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PostSubject: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 2:48 pm

Bike week started so I went to check out the Guzzi stand there as they have demo rides for the first time in ages but only the new Cali and V7.
I heard they'd be there from the local dealer (Red Ember) a couple of months ago and I wasn't expecting much...

But I was wrong, the New York importer brought quite a few bikes and all the current models were on display but..............
They had the 2016 California "Audace". All carbon fiber with no running boards and a round headlamp.
This thing is stunning IMO and priced at $15 Grands and some change. Best bang for the money if you're into cruisers...
I'm going back tomorrow to test ride the V7. Very Happy

Anyway, here's a pic of that new Cali 1400:
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:02 pm

Neat - don't like the mirrors though...
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:09 pm

Yeah, very stealthy.
I'll get more pics and infos tomorrow...

Here a pic of my sorry ass on a V7.
Making the wife jealous since she can't be there this week end, and the next. So no Bike Week for her. Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:30 pm

The Coppa Rossa GRiSO is the star of that show.
Glad to see them promoting the bikes. Perhaps they've finally hired someone who understands marketing. Certainly a step in the right direction.
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:00 pm

I agree.
I talked to the people working for the importer and they said that Piaggio is gonna be more aggressive with marketing since they plan to up production.
Of course, those guys could bullshit me but and I can't see Piaggio buying Guzzi and Aprilia solely for fucking around with motorcycles but rather making profits.
I personally think that once they come up with liquid cooled mills it will be the beginning of a new era for Guzzi, and a new way to do business because they can't rely on the old school forever...
I'll ask about the future of the GRiSO with ABS mandates for fun... see what they say.
If they keep it in production, it will have to be redesigned somehow...Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:32 pm

Thanks for being our fly on the mall! Really like the look of that cruiser thingie. pirat
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:09 am

Thanks for the intel and pic's on the new Audace. Seems the flat black is in...even Indian came out with their Dark Horse with similar visual impact. It might grow on me.

I am very interested in what you find out about Piaggio's plans for MG.
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:56 am

I like it, nice looking bike, thanks for the pics and info, good work there
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:24 am

OK real quick, I only have a few minutes right now...
I've been told no ending to the GRiSO yet in 2016 so I asked where is Piaggio gonna find room for the ABS hardware?
One guy said "Oh they'll find room". Great answer to my fucking question eh? Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
But a smarter guy said that he thinks they might make room under the seat by going single TB and redesigning the air box.
Maybe our Petemeister can tell us if it's feasible or not, after all that second guy could be dead wrong.

Anyway, I ended up test riding the Cali again after the V7 and I just love the behavior of this bike despite those stupid floor boards but the Audace has regular pegs so that's the ticket. Wink
Also, the cool thing was that the Importer personnel were really nice people... from the cute girls to the counter guys setting demos and selling apparel to the guys going to the rides with us.
They also were all over my GRiSO for some reason. scratch They had that good looking copper one on display...
I'll check back later and tell you guys how those test rides went... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:02 pm

By the way...
I forgot to update the Daytona thing.

I noticed that the big Cali rear fender flaps around a lot when going over bumps on the road.
I was following a couple of them on the V7 and it wasn't just one bike but all of them.
My impression of the V7 on the test ride was that it's a light bike for sure and an around town thing but the engine vibrates a lot when you get on the throttle.
Maybe it's a characteristic of the small block but I'd get tired of this quickly.
The Cali is just a sweet ride and most folks already knew that...

Went to hang out with Guzzi guys at the end of the day and have dinner with them at their usual restaurant...
I spotted this restored old V7 with a custom valve cover.
Sweet little ride.

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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:28 pm

Gee, never a problem with mayonnaise on that little baby.
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:11 pm

LOL yeah.
He cut out the embossed Guzzi logo and installed a piece of glass in the hole.
Clean job.
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:41 pm

Great stuff Pascal. That Audace looks the business, love those red valve covers, and footpegs rule the day.

That custom V7 valve cover reminds me of the "Bevel Gazer" on my '67 Ducati.

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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:18 pm

Steak wrote:
Great stuff Pascal.  That Audace looks the business, love those red valve covers, and footpegs rule the day.

That custom V7 valve cover reminds me of the "Bevel Gazer" on my '67 Ducati.

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Ahhhhh the most beautiful single ever made IMO Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:11 pm

Steak wrote:
Great stuff Pascal.  That Audace looks the business, love those red valve covers, and footpegs rule the day.


Yeah Sir. The Audace is a winner with the footpegs and the engine treatment is well done.
I like it a lot...
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:45 am

Grisonut wrote:
I agree.
I talked to the people working for the importer and they said that Piaggio is gonna be more aggressive with marketing since they plan to up production.
Marvelous. What about marketing the miserable state of affairs with the US dealer non-network?
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PostSubject: Re: Guzzi in Daytona...   Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:26 pm

If you mean not enough dealers, you won't see many more than that because Guzzi doesn't produce enough bikes at the moment.
As of now it's like what? 10.000 units a year world wide, all models combined?
LOL, that ain't much...
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