPL on May 28, 2010, 10:55:46 PM
Hi, I'm Lyle Landstrom in Moorhead MN. Just joined. I've got a 79 SP1000 (with a recently blown transmission,) a 74 Eldorado porject and an 81 SP 1000 project. I've been into bikes for a good 30 years, Mainly Indians and HD's but I also own a Ural and a modern Triumph. It was suggested to me to join this group so here I am.

Great! More MN Guzzis!

I clicked onto your website. Holy smokes!! Incredible stuf!!  8) ;-T ;-T  I have so many questions...

Welcome Lyle!


JPL
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FastGoose on June 28, 2010, 09:59:19 AM
"Faz" here, San Rafael, Ca. LEO  P:) for 33 years (investigations, I don't do traffic stops so hold your comments,  ;D!) rider for about 15. Always wanted a Guzzi. I have fond memories of my neighbor, a motor officer with SFPD riding his El-DO (Ambo?) home from work and leaving it in the driveway, leaned way over on that big ol' kickstand. Got the Guzzi bug right then and there. Had about 15 bikes of many stripes, got my first Guzzi in 2001, a "new" '99 Pearl White Bassa. Put about 50K on it with little to no problems to speak of. Never left me stranded (except the two times I ran out of gas!), never gave me any reason to second guess taking it on a trip anywhere. The few parts it ever needed, when not available from Guzzi I either found at the local hardware store or from...yes, the local H-D dealer.
Sold it a month ago because I have a 2006 Ultra and didn't ride the Goose that much. Now I miss the hell out of it and I'm in the process of buying an '07 Calvin and selling the Ultra! 
Anyway, nice to be here, thanks to Luap for setting this board up. I'll be happy to be back in the Guzzi fold!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on June 28, 2010, 10:49:10 AM
Welcome to the asylum. Didn't you know - the Guzzi bug is a life long decease, only curable by death. Your condition may improve but you'll always fall back into the original condition caused by the bug  ;D :D ;)

Ciao from one real bad case ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: flangeman_70 on August 01, 2010, 04:09:19 AM
G'day!

I am Adam. I am 40, live in Copenhagen Denmark with my Danish wife and I am Australian.
I am an Electron Microscope engineer and was formerly a Licensed Avionics Engineer.
I have just these past weeks finally paid the import taxes for my 90 SP III I bought last year in
the Netherlands and now I am coming to terms with my very first motorbike. I love the bloody
thing!  ;-T The feel, sound, look, simplicity and the ingenuity it is born from  ;D I have a few
minor issues to sort out this winter; leaking fork seals and the selector drum needs shimming.
Yes, it has more than 1 neutral and it can really sound like 'a brick being dropped into a bucket'
when changing gears. It has an aluminium flywheel dual clutch assy and I am almost certain the
carby springs are of a lighter variety. I have a complete second set of fairings which I will slowly
refurbish and paint a red colour I feel. I have gleaned information from various sites and forums
regarding Guzzi and it has been a great experience to use these tips with excellent results.
I had to replace the engine rear main seal a month or so back and balanced the carbs after using
the home made manometer. It runs so much better!   ;D
(http://www.xtupload.com/new/image-EF6C_4C5539AB.jpg) (http://www.xtupload.com/new/share-EF6C_4C5539AB.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dgodin on August 11, 2010, 05:56:32 PM
another person who just found this topic

I am new to the Guzzi.  My wife and I bought Norges after seeing them at a Motorcycle show in NYC a couple of years ago.  My wife loved the bike immediately (except for the saddlebags) because she was able to sit on it almost flatfooted.

anyway...we've driven metrics since returning to riding back in 93..

We recently sold a Suzuki Volusia but haven't parted with the Vulcan yet..we also have a 78 Yamaha 1100 (which is for sale).

I work for a company that makes electron devices, mostly for the military.  Good fit for me as I have been in the Air Force for 22 yrs (10 active, 12 ANG) and I understand the mentality.

Currently I am in charge of Implementing Lean at our facility.  As a result I've had to put many miles on the Guzzi this summer (9K so far) to relieve stress. The other option is drinking heavily.......so many choices, so little time....

I am also an MSF ridercoach and really enjoy helping new riders...I've been getting a lot of questions this year about the guzzi.

When I first logged on to this forum it seemed that a guzzi owner needed a large toolbox and a masochistic streak.  It seems now that the bikes run well after getting through the bugs.  If only the Guzzi factory would give some thought to quality control.  We've had a few issues.  My wife has asked out loud whether we made a mistake buying these bikes but she never feels that way after riding the bike.  I've had my own concerns.  We bought the bikes so we could countinue our long distance rides trouble free and in comfort.  I hope gambling on this brand pays off.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sollep on August 11, 2010, 06:23:29 PM
Greetings!
Another new Guzzi owner:
Sollep
Estonia
Legal aid business
36
Wife and two kids, 5 and 2
Current ride: Griso 1200 8V Special Edition
Previous rides:
Honda VTR 1000
12 years of walking
IŽ Planeta 5, 350cm3, one cylinder two-stroke
Jawa 350cm3, two cylinder two-stroke
Elektron, 148 cm3 soviet scooter
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Testarossa on August 11, 2010, 06:47:06 PM
Righto, just found the topic.

Started riding scooters at 14 or 15. First legal bike was a beat-up Harley (Aermacchi) Sprint 350. Miserable piece of shit threw mud or slush all over the carb so the throttle cable could stick or freeze at nasty moments. Moved to Manhattan in '73 and bought a used CB500-4 and did the whole Dunstall rig with an early set of mag wheels. Rode it into the ground, and also raced a Yamaha TA125 with modest results (I never finished better than fourth, and never worse than eighth, and never last). Then rebuilt a wrecked Laverda 750S. Traded that in 84 for a 74 MG 850T and still have it, after two dumps and three fits of restoration/rewiring. Turned the TA into an electric bike, and picked up a 67 Triumph Bonneville as a rebuild project. The other toy is a 1959 Piper Comanche 250.

Spent 20 years as technical editor of SKI Magazine, and then designed skis for K2 for a bit. Now run a magazine covering solar energy. Have taught skiing for 27 years, at Squaw Valley and Vail, and managed to ski all over the world. Hope to retire soon and ski and ride and fly full time.  Wheee.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gwb_mg on August 11, 2010, 07:10:24 PM
Hi Mike - The Cali II "Auto" is runnning great thanks to all you folks for all the work you did. Including the mileage for the the trip (5,200+) I have added another 2,600 miles. That's 7,800 since 7/7/10. George
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzi Lars on August 13, 2010, 01:19:39 PM
Hi there. I'm 46,and live in Marslev,Denmark,with my girlfreind and her daugther. I've only been riding for 4 years now.
The first 6 month on a 650 single Suzuki Savage,then a freind intoduced me to Guzzi ;-T
I found a 4 year old Nevada with 1800km on the clock.Great bike but after a year I wanted more power.

So everything was sold and a 2004 Black V11 Le Mans was purchased. It's a fantastic bike 8) The steering,the brakes,the hydraulic cloutch,the torque,my alltime favourit. But......... :-\ we wanted a house .....so it had to go last summer ???
Well I was (and still is )bit by the Guzzi Bug,so had to go back to basics. The 1970, V7 Ambassador,was found i Germany and I'm still amazed by it's driveablity . 40 years old and still kicking... I've made some mods, or maybe a little more :D It's now a Cafe Racer /Hot Rod stylish style.... most of it home/hand made like,Battery tray ,cockpit,exhaust system,etc....      
(http://s2.postimage.org/vlCaS.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=TsvlCaS)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on August 14, 2010, 12:49:33 AM
Hello Lars
Nice to see another fellow viking here at the goose asylum.

Lots of nice people here with a lot of good stuff to share.
Friendly like all geesers world wide.
Have you bought your suspenders yet  ;D :D ;)
The color of choice here seems to be red, a corn cop pipe may come in handy too - if you smoke that is.... :o ;D
The place is great since it's somewhat international - and still in English.
Cultural diversity - yes - but that mostly adds to the fun ;D   although not everyone seems to agree to that one, however, if one like to expand horizons and get educated, one has to see opportunities, where some just sees limitations or problems.

Ciao from Hillerød ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzi Lars on August 24, 2010, 10:15:25 AM
Hi there fellow Dane  :)
There is something rodden in Denmark  ;D There's nothing going on in the Guzzi related forums
in oure home country  :(  
  Cultural diversity...Yes but we are all addicts....mostly to Guzzi's  ;D
I like the diversity,life would be boring without it. I've been writing on another "international" Guzzi forum
(Squadra Guzzista) for a while and found that,like here,you learn just as much about people,as about Guzzi's ;D ;)
 Are you comming to Bella Italia in Nyborg on the 11 sept. ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on August 24, 2010, 12:02:12 PM
Hi there fellow Dane  :)
There is something rodden in Denmark  ;D There's nothing going on in the Guzzi related forums
in oure home country  :(  
Are you comming to Bella Italia in Nyborg on the 11 sept. ???


Yep - silence is very loud in MGKDK  ;D
I may drop in at Nyborg, but it's close to a bussiness trip I need to go on, so I'm not sure.

Hope you like it here ;)

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Huck369 on August 24, 2010, 12:24:44 PM
Howdy,
I'm Huck, form Somerset, Kentucky, I'm 45, and a Structural Draftsman for an industrial Steel Fabrication company.

I've currently got a Y2K Jackal, and I'm the former owner of a 750 Breva....

Glad to be here, seems to be lots of info, and helpful Members!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: falconess on December 02, 2010, 03:32:28 PM
Hi, I am Falcone SS , live in Amerongen, in the middle of Holland .Age 60 .Married with 3 children, 1 still at home. I own a little metalshop.
Bikes : N Falcone cafe with the old (TV) engine in it
        N Falcone cafe  with Eaton M45 blower
        G5  1982
        Nibbio 50 cc
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmanjob on December 02, 2010, 03:59:28 PM
Welcome Falcone SS to the forum, where small blocks rule :D ;D ;-T :BEER: :BEER: :PICS!: :PICS!:

Bill
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: PeteT on December 02, 2010, 04:46:09 PM
Howdy, I'm Pete.  I'm I'm a 56 year old ex-logger from Northern California, now residing in Las Vegas and working as an aircraft mechanic keeping a 600+ plane fleet of Boeing 737's moving.  Current rolling stock includes an '80 Yamaha 175, an '05 Ural Gear Up, and a 2010 V7C (with a '75 vintage Vetter Windjammer III).  I'm married to a Russian gal (my fatrher-in-law is a retired Red Army colonel :o)... don't have any kids- just a bunch of stray cats.  My hobbies include machine shop work/welding fabrication, travel, camping, fishing, hunting, target shooting (mostly long range rifle), and of course motorcycling!  I've been riding since the early 1970's- mostly street/road bikes with a few enduro types along the way.

PeteT.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dilligaf on December 02, 2010, 04:58:44 PM
Hi,
Matthew Vacher
71
Been riding since 1959
Bonneau Beach, SC
1 wife, 2 kids, 5 grandkids and 2 great grandkids.
Had a BMW/Moto Guzzi dealership in North Charleston, SC
I currently run the sailing program at Short Stay a military recreational area
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tianmck on December 02, 2010, 05:35:44 PM
Hi, we're Trish and Tim from Ottawa, Ontario. We have recently traded in our '05 Multi 1000 S and '07 Scrambler for a new '08 1200 Sport. I let Trish name Her.  I'd like you to meet Aquila Rossa:

(http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z380/tianmck/IMG_0047-1.jpg)

As winter settles in, our season is just about over, but we look forward to getting out and meeting other Guzzi riders next year.  We've thinned the herd somewhat, but the Beezer is getting along just fine with her new garage mate.  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bella on December 02, 2010, 10:03:56 PM
Name is Scott, bought a new 08 Norge 1200 in August and her name is Bella.  Started riding in 1970 and restarted riding in 2009.  I'm 61, a commercial insurance broker, working on my custom motorcycle seat retirement business, rebuilding 3 seats this winter.  Have 3 kids,  (2 in college) and a bike hating Spouse.  Oh well, she doesn't like skiing much either.  My riding Buds and I are planning a 9 day trip down the Appalachains to the Boone, NC area in early June.  Have been enjoying you guys and this site.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gsf12man on December 04, 2010, 09:22:52 PM
Hello,

I'm Tom Kee from Phoenix, AZ since 1985; North Dakota before that and soon to be again. I miss the unthinkably horrendous winters and short riding season there (apparently). A long string of Suzukis between ND and AZ; then a Honda to go touring with my very indulgent wife. Fortunately, she really likes the looks of Guzzis as well, so now I'm studying the forums between thrashes on the Breva. Love that sound.

I was a factory Jaguar Land Rover and occasionally Aston Martin test driver for 20 years; my 20th year at it and being "downsized" arrived together. That, and wife with a real job, has left more time for riding. Just joined MGNOC. Other interests are extremely amateur photography, film and digital; doing graphics stuff in Photoshop Elements.


(http://s2.postimage.org/2kfedlktg/07_Breva.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2kfedlktg/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kitze2 on December 05, 2010, 06:25:36 PM
hi there,

my name is Jan, i am from germany and 42 years old at the moment,
do ride for 26 years now, started with old Vespa Scooters, like a 150
Sprint, 200 Rally and 160 GS4, then some rigid HD, flathead, panhead,
evo, then some guzzi, V65 and LM II,then quite a few ducati, SS900,
SS900 i.e., SS1000 DS, and lately, the return to moto guzzi, with a
850T4, that i am about to sell now, to keep the green 850T that i
aquired lately.

it has the 950cc engine from the T4 now, some more work will be
carried out this winter, i.e. powder coating the frame, swingarm and
tripples, and a new seat cover maybe.

kind regards from germany
Jan  :)

(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/3046/dscf2921e.jpg) (http://img696.imageshack.us/i/dscf2921e.jpg/)

Greetings Jan.
Where in Germany are you.
My wife is from Spaichingen and we visit often.
She also goes to Basel on business 3 or 4 times a year.

Tschüß
Damien
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kitze2 on December 05, 2010, 06:52:08 PM

i am a hamburger so to say.

Hamburg huh.
You sure your name is Jan?
It's not Alister or Billy is it?  :D
Oh my, that's a bad pun! Sorry I couldn't help myself.  :-[

By the way...nice bike.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cal2guzzi on December 05, 2010, 07:52:41 PM
Hello all,
Not new to Guzzi but saddened by the return of winter and miss riding and talking Guzzi so want to introduce myself. My name is Craig Eppich from Cincinnati area Ohio. Been married many years and have 3 beautiful girls.  Been riding Guzzi since 1996 and just last year got my first fuel injected - 1998 EV. I work for HP enterprise services. Call it computer support. Plus my wife and I own Country Barrel Restaurant in Okeana, Ohio. www.countrybarrelre staurant.com. In the area come out and see us. The pic is from this fall - myself and 2 work buddies. One on an ST1300 and the other bike is a Victory (Yeah - strange group) on route 16 which connects Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia. We liked the road so much we changed the next days route just to go back over it!


(http://s4.postimage.org/2rpwpeqzo/IMG_0204.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2rpwpeqzo/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on December 06, 2010, 02:01:07 AM
Hi Damien,

Spaichingen is on the opposite side of the country,
i live in the north, in a beautiful city called Hamburg,
i am a hamburger so to say.


Ciao Muschi in Hamburg.
Welcome to the board. I'm your neighbor in Denmark north of Copenhagen  ;)
Nice bike ;-T  I understand why you are in love  ;)

Give me a heads up if you decide to visit Copenhagen.

Saluti
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dackbwing on December 06, 2010, 01:26:39 PM
Hi all from Arizona,
Grew Up in NJ then moved out to AZ
English/ Pre-law Major
Law School hopeful

Love old movies, star wars, Nissan VQ's (IE infiniti G35) and most of all GUZZI Motorcycles (and triumph and maybe even bmw's)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wildebube on December 06, 2010, 02:29:03 PM
Muschi - what a screen name.  lmao.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Huck369 on December 08, 2010, 04:45:59 PM
Hello all,
Not new to Guzzi but saddened by the return of winter and miss riding and talking Guzzi so want to introduce myself. My name is Craig Eppich from Cincinnati area Ohio. Been married many years and have 3 beautiful girls.  Been riding Guzzi since 1996 and just last year got my first fuel injected - 1998 EV. I work for HP enterprise services. Call it computer support. Plus my wife and I own Country Barrel Restaurant in Okeana, Ohio. www.countrybarrelre staurant.com. In the area come out and see us. The pic is from this fall - myself and 2 work buddies. One on an ST1300 and the other bike is a Victory (Yeah - strange group) on route 16 which connects Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia. We liked the road so much we changed the next days route just to go back over it!


(http://s4.postimage.org/2rpwpeqzo/IMG_0204.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2rpwpeqzo/)

Howdy Craig,
I was born in Cinci, but have lived down here in Somerset, KY most of my life..
I also have 3 daughters, one of which lives in Covington, so Im in your area fairly often, maybe I'll get to check out the Country Barrel Restaurant one day.

Huck
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: EdSidders on December 09, 2010, 12:24:48 AM
Howdy Y'all
Ed Sidders here..Live outside of Ore City , TEXAS on Lake-O-The-Pines.with my Wife/Best friend and our dog...I've been medically retired for about 5 years from a heat stroke,I was in heavy industrial electrical maint.for 40 years ...Two years ago I found a Dr. that for all practical purposes cured my Vertigo ..I couldn't afford another airplane so I got back into motorcycles..Curren t favorite bike is a 79 Triumph Bonneville 750 that is a survivor that had 3K miles on it when I got it last spring...
 
(http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/EdSidders/79%20Bonnie%20Girl/0906101201a.jpg)

(http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/EdSidders/79%20Bonnie%20Girl/0906101203a.jpg)

Our current trip bike is a 79 Kawasaki KZ1000ST with all the Vetter/Kawasaki fairing and bags..Please excuse the crappy pictures :o

(http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/EdSidders/KawKZ1000ST003.jpg)

(http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/EdSidders/KawKZ1000ST001.jpg)



Picked up Moto Guzzi project in a trade a few weeks ago and I am learning a lot about this breed... :) :)

Current project is a 73 Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado (California?) Think it is a California model as it has police dash,footboards,key on left under seat,spotlights,4 shoe front brake,chrome fenders,twist off gas cap,cop bars...Doesn't look like it ever had siren mount..Has nice aftermarket seat..Guy I got it from said that the guy he got it from had a big bore kit installed...I don't know how to tell without pulling the head and measuring bore & stroke..Got the engine running a few days ago ,absolutely no smoke after the penetrating oil cleaned out of the cylinders and exhaust...Just went thru the carbies so tank nitemare is next.... :o I'll be looking for a sidehack when I get this one on the road.......

I had a pacemaker put in Last Monday so it will be a few weeks before I can do anything else to the Guzzi ...Looking fwd. to meeting Y'all here on the net and in person when possible....Ed



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Avvocato on December 09, 2010, 01:40:52 PM
Charlie, 46, Philadelphia area, attorney.  Married, three kids and 2 Portuguese Water Dogs.

2010 Griso 8V and 2007 MV Agusta F4.

Unapologetic lover of motorcycles, wine, women and song (not necessarily in that order, depending upon my mood) ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Catweasel on December 10, 2010, 02:25:49 AM
wow...loads of new peeps but nary a single one living in Austria. Grrr...I demand now that 5% (I think that's reasonable) move to either Vienna (my current location) or Budapest (my new home from next month)  ;D

Anyhoo, welcome all...and I wonder if "muschi" means the same thing there as it does here  :P
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Huck369 on December 10, 2010, 06:17:44 AM
wow...loads of new peeps but nary a single one living in Austria. Grrr...I demand now that 5% (I think that's reasonable) move to either Vienna (my current location) or Budapest (my new home from next month)  ;D

Anyhoo, welcome all...and I wonder if "muschi" means the same thing there as it does here  :P
I'm not from Austria, but we have a girl from Austria coming to stay with us as an exchange student, starting next month, she is from Salzburg....
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wildebube on December 10, 2010, 06:27:59 AM
.and I wonder if "muschi" means the same thing there as it does here  :P

I believe it does.  That's why I was laughing.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rabidsnipe on December 23, 2010, 01:55:15 PM
Chase, 26, Edmond, Oklahoma.  Been riding since 2003.  Currently ride a 2003 Yamaha FZ1.  Have had my eye on a twin for about a year now.  Test rode a V7 Classic back in October and fell in love with it.  Currently saving my pennies to buy a white one sometime summer of 2011.  It will be replacing the FZ1.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sign216 on December 23, 2010, 05:35:00 PM
Hi all from Arizona,
Grew Up in NJ then moved out to AZ
English/ Pre-law Major
Law School hopeful

Love old movies, star wars, Nissan VQ's (IE infiniti G35) and most of all GUZZI Motorcycles (and triumph and maybe even bmw's)


Hi Dackwing, we are similar.  I'm a law school graduate, and fan of Nissan sports sedans and Guzzis.  I recently left my second Maxima and got a Infiniti G35 too.  Nissan has been good about giving their sedans powerful engines and manual transmissions; something for car enthusiasts. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: radan2 on December 23, 2010, 05:51:16 PM
I can't believe I never introduced myself.  I guess it is another sign of creeping senility.

Jim Wayne
Jacksonville, NC
66 years old, but look older and feel younger (except when I feel older)
retired schoolteacher
really enjoy riding the Red Menace
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tailspin74 on December 25, 2010, 02:09:07 PM
Hello Gents,

Fellow rider up here in the northern burbs of Chicago.  I've been riding riding for 18 yrs now and currently am riding a 1200GS and M1100.  Last week I saw a picture of a Griso SE and wanted it.  As luck would have it, the SE will be available here in the states in February.  After 10 minutes on the web, it was apparent not to waste time with any other dealer then Jim Barron up (and I do mean WAY up) Rose Farm.  What a great guy. Two days later ordered the SE. ETA is mid-Feb.

I look forward to meeting local Guzzi riders this spring.





Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on December 25, 2010, 03:15:15 PM
Hello Gents,

Fellow rider up here in the northern burbs of Chicago.  I've been riding riding for 18 yrs now and currently am riding a 1200GS and M1100.  Last week I saw a picture of a Griso SE and wanted it.  As luck would have it, the SE will be available here in the states in February.  After 10 minutes on the web, it was apparent not to waste time with any other dealer then Jim Barron up (and I do mean WAY up) Rose Farm.  What a great guy. Two days later ordered the SE. ETA is mid-Feb.

I look forward to meeting local Guzzi riders this spring.
Congrats and welcome!  ;D That Chicago crowd is a pretty rough bunch..






Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: frank73x89 on January 03, 2011, 06:24:04 PM
Hy to all.
I'm 46
A financial analyst,
got a Norge (08) new in January 09,
and I reside in Ottawa, Canada.

... Oh and can't wait for the next summer from September to April (guess I'm not the only one!)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jared on January 03, 2011, 09:26:02 PM

Jared
39
Operations analyst for DHSMV (I have no idea, either...)
Florida panhandle

Guzzis? Oh, yes, please:
LeMans III
750S clone in the making
CX100

in the past:
LeMans 1000
a couple of Ducati 900SSs
Aprilia Falco.
Aermacchis, Hondas, Yamahas, BMWs
Pretty much everything but a Voxan, and I'll have one of those too, eventually  8)




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guru on January 09, 2011, 11:39:50 PM
Well, a quick intro is in order,

My name is Tony,
and I'm addicted to motorcycles.

I just bought a 2004 LeMans, with only 2,200 miles. It has a PC3 and the crossover pipe, all else is stock. I will be looking for any input that will enhance this bike. With less than 500 miles on it since I purchased it, this bike seems to be a fun ride.

(http://s1.postimage.org/2zm9qve9w/lemans51465341.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2zm9qve9w/)


I also have a 1983 LeMans III that I have just finished getting back on the road......a great old bike, tons of flywheel weight make this a strong bike

(http://s2.postimage.org/1a220oqxw/0427000853.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a220oqxw/)

Also living in the garage is a 1997 Ducati 916

(http://s2.postimage.org/1a2qtqyck/0610091707.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a2qtqyck/)

A group of Triumphs
2000 Sprint RS
(http://s2.postimage.org/1a3klf78k/2000_Triumph_Sprint_RS.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a3klf78k/)
2006 Daytona 675 track bike
(http://s2.postimage.org/1a3r7kl7o/072609_1305_00.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a3r7kl7o/)
1978 Bonneville
(http://s2.postimage.org/1a42sc0o4/0427000903.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a42sc0o4/)
2009 Harley XR1200
(http://s2.postimage.org/1a4ho6544/050209_1820_00.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1a4ho6544/)
also a 2001 BMW K1200LT, 2005 Suzuki SV650, 2 Triumph Bonneville's awaiting restoration, 2 Maserati BiTurbo's awaiting an upgrade, USAF (retired) M35A2
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on January 10, 2011, 02:48:25 AM
My goodness :o

A bike for every day of the week - way to go  ;-T

Nice stable.

Welcome!
Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: badge502 on January 10, 2011, 06:52:29 AM
My name is Jeff, I live in Central Texas... Bought my first bike in 1973, and have been going non stop since, mostly BMW's and Ducati's, mainly sport bike types. Ive had a couple of Guzzi's though, and currently own an '02 LeMans.  It suits me pretty good in all areas. There are a few bikes Ive sold that I wish I could get back, but, that is part of the process I guess. I'd post a picture of my LeMans, but it looks like Tony's below. I DO need to do the crossover pipe, PCIII and cans, so if you have a set laying around the garage, let me know...
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guru on January 10, 2011, 08:57:12 AM
Thanks Iceblue.....I will post an album and show some of the bikes that I have sold in the last few years, the "collection" is ever evolving, right now there are 9 running, legal streetbikes to choose from, as well as the track bike (prepped and ready to go to the track, possibly this weekend, temps should be in the 70's.

Badge.....I am very happy with the stock look of this bike, like you, I would lkike to open the exhaust just a little bit, I am looking for a slightly louder exhaust note, and still keep the drivability of the stock bike. The PCIII helps smooth out the rougher transitions in the stock maps, I haven't ridden this bike without the PCIII, but I have ridden many other FI bikes, and have found all of them to have drivability issues, usually at moderate throttle openings, and cruising at steady speeds. My '04 is as smooth as silk running at any steady RPM's. I rode for many miles at 4k and never a hint of a surge or sputter, smooth acceleration.....ve ry nice.

If anyone has any experience drilling the stock cans, let me know, I would drill, get the sound right, and then re-program the PCIII.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dredman on January 11, 2011, 07:40:13 PM
Hi Everyone

David Redman
Hollister, CA
age 45

2000 Jackal  1st bike!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: radan2 on January 11, 2011, 07:55:47 PM
Hi Everyone

David Redman
Hollister, CA
age 45

2000 Jackal  1st bike!!

Now that is getting started RIGHT!

..............but we need  :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmanjob on January 11, 2011, 08:10:16 PM
Welcome to the mad house :o ;-T :BEER: :BEER:

Bill
Title: FNG thought I'd say hello
Post by: cyclone ranger on February 06, 2011, 02:39:46 PM
    Thinking hard about buying a California Vintage. I'm selling my Suzuki C90T on ebay and have decided I want something lighter for my wife and I to travel together on. The C90T has been a great traveling companion, but the older I get the more I think something a little lighter would be better. I'm keeping my 06 Z1000 Kawasaki for those moments when you truly feel the need for speed and my wifes 09 Bonneville for her and (me!) because it is so much fun to ride. Anyway may be asking some questions and will do a search first before I ask the same old questions everyone has already asked, but the only stupid questions are the ones nobody asked right? Thanks
Title: Forgot the Basics! Screwing up Already!
Post by: cyclone ranger on February 06, 2011, 02:42:40 PM
Justin Anderson

56 yrs and holding

Bull Shoals Arkansas

Logistics Coordinator (Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on February 07, 2011, 12:54:02 AM
Welcome ;-T
What model (water) goose/geese do you ride  ;D ;)

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Boabiegringo on February 07, 2011, 04:41:22 AM
Howaya lads n lassies, have been living in the West of Ireland for the last 13 yrs(Co. Mayo). Before that i'm from the West end of Glasgow, Scotland. Do a wee bit of farming & work for an Irish company called Carraig Donn. Ireland is a great country & the people here are the best in the world! A lot of emm saying it politely-unusual characters, especially in the wilds of the West. Which is good.
 I have a 07' B750 which is very addictive & is perfect for the winding wee roads here. No motorways etc close by. Aged 39 & as daft as a brush.
That's me folks. Anybody from the Wesssht or Glesgae or anywhere else for that matter feel free to add me or PM me.
Cheers Mick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sack on February 09, 2011, 07:24:12 PM
Hi Mick,

I developed a vision in my mind of the place you live in from your brief description. Sounds wonderful! Welcome!

-Rick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on April 07, 2011, 06:36:11 PM
          *Bump*

Lets hear it from those new members. ;-T



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: davidaus on April 07, 2011, 09:19:47 PM
australian guitarist.trumpeter .uke player.moto guzzi rider,collingwood football club fan,barrister, australian.citizen of the world.
norge 06 and cali03
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Carl Allison on April 07, 2011, 09:48:56 PM
Howaya lads n lassies, have been living in the West of Ireland for the last 13 yrs(Co. Mayo). Before that i'm from the West end of Glasgow, Scotland. Do a wee bit of farming & work for an Irish company called Carraig Donn. Ireland is a great country & the people here are the best in the world! A lot of emm saying it politely-unusual characters, especially in the wilds of the West. Which is good.
 I have a 07' B750 which is very addictive & is perfect for the winding wee roads here. No motorways etc close by. Aged 39 & as daft as a brush.
That's me folks. Anybody from the Wesssht or Glesgae or anywhere else for that matter feel free to add me or PM me.
Cheers Mick

I only spent 5 days in your lovely country but I am particularly enamored of the intensely green countryside around Waterford. If I were to abandon the USA, that would be in the top 5 of my places to relocate to list.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on April 07, 2011, 11:21:43 PM
Howaya lads n lassies, have been living in the West of Ireland for the last 13 yrs(Co. Mayo). Before that i'm from the West end of Glasgow, Scotland. Do a wee bit of farming & work for an Irish company called Carraig Donn. Ireland is a great country & the people here are the best in the world! A lot of emm saying it politely-unusual characters, especially in the wilds of the West. Which is good.
 I have a 07' B750 which is very addictive & is perfect for the winding wee roads here. No motorways etc close by. Aged 39 & as daft as a brush.
That's me folks. Anybody from the Wesssht or Glesgae or anywhere else for that matter feel free to add me or PM me.
Cheers Mick

Love that Baby B! ;-T Welcome to the assylum. ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nilknarf on April 08, 2011, 07:31:12 AM
 **C Not that new, but I'll introduce myself. Age 62 and trying to hold. Spent 6yrs. in the Marines and 16 in the Navy. Currently working as an Avionics Inspector for CSC Allied Technologies. Live pretty much square in the middle of very flat western Okla., where the wind really does come "sweeping down the plain". Have a 2009 V7C (Black) which I am coming to absolutely adore. Should anyone blow by this way give a holler.

                                             **CDave ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: clutchman01 on April 10, 2011, 09:16:29 AM
Hello all, I have just gotten my first Guzzi about 4 months ago, a '77 850 T3.  I have completely stripped it to the to the frame, as all the wiring was becoming brittle.  I have removed the heads and all appears well in the cylinders.  The bike came to me in reasonable shape with most everything in place, not running though due to a bad starter.  I have been studying this forum and reading every piece of literature that I can get my hands on.  I will post some pics of my progress.  Now a little about me,  I was the clutchman and chief fabricator on Clay Millican's top fuel team, and in my tenure we won 6 World Championships , so I believe I can handle the mechanicals and any fab that may have to be done, but I may need to pick you alls obviously more experienced Guzii thinking brains.  I am really excited about this project, and am looking for a direction for the finished bike. I have considered putting a later model Cal fuel tank and fenders on, as according to the frame blueprints that I have, this should be almost a bolt on affair, maybe a tab here or there.  My question is would this be heracy?  I really like the teardrop tanks on the later models, the engine and drivetrain would remain the same obviously.  Any and all help, responses, and random cussings, would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on April 10, 2011, 12:15:54 PM
Keep the oem stuff for retro fitment if you change you mind later on.  Not heresay.  Your ride.  Your funds.  You could trade with someone.  ;-T

Welcome to the forum and go luck with the restore/build.  Please show some pix before and after.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Carl Allison on April 10, 2011, 12:19:43 PM
http://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzi007/schematics/1980_T3_Europe.gif (http://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzi007/schematics/1980_T3_Europe.gif)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bark on May 08, 2011, 07:33:19 PM
Hi. I'm Mark in rural Idaho (ID13).  I have an old Mutt Guzzi that I need to go through one of these days and it seems like this is a great place to be when I am not in the garage.  So I'll be around.  But I just wanted to start by saying hi.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on May 08, 2011, 07:40:22 PM
Welcome, Bark..
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: davidaus on May 09, 2011, 01:12:13 AM
anyone  traveling to Australia  we have a couple of guzzis in the shed and would love to show off this beautiful area  called gippsland  .email me at  ewart55(with the symbol)(hot,mail.com

cheers
  dave
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rocker59 on May 09, 2011, 01:41:27 AM
39-yrs.

no wife.

no kids.

no debt.

not gainfully employed.  I ride motorcycles.

 8)



Ha!  Those were good times!   :BEER:

Update:

(http://rocker59.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2011-March-18-19-Fools-on-a/DSCN0777/1227309651_k3SBd-L.jpg)

Michael T.
44 years old.
Transportation Coordinator for a Third Party Logistics Company.
Currently inactive Real Estate Agent & full-fledged Guzziholic.
Living in The Hills of Northwest Arkansas for the past fifteen years.

Enjoys challenging Spine Frame prejudices wherever they may be found, by setting 2-up/trailering records each time we drag out the most unlikely of tugs:
(http://rocker59.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2010-September-24-New-Mexico/DSCN7150/1034562538_ETpg7-L.jpg)

 ~;
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: crosspug on May 09, 2011, 03:06:00 AM
Hi All,

Jono from Sydney Australia. 29yrs and dare I say a Risk Manager. More importantly I'm just about to take ownership of a V65sp from 1983 and to say I'm chuffed with it is a bit of an understatement compared to my old 1981 SR250 thumper... ;-T

Have a facination with Moto Guzzi thanks to my father in law who owns a Cali III

Jono



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: crosspug on May 09, 2011, 05:45:42 AM
Thanks Muschi, the previous owner added to the bike with flat bars, bar end mirrors, pods and a nice set of conti pipes. Certainly adds to the "character" of the bike!

I'll look into the lower steering head, is there a specific issue with them failing?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Carl Allison on May 09, 2011, 06:36:00 AM
Thanks Muschi, the previous owner added to the bike with flat bars, bar end mirrors, pods and a nice set of conti pipes. Certainly adds to the "character" of the bike!

I'll look into the lower steering head, is there a specific issue with them failing?

Thanks!

Smallblock Steering Head Tapered Roller Bearing Conversion Adapters     (http://www.guzzitech.com/store/Smallblockbearing.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tony in Oz on May 09, 2011, 07:08:18 PM
Hi All,

Jono from Sydney Australia. 29yrs and dare I say a Risk Manager. More importantly I'm just about to take ownership of a V65sp from 1983 and to say I'm chuffed with it is a bit of an understatement compared to my old 1981 SR250 thumper... ;-T

Have a facination with Moto Guzzi thanks to my father in law who owns a Cali III

Jono


Hi Jono

Welcome!  Am I right in thinking you bought the red V65 from Motociclo?  If so, I was looking at it on the weekend (my V50 was in for some suspension renewal work).  It looked good!

