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So can someone that's ridden one explain the riding experience vs other Guzzis? I think they look OK. A sportier Tonti bike. I'll admit that I don't "get it".I know a fellow that rides one. First time I saw him, I was on the EV and thought nothing more than it was stripped down California (which in my mind meaning Tonti frame bike). OK, I was ignorant and for $20k, still ignorant.
So this is my irrational dream bike. Being ignorant of market pricing, I was thinking these would be in the $8k - $12K range. Did not realize it would be impossible to find one below $18K.And other than them being a bit rare, I don't think they were all that special, right? I read some articles on them and it seems like they were a very slow seller when they came out new. For me, it is just the look. Love the black/green combo. Love the pipes and chrome fenders. Really like the tank. The seat/tank junction looks a bit odd, but that is ok. After looking at prices, I starting wondering .... "What about a Quota" those are usually priced pretty good.
I read some articles on them and it seems like they were a very slow seller when they came out new.
Looks indeed!! - - and here are two other earlier Guzzi models that are now going for $20,000 - $25,000!!!
Confession? I'm asking for an honest opinion on the 'big valve' engines power delivery compared to the standard size inlet valved engine. From limited experience putting an 855cc 'Blitz kit' (huge inlets, match ported, relieved, twin spark plugs. Linskog balance, blue printed R65), I knew I'd lose bottom end power. I imagine the big valve MG's would suffer the same 'til perhaps 3K r/m. R3~
The LM1, V7 Sport or 1000S are not worth $20K+ YET. Iíd say $18K tops for a pristine example. Anything more, and youíre over-paying. And Iím not your typical Guzzi cheapskate, I pay good money for a nice bike.
It's just a Tonti LeMans with retro bodywork.. not that there is anything at all wrong with a Tonti LeMans. I rode a *lot* with Guzzi Bob (RIP). He had a 1000S, 07 Norge with the suspension upgraded, and medium valve T3. They were pretty much equal in the twistys.I was talking about this with Gordon at MG Cycle one day, and he said, "The 1000S didn't sell well. People took them out on a test ride and thought what will this high priced bike do that my T3 won't?" I agree.
I agree with you Cam, maybe in a couple more years the bikes you list may break the $20K range
Why do the carbs have flat tops instead of the bell crank type?
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