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I've got two EV's with over 150000 between and I love these bikes. All I can say is to go check out and ride the 1400 Touring. A much better motorcycle, although heavier hands down.
I live in the Canadian MidWest and have not so much as heard a Guzzi "live" so a purchase will involve travel and a fair bit of faith. Jorg
how far is that from Minneapolis? http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/mcy/5054042461.htmlI don't know owner or bike. looks like the seat is redone or aftermarket.then this, I don't know it either,http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/mcy/5007853468.html
I've done a great deal of touring on my Vintage...it's wonderful. I've never ridden an EV, but my Calvin pulls well at lowish RPMs...a trait that older Guzzis are reputedly a bit short on. It required some personalization, but mine is a slick-handling mile muncher. It's pretty light (within it's genre) and the brakes are first-rate. I consider it the best bike I've owned in 45 years of riding. Highly recommended...here's mine:
Here's one in Duluth. No connection to me. Just passing it on.http://duluth.craigslist.org/mcy/4985995007.htmlMike E.Lisle IL.
Can't comment on the choice of bike, never having ridden either, but I will say that choosing a dealer based on being three hours closer is not a very strong reason unless you plan on having that dealer do all your wrenching. These guys on this forum have a ton of background and may know a better spot to look for the perfect machine for you... My dealer is 2700 km south (Valley Moto, Chilliwack) and I still get great service every time I call.Enjoy whichever machine you buy.
Why would maintenance on a Cal-Vin be within your skill level, but the maintenance on the easier to service Cali1400 (no throttle body synchronization and fewer replaceable sensors) be out of your capability?
Maintenance would pose no problems. Problems with throttle by wire, traction control, abs., might be out of my comfort zone to diagnose and resolve. I prefer carbs to efi but accept efi for the benefits it provides. I can see the benefits of the additional systems on the 1400 but would prefer to do without the complexity. Then there is the issue of weight. In 40+ years of riding I've never been to a dealer for anything other than parts.
I think you get a small subset of guzzidiag functions that work on a cal14. not the whole suite...
To all those who are yet to reach 65yo or older, the weight of your MC, especially when riding 2up, becomes a major factor on what rig you are going to keep riding on. Us older riders no longer have the muscle strength we used to have like you probably still have.
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