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Old 08-15-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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I hope this means we shall see the Guzzi MGS-01 etc. I have recently gotten a jones for a Lemans. By the way any MOFO's have any thoughts on the Lemans? I am looking for a sport tourer with character to replace my VFR 800. How is reliability etc.?
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Old 08-15-2004, 03:11 PM   #2
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I owned 2 Guzzis V11 Sport, one with Ohlins the other regular. Dont bother regarding reliablity. Not very good. They leak, are heavy but look and sound nice. Try a VStrom for touring
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Old 08-15-2004, 03:19 PM   #3
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Have had a 2002 Lemans for a year now. A few modifications to make it a bit more comfortable as a "sports tourer"....



-slightly taller windscreen glass (from Germany)

-reworked seat (Rich Maund, Virginia)

-Some other bits like a Stucchi luggage rack and Throttlemeisters to make trips a little more convenient/comfortable)



Regarding reliability, in a little over 11 months/~12,000 miles I had nary a problem. The neutral indicator switch was dodgy though, not working occasionally. Mechanically, zero problems for me.



Check out www.v11lemans.com for a boat load of info on the V11 spine-framed Guzzis. It's an invaluable resource. The Lemans always puts a HUGE smile on my face.
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Old 08-15-2004, 04:01 PM   #4
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Piaggio is huge and a good example of a company that's risen from the asshes. Hell they make aircraft too. What better way to tap into the big bike category than to buy a company that's gone through most of the growing pains already. You should know I'm saying this mostly because I still want to be able to find parts for my Tuono 5 years from now. The one exception is if I have to walk into a Vespa shop to order a head gasket for a 998cc V-Twin it's not going to sit too well with me. I just might have to trash the place.
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Old 08-15-2004, 05:12 PM   #5
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MO daily has a piece on the aquisition and aparently Moto Guzzi will build the MGS-01 and the Griso. I'm guessing that Aprilia will still offer all of it's bikes as well. VWW
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Old 08-15-2004, 05:16 PM   #6
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I'm somewhat relieved Ducati didn't buy Aprilia. I was concerned it would lead to certain Aprilia models (Tuono & Futura mainly) no longer being made which would be a shame.



Now this scooter Piaggio company, here's the details off their web site on the X9:



The X9 Evolution 500 satisfies all needs. Agile, easy to handle and the most compact of all maxi scooters. Once out of town, it's able to shift character and open up to wide open spaces with remarkable ease.



The X9 Evolution 500 offers a level of superior technology, total comfort and is richly endowed with special features and accessories.



Highlights:



• Featuring 39 bhp and a top speed of 98 mph, the X9 Evolution 500's

electronic injection engine exceeds EPA & CARB environmental regulations.

• Three disc brakes in a linked braking system to make stopping safer

• Analog and digital instrumentation panel with an exclusive on board

computer

• Windscreen adjustable to three different positions




Uh, so that's a "scooter" these days?
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Old 08-15-2004, 11:27 PM   #8
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if ducati was the groom they would call it same sex marriage.
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Old 08-16-2004, 05:47 AM   #9
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So who does own Moto Guzzi now? I have been waiting but not very patiently for the Breva 1100. With a set of hardbags I'd be ready to rock'n roll across the country.
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