John here. Back in the 70s, I was a Norton, Ducati, Moto Guzzi dealer. Nortons were our big seller and we closed the business when Norton went under. I bought a slightly used 72 Commando in 76 and kept it until last year. When the new version of the MG V7 Sport came out, I came down with a case of nostalgia for the V7 Sport that I had back in 74. None of the MG dealers nearby had any Guzzis in stock, so it was a while before I finally found one, about 250 miles away. I was excited to see the V7 in person, but when I got to the dealership, the Sport was sitting next to a GRiSO. Forget the Sport, I was sold on the GRiSO.
As soon as I got home, I started liquidating my 35 year accumulation of Norton parts. It became apparent that this was going to take some time. So as soon as I had enough money, I bought a 2002 V11 LeMans to hold me over until I could afford the GRiSO [Ironically, the guy I bought the LeMans from turned out to be a former customer who told me he bought the LeMans because he had coveted my V7 Sport back in the day]. The LeMans was OK - reliable, but handled like a limo and had terrible vibration compared to the Norton. It took another year to sell everything, including the LeMans.
I put the word out that I was looking for a GRiSO and a friend phoned me from Riders Hill to let me know they had a black 2009 8v factory demo on sale. He put the sales guy on the phone and a few minutes later, I owned a GRiSO, sight unseen. That was last December. The bike had 3500 miles on it then - now it has 12000. Before the GRiSO, I was all about working on bikes; riding was secondary. But that's all changed. When people ask how I like it, I tell them honestly that I think it's the best bike ever made. And I've owned and ridden a lot of bikes, from Velocettes to Lambrettas.
Sorry I don't have a picture. Everything you can see is pretty much stock, except for the AirHawks and Cortech soft bags. Lately, I've disabled the Lambda and have been working on the map in Tunerpro/Guzzidiag (so I guess I'm not completely cured on the need to work on bikes). I'll try to post a summary of my progress when I get a chance.