Despite the fact that many of us may not know a Guzzi owner, Moto Guzzi is the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production since 1921. There must be a reason for this. John Allsopp asks V9 bobber owner Simon Cross to give his reasons for being attracted to the marque.
Why did I choose this bike? Because it looks like a real bike and it excels at cruising along which is just the kind of riding I like. Whilst it has a retro appearance it has just the necessary modern equipment without it being festooned with sensors and fripperies that make modern bikes more like rolling computers than bikes. It’s solid and reassuring, and feels like a machine for a mature man; which incidentally I am!
After a short break from riding I bought a KTM 390. It was a bike I could never ‘gel’ with. It felt nervous over bumps and plasticky. After a very short ‘affair’ I returned to my long term relationship with a Guzzi. (The last bike I had owned before was a V7 Guzzi you may not be surprised to hear). Overall, this bike delivers what I want which is to cruise along enjoying the experience and the scenery on my way.
I’m also keen on making a bike mine by adding touches such as the hand-stitched Luimoto seat, Baak of Lyon flat track style handle bars, Bates headlight, tailight, brushed alloy starter motor and side panels as well as Mistral exhaust.
This bike might be for everyone but that is certainly one of the reasons it’s for me.
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