Cheers

Tony
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: crosspug on May 10, 2011, 05:49:18 AM
Hi Jono

Welcome!  Am I right in thinking you bought the red V65 from Motociclo?  If so, I was looking at it on the weekend (my V50 was in for some suspension renewal work).  It looked good!

Cheers

Tony

Hi Tony,

That's the one. A couple of little things I will look at (purely cosmetic) but overall a very nice bike. I'm lucky that my FIL had asked John to look for a nice LAMS guzzi for me. As soon a I knew of it I was there to see it then test ride.

The blue v50? Very nice, my wife and I both liked it alot as we had a look around the various bikes sitting around the shop.

Jono
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tony in Oz on May 10, 2011, 05:30:47 PM
Hi Tony,

That's the one. A couple of little things I will look at (purely cosmetic) but overall a very nice bike. I'm lucky that my FIL had asked John to look for a nice LAMS guzzi for me. As soon a I knew of it I was there to see it then test ride.

The blue v50? Very nice, my wife and I both liked it alot as we had a look around the various bikes sitting around the shop.

Jono

Yes, mine is the blue V50 - thanks for the kind comments.  I love it dearly.  And congrats on the new bike, I'm sure you'll love it too.  Did John tell you that the POs of your bike and mine were friends, and so our bikes were regular riding partners?  He was telling me that it was nice that they were getting together for one last time to say goodbye to each other  8).  Perhaps it doesn't need to be so? 

Cheers

Tony

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dr Evil on May 16, 2011, 08:20:56 PM
Mike
35
Resident physician, ex-Coasty
Washington, PA (near Pittsburgh)

From San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco bay area, last lived in Hershey, PA

Other interests: Guitars, 914 Porsches, etc

Own:
74 BMW R90/6
68 Honda 305 Dream
76 Moto Guzzi T3

Previously owned:
76 BMW R75/6
82 Honda Magna 750
94 Honda Magna 750
87 BMW K75
96 BMW K1100RS
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wyno on May 24, 2011, 08:02:49 AM
Hi all.
Michael Wynd A.K.A. Wyno
55
Canberra Australia
I think I'm the only one who WORKS (not resides) in a psychiatric ward.
2011 750 Breva
Hobbies;- Large format photography using an 8x10 camera, reading, table teniis, tennis, and riding.
I had a long layoff between bikes. My previous bike was a 1973 Honda 350 Four that I bought in 1974 and trashed in 1975. I bought the Breva in April this year on my partner's advice that it would be easier to get around Canberra (new to me) than driving a car. So the car will be sold next month hopefully. Rode to work the other day in minus 7 degrees celcius and decided that I need a new jacket. And Jenni thought I was only gonna ride in good weather!
It's nice to be here.
Mike
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Roadmistress on May 24, 2011, 02:43:35 PM
Hmmm...I don't think I ever did this!

Amy
30
Auto Industry
The V7 is my first Guzzi.  Sure has been an adventure so far after Yamaha and H-D.

My interests:
Cars
Motorcycles
rescuing Bully breed dogs.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on May 24, 2011, 04:11:12 PM
You ever bump into Ed Milich?  He's at Toyota and lives in Torrance. He and Todd run Guzzitech.com.   Goose did short time there too.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Enrico on May 28, 2011, 05:03:55 AM
Hello every1,

my name is Enrico Pajola,

i live in Rome, Italy(bananaland)

i work as airplane tecnician

i own a Cali3 89' and im litterally in love with:D
(ill post some pics as soon as the beast gets out of the garage)

Cu around!!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Avvocato on May 28, 2011, 06:04:31 AM
Benvenuto, Enrico
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jharback on August 27, 2011, 02:56:59 AM
Jim Harback
61
Piove di Sacco, Italy
Retired Military
Been ridin' for 45 years.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Smoke on August 27, 2011, 01:47:11 PM
Ken Johnson
59
Twice married(both failed the warranties), 3 great kids
Just about to move back to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK
Ride a Breva 1200
Also like soccer,baseball,history,cask conditioned beer, camping and France which is where I'm taking the Guzzi next month,
And is also where I'll be retiring as soon as finances permit
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Semper-guzzi on August 27, 2011, 02:21:02 PM
Names Kevin

Active duty Marine stationed in Chicago for now. Got into riding from my friends dirtbikes and gsxr 750. My first bike is my current, 2003 Cali aluminum. Hepco Becker 40l bags and a small windshield (came on it when I got it)

Semper Fi!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: backnblack on August 27, 2011, 08:02:04 PM
Hi, Bill Colgan here.
53 years old, I live in Fort Worth, tx, dispatch airplanes for American Airlines.
Married 17yrs, one son who just turned 16.
hobbies guitar, sailing, bicycles (have a Volae recumbent) photography.
Just got my first Guzzi, a 2011 Norge. Man what a ride!! It's my 5th bike, and maybe my last.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: saguaro_squeezer on August 27, 2011, 08:42:55 PM
Hi Rod Wagoner.  57 yrs, sunny Tucson, AZ.  Project Manager for Siemens.
With my only wife 33 yrs now.
Band director in my first life, so music is a main hobby (Tuba, String Bass, Concertina, Harp).  Also flying and now motorcycling.
Have had a number of different brands from BMW to Harley to Ural to Royal Enfield.  Always wanted a Guzzi but never found the right one ... until now, I think.  A 2003 Stone Touring.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Low Down on August 28, 2011, 12:05:55 PM
How about that... two members from the Old Pueblo - posting back to back!  :P

My name is Paul, most people call me 'Pauly'.
I'm 35 years old, and I'm a native Tucsonan.
I am a Trainman for the Union Pacific Railroad.
I have a lot of interests, but the one that usually gets fed the most is riding my motorcycles.   ;-T

Currently I have a 1998 V11 EV and a 2009 Triumph Speed Triple.  I need to figure out a way to improve the ergonomics on the EV... I won't go into all that here, but that's the reason I joined up.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: INSPECTOR on August 28, 2011, 07:51:50 PM
Wanted to say hi. i am a motorcycle freak! currently have a vrod, fatboy and a buell. i am a fan of the guzzi. joined up so i could learn more about them.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: custimguitarman on August 28, 2011, 08:22:25 PM
Not sure if this is an update or a first time post for me on this thread but...............

Mike Stephens

36

Professional mechanic for Toyota industrial

Bought first Guzzi ( a T3 ) last year, restored it and then bought a Quota


(http://s2.postimage.org/r9z6slt0/Guzzi_047.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/r9z6slt0/)

That's me at Virginia this year consuming too much beer ( as usual) and handing out free advice that I have no business handing out because I know nothing............ ...let's remember that!




Disclaimer: never listen to a word I say!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: saguaro_squeezer on August 28, 2011, 09:43:07 PM
Cool, Paul.  We'll have to hook up.  My good friend John (also in Tucson)  has an 84 Cal II and has been after me to get a Guzzi for a long time.  I think there are quite a few Guzzis in town but they stay under the radar.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dgrothe on August 29, 2011, 08:37:42 PM
David Grothe
age 50
Oklahoma City
Work as a computer system architect, play a bass trombone (not very good  ;D )  1 wife of 22 years and counting, 2 kids and a dog.    Grew up on dirt bikes but quit all riding about 15 years ago.   Just out of the blue got interested this summer and went and got a 2011 Norge GT8V.  Love the bike!    I do tend to seek out the unique,  my first car was a rotary engine Mazda and second was an Alfa Alfetta GT and currently drive a diesel VW so the Guzzi is just perfect for me.   



(Ok, can someone add  Guzzi and Norge to the dictionary please  :)  )

David
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nilknarf on August 30, 2011, 07:09:41 AM
David Grothe
age 50
Oklahoma City
Work as a computer system architect, play a bass trombone (not very good  ;D )  1 wife of 22 years and counting, 2 kids and a dog.    Grew up on dirt bikes but quit all riding about 15 years ago.   Just out of the blue got interested this summer and went and got a 2011 Norge GT8V.  Love the bike!    I do tend to seek out the unique,  my first car was a rotary engine Mazda and second was an Alfa Alfetta GT and currently drive a diesel VW so the Guzzi is just perfect for me.   



(Ok, can someone add  Guzzi and Norge to the dictionary please  :)  )

David

 **C David, welcome to the small but friendly Oklahoma Guzzi bunch. I'm sure Michael Dethrow will be getting in touch, he's the local MGNOC rep. We usually have a lunch ride once a month at various locations. Looking forward to seeing you at one of these. Ride safe.

                                                                                         **C Dave  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: blackbuell on August 31, 2011, 03:50:15 PM
Mark,

Keep us posted on Otto's progress.

Jon
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vibr8r on October 03, 2011, 08:41:31 PM
Foster Campbell aka vibr8r

59

Marietta, Georgia

I retired in 2011 after 30 years as a letter carrier.  I've been lurking here a few days and found this thread.  I recently bought a 2004 California EV 1100 Touring in burgundy and black, bone stock except a Stucci crossover.  I'm the lucky one with two dealers within 60 miles of the house.  I've already met guzzisteve, who gave me some pointers and told me "just ride it".  I hope to meet the rest of the local community soon.

Seeya,
Foster      

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Roach Carver on October 03, 2011, 09:54:40 PM
Brad Green

37

Fayetteville Arkansas

1 wife, 1 daughter, 3 dogs, and the wife has two cats.

Just got a 71 ambasador
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Roderick on October 03, 2011, 11:06:33 PM
Hi,

- Roddy Malcolm
- Age 56
- Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Keremeos, British Columbia, Canada
- Chartered Surveyor (professional appraiser)
- Licensed motorcycle rider for 34 years
- Just bought my first Guzzi, a 2007 Breva 1100
- Bikes over the past 15 years include: Triumph Bonneville, Triumph America, Triumph Tiger, V-Strom 996, Honda VFR.
- I hope to hook-up with Guzzista in Alberta & British Columbia.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nilknarf on October 04, 2011, 07:23:47 AM
 **C Roddy- Welcome to the group, and to the Guzzista clan in general. I'm sure you will find many friends here as well as a wealth of information. We sometime discuss (argue) over various things and express our varying views, but overall we are a bunch who share a common thread and that is a passion for the marque. Again welcome.

                                            **C Dave  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: -alan- on January 09, 2012, 04:14:09 AM
Hello everybody.

I'm Alan. I live in Dublin, Ireland and am part way through recommissioning/rebuilding my old V50Mk2. Part way through the rebuild I decided to go for the full cafe look. Currently struggling with the 'where do i put the battery' question to get that clean mid section the bike needs - hence how I found WildGuzzi. Impressive site.

Long time biker - first bike was an air-cooled RD250 to give you an idea of how long in the tooth I am. After that, ever onwards and upwards until I ended up in a big V-twin phase (couple of Ducatis an Ironhead Sportster) and ended up with the little Guzzi which has been languishing in my garage for the last 15 years unloved. Hope with a bit of motivation and inspiration from here that I'll manage to get her back bend-swinging on the roads round here for the Summer.  :)

A
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kballowe on January 09, 2012, 07:00:16 AM
I'm Kevin and I live in a rural area of East Central Missouri.

Farm raised with nine siblings.

Ran off and joined the U.S. Marines at a young age - and later joined the U.S. Navy.

Married with three children.

Bought the first Guzzi in 1977 while living in Southern Spain.  #2 in 2004.....  #3 just a week ago.

We've managed to make 30,000+ motorcycle miles each year for the past ten years or so.  Before that - it was a stretch to get to 15,000.
Owned more that 50 bikes of all makes and manufacturers over the years.  Never met a motorcycle that I didn't like.

The Missus is my co-pilot.  She makes a fine navigator. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: onerne on January 09, 2012, 03:19:15 PM
Robert Eberly
age 62
married 26 years
one son

biological systems engineer first career      past 12 years-baker
first guzzi 79sp ready for mechanical resto

others,2008 1200 sport and honda ct90
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chas H on January 09, 2012, 03:48:34 PM
Chas H

retired owner of repair and manufacturing business which started as a race car prepare and build shop.
reside in Bucks County, PA

Recently bought my first Guzzi, a V50II, to restore.
Last bike was a Suzuki X6 Hustler, sold in '75.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: greyghost on January 09, 2012, 09:33:29 PM
Greetings, cult members.
Updated!
Ken Hudson
62
Lighting Director for a famous old radio show
Nashville, TN
V7 ll Stone (for sale) and a new V9 Roamer
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lunar on January 09, 2012, 11:48:07 PM
Nicely timed thread.  I just joined two days ago.
Keith
43
Also live on the navel of the Earth.
1 wife of 20 years
4 kids
1 dog
2 fish
Started riding again last year after 19 year hiatus.
Currently have:
1992 Yamaha Seca (daily rider)
1986 Suzuki Savage (made into bobber, shares daily rider duties)
1963 Lambretta Li 125 Series 3 (actually a gift to my wife, box of parts awaiting attention)
2007 Guzzi 750 Breva.
Obviously it is the later that brought me here looking for info.  I'm in need of an engine for the Breva, literally, there is nothing forward of the trany.  Other than that the bike is in great shape.  I had to save it from a date with the junk man.  Any info would be great.
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: manxkipper on January 10, 2012, 03:57:07 AM
Dominic
Attorney
Cape Town, ZA

1969 Norton 650 Mercury
1980 MG LM2
2008 Aprilia Tuono

One kid one wife - enough said.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gooze on January 10, 2012, 05:56:02 AM
Here it goes...

Born and raised in Finland (real first name Tero), however,  the last 12 years lived in the states and ongoing.

I guess I'm still relatively "new to guzzies" given it's been a total of 5 of them by now, I didn't really start extensively riding until we got relocated to US (I'm in electrical engineering, was an internal transfer with the same company).

Family situation is married (feels like forever) and with two teenagers whom most of the time seem more matured than their father, hmm.....  and a german shepherd.

There's something about Guzzies, and especially something about the Jackal, one of these days I can put my finger on it what it is...  For reasons I don't anymore understand I got away from the Guzzi forums, MGNOC, etc, about 3 years ago, I did my Guzzi thing on my own but "isolated", now just recently rejoined, well, our family had lots of stuff going on I guess.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BigRooster on January 12, 2012, 02:00:02 PM
Hello all,  :BEER:

Nick
34
Pittsburgh, PA
Married
2yr old son
Commodity Manager

Recommended to the forum by fellow Sportster forum buddy, "Bone"....er I mean "Kev M"  (at least I think that's him).

A bit of a lurker until I can hopefully join the Guzzi family pending  purchase of a low mileage 07 Griso I found in Ohio.  Hopefully it will fall into my tight price budget (very close as advertised) AND pass my, admittedly, ill-informed, inspection process.   Dealer has it advertised but knows nothing about it and I can’t go see it until it returns from a local Guzzi dealer for what was referred to as “a problem with the idle timing.”  a least that’s what I was told by a salesperson not entirely invested in speaking with me.  I don’t know if that is a huge red flag or not.  :-\ Perfectly nice guy but I was completely driving the conversation and he knew little about the bike.

Reading all I find about the Griso here and elsewhere but I’ll accept any guidance on anything, specific to the Griso or MG, that I should review with the dealer or inspect.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Thunderbox on January 17, 2012, 02:51:37 PM
Jim Harback
61
Piove di Sacco, Italy
Retired Military
Been ridin' for 45 years.

Are you the Jim Harback who was stationed in Germany in the eighties?  Red haired Jim Harback?  Canadian Forces Jim Harback
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: flemsmith on January 18, 2012, 03:22:04 AM
Roy Smith
63
Retired
Apache Junction & Strawberry, Az
78 T3 Project
2000 Cagiva Gran Canyon
Wife rides too, so
Two 2005 BMW R1200GS's
2003 Suzuki DL650
2003 BMW F650GS
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ChuckH on January 18, 2012, 05:41:04 AM
Good Morning, I'm Chuck Hoefflin, a long-retired Mechanical Engineer.  I spent most of my life in the diesel and gaseous fuel engine industries for a couple of the major companies.  My wife and I retired to a location a bit south of Indianapolis so I'm in the Great Middle but close to a lot of good riding.

My current ride is an '09 Wee-Strom, set-up for long distance touring and camping trips.  I expecting/hoping to replace it with a '12 Stelvio later this year (Oct/Nov time frame) and use next winter to get it ready for the '13 riding season.

I sent my MGNOC application form in yesterday, so I guess that makes me an "Official Member".  My riding calendar for this year has several of the rallies listed and I'm looking forward to meeting many of you.

Ride safe.

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 18, 2012, 09:12:40 AM
Good Morning, I'm Chuck Hoefflin, a long-retired Mechanical Engineer.  I spent most of my life in the diesel and gaseous fuel engine industries for a couple of the major companies.  My wife and I retired to a location a bit south of Indianapolis so I'm in the Great Middle but close to a lot of good riding.

My current ride is an '09 Wee-Strom, set-up for long distance touring and camping trips.  I expecting/hoping to replace it with a '12 Stelvio later this year (Oct/Nov time frame) and use next winter to get it ready for the '13 riding season.

I sent my MGNOC application form in yesterday, so I guess that makes me an "Official Member".  My riding calendar for this year has several of the rallies listed and I'm looking forward to meeting many of you.

Ride safe.

 


First Sunday of every month, Danville In, Mayberry Cafe, right on the courthouse square, 1PM. Unless nobody shows up.. ;D
Good to see another Indiana poster.. handyandy don't count.. ;) :BEER:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ChuckH on January 18, 2012, 12:38:27 PM
First Sunday of every month, Danville In, Mayberry Cafe, right on the courthouse square, 1PM. Unless nobody shows up.. ;

Good to know Chuck.  Thanks for the info.  I'll try and make them if I'm in town.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: davevv on January 18, 2012, 01:08:00 PM
David Van Vooren

Retired from 30+ years of repairing electronic test equipment, a trade learned in the Air Force back in the '60s.
I now run a small quilting business to keep me out of trouble and fund my motorcycle vice.

I've been riding with a license since January of 1961.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jdelv on January 19, 2012, 10:15:50 AM
Jon DelVecchio
42
Teacher
Rochester, NY

I've recently joined the Moto Guzzi fraternity with the purchase of a 2007 Griso.  I'm wondering what took me so long to get into these bikes!  I teach high school business education subjects full-time.  Part-time I teach driver ed to teens and NYS pre-licensing courses.  About 6 years ago I also became an MSF coach.  All these experiences have led me to create my own skill-building resource titled "Motorcycling streetSkills cards" (www.streetSkills.NET (http://www.streetSkills.NET)).  The idea is flashcards used to build good riding habits and skills.

I'm looking forward to submersing myself into the Guzzi world.  Look me up if you're ever in Western NY.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hidn45 on January 19, 2012, 11:30:45 AM
This might be a good place to interject that the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club website has listings of rallies, meetings, area rep.'s, etc. that are very useful to the newbie.  There's no better place (except here) to get to know your Guzzi brethren than around a rally campfire.

     I believe it's mgnoc.com
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: doug2943 on January 19, 2012, 05:06:47 PM

(http://s15.postimage.org/e8rjfn41z/CIMG0191.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/e8rjfn41z/)

(http://s17.postimage.org/uj1049657/07_Black_Nevada.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/uj1049657/)


Doug Krogh
56
retiring after 27 years with federal law enforcement
have a new great wife who now rides a 07 Nevada
I have a 04 Cali with sidecar

Wife LOVES riding her MG (after her did the state bike school) :+=copcar
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tixen on February 15, 2012, 09:38:35 AM
I missed this thread the first time 'round. :)

Soleil Golden
27
Married
Web Developer
San Jose, CA

Bikes:
2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GTS - "Amy"
(http://i.imgur.com/DfYzf.jpg)

1990 Kawasaki Concours - "Saki"
(http://i.imgur.com/X53et.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eddie850 on February 15, 2012, 12:43:27 PM
Eddie Cox,
I'm in the UK,
35 years old,
Ex Triumph and BMW technician now changed career,
Married with 4 year old twin girls, Sasha and Caliegh named after one of my bikes,
Bikes include,
Moto Guzzi Lemans 3,
Moto Guzzi V65 Monza,
Moto guzzi California 3,
Moto Guzzi Spada NT,
Laverda Jota 120,
MZ 250 sidecar outfit,
Mz 251 Saxon tour,
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: duc on February 15, 2012, 08:23:29 PM
Mell Paul
65
auto body repair shop owner
Norcross Ga Near Atlanta
Riding guzzis since 1997
Riding forever
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzi fan on February 15, 2012, 08:27:09 PM
Tom Prescott, 50, Merchandiser, Fayetteville, NC.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: B-rad on February 15, 2012, 10:09:30 PM
Hello all!!! My name is Brad, and I am 35yr old manchild who has been divorced twice and have found that the only real truth in my life is that I can love a bike more than I can a woman. I was a devoted Ducati maniac who lived off all things from the Panigale district till one day I was walking through a Harley dealer and saw a 2004 Breva 750 that needed to come home to a garage where the native tongue was italian. My Vespa made it feel right at home. I currently live in Huntsville AL, and can usually be seen riding up and down the parkway on one of my pasta rockets. Currently looking for a V7 or Duc GT1000 to round out the family. With the Monster gone it just feels like something is missing. Maybe a nice young lady with a heated garage and a love of italian iron is still out there.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ad B on March 02, 2012, 04:59:48 AM
Hi,
I'm "Ad B", living in Holland (the Netherlands), Europe.
I'm playing at this world for some 53 years now.
Driving motorcycle from my 18th.
I had a lot, the most survived my riding style, 4 are killed by going over the edge.
The last 20 years I drove a Harley, a special build Harley.
It was time for a change, to wake up my "Joe Bar" feeling. ;D
I fel in love with a Guzzi, a Griso.
So for 1,5 year I'm enjoying a Griso 1200 8V. :drool
More of this bike in the Picture topic...

Ad B
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mychaelruiz on March 19, 2012, 12:49:40 PM
Hello to all.

I have been riding for almost 40 years and have now purchased my first Moto Guzzi. (04 Cafe Sport).

I live in northern California. For the most part I love twin motorcycles,(with the exception of Laverda triples).My other bikes are :
1995 Ducati 916 Superbike
2001 Aprilia Falco
2004 Triumph Thruxton
1982 Laverda 1200 Mirage TS

I am a Healthcare Executive.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom on March 19, 2012, 01:53:15 PM
Welkommen!  So do your co-workers try to give you heat for riding a motorcycle?  :pop
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kitze2 on March 19, 2012, 02:10:34 PM
Hello to all.

I have been riding for almost 40 years and have now purchased my first Moto Guzzi. (04 Cafe Sport).

I live in northern California. For the most part I love twin motorcycles,(with the exception of Laverda triples).My other bikes are :
1995 Ducati 916 Superbike
2001 Aprilia Falco
2004 Triumph Thruxton
1982 Laverda 1200 Mirage TS

I am a Healthcare Executive.
Welcome.
Where in NorCal you at?
There is a loose knit Guzzi group here abouts.
We meet the 1st Monday on each month. Also do a few informal rides occasionally.

Cheers,
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: beena on March 19, 2012, 02:28:08 PM
I missed this thread when I joined.

I'm Beena.
From the UK.
40yrs old in three day's time.
Relatively new to bikes having passed my test in 2008.
Started off on a Kawasaki 550 Zephyr, moved on to a Triumph Bonneville Scrambler, then on to a Triumph Street Triple and now have a V7 Classic, which is much more my style than the Street Triple. Picked her up just over a week ago and loving every minute of it.

Here's the new love of my life:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6818448882_85dc371891_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mychaelruiz on March 19, 2012, 03:00:45 PM
Kitze2, I am in Walnut Creek. I would love to join some rides. My usual roads take me up around Corners, lake Berryessa, Calistoga, Middletown and so on. Although I am open to all areas.
Myke
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: quotaduck on April 27, 2012, 12:46:13 AM
Hey y'all. I promise to do my best to be a active participant. But, truth be told, my wife is much better at keeping up with day to day posts.

She rides a Griso 1100, but I look better on it.

Cheers,
Shawn

Errr...Actually, she looks better on the Griso than I do. But that's only from behind!


...ok, she just looks better.


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Spadoman on June 04, 2012, 05:01:00 PM
Hello. I'm 63 years old. I just bought my first Moto Guzzi. A 2005 Nevada Classic 750. I also ride a 2008 Triumph Scrambler that I have set up as a dual sport bike. I have been riding for a long time, over 40 years. I don't work for wages, I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran. I live in River Falls, WI, about 50 miles from Minneapolis, MN. I have been married to the same woman for 41 years. I am not bald. I have lost some of my sight, some of my hearing, some of my teeth, have had 7 heart attacks, 2 bypass surgeries and have a pacemaker installed. I like to think I will live until I die, not just be alive. So, I ride motorcycles. Oh, and I am also a full blood Italian and I finally am the proud owner of an Italian bike. Let's ride!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: auto on July 08, 2012, 04:08:08 PM
I'm another one that missed this thread when I signed up.

My name is Steve.
I'm 49 yrs.old
I live a bit east of Cincinnati,Ohio

I work at a transmission manufacturing plant (Ford).I've been there 21yrs. earned a Journeyman's card in Machine Repair and am currently working in a lab.

Last bike brought me here,2012 Griso SE.I'm really enjoying it
I have several others.....

1983 Kaw. GPZ1100 (for sale)
1995 Kaw.ZX-11 (for sale)
2004 HD Road King
2007 HD DynaGlide
1980 HD FLT
2010 HD Road Glide
1983 FXRT (last yr. Shovelhead,first yr.FXRT)

I enjoy all things motorcycle (obviously),firearms,and the outdoors.

Just me,no wife,no children.


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dropinparts on July 08, 2012, 05:36:52 PM
Hello!
My name is Stuart.
I'm 57 years old and live in Tuxedo, NC.
Been a General Contractor in Florida most of my adult life.

My 2012 Griso is my first Guzzi and I'm lovin it!

Being its my 83rd motorcycle (and I promised my last), that's saying a lot.
Glad to be on board with the Guzzi tribe.  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SS Twin on July 09, 2012, 06:02:48 PM
Bonjourno!  My name is Steve and I am a life long rider, just now getting my first Guzzi. Long time BMW rider who also love all bikes, especially twins. BTW, im an identical twin and Frank and I still ride, hang out, and talk as much as ever.

Current rides are my Honda Valkyrie Tourer, HD Ultra Classic bagger, Ducati Monster 900ie (another sexy Italian), and my around Swiss army knife, a BMW R1200GS. Decisions, decisions, what type of MG should I get?

At my age (60+, that's all I'm saying), I thought it would be a Breva or Norge......then I looked at a really cool Centauro (owned by Brad in Clerawater, not sure of his screen name). Wow!  What a beautiful beast......., but he also has a Griso.  Well that was that.  It was to be a Griso, I knew.

Looked at 2 (black and red) and was able to decide on the red one which is in Idaho!  Not exactly "in the hood", but through some digging and some serious dialog, it was a go.

My bike is being loaded on an Allied transport rig tomorrow and is scheduled to be here in NE Florida on 7/23. Ouch, 2 more weeks to wait, and I haven't even seen it in person or ridden any other Griso.  Faith!  But I am impressed with it's stewardship.  She was purchased new in 2008 by Ed (triumph68) in St George, Utah, and very recently sold to Michael (caffeineo) in Idaho.  Turns out he really wanted more of a dual sport ride, so he posted it for sale on advrider.com. I saw it there and fell in love. So now it is on it's way to Florida and an excited new guzzi rider.

No pics yet, will post more when she is "home".

Steve

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldspice on July 09, 2012, 07:40:43 PM
Hi all,

Long time lurker here, current Aprilia and future Guzzi owner, hopefully within the next year.  I've been smitten by the Stelvio ever since I first laid eyes on it and with the introduction of the NTX to the States, I'm 100% sold.  Now, I only hope there's one left by the time I get my new-motorbike-buying-ducks in a row!

Thanks for the continued wealth of info and fun!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: QCGoose on July 09, 2012, 07:48:27 PM
Hi all,

Long time lurker here, current Aprilia and future Guzzi owner, hopefully within the next year.  I've been smitten by the Stelvio ever since I first laid eyes on it and with the introduction of the NTX to the States, I'm 100% sold.  Now, I only hope there's one left by the time I get my new-motorbike-buying-ducks in a row!

Thanks for the continued wealth of info and fun!

Not only another Iowan, but a semi-local one at that! Doesn't happen too often on here lol.

Speaking of IA City, we were just there earlier today (and are there quite often, usually for the football games).

Also, not to push you towards a different model, but a reminder that there's a gorgeous black '06 Breva 1100 at Ned's in Riverside for only $5300/$5400 (I forget which), and it's certainly worth checking out.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jeeron on July 10, 2012, 05:02:39 AM
Today I came across this site again, and appearantly I registered myself in the past buth ave done nothing with it. So here goes!

My name is Jeroen and I`m from the Netherlands. I`m 25 and I've been driving motorcycles (Guzzi) thanks to my dad since I was legally able to do so, which is 7 years and counting.

My first bike was a V35 III.
After two years (I had a limited drivers license; 25kw) my father and I bought a Sport 1100 '95 carb which we still have.
And soon after that I bought myself a Guzzi V50 Nato 1984 former Dutch army police bike. (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-S8ViTjadWY4/T_nZLjr0HOI/AAAAAAAAAEw/FLoPsXU-wmQ/s720/DSCN0782.JPG)
(The above image was taken last year when my dad and I drove to the south of Portugal and back which was a bout 3700 miles in total)

And some roadside repair during that holiday: http://moguz.nl/misc/roadside/index_eng.html (http://moguz.nl/misc/roadside/index_eng.html) (fast translation into english)

Now what comming up: 23 july I'll be going with my little nato and my girlfriend to Mandello. Will be a fun week but probably not for her butt  :bike

Our shed has:
Moto Guzzi California 3 with 2 person EML sidecar (this is wat started it all for me when I was 6 years old)
Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 carb
Moto Guzzi V50 nato
Norton Commando 850 MK3
Yamaha XV750 (chopped by my dad)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: fat albert on July 10, 2012, 06:31:37 AM
Hi All
My name is Jack. I got my new Norge the end of April and it just turn 5000 mi yesterday. Really like the bike. I am 69 and retired and live in Crossville Tn
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sign216 on July 10, 2012, 06:59:11 AM
Welcome Jeeron, glad to see someone who appreciates the smallblock.  I've always thought of trying to add a Nato kickstart to one of the modern 750s, but finding surplus kickstart levers is impossible, at least in the USA.

Good to have you on board!

Joe
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on July 13, 2012, 01:54:08 AM
The Nato is an interesting bike. The mill is slightly modified - it has lower Hp and more linier tourque. Done by lowering compression slightly. The piston has a larger combustion carve out, than the regular V50/III. I actually have a Nato mill sitting on the shelf as a spare for my V50/III with spanking new cylinders and pistons.

Welcome to you and your bikes Jeeron  ;-T

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jeeron on July 13, 2012, 02:46:22 PM
Thank you guys for the welcome. Small blocks are great fun to ride, and I use it year round and ride about 1242 miles (2000km) per month but the nato has one downside and that is it's fuel consumption. Compared to the civil versions where 47mpg (5L - 100km) is possible my nato is around 36mpg (6,5L - 100km). And offcourse it's top speed which is according to my garmin about 86 mph (139km/h). But then again it has 25kw power, and recentely someone put on a dyno bench and got 24bhp on the rear wheel.

The Nato does indeed have a larger combustion carve out, but also uses V35 cilinder heads and valves.

Sign 216, are you only looking for a lever or for a complete gearbox? There is/was not sure if he still excists a motorcycle scrapper that had brand new boxed nato engines and gearboxes. I could call him and see what he has. Feel free to pm me, or mail me which is probably faster :P.

Just keep in mind that in order for the lever to fit the Balance pipe ( H piece in the exhaust system) can't be to close to the carter or it won't fit because of the axle that sticks out. Mine is without a lever because I`m using a V35 III exhaust system. I`m guessing there should be at least 3 inches (horizontal) between the carter and the H piece.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 13, 2012, 03:00:34 PM

Thank you guys for the welcome.


The gloom and doom guys keep saying that we old guys will all die off and no one will be left to ride Guzzis!   How do they explain the 20-somethings like you who are enthusiastic about this sport?   

And with a MkIII Commando Interstate too!    Best of the old Brit roadburners ....

Thanks for sharing your bikes with us.

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sheepdog on July 13, 2012, 04:09:40 PM
I've been a member of this board for five years, yet I've somehow neglected to participate in this thread.  My name is Keith Bagley and I live in Waldheim, LA (just North of New Orleans).  I'm retired from the US Government in 2008, where I was in the national security business (NNSA).  I'm married, I have two grown kids, I'm an Army veteran, and I'm 56 years old.  In addition to motorcycles, I enjoy cycling, canoeing, fishing, and hunting...outdoor stuff.  I entertain myself by playing guitar and going to see live music.  I've been riding constantly since 1969.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 13, 2012, 04:15:46 PM

  I've been riding constantly since 1969.


Wow!   Talk about butt-burn ... I can only do about 3 hours at a time.    :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gini Fata on July 13, 2012, 04:34:49 PM
Gini Fata
retired
56
2000 jackal sold to friend
1987 lemans sold
2000 v11sport missed dearly..crashed
yamaha fjr  for sale
2012 norge cant wait
and others
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sheepdog on July 13, 2012, 07:32:57 PM
Wow!   Talk about butt-burn ... I can only do about 3 hours at a time.    :D
...the tire changes were hell!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: GOAT on July 13, 2012, 09:52:28 PM
Howdy new here but not to motorcycles. Rode Harley's for 20+ years switched to Guzzi's in 1999
bought my !st motorcycle in 1973 a Honda CT90 "Trail 90" still own

rest off line is 1999 Moto Guzzi Bassa V11 bought new in 1999
                    2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie bought new in 2005

have been watch as a guest and found a lot of useful information the people on this site thanks for having me
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on July 14, 2012, 11:15:14 AM
Wow!   Talk about butt-burn ... I can only do about 3 hours at a time.    :D
´

 :D :D :D ;-T ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: zee on July 16, 2012, 03:08:10 PM
hey everybody,

my name is Zorawar but having a difficult name everyone has shortened it to ZEE, its easier and i still get to be a little unique. i'm 40 and just onb the verge of getting my first Moto Guzzi. i live in North Bergen, NJ and do real estate for as living in Manhattan.

the extra bit. im 5'9" and have a 30 inseam so ive been looking for a bike that's not too high on the seat height. i'm contemplating between a 2007 griso and a 2010 V7 Cafe Classic. since im new to the forum and to this brand i have tons of questions and was hoping someone would be kind enough to help with those questions.

nice meeting you all.

Z
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: GT3 Techno on July 16, 2012, 04:16:01 PM
New here and to Guzzi which I didn't know existed before the past 6 weeks. I am 50 years old and live in Canada. Lot of useful information on this forum. Thanks.

I bought a 2012 V7 Racer after having seen one in Florida in June. Completely impulsive decision. I had no clue if I would like the ride but felt in love with the overall look of the bike. I had other bikes before (Harley Street Bob Dyna, Night Train Soft Tail and Road King) which I sold because I couldn't find time to ride. Whenever I needed to go somewhere, there was always a good reason to take my car...

I just think Moto Guzzi twin bikes are cool. Now I will probably add a Griso to the V7... but most of my spare time is spent in Car Club racing.

