My 1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp is as close to the perfect motorcycle as anything I have ever owned -- or ridden. It is a light, maneuverable, economical, fast, reliable bike. I have ridden the daylights out of it for the past 21+ years, and the engine has never been opened. I check the valves every winter, change oil & filter regularly, and put a squirt of grease in the speedometer sending unit -- but that is about all the maintenance it requires. It cruises nicely all day long at 6,000 rpm which, by my reckoning, equates to 98 mph. Incidentally, it also seems to have a small radar signature. With a tank bag, soft saddlebags, and a duffle bungeed to the luggage rack, the Guzzi holds enough gear to keep me on the road for weeks. I have taken it from my home in Illinois to Sturgis, Duluth, Little Rock, the Shenadoah Valley in Virginia, and the Rockies. In 1990, I crossed the Continental Divide off pavement with it on Haggerman Pass. This year, the bike carried me over the Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park with slush covering the pavement, a strong wind (~25 knots), and wet snow so heavy that I had to ride with one hand on the throttle and the over scooping snow off my visor.
This is as close to a magic carpet as I have ever experienced.
Last edited by Coolbreeze; 11-20-2008 at 01:43 AM.
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