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V9 Bobber - Thinking of buying

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by OberBobber, May 22, 2019.

  1. OberBobber

    OberBobber Just got it firing!

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    Hi all,

    I am a new rider, in the process of completing my motorcycle training, and I am seriously considering getting a V9 Bobber. I am mainly going to use it to scoot around town or for some mind-clearing rides, away from the motorway.

    In addition to the style of V9 Bobber, the shaft drive was the one that piqued my interest. Since I'll be riding mainly for leisure, and the fact that I live in an apartment, I'd love nothing more than to spend less time - and money - in maintaining the bike chain.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on the following:
    1. Engine guard. I'd much rather have it than not. I see the Givi TN8202, however, are there other options as well?
    2. Headlamp. I don't mind the present light, but if it comes to it, I could switch over to an LED. What all do I need to consider when making the switch? I have literally zero knowledge about circuits.
    3. Horn. Is there room enough to fit a Denali Soundbomb?
    4. Twin headlamps. I have a thing for these. Maybe further down the line... but has anyone considered this for their bike? Is it as simple as buying a second headlamp assembly, plus a relay, or is there more to it?
    5. Exhaust. Again, further down the line. I quite like the Agostini. Would I need to make any other changes to the bike to cater to the exhaust?
    Naturally, the top priority will be the engine guard, plus protective gear. The rest can always wait.

    For reference, I'm 40 years old, weigh 190 pounds and have a 32-inch inseam.

    If you have any other words of wisdom for me, I'm all ears.

    Cheers!
     
  2. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Welcome to the GT Forum. If you spend the time skimming the topics in this section, you will find most of your answers. The small block Guzzis have been quite good if set up properly.
    As to the products, click on the Store tab above, and you will find all of the products that I have spent a great deal of time and money to insure they work well. We ship worldwide daily, so appreciate the business to support the site here. The only costly mod you list is twin headlights... that will not be cheap or easy.
     
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    OberBobber Just got it firing!

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    Hi mate,

    Thanks for your response... that was quite quick!

    I am searching the site at the moment. Only wondered if there was anything V9 specific to take into account.

    So a twin headlamp would really be expensive than an aftermarket exhaust?

    Appreciate your earlier input and I hope to find my equipment from your store.

    Cheers again.


     
  4. banan

    banan Just got it firing!

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    I bought Givi guards for my Roamer and they're fine, seem sturdy and you can barely notice it's an aftermarket thing.

    Hepco&Becker also make engine guards for V9 but they are more expensive and I didn't really like the look.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Eldo1400 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    The Givi guards look nice.

    OP, the one thing this bike could use is some wind protection for freeway speeds. Otherwise it's the perfect around town and weekend ride machine. It's really relaxing to ride with those ergos and powerband. Aftermarket mufflers are the million dollar addition because the exhaust sound on the V9 is really nice. Check youtube. A reflash and some exhaust music, and it will run cooler too. Love the big fat tires for potholes and the traction control and abs work nicely.
     
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    OberBobber Just got it firing!

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    Thanks for this. I do agree; the Givi guards look better.
     
  7. OberBobber

    OberBobber Just got it firing!

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    Yeah, wind protection is something I'm still on the fence about. The dealer I went to had one on a Bobber and it looked quite alright. However (and this is something I need to check first), I'd like the headlamp to be lowered (till I find a good dual headlamp set) and I don't know how that will work with a wind deflector.

    I'm hoping the fat tyres will help with the ride on bricked streets and the occasional bad roads. I haven't got my license yet, so I can't test ride the thing... which will help me determine whether or not I'd need to upgrade the rear shocks. I saw the Bobber Sport, which is ever so slightly expensive... and the shocks look great too. I'm just not too keen about the colour, especially for the side plates, as it dilutes the lines of the tank. Probably it's just me.

    Thanks, though! Appreciate your input!
     
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    Eldo1400 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Well, there's always this rig (as a Guzzi owner the words "fabricate", "weld" and "Duct tape" will of course be on your lips, as will insect parts lol):

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    Eldo1400 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    "I'm hoping the fat tyres will help with the ride on bricked streets and the occasional bad roads."

    They really do. I love those damned things. Here in Hollywood we have "occasional good roads", so I've grown attached to the fat tires. The stock suspension is wooden and squishy. Look at Todd's store for some fixes. The Bobber is one of those bikes that grows on you as you ride it. Even that "tock!" sound when you take the slack out of the drivetrain.
     

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