(http://s11.postimage.org/80gqcj0i7/V7_Racer_1.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/80gqcj0i7/)

(http://s10.postimage.org/f7zvon9n9/V7_Racer_2.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/f7zvon9n9/)

(http://s16.postimage.org/ejusxg0v5/GT3_Cup_1.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/ejusxg0v5/)

(http://s13.postimage.org/mvn786yyb/GT3_Cup_2.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/mvn786yyb/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: zee on July 16, 2012, 04:23:51 PM
I missed this thread when I joined.

I'm Beena.
From the UK.
40yrs old in three day's time.
Relatively new to bikes having passed my test in 2008.
Started off on a Kawasaki 550 Zephyr, moved on to a Triumph Bonneville Scrambler, then on to a Triumph Street Triple and now have a V7 Classic, which is much more my style than the Street Triple. Picked her up just over a week ago and loving every minute of it.

Here's the new love of my life:

thats a beauty beena - i was contemplating to get this too but i just love that green color on the v7 cafe....
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6818448882_85dc371891_b.jpg)



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: StaysCrunchy on July 16, 2012, 04:42:44 PM
Name's James, I live in Bothell Washington which is about 20 miles North of Seattle.

My first vehicle (motorcycle or otherwise) was a 1974 850T. It was a pile of parts sitting under a tarp in somebody's back yard when I got it at age 15. I completely reassembled that thing using nothing but my own two hands and the money I made working at McDonalds. When I was done it was about 85% Guzzi and 15% whatever I could scrap together. I took my motorcycle endorsement test on it the weekend after my 16th birthday. I didn't own a car until I was almost 20. Unfortunately I fell on hard times financially in my late-20s and had to sell it.

Currently I have a 2009 Triumph Bonneville that I absolutely love, and I just picked up a wrecked 2002 Cali Stone that I'm in the process of rebuilding. I guess that's about it.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Luther54 on July 16, 2012, 06:04:39 PM
TF Luther

Age - 58

Married - 32 years (It's been great but am still waiting on the dowery)

Officially an empty-nester on July 19th except for 2 rescue dogs

Work - Still rowing the boat as a sales rep for a manufacturer of waterproofing systems for commercial buildings.

Bikes - 2000 V11 Sport (green), 1972 Triumph T100 (restored)

Hobbies - Riding in the Sierra foot hills; Good red wine; Making pizzas in my wood fired oven; Books; More good red wine




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: justinian77 on July 26, 2012, 10:03:11 AM
My name is Justin, I"m 35, I am in the USAF, I live in Fairborn, OH...I ride a 1970 Ambassador that my grandfather restored...I'm the third generation to ride her, she is my beautiful 42 year old Italian lady...

Modified...
The Roman Emperor handle is my nickname from high school...

(http://s10.postimage.org/h3tp0m9mt/177784_1626852840787021_564605092_o.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/h3tp0m9mt/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 26, 2012, 10:26:40 AM
I"m 35, I am in the USAF, I live in Fairborn, OH...I ride a 1970 Ambassador that my grandfather restored...I'm the third generation to ride her, she is my beautiful 42 year old Italian lady...

Now needed:

1) Photo of Ambo

2) Why a Roman emperor?    ;-T

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 26, 2012, 04:27:47 PM
Greetings Guzzi Gearheads! My Name is John Schurke, I'm from Springfield Mo. and I'm 50 yrs. old.
I have a '80 cx 100 I have been riding since 1989 (I think) also a V11 Scura (#599) and a Triumph Tiger, two Bultaco Sherpas and a Gas Gas TX280. Reciently rode to Guzzi National in Va, (loved the Blueridge Pkw.) and The Tail of the Dragon. Since I'm in SW Mo. I do alot of Arkansas riding. Give me a halla if ur in the area!

Keep your knees in the breeze and between the trees!

JS
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BravoBravo on July 26, 2012, 04:35:45 PM
Greetings Guzzi Gearheads! My Name is John Schurke, I'm from Springfield Mo. and I'm 50 yrs. old.
I have a '80 cx 100 I have been riding since 1989 (I think) also a V11 Scura (#599) and a Triumph Tiger, two Bultaco Sherpas and a Gas Gas TX280. Reciently rode to Guzzi National in Va, (loved the Blueridge Pkw.) and The Tail of the Dragon. Since I'm in SW Mo. I do alot of Arkansas riding. Give me a halla if ur in the area!

Keep your knees in the breeze and between the trees!

JS

Hi John. Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have a very nice collection of ridin' iron!  ;-T

Bruce
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: v7classic on September 04, 2012, 12:06:23 AM
I just found this thread, so here i am.  Steve Swan, Fort Collins, Colorado, now 60, riding continuously since 14, owned/ridden/restored/rebuilt over 70 motorcyles in my time, a newcomer to Moto Guzzi as of 2009, but wasted no time, now have 4, '00 Greenie, '06 B11, '09 CalVin and a '11 V7R.  I don't see another brand in my future.  Picture taken 2010, on the Port Townsend ferry, Laura and i.  


(http://s12.postimage.org/fbyw0bhpl/R1_08533_003_A.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/fbyw0bhpl/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BravoBravo on September 04, 2012, 08:57:41 AM
I just found this thread, so here i am.  Steve Swan, Fort Collins, Colorado, now 60, riding continuously since 14, owned/ridden/restored/rebuilt over 70 motorcyles in my time, a newcomer to Moto Guzzi as of 2009, but wasted no time, now have 4, '00 Greenie, '06 B11, '09 CalVin and a '11 V7R.  I don't see another brand in my future.  Picture taken 2010, on the Port Townsend ferry, Laura and i.  


(http://s12.postimage.org/fbyw0bhpl/R1_08533_003_A.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/fbyw0bhpl/)


Welcome, Steve! Seeing what a nice gaggle you have gives me Guzzi envy!

Bruce
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Allister on September 05, 2012, 02:54:30 AM
Hi,
I'm Allister from New Zealand. I have a '97 sport 1100i and its a ground up restoration. I bought her in 2009 and it's been a labor of love ever since. I had one ride on her before the tear down began. The gearbox sounded like it was trying to eat itself and the fuel cap was rusted to the tank (it hadn't been looked after for a few years). Lots of rust and corrosion but the motor ran well. Have made some progress but seem to end up doing things twice.
Here's a picture of the bike when I bought it.
(http://s10.postimage.org/e9fxmfed1/P1000009.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/e9fxmfed1/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: QCGoose on September 05, 2012, 09:49:30 AM
Hi,
I'm Allister from New Zealand. I have a '97 sport 1100i and its a ground up restoration. I bought her in 2009 and it's been a labor of love ever since. I had one ride on her before the tear down began. The gearbox sounded like it was trying to eat itself and the fuel cap was rusted to the tank (it hadn't been looked after for a few years). Lots of rust and corrosion but the motor ran well. Have made some progress but seem to end up doing things twice.
Here's a picture of the bike when I bought it.
(http://s10.postimage.org/e9fxmfed1/P1000009.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/e9fxmfed1/)


Welcome! Nice to see another yellow Sporti in the mix. It's sad to hear that she's had a rough life, but good on you for giving her the attention she needs and bringing her back.  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dawdish on September 05, 2012, 01:16:29 PM
Hi all, I'm Dave from Colorado. Though I've been building "ASIAN" Cafe Racers for a while, the Guzzi has just intrigued me since I was  kid. So this weekend I took the dive and picked up a 1981 G5. Its a bit rough and I dont think all the parts on it are "G5". So my plan is to Cafe it.
(http://s8.postimage.org/nb221bxpd/DSCF9342.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/nb221bxpd/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Allister on September 06, 2012, 02:29:29 AM
Hi QCGoose,
Thanks for the welcome.I always wonted a yellow sporti and always intended to keep it yellow. But I spotted a V7 at the 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP, in the classic race that left me inspired.
 
(http://s18.postimage.org/em76zijzp/P1010130.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/em76zijzp/)

(http://s15.postimage.org/4izxjv1jb/P1010131.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/4izxjv1jb/)

(http://s9.postimage.org/5uc3dtr9n/P1010134.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/5uc3dtr9n/)

(http://s18.postimage.org/sjyjwawtx/P1010138.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/sjyjwawtx/)

(http://s8.postimage.org/da2mrk6v5/P1010100.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/da2mrk6v5/)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dirtymartini on September 06, 2012, 08:54:11 AM
Paul Casterlin  (motorcycle addict at large)
54
Harveys Lake PA (Largest Natural lake in PA)

Electrician for PA Dept of Corrections

I belonged to this forum about 10-12 years ago when I had my V11 Sport, my handle then was "twstm"
I had a bad experience with my V11 Sport and the dealer, I was without the bike for about 6 months and when I got it back decided to sell it. But once having an Italian bike, it get in your blood. I was shopping for an Adventure type bike and thought I wanted the Triumph Adventure....that is until I looked at the Stelvio NTX :drool Last thursday I pulled the trigger and brought her home. I have about 400 miles on it so far and love it!

I have been riding since I was about 11 (dirt bikes) and have been an MSF Instructor (or Rider Coach, whatever the PC name is now) since 1992. I think the count of bikes I have owned is over 50 now...I know, I have a problem, I just wish I had kept most of them. Right now I have the 2012 Stelvio NTX, a 1969 Norton 750 Commando "S", a 1975 Norton 850 Commando Mark III and a 1975 Penton Mint 400. 

(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg190/twstm/IMAG0455.jpg)
(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg190/twstm/NortonBW.jpg)
(http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg190/twstm/Commando%20S/DSC00101.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: QCGoose on September 06, 2012, 01:34:39 PM
I always wonted a yellow sporti and always intended to keep it yellow. But I spotted a V7 at the 2011 Phillip Island MotoGP, in the classic race that left me inspired.

No arguing with that. That thing's gonna look awesome when finished! Please keep us posted. ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: highgear on November 27, 2012, 10:18:02 PM
I'm new to the forum and just wanted to say hello.  My name is Dave and I'm from Gilroy, California.  I come from a background of strictly Japanese bikes. I, like I expect many others, have been absolutely floored by the new V7 Racer.  So much so that I just sold my bike last night and I'm planning on picking up a V7 Racer in the next week or so.  I sell commercial trucks in San Jose, CA and I'm 46 years old.  Looking forward to that first ride on an Italian bike! 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dawdish on November 27, 2012, 10:31:22 PM
Hey Dave, Dave here, in Colorado, I have been building Honda Cafe's. I just got the Guzzi bug and am building a V1000 Cafe. Welcome, and have fun on that V7!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kiwi on November 28, 2012, 12:37:43 AM
John Conder ,69yrs, retired, new Moto Guzzi Califoria Vintage, live in New Zealand north island ,also  1975 morris mini
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mauriceetjeannine on November 28, 2012, 02:46:52 AM
Hello,

I live in the north of France. I ride guzzi since 1993. My first one was a 1000CaliforniaIII carbs, after a V65 with agostini fairing, a V75 Targa, A cafe racer V75 4V, parts to rebuild a v65gt but i will make a scrambler with them, and finaly last month a V7 classic.
I am a member of the french motoclub "la scuderia guzzi". Finally i am the owner of http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/ (http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/)

regards
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Aggiefiddler on December 24, 2012, 11:18:33 AM
Howdy!

My name is Daniel, I'm in Austin, Texas, and I'm the new owner of a 2004 California EV.

A thank you to Mike at MPH Cycles in Houston!  And Mike, after 3 hours yesterday afternoon with the steel wool you gave me, the chrome looks GREAT!  Now all I have left to do is a little work with a toothbrush in the fins and a few other crevices, and she'll be all detailed and ready to go.

For the other non motorcycle details...  I have a wife who's a little wary of me buying a motorcycle, and a kid who hopefully will like going riding with dad when she's big enough.  I'm a programmer for an audio video company.  Most of my programming is with home automation systems.  I enjoy outdoor activities (camping, hiking, etc.) and hopefully the bike will be a nice way to get outside more.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on December 24, 2012, 11:55:37 AM
Hello,

I live in the north of France. I ride guzzi since 1993. My first one was a 1000CaliforniaIII carbs, after a V65 with agostini fairing, a V75 Targa, A cafe racer V75 4V, parts to rebuild a v65gt but i will make a scrambler with them, and finaly last month a V7 classic.
I am a member of the french motoclub "la scuderia guzzi". Finally i am the owner of http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/ (http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/)

regards

Had missed this. Which part of the north of France are you from? Our daughter lived in Sallanche for1.1/2 years. They now reside in Singapore but this year is the second year in a row that she has taken the family back there on their holiday. We visited there when she was living there and thoroughly enjoyed our time in France.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eddie850 on December 24, 2012, 12:35:27 PM
Hi. My name is Eddie I am from the UK, I am 36 years old. I am a maintenance supervisor and an ex BMW and Triumph motorcycle technician. I have been riding a bikes since I was 16 and got my first Guzzi a Lemans 3 when I was 18 which I still have. Since I was 18 I have added a few bikes to my garage, a Cali 3, a V65 engine based Monza, a laverda jota 120 and since july this year a Griso SE plus 2 MZ ETZ250 1 fitted with a chair, all of these I still have. I have had a few in fact quite a few more but these are the one's I have kept.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on December 24, 2012, 12:39:34 PM
Nice garage there Eddie. ;-T

I personally LOVE the look of the Jota. ;-T ;-T ;-T :drool
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eddie850 on December 24, 2012, 12:45:49 PM
Thanks but it's a shame I had to get rid for what I did, I just ran out of room, A 1100 sport, an Yamaha RD 250 DX another 12 MZ's, a Morini 125, a standard V50 Monza and a Montessa cota 247. Still next year I will have to build a new shed.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cyclocrossfool on January 01, 2013, 06:10:40 PM
bought about a month ago a 1975 850t. (replaces a 1975 laverda sf2 that i bought/raced in the 80's). also have a road legal 81 honda cb650 a 79 yam xs400, a running 1978kaw 750b. and a project 81 kz550ltd. been riding since a sen. in high school(1979)(http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh589/cyclocrossfool/Picture_668.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on January 04, 2013, 01:08:46 AM
Hello,

I live in the north of France. I ride guzzi since 1993. My first one was a 1000CaliforniaIII carbs, after a V65 with agostini fairing, a V75 Targa, A cafe racer V75 4V, parts to rebuild a v65gt but i will make a scrambler with them, and finaly last month a V7 classic.
I am a member of the french motoclub "la scuderia guzzi". Finally i am the owner of http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/ (http://smalltwins.pagesperso-orange.fr/)

regards

Hello!!!
Another SB guy ;-T

Welcome, I'm very familiar with your internet site ;-T ;-T

Ciao
Brian
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Gregory on January 04, 2013, 06:01:04 AM
Greg,
65 going on 17,
Married,
no kids, except for me,
Mississauga,Ontario,Canada,North America,Planet Earth,somewhere in the Milky Way.
Retired, thank God,
Former Air Canada pilot, that was fun,

Like to fish, enjoy the cottage, fix things,cook the fish, shoot skeet, ride the Norge
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: heartRobotic on January 13, 2013, 10:51:08 PM
This saturday, i purchased my third bike and it is my first Moto Guzzi.  Having put about 30 miles on the 2007 Breva 750, I'm pretty in love.  Completely different than my '87 BMW R65 and the 97 Bandit 600 (different in a way that i think i'll be selling those shortly).  I currently live in Mountain View, CA (home of google) and work just up the road developing systems for Stanford University.
If anyone has any advice on my little Breva, I'd love to hear it (like how you check the oil without a center stand?!).  Expect to hear a lot of me in the forums.
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on January 14, 2013, 07:16:43 AM
This saturday, i purchased my third bike and it is my first Moto Guzzi.  Having put about 30 miles on the 2007 Breva 750, I'm pretty in love.  Completely different than my '87 BMW R65 and the 97 Bandit 600 (different in a way that i think i'll be selling those shortly).  I currently live in Mountain View, CA (home of google) and work just up the road developing systems for Stanford University.
If anyone has any advice on my little Breva, I'd love to hear it (like how you check the oil without a center stand?!).  Expect to hear a lot of me in the forums.
 

Welcome to WG, and Guzzi in general. Not everyone "gets" it.  ;D What I would do is on the next oil/filter change, is put in exactly how much it needs, start it and let it run for a few seconds, then mark the dipstick. That would be my new full mark.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: pcoumbe on January 14, 2013, 08:17:56 AM
Peter Coumbe
53 year old Australian
Married with 2 kids
Plant Manager for a contract mining company in Zambia
Home is Legazpi City, Philippines
Hobbies are motorcycles and sport fishing
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tonUPRacer on January 14, 2013, 09:09:05 AM
Andy Maracini
47
Married w/ 1 yr old baby!
GIS Tech in Local Govt.
Appleton, WI
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: flatop on January 19, 2013, 06:52:34 PM
Al Eng
 
55 Yrs Old
Field Engineer for Philips Healthcare
Married for 32 + yrs, Have 2 Adult Boys 1 Currently Married and the other Next Mar of 2014
Middletown N.J.
 
Just bought an 2013 V7 Stone in Matte Blk last month, Dec of 2012
Also Have an 2002 Harely Electra Glide, love all the V twin Engines, been riding since I was 17 yrs old..
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzziboy on January 20, 2013, 09:24:59 PM
Hi all,

My name is Steve Young and I am 60, a new Goose, and am riding a 2000 Jackal that I bought in December from a good partner.  I'm a  retired roofing contractor and for the past 4 1/2 years I have lived in Marin county just north of San Francisco.  I "work" as a residential caretaker at a Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center in Woodacre, CA. My other obsessions are and have been surfing since I was 10 and I started playing bass guitar in a band when I was 46. I'm divorced, have two sons and four grandkids and a wonderful woman in my life.  Am a friend of Jimmy K's for the past 27 years also...ride clean, ride peaceful and ...do no harm :bow
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 11, 2013, 03:07:07 PM
Want to know about "AmazonGoddess" and the other new members .                                                                   Dusty

Someone naming themselves "AmazonGoddess" on a board like this is either:

1) A very bold and ready-for-anything woman, challenging the men on this board and possibly fun to know and ride with.   (.005% chance)

2) A reincarnation of muschi, enzo, or londonbill (2.0% chance)

3) A young, acne-faced, greasy, long-haired Croatian scammer working from an IBM-AT in his parents' basement with a pirated DSL connection, hoping to find an "opening" in a post somewhere to make a little money (Big chance).

Now, someone fess up!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 12, 2013, 08:25:16 AM
Be nice , she is some ones' daughter or significant other . Plus she works in a bike shop .

And you know this ... how?    ;D

I alternately propose that this member (I would say poster but there's no posts yet) is a burly 6'4" 300 pound Botswanan, with a bad limp, a cast in one eye, and missing three fingers from a machete fight over a girl when he was 16.    :o

By the same criteria, I could be a 14-year-old blond Icelandic girl named Helga.   Some people know different, but without evidence how would one know?   ???

It's the INTERNET!

Lannis   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pizza Guzzi on February 13, 2013, 02:20:49 AM
Well since this thread has been revived it seems as good a place as any to post my "story".

Glenn Darragh

59 and a bit years old from Lithgow NSW ( Australia).
Ex train driver and now signaller - tbh for as long as I can remember railways have been my passion , particularly the historical aspect of railways in Australia and the UK and all things related to steam traction.

I've been a motorcyclist since the age of 17 and a member here for 3 years but have never posted much because I haven't ever owned a Guzzi and felt like a bit of an imposter really. ! I've long felt i was destined to own a Guzzi one day and today turned out to be that day !

Visited my ( not so ) local dealer today and signed up for a sparkly new 1200 Sport 4V, I can hardly believe I'm finally joining the Guzzi family.

I feel really lucky because I'm only half a days ride from Pete Ropers workshop and only an hour away from  Guzzi workshop that Pete has recommended to me ( Moto Italia at Emu Plains ).

Anyway looking forward to becoming more involved in the forum and maybe eventually being able contribute to the considerable collective wisdom of other forum members.

Regards

Glenn.



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: echbes on February 13, 2013, 07:16:15 AM
I am Martin Weiss, born in 1965
a Swiss guy moved to Orlando Florida, because I couldn't stand the cold long winters anymore.
I love, ride and work on Moto Guzzi's since many years already. Fix, restore, tune Guzzi's.
I build Cafe Racers, ride them myself. I race with a V7 Sport, 1972
What else could I tell you? 
I am just one of this crazy guys with the Guzzi-virus
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mike E on February 13, 2013, 08:04:05 AM
Michael Ehrhardt 57 y/o. Lisle Illinois, Maintenance Engineer at Edward Hospital in Naperville.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: alguzzi1 on February 13, 2013, 01:28:18 PM
My name is Al Champagne I live in Massachusetts My age is 47 I have been riding on the road for 30 years.Currently ride a Breva But have owned in the past A 86 Le Mans purchased brand new and also a 93 Strada and several other makes includind BMW Ducati and Triumph.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sign216 on February 13, 2013, 02:43:03 PM
My name is Al Champagne I live in Massachusetts My age is 47 I have been riding on the road for 30 years.Currently ride a Breva But have owned in the past A 86 Le Mans purchased brand new and also a 93 Strada and several other makes includind BMW Ducati and Triumph.

Hi Al.  I live in Eastern Mass (South of Boston).  Welcome to the fray!

Is your Breva the 750?  I ride a V7C, myself.

Joe
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 13, 2013, 06:33:33 PM
Can you get someone to attest to the truth of you not being a 14 yr old Icelandic girl? 

You're going to get people's hopes up.   Come to a rally or a lunch or breakfast ride .... !



Hell , I could be a Transylvanian Transvestite and an ex member of the Stasi .


This is NO place to brag about your past history  ...  ;)

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: trip.wire on February 21, 2013, 10:48:20 AM
Hello to All. 

Nothing but the facts...
Name: Wes Paro
Age: 57
Occupation: Network & Desktop Support Technician
Location: Burlington, VT

A few details to add relevance to my interest in this forum: 
I've been a rider since high school. Started with Harleys and moved to BMWs back in the early 80's when I decided I'd had enough of the "lifestyle" and just wanted to ride.  I just sold my 1991 K100RS and I'm shopping for a new ride.  BMW has changed direction since my last purchase and I don't see anything of interest to me in their showroom.  I can't bring myself to ingest the UJM koolaid so here I am.  My current work schedule fills most of my days but I'm hoping to find time in the near future for a ride to check out dealers in the area.  The nearest are about 3 hours away, Seacoast Sport in Manchester, NH or AJ Cycles in Gill, MA.  The Norge looks like a good possibility because it appears to be similar to the K Bike I had but the California carries a certain appeal as well.  The ride will decide.

Looking forward to talking with you all.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 21, 2013, 11:06:53 AM
Hello to All. 

Nothing but the facts...
Name: Wes Paro
Age: 57
Occupation: Network & Desktop Support Technician
Location: Burlington, VT

A few details to add relevance to my interest in this forum: 
I've been a rider since high school. Started with Harleys and moved to BMWs back in the early 80's when I decided I'd had enough of the "lifestyle" and just wanted to ride.  I just sold my 1991 K100RS and I'm shopping for a new ride.  BMW has changed direction since my last purchase and I don't see anything of interest to me in their showroom.  I can't bring myself to ingest the UJM koolaid so here I am. ......

 

You are DEFINITELY in the right place ... !

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bill Hagan on February 21, 2013, 11:15:26 AM

Hello to All.  

Nothing but the facts...
Name: Wes Paro
Age: 57
Occupation: Network & Desktop Support Technician
Location: Burlington, VT

A few details to add relevance to my interest in this forum:  
I've been a rider since high school. Started with Harleys and moved to BMWs back in the early 80's when I decided I'd had enough of the "lifestyle" and just wanted to ride.  I just sold my 1991 K100RS and I'm shopping for a new ride.  BMW has changed direction since my last purchase and I don't see anything of interest to me in their showroom.  I can't bring myself to ingest the UJM koolaid so here I am.  My current work schedule fills most of my days but I'm hoping to find time in the near future for a ride to check out dealers in the area.  The nearest are about 3 hours away, Seacoast Sport in Manchester, NH or AJ Cycles in Gill, MA.  The Norge looks like a good possibility because it appears to be similar to the K Bike I had but the California carries a certain appeal as well.  The ride will decide.

Looking forward to talking with you all.

You are DEFINITELY in the right place ... !

Lannis

Whoa, Lannis.  Not so fast.  See his occupation.  Don't we need to see where Wes stands on that Apple v. Windows thing first?   ;D

And, Wes, a number of us here have resolved the Norge v. Cali conundrum by buying both.  'Course, then it'll be a Griso or Stelvio or ...  If married, prepare your wife.  ;)

Best,

Bill

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 21, 2013, 11:20:39 AM
Whoa, Lannis.  Not so fast.  See his occupation.  Don't we need to see where Wes stands on that Apple v. Windows thing first?   ;D

Best,

Bill



I'll bet he works for whoever is paying money to have it done .... !

And the "multiple bike" thing will ... just happen!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: trip.wire on February 21, 2013, 03:03:03 PM
Thanks Bill & Lannis,

Re: the Windows/Mac thing.  Sorry Bill, Lannis wins.  Cash trumps all. 

And yes, I have a wife.  She's very supportive of my motor-psychosis.  She likes to ride as a passenger and as a child/young adult her family's only motorized transport was a tired old Dnepr sidecar rig back in the "Old Country" (Armenia).

As far as the multiple bike experience goes we'll have to give that some time. I have way too many projects around the house that need my attention before I can follow that trail of breadcrumbs. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on February 21, 2013, 03:05:39 PM
Thanks Bill & Lannis,

Re: the Windows/Mac thing.  Sorry Bill, Lannis wins.  Cash trumps all. 

And yes, I have a wife.  She's very supportive of my motor-psychosis.  She likes to ride as a passenger and as a child/young adult her family's only motorized transport was a tired old Dnepr sidecar rig back in the "Old Country" (Armenia).

As far as the multiple bike experience goes we'll have to give that some time. I have way too many projects around the house that need my attention before I can follow that trail of breadcrumbs. 

I'll bet there's some interesting Dnepr stories from the old country ... Don't be hesitant to post pictures if you and your wife go someplace interesting ... !

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: trip.wire on February 21, 2013, 03:32:09 PM
Yes, I'm sure we'll have photos when the time comes.  And, I'll see if I can obtain a few sidehack memories for you. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: telphoto on February 21, 2013, 06:29:19 PM
Trevor Collens, 50 years old from Perth, Australia. Living in NYC after moving to US nearly five years ago. Work as a press photographer. Been riding since getting a QA50 mini-bike for my tenth birthday, mostly off-road but had to give up dirt bikes about 7 or 8 years ago after a nasty crash when a tree jumped out and bit me. Inexplicably, always had a thing about Italian motorcycles and British sports cars.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tazio on February 21, 2013, 06:54:40 PM
Trevor Collens, 50 years old from Perth, Australia. Living in NYC after moving to US nearly five years ago. Work as a press photographer. Been riding since getting a QA50 mini-bike for my tenth birthday, mostly off-road but had to give up dirt bikes about 7 or 8 years ago after a nasty crash when a tree jumped out and bit me. Inexplicably, always had a thing about Italian motorcycles and British sports cars.
Welcome, fellow "young pup" ;)
It seems around here 50years old is "just getting warmed up"!! ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dirk S. on February 22, 2013, 06:56:39 AM
in case someone is interisted in it

name: Dirk
age: 51 (today)
occupation: father, husband, engineer, the stuff in my garage
location: Northeast of Germany (Europe)
language: german, better than english
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tazio on February 22, 2013, 08:11:57 AM
in case someone is interisted in it

name: Dirk
age: 51 (today)
occupation: father, husband, engineer, the stuff in my garage
location: Northeast of Germany (Europe)
language: german, better than english
This place seems to be ate up with engineers of one form or another, you'll fit right in ;-T
Oh, and Happy Birthday!!! (assumption on my part, as you may be 51 tomarrow too ;D)
Tell us about that "stuff" in the garage :drool
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: swmckinley54 on February 22, 2013, 03:41:17 PM
Steve McKinley, Cycleholic, Printer, 59, Austin, Texas, '12 Stelvio NTX
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dirk S. on February 22, 2013, 03:49:25 PM
This place seems to be ate up with engineers of one form or another, you'll fit right in ;-T
Oh, and Happy Birthday!!! (assumption on my part, as you may be 51 tomarrow too ;D)
Tell us about that "stuff" in the garage :drool
tomorrow 51, day after as well, and so on. 11th of august 2013 -> 52.
the bloody stuff in my garage ... guzzis and other dirty metal - pics will come later.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TRICH911 on March 06, 2013, 11:27:58 AM
Hello,
First post, so fitting it's an intro..
Tim
45
IT Director
NJ

Just picked up 13' V7 racer. Coming from a triumph street triple r.

I am more of a lurker than a poster but will chime in if I have something relevant to say.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bill Hagan on March 06, 2013, 12:15:14 PM
Hello,
First post, so fitting it's an intro..
Tim
45
IT Director
NJ

Just picked up 13' V7 racer. Coming from a triumph street triple r.

I am more of a lurker than a poster but will chime in if I have something relevant to say.

Welcome.

"Relevance" is setting the bar a bit high, no?

As for your Guzzi, best wishes for miles of smiles.

Snow's piled high here, but I grin just thinking about mine, covered down in the garage, but ready for that "Boots & Saddles" call.

Bill




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TRICH911 on March 06, 2013, 02:08:35 PM
I would never set a bar too high....I like to reach my drinks without a stool :BEER:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzziboyva on March 06, 2013, 07:09:46 PM
Pete Ortiz
Richmond VA 58 years young Construction prj mgr 1 daughter 2 grandsons 15 motorcycles I have owned 2 Guzzi v11 sport Rosso Mandello number 68 Just completed restoration 74 Eldorado Other bikes BMW vintage -Norton 850 Triumph 1200 and a 76 gl1000  life is good favorite ride is Blue Ridge PKW on a vintage bike on a spring day !!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: quota2000 on March 06, 2013, 09:17:42 PM
Okay, I've been lurking long enough and you all seem to be a pretty good group! so...

Jeff Mullen

Bellingham, WA

age: 45 (in a week)

married 20 years

two boys, age 19 and 13 (both very active, high-average, tournament bowlers, previous National, State and Local doubles champions!)

occupation: purchasing agent for a manufacturer of custom food-processing machinery

hobbies: Giant-Scale R/C aviation

motorcycling resume: used to ride in my early twenties, just purchased my first bike in 20 years, a beautiful, black 2000 Quota  ;-T

Glad I found you all here, you have already been full of useful information!!!  :bow

Regards,

Jeff
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: arveno on March 07, 2013, 08:33:48 AM

Hello everyone !
I've been lurking for a while , I thought it's time to come out of the closet  :)
My name is Marco, 37 y.o. , i ride a 1980 1000SP ( modified cafer ) , live outside NY , i love wrenching old bikes .
thanks for reading ,
Have a nice day

Regards
Marco

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: s_ellinson on March 10, 2013, 04:04:32 PM
Hi all.
the name's stewart ellinson - I'm based in the UK and dun a series of Le mans IIs and a small block bikes. i've also got a 125 Turismo ("the worst guzzi ever made" according to the late mick walker) and have been heavily invovled with the Guzzi / Benelli two strokes and parallell twins and fours.... Y'know, the ones that look like yamahas or Hondas!

Nice to meet you all
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: s_ellinson on March 10, 2013, 05:18:25 PM
All guarenteed guzzi or benelli though!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: YnotGuzzi on March 12, 2013, 09:19:51 PM
 :+=copcar Retired LEO living in Forest Hill MD USA. Some of the best roads in my state right at the end of my driveway! New to the Guzzi scene but a long time rider nonetheless. Inactive helicopter pilot, avid kayaker, multi dog and multi bike owner. To paraphrase Mr S. McQueen "Riding is life, everything else is just waiting". Hoping someday to se another Guzzi on the road. Posted a pic of my Cali EV Touring in the gallery. Enjoy. Frank Drecchio ( yep, a true Italian) ! :+=copcar




Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nsumax on March 12, 2013, 10:57:15 PM
Long overdue, so here I go.
Frank Nagy
Northern Indiana
I'll be 55 on July 11
I recently left the Machinist trade after 37 years and went to work in a locol Kawasaki/KTM dealership at the moment spinning wrenches.
I've been riding 45 years, I ride on the street, ride dirt bikes, collect antique motorcycles and scooters and am making a serious yet some slow and feeble attempt at returning to off road racing on vintage bikes.
and I've bee an MSF certified rider coach with ABATE of Indiana for the last seven years.
After years of wanting a Guzzi I finally got my 76 Convert from a friend in 2003. In 2009 it was baddly damaged in a freak crash that left me pretty baddly damaged also. But in form true to me (or so my ever patiant wife of 33 years tells me) I bought the sad remains back from the insurance company to restore. I'm just waiting on a few small details and the Convert will be done. I will post pictures when she's all done.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bill Hagan on March 14, 2013, 12:54:32 PM
:+=copcar Retired LEO living in Forest Hill MD USA. Some of the best roads in my state right at the end of my driveway! New to the Guzzi scene but a long time rider nonetheless. Inactive helicopter pilot, avid kayaker, multi dog and multi bike owner. To paraphrase Mr S. McQueen "Riding is life, everything else is just waiting". Hoping someday to se another Guzzi on the road. Posted a pic of my Cali EV Touring in the gallery. Enjoy. Frank Drecchio ( yep, a true Italian) ! :+=copcar


Welcome, Frank.

I tend to think that the best roads in Maryland are more west, but then recalled getting lost on my Norge in your area on my first trip north with it while taking a "long cut" around Baltimore.

Had forgotten the details, so I just looked on a map to refresh my recollection.  I was on Rocks Road and at Rocks State Park before I figured out exactly where I was.  Have pix somewhere.  Yes, yours is a nice part of the planet.

Bill

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hardcoreharryjr on March 16, 2013, 12:07:14 PM
Gday All,

Hayden, 25, Mechanical Engineer.
Moved to the US 2 years years ago.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Jo Bastings on March 17, 2013, 01:43:47 PM
Hi,

My name is Jo(e) Bastings, age 52,  live in Holland and own a 2005 California EV Touring, a Ural 650 and a Ural M72 build 1944
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: injundave on March 17, 2013, 05:41:15 PM
Dave Blackwell
62 yrs
Prison Officer
New Zealand

Family
Motorcycles
More motorcycles
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pizza Guzzi on March 18, 2013, 06:59:48 PM
I've often thought being a prison officer must be a hell of a tough job.
I reckon you must really earn your money and enjoy your saddle time more than most  :bike

Glenn.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: YnotGuzzi on March 18, 2013, 08:52:22 PM
Welcome, Frank.

I tend to think that the best roads in Maryland are more west, but then recalled getting lost on my Norge in your area on my first trip north with it while taking a "long cut" around Baltimore.

Had forgotten the details, so I just looked on a map to refresh my recollection.  I was on Rocks Road and at Rocks State Park before I figured out exactly where I was.  Have pix somewhere.  Yes, yours is a nice part of the planet.

