Moto Guzzi Nevada Club 750 – review and opinion – Born Again Biker

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Moto Guzzi Nevada Club 750

Born Again Biker

Last time I was on 2 wheels was 35 years ago – a Lambretta Cento 100cc. I was a Mod at 17. Having secured a job up in London I wanted transport which was going to get me there (without the queues, and was more flexible than bus or train).

Having looked around I ended up with a 2 year old Nevada, with 2,800 miles on the clock.

I was really scared about taking it for a test drive, and ended up going around the streets taking left handed corners, but as they say – you never forget.

So having ridden the Guzzi up the motorway, through London for the last 6 weeks – what do I think. I love it!

It is reasonably quiet, and has a smooth acceleration. Cleaning the alloy is a bit of a pain, but servicing, which I will undertake myself looks very easy – with all bits easily ‘getatable’.

Being a car driver for 35 years, it took me a while to get into ‘bike-mode’. I would arrive at the lights/junction and sit and wait along with the other traffic, until a seasoned biker passed me by weaving his way through the traffic to the front of the queue. I then cottoned on to this idea and started following them, this is now second nature – though I still feel that some of the guys on their ‘superbikes’ take too many chances.

Also you have to use the gears – with my car, a Primera Sport I can cruise down to 25 – 30 mph in 5th gear and then pull away. With the Guzzi I have to think and make a lot more constant use of the gears – 25 – 30 in 5th and I am shaken to death as it tries to pull away. This follows another drawback with my left hand – even after 6 weeks when I wake up in the morning I have to keep flexing my fingers as overnight my hand will have gone into a muscle cramp and locked up.

I am hoping that this will go with time as my finger muscles strengthen. It is playing hell with my guitar playing.

The Nevada, to me, looks good, though I am not a great lover of chrome-plating. It is a pig trying to keep the rear springs clean of rust and similarily with the wheels. Alloy wheels I am sure would have been better, and thicker plating on the springs would surely not have added much to the initial cost.

I am about to invest in a Topbox, as storage is none existant and a small screen I have been told will stop some of the buffetting I get on the motorway from the strong winds – time will tell.

As for comparisons I can not give you any as I have never ridden anything else – though now if anybody is offering I have the confidence to take up the challenge. I think the Nevada is a really good starter bike for someone who like me passed their test many years ago and wants to get back into biking. I am looking forward to the summer when we can both go out into the country and take in the views, without the problems of finding somewhere to park.

I have covered just over 2000 miles in the 6 weeks and do a round trip of 95 miles per day. The journey takes from one to one and a quarter hours, and I am averaging 55 miles to the gallon. That gives me a daily cost of Ј5.70 to/from London.

The coach is Ј10.00 per day and the train Ј22.50 – obviously I have not added tax/insurance and I have not compared season ticket prices. The bike cost me Ј2,150 which for a 2 year old with such low mileage is fantastic. I expect to do 15,000/18,000 miles per year on the bike – I have to consider the weather before I set off in the morning, if it is thrashing it down – I take the coach, basically because my water-proof gear (boots especially) are not totally waterproof.

They are fine for one way (homeward), but I have nowhere to dry them at work so it is a matter of logistics – not that I am a fair-weather biker.

I look forward to a long and happy association with the Nevada. I would appreciate any other Guzzi owners/biker contacting me with any hints/tips – at 52 one is never too old to learn.

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