I finally found a bike after selling my 2001 Kawasaki ZR7F in England that I had for 3 years and moving to Houston, Texas. See, in Houston, even though it's the 4th largest city in the USA, there aren't a lot of standard/naked bikes on the used market; and let's be honest, many manufacturers have a massive gaping hole in their product line-ups that do not address this issue as well! So it's been a challenge to find one, to say the least!
I was leaning towards a Harley-Davidson Fat Bob. I like the style a lot, and I really like the sound. In fact, I really like torque too. After riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob CVO (that's the 110 cubic inch Screamin' Eagle one) in 2010 I fell in love with it. So naturally I checked out our local Harley-Davidson dealer and took a 2013 H-D Fat Bob for a test ride. I dunno, it just didn't "do it" for me like the CVO did. And a 2013, even with a good deal, was north of $16k, a little pricey for my blood. So, back to looking again.
I've always loved the UJM and one that has always been on my hit list was the Kawasaki ZRX1100 and ZRX1200R. Wonderful looking retro machines! I could put one in my living room as a piece of art. So a low mileage one (7300 miles) 2003 version in blue/silver came up. The only issue was the 4 hour drive each way to go see it, so one Friday (all Friday) we drove to it and I rode it. Beautiful bike, but again, it just didn't "do it" for me. Sure it had some power, but the engine didn't have soul. In fact, I was a tad disappointed it wasn't nearly as powerful as I thought it would be. One of Andrea's friends said "Never meet your hero" and I guess this applied here as well. But I'm happy to have rode it.
Then, I got an email from Moto Guzzi (I am official press for them) promoting their "Take our new 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone out for a test ride". I know Andrea has been craving a Moto Guzzi V7 since it came out (2009) and I thought, what a great way for her to try it out and I might as well take it for a spin too.
Well, it was the most fun bike I've ever ridden in the city and it had heaps upon heaps of character and soul. Italians seem to know a little about putting that into their machines it seems. And the sound, oh man, the sound is music. The transverse V-Twin sounds like a V8 and has torque in spades. (see my review here: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=46027)
All I could think about for the next two weeks (while waiting to hear back from Moto Guzzi on a media purchase plan) is owing the V7 Stone. Unfortunately all that waiting proved to be a waste as MG doesn't have a plan (sad really), and they were checking what they could offer (I'm still waiting). So I talked to the Moto Guzzi dealer here (MPH Cycles, Houston) and just went ahead and bought it!!
Now, I really couldn't decide between the Flat Black version or the Pure White (glossy) one. I'm not a natural fan of a black bike and not flat paint either, so I was really leaning towards the glossy white one. Just a small issue was they had a Flat Black one in stock, but no white one and with Sandy (the Hurricane) disrupting the distribution chain and Andrea, Bruce, his wife and the dealer saying "it looks best in the black you know", I came around to see that myself and boom, I own a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone in flat black.
You might wonder by now what the title of my blog "Does it smell like pizza or is it just me?" means. Well, let me tell you. I don't know if it's just a coincidence or not (the bike is 100% built in Italy with 100% Italian made parts) but everytime I come to a stop light it smells just like mushroom pizza. Was it friday and the workers were eating pizza while building this V7? Did pizza somehow get infused into the engine? How is this possible the bike smells like pizza? Now there could be many, many others scents and pizza is a GOOD one, but how strange...
Ok, more on the bike tomorrow so I don't bore you to death. But I'll leave you on what High_Side wrote to me that made me laugh:
Plus, I think High_Side should get one too.You mean this guy?High_Side wrote:Now all you need is the crazy-frog helmet and goggles and you're all set! Great review Mike - thanks.
Man, I haven't thought about "The Crazy Frog" in years!