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Moto Guzzi V 75
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Moto Guzzi V7 Classic – Miles and Time for some

Where has time gone?  I written anything about my V7 in more than a year.  I life and the enjoyment of life get in the way, plus just getting down to business and something out can involve a little effort.

 Funny thing, may have gotten in the way of writing articles about this Moto Guzzi small but it definitely wove itself it!

A long weekly commute for 18

I took a position as an Enterprise Consultant in Detroit mid 2010, and an 18 month long period of in an apartment in Grosse Pointe MI, for 4 nights a week.  Weekends spent at home after the 300 mile journey back to my in Oak Park, IL.

I started work May 1 2010, and, until the season ended in Mid October, I drove a car in Detroit.  Most of the were made on the V7 Classic, so I was two 300 mile trips a week on the and then 30 miles a day commuting, with some very fun which I’ll get to in a bit.

of Jackson, MI

The Little Guzzi was  I only had to take the train to Chicago on a few occasional weekends when the was too rough to ride, and even I had a couple of episodes when I got in a downpour anyway.  Except for a incident, there’s nothing to report reliability-wise, except it just ran and ran.

 I serviced it at Rose Farm Classics. I purchased the bike in September of  In 20K miles I’m on my third set of tires and changed the oil with the AGIP stuff 3 times.  I got on the bike night and it had 20K miles on the odometer.

 With repairs, tires and  I think I’ve spent $2K to go that distance, or about 10 a mile before insurance and

Today it’s snowing exhibiting the fickle weather Detroit has to offer, so I sit here and up my thoughts on what has transpired, and for next steps with the

The Good News.

Bagged up my 2 40 liter Hepco Becker with my then-250lb body, I was to comfortably cruise at 80mph for on end up and down I-94.  No serious around trucks, no real with handling or ride swapping the OEM Metzlers for Pirellis, and no oil or quirks.

I don’t have a so I did get some wind blast, on blustery days, but I ride in and with a full-face Shark RSR  Both make it more tolerable, and on hot days, the extra through perforated leather is welcome.  Side winds too bad, even bagged up.

 I did that there is a slight to a kind of extremely slow-frequency with the larger bags on the at speed — not noticable in the first 10K but as I settled into the bike became apparent after a  Without the big 40L bags, this disappears.  I think it had to do with a of extra rear weight me and the bags on long trips, and the buffeting around the rear of the due to their width and prominence in the

If I were to do it over again, I’d get the 30 bags, but then you don’t get to a full face in them!

All in I don’t see a need for a flyscreen you don’t ride with a face helmet. Then, especially in the Midwest.  I’m that I’ve managed to all the relatives of the mosquitoes and other that sucked the blood out of me at block parties!

A note about the Shark RSR .  It has a 3mm screen — F1 rated.  Stops a 22. nice feature on trips the unexpected rock comes at you.

 It’s also light and well ventilated.

town, the bike was a dream on the and local expressways.  My commute that long, but it involved weird driver techniques and of stop and go.  The Guzzi is so balanced that I found barely putting a foot unless the bike had come to a stop.

 You can ride V7 Classic with very body movement if you like, or you can it fully.  I have both the and “cafe” seats for different moods, and they both you to ride the bike in the appropriate  The banana is a better for long trips, but the cafe is great for around town and in the  $160 well spent!

it rains in the Midwest.  Sometimes, well, more than my bones are used to.  If you’re to ride in this area, you to expect to get wet once in awhile, and how to ride and cope with wet

 The V7 has very good when it’s not so nice

I often had the choice to go over via Toledo back to Chicago straight, boring, but with rest stops) or down A quick check of the weather force me down to the I-80 because weather moved it faster.  I found that if there’s any inclement weather within 500 miles of Chicago, the of dirt along I-94 50 north or south of the Indiana is going to be the worst of it, every  It gets bad in other places,

Stuck under an overpass.

definitely worse in some

The “relatively” Bad News.

Pirelli do not like to be new and wet at the same time.  As the started up in 2010, I was riding from Rose Farm via a lunch spot on a typical  It had just rained and I decided a little Chicago Hot Dog Goodness was the ticket. With about 60 on my new tires, a slightly wet road and a paint strip about a from my house, I ended up on my about 10 feet from my after pulling away a light into a left 5mph high-side.

 I almost it, but I had taken my eye off the ball and just come back to reality enough.