Bill

Did you wave when you rode past my house?
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: hardcoreharryjr on March 19, 2013, 09:35:54 PM
Language giving you any trouble . Welcome .                                                                                   Dusty

haha the only trouble is for the people who have to try and understand what I am saying.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: M0T0Geezer on March 21, 2013, 08:37:04 PM
Dan Martin
Longmont, Colorado  USA

Retired sys admin, DBA,  Road Rider, Scooterist, Ancient of Aged one.
Current rides: A 2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 750cc & 2007 Yamaha Majesty 400cc

http://dansher.com/mywheels.htm#-MOTO



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmxdog61u on March 22, 2013, 01:56:01 PM
old mxdog61u finally on the board.

as you might guess, been racing mx since I was 13, first bike was a step thru honda 55 trail.  Now 55, quit last year as my body is suggesting strongly that I move on. Raced everything from 125 elsinores, yz's to 490 maicos and my favorite was my cz400 that after I did a frame up restoration with all the bells and whistles, sold it (lower back creamed again.. dang short suspension, damn age) showed up on display at the AHRMA calender.
I still run trails on a 85 honda xr600 with my trail/exploring buddies, putz around the farm roads on the greatly misnamed and possible winner of the worlds maxi-oxymoron "bullet" 500 (2000) I brought back from the dead resulting from a trade off of one of my diminsihing herd of old mx bikes. Wife refuses to ride on it as its not the Harley I sold some years back.
Always had at least one road bike since I was 15, first "car" was a honda 400f which I took my first drivers test on as I recall. Then followed a string of BMWs, starting with a r90, a r100 then a toaster r75 I restored from 25 boxes shipped from a friend in Japan. I have had several UJM's which peaked at the kawasaki zx10 (gps 194, wife 0, insurance 1).  My last "big" road bike was a FXRS, which my wife likes to remind me I should have never sold.  I recently went looking at another bigger bike, but I like vintage as thats just me at this point. The new bikes just do nothing for me.
I happened to look at a sale forum on the MGNOC site and saw the bike of my dreams as a youngster, that is a Lemans 1000, 1985. Same day saw there was MG club and the arizona contact was none other than my Intel buddy in the late 70's J Cerilli. WHen we rode together I had a boxer, and he had a big Yamaha in black (night train?). Whatever, he sold it and bought a 850 Mark 1 Lemans, which truth be told is the bike I always wanted, but the 1000 seems like an obvious choice to me now looking at the features, ...and price.  Once again fortune has smiled on me as I have reconnected thru the MG connection with my old friend JC, and look forward to going on the upcoming NAR ride to happy jack this spring here in arizona. I also made a great freind when buying the bike from Mr Comorowski in virginia who has been sterling and most helpful thruout the purchasing process. I hope that my new to me bike will be here by the end of next week so I can go for a ride. Meanwhile, great forum.
We have a small horse ranch in the middle of the desert, too many horses, a healthy pack of dogs, more birds than I can count, and 4 cats. No little nippers.  I also belong to a vintage motocross club, carriage driving society (whew! thats sounds uppity), and as a QAP volunteer about 500 hours a year with  Sheriff Joe.
I was an electrical engineer for about 25 years, then went into intellectual property (took the patent bar) then finally bailed on the semiconductor scene about 10 years ago and manage a small business making high end water purification solutions for various industries.
There, I said too much. I would have shut up hours ago if my new bike was here as I would be out riding and staring at her.
bruce
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: blacktruck on March 23, 2013, 09:36:40 PM
Hello all:
New guy on the forum. Been riding for about 40 years plus....Wow that makes me feel old. Spent most of my formative years on Japanese bikes like everyone else did back if they weren't lucky enough to have an HD or some other exclusive nameplate. Kept riding through the years but had a few years off the scooters when raising kids and careers were the hot topic. Now I turn around and here I am. 55 years old, working in Afghanistan managing a repair shop and commuting a few times a year. Been an HD owner for many years and wouldn't think of ever getting rid of it but now I found out about Moto Guzzis. I'm in the process of buying my first one. Hope to be able to pick it up  :bike on the way home for R&R. Not sure of the draw or lure of the Guzzi, if it's the styling or the mystique of the Italian nameplate but I want one. Is this an addiction or just lusting after the badge? Either way I'm hoping to learn a bit about them on here. I'm getting a Norge and tend to do some IBA type rides on occasion. Need opinions, is this a good candidate for that?
Stay safe out there...
Ken
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on March 24, 2013, 03:43:42 AM
Guzzi's are an incurable virus. No antidote. It seems like you already are a casualty.
Have fun - Guzzi's are a lifestyle, and you will likely end up with more than one  ;-T
This is one bug you cannor beat  ;)

Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: blacktruck on March 24, 2013, 04:36:58 AM
Guzzi's are an incurable virus. No antidote. It seems like you already are a casualty.
Have fun - Guzzi's are a lifestyle, and you will likely end up with more than one  ;-T
This is one bug you cannor beat  ;)

Ciao

Agreed...
I'm getting a Norge now but one of these days when I'm done with this, I already have the urge to get a Californian also. Love the looks of them. Had HDs for many years and only rarely ever wore anything proclaiming that to the world. I don't have my first one yet and I'm getting the urge to get a t-shirt...  What is up with that?
Maybe that's it. It's the lifestyle. A few years ago while riding US 50 through Maryland I think, I ran across a guy on an old Guzzi ( I think he said it was a 72 or somewhere close to that)of some kind. No pretentions of being someone else or BS, just a guy out enjoying his old bike. Not sure why but it was just a neat meeting. I'm hoping to try to capture that.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on March 24, 2013, 09:36:17 AM

No pretentions of being someone else or BS, just a guy out enjoying his old bike. Not sure why but it was just a neat meeting. I'm hoping to try to capture that.

Bulls eye ;-T  This is what it's all about. Guzzita isn't pretenders. It's all about the unique great bike, and the enjoyment of riding something special and rare. Beyond that, you'll find all kind of people here in this looney bin, but with the love for geese in comon  :D ;D :o ::) ;D :BEER:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Esofconnor on March 25, 2013, 11:40:08 AM
Well, it's official. I'm about to join the Guzzi family. My V7 Stone is currently on its way from Canada and should be here sometime soon. My name's Emily O'Connor. I'm an MFA student at Oklahoma State. Got into bikes with an '82 Suzuki GN125 I bought for some pocket change and restored with my father. Tiny bike, but I couldn't do much harm to myself or anyone else on it. Most recent bike is a '75 Honda CB360 that I've had for about a year.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on March 25, 2013, 01:29:17 PM
Welcome to you and your Guzzi ;-T  You know - small blocks are the real Guzzi's  ;)  Now I run for hiding  :o ;D ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Geno on March 26, 2013, 10:40:35 PM
Gene Thayer, Stockton California
68, U.S. Navy Tailhook squadron 'Nam vet, married 48 years
Retired Medical Imaging Field Service Engineer
Been riding since 1960, still learning
Scuba/freediver, woodworker, audiofool, tequila & scotch consumer
Still don't know what I want to be if I ever grow up.
Been lusting after something Italian for a long time, ever since Gina & Sophia.  Settling for a Guzzi
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on March 27, 2013, 05:17:57 AM
Welcome Gene
So what goose did you settle on?
Don't worry about growing up, it's too much fun being a kid!
 :PICS!:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: IceBlue on March 27, 2013, 06:24:57 AM
Don't worry about growing up, it's too much fun being a kid!

 ;-T 8) :+=copcar
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: padixo3225 on March 27, 2013, 07:00:32 PM
paul dixon

2007 norge

fort worth tx

sales
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Geno on March 28, 2013, 10:08:05 PM
Got a '07 Breva with 86 miles on it, 2 year warrantee.  Put 200 miles on her on the way home, what a rush!  My FJR is twice as fast & much smoother, but doesn't have the soul of this Italian.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on April 04, 2013, 03:28:26 AM
Got a '07 Breva with 86 miles on it, 2 year warrantee.  Put 200 miles on her on the way home, what a rush!  My FJR is twice as fast & much smoother, but doesn't have the soul of this Italian.

Sounds like you are addicted already. ;D ;-T

Welcome.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Joe699 on April 07, 2013, 05:00:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm in New Zealand, 40, recently single and my first new girl looks like she'll be a 1000s. I have a couple other bikes that are kind of cafe'd out but this will be my first Guzzi. ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: neverquit on April 08, 2013, 09:01:56 PM
Here I am, Gene, new to the forum.  I recently purchased a 2007 Nevada Classic and found this great forum.  I'm an old retired guy who loved to ride bikes in the late fifties and through the sixties.  Back then I owned a few European bikes but loved the British twins.  I admired the Moto Guzzi V twins when they first came out and now I finally have one. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jdeanp on April 10, 2013, 12:42:43 AM
Howdy,

This should be interesting...

My name is Josh, I live in SE Tennessee, and I've never rode a motorcycle, but I've been wanting one. I found a 74 850 Eldorado through craigslist and payed $400 for her. I'll pick the bike up tomorrow evening.

The journey from signing up for a safety course all the way to finishing work on the bike itself will be laid out for everyone to watch, and hopefully participate in.

I have absolutely no qualms about admitting I know virtually nothing about what I'm doing. I have a couple of friends that are knowledgeable bike folks, a mechanically and electronically inclined brother, my own ingenuity, and an internet connection. I'll hear out any advice anyone would be willing to offer. I'm hear to learn and share/document my experience.

Until I can get some of my own pictures up,  here's the original CL post with a couple of pictures. The guy said its an Eldorado,  but I can't positively ID it as such. So much has been changed, but it is the original frame, engine, and front forks, but the tank may be another model (I can't ID it for certain.) Any insight would be welcome.  http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/bar/3729623602.html
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sjohniom on April 10, 2013, 01:38:10 AM
Hello, I'm Steve John.

I'm 49 and work as a software developer in Seattle.   Married 24 years and have a son (13) and daughter (10).

I've been riding for 33 years.   I was a road racer for 12 years, and competed in the Isle of Man TT from '97 to '03.   I had a big accident in 2006, so stopped racing and started getting back into street riding.   I bought a Yamaha SRX-6 and used it for commuting and short trips, then sold it last summer to help pay for my new hobby (target shooting). 

I started getting the itch to ride again a few months later, so I purchased a 2013 V7R in December, but only after nearly boring Dave at MotoI to death with my endless attempts to decide between the Stone and the Racer.   I've been trying to soak up information from sources like this site while breaking in the V7 between bouts of rain and ice.   I'm really enjoying getting the bike set up the way I want it, and hopefully will be taking a road trip to San Francisco in June.
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Post by: mprsns on April 10, 2013, 06:39:40 PM
Hi All,

I'm Mike.  53 y/o.  Live in Hampton Roads area of Southeast Virginia.  Longtime rider.  Retired from the Coast Guard, still with them in civil service.  I'm an all weather rider. Basically, ride like it was my job.  I picked up a White (fastest color btw) 2013 Norge GT 8V beginning of March.  About 1400 miles on it now.  Love the bike. Everything I had hoped it would be, during my 4 month wait for it.  Fun, unique, quick, rare, powerful, nimble, quirky, moves like a big cat, keeps the weather off me, starts instant conversations everywhere.  This is a truly great bike and I'm not talking about the spec sheet.  The guys put up a sign at work that says, "Stormtrooper Parking Only".  I had to laugh, but explained that the Norge is "much cooler" to ride than any old Star Wars Speeder.  Today I was quite late getting back from lunch (I live 5 mins from work, but temp was in the 80s). I just smiled and said, "I can't explain it, I was doing 90 mph the entire time".  There's a whole very cool life experience that comes with owning a Norge. 

Love the forum.  Been reading it for couple of weeks.

Best, Mike
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Post by: Muzz on April 11, 2013, 12:47:54 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm in New Zealand, 40, recently single and my first new girl looks like she'll be a 1000s. I have a couple other bikes that are kind of cafe'd out but this will be my first Guzzi. ;-T

Hey Joe
Which area are you from?
Christchurch here. A couple of others on the site from the shaky part as well. Getting to be quite a few Kiwis here. Don't know where you get your bits from but Pete Kelly of Motokiwi on Waiheke Is is good to deal with and has very competitive pricing. You will find that Guzzis sometimes make you want to tear your hair out, but they have soul and are vey addictive. No known cure at this stage.
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Post by: Guffman on April 12, 2013, 12:08:34 AM
James, 24, Australia
I'm a Sailor in the Royal Australian Navy
I have a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic and am looking at getting a Griso 8v
Don't know why I like Guzzis so much..I think maybe it's the Monza my uncle had sitting in his shed when I was growing up. Always intrigued me.
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Post by: AbuDaoud on April 13, 2013, 09:15:40 AM
Hello, I'm a new Guzzi owner (it's still in a crate at customs) as I just bought a 2011 V7 Classic from England and had it shipped to me here in the Middle East.

I teach English in Saudi Arabia and this is my third career.

I'm 60 years old and started riding when I was 21 on a 1970 Harley Sportster.

I moved to Australia and started riding European bikes with a 1997 BMW R100R, then a 1972 K100RS and finally a 2003 K1200 RS.

I started teaching English in Algeria in 2007 and married an Algerian. She is a doctor and we both now work in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

I'm already worried about the very small sump and oil capacity on my small block and I haven't even rode it yet.

Thanks

Out of the crate

(http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac138/daoudrosa/Samsungagain254_zpsa2165a52.jpg)
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Post by: revo117 on April 13, 2013, 05:25:57 PM
Hi I'm Ralph. I am 62. I own an electrical contracting company for 37 years. I live in Smithtown, Long Island,NY.
I have a 69 Ambasador, 76 Sporster and a 2007 Yamaha Warrior. I like taking bikes and other things apart and rebuilding them. I'm no expert but I have fun. The moto Guzzi is 50% apart.
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Post by: wyno on April 14, 2013, 12:29:53 AM
Hi Abu Daoud,
Congrats on getting your V7 Classic, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed my 750 Breva. I got my mechanic (Pete Roper) to order me a sump extender from www.guzzipower.com in the States and it helps just for the peace of mind. You might want to get some Ikon shocks and front springs for your bike as well as they really improve the handling. Look up Proven Products on google, they're based in Albury in New South Wales. They should be able to ship them to you if there is no local dealer. Good luck with your ride.
Mike
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Post by: Muzz on April 14, 2013, 03:46:41 AM
Welcome AbuDaoud. Obviously a reader of The Dune series!

I too own a Breva like Wyno. The smallblocks really are an addictive ride. Not over imbued with power but a really flexible motor and the bike is very "flickable" for want of a better term.

I have not bothered with the sump extender as we live in a temperate climate here, but with only 1.8 lits of oil on board there means that there is a bit more to come and go on. The smallblocks do run relatively hot and the extender may lower the temp of the oil a bit simply by there being a longer period of time when it is not in contact with the hot bits inside the engine.
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Post by: AbuDaoud on April 14, 2013, 10:08:10 AM
Thanks wyno and Muzz. I have read the Dune series but Abu Daoud is my Kunyah. This is a name based on my son's name and it means "father of Daoud". For women their Kunyah is Umm and if their firstborn was named Daoud she would be Umm Daoud. I took a last ride through Canberra on the K1200RS before I left Australia in 2007. From the Gold Coast to Canberra and then to the coast up to Sydney and back to the Gold Coast. One beautiful week and over 2000 memorable kilometers. I might be back and bring this bike with me from the prices I see there.

I have heard about the sump extender and being in the Saharah it would be a good idea. I just have to have it sent here like everything else.
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Post by: Phil Ammendolia on April 14, 2013, 08:41:27 PM
Hi all. Been here before, but lost track of the site.

Phil Ammendolia, 54
VP for LS2 Helmets U.S.
Near Sacramento, CA

2013 Stelvio NTX
2009 H-D Road Glide
2003 Kawasaki KLR 650
2009 CRF230 Honda
2003 XR100 Honda
1992 XT225 Yamaha
1971 Hodaka Dirt Squrt


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Post by: tasbrus on April 21, 2013, 08:18:21 AM
  Hello, I'm Steve from upstate NY.  My last Guzzi was a '75 850T about 25 years ago but if all goes well tomorrow I will be the new owner of a  75th Anniversary edition California.  My main bike right now is a '79 Harley FLH and I also have a '72 FLH that I picked up last fall that needs a total redo. Anything special about the '97 that could be an issue that I should check over closely?                                                                                                 Thanks, Steve
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Post by: LDB on April 21, 2013, 08:57:29 AM
New guy from Houston currently bikeless but thinking about remedying that soon. I've never had a MG but have always thought of them along with BMW as elite bikes. My dad and I used to ride together and spend a lot of time looking at bikes. We both liked MG's (both 2 and 4 wheel as in 2 wheel Moto Guzzi and 4 wheel MG autos) but never got around to one. I'm thinking maybe now is the time for one. Hoping to learn a lot here. Thanks for the access.
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Post by: MincerRay on April 21, 2013, 09:36:52 AM
Hello.  I'm Steve and I"m a motorcycle addict.

I really meant to stay away from motorcycles.  Really.  I am an old car guy, mainly European sports cars.  The damn vintage Vespa ('77 Rally 200)  I bought 4 years ago was just a gateway drug.  From there I bought another old Vespa ('62 GS160).  A local '72 Eldorado was offered on CL and I thought it was a beautiful bike for a good price, so I bought it.  It was a blast to ride for a 40 year old bike.  I even met Patrick Hayes soon after who was kind enough to look it over and let me know if it was going to kill me.  It was a slippery slope from there. 

I"m a 48 year old Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA, and live in Nevada City, CA on the weekends.

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Post by: redrider on April 22, 2013, 08:35:06 PM
Actually, a re-introduction. I have been riding a 2007 Benelli Cafe Racer for a couple of years and have strayed from the Guzzi Fold. How have things been?
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Post by: Mo2Guz2 on April 22, 2013, 11:24:41 PM
Michael, 34, Business Analyst, Canada
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Post by: tazio on April 23, 2013, 08:02:21 AM
Michael, 34, Business Analyst, Canada
Welcome to you!
Elaborate on your biking experiences if you would  ;-T
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Post by: GenghisTron132 on April 25, 2013, 11:15:51 AM
Hello all, the name is Ben and I call Michigan home though work puts me all over the country. New to the street side of the 2wheel game I grew up riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes. Soon I will be the proud owner of a new 2012 V7 Racer that I am picking up on my next trip home and am looking forward to riding and joining in on the guzzi way of life.
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Post by: axepsy on April 28, 2013, 11:54:37 PM
Akshay
30
Operations Manager with FedEx
Breva 1100

Been riding for about 10 years. First bike was a Royal enfield 500, second an RD 350, third 2001 Yamaha R1 now a Guzzi.
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Post by: KBuck on April 29, 2013, 03:27:47 PM
Greetings
Name: KBuck
Age: 54
Occupation: Program Manager
Location: Yorktown, VA

 - -   Future MG
1986 Harley Davidson FLST (current)
1979 Harley Davidson FLHC (sold)
1981 Suzuki GS850 (sold)
1977 Kawasaki KZ650 (sold)
1976 Kawasaki KZ400 (sold)
1966 Honda CB305 Superhawk (sold)
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Post by: LDB on April 29, 2013, 07:57:14 PM
Hi Akshay, I'm an IC with Custom Critical. No bike at the moment but thinking about a V7. Which center do you manage?
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Post by: axepsy on April 30, 2013, 02:25:39 AM
HI LBD,

I manager the centre here in Vancouver BC. Good to see a colleague here :)

Cheers,
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Post by: jordan325ic on May 02, 2013, 09:13:24 PM
My name is Jordan, living in Austin, TX, USA.

At least on paper, old Guzzi's seem to fit the bill for my perfect motorcycle. Simple, reliable, plenty of character, look great, parts available, centerstand and just the right size. Just found myself a rusty 1970 Ambassador and I can't wait to get her running.
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Post by: Doolin on May 03, 2013, 05:54:17 AM
I am Doug.
I have been a member here before.
Some will remember me some will not.
I am thinking seriously about getting back to riding motorcycles and when this happens I am convinced it will be on another Moto Guzzi.

Doug Doolin
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Post by: norman on May 04, 2013, 11:51:19 AM
Andreas Norman, Uppsala Sweden

IT consultant

my old Guzzi, photography
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Post by: Tyrreld on May 05, 2013, 07:06:31 PM
New Guzzi owner from London Ontario, Canada.

50+ year-old veterinarian with Guzzi riding added to hobbies of fly-fishing, renovating our century home, traveling, and looking for next adventure!

Good to meet the group.
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Post by: vbares on May 06, 2013, 05:56:33 PM
Vittorio here

2000 V11 Sport coming with all of 1800mi on her in Black.

Currently into rally racing and have a heavily modified 1987 Audi 4000 competing against the new metal Subaru's. So, I'm already all about the old technology - just loved the torque curve on that sport - hum'nah, hum'nah!

Used to own Ninja 900's, put many k's on one in Europe especially between Belgium and Italy, lived on lake Como for a while as well. The second I sold to buy my first rally car in 2000...

Now in NH and looking for something that is not as desperately hands-on as the rally car - my wife used to ride a Kawa 450, and probably looking to get her into a 750 ie - if she's still game - my prediction is a couple of rides two up and she'll be wanting  ;D

Look forward to hitting some twisties and hangin' with some Guzzisti  ;-T

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Post by: going greyt on May 07, 2013, 08:13:20 PM
Geoff Le Raye
53
Technician
Sydney, Australia

2012 Stelvio NTX. I've owned a long list of Japanese bikes, but this is my first "exotic" European. Looking forward to it! Just had its first service and now Ready to Rumble...
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Post by: jbell on May 10, 2013, 05:12:04 PM
Howdy from central Texas.  Old guy that rode Guzzi's back in the '70's.  Riding a '92 BMW K75RT & a '75 Ducati 860GT now.  Just retired and thought another Guzzi would make a fine project now that my Ducati is up and running again.  I'm a bit of a ludite and two cylinders or less with points and plugs and carbs and no computer is just right for me, but I'm open for anything that snags my eye.  Been lurking a bit and this looks like a very nice forum.  Something I've wondered about for decades and maybe you can answer for me, are the single cylinder Guzzi's with external flywheels more properly referred to as bologna or salami slicers?..........Jack.
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Post by: Rnqubain on May 12, 2013, 02:20:45 PM
Hi,

My names is Ramsey Q. I am from amman Jordan and have been researching the Guzzi brand since last year trying to decide on the best bike. After much research and hesitation, Guzzi finally came up with he ultimate model: the all new California 1400 Custom! Which I bought last week.

Age 36
Male
Amman, Jordan

The California is my first bike ever
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Post by: barenekd on May 12, 2013, 05:21:43 PM
I'm Bare.
I've been riding for over 50 years and have owned about 50 motorcycles in that time, most of them new. I raced dirt for twenty-five years, so a good percentage of my bikes were dirt bikes. After the dirt bike days, I started out doing sport bikes and enjoying the all the mountains around the LA basin. I used to go to riding schools and track days on the supersport stuff, Honda CBR900Rs and Yamaha ThunderAces, etc, and acquired a license from Willow Springs. Never did get around to using it, though. But my overwhelming interest is in Cafe Racers, old school or new. I recently crashed my Royal Enfield that was converted into a Cafe Racer, and  have been waiting for the new factory one, but I got tired of waiting and have just purchased a V7 Racer. I pick it up probably Tuesday. I still have a Honda GB500 that I need to spend a few hours on putting it back together for the street.
Speed is not my thing much any more, I've found that it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast then a fast bike slow! Cheaper, too!
I worked in a Triumph, BSA, Norton shop for about 5 years in the 70s and still do most of my own maintenance, and I've worked for many years as an A&P/IA mechanic on GA aircraft. I'm a commercial Pilot, etc.
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Post by: 1911MotoChick on May 13, 2013, 11:01:53 AM
Hello!!

My name is Eileen, new rider and new Guzzi owner.  Got a used (basically brand new tho) 2010 V7 Classic.  I love it! 

I've been riding dirt since 2004 and got my M1 in 2011, finally got my bike. 

I am self employed and live in California. 

My baby is all black with the semi hard black saddlebags that are mounted.  Want to try to remove them so I can wash the bike! I'm pretty ocd when it comes to cleaning my bikes....

Anyways, love being around like minded motorcycle/Guzzi lovers!! 

Eileen

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Post by: barenekd on May 13, 2013, 11:22:03 AM
Bologna, since that's more or less where they come from!
Bare
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Post by: tomz on May 13, 2013, 12:27:40 PM

Tom Zaccaria

age 49

Dallas,Oregon. Born and raised in southern Italy

Transportation

Interests: motorcycles,cycling,cooking

 08 Ducati Monster 695
 08 Guzzi Norge
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Post by: nice a guzzi on May 13, 2013, 04:18:54 PM
Jim Hixon

Age 55

North Canton, OH

Retired Owner/Operator Trucker, Tinkerer, Farmer

My father rode a Cleveland, Harleys, Hendersons & Indians during the 1930s & 1940s.  He took me riding on his 1966 Honda 300 CB77 when I was a kid & I've been riding ever since.  Dad would ask to ride every motorcycle I owned until he reached his late 80s when he didn't feel steady enough to ride anymore.   I've owned over 50 bikes over the years but never rode or owned a Guzzi until 2012.  I like their performance, sound & handling.  My Sport isn't very comfortable but it's a blast to ride.  The Bassa is more comfortable but has some bugs that I'm hoping to work out this year. 
   
00 V11 Sport
00 Bassa
05 Harley Sportster Custom
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Post by: Hoser on May 16, 2013, 08:35:28 AM
Hello all.

Dave
Age 59
Nevada
Semi retired

Wandering into the Italian bike thing - head first with a 93 Daytona. Now back to searching the forum...
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Post by: tiger_one on May 17, 2013, 08:15:21 AM
67, riding since I was 14.  Cushman Hilander.

Married
Retired ATC
Viet Nam Vet Army

Golf, Motorcycles, Traditional bow hunting

Took the Super Tenere to Alaska June last year, 21 days, 11 camping, 10,000+ miles, about $2100 in gas and food/camping/rooms.
MX in the 70s on TM suzuki TM250 and TM400.

Some of my past bikes.
99 FXDX HD 95ci T37 cams, short block Charlie modied/ported heads.
07 K1200GT
07 Tiger 1050
08 Versys
10 Multistrada 1200 base
12 Super Tenere
12 Triumph Street Triple R
13 HyperStrada
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Post by: ozarksguzzi on May 17, 2013, 08:31:30 AM
I finally had my arm twisted enough to join.
Tim Pierce
Age 65
Living in the Ozarks
My garage includes stuff I rode as a kid [Japanese], plus 3 Guzzi's.
I bought my first Guzzi [V7 Special] in 1976 and continue to enjoy it.
140,000 miles on the 3 Guzzi's as of May 2013.
I bought this 76 LeMans wrecked in 1985 and spent 2 winters putting it together. I tend to hang on to stuff a while. Hoarding? Maybe.
(http://)(http://imageshack.us/a/img9/3562/bikestosort197.jpg)
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Post by: 993twin on May 17, 2013, 01:56:01 PM
Hi All,

Bill Keros, Age 45, entrepreneur (and former Ducati dealer principal!). Usually ride and race Ducati's, but picked up the 1100 Sport I always wanted (and almost bought new).

Here's a non-typical Guzzi story if there ever was one (that's saying alot in this crowd, I imagine):

About 15 years ago, Yamaha introduced the R1. I remember thinking that if they ever produced a 1000 in the same sort of electric blue that they made the then current YZF600, then I would prolly buy it. Lo and behold, a dealer friend of mine told me that Yamaha was introducing a brand new 1000 to replace the powerful but bloated YZF1000, and it would be blue! Sweet! I told him to put my name on one.

A couple of months later, right before the R1 was to be delivered, I happened to take my '72 Bonne in to the local Triumph shop for some work...and there it was on the podium in the window...a Daytona...red with white frame and white wheels (which I'm a sucker for). Not even remotely thinking about a Moto Guzzi (ha! are you kidding me? who would want one of those clumsy agricultural things?!?), I asked the salesman "WTF is THAT?" Oh..that's a Daytona. Come over here, check this bike out." Not there to buy a bike, and not wanting to waste his or my time, I agreed and walked over to a sparkling new 1100i sport, complete with aftermarket exhaust already installed. " Take a seat" I was advised.

That's when I made the mistake that haunted me until two years ago. What mistake was that, you might ask? Well, after having turned the key, I innocently hit the little button next to the throttle. "VRARRRRRRRKAAABOOOO OMMM!!" the thing roared, exploding beneath me! "Holy Shite!" came out of my mouth at about the same volume. I knew I had a problem, as I was all set to take delivery of that R1 in a bit, and here was, in most unlikely fashion, a complicating factor. Even working in a Ducati shop some 7-8 years earlier, I hadn't heard such a Basso Profundo, angry 60's dragster bellow like that come out of something on two wheels. Although I knew that compared to the R1, this thing would be a heavy toad, I still couldn't get over the sound! And yes, besides the dorky square headlight, it did look pretty cool. The bike was low but long; the bodywork kinda like a fiberglass Rollie Free stretched out over the chassis.

What to do?!  I suddenly had before me a dilemma of a most unusual sort. I mean, really...who seriously would narrow their new bike purchase down to an R1 vs a MotoGuzzi?!? Although a typical conundrum for myself, I laughed out loud at the prospect.   

In the end, as I was starting road racing, I figured that I better take the R1, so I did, leaving the Guzzi to dazzle the next buyer. However, the very second of that 1100 Sport's moment of ignition, and the corresponding explosive bellow that resulted, had left an indelible imprint on my mind.

So I rode the hell out of that R1 for a couple of years, but always had that kinda wonky Guzzi in the back of my mind. Of course I had to amuse my racing buddies with the absurdity of that dilemma, but nonetheless I still defended why I thought it was cool.

And then Ebay porn entered my life.

There I was, besides looking for engraved Ludwig Black Beauty snare drums, or whatever, I would often find myself looking for "1997 Moto Guzzi 1100i Sport" in the listings. occasionally one would surface. Some of them were beat, some pristine, some in Seattle. It didn't really matter, because I wasn't looking to buy one. Then, still having that R1 (miraculously still in pristine condition), I decided that I needed something actually comfortable to ride. I checked out the usual Ducati's, all which were cool, but not especially uncommon. So I went back to eBay again (this time at 2 am on a Friday night, after coming home from the bar! haha). There it was! An exc. condition '97 Sport, average miles, full Staintune exhaust, recent scheduled maintenance...in Red! The auction was ending in 12 hours, and it was still at the right price. Then the "moment of truth" epiphany struck me like a bolt of lightening: it's time to "shite or 'git off the pot!" I called a buddy of mine who advised me to "either buy the thing, or stop looking, because this is the one."  So I sent an email to the seller in Atlanta and asked a number of questions. I spoke with him by phone that am with more questions.

Three days later I was in Atlanta with a pickup truck and an envelope of cash....

...and THAT is my Guzzi story!

(Postscript - since that day, I ride the Booming Guzzi five miles for every one mile I suffer on the R1!)
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Post by: Muzz on May 17, 2013, 03:17:29 PM
 ;-T. it is an addiction, as you know by the sounds of it. ;D
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Post by: paulosa on May 19, 2013, 03:18:53 AM
Hi,

My name is Paul, just turned 40 and I just started a new career at Australia Post. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I owned a Motor Guzzi Lemans Mk4 around 10 years ago. I had that for four years and a Triumph Daytona lured me away. I purchased another Mk4 before Xmas and loving being back on a Guzzi.
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Post by: Guzzistajohn on May 19, 2013, 09:29:13 PM
Hope your arm's OK Tim, welcome aboard! There are some guys on this forum who really know thier shit, I just don't happen to be one of them!
I finally had my arm twisted enough to join.
Tim Pierce
Age 65
Living in the Ozarks
My garage includes stuff I rode as a kid [Japanese], plus 3 Guzzi's.
I bought my first Guzzi [V7 Special] in 1976 and continue to enjoy it.
140,000 miles on the 3 Guzzi's as of May 2013.
I bought this 76 LeMans wrecked in 1985 and spent 2 winters putting it together. I tend to hang on to stuff a while. Hoarding? Maybe.
(http://)(http://imageshack.us/a/img9/3562/bikestosort197.jpg)

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Post by: Kgriff on May 20, 2013, 11:25:07 AM
Keith, big fat guy. Seattle WA. Exhibit Fabricator and Designer. First real bike and it's a new Stelvio. Went from Burgman to Mana to the Stelvio. Don't like shifting - but i'm coming around. I know that is sacralidge to a lot of riders. But hey, I'm in it to only have a good time and not really conform to what others feel it should be for me.

Hello everyone. Rubber side down!

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Post by: cpcsystems on May 20, 2013, 11:54:18 PM
Corrie Coetzee
Age 44
Electrician
Stelvio NTX
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Post by: nbsdave on May 23, 2013, 02:18:00 PM
Hello all, Dave here from Sarasota, FL
don't own one yet but have lusted after one for a long time.
Found a 75 (?) Eldorado that a Triumph independent shop owner has (he owns two), will see it next week. Also found a 98 V11 with under 8000 miles-this one makes my palms sweaty.
Will be asking questions about both as soon as I figure out where. Just googles V 11 and they don't look like what I'm looking at, but it does say V 11 on the side cover? now confused
I have owned 2 Harleys, 2 Valkyries, A Triumph America, a BMW R1200C, and now have a DL650, wee strom.
Am semi-retired and 14 weeks out of a triple by-pass. Soon to be back working and, I hope, playing with a new toy.
Looking forward to being here and learning.
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Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 23, 2013, 05:26:40 PM
When you google V-11 it shows a sport bike right, and the V11 your looking at is a cruiser type, correct.  What you are looking at is probably a V11EV.  Great bike.  The sporty V11's are V11 SPORTS. Both great bikes, different tools for different jobs. Welcome to the nut hut of WG! ;-T  When you pick your new baby up... :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!:
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Post by: nbsdave on May 23, 2013, 07:55:54 PM
pics will come for sure when I get one.
Where is the best place here to ask about value, maintenance issues, (fuel inj. on the V 11 is a bit clogged) and get info on what to look  for before I commit?
will have to make a decision on it by late next week
don't want to take up this thread with that stuff
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Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 23, 2013, 09:37:49 PM
1) Post your question here as a new thread. ;-T Search they say is your friend, but I rarely have luck with it here.  :'(
2) Go to V11Lemans.com and register/search/lurk over there if you have a V11 Sport bike ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: poli on May 25, 2013, 06:43:51 AM
I'm Randy.  60 years old and live in Woodville, Tx.  Worked in an oil refinery for the last 33 years and looking forward to retirement soon.  Have been riding for 42 years.  First Guzzi was a '75 850T.  Had a sidecar on it part time.  Next was a '98 EV1100 (still own with 75,000+ miles on it and still running strong).  Next was an '02 Lemans.  And just got a '13 Stelvio Ntx last week.  Have also owned Suzuki's, Honda's, Yamaha's, Kawasaki's, Bultaco's, CanAm's and a Penton.

Current inventory:
'13 Stelvio
'98 EV1100
'07 Ural Patrol
'11 Suzuki DR650
'01 BMW F650 Dakar
'85 Yamaha TY350 (trials)
'77 CanAm MX175
'05 Yamaha TT125
Honda XR50 and Polini 50 for grandkids use
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: LinzWolf on May 25, 2013, 03:42:36 PM
Lindsey, 23, Editor, Indiana near Chicago  :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 25, 2013, 05:33:21 PM
Welcom poli and linzwolf. ;-T  Linz, could ya maybe flesh out your post a little more?  What ya riding, etc etc? Welcome ya'll to the best forum in the interworld. ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: LinzWolf on May 26, 2013, 12:04:11 AM
Welcom poli and linzwolf. ;-T  Linz, could ya maybe flesh out your post a little more?  What ya riding, etc etc? Welcome ya'll to the best forum in the interworld. ;-T

Sure :) I'm Unkept's wife. I just passed the Basic Rider's Course this week, and will have my endorsement officially on Tuesday, so I'm a total newbie when it comes to riding bikes (not as a passenger). Unkept and I are trying to get a Breva 750 for me to ride at the moment. ;D I met a few members at the Illinois Rally last weekend, which was fun. :)  I definitely have the riding bug, and can't wait to hop on a bike again!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on May 26, 2013, 02:44:53 PM
Sure :) I'm Unkept's wife.

