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V9 Opinions

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by GT-Rx®, Oct 7, 2015.

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  1. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

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    Outstanding!
     
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    elkgrichard High Miler

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    Todd, is that a photo shop with the V9 motor in a V7?
     
  3. Jorge Sarse

    Jorge Sarse Tuned and Synch'ed GT Famiglia

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    I would not buy this on principle that it has a Hardley Ableson style teardrop tank.

    Looks like a half-arsed attempt. Hopefully the production version will look like a Guzzi.
     
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    Joerg Stoeckner Tuned and Synch'ed

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    LoL
    I am afraid u re right...
     
  5. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Missed this, yes it is of course, but it will resemble what I will be offering once they arrive.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    The pictures and video will be what it looks like. There's many elements I don't like, the tank being highest on the list. I don't know how you take a top seller and do this with it, but I'm now well beyond the "new demographic" they are likely trying to attract with this bike. I had high hopes for a retro-cool H2o V13 LeMans, but that seems to have fizzled for now. I'm not a 1400 rider either, so for now, Guzzi has very little I'm personally interested in, though I do love my Stelvio still.
    My 1380 Cal11/Griso merger build wearing V7 clothes should be quite fun.
    So frustrating they never brought the Bellagio in based in the ease of retro-fitting the V7 tank, but oh well, I'll build and offer my own... Along with the V7/9 for those so interested.
     
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    Jorge Sarse Tuned and Synch'ed GT Famiglia

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    I think I hear what you're saying mate. For me (as a general Ducati/Guzzi fan) I fell in love with the V11 sport (the only machine in existence i'd buy in lime yellow/green with red frame) and of course the similar style of the V7's.

    I lost interest in Ducati's since they moved to the Testastretta motor although the recent-ish aircooled Monsters (1100/796) are still wonderful machines in my humble view as they retain the Desmodromic engine.

    Maybe in another 30 years we will scoff at the latest light-cycles whilst polishing our Guzzi's in the living room ;)

    Oh, and Happy New Year folks !
     
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    elkgrichard High Miler

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    Is that head going to clear that big tank? Looks close on that photo shop picture. Hard to tell. I guess the tank can always be lifted somehow or the motor lowered one.
     
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    elkgrichard High Miler

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    I'm with you on this one. I'm not liking some of this new stuff. I think the V7 is such a good looking bike and don't teally understand what they are doing or going after with these other bikes. The Yamaha Bolt and Sportster maybe. I don't see why they feel they need to go after those bikes. I don't think the people buying those things would be interested in a Guzzi. Guzzi is very much a nitch bike, don't think it could ever get broad appeal, and if it did, they can't produce the numbers with that 50's assembly process they still use.
     
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  10. mwrenn

    mwrenn Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Speaking of modifications, turning a V9 into a V7II look alike, It is kind of traditional with some of Guzzi's bikes. I like how this Lario turned out back in the day...

    image.jpg
     
  11. black47

    black47 Just got it firing! GT Famiglia

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    Cosi Bella!:h:
     
  12. francod123

    francod123 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Not sure what all the dogging on the V9 is about. They're growing on me a lot. Guzzi is still making the best looking bikes out there. Put new lower profile mirrors and GT-Rx it up with new exhaust, fueling, suspension, etc., and 4 valve heads if you want and you have a sweet looking lil cruiser/commuter that has plenty of power. I'm realizing more and more that this horsepower chase is just stupid. 99% of daily riding for most people does not require the horsepower people think they need. Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of those thoughts too from time to time. It's like the truck argument: mall crawlers with 6.7 liter diesels. Plus it's more fun to push a smaller bike to the limits and ring it out through the gears. Shit, off topic...
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    My original comment was just on how they can take their best seller to date, and change it. It's not a power thing, it's a styling thing, hence why I'll be offering a turn key V7/9, which is the look of the V7, with the V9 motor (a V9 fitted with V7 bodywork)... along with an order sheet of options for everything I offer. ;)
     
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    francod123 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Oh I hear ya Todd...I got off topic and starting addressing other crowds that have nothing to do with this forum..haha. I'm still not even completely sold on the V9 to be honest, but it has potential and can be modded to look pretty slick I think. Don't like the fat front tire on the Bobber though, not for me.

    I don't know...there's something I like about the roamer, more so than the bobber...pretty classy, no?

    v9 roamer.jpg v9 roamer2.jpg
     
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    mwrenn Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I personally don't care for the styling of either bike. I really tried, thought they would grow on me. I think the only way I can explain it, is that both versions of the V9 have strange proportions. At least that is what I see. I would at first glance think they are ok, but then it occurs to me that Guzzi could have done much more. Some thing like this maybe:
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    I know a lot of people will really like the V9, I hope Guzzi sells a bunch of them. Just not my cup of tea...
     
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    pokeyjoe High Miler

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    A Bellagio with a V7 tank is just about perfect. And all the parts are on the shelf.
     
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    abbienormal High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Ok. I am a bit old and slow to buy one of these but that is gorgeous.
     
  18. Calijackalbob

    Calijackalbob Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Some enterprising guy in the USA might think of buying up a few Bellagios in the UK or Europe, importing them to the States and doing what I've done with mine. (or not. The cruiser style suits a lot of Yanks.) Good business idea?

    Screw the Bobber and the Roamer. Wouldn't touch them with condom on.

    MCN said about the Bellagio:
    Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
    The Moto Guzzi Bellagio is far better than your average custom. The Bellagio has decent suspension, brakes and tyres, steers sweetly yet is comfortable and smooth and is a pleasure to hustle around. It’ll run rings around a Harley Sportster, for example.

    Engine 4 out of 5
    Outwardly nothing new, but the Moto Guzii Bellagio's 940 displacement gives the lie. Based on the smaller (and now modernised with Guzzi’s CARC anti-reaction shaft drive plus glitchless fuel injection) the big bore V-twin manges that rare feat of being both flexible and zesty. A peach, albeit a heavy one.



    Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
    Just a few years ago Guzzi’s quality was rightly damned and their reliability wasn’t much to shout about either – that’s all changed under, firstly Aprilia and no Piaggio ownership. Quality of the Moto Guzzi Bellagio is up there with (almost) the best from Italy and recent bikes have had no reliability woes worth mentioning.
    • 935cc - 74 bhp
    • 45 mpg - 155 miles range
    • Low seat height (780mm)
    Who would want a V9?
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Press Launch in Mandello is happening now. I was shunned yet again.
    Quick blip posting I caught online just now HERE.

    Amateur.

    Waiting for words from my good friends at either Cycle World or Motorcycle.com to post.
     
  20. francod123

    francod123 Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Hopefully there will be a more in-depth review coming with some video. Have you ever seen any of Revzilla's video bike reviews? Their production value is top notch. Other companies could learn from them.
     
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