New turn signal, new footpeg and bend the brake back into place. other damage was a mild under the muffler where I see it, and a scrape on the mirrors and a bar end weight. even a bruise for me, other the ego.

Another lesson  Don’t go anywhere without a cell phone.  The problem I’ve ever had the Guzzi was a burnt out voltage that ended up roasting the system.

This happened on a trip from Detroit, on the ramp that connects the in Chicago.  At rush hour.  On the With a loaded bike. And a cell phone.

A passing Tow finally covered my rear I pushed the bike over the down the west-bound 294 shoulder to cross a very busy to get there!) and up the first exit.  I called Billy and the Boy motorcycle up.  5 hours later I was home, the was at Rose Farm and, a later, I was out $800.

Moral of the story?  Not really.  Stuff happens. had loosened the battery terminals time, and I hadn’t checked  $800 was my “stupid tax” for not that they were and thinking that it might been picked up by my mechanic, who I blameless since there’s lots to do, lots of distractions and he seen it for 4 months.  Check terminals, because I have others with the same

 Not cheap when you in towing and parts.  It “would” been nice for Guzzi to this under warranty…

Moto Guzzi V 75

see.  Any other  Loaded (250lb rider and of “stuff”) with bags and mileage drops into the 30s when cruising in the upper 80s.

 The fast-idle is just crappy and needs to be  That blue vapor hose going down the side of the bike is ugly as  I could use a little more at night, at speed.

Those mirrors have got to go!  What the  I’ve had reports of people 1200 Sport mirrors good!) and also extensions vibration?) — I’ve finally to bar-end mirrors, and they work.  Just take out the old flip the mounting clamps down so the mirror receptacles are pointing and you’re good to go.

 I got mine for $19 Amazon.  They don’t but, hey, they $19.

Some nice trips.

I took several trips in the Spring/Summer of 2010, the of these being the Wisconsin Guzzi Rally held in the hills of that state.  I was in my apartment, ready to go back and I called my wife and told her I was going to go to the rally through the of Michigan.  At 5pm I set off, north on towards the Mackinac Bridge.

 I there at 10pm and decided to down for the night and see how pretty it get in the morning.

I wasn’t disappointed.  I went all the way Mackinac to the Rally (just 30 northeast of Dubuque, Iowa on the in about 7 hours.  The Peninsula is beautiful, and every town you go through has the smell of Cornish Pasties wafting your helmet.

As Spectacular as the Peninsula is, the ride through Wisconsin was, in a word,  Madison is a beautiful city, and you’re south of there, to the “Alphabet Roads”, things get better and better.  Thank God is at least some place in the of the US that isn’t flat!

Had a weekend, seeing old friends and new ones.  Fitz is a great buddy and Architect — he took me to via some great curves, and at the Frank Lloyd Wright plot, we were inundated by the vicious, bloodthirsty mosquitoes I ever seen in my life. were attacking me through my and Fitz and I looked like as we sat there and talked, slapping the things off each other’s and neck.

 Finally one of suggested a spot for conversation, and we were off to

By the time I got back to Detroit night, I had covered 1500 in three days.  The had used zero oil, no or belches, and nothing but smiles and a covered skin.

I’ve two other trips of the same in the last year, both of on a southerly trek through and Indiana.  Great rides but until you get to the southern reaches of states, there is NOTHING but

The new year, new season, new modifications.

in Detroit this year me a new house and the not-so-lamented loss of my back to Chicago.  I left good riding buddies in and three great shops/dealers — Farm Classics. Ace Motorcycle and (great vintage/cafe bike and Motoworks Chicago (Triumph/Piaggio/Vespa/etc).

 I gained massive time my family, a seriously cool man many new friends and an Aermacchi.

also changed the bars and on my bike in preparation for the new season.  I the Norman Hyde “M” bars off for about 45 bucks, and a set of bar end mirrors for the $19.

I’ve only able to put about 10 miles on it, but it changes the “feel” of the bike and I can see out the back without making movements with my shoulders and and trying to discern through the if there’s anything seriously behind me.  The bars my weight forward, and since lost 40 lbs, I don’t too much like a clown. forward to a post about and a new paint job very soon.

been a great 20,000  I’m looking forward to time on my bike in better and not always on the slab going apartment-to-home-and back.  Look soon as I complete my “cafe” of the V7 Classic, building upon others are doing in this but going to a very different, place with my own ideas.

Moto Guzzi V 75
Moto Guzzi V 75


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