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    Posted: 01 Mar 2017 at 02:58
Inspiration from another thread here, which needs its own....

Got rid of a bike you regret selling, or should have hung on to? Wife nagged you? Not enough room? Broke? Didn't know it was going to be cool in 20 years time? Never had anything as reliable?

Kept this for 23 years. Never had a problem with it. Odometer went round the clock and a lot more. 
Went on countless travels with it. Set it all up as I wanted. 
Traded it in (on my first Bellagio) thinking I had something better, and couldn't justify 2 bikes. 
The Guzzi dealer told me i was mad, and would always regret the sale. 
But I never really loved it. For 23 years I had always wanted one of these.......
Always a fantasy. And it was as good as everyone said. Restored it. Used it as my every day bike. 
But then I rode it across Australia, and knew I didn't want to ride it again. The pain, the discomfort, etc, etc. 
Needed a comfortable bike. Sold it to buy a Norge, which I only kept months. Ah well.



Edited by GU221 - 01 Mar 2017 at 03:02
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Not an MG (Sorry)but prior to my '14 Stone this is the only other bike I bought new.  1982 GS550MZ Katana.  Owned it for a little over six years, including three while stationed in Germany, pictured here.  Loved that bike.  Sold it when I got out of the USAF to start a family/buy a house/etc.  Took twelve years to start riding again.  Honestly, the V7 is the first bike I've enjoyed as much before or since.
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1979 1000 SP. (This isn't it, library picture, but same original colour.)




Had a lot of probs with it, mainly cos of previous owner thinking would be a good idea to get it serviced before he sold it, unfortunately the shop he gave it to didn't have a clue what to do with one, to cut a long story short new nikasil barrel + piston kits because of seizing up at 90mph on the M6, hose had come off the breather box and the ball valve was missing; new Dunlop TT100 tyres which were totally unsuitable, in the wet felt like the road was covered with ball bearings, got changed for Avon Roadriders which were a huge improvement. Plus new carbs cos one of the originals had a manufacturing fault, which I didn't twig 'til much later, at the time I was so desperate trying and failing to get the carbs balanced I bought a new pair, instant miracle cure! (Hitherto was always rough and vibrated.)

I also had to sort the suspension and handling as it had a nasty tendency to try to kill me if I shut off in bends, so it acquired a Telefix fork brace up front and Marzocchi shocks at back. After that it may only possibly weave a bit at illegal speeds. Another massive improvement!

Then it was resprayed, as it was getting quite shabby, and it had been dropped on spilt diesel, after that it was really good and went like the proverbial train. Also had colour matched Sigma luggage which were smart Krauser lookalikes.

I traded it in for a 2nd hand import LM mk1 which was NEVER right all the time I had it. Still kicking myself over "what if instead" ...













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and Mike its still not right infact a bit worse

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Hmmmm!

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I had the 650 katana for over 8 years until some light fingered toe rag nicked it. I despatched on it for 4 years and it went round the clock.  Just a few crashes that made me fix bits but bloody reliable. Loved it. I saw one for sale a while ago but it was over £3000.  Daft. Like £2000 for a superdream....dafter
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Truly regret ever selling this. I bought it brand new but part exchanged it for a Honda X11 ( naked Blackbird ) which was brutally quick but just lacked the individuality of the Thunderbird Sport.Cry





This is what came after the much missed Sport.





Edited by Tarquin - 07 Mar 2017 at 16:23
California 111 70th Anniversary Model, California 1100i 75th Anniversary Model, Honda ST1300


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Damm nearly broke my heart to sell this old girl, but needs must etc etc.
The day this photo' was taken I was riding through the lanes thinking,"It doesn't get any better than this" when suddenly it did.
One of those bloody Spitfires flew low accross the fields.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cyclobutch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Mar 2017 at 17:35
QUOTE=Dave P.]
Damm nearly broke my heart to sell this old girl, but needs must etc etc.
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Might as well close this thread right now, no-one is going to top that.
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It's not a competition Butch
TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE LAW YOU MUST BE HONEST.

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My Le Mans. Belonged to my friend for many years before I owned it. Had to choose between my S3 or this - tough, but I've still got the S3.




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1980 and my first foreign bike trip.  I'm pretty sure I couldn't ride a Le Mans to Italy now, but I do wish I'd kept the bike.  It was a very early one with a round rear light, bought in 1979 for £1,200..

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Great photo Derek.I'm guessing that the obvious exuberance says "Made It !!"
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Agreed, really great pic Mr Glawster.
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From one Guzzi I was sorry to lose to another one that I couldn't wait to see the back of...
In 2011 after 12 years without a bike I thought I'd give it another go and a low mileage 1100 Griso seemed like just the right bike for me.  Beautiful looking and sounding, but that was about it.  Terrible low speed fuelling, a clonky drivetrain, little low speed torque and instruments that were perpetually misted up.  I had it main dealer serviced and they declared it transformed.  Well it was anything but so in a fit of pique I sold it on ebay to a German trader and bought a Ducati GT1000 - which was superb.
I love Guzzi, but think I'll stick to the old stuff...

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