He told us you weren't keeping him.....  ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: LinzWolf on May 26, 2013, 03:36:01 PM
Sorry Lannis, he is definitely "kept" now, even if he won't change his name.  ;)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on May 26, 2013, 04:24:28 PM
Sure :) I'm Unkept's wife. I just passed the Basic Rider's Course this week, and will have my endorsement officially on Tuesday, so I'm a total newbie when it comes to riding bikes (not as a passenger). Unkept and I are trying to get a Breva 750 for me to ride at the moment. ;D I met a few members at the Illinois Rally last weekend, which was fun. :)  I definitely have the riding bug, and can't wait to hop on a bike again!

A Breva 750 is a great bike.   Or a newer V7 - I followed one up hill and down dale for hours yesterday and it's perfectly at home on any road ...

One good thing about not being a 250 pound plus guy (and I know I'm stepping into a potential minefield with that statement but I'm an eternal optimist) is that the range of bikes that you can buy and get a LOT of performance out of is much larger that what us "big active guys" have access to ....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 26, 2013, 07:11:21 PM
Sorry Lannis, he is definitely "kept" on a short leash now, even if he won't change his name.  ;)

There, fixed it for you.  ;) :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: LinzWolf on May 26, 2013, 07:38:46 PM
A Breva 750 is a great bike.   Or a newer V7 - I followed one up hill and down dale for hours yesterday and it's perfectly at home on any road ...

One good thing about not being a 250 pound plus guy (and I know I'm stepping into a potential minefield with that statement but I'm an eternal optimist) is that the range of bikes that you can buy and get a LOT of performance out of is much larger that what us "big active guys" have access to ....

Lannis

Yeah I think the 750 has more than enough power for me, Lannis. It's also one of the few bikes out there that I can actually lower to fit my height ;)

LOL Stormtruck, he's not on any leash. He's just not available for anyone else to keep   ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on May 26, 2013, 08:16:57 PM
LOL Stormtruck, he's not on any leash. He's just not available for anyone else to keep   ;-T

And that's the way it should be.   But don't forget the awesome and critical responsibility that puts on YOU .....  :o  :o   :D

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Unkept on May 28, 2013, 01:38:16 PM
And that's the way it should be.   But don't forget the awesome and critical responsibility that puts on YOU .....  :o  :o   :D

Lannis

 :+1  ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Grokked on May 29, 2013, 09:22:05 AM
Ben R.
30
IT Guy in Cleveland, OH
Taking Delivery of my V7 Stone on June 1st.
This will be my first Guzzi and first "New" bike.
Also, thanks to Forum Member and Pride of Cleveland employee Loftness for helping me with my purchase.  ;-T


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 29, 2013, 05:57:10 PM
Welcome aboard!!  Great first bike!  Ride often, post often, always post pics!!! :PICS!: :PICS!: ;-T P:) ;D
Title: Hello from Indiana
Post by: rcb on May 30, 2013, 02:34:37 PM
Hello from Indiana!

I do not own a Moto Guzzi currently, however I've been seriously considering trying to get one of my dream bikes; a Centauro. Currently I ride an ST1100 and maintain my wife's XL600R (she's wanting to get rid of it to get a sport bike... which is a shame because It's a great bike too). While a great, capable bike (the ST), I've been feeling the itch to get something fun. The Centauro's at the top of that list. I've spent the past year reading up on the maintenance ins and outs as I maintain all my own motorcycles. Anyhow, I tried to join a while back but was unable. So I decided to try again and got in this time! I'm hoping one of these days to find one for sale close enough to actually look at in person, as I have never seen one other than in photos or video.

I'm also on the COG forums and look forward to learning more here.

Thanks for having me!

-RC
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 30, 2013, 02:42:38 PM
Where are you from in Indiana?  If you are ever out on your ST on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday feel free to drop by my place and you can ride a Centy and look one over. :bike  Welcome aboard!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rcb on May 30, 2013, 03:18:21 PM
I live about 45 minutes south east of Bloomington Indiana. Thanks for the offer! Iowa would make a solid road trip indeed! Where in Iowa are you?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 30, 2013, 03:30:08 PM
60 miles west of Clintion on highway 30, 25 miles east of Cedar Rapids on highway 30.  I'm easy to find.  Even have overnight accomadations if needed, feel free to bring your better, or naughty half if you wish.  :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 96ssportsp on May 30, 2013, 06:48:52 PM
New member here from eastern Oregon. Bought a used Quota a few weeks ago and trying  to educate myself on Guzzi's. Have had Ducati's the last 10 years. Ride safe, Scott.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on May 30, 2013, 07:06:13 PM
Welcome 96ssportsp. ;-T  You'll love that QUota, one of the best handling Guzzis out there.  :bike BTW  :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on May 30, 2013, 07:06:47 PM
New member here from eastern Oregon. Bought a used Quota a few weeks ago and trying  to educate myself on Guzzi's. Have had Ducati's the last 10 years. Ride safe, Scott.

We'd be interested in hearing a comparison between the Multistrada and the Quota once you've got a little seat time in .....
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 96ssportsp on June 01, 2013, 01:21:23 AM
We'd be interested in hearing a comparison between the Multistrada and the Quota once you've got a little seat time in .....

Will do... ;-T

Scott.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: guzzitron on June 02, 2013, 12:07:07 PM
Hello Motoguzzista's!
I am new to Guzzi and this forum, but not new to motorcycles.  My last rides have been 2 BMW oilheads and one (the most recent)  airhead; an R75/5 with rare 5spd tranny and other "sporting" mods.
 I loved the airhead most of all, but although the drive train is bullet proof, everything else is not. I am a mature rider, not a squid.  Also, I need a bit more relaxed ergo's, and the traditional European riding position is a challenging for longer rides.  I am 5' 10", 30 inch inseam
My wrenching ability consists of being able to do tune-ups and oil changes, minor  electrical repairs.  Major engine rebuilds,etc, are not my forte.

But lets get down the crunch.  There is a 2002 California Special with only 15K original miles on the clock offered by a multi-marque dealer.  The bike was a trade in for a new purchase.  The dealer wants $6K.  Motor Cycle Consumer News in the Spring issue puts the value at about $4100 (average).  KBB Wholesale is $3100, retail is $4500.

I have gone through previous threads on this forum and discovered things like gluing the shock covers, putting a hose clamp on the oil filter, replacing the sump pump gasket, using marine glue on chrome parts, and double checking the foot peg bolts.

My big concern are: 1.) the bike may have been a garage queen and I could be facing dried out seals, gaskets, and hoses.  2.) Ethanol damage to the fuel system.  I plan on looking at the bike in about a week due to distance involved.

Your thoughts?  What else should I be aware of?
Any S. WI or Northern Ill members?  Ride safe!
Best,
Howard

Now it is a given that dealer support around this area sucks.  Just because a place sells Vespa's and has a Motoguzzi sign, that does not make them Guz wrenches.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wild Bill Guzzi on June 02, 2013, 12:37:31 PM
Howard,

Welcome to the fourm.  Suggestion, post your topic on the regular fourm (start a new topic), you will get more eyes on your question.  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rotate on June 06, 2013, 08:57:10 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm Jason, work in the startup world in NYC.  Living in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

I've been a huge car nut since I was aware of being a sentient being, and that soon evolved into a love of motorcycles as well.  A long time obsession led to me finally getting my first bike, a Ducati Monster 796 abs.  Had a good time with the bike, but insurance and practical matters dictated a change of pace.  Keeping it Italian, I got myself onto a Vespa LX 150.  I ride it with my stereotypical Ducatista Dianese full leathers, gloves, boots, and full face aggressive helmet and genreally make a fool of myself everywhere I go.  I recently got a garage spot for my car and managed to get a nook for a bike which means it's time to get back onto a propor motorcycle as I sorely miss a clutch lever, as endearing as the little Vespa has proven to be.

I'm typically more attracted to the hardcore sportbikes and the nakeds, however riding around at low speeds through Brooklyn made me yearn for something that will have character a 0 MPH and put a smile on my face while sitting in traffic.  After riding a BMW S1000RR on a hot summer day in saturday afternoon Manhattan traffic I decided I'd get myself a 1199 Panigale as a track/perfect sunday toy one day and a Guzzi that I can really enjoy in my riding conditions (not to mention afford to insure) in the meantime.

I joined the forum hoping to gain some insight on the v7 special vs the racer.  I'm immediately attracted to the racer but I'd need to do the 2 seater conversion kit, which I was told largely ruins the look of the bike by the dealer and that I'd be better off going with a special.  I can't shake wanting the racer and am inclined to do it anyway...

Cheers!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Wild Bill Guzzi on June 06, 2013, 11:56:54 PM
Jason,  Suggestion, post your topic on the regular fourm (start a new topic), you will get more eyes on your question concering a V7.  Welcome to the nuthouse!   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sknapp351 on June 07, 2013, 09:58:17 PM
Hello!

I am buying my first Guzzi this week, so I wanted to find a place I could bounce questions around and look for things to buy. This looks like the right place! I am buying a 2000 California Jackal with a sidecar from my cousin. I love the bike and cant wait to take some decent road trips this summer.

My wife and I are co-owners of a small web and design firm based in Tampa, FL, but we live in Roanoke, VA.

(http://hellowyellow.com/personal/guzziSidecar.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on June 08, 2013, 06:15:06 AM
Hello!

I am buying my first Guzzi this week, so I wanted to find a place I could bounce questions around and look for things to buy. This looks like the right place! I am buying a 2000 California Jackal with a sidecar from my cousin. I love the bike and cant wait to take some decent road trips this summer.

My wife and I are co-owners of a small web and design firm based in Tampa, FL, but we live in Roanoke, VA.

(http://hellowyellow.com/personal/guzziSidecar.jpg)
 


Welcome, I used to live in Roanoke until we moved up here to Hot Springs. Lived in Tampa in the mid eighties up in Carolwood area.


Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sknapp351 on June 09, 2013, 07:49:57 PM
Thanks for the welcome Dean! I've been riding for most of the weekend and am already in love with the bike. Thankfully my wife gets to claim the sidecar, so I don't think she'll get too jealous. In fact, I think she's shopping for riding gear and Guzzi clothing now....

Maybe it would've been cheaper to just have her jealous of a motorcycle...
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cbeaner007 on June 11, 2013, 09:25:43 PM
Hello All,
My name is "CW" and I live in Portsmouth, NH.  Just bought a new V7 Stone and loving it.  It's my first Guzzi.  Many bikes in the past to include Harleys, Kawasakis, Hondas, etc.  I'm a plastic surgeon and now in private practice after many years in the US Army.  I'm enjoying the forum and appreciate all the Guzzi info.

CW
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on June 11, 2013, 09:59:01 PM
Welcome CW, best wishes for many happy Guzzi miles in the future! you should make plans to attend a Guzzi rally soon. Experience the "culture" ::)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 96ssportsp on June 12, 2013, 09:08:57 PM
We'd be interested in hearing a comparison between the Multistrada and the Quota once you've got a little seat time in .....

Ok, here goes. First of all I am 6'1 with a 36 inseam, neither bike is an issue to flat foot with knees bent. Have had both a knee & hip replacement so comfort matters. Quota offers more leg room.
I bought the Q as my 2nd bike and it compliments the Multi well. The Q is really laid back and comfortable and really doesn't like to run over 85. The MTS just begs for stupidity, wheelie across parking lot, front wheel 2 feet in the air halfway across the intersection, etc, you get the drift. Much lighter, in fact it feels much lighter than it actually is, though it steers much heavier than the Q with its narrower tires.
The Quota has blown away any expectations I DID not have for off pavement travel. I had considered it a pavement ride only. After riding it on good gravel roads, I am now starting to seek them out, 55 mph standing up is a cakewalk, add a few rpms to get in the power and spin it up!!! Fun!! In my more exuberant years I could see myself foot out and powersliding 600 lbs and probably paying the price! :D
I could probably ramble on more, but you get the idea. Love both bikes, different tools for the same job, except off pavement. The multi is a corner carver of the old man type.

Thanks, Scott.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on June 13, 2013, 01:12:27 AM
Ok, here goes. First of all I am 6'1 with a 36 inseam, neither bike is an issue to flat foot with knees bent. Have had both a knee & hip replacement so comfort matters. Quota offers more leg room.
I bought the Q as my 2nd bike and it compliments the Multi well. The Q is really laid back and comfortable and really doesn't like to run over 85. The MTS just begs for stupidity, wheelie across parking lot, front wheel 2 feet in the air halfway across the intersection, etc, you get the drift. Much lighter, in fact it feels much lighter than it actually is, though it steers much heavier than the Q with its narrower tires.
The Quota has blown away any expectations I DID not have for off pavement travel. I had considered it a pavement ride only. After riding it on good gravel roads, I am now starting to seek them out, 55 mph standing up is a cakewalk, add a few rpms to get in the power and spin it up!!! Fun!! In my more exuberant years I could see myself foot out and powersliding 600 lbs and probably paying the price! :D
I could probably ramble on more, but you get the idea. Love both bikes, different tools for the same job, except off pavement. The multi is a corner carver of the old man type.

Thanks, Scott.

Thanks!   I know what you mean ... having a Stelvio has cured me of wanting to powerslide 580 pounds around gravel corners in the toolies .....

Sounds like you've got a ride for every occasion ....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ejs on June 13, 2013, 05:40:07 PM
 :pop

Hi to all.
I am from Norway,living in a town named Kristiansand .
Work as an NDT Inspector
Last week I bought an California EV 1999 mod.
It need to be worked with (TPS,valves,etc.) It runs,but very unstable at 3500- 4500 rpm.(I suspect the TPS)
time will tell.
Questions is coming in the future ;D

Einar
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: goldscott on June 13, 2013, 07:22:25 PM
Hi All,

Bought a V7R last weekend and I'm absolutely in love with this machine.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/goldscott/A9BF7106-55BE-42BA-9270-399AB19656C0-7867-000005D2A34C63F3_zps46425d50.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/goldscott/FD593A76-3AE6-474C-B30D-DAD6E5FDC4F5-7867-000005D2B1E2FBC9_zps4ec40fbf.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Unkept on June 13, 2013, 07:54:05 PM
:pop

Hi to all.
I am from Norway,living in a town named Kristiansand .
Work as an NDT Inspector
Last week I bought an California EV 1999 mod.
It need to be worked with (TPS,valves,etc.) It runs,but very unstable at 3500- 4500 rpm.(I suspect the TPS)
time will tell.
Questions is coming in the future ;D

Einar

 :PICS!:

Hi All,

Bought a V7R last weekend and I'm absolutely in love with this machine.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/goldscott/A9BF7106-55BE-42BA-9270-399AB19656C0-7867-000005D2A34C63F3_zps46425d50.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/goldscott/FD593A76-3AE6-474C-B30D-DAD6E5FDC4F5-7867-000005D2B1E2FBC9_zps4ec40fbf.jpg)

Stunning! The chrome would probably blind me, but it will turn heads! ;)

Welcome both of you, hope to see you posting on the forum.

-Joe
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cave_dweller on June 13, 2013, 08:36:12 PM
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
Mode of Existence: Loner (single, never married)
Motorcycles: Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE (current), Ducati Monster 695 (past), Kawasaki 100, Suzuki 125
Riding Experience: Started on Vespa at age 14. Got up to 125 CC by age 23. Hiatus from 2000 to 2007. Active on Ducati Monster from 2007 to late-2011. Hiatus from late-2011 to current. Mid-2013 entered the world of Moto Guzzi.
Interests: Motorcycle Riding, Reading, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Sailing, Photography, East Indian and Eastern Philosophy
Motorcycle Technical Knowledge: Preliminary. Limited to riding. No repair knowledge. But can learn. I learn pretty fast by observing rather than reading.
Worthy Accomplishments: None
Currently important objective in life: lose 25 lbs
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: fossil on June 15, 2013, 02:30:38 AM
Hi!

I am Thorsten, I live in Northern Germany in the 1050 years old town Lüneburg, I myself am a bit younger than that with 58 years. I am a product engineer and develop fire detection systems and control systems for fire fighting systems for maritime use in a small company in my town.

I rode bikes from time to time, especially the Norton Commando 750 and the Yamaha SR 500 from friends were bikes of a sort I really appreciate. So I looked for something classic and new at the same time. There are of course 6 bikes: the Kawasaki W 800, the Triumph Bonneville/Thruxton, the Honda CB 1100, the Royal Enfield, the Harley Sportster, and of course, the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. Of those the first 3 are Retro Bikes, they look like old one, but are brand new constructions. They even sound like modern bikes! The other 3 are old constructions, of course modernised with fuel injection and so on, which I appreciate. The Enfield has a chain drive- no go!

Remain the Harley and the Guzzi. Both bikes look stunning (the sportster is still available as Roadster in Germany). Both are real classic bikes. Both cost the same. And I like both for many years now!

Albeit- I am not able to sit comfortably on the small Harley. Remains the Guzzi. The V7 Classic had nearly all I like with the exception of the plastic tank, the look of the small block cylinders, and the paint work. So- problem.

And then the Stone arrived! It has the pure black/white look I like, metal tank, enhanced torque, nice looking smooth round cylinders---- I ordered it. In white. With luggage rail, rubber tank pads and the small original windshield. It looks marvellous! The LaFranconis sound phantastic (not too loud, but distinctive)! And it rides- great! Like an old english bike with modern suspension and brakes. It is a 40 year old dream come true.

I hopefully will drive this nice little bike many years from now on. Driving my not-to-bad car at once is no fun at all. Driving the bike lets me feel young and alive. Thank you Moto Guzzi!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on June 15, 2013, 07:12:14 PM
Thorsten -

That's a great description of the path you took that led to Moto Guzzi.   Many of us had similar experiences, maybe with different bikes being considered, but getting to the same place.

Same age as me -  I know how that feels!

Ride safe.

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: C5Performance on June 16, 2013, 09:39:00 AM
Name: Paul Crowe

Age:46

Status: Married 25 years with 3 awesome kids

Occupation: recently quit 25 yr career at motorcycle dealer and started C5 Performance Inc. We dedign and sell optically triggered multi spark ignitions for vintage cars and motorcycles.

Lives: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Passions: Family, Motorcycles, Classic cars/trucks, firearms, self sufficiency.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: bkonken1 on June 17, 2013, 09:16:40 PM
Brian Onken
45 years old
Mechanical Engineer
Hobbies:  Bicycling, Hiking, Motorcycles
Gilbert, AZ (Just outside of Phoenix)

Current Guzzis:
1976 850 T3
2008 Norge
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Testarossa on June 18, 2013, 09:23:31 AM
I'm going to reintroduce myself because I was terse first time around and because much has changed in two years.

I'm now a widower, the kid has grown up and gone off to college, the pets have all died and I sold the plane. That leaves me a ton more time to play with the '74 850T, which I acquired in 1983. I put on a new Gilardoni kit and had the valves done this spring. Couple of years back I finally upgraded the alternator to a 280 watt T3 model, and rewired the bike to take out a lot of the "frill" circuits; also running a T3 fork. New tires this week.

Instead of retiring as planned this summer, I got promoted to executive director. Running the whole show is a new experience and I'm enjoying it. Long hours, and the T is a wonderful stress-reliever. I may do this for another 18 months. When I turn 66, I'm outta there and will go skiing full time. I teach skiing out of the Vail Village ski school -- locker room is full of ancient veterans like me, but management throws a couple of 19-year-old cuties in every year to keep us interested.

Also rebuilding a '70 Triumph TR6R (long process -- taking my time).
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tiger_one on June 18, 2013, 11:04:51 AM
David Hanson, 67, ex Air Traffic Controller, Viet Nam vet with USARMY.  Play golf, used to hunt with long bow, now I am back riding Motorcycles.

Interested in 2012 Griso SE Tenni or Stelvio.  Looking at 2011, which I could out fit with bags myself.  Just sold Super Tenere.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: deBard on June 18, 2013, 12:25:08 PM
Dave Bardell
Older than dirt.
McAlisterville, PA

Juniata County Planning Director

2007 Norge

Also:
Scorpa Trials
2011 V Strom650
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mickyvee on June 18, 2013, 02:44:31 PM
 :) Hi there! My name is Mick, I am 56, and I live in the UK. I have had dozens of bikes including 6 Guzzis. I have a new 2013 1200 Sport Corsa, and will post pics when I figure out how! I work as a maintenance fitter in a textile mill and I am married to Fran, who rides a Triumph Thunderbird.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vamp on June 22, 2013, 08:53:50 AM
Hey all , newbie here....
Glen
53 (young)
Retired
Adelaide, Australia...
Currently riding a victory hardball , migrated from 25 years of harleys, After reading about the new 1400 guzzi , have major lust..owned a couple of italian bikes over the years (ducati's) and loved them..
so joined up here to get as much info and learn about your beautiful moto guzzi's..
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wyno on June 24, 2013, 06:58:14 AM
Glen, retired at 53? I reckon I'm going to have to work till I'm 80. Welcome anyway.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on June 24, 2013, 09:02:21 AM
Dave Bardell
Older than dirt.
McAlisterville, PA

Juniata County Planning Director

2007 Norge

Also:
Scorpa Trials
2011 V Strom650


Oh, come now, 69 isn't older than dirt, it isn't even older than about half of our crew here ....

Welcome!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mikey650 on June 25, 2013, 12:09:24 PM
Greetings all!
Mike, in Boston Massachusetts 40yrs young.
Just found the website, while fishing around for some finishing doodads, for my little red brat; my 1986 V65 Lario (17k miles)
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i464/mikey790/MotoGuzzi_zpsfc0638af.jpg)

My other Bikes, to have come and gone:
2001 Triumph Bonneville (sold)
2004 Triumph America (sold)
1997 Triumph Thunderbird (wrecked.. I had a broken collarbone as a keepsake)

My other toys include:
1979 Ibanez Iceman and an angry tubed Orange amp.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Unkept on June 25, 2013, 12:25:07 PM
Greetings all!
Mike, in Boston Massachusetts
Just found the website, while fishing around for some finishing doodads, for my little red brat; my 1986 V65 Lario (17k miles)
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i464/mikey790/MotoGuzzi_zpsfc0638af.jpg)

My other Bikes, to have come and gone:
2001 Triumph Bonneville (sold)
2004 Triumph America (sold)
1997 Triumph Thunderbird (wrecked.. I had a broken collarbone as a keepsake)

Cool bike! Just rode one and saw it in the flesh, wouldn't mind a Lario myself.  ;D

I wonder, have you read about the valve issues with the Lario? IceBlue is our resident expert.  ;-T

Welcome!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mikey650 on June 25, 2013, 12:30:55 PM
Yes, yes
the valves have been attended to, and mended too.
her idle is labored when she'd cold.. but once she warms up, she likes to hunt Ducatis.
 :D

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pazzo Gatto on June 25, 2013, 03:35:39 PM
Howdy, name is Jay from the Hampton Roads area of VA.  57 years on the odo.  Retired Foreign Service Officer.  Have a 2013 Stelvio being prepped.  1st Guzzi ever for me.  Ciao
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on June 25, 2013, 06:52:04 PM
Howdy, name is Jay from the Hampton Roads area of VA.  57 years on the odo.  Retired Foreign Service Officer.  Have a 2013 Stelvio being prepped.  1st Guzzi ever for me.  Ciao

Hey, how come you get to retire at 57 and the rest of us are slaving away with our gray, balding heads and lumbago?   ;)   

Wonder how many people have a Stelvio as their first Guzzi?   Not many, I'll wager.    Hope Redline is taking care of you .....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Pazzo Gatto on June 26, 2013, 08:23:15 PM
Hey, how come you get to retire at 57 and the rest of us are slaving away with our gray, balding heads and lumbago?   ;)   

Wonder how many people have a Stelvio as their first Guzzi?   Not many, I'll wager.    Hope Redline is taking care of you .....

Lannis

I'm still a worker bee in the form of an independent contractor for the Gov't.  I gotta work to afford my toys.  BTW, Redline is the best!  Snagged the '13 Stelvio at their recently discounted price of 13,168.  Lowest price anywhere and they are only 15 miles away.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: EricGuzziLM1 on June 27, 2013, 05:36:53 PM
Hello all, I figured I would introduce myself instead of just stalking the forums for information :)

Eric
27
Software Lead for a video game company
San Francisco

Current:
1977 MG LM1 (pretty built up: big bore 949, Lafs Comp, jetting, rearsets, suspension, lots of little Tarozzi and Tommaselli things, etc)
1975 CB400f

Past:
1973 CB350f
1988 FZR400
1980 MG V50II
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: swampass on June 28, 2013, 04:24:35 PM
It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.



07 griso, Scot, VA.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: brixtoncat on June 29, 2013, 01:38:05 PM
Urs Baumann

Webaster & E-Business Consultant
40+
Single, too much work...
Hobbies: Bikes, Bicycles, Travelling, Computers, Cooking, City life

Zurich, Switzerland


2011 Moto Guzzi Norge (2V), 2004 Guzzi Breva 750
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on June 30, 2013, 12:13:36 PM


07 griso, Scot, VA.

Got the 07 Griso part ... but is your occupation that of being a Scot (kilts, etc) or is that where you live (I live in Virginia too, generally), but don't know any place called Scot.    Scott County and Scottsville I know ....

At any rate, it's an enjoyable place for a Griso!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rangercanuck on July 02, 2013, 12:33:59 PM
Greetings All from (the Pac. Coast of the Great White North) Victoria, BC CA;  I am an older decrepit rider (X) whose body just won't take it anymore -- however I still love bikes and those (mostly) who also Love/Live to ride.  My purpose today is to 'PICK' your collective knowledge: I have an 'OLDER and even more decrepit friend who has spent quite a number of years rebuilding a 'Guzzi' ... sadly it hurts him to look at the bike and know he will never ride it again and has decided to part with it -- TO A GOOD HOME -- he/we, however have NO idea what it should be worth and the best place to post it FOR SALE ... so that we can be as honest as possible with the POSTING INFO  we need to verify just what it truly is -- OK -- so we know it is a '72 Moto Guzzi ... it does hgave 21639 KMS showing on the OD and has been completely (and lovingly) rebuilt -- it was purchased 'in a basket' -- the Frame and Engine #'s match but we cannot verify the exact model!  The Frame #is 50779 and the engine # is the same BUT with a VP prefix ... can anyone help us ... figure it all out  ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nick949 on July 02, 2013, 07:06:40 PM
Hello Rangercanuck,

  There are indeed people here who can and will help.  I would suggest starting a new thread titled something like: 'help wanted with 72 Guzzi' or something like that.  Your message may get a bit lost in the introductions thread.

Nick
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DungeonMaster on July 07, 2013, 06:46:06 PM
Why does this feel like a twelve step group?
Why is there a flashing icon suggesting you review your arrest record at the bottom? This isn't a Laverda board.

My name is Michael Adams
I am picking up a 2007 Griso 1100 from Cal Coast Motorsports on Sat the 13th
I already have a 1984 V65 for my 5'2" wife.

I used to work with Sean Fader at Moto Italiano in 2000 and he is the guy that gave me the nickname "DungeonMaster" cuz he thought I looked like I was a D&D geek in high school. Which was true.
I currently live in the High Desert (Victorville metropolitan area) and I love to bag on this place but it's cheap to get housing here.
I spend most of my online time on af1 apriliaforum so if anyone here spends time there you already know me (SF2Diehard)

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Captainjos on July 08, 2013, 07:49:31 AM
Nevada 2007 currently 1500 miles on it

Jos Muffels
just turned 60
Senior Construction Planner for Bechtel, working as needed.
Shuffling between Arlington, VA and Merritt, NC (where bike is located)
married,
great forum, thanks for all the info
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: rangercanuck on July 08, 2013, 01:22:34 PM
Thanks for your welcome advice Nick ... If I can figure out how to start a new thread ... I shall do just that!  Thanks again ... RIK
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: swampass on July 08, 2013, 04:05:50 PM
Got the 07 Griso part ... but is your occupation that of being a Scot (kilts, etc) or is that where you live (I live in Virginia too, generally), but don't know any place called Scot.    Scott County and Scottsville I know ....

At any rate, it's an enjoyable place for a Griso!

Lannis


07 is where I live, my name is griso, and I ride a Scot.   You were totally wrong! 


I live in stafford.  I'm German and welsh.  My occupation is super secret.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: coco52 on July 08, 2013, 06:39:38 PM
Hiya,
This is my first Guzzi, and I am loving it.
Hopefully a pic will appear underneath here of a 1200 sport.
I'm 49 yrs old and have had a ton of bikes over the last 33yrs, but this has the most smiles per miles, by far.
Scotland is my stomping ground  ;D
.

(http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll20/g-panzer/Guzzi/IMG_1533.jpg) (http://s284.photobucket.com/user/g-panzer/media/Guzzi/IMG_1533.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rough Edge racing on July 10, 2013, 07:30:19 AM
 Tony Pascarella  Age 66
 Western NY state
 Retired electrical contractor
 Married,grandchildren that drive cars and drink legally.
  I build vintage Triumph cycles in my hillbilly shop...Built the current 650 cc modified production ECTA record holder ridden by a younger friend/money man.
 Looking for a Guzzi  to run the 1000 cc pushrod LSR racing
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: WNCMark on July 10, 2013, 04:24:24 PM
Mark Applegate, 50, Furniture Designer and Maker, Marshall, NC USA.

Currently riding a Moto Guzzi Quota
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sign216 on July 11, 2013, 09:47:56 AM
Greetings all!
Mike, in Boston Massachusetts 40yrs young.
Just found the website, while fishing around for some finishing doodads, for my little red brat; my 1986 V65 Lario (17k miles)
(http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i464/mikey790/MotoGuzzi_zpsfc0638af.jpg)

My other Bikes, to have come and gone:
2001 Triumph Bonneville (sold)
2004 Triumph America (sold)
1997 Triumph Thunderbird (wrecked.. I had a broken collarbone as a keepsake)

My other toys include:
1979 Ibanez Iceman and an angry tubed Orange amp.

I missed your first post, so here's my late replay.  I'm from Mass too, and a determined smallbock rider. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !threefenders
Post by: threefenders on July 14, 2013, 02:50:43 PM
Hello to guzzi world. I'm new to Moto Guzzi owner. I just bought a V7 Special.
tHAT MAKES SEVEN BIKES IN MY GARAGE. i HAVE A BSA wm20, NORTON MATESSE, APRILIA HONDA CBR, SUZUKI,YAMAHA SRX6 AND A NEW GUZZI V7
So far, I think the Goose is going to be a great bike.
Threefenders,
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mnrenfro on July 14, 2013, 07:13:22 PM
Brand new to the group.  Just got a 69 Ambassador.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MotoRon on July 14, 2013, 07:56:13 PM

 Hi new guy? here...maybe. Have my eye on an "03" California Special Sport. What should I know about them?

 This one has 12000 miles, just serviced ,newer tires. Two w/shields & leather? bags.

 Been riding BMW's for years, still have two, a R1150R naked bike, and a K1200LT project bike. Have owned other brands over the years. Hd's,Kaws,Yamaha's , Norton etc. Never owned a Guzzi,...thought now might be the time?

 If I make the deal,...I'll be around lookin' for advice etc.

 Ron
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on July 14, 2013, 08:00:13 PM
Where are you at?  I may know that bike. Then again I may not! :D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MrDanS on July 14, 2013, 11:38:13 PM
Dan S.
29
Systems Administrator
Midwest

Hobbies : Ham Radio, Video Games, Computer Programming, Tinkering

I originally got into bikes because of my dad. I remember riding with him on his ol' Guzzi when I was really young, and then on his BMW till I was older.
When I got old enough, he helped my younger brother and I me get into a motorcycle safety course, then got us our "first" smaller bike, a Honda Twinstar CM200T. Fun little bike. :)

Currently, one of his final gifts to me was his newer Guzzi, a 2001 California EV.
I'm here to hang out with you dudes (and any dudetts that may be here), and learn how to keep her running properly.
I very much look forward to learning from the group.  :pop
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzziguzzi on July 17, 2013, 06:46:23 PM
Hi
Name Bruno Rony
Age 55
First Guzzi ever 2003 California bought July 2013
Also own a 2001 Bonneville and a 2009  Kawasaki Versys
Previous bikes (by order of appearance):
Honda Shadow 650
Kawasaki KLR650
Suzuki SV650
Suzuki Vstrom 650
Yamaha FZ1
Suzuki Vstrom 1K

Based in SoCal
Married, two boys sons ( I had to...see post below;-)
Addicted to riding the local canyons roads
Other hobbies: guitar, books, hiking

That's it for today:-)


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 17, 2013, 06:55:00 PM

Based in SoCal
Married two boys
Addicted to riding the local canyons roads
Other hobbies: guitar, books, hiking

That's it for today:-)


That's California for you; they won't let you marry even ONE boy anywhere else ...  :o

Sorry!  Just had to.   :D

I've got two sons myself - I really quit riding while they were 0 - 15 years old, got back into it big time after that - one of them rides now (a Versys!), the other has no interest.   I've ridden his Versys and it's really a great do-anything bike ....

Lannis   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MMasz on July 19, 2013, 01:51:10 PM
Mike Masztal
Melbourne Beach, FL
Currently employed as HS teacher. Former Army and LEO
Married 33 years, 4 kids, 13 and under
Rider since 14;  BMW 1100RS (stolen), Suzuki 1100 Katana, Suzuki GS1000, Yamaha XS750 (totaled by a Gama Goat when I was in the Army), Bridgestone M2 (200 cc smoker), Honda Trail 50

Looking at M-G as I want a bike with “character", but don’t know of any decent dealers in FL.  PM me if you know of any.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzziguzzi on July 20, 2013, 12:17:46 AM
Indeed the Versys is fantastic, nimble like a bicycle and all the usable power to twist and swing anywhere! Got to sell mine unfortunately. Cant have more than 2 bikes in the garage...
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: badwolf on July 20, 2013, 07:22:31 AM
Hello. My name is Joe. I live in the Northwest 'burbs of Chicago and work for a giant, soulless corporation that treats its customers like garbage and its employees even worse. I'm currently 37 and I've only been riding for about 10 years. I own an Aprilia Futura (which I hope to keep forever), along with a Ducati Monster 620 and Triumph Speed Four - both of which I'm trying to sell in order to make room in the garage and the budget for a Guzzi. Ideally, I'm looking for a Breva 1200 Sport outfitted with the factory panniers, but I could also see myself on a 2v Grisso or one of the many V11 variants.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 20, 2013, 09:43:02 AM
Hello. My name is Joe. I live in the Northwest 'burbs of Chicago and work for a giant, soulless corporation that treats its customers like garbage and its employees even worse. I'm currently 37 and I've only been riding for about 10 years. I own an Aprilia Futura (which I hope to keep forever), along with a Ducati Monster 620 and Triumph Speed Four - both of which I'm trying to sell in order to make room in the garage and the budget for a Guzzi. Ideally, I'm looking for a Breva 1200 Sport outfitted with the factory panniers, but I could also see myself on a 2v Grisso or one of the many V11 variants.

As popular as Aprilia Futuras are, I'm really surprised that they quit making make and haven't made any since.    Sounds like you've got the European bug and some nice bikes to go with it.

