I’ve been in to motorbikes for the past 25-30 years and always gone with Japanese big fours. For the past 15 years I’ve been solely Kawasaki ZZR’s and for the past three years a ZZR1400. However recently this was written off after the usual ‘car pulls in front, no indicators etc’. So here I am in the market for another bike.
Now I’ve always been a big fan of the ‘different from the rest approach’ of Moto Guzzis and feel this is a good time to make a change. I do have a few questions though which have always been in the back of my mind but mainly from what I read in the press. Where better could I come than to a place where first hand experience will give me a truer insight in to why I should go with a Moto Guzzi.
I am thinking towards the 1200 Sports, Breva 1100 or possibly a V11. Any other similar recommended alternative?
I guess my main concerns are:
Ask a non Guzzi dealer and straight away they speak of reliability issues. I read mixed views with reference to this. It must be able to start up and take the all round year weather the UK can offer. I ride all year as I am away working at sea for quite a chunk and have to take my biking pleasure whenever possible.
I do tour and no problem up to a 1000 miles a day if need be. Comfort factor? Tank mileage and economy? Best so far 820 miles in less than 12 hours.
After the ZZR’s I now feel the endless (and mainly unusable) power is not a necessity, but I still like to think my next bike will be able to ‘hustle it’ and give some knee down fun when wanted. The 1400 was never short of fun, but it did everything in excess.
General handling, bagged up or otherwise
Service intervals and recommendations. I am not really mechanically minded, plus being away doesn’t really give me the time to think about this side of the story. I guess reliability come in to play again
The infamous ‘weaving’ at speed. Again I can only go by what the press have to say here, although I am very doubtful whether after all these years Guzzi haven’t addressed this. Did it ever exist?
I’m thinking ‘stock bikes’ here
I really would love to hear some of your honest and formed opinions here as in the back of my mind the words ‘Moto Guzzi’ sing loudly. My only other alternative option is a Honda VFR800, but I don’t want to go with the masses if I can help it and I want something people will look at, hear and think ‘now that is nice’. Plus of course I want to think the same and be proud of.
I will be very pleased and thankful for any of your replies why I should go with a Moto Guzzi and then hopefully the next time home I can have six weeks searching a good example down.
Many thanks in advance