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« on: January 31, 2012, 10:48:59 AM »

I've considered about everything under the sun, from FJR1300 to DL650.....and an aweful lot in between, naked standards, etc.

What I need out of a bike is to be relatively, or very upright due to a crappy upper back I can't do excessive forward lean, more so when riding 2up.  I had an 02' K1200RS that was good solo, not terrible 2up and may have worked out if I'd have invested in a back rest or a top case.

I need it to be pretty reliable, so I'm considering 98' and newer(I've heard this called "the big upgrade", plus I don't really want anything much older than that from any brand, I'd consider them sure, but it's a seemingly fair cut off year to me.

I love the look of so many guzzi's it's hard to pick between what has the look, and what has the function to be a reasonably comfortable 2up bike.  Near as I can tell, without getting into the newer 8v engines your going to be looking at similiar power levels across the board(I dont want an 850, I'll get an 1100 of some variant).  Considering anything from a Titanium, to a Norge and looking for suggestions as I don't know this brand that well, I just catch myself drooling over them.

Also, where is a good place to find these for sale, not a ton on CL or typical trader sites, I know they are some what rare anyhow.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 03:52:05 PM »

So what's your budget? What sort of rding do you do and where and when.

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 02:13:58 AM »

Budget is definately a little tight to say the least.  I'd like to stay at or under $5k.

I'd be doing alot of two lane highways, to and from work, 2up weekend rides.  Not likely to do any real touring, but I don't want a bike that I couldn't do that on if the chance came about.  I like the curves, but I'm in Iowa, so it's not as if I have the dragon in my back yard....
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 03:55:14 AM »

Travis, I bought a leftover 07 Breva 1100 last year and I love it. I've added hard luggage and a windshield so it can handle about any task I ask of it.

The weather was just too nice yesterday so I left the mini van at home and took my Guzzi shopping. Cycle Gear didn't have what I went after but I did leave Office Depot with a laser printer bungeed to the passenger seat/ luggage rack.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 05:10:26 AM »

nuthin to do with Guzzis, but this site helps compare the ergos on various bikes:

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 10:10:21 AM »

I was thinking Breva 11 if you want an upright riding position. Several hard luggage options and lots of screens available. If you look at an early, (2006) model make sure it has had the final drive recall addressed. It should of by now but it is still worth making sure.

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 03:11:33 PM »

Maybe the tarted up 1200 Sport. Nice looking, good ergos, luggage available etc, etc.

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 03:51:30 PM »

http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2003-Moto-Guzzi-California-Stone-100521291
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 04:04:14 PM »

http://www.motointernational.com/HDB_7_05.htm

NOS 06 black Breva 1100 for $5995.

MI has some great deals and their prices reflect about as good as you'll find on used bikes elsewhere. Not affiliated, blah, blah, blah

[urlhttp://www.motointernational.com/HDB_7_05.htm][/url]

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2012, 08:13:41 PM »

A couple of years ago my mate Jon in LA sold his B11 with bags, screen, tank cover and bagster bag for $5,000. Hight of the GFC plunge but it was younger then and low miles and was a really nice example of the breed.

Good Brevas are out there and make great midleweight tourers.

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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 07:05:08 AM »

Breva & Norge have almost identical slightly forward ergo's, with the feet just slightly behind the knees. the Cali has no forward lean, with the feet slightly forward. If you want to look at a Norge or go for a test ride, let me know. I'm in Mpls
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« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 12:34:51 PM »

I sent you a pm Radlefty, thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2012, 09:56:46 AM »

Being a fellow who has had some dealings with Radlefty, I can say he is a man of his word.  I would trust whatever he told me with no reservations.  He helped me out big time getting my broken Norge out of the garage and back on the road.  Sorry to hear he has gone to the dark side though lol.
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2012, 09:22:34 PM »

Sounds like you are going through exactly the same process that I did.

I was moving from a Harley Superglide ( pretty much a standard ) to something more sport-toury.  I considered everything from Honda ST1300's to Hyabusa's with bags to Triumph Tiger 1050's to DL1000's.  One day I was at a dealer and saw a Griso SE ( the green one ) and thought that if I was looking for a second bike this would be it.  A few weeks later I came across a low mileage 2007 Red Norge and it followed me home.

The weather here hasn't been bike friendly lately but I put my plates on last week anyway.  In the mean time I am making some easy changes to bring out the sporty side.  Removed fairing lowers and chin piece. Replaced Heli Bars that the previous owner had installed with the stock risers.  Installed Pazzo shorty levers that are colour matched to the bike.  Ordered Cal-sci tinted shorty to replace the taller touring windshield.  Already the bike looks much more sporty, especially with the bags and tour trunk removed.  

IMHO it is was easier to make the Norge sportier that to add touring pieces to something like the Griso.  No extra money put out and it can be turned back any time.  
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2012, 04:30:29 AM »

Norge is a great tourer but the suspension is soft. The biggest plusses of the griso are that it has the best frame, suspension and brakes. Nothing else in the range comes close.

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