Young man like you ought not be working somewhere that you hate ... if you don't like the people that you're working for, work somewhere else .... there's lots of opportunities out there AND some good companies.   Man can't be miserable each day at work and still enjoy life or his motorcycles!

Hope you get the Guzzi you want.    They really are nice bikes even though you're coming off of some other really nice ones ....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: punkrod on July 22, 2013, 11:46:18 AM
It's been a few years, so I thought I'd re-introduce myself.
After further inspection of the documents, it turns out the Eldo is a '73.
I just put her back on the road last weekend.
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gOEKJ53G5sk/Ue1gSz7OWdI/AAAAAAAABas/K7h9a1p4Wlk/w972-h729-no/73Eldo.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: crappazappa on July 22, 2013, 01:15:05 PM
Jonathan, 33, engineer, charleston sc
2013 griso, a little bit better then the thruxton :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: profaen on July 23, 2013, 06:51:30 AM
Hi
I'm Laurie
I live in Sydney, Australia.
61 y/o, 3 kids, 1 granddaughter.

Used to have a MG Mach 1 Le Mans that was a beautiful problematic relationship, then 20 years on a Ducati M900, and now a V7 Racer (still running in but I think we'll be together a long time) and occasional rides on my girls Honda CT110.
I'll keep the V7R stock for a while, then start to mess with it a bit.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: lbronson on July 23, 2013, 02:50:32 PM
Hello
 New owner of a Norge. Loving it
Larry Bronson
48 living in Bothell Wa
10th motorcyle, first Guzzi but always like them.
riding since 1976
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on July 23, 2013, 05:51:53 PM
Welcome to the forum guys,  ;-T have fun!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dmsh on July 24, 2013, 11:32:17 AM
Dimitri, 39, Staten Island, NY
Embedded software/hardware engineer
New owner of MG V65 Lario 1986
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MIGuzzi on July 24, 2013, 05:44:24 PM
Greetings folks... I'm Orion from Annapolis, MD.  I joined the group due to the purchase of my 2013 V7 Racer.  Enjoying the bike and it accompanies a 1971 Bridgestone, RS 200 Mach II, which is also a fun little two stroke.  Thanks, Orion
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Matt on July 24, 2013, 10:23:13 PM
 
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gOEKJ53G5sk/Ue1gSz7OWdI/AAAAAAAABas/K7h9a1p4Wlk/w972-h729-no/73Eldo.jpg)

Now that is a thing of understated beauty. I *like* Loops but most aren't my thing, that bike is my thing.

 ;-T

Welcome, now go start a thread to tell me about it.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Asher1877 on July 25, 2013, 05:07:35 PM
Greetings to one and all,
I'm a former harley davidson motorcyclist. I met a member of these boards (kevin) on the sportster forums and I myself have been seeking not necessarily something different, but I'm tired of the same old same old so I came here to educate myself on guzzi. I reside in the Austin, Tx area. Guzzis have always intrigued me but as we are all aware they do not seem to be take seriously by the motorcycle press so they are not reviewed much beyond the "first ride".

From what I've seen just browsing the pictures the california appears to be the model for me. For my riding style, I sometimes ride 2 up with my wife in the texas hill country I commute about twenty miles each way from work and occassionally do 400 mile days with my spouse. I really don't know what else to type so it is what it is.

Thank you for the time in reading this.
Asher.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 25, 2013, 05:40:12 PM
Greetings to one and all,
I'm a former harley davidson motorcyclist. I met a member of these boards (kevin) on the sportster forums and I myself have been seeking not necessarily something different, but I'm tired of the same old same old so I came here to educate myself on guzzi. I reside in the Austin, Tx area. Guzzis have always intrigued me but as we are all aware they do not seem to be take seriously by the motorcycle press so they are not reviewed much beyond the "first ride".

From what I've seen just browsing the pictures the california appears to be the model for me. For my riding style, I sometimes ride 2 up with my wife in the texas hill country I commute about twenty miles each way from work and occassionally do 400 mile days with my spouse. I really don't know what else to type so it is what it is.

Thank you for the time in reading this.
Asher.

Thanks for taking the time to write!   One thing you need to keep in mind is that (like any Internet forum) you hear a lot more of the "problem" issues than you hear about specific good stuff.   I think that's partly because most everyone here basically loves Guzzis and already knows all the good stuff, so not much bandwidth is spent on praising them and talking about how much we like them.   Most of it's spent on solving problems, so it can tend to sound negative.

A Guzzi California or EV touring model sounds about like what you want.  Everyone's different, though - my wife and I have a Stelvio for two-up touring, it's just the way we're made.   Any Guzzi can take you anywhere you want to go for hundreds of thousands of miles .....

This is a great forum, and I hope you'll be able to participate.

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rael on July 26, 2013, 02:39:31 PM
Ross Elliott
29
Lawyer
San Antonio

I lusted after the Griso since I first saw one in a magazine.  When I had an opportunity at one I had to take it.  More than a year later and I treat it with respect-- I don't let it sit in the garage and I use the entire tire and tachometer!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: gootsi on July 27, 2013, 05:43:28 PM
Now that I have my first Guzzi, I think I'll add to this thread. :)

I'm in San Antonio and last week I finally got rid of my old SV650 for something a bit fancier that I can actually be proud of: a 2012 Griso 8V SE, in the stunning Tenni green.

(http://i.imgur.com/C097yx7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/U52JTpP.jpg)

I bought it from AF1 Racing in New Braunfels thanks to some striking serendipity. I was up in Austin randomly one weekend, just to hang out and shop and stuff with the GF, and decided to swing by their Vespa/Guzzi/Aprilia dealership and look at their stuff. I knew they wouldn't have the Tenni Griso I had my heart set on, but it would be a fun way to kill some time. One of the owners greeted me, we chatted for a bit, and I mentioned I was looking for the hard-to-find Tenni Griso. Lo and behold, just that morning, someone traded one in! A week later and I was the proud owner of a like-new 2012 8V, with around 2500 easy miles on it. I was thrilled to have found one just 30 minutes from my house, so I wouldn't have to deal with sight unseen buying and shipping from across the country. I didn't think that would happen again soon, so I snatched it up before it even hit his sales floor.

I love the bike so far. AF1 set up the suspension for me so no complaints there. I may need to lower the pegs an inch or so, but I'm going to see if I can get used to it first.

I just can't help staring at it. It's so pretty.  :drool
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tash566 on July 27, 2013, 07:15:42 PM
Tim Ashton, 50 yrs old and a first time Guzzi owner (this makes my 14th bike total though)
I have a V7 stone that I love that replaced the 2007 SV650 that had 40k miles on it. The one before that was a R90S that had 145k miles on it so needless to say I do a bit of riding.
I've added quite a bit to it and I'll post pictures here in a week or so!

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Big Kahuna on July 28, 2013, 12:23:23 AM
Hello from Central California.

I have owned many motorcycles in the past, lots of dirt bikes, and dual sports, and streetbikes from a 1975 CB400F to an R6 and my last bike was a Ducati 900SS. On my "bucket list" has always been a Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000. That bike has always held a special place in my heart... That is until I saw a 2013 V7 Racer at my local dealer. I have been lusting after that bike ever since! If everything stays on track, I should be picking one up next week. I have been feverishly doing my research for the last week, and I am financially almost there.
I can't wait to get that baby home!
Keep your fingers crossed, that I join the Guzzi family very soon!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dp1100s on July 28, 2013, 09:12:08 AM
David polovich from Biloxi Ms. 57 yrs.  I'm looking to buy a new Stelvio.And any pros and consare very welcome.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zoom Zoom on July 28, 2013, 10:12:06 AM
Welcome David. The Stelvio is a great bike that has gotten better, IMHO. Cons: Tall, like any adventure bike. Once on it's ok for me. 32/33 inseam. Not really a con but there are some threads about the aux lights shorting out. Easy to deal with pre-emptively. Also adding a relay into the start circuit to supply direct voltage to the starter solenoid is something many Stelvio/Griso/Norge/Breva/1200 Sport owners consider. Again, very easy to deal with.

Pros: Very good range on a tank of fuel. Long suspension travel soaks up bumps well and keeps the bike under composure. The wheels are tubeless, just so you know. The NTX comes very well equipped. Over all it is a great package.

Do a search on Stelvio and you can find lots of answers. Don't be afraid to ask more. 

Mine is an '09. I like it a lot and would do it again.

John Henry
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dp1100s on July 28, 2013, 01:00:45 PM
Why does it need a relay installation?  Its a new bike?  Explain please. Also how is it done.  This is odd to me.  ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on July 28, 2013, 01:08:15 PM
Why does it need a relay installation?  Its a new bike?  Explain please. Also how is it done.  This is odd to me.  ???

The Stelvio was designed like most other similar Guzzis - no proper relay for the starter, and no relay for the headlights - all the current goes right through the switch, and it will burn up at some point.

Just one of those little things that make Guzzis lovable, and ensure that only well-'ard rocker enthusiasts stick with them.

I have a 2009 like Zoom Zooms, and I like it very much.   Once sorted, they'll go forever.   Some people don't like the "once sorted" part.

If you use the list Search Function, and type in "Stelvio" alone or with any other feature you like, you'll find 5 years worth of excellent information on the goods, bads, highs, lows.   Just remember that most of us already know and appreciate the good parts, so we don't write much about that - we spend our time talking about the parts we need to fix ....

But that's no different than any other brand-specific forum.   

Good luck!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dp1100s on July 28, 2013, 03:12:47 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zoom Zoom on July 28, 2013, 04:45:41 PM
Why does it need a relay installation?  Its a new bike?  Explain please. Also how is it done.  This is odd to me.  ???

Actually it probably will not for a while. Mine is two years old. An '09 bought new in '11. I have accrued 21,000 on it. A few hundred miles ago, I had some weird electrical issues. One was an ECU Error that prevented the bike from starting. I have since replaced the battery and have not had that issue since. I have since become aware that a low or bad battery will do that. I have spoken to others that had it happen to them. I would argue that a two year old battery should not be faulty, but I don't know if it was properly activated or exactly when it had been activated. (Proper procedure for filling, letting set and charging for the first time.) Anyway, along with that was a click when I hit the starter button. That was a week after I replaced the battery, which prompted me to finally add the relay to my bike. It is pretty easy really. Here is how I did mine: I ran two wires from the starter solenoid. One which I plugged back into the solenoid with a female spade end and the other with a male end that I plugged into the trigger wire I removed off the solenoid. I simply got these up to a location I determined would be suitable for a relay. (Under the left side cover under the seat.) I then brought two more wires from the + and - of the battery to the same location. The relay is a 40 amp job common at nearly any auto parts store. (Probably could do it with a lower amp relay but the one I got has a metal mounting tab rather than the molded plastic tab found on the cheaper relay. It is still only 8 bucks.) Then plug all the ends onto the proper terminals of the relay and you're done. I soldered all my ends and shrink wrapped them. I spent much more time prepping everything than actually connecting it all up. Oh yeah, I also soldered in an inline fuse holder, which I put a 15 amp fuse into after everything was connected.

Nothing I did was permanent. With just moving one wire, I could be back to completely stock without any damage to the factory wiring. When under load, some here have noted as much as a 6vdc drop in voltage at the solenoid. I have maybe 10 bucks and a couple hours in that job. Since doing that, the bike has started flawlessly, every single time. Of course only time will tell, but so far so good.

John Henry
Title: Back to Wildguzzi
Post by: Marina on July 28, 2013, 08:21:56 PM
Hi all,

I am making my return to the Guzzi community. My job here has eaten up all of my time for the past years, and since I walk to work, I hadn't been riding. Just returned from a ride out to Albuquerque, and I am ready to make riding regularly part of my life again.

Hi to all my old friends. Chet - glad to see Rusty is still in the stable. Bill H. - I envy you the Griso.

Marina
Title: Re: Back to Wildguzzi
Post by: Muzz on July 29, 2013, 03:31:29 AM
Hi all,

I am making my return to the Guzzi community. My job here has eaten up all of my time for the past years, and since I walk to work, I hadn't been riding. Just returned from a ride out to Albuquerque, and I am ready to make riding regularly part of my life again.

Hi to all my old friends. Chet - glad to see Rusty is still in the stable. Bill H. - I envy you the Griso.

Marina

Welcome back Marina.

The Guzzi addiction is still strong; number on the forum far larger than it used to be earlier on.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dp1100s on July 29, 2013, 04:45:16 PM
Hi all I would like to know how much are people paying for a new Stelvio out the Door. How much ?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: The Reg on July 30, 2013, 07:25:23 AM
G'day All;

Just Registered tonight.

From Traralgon in Victoria - Australia

Soon to own two Guzzi's - and someone who, until early this year had never owned one.

Should be fun!

Cheers  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Marina on July 30, 2013, 03:00:22 PM
Thanks, Muzz. Things appear to be pretty much the same around here, aside from the greater numbers. Glad to see it!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mandoguzzi on July 31, 2013, 03:01:43 PM
  DAVE LEPORATI...TALLAHAS SEE FL
  64..RETIRED
   I FLY FISH, PICK MANDOLIN, RIDE MY QUOTA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MartinMan on August 01, 2013, 03:42:29 PM
Martin

Adel Iowa

1969 Ambassador

Work for a marketing/printing company.

Hobbys: Bikes, Junk, And More Junk, but not junk Bikes LOL
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on August 01, 2013, 05:45:23 PM
  DAVE LEPORATI...TALLAHAS SEE FL
  64..RETIRED
   I FLY FISH, PICK MANDOLIN, RIDE MY QUOTA

We're sort of close.  I fly model airplanes, picked the banjo over the guitar but never learned to play it, and nobody tells me how much I can ride ....

 :D

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: John C on August 03, 2013, 10:46:45 AM
Hi,
I'm John, 30 years old

Just bought my first motorcycle, a Breva 750, '04

Live in southeast Michigan, Detroit metro area

Work as a mechanical engineer, powertrain testing

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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on August 03, 2013, 11:50:00 AM
Great looking bike.  You'll love her. ;-T  Welcome to the nut hut. Now, get thee to a rally!! ;-T :bike
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Unkept on August 03, 2013, 12:01:28 PM
Hi,
I'm John, 30 years old

Just bought my first motorcycle, a Breva 750, '04

Live in southeast Michigan, Detroit metro area

Work as a mechanical engineer, powertrain testing

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Welcome John!

Did you buy the bike from Joe. D in Dearborn? My wife and I purchased his (wife's) other Breva, an 04 in red.

He was a really nice guy to work with, our Breva is in great shape.

Hope you enjoy your Guzzi!

-Joe
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Marina on August 04, 2013, 02:39:14 PM
Hi,
I'm John, 30 years old

Just bought my first motorcycle, a Breva 750, '04

Live in southeast Michigan, Detroit metro area

Work as a mechanical engineer, powertrain testing

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You're going to love the Breva!  Oh wait, look at that grin - you already do.


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Chet Rugg on August 04, 2013, 05:37:59 PM
Marina  great to here riding is back in your life. Yep Rusty is still ticking out the miles. Hope to see ya again down the road somewhere!

Chet
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Anvas on August 04, 2013, 06:50:13 PM
Hello,

I am Andreas from Athens, Greece
A former Ducatisti, but an optimist Guzzisti, also a happy owner of a 1200 sport ABS.

Nice to meet you guys ! :)
 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JackReilly on August 04, 2013, 09:00:39 PM
Jack Reilly.

22 years old.

Plano, Texas

I have worked as a (most recent to earliest) waiter, bartender, Hostel manager, farm hand, groundskeeper, retailer and a shop rat for now closed Japanese bike shop.  Now however I'm simply a student having recently re-enrolled in college. 

I started riding when I was 8 and fell in love with Guzzis one day at a Guzzi fest in Italy, Texas when I was 15 or 16. 

My interests include reading, movies, science, travel and, of course, motorcycles. 


Bikes:
99 Ducati Monster 750 - My first street bike.  Regretfully sold it while I was traveling abroad because I needed the cash.
2004 Yamaha TW200 - Getting a general tune-up so my girlfriend has something to ride.  Ugly looking.  Awesome bike. 
2003 Honda CBR600RR - Given to me by my father because he was no longer interested in fixing it up.  He lost all interest in the supposed track bike after he was bit by the vintage MV Agusta bug.  Bought at track after it was laid down; she has all her new parts laying around or on her, just need to put in the time.  Plan to sell her after.
1980 Yamaha XS850 -  Bought it cheap off of a couple that tore it apart then neglected it for a year or two. Cafe Racer project that doesn't get attention due to the Guzzi.
1975 Moto Guzzi T3 - This.  This is my baby.  She needs a modicum of work.  Mostly just maintenance and electrical work.  Bought her in Austin and rode her home. 


I feel like I just filled out an online dating profile...

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on August 05, 2013, 06:34:45 AM
Jack Reilly.

22 years old.

Plano, Texas

I have worked as a (most recent to earliest) waiter, bartender, Hostel manager, farm hand, groundskeeper, retailer and a shop rat for now closed Japanese bike shop.  Now however I'm simply a student having recently re-enrolled in college. 

I started riding when I was 8 and fell in love with Guzzis one day at a Guzzi fest in Italy, Texas when I was 15 or 16. 

My interests include reading, movies, science, travel and, of course, motorcycles. 


Bikes:
99 Ducati Monster 750 - My first street bike.  Regretfully sold it while I was traveling abroad because I needed the cash.
2004 Yamaha TW200 - Getting a general tune-up so my girlfriend has something to ride.  Ugly looking.  Awesome bike. 
2003 Honda CBR600RR - Given to me by my father because he was no longer interested in fixing it up.  He lost all interest in the supposed track bike after he was bit by the vintage MV Agusta bug.  Bought at track after it was laid down; she has all her new parts laying around or on her, just need to put in the time.  Plan to sell her after.
1980 Yamaha XS850 -  Bought it cheap off of a couple that tore it apart then neglected it for a year or two. Cafe Racer project that doesn't get attention due to the Guzzi.
1975 Moto Guzzi T3 - This.  This is my baby.  She needs a modicum of work.  Mostly just maintenance and electrical work.  Bought her in Austin and rode her home. 


I feel like I just filled out an online dating profile...



Yep, now you have a Mistress. Hope your girlfriend doesn't mind.


Dean


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: John C on August 05, 2013, 08:46:19 AM
Welcome John!

Did you buy the bike from Joe. D in Dearborn? My wife and I purchased his (wife's) other Breva, an 04 in red.

He was a really nice guy to work with, our Breva is in great shape.

Hope you enjoy your Guzzi!

-Joe

Yep, I got the bike from Joe.  He kept it in excellent shape.  I put 100 miles on it this weekend, it's great fun!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eeyore on August 05, 2013, 09:23:45 AM
Hi All,

Traci.  NZer living in Australia.

Currently on my 3rd bike in 8 months! A '10 Breva 750.  Looking forward to doing some longer range touring on it to get to know the country better.

Also looking forward to getting to know the bike better. She certainly has personality.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: omega1 on August 05, 2013, 11:11:49 AM
Hello all

I am Armando from Johannesburg, South Africa.

I am an accountant by profession and a certified bike (and car) nut.

51y/o started riding in 1978, bought my first Guzzi, a V50 Monza, in 1982. Followed that with a Le Mans 3 and a 1000SP. Due to product not being available here I switched to Harleys in 1997. Went through two Road Kings, a Dyna, a Softail Springer Classic and two Ultra Classics, the last of which was a 2012 Ultra Limited. Also went through 3 BMW's, 4 Ducati's a a variety of Honda's and KTM's. Enjoyed every one but when Guzzi announced its return to the South African market I just had to have one again; and so I did, a California 1400! Feels great to be back on a Guzzi.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: fotopat on August 06, 2013, 09:50:32 AM
Pat Corrigan
Cemetery Manager in Cleveland, OH
Former MSF RiderCoach / 6 years in Ohio
Former College Photography Instructor (pre-digital)
friend of Zoom Zoom
currently bikes: 2002 HD Road King Classic, 2004 R1150 GS BMW, 2012 Triumph Scrambler
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: MichMotoRider on August 06, 2013, 06:54:49 PM

Name: Remo
Age: 23
Occupation: College student (supply chain management major)
Location: Novi, Michigan

Streetbikes:
2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 (my bike)
2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage (my dad's bike)

I have been riding on the street for about 5 years now, I rode on the dirt for a couple years before.  As far as streetbikes go I've had several: (3) Yamaha's, (1) Honda, (1) Kawasaki and (1) Buell.  I'm currently riding an 04 R1 which I am planning to keep for a while at the moment.  I am here because my dad went through a mid-life crisis a couple years back ;D and decided to get into motorcycles as well.  He has a 2009 Moto Guzzi California vintage, it's a nice bike but we've had a few problems with it.  I am looking for some resources as far as troubleshooting, working on it, and mainly to find other resources for parts outside of our local dealership.  I will put up a thread about the current issue later this evening or tomorrow.  I promise I am not here to bash, just here to seek some wisdom as not many know about these unique motorcycles. 

I look forward to some good conversation and possibly seeing some of you out on the road. 

-Remo
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on August 06, 2013, 06:55:02 PM
Pat Corrigan
Cemetery Manager in Cleveland, OH
Former MSF RiderCoach / 6 years in Ohio
Former College Photography Instructor (pre-digital)
friend of Zoom Zoom
currently bikes: 2002 HD Road King Classic, 2004 R1150 GS BMW, 2012 Triumph Scrambler


Things pretty quiet at work?  

Couldn't help it, Zoom Zoom started it.   Considering a Guzzi?   A California, a Stelvio, and a V7 Classic would JUST fit in the niches your current bikes fill ....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: steveford on August 08, 2013, 08:38:18 PM
Hi Marina, Nice to see you're back!!! ;-T ;-T ;-T ;D ;D ;D ;-T ;-T ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Marina on August 09, 2013, 04:20:02 PM
Jack Reilly.

 I'm simply a student having recently re-enrolled in colleg

I started riding when I was 8 and fell in love with Guzzis one day at a Guzzi fest in Italy, Texas when I was 15 or 16. 



Italy, Texas is a great rally!  Where are you going to college, Jack?  And what do you study?  I went to UT Arlington for Biology.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JTBakay on August 10, 2013, 03:41:29 PM
Hey everyone!

Jared Bakay, tender age of 25.
Live in Calgary AB Canada, work for the moto guzzi dealer (blackfoot motosports) at the parts counter
Currently I own a 09 Honda VFR 800 and my father owns a 13 Griso SE.

Found the site will looking for a good bike for dad and wanted some owners opinions. Been posting as we had an issue with his bike and he isn't the best with computers. I've been riding on his since 5, on my own since 15. I love the Guzzi bikes, and this place seemed like a great forum (and it has been) for any help and nice people. If anyone is in need of parts in the area, come see me at the counter!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: oldmxdog61u on August 10, 2013, 08:16:51 PM
Welcome! Have fun! Membership here is fun. Ride safe.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: lost on August 10, 2013, 11:10:06 PM
Just bought my first Guzzi. Also have 09 Yamaha FZ1, 88 Yamaha Venture. Age 66 still working in Plastics in Cleveland, Ohio. Haven't been on a 2 cylinder bike since 77, will take some getting used to.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: abhishekit on August 19, 2013, 12:38:00 AM
Abhi from LA. Bought a Griso 8V today.

I grew up in India and rode Yamaha 150cc models and Enfield 250cc. Suzuki Katana 750 was my first bike in U.S. Bought in 2005. In 2006 bought a Triumph Daytona 675. That's what I traded today for the Griso. I love it. Between the time I bought it (5:30 PM) and right now (10:37 PM), I was riding for all but 15 minutes...


cheers,

Abhi
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on August 19, 2013, 01:00:20 AM
Abhi from LA. Bought a Griso 8V today.

I grew up in India and rode Yamaha 150cc models and Enfield 250cc. Suzuki Katana 750 was my first bike in U.S. Bought in 2005. In 2006 bought a Triumph Daytona 675. That's what I traded today for the Griso. I love it. Between the time I bought it (5:30 PM) and right now (10:37 PM), I was riding for all but 15 minutes...


cheers,

Abhi

Sounds like you're doing the "progression" right!   Hope you have many happy miles on that Griso.  If you read up on this board, there are many who consider it Guzzi's best all-rounder ever ....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: OzYoda on August 19, 2013, 05:58:25 AM
Hello from downunder.

Sydney actually.

I am a recent convert from Beemerdom to Gussista with a 2012 Norge now filling the only spot my other half allows me in the garage.  There was a recent recall where only 13 Norge's were listed by the national importer.  Hmmm, I love being a little rare!

I've named her Nikki.  Nikki the Norge  ;D and I think she's beautiful!  One of the first things I did was search out the right tankpad, and found the Keiti Guardian Angel!  She's an awesome match for the Black Norge!  Of course there are a few other small enhancements on the way.

Anyway, I've already found the information here useful and thought it only polite to introduce myself, even though I'm not exactly a heavy forum user.

I do have a quick question for you all.  The clutch has a very small friction zone.  At first it seemed almost off/on but I've gotten a bit more used to it now (shes got just 1000km on her).  The dealer said it would wear in over time and though that sounds likely I'd surely like some confirmation from you experts ... is this something that will change or do I need to exercise my left hand more?


Cheers,
Chris
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DarthMonolith on August 20, 2013, 12:19:41 PM
Hello,

Charles Schramm
Age:  44
Occupation:  Logitics Analyst for the Swiss Air Force
Location:  Great Mills, MD
Current Ride:
2013 Victory Vision
When my father-in-law passed away, he passed his bike on to his son.  He doesn't have to time to ride, so asked if I would be interested in taking possession of a '98 EV 1100.  So I am here to learn about the brand.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cipollino on August 21, 2013, 02:12:21 AM
Hello everyone!
Daniele, age 47, from Italy.
I am a happy owner of a "nasty" Guzzi v35 imola II.
The bike is currently under restoring and I need as much
information and experiences as I can. I think this is the right
place where to look for.
Would you excuse my bad english but it is not my  native language....
best regards
Daniele
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: stick on August 21, 2013, 03:44:30 PM
 ;-T
Howdy all:
My nickname has been "Stick" since grade school, and so goes the handle here (and on www.Ducati.ms). Real name is Michael.  
Live in Greater Worcester, MA.
Been riding since I was 14 years young, and a few decades have passed since then...  
Started with Honda, then my first Italian was a Ducati 500SL Pantah.  Bought it used in about 1984.  My GF at the time (then spouse) needed her own bike, and that's the 1st  'Guzzi that we owned - a 1981 Monza 500.  What a joy to own and ride.  Wish I never sold it, but she gave up riding after having our 1st child.  

Anyway, one of my favorite bikes now is a Ducati ST4s. What a comfortable rocketship!  Found I was putting too many miles on her, so I "needed" a comparable machine to use casually.  Along came a 1996 Sport 1100.  Turns out, it also to nice to rack up tons of miles.  So I found a 2002 Lemans, with about 53K mi., and she's my moto-mule now.  Had a 'bout with a Harley Ultra Classic for a bit over a year--always ran great, cruise cont. stereo, etc., but never totally in love with a 800+ pound touring bike (but I was much happier with it, than say a Gold Wing--something about a nice vee-twin to give it character).

So about a month ago, I arranged a test drive with a Stelvio with one of the dealers here in the Northeast.  Told them I needed to try it, AND I'd be bringing a possible trade.  "The deal" was close enough in my head to pull the trigger, so I came home with the Stelvio.  Amost at the 9xx mile "break-in / service".   Thanks to this forum, I see that there is a potential recall in the rear suspension link (Griso and Norge models also!).  Looked closely at this piece yesterday, and don't see any defect/fatiguing.  Dealer says I'm not affected, but I beg to differ...

Also, I've owned two 1978 BMW's...a R100S, and a R100RS Motorsport.  Old boxers are great, but the engine note sides to boredom. That said, I did put close to 100,000 miles on these two machines. What can I say, I guess I love my Italian ladies with 90 degree vee's.  And these 'Guzzi women seem to really like to drink!

Stick

PS: the previous post--Daniele, you've got little to worry about your English.  It seems even better than the natives over here!



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MGD on August 21, 2013, 05:27:51 PM
Hello fellow Guzzi owners!  I purchased a Selvio NTX this year after owning several other bikes since 1995.  I hope I can add to the discussion!

Mike
Washington State, USA
Stelvio NTX - tentative name Donatella, but it hasn't stuck yet...  I do know "she" doesn't like my wife (many stories there for another time).
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jet987 on August 21, 2013, 10:28:19 PM
Henry

41yrs old

airline operations

Chicago, IL USA

just joined this forum today, the 1200 Sport interests me.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cimbian on August 22, 2013, 01:57:39 PM
Hi,
My name is Steve and I run a small company in the UK from a town called Bognor Regis on the south coast.

Recently upgraded from a 650 Honda TransAlp to a 2006 Breva 1100. :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: airhead on August 23, 2013, 11:09:07 AM
Arthur Richardson, Vancouver BC
Freelance web designer and programmer for 20 years
Motorcycle rider for 27 years
Currently MG 2007 Breva 1100
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DungeonMaster on August 24, 2013, 08:21:47 AM
;-T
Howdy all:
My nickname has been "Stick" since grade school, and so goes the handle here (and on www.Ducati.ms). Real name is Michael.  
Live in Greater Worcester, MA.


Hmmm, be careful about joining AF1 apriliaforum.
There is already a guy known as "Stick" there.
yes, I was wondering if you were that guy but I decided you are not.

DM
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: meccanicab on August 25, 2013, 09:12:53 AM
Hi there,

The name is James, I'm the owner of a 1100 Griso and live near Cambridge, England.
Iv'e owned the bike since new, about 6yrs, love it to pieces.
The two of us have covered over 25k around the UK and Europe.
Thought it was time I started to improve the bike,but been finding it difficult to obtain advice in the UK.
So, thought I would join and start picking your brains!
Looking forward to learning how to improve the old girl!!   ;-T


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on August 25, 2013, 06:38:20 PM
Welcome to the madness James.

A wide selection of people on this forum, and plenty of expertise to help you out.

I for one would have been in deep doodoo without the help and assistance from various members on this site. ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: meccanicab on August 26, 2013, 02:00:18 PM
Thanks Muzz...may the madness begin!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cronx1 on August 26, 2013, 04:48:58 PM
 hello all. intro/short bio. long time lurker just purchased a 1976 convert. life time rider of american and Japanese bikes. this is my first foray into guzzis.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Zoom Zoom on August 27, 2013, 08:03:48 PM
hello all. intro/short bio. long time lurker just purchased a 1976 convert. life time rider of american and Japanese bikes. this is my first foray into guzzis.


Welcome. I'll put in a shameless plug for Zanesville this coming weekend. The State MGNOC rally. Come on over and spend some time around the (non virtual) fire. If your Vert cannot make it, come on anything, we don't care. No camping gear? We have beds available in the dorms. (No bedding, but there is a mattress.) Bring your family if you wish.

John Henry
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: roadhamr on August 28, 2013, 11:53:12 AM
Roadhamr, 42 years old and really getting interested in owning a Guzzi and I just want to be totally familiar with the product. I live in Canada in Central Ontario.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cronx1 on August 28, 2013, 12:03:53 PM
thanks for invite john i already looked it up. less than 2 hrs from my house.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: KiwiPhil on August 30, 2013, 03:20:29 AM
Hi all,

I'm Phil from quake city (Christchurch) New Zealand.
60 summers have passed and I'm a life time motorcyclist (who said these things are dangerous  ;D)
Gainfully employed for many of those summers as a bike mechanic on all the usual suspects but now into engineering and currently a production manager for an electronics company.
I have never owned a Guzzi but spent 3 years at a Harley shop that sold them as well, so I am familiar with them warts and all. I do love their simplicity and I am considering getting either a Breva 1100, Bellagio 940c or a V7 variant, all will suit me I'm sure.

Looking forward to joining in the discussions.  :)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sakurama on August 30, 2013, 07:56:08 AM
Gregor Halenda, 47, photographer www.gregorhalenda.com (http://www.gregorhalenda.com), Portland, OR

In 1990 I was just out of college looking for my first real street bike. I didn't know much about Guzzi's but I saw an ex race LeMans IV at a dealer and was in love. I sat on it, started it and was terrified at how loud and raw it was. I wanted it soooo badly. But I knew it was too much bike for me and that I'd meet an untimely end if I were to get it. I ended up with an old R90S and cut my teeth on that. I took schools, learned to race, got fast, won races and eventually turned the bike into a rather nice cafe. One that has inspired a lot of imitations.

(http://gregorhalendaphotography.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Misc-Motorcycles/i-qDZk3x6/0/L/Left%20side%20unflat%202-L.jpg)

(http://gregorhalendaphotography.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Misc-Motorcycles/i-6NjRFGL/0/L/Back%20unflat%202-L.jpg)

At one point I met a friend with a seriously nice Manfred Hecht built Guzzi and I was fascinated with the stories I heard of Manfred and his shop in Brooklyn. Sadly, I never got to meet him. Regardless my friend Tom's bike drove the need for a Guzzi much deeper and his bike was a huge inspiration to my boxer. Our bikes were featured together in Classic Bike. I'll see if I can find the article and I'll post it in the cafe thread.

We bought a house recently and I've sold three bikes to keep the remodel going and I aim to replace them with projects as building bikes is as fun and fulfilling as riding them so every once in a while I'll look in CL for Guzzi's or Ducatis even though I can't really afford them at the moment. Well, the perfect bike came up and I couldn't help myself. An 85 LeMans IV with a full RaceCo engine and a rather rough body turned out to be the catnip I could not resist. I'll pick it up in a month.  

When I get to building it I'll post it up here but I have learned a lot and have a nicely equipped shop so I aim to make this bike a very special cafe racer. In the mean time I'll lurk and learn.

Gregor
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on August 31, 2013, 05:52:43 PM
Hi all,

I'm Phil from quake city (Christchurch) New Zealand.
60 summers have passed and I'm a life time motorcyclist (who said these things are dangerous  ;D)
Gainfully employed for many of those summers as a bike mechanic on all the usual suspects but now into engineering and currently a production manager for an electronics company.
I have never owned a Guzzi but spent 3 years at a Harley shop that sold them as well, so I am familiar with them warts and all. I do love their simplicity and I am considering getting either a Breva 1100, Bellagio 940c or a V7 variant, all will suit me I'm sure.

Looking forward to joining in the discussions.  :)

Welcome Phil; good to see another rock 'n roller. ;D

I take it you worked  at Eric Woods? I bought our Breva off him in 2004 when he was still the Guzzi agent. At least a couple of others from Christchurch here. I take mine off the road for 6 months over Winter; roll on 27th October when it gets back on the road. All this great weather we are having at the moment too!! Currently running in a new hip so can't do much anyway. :'(
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Sporticus on September 01, 2013, 09:21:56 AM
Hi:

New guy here

Name: Scott
Age: 43
Occupation: Frustrated lawyer wishing I could live forever because there are so many other occupations I want to try.
Location: Western Massachusetts
Bikes: 1975 850T, Harley shovelhead mutt, 1941 Harley WLD (also a mutt), 1965 Harley/Aermacchi M50, ghosts of many a project bike from the past.

I've owned a lot of old bikes. I was about 20 when I saw a kid on a LeMans I at the Larz Anderson museum European Motorcycle Day revving his bike. I began obsessing that day. The shovelhead is beginning to bore me after many years of modifying and fixing. I found a stone stock 850T for a good price. It belonged to an old guy who passed last year and the bike showed it (Wixom fairing, Bates bags, etc.). It hadn't run in a long, long time but wasn't hard to get going. I'm planning some mods to make it look like something closer to the LeMans in my memories, though I'm not going for an absolute replica.

