My Guzzi's 1st Birthday!
Wow, amazing it's been 1 year alreay. So far it is at 2,700 miles (4,350 km's for my friends back in Canada). And not 1 mechanical issue at all! I did have a defective oil plug cap and I did run over a screw this summer and replaced the tire, but other than that, I have to say I'm VERY impressed with the Moto Guzzi. I did expect to have some mechanical issues as, let's face it, Moto Guzzi is a smaller manufacturer and with hand built bikes in smaller numbers you can have issues.
So 1 year and I am still in love with that engine and exhaust note. Power wise it has honestly surprised me as it can handle 75mph+ and keep going on the highway and around town the low down torque is really handy. The downsides are slow speed handling (under 10mph) is tricky mostly due to the engine weight being higher up and I'd still like to get more MPG than 48ish. But I'm happy it has a full sized gas tank (22l/5.3gal) that will take you over 200 miles on, a roomy and comfortable bench seat I can slide back on and absolutely beautiful (11/10) gauges/clocks that I enjoy reading/looking at.
Other things I've discovered is the dual personality of the bike. Below 4000rpm it will just be happy cruising along. Ride it at 4000-8000rpm and you have a V-Twin sporty bike that's torque will surprise you (has me and I catch myself holding on harder than I would on hard accelerations from 2nd-3rd gear).
Would I recommend it? Sure would! I think it would make a great 1st bike for an advanced rider/returning rider or a great 2nd+ bike for anyone who enjoy's torque sports and the sound of a V8.
Happy 1st Birthday Guzzi! You are definitely a treasure.
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