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Old 27.03.2011, 20:38
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Gonna have to up the horsepower to keep up with the speed bandits on the next ride as well as looking cool so thought that this may be the new ride for me
a moto guzzi griso, drool shame they are so expensive here (20000chf) and you have to be somewhat vertically challenged to fit on one. I thought about one briefly but they price difference with a R1200R (16000chf) was too much to warrant a test ride, plus the R1200R is simply the better bike for someone as tall as me but the griso will beat the BMW hands down on character though
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Old 27.03.2011, 20:46
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I've been riding Guzzis since '85 (bought my LeMans new in the US, the second one in '91 to put a sidecar on), but the new, bloated ones do nothing for me. 40 kg more, not much more power, no thanks!

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Old 27.03.2011, 20:55
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Awww, Paulo, thought you didn't want a new bike :-)
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:12
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Heavy, and no power.

Tom
Hmmm, latest revised model for the 1200 8v SE quoted as follows off official Guzzi site:

Motore bicilindrico a V di 90, 4 tempi
Cilindrata 1.151 cc
Alesaggio e corsa 80x74 mm
Potenza massima 81 kW (110CV) a 7.500 giri/minuto
Coppia massima 110 Nm a 6.000 giri/minuto

which seems more than enough power, 81Kw being 108 bhp. Yes may be a bit on the long and heavy side but its a cruiser cum part time sportster not a racer
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:14
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you have to be somewhat vertically challenged to fit on one.
I am vertically challenged so perfect for me
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:16
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Awww, Paulo, thought you didn't want a new bike :-)
It was the chassis flexing thru high speed corners that got me thinking about it, certainly got the old sphincter clenching from time to time.
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Old 27.03.2011, 21:57
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I've been riding Guzzis since '85 (bought my LeMans new in the US, the second one in '91 to put a sidecar on), but the new, bloated ones do nothing for me. 40 kg more, not much more power, no thanks!

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The Le Mans III I had before I moved to CH is still my all time favorite bike
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Paulo, how about a nice Triumph cafe racer :-) Classic lines, modern tech.
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Paulo, how about a nice Triumph cafe racer :-) Classic lines, modern tech.
Just not good enough on the quality of kit used on them though and too many of the things around- not my cuppa I'm afraid to say.
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Old 27.03.2011, 23:06
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It was the chassis flexing thru high speed corners that got me thinking about it, certainly got the old sphincter clenching from time to time.
Do you think the Griso is more rigid? It is still a steel frame.
Don't get me wrong, I love Guzzis.

The attached picture is my father and a friend (Both Hungarian expats!) in the Bernese Oberland shortly after the war.
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Do you think the Griso is more rigid? It is still a steel frame.
Don't get me wrong, I love Guzzis.
Compared to my V7C- yes

Trying to organise a test ride in the next couple of weeks or so on one, all the reviews ( i know, not the best place to gain info sometimes) do say that the latest spec Griso handles mid corner bumps with aplomb and tracks around with good corner handling.
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Paulo, see if they intend having one at the Toff test day and come with us and try it out.
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Sounds good but I'm not around and maybe (hopefully) my bike will also have been sold by then

If anyone is looking for a nice cruiser tourer though - http://www.englishforum.ch/sale-want...aden-area.html
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Old 28.03.2011, 00:37
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The Le Mans III I had before I moved to CH is still my all time favorite bike
Well, I have a IV (not much is original), but if I had to reduce down to one bike, it would probably be the one.

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Old 28.03.2011, 04:42
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Compared to my V7C- yes

Trying to organise a test ride in the next couple of weeks or so on one, all the reviews ( i know, not the best place to gain info sometimes) do say that the latest spec Griso handles mid corner bumps with aplomb and tracks around with good corner handling.
I tried to buy a Guzzi Breva 750 in the US. That was 3 years ago. All I could find were floor models that had sat in the showrooms unsold for years. Despite that they wouldn't budge on the price.
They are just not selling anymore here. A pity.
Well, I don't mean to derail your thread and I enjoyed all the pictures posted.

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Old 28.03.2011, 09:55
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As a minimum you need full coverage jacket and trousers with the basic armour and a good pair of boots - especially if you intend trying to keep up with RPF .

Not wanting to sound like your mum but really, get protection.
This is the only thing I wear on my bike, sometimes even forget to put the trousers on..

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