Hey guys! found all the bike enthusiasts on ATS finally. I have a Moto Guzzi Norge 1200GT. Absolutely love it. I also own an old shovelhead Harley I
ride around just for looks. I totally agree with the OP on all points, but one... Most Harleys won't go anywhere near as fast as the average Jap/Euro
bike. I have owned a splattering of all of them in the last 20 years. I just roasted a "hot" 1200 sportster last week. His bike had every trick,
gadget, add on, and machine work you could imagine. He had more money in the engine than my bike cost MSRP new. My goose cooked him, and it wasn't
even a close call, no contest. My Guzzi only has a K&N air filter, and I opened up the exhaust, other than that it is bone stock. Although I am about
to get a power commander for it.
Harleys are for looking at, and attracting the opposite sex. They are rolling art, an American Icon. Jap bikes are for going fast, cheaply, and
dependably. Euro bikes are for going, and going, and going, and going... I love them all, there is not 1 that is "better" than the other. They each
are built for, and serve a different purpose.
I usually wear full gear, but I too occasionally enjoy taking a liesurely stroll "free willy" now, and again. I should have the right to do both. I
also agree that while I'm taking a chance riding au naturale, no one else should pay for my bills if I get hurt. My decision, my consequences.
I'm tired of the "My bike is better than yours" BS. Mostly from Harley riders. I own one. It sits in the garage cuz I'm tired of working on it. Don't
tell me the new ones are more dependable. I'm half owner in a Harley repair shop, and it makes good money. If we only worked on Guzzis exclusively, or
BMWs, or Hondas exclusively we wouldn't even make enough money to pay the electric bill at the end of the month. We work on Harley exclusively, and
business is GOOD. BTW my dad is the other half owner and he rides a BMW. Heresy you say? What if you worked on something all day long, and then went
home to ride your own, only to discover it needed work also? Yeah, got real tired of that noise. The Beemer has 85K miles on it, never a wrench turned
save scheduled maintenance. The Guzzi... 35K, ok it broke a lifter once at 8K miles, freak accident, factory overtightened. Guzzi sent the parts free,
and appologized profusely, but the bike still rode home on 1 cylinder, and didn't strand me in the middle of New Mexico, since then no issues.
The last summer I rode my Harley, it swallowed the rear exhaust valve(for the 6th time), blew the rear head gasket(for the 3rd time), Electronic
ignition module went out(for the 2nd time), before that when it still had points, and condenser I lost count how often the ignition took a crap. Now
before anyone assumes it is bad mechanic work I'll clue you in that it also has over 300K miles on it, and it is over 30 years old. But those were
300K miles coaxed, and pleaded for. Even when it was a young pup it wasn't much better for dependability. My friend owns a Moto Guzzi 850 T3 with
almost half a million miles, and he goes from Arkansas to California 3 or 4 times a year on it, and it has NEVER left him on the side of the road.
That clarified, I love my old Harley, it is like a wayward lover. It pains me to see how she struggles, but damn she's fun to ride! lol. Women don't
look twice at the Norge. I ride up on the old shovel, and it's like a booty magnet, much to my wife's chagrin
BTW, I almost bought a Concorse when I found the Norge. The Kawasaki has more power, but the Guzzi handles much better. One of my local riding
buddies has the new concorse 1400. I can't keep up on the straights, but once we hit mountain curves it's game on, he can't even keep my tail light in
sight. It is a gorgeous bike though, obviously, I nearly bought one!!! Great pics chefc14, I need to take the Norge to Hooters, and post some pics
edit on 8-12-2012 by Binder because: spelling