I've got some electrical gremlins that are baffling me first to contend with. I'll be on here with a lot of tech questions, if you don't mind.

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b75/sjelescheff/sideshot_zps9c2eb0cc.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on September 01, 2013, 10:18:11 AM
Do you have pictures of the "shovelhead mutt"?   I was just thinking last night that it might be fun to build up something like a 70's Superglide bobber, with some modern upgrades (like we do with any older bike) .....

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: zojirushi on September 01, 2013, 01:37:32 PM
Hey Folks,

Just picked up a '10 V7 Classic.  I've owned many bikes, but they were all dual sports.  Which has me thinking she'd make a fine scrambler/street tracker   ~; 

Mistral exhaust is on the way along with the Ben's tail tidy, clubman bars, and some maintenance items.  Anyone use H&B side racks with a tail tidy?  I'm not sure it can be done, and it's hard to tell the mounting points on the pictures I've seen.  If not, I'll just have the fender and racks on stand by for touring.  I've been eyeing some TKC 80s too...

Look forward to learning from all you fine folks.  Cheers.

Aaron

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: A.K. on September 01, 2013, 04:38:07 PM
Hi All,

Name: Attila Kovacs
Age: 45
Occupation: tool designer
Location: Ontario, Canada

I'm in love. California 1400 black touring.

This Saturday went to Corsa Meccanica in Vaughan, ON to drool over one. George (the owner) is a very cool guy. He let me borrow his custom to take it out for a spin. Now I'm definitely in love. I need to get one. Soon(er then later).

Test rode the Kawasaki Vaquero 1700 a few weeks ago. 300cc more, but it seemed gutless compared to the California.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: MotoGuzziNut on September 04, 2013, 11:41:47 AM
Hello everyone.

Name:  Mike Wimpy
Age: 62
Occupation:  Financial Services
Location:  Kansas City, MO, USA

My first Moto Guzzi Griso purchase (2012 Griso SE 8V) was short-lived. 

Purchased at the end of April (2013) and totaled on Mother's Day (5/12/13) - run over by a drunk driver on my first "walkabout" while traveling thru Arkansas on my way to Memphis.  Unfortunately, my Griso did not survive the wreck, but, fortunately, I am hear to tell the tale.

I was just cleared by my Neurologist a couple of weeks ago (severe concussion symptoms held on for about three months) to get on  with my life.

My "new" 09 Griso arrived at my front door this time last week.  As they say, I'm back in the saddle again.  Glad to be riding again and happy to be a part of this Guzzi site.

Cheers mates.



Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kiteguy on September 05, 2013, 01:20:38 AM
Dave from Huntington Beach, CA. Own a kite business on the pier. Just had my first Guzzi delivered from Kansas, a 2000 Jackal. Had it a day, love it. Has no luggage of any kind, would love a good tail bag recommendation or affordable saddlebag suggestion, not a throwover though. Thanks.
Dave
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Dean Rose on September 05, 2013, 07:25:05 AM
Dave from Huntington Beach, CA. Own a kite business on the pier. Just had my first Guzzi delivered from Kansas, a 2000 Jackal. Had it a day, love it. Has no luggage of any kind, would love a good tail bag recommendation or affordable saddlebag suggestion, not a throwover though. Thanks.
Dave

Welcome!

Your best bet for that bike is Hepco/Becker racks and bags.

http://www.motomachines.com/Junior_c_22.html



Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kiteguy on September 07, 2013, 01:07:56 AM
thank you Dean
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: boscoman on September 08, 2013, 11:25:27 AM
Andrew
New Guzzi rider, Stelvio NTX
age: Old
Paramedic
Leesburg, VA
Glad to be aboard.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: spgott on September 09, 2013, 12:36:29 PM
I'm Steve.  I'm 47 and a work with reptiles at the zoo here in Jacksonville, Florida, though I am originally from Richmond, VA.

Picked up my 2007 California Vintage in January after wanting one for the last five years.  Started off in 2007 with a Honda Shadow Aero and moved up to the VTX 1300R but after seeing the Cal Vin in a magazine, I worked to pay off the Honda so I could get one.  It was the best looking bike I had ever seen.

Unfortunately, its spent more time in the shop than under me so I'll probably be posting some questions here.  
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Key Lime Pie on September 10, 2013, 10:04:07 AM
Howdy,

JC
55
Telecom Hobo
Cherry Hill, NJ

New member here from South Jersey.  I have been living here in the shadows for a while and decided to join in.  After too many years in airports, hotels and rental cars I finally burned my suitcase and have an office.  So much more riding will commence.  I have a Tenni Griso that I will be enjoying a lot more.   Cheers. 

JC
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vonhatch on September 10, 2013, 11:30:21 AM
    Here's my intro.   I'm steve hatcher, living in Florida, originally from michigan.  It's been a life of motorcycles starting with a honda s65 in 1965, and there have been many other bikes since.  Currently in the Guzzi family, I have two.  A rusty 73 El Dorado that is up and functioning, and also a 1972 v7 sport.  The v7 sport was a barn find...semi-disassembled, but almost complete. Low serial number and no u.s. vin tag.  VK1203x on both neck and motor. The hard to find parts are there, except for the mufflers, of course!  It was parked years ago with a broken shifter spring.  I got it home and fixed that, and now am going through the topend.  Havent decided about new cylinders yet.  There is no flaking, so it's a tough choice.
  Here's a pic of the Eldo......Glad to be here, and sure I'm going to need some tips along the way.....hatch

(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f20/vonhatch/20130722_131910.jpg) (http://s44.photobucket.com/user/vonhatch/media/20130722_131910.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on September 10, 2013, 08:45:15 PM
Havent decided about new cylinders yet.  There is no flaking, so it's a tough choice.
 
(http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f20/vonhatch/20130722_131910.jpg) (http://s44.photobucket.com/user/vonhatch/media/20130722_131910.jpg.html)

Charlie M., vonhatch sounds like a nice guy and has a lovely bike.   PLEASE set him on the road to success about those chrome bores before something terrible happens .....   ;-T

Lannis (I'm not the expert but I know a bunch of them ... !)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: vonhatch on September 11, 2013, 07:15:27 AM
Since both bikes are recent purchases, and both have orig cylinders, I cant decide which bike to get serious about first.  I want to ride the eldo, but the v7 sport excites me!!    Current wallet condition can do one bike at a time.  Both bikes need all that barn finds require, tires,cylinders.....etc etc.   Ive been in both motors, and no sign of any delamination in either.   How risky is it?
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: spgott on September 11, 2013, 10:41:45 AM
Steve - you anywhere near the northeast corner of the state?  Would be great to meet up with another Guzzi rider.

-Steve
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ritratto on September 11, 2013, 11:33:57 AM
Ted Brown here. 59  Artist, carpenter and self-employed person since 1981.
 
Native Texan and have owned five Guzzi in my time. Started with a '98 Centauro (new) and then a '93 1000S. Then I rebuilt a '78 G5 that met a bad end and replaced by a '03 LeMans and am now rebuilding another round fin custom. Love the Guzzi and still have three.

Title: New Guzzi owner
Post by: skromfols on September 13, 2013, 10:25:19 AM
I'm Stan Kromfols, a long time motorcycle rider.  My first bike was a new Honda 305 Superhawk, and I've been riding ever since.  I presently have a 1998 Honda Valkyrie set up for touring and a 2008 Triumph America with many modifications.  I live in Northern Kalifornia right at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and have great motorcycle roads in every direction from my front door.  My latest purchase is a 2004 Moto Guzzi Nevada.  I've added a windshield and package rack and will be adding saddle bags soon.  I'm looking forward to learning more about my Guzzi from those at this forum and hope to meet other Guzzi riders in my area.

As an aside, can anyone tell me how to post a new topic?  I've spent 45 minutes trying to figure that out with no success.  Also, how do you post a pic?  I have a pic of my new Guzzi be can't seem to post it here.

Title: Re: New Guzzi owner
Post by: Stormtruck2 on September 13, 2013, 10:58:05 AM
I'm Stan Kromfols, a long time motorcycle rider.  My first bike was a new Honda 305 Superhawk, and I've been riding ever since.  I presently have a 1998 Honda Valkyrie set up for touring and a 2008 Triumph America with many modifications.  I live in Northern Kalifornia right at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and have great motorcycle roads in every direction from my front door.  My latest purchase is a 2004 Moto Guzzi Nevada.  I've added a windshield and package rack and will be adding saddle bags soon.  I'm looking forward to learning more about my Guzzi from those at this forum and hope to meet other Guzzi riders in my area.

As an aside, can anyone tell me how to post a new topic?  I've spent 45 minutes trying to figure that out with no success.  Also, how do you post a pic?  I have a pic of my new Guzzi be can't seem to post it here.




To post a new topic, you simply click on the post new topic tab at the top right border of the thread listings.  Not at the top of the page but top of the thread listings.  To post a pic you need to host it at a photo hosting website.  I use photobucket.com for mine.  Then you link from that site and post the link in your post.  PB makes it a 2 click affair.  Click on the link on PB to copy the link, then click to paste the link in your post.  Welcom aboard, we love pics!!! :PICS!: :PICS!:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: business_casual on September 13, 2013, 04:05:52 PM
Hi, Eric here - from Atlanta.

I started out on a Honda 50 first time I rode, then a Combat Wombat later on; first time on my own street bike was a Yamaha SE 500 ER.  I eventually moved on to 600 Bandit, YZF-R6 and my last one was a GSXR-750.

Now that I'm old, I need something a little easier on the joints and bones, so I'm thinking Cafe Racer or Stone.  I hope to learn a lot about Guzzis here and decide soon.

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Stormtruck2 on September 13, 2013, 05:07:08 PM
Either one will make your face cramp from grinning like a fool.  :D  Welcome aboard, ;-T and post lots of  :PICS!: :PICS!: :PICS!:
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Muzz on September 13, 2013, 05:11:14 PM
Welcome Eric. Have to agree with Stormtruck: the smallblock Guzzi's are not particularly powerful but they have a smooth even power delivery and flickability through the corners that will leave you with facial rictus from all the grinning.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Michael H on September 14, 2013, 10:57:16 AM
Hi from Cambodia. Been on site for a bit but never did this intro thing.
Originally from UK and been into 2 wheeled vehicles for decades.
First thing I crashed was a Vespa 50 in 1982. Put me in hospital with bust leg and provided me with a plate and screws as a memento for a couple of years.  Had a Vespa 90 and a 1962 Lambretta Li 125 series 3. Had a Lambretta TV 175 frame. Got rid of the Vespa quick but kept the Lambretta for years. Sorry I sold it but outgrew it in more ways than one. Gave the TV frame away as we were won't to back in the 80s.
Been running around on a trusty old Suzuki Dr250 for past 5 years here in Phnom Penh. Driving here is like being in a video game. Extremely dangerous. Lots of idiots. Coming at you from 360 degrees. Like motorized ballet. Dropped it a couple of times in the mud and been knocked off it by a speeding  idiot overtaking on my left as I was turning left. Been all over the country on it. Old but handles great.
Picked up a Guzzi NTX650 couple years ago. First Guzzi. Great bike. Comfortable, stable, eager. Great acceleration for what it is. When it's working. Huge 30 litre fuel tank. Think it's 1992 and ex UNTAC. Been off road for over a year and hope to get it back out soon. Couple of other NTX 650s in same Nato olive drab colour scheme were spirited off to Vietnam and don't know what became of them.
Have caught the Guzzi bug and just imported a 1986 Cali II from France. Only one in the country if not the region.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: saladin on September 14, 2013, 11:55:31 PM
Jason, 39, Melbourne Australia.

Turning 40 soon. Next bike aiming to be a "keeper" ie - still have it in 30 years - so it must be one or more of a bit classical, special, unique etc. Not sure on timeframe ( read: finances!!  :D) but a couple of Guzzis on the potentials list.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: BadMonk on September 15, 2013, 05:30:29 PM
Hi Folks,

Name: John
Age: 57
Occupation: Right now...Driver and Motorcycle Scrapper
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: danketchpel on September 16, 2013, 03:18:47 PM
Hi all,

I'm a new Guzzi owner as of last June. This 2013 Stelvio NTX is my first Guzzi and I think it will stay in the garage for along time. I have always wanted to own a Guzzi ever since riding a friend's 850 T3 back in the early '80s. Things finally came together for me with the Stelvio and I pulled the trigger on it, and I'm so happy I did.

Here's a photo of me with the bike during our recent trip to Colorado, the bike performed perfectly. My wife and I are looking forward to many more road trips on it.

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j192/danketchpel/Trip%20Pix/Colorado%20MC%20trip%202013/Day3031.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: segesta on September 17, 2013, 12:50:57 PM
Not a Guzzi owner yet, but returning to riding after many years away. I forgot that I was no longer 28 when I purchased a Ducati sportbike this spring, and though I love riding it, my back can't take that anymore. But the Moto Guzzi Eldorados and Ambassadors have long been my Holy Grail bike. Even a non-pristine one like Vonhatch's pictured above makes me jealous.

Therefore... I recently test rode a California 1400 and really liked it--big, smooth, powerful and comfortable. I'm right in the Road King/Softail Deluxe demographic--ugh, right?--but no way will I get a me-too Harley. I've joined the forum to look for advice (including what people don't like) about the new big Guzzi.

If I buy the California, I look forward to being a contributor to this forum and not just a lurker/asker. This is a really good resource.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: recycler on September 18, 2013, 04:41:30 PM
Hello all!
Im Brad Green. I live in NW Arkansas and I am an operator at a power plant. I've got several bikes but only one Guzzi, a 68 v700.  I got it non running after a 15 year storage. I got the cyls rechromed and am planning on buttoning the engine back up Monday. I hope to have it ready for a test ride in a few weeks.
 Jim King from this board lives just a few miles from me and has been a big help with used parts and information.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: airheadmike on September 18, 2013, 09:34:52 PM
Mike Boyles
61 Married
Industrial air systems tech.
Hobbies - anything mechanical
'02 Calif. Special Sport
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Slitch on September 19, 2013, 03:15:17 PM
Been lurking here for a month or two while reviving and then titling/tagging my new Guzzi. Now that it's road legal and seemingly running fine I reckon it's time I say Hi and introduce myself.

Been riding a 2003 Suzuki GSF600S (Bandit) - 51,000 miles, 4-cylinders, carburator, tall and heavy.

Recently I purchased, from a friend, a 2004 Guzzi Breva 750 IE with 1,400 miles on it.

The Breva had been in a parking garage for 5 years, and was serviced 2 years ago. In those 5 years, there were zero miles put on it. Fearful that everything would be seized up, I spent a month replacing hoses, fuel and oil, battery, air filter, removed the evap can (kinda had to since the gas vapors deteriorated the tank breather hose and pressure valve), checked the plugs, electrics, disassembled and looked over the in-tank fuel pump, and lubed the pistons.  Only then did I attempt to turn it over.

It's been a great learning experience and I finally feel like I have a handle on this Italian beast! Coming from a 4-banger with carbs, I have no idea how this thing is supposed to run, but it seems to be running well. I've got some concerns about how it starts and behaves when cold, but if I can't get that resolved in the next few weeks I'll probably post something here for help. I'm optimistic that it's just old fuel still burning off.

Nice to be here, glad to have an online source for Guzzi's, considering my nearest Guzzi mechanic is 1.5 hours away. :)

-- Ken
-- Newark, DE
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: dstantstar on September 19, 2013, 06:55:40 PM
Bob here, been coming on the site now for a few days trying to get my feet wet
Moved from NYC to Albuquerque NM, guess I'm a Southern boy now. Howdy Y'all
Age: too old for my own good
Hobbies: Travel, Flying, Skiing, Sailing, Martial Arts, Shooting, Piano, HiFi, watching my Tomatoes not grow
Mistakes: Buying unreliable cars, Sunbeam, Fiat, Renault to name a few (a morgan was offered to me, I refused. Guess I suffered enough)
Bikes: Just picked up a Centauro
          75 Kawasaki Z1B
          76 Kawaskai KZ900
Job: I'm glad to have one
Wife: A great cook and classical pianist. She makes me laugh.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: NewGoose939 on September 19, 2013, 09:50:29 PM
Kevin Nelson
CRNA
Birmingham, AL
52 year old fan of Kentucky & Louisville hoops and Auburn Football

First-time Guzzi owner. Picked it up when I was going to buy a Triumph
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tat2guy on September 20, 2013, 10:33:43 PM
Greetings, Everyone!
My name is Donno, I go by Tat2guy on most internet forums, as I have been a professional tattooer for 15 years, and I recently inherited a 1972 Ambassador. It belonged to the man who taught me to tattoo, and has been in storage ever since he died, 12 years ago. Recently his family decided it was time to empty out the storage facility with all his stuff in it, and asked if I wanted it... What am I, an idiot? Heck yeah, I wanted it! Very long story short, it was transported from NJ to Philadelphia, then from Philly to Western North Carolina, where I just bought a farm, and where I and a good friend will be restoring it.
It was never properly prepared for long term storage, so the tank is full of rust and shellac, so after ordering a Chilton manual, the first order of business was taken care of today- I ordered a POR-15 cycle tank repair kit, and I joined this forum. Spent most of the day browsing it, too...

So my buddy is an excellent mechanic, and I have very little experience in this department, but I am a quick learner, and have assisted on many kinda similar projects, like rebuilding a transmission on a Triumph Spitfire, so I'm certainly not shy about getting grease under my fingernails. I've owned two bikes before this one, a 1982 Yamaha Virago XV920 J, and a 1976 Yamaha XS650, but, honestly, don't have a tremendous amount of road time on them. Now that I live in the mountains, however, instead of Philadelphia, riding is a whole different proposition, and once the Guzzi is up and running, I imagine it will be hard to get me off it...

Anyway, thanks for adding me to the forum, and I thank you in advance for any and all insights I'm sure you will provide me on this project.

That Guy,
Donno

Here she is the day my friend Vinnie rescued her from the storage unit:
(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/269891_4720542969773_344028300_n.jpg)

And at his garage:
(https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/3699_4772494468528_769933296_n.jpg)

I don't think that's street legal:
(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/643938_4772495868563_1472168099_n.jpg)

And here I am, wishing she was running:
(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/525607_4772496788586_1138600550_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TribeFan on September 22, 2013, 09:40:38 AM
Hi...My name is Tom Weirs, 43 from Akron Ohio.  I am an account manager for Chicago Tube and Iron in beautiful Northeast Ohio!  I am in the market for a 2012 MG Norge and look forward to being a member.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nose2wind on September 23, 2013, 11:06:32 AM
David Viosca, 58, Frisco, TX.  09 Stelvio (Bruce Brown old bike), 2000 V11S
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: delboy on September 24, 2013, 09:28:34 PM
Derek Sennett, 52,
Alberta, Canada
2007 California Vintage - had it about 3 weeks now.
Have always liked Guzzi's with that engine sticking out of the side but never quite got around to buying one. Saw a Vintage and decided it was the best looking bike I had ever seen. Have always ridden crotch rockets so its a bit of a change to say the least. Its a hell of a lot of fun and definitely a keeper.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Ace100 on September 25, 2013, 01:01:51 AM
Beale Dabbs, 51.  Realtor and musician (guitar and electronics).  I split time between Fullerton, CA and Landers (near Joshua Tree)

I've been riding since my dad bought me a Yamaha Mini Enduro for my 9th birthday.  I grew up around desert racing during the golden age of California desert racing in the 1970's, although I didn't race myself.  Rode dirt until 16, and then mopeds, scooters and small bikes on the street until my mid 20's before quitting altogether. 

I came back to riding 10 years ago with a purchase of a KLR650 that I built up into the ultimate KLR (minus the 705 kit that I never got around to installing).  Developed Motorcycle Acquisition Syndrome and sold it off to buy a 650 V-Strom.  I never made a connection with that bike.  Too ugly, big and boring.  Never buy a motorcycle that you don't look back at after you've parked it. 

Got up to 4 bikes (a plated XR400, 77' GL1000, Yamaha AT1, scooters and such) but didn't really have the bike that fit my requirements of vintage-ish, good long distance tourer but not a moto-sofa, relatively light and easy to work on.  I like to solo tour 2000-2500 miles trips a couple of times a year.  I usually bootleg camp off the highway and up dirt roads.  Whatever I bought I had to be able to pick up myself.

There was an ad in craigslist that kept calling to me for a 1983 California II that had knobbies installed for it's former duty as a sidecar tug.  Love. at. first. sight.  The ad stayed up long enough for me to finally break down and buy it:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/9537065599_73d673e4ec_c.jpg)

More here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/78842104@N00/sets/72157635127577084/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/78842104@N00/sets/72157635127577084/)

The more I work on it, the more I love it and am sure that I have hit upon the right bike for how I ride.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JohnLClark on September 27, 2013, 01:11:24 AM
Joe Cardinale 46

SW Pa.
Single
Cook or Chef depending on who you ask.

Been riding off and on for about 10 years.  Always wanted a Guzzi since I saw a Daytona up close when it first came out. 
Looking for something I can fix this winter, then enjoy next spring. 


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on September 27, 2013, 08:21:16 AM
Hi All!

New Guzzi owner here!

I have been lurking for a while and have already gotten some great info from the site.  I'm enrolled now and hopefully more great stuff to come.

I live in beautiful Asheville, NC~~ one of the best places on earth! I've lived and worked all over NC, MT, VA, & Costa Rica.

I am a 36yr old chef. Work in contract food service now (Hospital/healthcare) but my background is all luxury resorts, hotels, and indy resturants.  I'm a big BBQ guy (obviously).

My riding background was a number of dirtbikes, gocarts, & mopeds as a kid; my dad is also a Harley nut.
Just decided to get a street bike and check it out... Loving it so far!

I additionaly used to race bicycles (road & Mtn) and was service manager and wrench in bike shops around NC back in the early 2000's

My bike is a 1984 V65sp that I bought "95%" restored and customized. I am piddling with the remaining issues now...  It's perfect; enough issues to keep me busy with projects, but rideable and enjoyable now :-)

(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f365/captcaliber/GuzziV65_zps94f5640d.jpg)

It's got a 'C' tank and seat, Lario pipes, custom Alum side panels...  Other than that pretty much stock.

it's a lot of fun , if I could just staunch the oil leaks I'd be golden!





Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Remy on September 28, 2013, 05:39:54 AM
Hi folks, I am from the UK and just ordered my first Guzzi - a V7 Stone in black.  My previous bike, a Suzuki Gladius, sadly met her maker while crossing a slippery ford, depositing me on a rock then falling on my leg for good measure, breaking my tib and fib.  She was written off much to my dismay but the lure of biking soon got me hobbling on crutches to the showrooms!  I looked at many but the one that really stood out to me was this bike.  I'm not even a classic fan but something about the style of this has caught my eye!  I haven't even had a test ride, just sat on it with the engine running  ;D.  I have some time to peruse Guzzi sites and decide what accessories I need (or can afford!).  Hope it's not long before I can get in the saddle again, I have to have it lowered as I'm a short @rse (only 5'3" with short legs to match  ::) ) so am having a seat sculpted out and replacement shocks.

I expect I will be asking lots of questions and advice!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: trisonic on September 29, 2013, 09:05:02 AM
Hi, I'm Pete.

I'm an English musician living within the New York Metroplex. Used to ride 25 (or more) years ago in England now 61 and thought I needed some more thrills.

Have to get my M/C  endorsement in NJ.... Looking at Moto Guzzi, California Custom (the one without all the gubbins on).

Also need to get the wind in my hair, yes, I actually still have hair.

Will swap bike information for guitar/amp information!

Best, Pete.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: tarless on September 29, 2013, 07:35:22 PM
Hi Anthony, only 17 but don't look a day over 50  ::)
NY state outside of the city a half hour. Currently ride a BWM adventure bike, looking to move on a Griso. Need some actual owner feedback. This bike literally calls me like a siren (not the ones we hear when we speed :)), but there's allot of question marks.

Look forward to some interesting discussion.

A
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: NCAmother on October 03, 2013, 01:41:52 PM
Nathan Appel âge 40  contract photographer and camera builder.   Eldorado '73 Police in process of converting into a 70s style street tracker/superbike    :+=copcar
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: khuff1 on October 03, 2013, 02:33:32 PM
     Having just retired this year I bought a 2001 California Special and thought I would reconnect with those that love this make. Spend my free time as Commander of the local VFW. Served two years with the 82nd ABN ten with the Indiana Army Guard and twelve with Indianas Air Guard. With my wife of 40 years we travel nationaly and internationaly on her terms Air and a five star hotel. Thought it time to get back to what I love long twisty roads and enjoying the smells in the air( she says she'll meet me when I get there). Made 2012 Rally late just as they were leaving. Would have liked to have met everyone. Those that hadn't blown away say these rallys are well worth it. Spent 40 years as a line,shop mechanic in a Delmonte plant in Plymouth In. On motorcycles My first was a 73' KAW 500 triple I've since gotten treatment. Dropped down on adrenalin with a 82 650 Yamaha special. In early 90' found the love of my life in a 74' civilian police Eldorado. Still have her and am getting close to starting a restoration of her.    Kevin Huff
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Triple Jim on October 03, 2013, 03:42:24 PM
Quote from: Key Lime Pie
New member here from South Jersey.

I'm a little jealous.  I love the beach towns east of you, and spent many summers in and around OC when I was young.  Also the best corn I've ever eaten was purchased along route 40 on the way there or home from there.  Last time, I started eating an ear in the car, and everyone else thought I was crazy to eat raw corn.  After giving out a few bites, they all were eating raw corn.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: CPRMan on October 06, 2013, 09:45:26 PM
Hi, Chris Price, 51, engineer. From UK but recently moved to Denver for business. Couldn't take my Beemer with me when i moved, so I was bikeless for the first time in 30+ years. Saw a 2007 California Vintage and fell in love. Now back on two wheels, loving every minute and can't keep the smile off my face.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on October 07, 2013, 08:52:47 AM
Hi, Chris Price, 51, engineer. From UK but recently moved to Denver for business. Couldn't take my Beemer with me when i moved, so I was bikeless for the first time in 30+ years. Saw a 2007 California Vintage and fell in love. Now back on two wheels, loving every minute and can't keep the smile off my face.

Just did that myself this year.   Moved to Denver on business, couldn't bring my bike with me, bought one to use while I was there, and sold it when I left.   Wasn't a Guzzi, but you have to have SOMETHING to ride in those mountains!    You've got someplace new to go and great sights to see all the time, long as it isn't snowing!

Lannis
Title: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: monks_point on October 08, 2013, 08:33:14 PM
CaptZoom

34

Photographer

Los Angeles

Current Bonnie owner looking at possibly purchasing the new Griso.

I've given myself until next summer to make the decision.  If I still want the Griso in a few more months, I'll sell the Bonnie and get the Griso.  In the mean time, I'm here to find out as much as I can about it specifically, and Moto Guzzi generally.

I got into biking in 2008 when I purchased a new Triumph Bonneville.  It became my daily driver very quickly and replaced my car as my most used form of transport.  I love the bike, and had no plans of changing it for another.  In fact since 2008, I've not once been tempted by any bike.  I saw the new California Custom a few days ago, while browsing YouTube for customization ideas.  The bike intrigued me enough to head over to the Guzzi site.  And then I saw it.  Silver on black paint.  Tasteful chrome highlights.  Those curves.  The teardrop tank cradled by the muscular frame.  The Griso.


(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/09/jeheqede.jpg)

It's been a few years since I did this and the results were interesting then...

Please introduce yourself to the group. Give your name, age, occupation and location.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: KiwiKev on October 09, 2013, 11:30:48 PM
Hi All - Kevin here

Going on 66 proud owner of a lovely 1997 Cali 110 I for 3 months now, have always dreamed of having a Guzzi since riding my bro Kiwi Roy's V11 up in Vancouver a year or so back. One son in L.A. with a new V7 Stone - just been up there & had a short spin on that - like my Cali better though, bit of a heavy old girl but once she starts rolling down the road - ahh Bliss  :)

Living in Auckland, New Zealand first bike was an NSU Supermax 250, then a Matchless 500cc  a Triton - wicked Norton / Triumph combo that I managed not to kill myself on luckily. Latterly a 650 Suzuki Savage for the past ten years or so- I have seen the light now, Roy did warn me not to test ride a Cali or I'd fall in love with her.

Cheers,

Kevin

zzz
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TalkingGriso on October 10, 2013, 04:38:04 PM
I'm Paul Willis, 52, business consulting analyst for a healthcare firm, living in Burbank, California.  Longtime dirtbiker, former (slow) motocross racer, got back into street bikes in 2008 on a Kawasaki Versys, which was basically a big dirtbike for the street.  Great fun while it lasted, but as my comfort on the street grew, and my love of the California canyon roads blossomed, I wanted more power and better handling.   I've always been drawn to Italian design, so I started my search looking at Ducati Monsters.  Little did I know I would soon end up owning a REAL monster.   

Contrary to what I've recently read on this site, it only took a short test ride on the Griso for me to fall for it.   Truth be told, the bike started talking to me as soon as we accelerated onto the freeway... it let me know it wasn't particularly impressed the with pace I chose, but was okay with it nonetheless.  I got back to the dealership completely smitten.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Steve.in.atlanta on October 11, 2013, 10:17:50 AM
Howdy from Atlanta. I'm on my 3rd motorcycle in as many years. Been riding on two wheels for about 20+ years but when I met my wife I was dicking around on vintage Vespas and the like. Getting a motorcycle took a few years of convincing. A couple of weekends ago, I traded a neglected scooter for an '82 V50 Mk3. It wasn't running but about 45 minutes later my friend had found the loose wire on the ignition and it fired right up. So now I'm on here looking for ideas and parts. Tomorrow I'm driving to Barber for the races and to look for stuff at the swap meet.

Where I started.
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2872/10020399135_7dec93b769_b.jpg)

Where I'm at now.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3671/10020480423_3e112f47d5_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: V7 Vixen on October 11, 2013, 09:22:09 PM
LaLaina
Savannah GA
Gulfstream GV Maintenance Instructor for FlightSafety International
2013 V7 Racer

(http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy318/uh60dr/image_zpsc634f93b.jpg) (http://s803.photobucket.com/user/uh60dr/media/image_zpsc634f93b.jpg.html)

Previous bikes: R6/GSXR 750 & 1000

New to twins especially new to Moto Guzzi's. Rode my 1st Guzzi on the way home from the dealership (which was 300 miles). Looking at the Agostini Mandello or LaFranconi Competizione. Need to lose the stock mirrors for bar end style & a rear fender eliminator kit. If anyone has any insight, thoughts, comments or concerns, please voice it.

Grazie

V7 Vixen
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: PedalPowerGirl on October 13, 2013, 06:15:06 AM
PedalPowerGirl, 55
Florida
Married
2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 750
Hobbies: Bicycles, Motorcycles, Archery, Hiking, Lounging
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: A440 on October 13, 2013, 04:17:24 PM
Hi I'm Alison, 55, and I teach math in the Washington, DC area.  I've been riding a little over a year, though I rode pillion with my dad in my 20s.  I've been looking to move up from a Rebel, and have just about decided to purchase a V7 Stone.  Interestingly, my dad has also fallen in love with the V7, and although he doesn't ride anymore, he can't wait for me to close the deal!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on October 13, 2013, 04:17:40 PM
PedalPowerGirl, 55
Florida
Married
2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 750
Hobbies: Bicycles, Motorcycles, Archery, Hiking, Lounging

Good!  We're always having to hear "I'd like a new bike but my wife won't let me ...." etc.   I'll bet you don't have any "My husband won't let me ...." stories!

Welcome.

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: sparrowhawwk on October 13, 2013, 05:52:28 PM
Hi folks.  I've been here a while and posted on a couple threads but I don't remember ever posting an introduction.  Of course I don't remember much since oldtimers set in.  ;D  Started riding about 1964.   Rode mostly Hondas until I found my first Eldo sitting neglected in the back of a little used bike shop.  Took a bit to get it running to test ride but rough as it was I didn't want to stop.  First bike I felt at home on from the git go.  Still have one Eldo and a couple of Converts.

Got into sidecars about 40yrs back.  Worked for a couple sidecar manufacturers and helped found one of the biggest.  Still doing the sidecar thing today.  Only a few States and Provinces I haven't been to yet.  Anyway, the old Convert with sidecar has a little over 100,000 miles on it so I just swapped out the engine so it can still be ridden while I rebuild the original.  Dog would be upset if we couldn't get the occasional ride in.  ::)

Looking forward to getting to know people here and discussing something we all love.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: CaliJo on October 14, 2013, 11:15:45 AM
Hi Folks

I'm reading since a while but thought I better introduce myself finally.

I ride since 20 years a 1982 California II and also since about 6 years a 1958 Galletto 192 (fun to ride, but only when the sun shines).

We, my wife and I, Live since 3 years in Western Maryland and enjoy the country side with all the wildlife.

Cheers
Johannes
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bobbcj on October 15, 2013, 08:03:03 AM
Bob Powers
62
Compliance Officer
Arizona
2010 V7 after a 15 year break from riding
Past mc,s 1967 BSA 441, 1968 BSA 650, 19?? Triumph 500, 250 bultaco, 19?? Suzuki TM400, Suzuki RM370, 650 Yamaha, 750 Suzuki, 1984 honda v65 saber.
Having a great time!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on October 15, 2013, 11:29:25 AM
Hi All - Kevin here

Going on 66 proud owner of a lovely 1997 Cali 110 I for 3 months now, have always dreamed of having a Guzzi since riding my bro Kiwi Roy's V11 up in Vancouver a year or so back. One son in L.A. with a new V7 Stone - just been up there & had a short spin on that - like my Cali better though, bit of a heavy old girl but once she starts rolling down the road - ahh Bliss  :)

Living in Auckland, New Zealand first bike was an NSU Supermax 250, then a Matchless 500cc  a Triton - wicked Norton / Triumph combo that I managed not to kill myself on luckily. Latterly a 650 Suzuki Savage for the past ten years or so- I have seen the light now, Roy did warn me not to test ride a Cali or I'd fall in love with her.

Cheers,

Kevin

zzz

Hi Kevin,
               Welcome to the madhouse.
 
It's high time you posted.

Now how about  :PICS!: :PICS!:

If you load onto photobucket or similar then just attach a link.

Roy
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Triple Jim on October 19, 2013, 11:08:45 PM
Getting a motorcycle took a few years of convincing.

Who? Yourself, I hope.

A440, where in the DC area?  I lived most of my life there.  My son is a huge math fan.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: SBB on October 20, 2013, 06:35:07 PM


Hi everyone.

New to the site but not new to riding.
I have ridden most everything on two wheels and the mileage log is a few miles over 600K.
I have a few Harleys but the Stelvio is calling my name.
I'm not sure where to put this question but I was wondering what model years the Stelvio was/is made.
Is there a 2013 model? The dealer close to me has the orange and black one but I'm not sure if it's a 12 or 13 or whatever.
The best I can tell the Moto Guzzi website doesn't list model years just models.
So for me it's hard to tell if it's a 12, 13 or maybe a 14.
Any thoughts?

