Author Topic: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)  (Read 1394 times)

Offline wmax351

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I recently adopted my uncle's 1998 Moto Guzzi California v11 ev. It had been sitting for a few years, but I got it back up and running. It's quite a bike. Definitely handles way better than you would expect a cruiser to.
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • 91 BMW K75 Standard, 98 Moto Guzzi California EV
Bikes:
Current:1991 BMW K75 Standard, 1998 Moto Guzzi California EV11
Past: '83 BMW R65LS, '75 Honda CB550F, '69 Honda CB175, 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1973 Triumph Tiger TR7V, 1971 BMW R75/5 in Toaster outfit, 1979 Harley Davidson XLS-1000 Sportster Roadster

Offline billday

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 09:56:39 PM »
Nice to see you!

Do you have to buy a special wardrobe to ride that amazing machine?
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Offline natalena

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 10:03:15 PM »
Congrats! Have always loved Guzzi's. They're like Bricks, in that you have to pay attention to them, and only then, they will never fail you. Rode X-country with a guy on an 850, and it had so much style and character ... I was on an SR500.
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Offline K1300S

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2019, 02:42:41 PM »
dang, that sidestand is long...more like an outrigger!  :)
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Offline Laitch

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2019, 10:58:13 PM »
I recently adopted my uncle's 1998 Moto Guzzi California v11 ev.
Beautiful! It's in good hands. :2thumbup:
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Offline SinNH

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2019, 12:33:54 PM »
Really enjoyed the '96 ( I think) SP II I had for about six years, ample power, great ergonomics for me, relaxed engine at sane speeds, very little engine heat,  hated the grade school linked brakes, as I hardly ever use the foot brake it had no braking power using the hand brake with one single piston Brembo up front, was forced to use hand and foot together, sold it, and got my first K after six R's.  :beer:
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Offline wmax351

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2019, 12:51:54 PM »
Really enjoyed the '96 ( I think) SP II I had for about six years, ample power, great ergonomics for me, relaxed engine at sane speeds, very little engine heat,  hated the grade school linked brakes, as I hardly ever use the foot brake it had no braking power using the hand brake with one single piston Brembo up front, was forced to use hand and foot together, sold it, and got my first K after six R's.  :beer:


I thought I was going to hate the linked brakes, but I've actually really liked them so far. The ev11 has a proportioning valve that adjusts based on the rear suspension angle, so adjusts for load as well as forward shift during braking.


The one thing I'm not as sure on is the floorboards. I like having the rear brake covered while riding, but I can only do that with a deviation from the normal riding position by either putting my foot on the small rubber knob on the brake pedal for this purpose, or dorsiflexing my foot to an uncomfortable degree.
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • 91 BMW K75 Standard, 98 Moto Guzzi California EV
Bikes:
Current:1991 BMW K75 Standard, 1998 Moto Guzzi California EV11
Past: '83 BMW R65LS, '75 Honda CB550F, '69 Honda CB175, 1999 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, 1973 Triumph Tiger TR7V, 1971 BMW R75/5 in Toaster outfit, 1979 Harley Davidson XLS-1000 Sportster Roadster

Offline Scott

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Re: A combination of a BMW, Harley, and a Ducati? (I got a Moto Guzzi)
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2019, 09:32:18 PM »
I recently adopted my uncle's 1998 Moto Guzzi California v11 ev. It had been sitting for a few years, but I got it back up and running. It's quite a bike. Definitely handles way better than you would expect a cruiser to.
Bitchin motorcycle and running boards are so cool.  Consider this a thumbs up.  scott.
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