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You know... Not a huge ADV bike fan... but I gotta say that is a looker, and really, there has been a LOT of good buzz about the bike! Unless Guzzi shoots themselves in the foot, this could be a hit for them!!

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I'd like to ride it! I like ADV bikes for highway cruising, some are actually pretty good at it due to their heavier weight, comfortable riding position and bit of wind protection.

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Hey I took that bike for a ride yesterday... Same color combo as that one, but had bags and a top case. Also the one I rode had the higher seat, so that might come into play.. Really the only thing bad about the bike was it was hard for this 53 year old big guy to swing a leg over it... other then that it was nice. It rode fantastic!!! Suspension was spot in IMHO. Its a Moto Guzzi... so power delivery was smoth, solid, and a WIDE powerband. I had zero need for more power.. Instant up to highway speed, back road between turns... It just goes. Like any guzzi in the slower back roads you need one gear... She pulls fine from 2k-6.. Thumps a bit like a normal twin at 2-3.. and smooth as glass from there on up. I don't normally ride ADV bikes... so the riding position was a little strange to me... but really it fit me great, and was a vary natural position. OK, now what I didnt like.... It had a much more modern, and complicated switchgear.... But really that's just a matter of spending time on it to learn where everything is.. Also at turn in it was a bit tippy... that transition in corners could feel a little strange.. Granted this had a full set of cases.. and also the on/off road tires were pretty squired off.. so Im thinking with fresh tires it would be OK... All in all I would have zero issues taking this bike across country.

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Hey I took that bike for a ride yesterday... Same color combo as that one, but had bags and a top case. Also the one I rode had the higher seat, so that might come into play.. Really the only thing bad about the bike was it was hard for this 53 year old big guy to swing a leg over it... other then that it was nice. It rode fantastic!!! Suspension was spot in IMHO. Its a Moto Guzzi... so power delivery was smoth, solid, and a WIDE powerband. I had zero need for more power.. Instant up to highway speed, back road between turns... It just goes. Like any guzzi in the slower back roads you need one gear... She pulls fine from 2k-6.. Thumps a bit like a normal twin at 2-3.. and smooth as glass from there on up. I don't normally ride ADV bikes... so the riding position was a little strange to me... but really it fit me great, and was a vary natural position. OK, now what I didnt like.... It had a much more modern, and complicated switchgear.... But really that's just a matter of spending time on it to learn where everything is.. Also at turn in it was a bit tippy... that transition in corners could feel a little strange.. Granted this had a full set of cases.. and also the on/off road tires were pretty squired off.. so Im thinking with fresh tires it would be OK... All in all I would have zero issues taking this bike across country.
That's awesome you were able to demo one! Thanks for the nice review!

It sounds like its right at the top of the best ADV bikes on the market today and would have no problem competing with the Triumph Explorer, BMW GS, etc. That's nice to hear it was comfortable too and you could picture yourself riding it cross-country. I'll bet I'd enjoy the unique motor characteristics which would add even more fun to the experience. Most of these big ADV bikes feel a little on the top heavy side especially fitted with top cases like you said. Good thing is that it's mostly noticed at slow parking lot speed maneuvering or while pushing the bike around and not so much when you're on the open road.

Were you able to get it on the freeway, if so, how was wind buffeting/ did the windscreen work well? Any pics?

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No real buffeting to speak of... at least less then my California has... No pics sadly... my phone is not real camera friendly... when it wants to the selfie camera works... As compared to a modern GS.... It is smaller... But frankly the new GS's are freakin HUGE!! Might be a little cramped 2up... but really... Im 6'3' tall and 250 lbs.... It didn't feel small at all. The motor felt sweet.. smooth, powerful but still full of that Guzzi feel that the GS can never match.. Its not honda/BMW/sewing machine smooth.... but not everyone wants that.

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Good deal. I look forward to checking one out in person sometime.

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