SBB
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: essexboydave on October 22, 2013, 12:18:38 AM
My name's Dave and I come from Essex in England, 56 years old and work in engineering. I've had bikes since I was 16 and usually owned 3 or 4 at a time so I've had quiet a few bikes of British, European and Japanese origin over the years. I've just bought a 1990 California EV that had been left unloved under a sheet outdoors for the last couple of years but hope to have it running ok soon :) As well as that I have a 79 Spada that I've owned for 23 years but it has been in bits for far too long so that needs putting back together and I have a 1980 XS650 Yamaha that I'm currently rebuilding. I do have one bike that is all up and running though-a Suzuki GSX1400, all I need now is some decent weather to ride it!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DCWCALI on October 23, 2013, 12:53:02 AM
Dana Weeks
Gov't Service
NORCAL  (45 min north of Sacramento)

Motorcycles are like French fries; never meet one I didn't like!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: winwahoo on October 23, 2013, 11:35:22 AM
Hi, folks!  Matt here, from Akron, Ohio.  I'm currently a Triumph Bonneville owner, but am considering a Guzzi.  So...I thought I'd 'troll' a bit, and hopefully get some feedback on another thread comparing the Bonnie to the Norge.  Thanks!

Matthew
Akron, OH
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: toolittletime on October 24, 2013, 05:49:07 PM
Hi Guzzi lovers,
  My name is Tim and I live in far North Idaho....about 35 miles from the Canadian border. Over the years I've had about one of everything, except a Moto Guzzi. That changed yesterday, when I picked up a 1999 Bassa...pearl white, with 37,000 on the clock. I took it out for a spin today and I think it's a keeper. Almost time here to put the bikes away for the winter, so the ride today was a treat. I'm a building contractor, MSF Instructor and Idaho STAR Instructor, so you can see that I stay busy in the summer.
 Looking forward to all of the tricks and tips that boards such as these have available to the members.
Tim
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tom Gardin on October 26, 2013, 08:18:09 PM
Hi All
Tom Gardin here
59 years old
Technical Advisor for Dow Chemical Co.
Enjoy
   Motorcycling
   Mountain Biking
   Kayaking
   Camping
Currently own a 1997 California 1100i 75th year anniversery model
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Psychopasta on October 27, 2013, 04:25:27 PM
Hi, Mark Nicholson here from Seattle WA. Intrepid V50 Monza restorer, also rides a Triumph Tiger 800 and Triumph Thunderbird 1700.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mattyguzzi on October 28, 2013, 07:18:54 AM
Hi all... Another newbie here!

Living in the UK at the moment and am interested in buying a California 1400 Custom. Took one out for a test ride recently and it was love at first ride! :) Visited the Guzzi factory at Mandello while riding around Europe in the summer and caught the Guzzi bug. Looks like a good forum here, so looking forward to finding out more about all things Guzzi!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 77gears on October 28, 2013, 08:47:55 AM
Hello all.
Pete Stevenson
CT, USA
age 52

Interested in euro bikes. Working on Ghezzi Brian Super Twin
Title: New in Folsom - Not a Moto Guzzi owner (yet)
Post by: Scott R Nelson on October 28, 2013, 12:56:06 PM
I'm seriously considering buying a V7 Racer and thought it might be a good idea to join this forum to learn a bit more about the bike BEFORE becoming an owner.

I've owned 22 motorcycles so far, including at least three of each of the major Japanese brands, four Ducatis, and one KTM.  I currently have a KTM 990 Adventure and a Honda XR650L.  I've gone back and forth between dual sports, pure dirt bikes, and pure street bikes during my decades of riding.

I've always thought the V11 bikes from about 2000 until whenever they stopped making them looked very interesting.  I'm thinking that the current V7 may meet my needs.  The V7 Racer is such a beautiful bike, but has the one major drawback that the footpeg position puts my knee right into the crease of the tank, while the other V7 models don't do that.  Hopefully I'll figure out what needs to be done to the bike to make it best meet my needs.

I found out the flaws of the big KTM after becoming an owner, as was also the case with several Ducatis that I've owned.  I would like to avoid that part if I become a Moto Guzzi owner.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 8VPEARL on October 31, 2013, 06:57:30 PM
Greetings to all,
My Names Hunter and I recently purchased my first Moto Guzzi. I guess you could say I'm new to the brand but I have done alot of research. I first test drove the 2013 8v Griso at my local dealer and immidiately fell in love about 3 months ago. Ever since, I have been on the hunt and recently purchased a 2009 8v Griso, pearl white in color, with 2k miles on the dash.(I'll post some pics soon) Now I'm looking to meet other Guzzi heads in my area to meet up and go ride. I live in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. So anyone out there just send me a message.
Ride Safe,  :bike
Hunter

Other Bike:
2005 Suzuki Boulevard S83 1400
(No Comparison)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: cafetbird on November 02, 2013, 09:51:00 PM
Scot Dail
Holly Springs, NC
Mech Engineer

Just picked up a 75 850T

Interesting serial number - VC93941 - frame and  tag match. It seems like a high number from what I've seen posted. Mfg date Nov 74.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: nobleswood on November 05, 2013, 08:13:08 PM
Hi All,

Tim, I'm in Columbus, Ohio. Returning to riding after 25 years away & loving it! Bought a 2004 V11 last year after dreaming about Mk 2 or 3 Le Mans' but couldn't justify the cost. Working my way through fixing a broken ITI speedo at the moment but still riding while the weathers reasonable. I used to ride in England so the weathers great here  by comparison! Furniture maker by training but thinking I should learn some machining skills to keep my girl running sweetly.

Thanks
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Azzha on November 07, 2013, 09:31:41 PM
Brian
46
Programmer
Mesa, Arizona

Greetings!

I picked up a V7 Stone (white) about 2 months ago and a 2003 V11 LeMans (black/grey) last Saturday. I've been commuting with both bikes and have taken a breakfast ride of about 200 miles every Sunday since I got the Stone. I love both bikes for different reason.

-brian
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: KENF on November 08, 2013, 07:11:12 PM
KENF

64 years and counting (backwards)

Retired--8 years Mo State Trooper, 32 years American Honda

Reside in Farmington, mo.--80 miles S of St Louis---Best riding roads in state

Addictions:  Motorcycles and sports cars (for when it is raining)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Azzha on November 08, 2013, 07:53:02 PM
...
64 years and counting (backwards)
...
Greetings KENF!
Your internal chronometer must have been made by ITI (My V11's odometer is running backwards as well)
Title: Re: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Hellgate on November 10, 2013, 09:36:13 PM
Hey everyone!

I'm Pete and have been a Guzzi fan since I first saw a LeMons at the Ft. Collins Honda dealer back in '84 or so.

I recently picked up a '13 Stelvio that is perhaps the funnest bike I've ever ridden.

For work I'm a training manager for Access Midstream in Oklahoma City, an oil and gas pipeline company.  We're hiring BTW.

It nice to be here and I'm looking forward to meeting people and learning more about Guzzis.



Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: RinkRat II on November 11, 2013, 11:23:23 AM
Greetings Guzzitistas!!
 
  Paul here , I am the proud owner of Frank Dugo's {cocoafrank} V11 Sport. My first Guzzi  and for a fabricator/tinkerer it's right up my alley. I live at Lake Powell Arizona  and have been enjoying motorcycling for almost 50 years. I am a life member of the AMA  and truly enjoy all forms of motor racing. My stable includes 1987 K75 S, original owner, KLR650, ATC 70 Highly Modified. And now the V11 Sport. Luckily I can ride all year round with mild winters . I am grateful to all of you knowledgeable  members for the info, tips and tricks that has so far saved me time and money. In the future I will try to pass on things that I have learned to help others.
      Thanks To All The Service People Out There For Allowing This Great Country We Live In To Be Free!
       
       R.I.P Frank Dugo, Godspeed


      Regards, Paul B.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: willowstreetguzziguy on November 12, 2013, 08:27:22 PM
Jeff Shultz

60

Faux Finisher / Artist

Willow Street, PA (5 mi S of Lancaster)

Been riding since 1971... Suzuki's (380 & 550), BMW R90S, BMW K75C, BMW K75S ... Wanted to get back to the feel that I had with the 900cc R90S and determined the 1200 Sport was the best choice after riding a V7 special, Griso, and a Norge. Found a 2008 1200 Sport in Oklahoma, took bus out and rode it 1,400 miles back to PA from Nov. 7-9 in temps 34-61 degrees. FUN
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DaleG on November 13, 2013, 06:23:05 PM
 Hi all. I have 07 norge and my brother has a 73 eldo that my uncle has had sence new
 I an a retired autobody tech.   Dale
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Bill Hagan on November 14, 2013, 07:48:05 AM
Jeff Shultz

60

Faux Finisher / Artist

Willow Street, PA (5 mi S of Lancaster)

Been riding since 1971... Suzuki's (380 & 550), BMW R90S, BMW K75C, BMW K75S ... Wanted to get back to the feel that I had with the 900cc R90S and determined the 1200 Sport was the best choice after riding a V7 special, Griso, and a Norge. Found a 2008 1200 Sport in Oklahoma, took bus out and rode it 1,400 miles back to PA from Nov. 7-9 in temps 34-61 degrees. FUN

Were those the bus temps?   ;D

You had to want that S12 pretty badly.  Seriously, nothing like a LD bus to go back in time in all sorts of ways.  And, in my experience on those time machines, thy were always HOT, whatever the season.

Enjoy your Guzzi.  You live in great riding country.

Bill

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: daviscr5 on November 15, 2013, 08:16:45 PM
Chris Davis
Orlando, FL
35
Construction P.M. (but more importantly to me, former Jarhead)
07' Griso and 06' Speed Triple
Married with 1 kiddo
Motorcycle fanatic and pop-up camper aficionado
Have owned: Kawasaki 550LTD, Triumph Sprint RS, Yamaha Road Star, Yamaha FZ1, Triumph Tiger, Harley Sportster, Kawasaki Versys, Triumph Scrambler.....I think I've kept my Griso the longest! ;-T


Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Waltr on November 15, 2013, 09:34:45 PM
Walt Roman
60 Been riding since 1976 with a hiatus in the 90's when I decided to give up on a self destructive life style.
Been a massage therapist for the last 20 years.
Spent the last 10 years riding two wheeled land yacht's. I was looking at a Norge last year when I bought a Kawasaki C14, Bad mistake. Found a buyer for the Kaw and  purchased a new 2012 White Norge  two weeks ago.  I love this bike!
I hope to hook up with local MG riders in my area come warmer weather.
near Gettysburg, PA
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: willowstreetguzziguy on November 16, 2013, 10:06:56 AM
Daytime temps ranged from 50-57 and I had NO RAIN. I watched the temps drop from a high of 57 and plummet down through the 40's and by 7:30 pm in Marion, VA it was 34 degrees.  The following items were essential in helping me survive the cold...

1.) Eclipse electric vest, 2.) Aerostitch 1-piece riding suit, 3.) snowmobile mittens, 4.) Laminar speed shield (5.5" increased height) and one last thing...  since I have long legs and was wearing my padded riding suit, the bend in my legs felt crunched! So I bought a fleece blanket & duct tape at Walmart and for under $10, elevating my seating position by 4", gave my legs a much easier position for riding.  And that ugly duct taped gray blanket was sooooo comfortable to sit on for 10 hour days!   
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Nick on November 17, 2013, 09:05:36 AM
So I bought a fleece blanket & duct tape at Walmart and for under $10, elevating my seating position by 4", gave my legs a much easier position for riding.  And that ugly duct taped gray blanket was sooooo comfortable to sit on for 10 hour days!   
You'll blend right in with this group  ;D
Welcome aboard  ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Falko on November 19, 2013, 07:25:40 AM
Hello all. Just picked up a 2008 1200 Sport.
Rid myself of an FJR a couple months ago and have been on the look out for something with a little character and doesn't sound like a jet engine. I think the MG will work out just fine. Had an Aprilia prior to the FJR, that was a wonderful bike. Looking forward to getting some riding in come spring, it's going to be a long winter.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: ItsForrest on November 21, 2013, 09:17:58 AM
It's time for another Guzzi!

I have been riding for over 30 years and about 15 motorcycles have come and gone from the garage. Of those a few have been Guzzis and it's time for another one. Looking for a bike with enough power and comfort for two-up without being more akin to a battleship, I have settled on a shiny black Norge. The other bikes staying in the stable are a Triumph Scrambler and the girlfriend's 200 Scarabeo.

I see a couple familiar names already on the forums here, Hi Greg!

FF
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Tim R on November 21, 2013, 12:11:03 PM
Hi all. 
I'm Tim and am a new rider (except for a short stint 20+ years ago).  I've been riding a Vespa GTS 300 since moving to SoCal (last 18 months or so).  Was thinking about a something bigger (something that doesn't leave me white-knuckled from freeway driving on small tires, has more range for longer exploring, and is better for two-up).  I saw a Calif 1400, fell in love with it and am considering a purchase before the end of the year.
--Tim
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: diggers on November 22, 2013, 02:59:11 AM
I've got an 86 Mk4 Le Mans.  P.O. put upside forks and an 18in wheel on the front.  Had it about 2 years now. Didn't have the instruments on it when I got it, so got the speedo mounted and put a small fairing on the front.  I just love the big torquey motor and the exhaust note!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 24, 2013, 03:36:01 AM
Hi Guzzi Fans

Rob, 54 live to ride a Guzzi.

Long legged and easy to live with.

Don't own a car, ride all year around.
Bike since 1993 is a 1974 750S.

 ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: azguzzirep on November 24, 2013, 05:24:48 AM
Tom Short
Phoenix born and raised.

Just turned 50, waaah! Arizona MGNOC Rep.

Bought my first Guzzi from the Arizona Hiway Patrol in 1980, a 1974 Eldorado. Been on Guzzi ever since

Hobbies are much like everyone else's, guns, booze, bikes, broads. Never married, no kids.

I've been to Mandello and loved it! Been to a Guzzi rally in Germany, too!

Grazie, Carlo! Multi Grazie!! Mille Grazie!!!!!!





UPDATE:

Now 54, married, living in SW Germany and have a 1998 EV California 1100.  Married a gal I met in 2007 at a Guzzi rally in Germany. Too cool!

Tom
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on November 24, 2013, 02:20:45 PM
Hi Guzzi Fans

Rob, 54 live to ride a Guzzi.

Long legged and easy to live with.

Don't own a car, ride all year around.
Bike since 1993 is a 1974 750S.

 ;-T

Neat bike, and good on yer for choosing a lifestyle that allows you to just ride a bike and not own a car.   Wish I could have the best of both worlds, but I've made other choices .... !

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 24, 2013, 04:56:25 PM
Welcome Rob! let's see some pics of you and you're 750 back in jolly old England! Always nice to see a old Guzzi doing it's job! :bow
Hi Guzzi Fans

Rob, 54 live to ride a Guzzi.

Long legged and easy to live with.

Don't own a car, ride all year around.
Bike since 1993 is a 1974 750S.

 ;-T
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FODFA on November 27, 2013, 04:22:32 AM
Hi, Name is Andrew from South Australia.

43 years young and I make 4wd accessories for a living, rock sliders, dual wheel carriers etc.

After 20 years without a bike I picked up a Cali EV the other day, so far very happy with the choice  ;D

(http://s9.postimg.org/qqbfvk057/Guzzi_California_EV_1.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/qqbfvk057/) (http://s24.postimg.org/7gptorych/Guzzi_California_EV_4.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/7gptorych/)

I had to ride it home 800kms (500 miles) and pretty quickly worked out I wanted some highway pegs, research for them led me here. 

Hopefully I can learn a lot and maybe add a little as well.

Cheers Andrew
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 27, 2013, 05:13:15 AM
Neat bike, and good on yer for choosing a lifestyle that allows you to just ride a bike and not own a car.   Wish I could have the best of both worlds, but I've made other choices .... !

Lannis

Hi Lannis

Life is all about choices.
Mind you November in the UK there aren't many bikes on the road.
Had to fit my electrically heated inner gloves last week end.
One thing I cannot stand is cold fingers.

:bike

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 27, 2013, 05:21:05 AM
Welcome Rob! let's see some pics of you and you're 750 back in jolly old England! Always nice to see a old Guzzi doing it's job! :bow

Hi John

Have been trying to post photos at Wild Guzzi using photobucket, IMG, etc.
Without success so far as you can tell by my profile pic that isn't there?
Will post photos as soon as I am able, promise.

 :o

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 27, 2013, 06:35:56 AM
Cool Rob, it took me a a while to figure it out too. PM me if you have a question, I may be able to help
(http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w605/guzzistajohn1/ride003_zpsebf59825.jpg) (http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/guzzistajohn1/media/ride003_zpsebf59825.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on November 27, 2013, 10:31:42 AM
Hi Lannis

Life is all about choices.
Mind you November in the UK there aren't many bikes on the road.
Had to fit my electrically heated inner gloves last week end.
One thing I cannot stand is cold fingers.

:bike

Rob

The human frame can stand almost anything when your hands and feet are warm and dry ... !!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 28, 2013, 04:26:20 AM
Cool Rob, it took me a a while to figure it out too. PM me if you have a question, I may be able to help
(http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w605/guzzistajohn1/ride003_zpsebf59825.jpg) (http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/guzzistajohn1/media/ride003_zpsebf59825.jpg.html)

Thanks John, see you use photobucket. Just compare your URL with the one I have been trying to upload?

Very clean looking Mk3 Le Mans.

The 750S is looking very dirty now but no time to clean as have an MOT tomorrow and I don't clean without waxing and greasing which all takes hours especially with spoked Borranis.

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 28, 2013, 04:35:29 AM
The human frame can stand almost anything when your hands and feet are warm and dry ... !!

Lannis your'e so right.
But this year I wired up the inner warmers prior to my hands getting painfully cold a couple of times first to remind me that I need to wire them up.
Maybe I am starting to feel the cold more or just more seasonally aware as the years pass by!

 ???

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: LItalien on November 29, 2013, 11:11:57 AM
Hello Forum,

My name is Bruce L'Italien.  I'm in my mid-fifties and am a Mechanical Engineer.  I own a Griso 8V which was purchased in August of this year.  I also own a Ducati and an Aprilia.
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on November 30, 2013, 02:27:06 AM
Welcome Rob! let's see some pics of you and you're 750 back in jolly old England! Always nice to see a old Guzzi doing it's job!

Here you go John.

(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af249/burningtorch/side_zps379fada7.jpg) (http://s1012.photobucket.com/user/burningtorch/media/side_zps379fada7.jpg.html)

(http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/af249/burningtorch/DSCF0792_2_zps0f02d981.jpg) (http://s1012.photobucket.com/user/burningtorch/media/DSCF0792_2_zps0f02d981.jpg.html)

As you can see not exactly standard but all mods are intended for everyday and every season use!

 ;)

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 30, 2013, 09:07:02 AM
Rob, nice scoot for sure! got the photo thing whipped! Keep 'em coming us Yanks love to look at pictures, you would think we were all from Japan ???
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: triumphtwin on November 30, 2013, 09:43:42 AM
  Mark;  Age 51

 Parsippany, NJ

Wife; no kids (Wife says with me round; we don't need anymore! :D); 4 agility dogs & 2 parrots.

Work as a Biomedical Equipt Tech at a hospital.

Hobbies: Motorcycles & Cars; Mtn Biking; Road Cycling; Long Boarding; Guitars; RC Rock Crawling; Target Shooting and whatever else interests me at the time!  :D

Current bikes: 1972  Honda CL350 Scrambler (partially restored; but presently off road due to major oil leak)
                    2003 Triumph Bonnie Centennial Edt. (my favorite all round bike)
                    2007 Moto Guzzi Breva V1100 (my 1st Guzzi; owned since 2011. Love it; but still sorting it out.  ;D)
                    2012 Honda CBR250R (my work commuter & back roads blaster)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Edfw on December 01, 2013, 03:53:54 PM
Hi,  Ed here.   Retired machinist.  Living in Fl / NY
      Presently riding 2008 Moto  Guzzi Nevada
      Looking to upgrade to 2013 Norge

      Any comments Good OR Bad will be appreciated
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: TROTAMUN2 on December 09, 2013, 05:02:00 AM
Hi everyone!! Edgar here, just another one here who chokes the Guzz..i, hummmm, what I meant is that loves the GUZZi!! I am the proud owner of a 1997 V10 centauro! I am hoping I meet some of the great people here @ rides and meetings!!!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: diabloloco on December 10, 2013, 11:02:32 AM
Nice site and hello.  I've got a sport 11.  Couldn't not be on probably the biggest guzzi site in the world.
Been lurking a bit and I like.  Troll free sorta but some really experienced people that know their stuff.

Az 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Scoot4Life on December 10, 2013, 10:23:04 PM
Hello fellow Guzzistas!

Paul, 53 years young and enjoying the ride!
I live in a rural community N/W of Toronto.
Work in investment and private equities.
Ride an Aprilia, Piaggio (scooters) and a Triumph Thruxton SE (WOW! and for sale) and a Griso SE 8V (WOW!). My wife (WOW!) rides a Vespa.

Excellent site with great information and seemingly great people. Looking forward to reading more and posting some to.
Looking to buy some red suspenders (when I can find some!)

Will post pix of my Griso soon.

 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Britishbangers on December 12, 2013, 03:12:12 AM
(http://C:\Users\joji.kurian\Desktop\MG 131213)Hello Group,

I am Joji Kurian.

I am an Indian, presently in UAE/ Dubai.

I will be 43 years old tomorrow (13/12/13).

I am a Civil Engineer and work for a French company building water and waste-water treatment plants.

I have purchased an ex-dealer 2012 - Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in red and white on 11/12/13.

I had a few British motorcycles in the past, however, there was a friend/ mentor called Mr Lannis in Virginia US of A who had a Moto Guzzi.

In India and especially in the circumstances that I grew up in, if was well neigh impossible to dream or even own a Guzzi.

However, Mr Lannis ignited the spark in 2002 and nearly 12 years down the line, I finally have a small block Guzzi.

Here in the UAE, there are about 5 Guzzis (3nos Grisos, 1no V7 Classic & 1no Racer).

I will need all the help I could possibly get.

I am on the look out for the following;

1. Center Stand,

2. Engine crash guards,

All pointers/ leads will be gladly accepted.

Take care and stay well.

Regards,

Joji Kurian - aka - Britishbangers
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: wyno on December 13, 2013, 01:34:40 AM
Hi Andrew,
welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here and some real experts who will give you advice when you need it. The best we've got is Pete Roper in Bungendore near Canberra. He goes by the name of Vasco DG.
Mike
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: fikuscz on December 14, 2013, 03:05:44 AM
Hello,
My name is Miroslav Fischer
45 years
businessman
I'm from Czech Republic
My interests: family, old motorcycles, RC models, traveling, cycling
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lannis on December 14, 2013, 11:22:09 AM
(http://C:\Users\joji.kurian\Desktop\MG 131213)Hello Group,

I am Joji Kurian.

I am an Indian, presently in UAE/ Dubai.

I will be 43 years old tomorrow (13/12/13).

I am a Civil Engineer and work for a French company building water and waste-water treatment plants.

I have purchased an ex-dealer 2012 - Moto Guzzi V7 Classic in red and white on 11/12/13.

I had a few British motorcycles in the past, however, there was a friend/ mentor called Mr Lannis in Virginia US of A who had a Moto Guzzi.

In India and especially in the circumstances that I grew up in, if was well neigh impossible to dream or even own a Guzzi.

However, Mr Lannis ignited the spark in 2002 and nearly 12 years down the line, I finally have a small block Guzzi.

Here in the UAE, there are about 5 Guzzis (3nos Grisos, 1no V7 Classic & 1no Racer).

I will need all the help I could possibly get.

I am on the look out for the following;

1. Center Stand,

2. Engine crash guards,

All pointers/ leads will be gladly accepted.

Take care and stay well.

Regards,

Joji Kurian - aka - Britishbangers



JOJI!!

Good to see your typeface here; I was just thinking about you, wondering where a Christmas card would get to you!   Sounds like the job’s going well … hope Sini and Naomi are well.   Naomi must be a young lady by now.  

I work for a French company myself now … thank goodness for the French taxpayer and utility customer, I think about them every time I get a paycheck!  

There sure are a lot of similarities between Britbikes and Guzzis, and there’s a lot of similarities between the people too.    We have some real Smallblock fans on the list who will be able to help you with parts or working on the bike, I know they’ll be anxious to answer any question you might have.

Don’t feel too far from “support” there in the Emirates – your Guzzi dealer is probably closer than mine!!   The life expectancy of a Guzzi dealer in the USA is about the same as a Maxim gunner in the Ypres trenches …. I’ve seen six of them come and go here in Virginia in the last 5 years ….

So take advantage of the expertise of your fellow Guzzisti!!

Lannis
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mecano on December 14, 2013, 03:58:39 PM
Luis caballero
age 55
Mechanical Contractor
 Hialeah fl
bikes
yamaha radian 600
honda shado
kawi  mean street
susuki vstrom
thriumph tiger 1050
I am Cuban came to US 22 years ago on a raft, the most difficult part was the languish so please bear with me. 
Iam  hoping to get a new stelvio nxt and all the help I can get. like to do every thing in my bikes, and some of them need the dealers's computers I do ac and refrigeration
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: FODFA on December 14, 2013, 07:59:47 PM
Hi Andrew,
welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here and some real experts who will give you advice when you need it. The best we've got is Pete Roper in Bungendore near Canberra. He goes by the name of Vasco DG.
Mike

I notice a few Aussies around here, I'll keep an eye out for Vasco.

I've got a few bits and pieces coming for the Cali, and a couple of custom jobs on the go that hopefully I can share with everyone in the new year.

Cheers Andrew
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Britishbangers on December 14, 2013, 09:37:53 PM
Dear Mr Lannis,

Yes! this is Joji indeed!

The project has wound up and infact, I am looking at a new opening in the Emirates.

I will call on you tonight to catch up with old times.

The Guzzi dealer is infact a lady!

She knew that I am a classic bike fan and she offered me the Guzzi on installaments!

I will PM you soon.

Thank you for the kind words and the warm welcome.

Take care and stay well.

Regards,

Joji Kurian
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Johncolleary on December 15, 2013, 09:14:59 AM
John Colleary General Contractor Long Beach Ca.
Just purchased my first Motoguzzi 2013 Setlvio NTX
Also have a 2001 Aprilia Falco
riding since 1974
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: JBBenson on December 16, 2013, 09:40:52 AM
Jesse Benson
47
Film Production Designer
This V11 is my 3rd Moto Guzzi.....I would like a Stelvio someday

(http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f209/JesseBruceBenson/Mobile%20Uploads/mg_12.jpg) (http://s48.photobucket.com/user/JesseBruceBenson/media/Mobile%20Uploads/mg_12.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Queensland Ken on December 18, 2013, 03:49:44 PM
Hi, Ken from Toowoomba here.
Just bought a near new Stelvio NTX, love it, my first Guzzi !


(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PxTXogsD8Tw/UqLUKN4BtnI/AAAAAAAABHY/wakv5xnEGJo/w1035-h583-no/Stelvio+3.jpg)


Just ordered a few service items for it as well as a a adaptor for a Givi top box, so I can swap between bikes and a Rostra cruise control.
I'm hoping to do most of the service work myself.
Just waiting on some filter cup wrenches and a set of OBD leads to finish off it's first service.

Cheers
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: CooperD on December 19, 2013, 09:27:42 AM
Doug Cooper, 41, married, 2 kids

I work at DreamWorks Animation (18 years - quite a run in this business) as a Visual Effects Supervisor.

My introduction to Guzzi is my new 2013 V7 Stone (black), and I couldn't be happier with it.  Not only is it my first Guzzi, it's my first bike. 

A buddy invited me to take the MSF course with him through the local Harley dealership.  I wasn't sure if I was going to get a bike, but wanted to support him.  That all changed the first day on the range when we started up the demo bikes, and the vibration, sounds and smells were intoxicating.  I knew I had to do this.  (A mere 500 miles later, and I wish I'd done this 10 years go - but not 20, I would have killed myself then   ::) )

Before getting the Guzzi, I've been a car enthusiast for many years.  I own a supercharged 1994 Miata and "1961" Austin Mini.  I do most of my own work on the cars (the Mini's currently up on stands in the garage patiently waiting for me to put new wheel bearings in). 

I'm looking forward to learning more about Guzzi's, bikes in general, and riding safe and fun. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Rob Morton on December 20, 2013, 01:35:33 AM
("A mere 500 miles later, and I wish I'd done this 10 years go - but not 20, I would have killed myself then " ::)

Hi Doug, it's cool you've found 2 wheels.
Know what you mean.
I started riding when I was 17. How I survived the first couple of years is anybodies guess?

 :bike

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: kildareman on December 20, 2013, 08:22:12 AM
Kildareman saying Hi.  Presently riding a Triumph Tiger 800 but am starting to look at either the V7 Stone or the Griso 8v. 
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: the balding bunyip on December 22, 2013, 03:06:20 AM
G'day Fellas


My name is Michael and I have just purchased my first Guzzi, sight unseen in the States, with the intention of riding it coast to coast early next year.

It is a 2007 Breva 1100 with 3200 miles on it.  Cannot wait to see it and ride it.... only 93 sleeps to go,   :bike
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Lazmo on December 23, 2013, 07:35:08 AM
Howdy…

My name is Larry

I’m 56

I work as a Network Architect for an ICT multinational

I live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

My interests are motorcycles, mountain bikes, guitars, drums, family… not necessarily in that order.

The reason why I am here is that my good riding buddy recently bought me a 1971 Moto Guzzi V7 Special… it’s not a freeby, I am paying for it… but he forced me into it, so he could have me back as a riding companion. My current bike is tiny (Honda SS50) and won’t really carry pillions, or do big distances… so he has forced the issue of a rangier, bigger, pillion friendly bike, by simply buying one for me.

I have had many many motorcycles in my 56 years on the planet… lots of trail bikes on the farm growing up, but the road bikes being mainly early Triumphs, Honda 4’s and Ducatis, of which I have owned eight. I did a have a BMW phase, but we can ignore that.

Anyway, the Guzzi is all original, one owner, has not been started in 20 years, with only 43,000 kms on the clock. It needs a good wash and polish, seat recover, battery, tyres and re-lube… but I’m gonna pop the heads off to see the state of the chrome bores before I crank it into life.

Regards Lazmo

Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: mattblum on December 23, 2013, 01:19:12 PM
Hello, my name is Matt Blum. 43, living in Porltand, OR.
My amazing wife just surprised me with a 2013 V7 Racer with Record Kit.
Love the bike!! It's just incredible.

My other bike is a 1976 BMW R75/6 (which my wife surprised me with eight years ago).

Not 100% sold on the seat from the record kit, so I've put the original back on.
Here's a pic:

(http://wendygiven.com/motorcycles/MotoGuzzi/12_22_13_NewSeat_01.JPG)


Matt Blum
Portland, OR
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
1976 BMW R75/6
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: jas67 on December 23, 2013, 06:07:06 PM
Hello, my name is Matt Blum. 43, living in Porltand, OR.
My amazing wife just surprised me with a 2013 V7 Racer with Record Kit.
Love the bike!! It's just incredible.

My other bike is a 1976 BMW R75/6 (which my wife surprised me with eight years ago).

You're wife is an incredible woman -- definitely a keeper!    ;-T
Treat her well (I'm sure you do, or she wouldn't be this good to you).   :BEER:

As for the bike -- congratulations!    Now I want the record kit for my V7R too.   ;D
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: eric2186 on December 24, 2013, 12:56:58 PM
Hi I'm Eric, currently living in the Los Angeles / Orange County area. I'm 27, learned to ride in my native Taiwan about three years ago and haven't looked back since. I bought a Griso 1100 about a year ago to replace my Monster as a daily rider and long distance touring bike (odd choice, I know). Here she is:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u3PX68QOOXI/Urkv9vwokYI/AAAAAAAADac/775iHhduo70/s1600/DSC00737.JPG)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: schadeam on December 26, 2013, 10:18:43 AM
Hola. New moto guzzi owner. Purchased a Breva 750 a while ago. In Blue. Looking forward to interacting with you all. http://imgur.com/a/ReYCS (http://imgur.com/a/ReYCS)  (http://i.imgur.com/jquRH4f.jpg) (http://i.imgur.com/sA7td7t.jpg)
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: Guzzistajohn on December 26, 2013, 10:46:04 AM
Let us know when you make your trip, plenty of American hospitality to help you along the way!
G'day Fellas


My name is Michael and I have just purchased my first Guzzi, sight unseen in the States, with the intention of riding it coast to coast early next year.

It is a 2007 Breva 1100 with 3200 miles on it.  Cannot wait to see it and ride it.... only 93 sleeps to go,   :bike

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Post by: Rob Morton on December 27, 2013, 01:04:25 AM
"My name is Michael and I have just purchased my first Guzzi, sight unseen in the States, with the intention of riding it coast to coast early next year."


That'll be one hell of a ride!
It is even bigger than Oz.
Rode from Alaska to Southern Chile in 1991 but not on a Guzzi an XT350.

 :bike

Rob
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: normzone on December 27, 2013, 03:15:12 PM
Hello all -

Norman in San Diego here - back in 1979 I found a '72 Eldorado 850 crashed and forgotten under a pool liner in a storage yard  in Sausalito - the owner asked $350 for it, and I made payments  :)

One battery and the usual tinkering put it back on the road for 115K miles over the next 12 years, at which point I was spending more time riding horses and I swapped it for a 45-70.

Of course in hindsight now that I want another Guzzi it turns out that they're going for real money now...I'm looking for something between $1 - $2,500 dollars and we'll see what that brings in out of the woodwork.

Thanks all for your invaluable support and fun stories.

Norman
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Post by: Captain Clive on December 27, 2013, 08:00:50 PM
G'day
Old fart from Queensland Australia. Just bought myself a V7 Special after being bike less for the past 15 years.  My wife said I could buy another bike once I had my hip replaced. That happened 2 years ago. My main problem is getting my leg over (a bike that is) so I was looking for one low enough. The V7 caught my eye and it was another Italian love affair for me, the other being my coffee machine. I'm still getting used to riding again and a little apprehensive. My wife keeps reminding me I'll be 65 next month. I've booked in to do a refresher course in February. Oh it's my first Guzzi having had several Jap bikes and a BMWR100RT in the past.

Cheers Clive
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Post by: r3bauer on December 28, 2013, 12:46:28 AM
Adam
35
Husband and Dad
Stay at home dad
Army Vet.
Stormtruck2's oldest son.
Bike inventory:
78 Sportster
82 Suzuki gl1100gs
78 honda sl100
Hope to soon have a Moto Guzzi California.
Stormtruck2 got me into Guzzis after loaning me his California.  What a great bike! Smooth acceleration, great handling, and smooth braking I love the way I can ride for miles and stay comfortable.

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Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: DennisH on December 28, 2013, 05:21:03 PM
Dennis, FL, USA. On my 4th Guzzi in last 3 years. Had a 750 Nevada in restoration which never finished then passed it on to next happy restorer! Next a 1200 Breva Sport but in my late 60s was too much on the wrists - but FAST! The past 1.5 years on a Nevada which is too small for me, peppy, but too small. Now in process of restoring 1999 Bassa with only 6K miles on it. Wish me success!
Title: Re: Introductions thread...Introduce yourself to the group !
Post by: 65_dreamer on December 29, 2013, 07:42:22 PM
Hello everyone!  Fairly new to riding (about 1 year on my 1965 Honda Dream 305) and new to the Moto Guzzi world - less than 1 week! I just purchased a 2010 V7 Classic and spent Christmas Eve morning at the DMV to get it registered. Not what most people would want to do over the holiday, but I was excited (and a bit nervous) to be there.  ;D

The Moto Guzzi is (obviously) very different from the Dream, but great fun so far. I've taken it out in the parking lot twice, did a 60 mile on familiar roads, and did a group ride today of about 150 miles.  It'll still take some getting used to, but I'm loving the bike so far!

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