Well, I will be tomorrow when I swap my much loved F800ST for something new. It will be sad to see the Beemer go but it was time to try something a bit different, something a little easier on my damm tendonitis.
I have been considering this for a while but I couldn't really find anything that truly appealed. I wont go through the months of trying to figure out just what looked and felt right. Then one day a couple of weeks ago I saw an ST review comparing a few bikes and there was one that I didn't remember hearing of before ... or maybe I just hadn't paid attention to it before as its kind of a niche brand. This time I looked closely and, on paper and in the review vids, it lacked some things but overall seemed like it might do the trick. Took one for a spin today and said hell yes !
OK, so I'd become used to the gadgets on the Beemer .. I loved the gear indicator and couldn't imagine being without the Tyre Pressure Monitoring but somehow on the test ride it didn't matter. This bike ticked the fun box ... maybe a little too much. I started out on the freeway but there were a couple of trucks there in the two left lanes so I changed across and accelerated a bit to go past ... then glanced down and realized just how glad I was that I wasn't seeing any flashing lights coming up behind. God its deceptive. Took it round some twisties and I have to say that even though it outweighs the F800 by some 50kg it really seemed to handle better .. or maybe its just love at first sight that made it seem better
So, in the end, I have stayed Euro. In fact, I've been Italianated.
Its a Guzzi. To be exact (put ony-ya italian accents people) a Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 GT 8V. Its ex-Demo (but only about 460 on the clock) and I got a good trade-in on the F800 so it was quite affordable. S'cuse the pics .. the phone's camera is crappy.
I'm already thinking about the first farkles and just how I can mount the zumo