The Shiver was quite delightful as was the Mana, but, eventually I had to return to Guzzi and when this one came up I couldn't find a reason not to buy it. I had a bit of help mind you from Graeme at Classic Motorcycles Restoration Australia who pushed me all the way to return to the fold. At any rate, the bike was owned by a guy called Gareth who bought it new in 2008 and has meticulously serviced it from day one with Dave Ward at Moto Italia when it was operating right up until recently. Then John who used to work there did the last 80K service I believe. It has been rollerised and all sorts of other items replaced as needed over the years, so essentially I have a well run in 1200 with all the work done. Its in unbelievable condition for the age and miles and its obvious Gareth loved it to pieces. So yeah, I'm back on a Guzzi and first impressions are it is way smoother than an 1100. You can virtually idle into corners around town in second gear with just a little throttle play. It really is a very well mannered beast and not what I was expecting at all. As you have always said Pete, there is a big difference between a well set up 1200 and the standard GRiSO, which as you know I have test ridden heaps over the years; never quite committing because of the snatchy crappy set up I encountered most of the time.