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Old 05-23-2008, 05:52 AM   #31
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You read me like a book, though oddly enough there are at least two Guzzi dealers in the Seattle area...
Including the best Guzzi dealer in the US, if not the entire hemisphere.

There's a reason I had three Guzzis over the years!
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:55 AM   #32
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Fess up, you're as cheap as Seruzawa and I am. You lust after the pricy Italian model, but you will go for the economic "sure thing". You want to ride and not worry about sh!t going wrong. The Suzuki is what you will buy. You owned a Bandit, for Christ's sake!

Crap, I'm out of Whiskey and this damned northeastern state doesn't sell a damned thing after 11pm on a weekday.

What was I thinking moving here?

Of dignity for Christs sake.....Hell I paid $3900 for the Bandit Isn't that enough !!!!

Sheesh....and I owned two Bandits, thank you very much...anyway, right again, It'll most likly be the Vstrom, It was actually on the short list when I found the Bandit but I really wanted a four banger.

Too bad you weren't clairvoyant enough to figure out you were short on booze huh....
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:22 AM   #33
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Too bad you weren't clairvoyant enough to figure out you were short on booze huh....
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:06 AM   #34
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Good review! I really like this thing. Sure it's ugly, but no more so than all of it's brethern. My experience with Guzzi motors is that they're not only torque monsters, they're also bulletproof. Another plus, no-radiator.

I'd expect that owners will have great fun motoring by expired GS's along the way; even Ewan's bike broke and he had the benefit of having his mechanic following along in a truck (probably knew it was inevitable since he was on a GS). You might want to carry a tow rope to help out victims of the overstressed boxer drivetrain.

For those whose ego doesn't need reassurance and who have sufficient blood pressure to appreciate a big trailie that doesn't steer like a truck, this looks to be a good option.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:05 AM   #35
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For those whose ego doesn't need reassurance
....We bring you the Vstrom.

Hope suzuki likes the free ad copy.

Buy a Strom and a mid-90's 900ss/sp for less than the MG and you are good to go.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:39 PM   #36
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Thanks, but no thanks.

The Vstrom is a nice bike and a great value. I enjoyed a day that I spent aboard a friend's Vstrom in Michigan. But I had Japanese bikes for 20 years and while most were efficient and cheap conveyance (except for a Honda that was neither!), I eventually found them lacking in soul compared to some European bikes, particularly the Italian variety.

I'm now at the point where I'm less concered about initial cost and more interested in a bike that I can enjoy for a decade or so. I quickly learned that it was smarter to replace most Jap bikes after 40or 50,000 miles than it was to rebuild them. When they're shot, they're shot. I've seen Guzzi's with over 100,000 on the original drive train.

What's the better deal? Take your pick and go with what lights your fire. If we all wanted the same thing, there would be a very long line!
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I agree.
I quoted your ego comment because MG is certainly an ego bike. As well as Ducati, Harley, MV, Bimota, Aprilia, Triuph etc. Hence the no ego, go get a strom comment. Absolutely buy the one that lights your fire and appeals to your ego.
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