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New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#1 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:23 pm

After months of looking at dozens of bikes and after test riding a few bikes I've made a decision for my bike.

I would like to officially introduce the newest member to Total Motorcycle family.

A 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. I loved it so much after the demo ride that I knew this would be my next bike. If you haven't yet taken one for a demo ride, you should, they are extremely fun to ride.

Thanks to Mike at MPH Cycles www.mphcycles.com/ in Houston for a great Moto Guzzi. Go see him if you would like a free test ride.
A 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Side View
A 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Side View
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A 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Top View
A 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Top View

I was a little worried that it was a small (in statue) bike, but parked next to Andrea's Ninja 650R it's actually a little bigger, which was a surprise to me. Also I had to fill up on my way home (unforunately I didn't get a full tank of gas with the bike) and got a complement from another biker who was filling up near by as well. Pretty cool that; and he was a really nice guy too.

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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#2 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:37 pm

Happy bike day! That's a really good looking bike.
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#3 Unread post by NorthernPete » Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:46 pm

Very sharp! I had to put my bike away. It's snowing.
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#4 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:39 pm

Thanks for the compliments on the bike. I really had a tough time deciding on the color. I wasn't sure weather to go with the flat black (which they had in stock) or the glossy white (which needed to be ordered). Thanks to my wife, our friends Bruce and Jenn and the dealer Mike (another Mike, go figure) and days of thinking about it all, I got the flat black one. Usually I'm not a black bike fan nor a flat paint fan, but on the V7 it looks really nice; just have to resist the temptation to polish it! (argh, must polish bike!). haha.

P.S. More photos to follow, these one just quickies I did when I parked.

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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#5 Unread post by VermilionX » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:58 pm

congrats!

shudda gone with the glossy white... prolly. ^_^
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#6 Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Very nice!!! :D

I've always wanted a Guzzi, probably will get one one day...

You must now get a aftermarket pipe to make the Goose sing! :kicking:
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#7 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:49 pm

And for another photo of me picked up my bike today! Andrea is currently on the "very" stage of jealous. :mrgreen: I just spent the last hour taking off all the stickers. :laughing:
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HYPERR wrote:Very nice!!! :D I've always wanted a Guzzi, probably will get one one day... You must now get a aftermarket pipe to make the Goose sing! :kicking:
You really should go and test ride one. The V7 Stone is the most reasonably priced Guzzi, but it's still 100% Guzzi, 100% Italian style. (did you know 100% of the parts on the MG are made in Italy? Not that's something).

Interesting enough you should mention an aftermarket pipe as that is on order!!! The dealer says my Minstral exhaust ($600) should be in by the weekend. Aparently, the Minstal pipes are "the one" to get for the best "Moto Guzzi Music".

VermilionX wrote:congrats! shudda gone with the glossy white... prolly. ^_^
ty. As I learned, you can't go wrong with either choice. :D

NorthernPete wrote:Very sharp! I had to put my bike away. It's snowing.
Ah. Isn't this weird eh? Back in Calgary or London I'd be putting the bike away or soon putting the bike way, here in Houston it's motorcycling season! Today was 90°F or about 28°C... crazy.




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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#8 Unread post by High_Side » Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:17 pm

I posted in the other thread (WDYDT), but congrats buddy.

That truly is a great choice!

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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#9 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:29 am

Awesome choice, congrats! And the matte black looks great.
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#10 Unread post by VermilionX » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:51 am

i just noticed. it is a really cool bike but why does it have those old looking rubber thingies on the front suspension?

i thought those things are relics of past already. even modern dirtbikes don't have those anymore right?

not trying to rain on the parade, just curious why is still has it.
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#11 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:03 am

VermilionX wrote:i just noticed. it is a really cool bike but why does it have those old looking rubber thingies on the front suspension?

i thought those things are relics of past already. even modern dirtbikes don't have those anymore right?

not trying to rain on the parade, just curious why is still has it.
Great question! They are called "Fork Gaiters" and are "Used to restore the classic retro look of vintage British and European motorcycles." ; they are actually a practical application here rather than a purely visual one* as it's a substitue for the little plastic front fork "rock guards" you usally see. Triumph, Harley-Davidson and many others are using the Fork Gaiters for that retro look. I'll let you know how they work out as time goes on as I've never had a bike with them before myself.

* Although it does add to the mean all-blacked out look of the bike.


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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#12 Unread post by VermilionX » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:23 am

thanks for the info mike. ^_^


*** i still wouldn't want them if i get a retro looking cafe racer ***

like this one.

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#13 Unread post by BobK » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:51 pm

Gaiters are for the old-fashioned elegant look:

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#14 Unread post by Hanson » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:08 pm

Mike,

Your Moto Guzzi looks just awesome and congratulations! I have visited the Moto Guzzi site numerous times since you recommended the V7 Stone and it is nice to see that you believe in your own recommendations. Respect! I especially liked both the V7 Special and V7 Classic with the wire wheels. The idea of a classic looking Italian bike with modern EFI and maintenance is very appealing. I hope your new baby lives up to your greatest expectations. Happy day!
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#15 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:37 pm

Congrats and happy bike day!
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#16 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:40 pm

Hanson wrote:Mike,

Your Moto Guzzi looks just awesome and congratulations! I have visited the Moto Guzzi site numerous times since you recommended the V7 Stone and it is nice to see that you believe in your own recommendations. Respect! I especially liked both the V7 Special and V7 Classic with the wire wheels. The idea of a classic looking Italian bike with modern EFI and maintenance is very appealing. I hope your new baby lives up to your greatest expectations. Happy day!
Thank you. :D Yes, I always stand by my recommendations as I wouldn't want to recommend anything I wouldn't buy or get myself. The V7 Special and Classic are even more elequant bikes in their looks, same engine, just the different paint job and the wheels. I'll tell you, you definately stand out on a Moto Guzzi. Not many people have them and they are quite unique with the engine style and styling.

So far, I'm very pleased with the bike. Speaking of which, i need to start a blog for it. :D


VermilionX wrote:thanks for the info mike. ^_^ *** i still wouldn't want them if i get a retro looking cafe racer ***
Glad to help out! For me, it didn't matter if the bike had or did not have them, it just did and that's ok with me. :D The cafe racer in fact, can be anything you want it to be, it's mostly the "stipped down look". If you like cafe racer, see the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. Absolutely beuatiful and if I was in the market for a Cafe Racer, there would be no other options.
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#17 Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:46 pm

VermilionX wrote:thanks for the info mike. ^_^


*** i still wouldn't want them if i get a retro looking cafe racer ***

like this one.

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This one has upsidedown forks so obviously it would not look right with gaiters.
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#18 Unread post by sapaul » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:03 am

Saw the Guzzi cafe racer at one of our local shows, very impressed with the look, and what they did with the shaft.
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#19 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:18 pm

sapaul wrote:Saw the Guzzi cafe racer at one of our local shows, very impressed with the look, and what they did with the shaft.
I haven't seen a Cafe Racer yet in person as they are rare here in the USA, but the V7 Racer is a pure art piece and if the Cafe Racer is anything like they are doing the V7 line up in, wow.

I'm also quite impressed with the shaft drive, you don't see many standard bikes today with a shaft drive and it's so good of a option to have, even if it takes away 1-2% of HP vs a chain.
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Re: New Bike Day - Nov 6, 2012

#20 Unread post by dr_bar » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:44 pm

BobK wrote:Gaiters are for the old-fashioned elegant look:

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Hmmm. me thinks those are called Spatz
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