Checking out more Italians: Ducati HM821, Moto Guzzi CA 1400, Ducati 1199…

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Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara

Checking out more Italians: HM821, Moto Guzzi CA Ducati 1199 Panigale

HyperMotard 821

The old HyperMotard (HM) had at the top of my short list if I ever a new bike, so I was quite interested in out the new-and-improved version, which a liquid-cooled 4V engine based on the instead of the big old air-cooled 2V lump.

line: I missed the big old air-cooled 2V

The new bike is a better all-around It’s got more power, more civilized in its delivery. The are more relaxed and more The whole bike has been back a couple notches in from the raw, crazy-…, original.

Which, as I said, for a better and more useful But just not as much damn The original excelled at one main – being the most fun bike I’d ridden.

This one, not so much.

Engine – very and smooth. Ducati’s modern range of 4V engines are a good lot days. They work have good power and and long service intervals.

Compared to the old 1100, the new 821 has about 15% power. But it also has about 15% torque, and it’s that of torque that made the such a hooligan. Fueling on the new was a bit glitchy (a problem that’s noted on a few models), but not terribly so.

still got a great hooligan that part they well.

Transmission – works and smoothly as long as you are smooth and keep on top of it. But if you get out of shape, it doesn’t well to trying to snap shifts in arrow to get where you to be. My regular bike now has a GP-pattern shift, so when I try out a normal it’s not uncommon for me to shift the way at least once and have to

This bike particularly like having to do that.

– no special notes. The clutch great. Chain and sprockets out

Brakes – the brakes were excellent. Smooth, well strong. Good job there.

Handling – sharp, although not as as the previous model. The new one has more steering geometry, plus the isn’t right up on the bars as so it’s (again) more and less nuts. Probably a compromise for real people in life, but lost some of big dirtbike feel.

Ergonomics – edgy, and again for me, lost in the translation. On the 1100, you felt up and forward, practically straddling the with your center of not far from the steering head. It a very immediate feeling to the experience; too much so for a lot of people.

So dialed it back a notch.

– a great bike, but not the attitude and it used to have. I use my bike day for everything, and this version I’m would be more practical for than the previous. But if I go out shopping, I’ll be looking for would be a HM1100S.


Moto California 1400

Another of the Big Ol’ Cruiser. But a very good The main impression is “easy to

Engine – not just a mountain of a whole mountain range of it. remarkably quick. Even it’s a similarly heavy it feels much more than the Triumph Rocket which just felt at all times.

The CA 1400 does that signature Guzzi reaction; when you hit the throttle, the crank and flywheel spin up, and the bike leans the other way a bit in Harmless and amusing.

Transmission – got that cruiser setup, floorboards and a big heel-toe rocker It’s still got a bit of “clonk”, but a lot than Guzzis used to. improved.

Drivetrain – the clutch is and easy to handle. Shaft is well controlled without any shaft effect (jacking or in response to throttle changes). modern shaft drive control this well days, but I’m old enough to remember they didn’t, and to notice how better it is now.

Brakes – the work well, but do require a squeeze if you really need to it down. I had a “lady” who was on the phone of driving pull right out in of me on my little test loop, and had to an emergency stop. It stopped and smooth and straight, well once I stepped/squeezed hard

Handling – this is a high Guzzi generally has done a job with the handling on their and this one follows that I wouldn’t call it “nimble” but it is smooth and responsive and does you ask of it.

Lots of stability of course, in a heavy cruiser, but feels it would be more fun to hustle a winding road than other cruisers.

Ergonomics – It’s got your pretty relaxed cruiser riding but it’s not a feet-forward stirrup setup like some Your feet are somewhat on floorboards, but not so far that you can’t use legs for control and bump

The handlebars have a pretty pullback, but again not so as to get in the way of riding

Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara

Overall – very impressive. It to be well built, of solid and good workmanship. Detail is good; the turn signals and controls are pleasant to use.

In its category, I’d say it should be considered a top


Ducati 1199

Just plain flat-out irrational.

A scalpel in a world of butterknives.

This was just a ride, on public streets, so I really comment on its ultimate And since bikes of this are all about their ultimate and not much else at all, doesn’t leave me with a lot to say.

The engine was fine, and to fuel smoothly at all revs. peakier than most big but still clearly a twin, not a The shifting, clutch, braking, all across as top notch. Handling was

Ergonomics were surprisingly

It warms your … up fine, even after a few miles.

It was very impressive, in the short exposure. If I was looking at a in this category, I’d have to put real time on this one to see if it the Aprilia RSV4 off the top perch of for seriously irrationally fast



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Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
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