We have just returned to Aus after 3 years working in PNG. This is my first Guzzi after several Jap and Pommie bikes and I love it, (as does my wife who until now only loved Harleys).
Electrician at Bayswater power station in the Hunter Valley. Just getting back into bikes after some years without one and I have always liked the Sports and Daytonas, so when the opportunity came around I grabbed the bike.
Been riding bikes since I was 18, but like a lot I�ve just returned to motorcycling after an absence due to domestic responsibilities. In the first part of the intervening years, I thought I�d buy a Harley, but then they became a trendy fashion item and I went off them. A little later I saw for the first time on the road a Cali and decided then and there that�s what I wanted. Despite being tempted by other bikes, I stayed true and a number of years later I�ve finally managed to get my very own Stone Tourer into my garage. Happy as a pig in. Looking forward to catching up with other Cali owners.
Fifty says it all . Mid life crisis etc. I'm married with two sons. Had bikes on and off since I was a kid. I guess the feelng never disappears. Last bike was a Beemer, however when I heard the Guzzi, thought I have to have one. Starting is a bit "cross your fingers" but a good service and tune up should do the trick. Would love to meet other owners in the area for rides etc.
I'm an average rider with a long term love of Guzzi's, (however I also have a real life, which means I do not get the opportunity to spend as much time thinking about Guzzi's as I would like to). I previously owned a MK4, which I upgraded to the Rosso Corse in 2003. Crashed the V11 in September 2004 and replaced it with a new Rosso Corse in October 2004 (thank you Shannons Insurance !). Currently running in the new bike and looking forward to not crashing again
I've been riding since I was about 12, first road bike '74 CB250 when I was 20. I've had about 25 road bikes since then and the odd chook chaser. Hobbies include motorcycling, amateur astronomy, amateur radio (VK3DMN), reading, computers.
I'm relatively new to bikes having got my full licence last year. Watched MotoGP and Superbikes for years, so an interest in bikes has been with me for quite a while. My Guzzi is the ex-Pete Roper Le Mans II, it is a wonderful thing with nice bits such as a Satintune crossover, Mistral silencers, Dyna III ignition, Harpers sump extension, Valeo starter, flat top carbs, light throttle springs, braided brake lines, FAC front dampers with Wurth progressive springs, and Ikon rear shocks. Don't see myself ever selling this bike...
I have two Guzzi's, a 1981 1000 SP (pale blue, all original) and a very original 1976 850 Mk1 Le Mans. Both good strong runners.I ride them alot. I am president of Hamilton Motorcycle Club (H.M.C.C.) We have mainly Euro and Japanese bikes in the club; i.e., only 1 Harley of 107 club members.
I have been riding bikes as long as I can remember and have owned all manner of rides, from Jap crotch rockets to chook chasers. I have only had a Guzzi for a couple of years although I have lusted after one for 20 years. I love the feel of that tractor engine in a precise handling chassis and the solid unstressed feel of the machine. I have ridden plenty of machines that are faster, stop quicker and handle better, but, a Guzzi delivers an entire package of components that complement each other. This is truly the only machine where I delay pulling over for a break because I love riding it, and when you do pull over you are often mobbed by other motorcyclist (and others) curious about your machine. There is a feeling of self satisfaction riding these machines and a sense of nothing to prove other than to consume road miles. Maybe that is why you seldom see Guzzi�s in a pack and so many Guzzi riders ride alone. I can remember when 1,000 klms in a day was a challenge; that was before I rode a Guzzi.