Would you buy a Moto Guzzi over a BMW?

Would you buy a Moto Guzzi over a BMW?

Created by ridetime on Oct 28, 2007

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honda man

United States

#21 Aug 1, 2008
i would not own a pos motoguzzi if it was free
Chris

Bolzano, Italy

#22 Sep 19, 2008
I have tried both, but like most people own a guzzi, .. to be more precise I own 3, a New Norge from 2008, the new Stelvio 1200, and an old SPIII (classic) a touring bike from the past. I have tried both the BMW RT and the GS 1200 and well lets say that it's just not the same thing, driving the BMW is kind of like going to bed with a prostitute while, Guzzi's are like trying to pickup that hot girl in the corner that is kind of out of your league... I hope everybody get's the picture.
Guzziman

Grand Forks, Canada

#23 Apr 8, 2009
I bought my MK 11 Lemans in June of 1982'
Went 265,000 Kms. before I took it apart and turned it into a 992'...
Have since put another 70,000Kms. on it. Now in the middle of a Freshin Up' for Spring'...
New 1100 Sport' Exhaust w/ Stucci CrossOver' & a Set of Chopped n' Gutted'(10")1098 Mufflers...(which look bitchin' bye the way)
Almost ready to start Another Season'...
My 29th. with my Guzzi'....
BMW'...ShmeeMDoubleYou'.....
I am Guzziman'....
Shiney Side Up'
JBL

Rouse Hill, Australia

#24 Nov 10, 2009
in short...Definitely!
to Satyam (first poster).....this question obviously wasn't meant for limp-dick mommy's boys...so stay out of it.
saul Mitchell

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Mar 26, 2011
i am a father of a wonderful 18 year old boy , i am 38 years old, i have raised my son since he was 10 months old, i have been a heavy equipment mechanic for 20 years,2 times every year for 8 years i traveled to thailand to train and fight muay thai, i have had 30 professional fights in my time fighting mma and thai boxing, i speak read and write thai.. i help everyone i come across and do everything i can to help people live exrta ordinary lifes, part of that is owning and riding motorcycles, which i started when i was 8,, it is part of who i am and the path i have chosen to live, i leave a positive impact on almost everyone i have met or they have hated me... when you love do it with all you have , when you fight do it like a tiger, and to quote ajarn sarisute be soft as silk and hard as a diamond.. satyam you have moved me to tell you the truth, start living or get on with dying, you can die crossing the street, sleeping, eating,having sex, or being born, but i have done all of those things... i am looking forward to owning my first moto guzzi, i have 4 cx500 hondas and love the feel of the 90 degree v twin ... im looking into a 2000 v11 sport, i love the sound and looks, i hope i will love the ride!!! sorry for the long note... just hard to hear people not loving motorcycles!!!!!
QtrSawnBiker

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#26 May 14, 2011
I will only own bikes with a soul, and possessing superior coolness. I like Guzzi's & BMW's, but I'd buy a Guzzi over a BMW where possible. My problem is in the Central Fla area there are no stocking Guzzi dealers. I have looked at every single dealer listed by MG as a Fla dealer, and have found that none of them are currently stocking new Guzzi's. A few of these have the odd used bike, but not many of those. I am looking to trade a Harley Softail Deluxe, towards the purchase of a California Vintage. There is NOTHING in Florida. At least that I can find. A used one would even be better. If anyone knows of a any motorcycle dealer with a new or used Cal Vintage please e-mail me. I would greatly appreciate it!

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Wandering Bloke

Everett, WA

#27 Mar 16, 2013
BMW's of late have become "boutique motorcycles" rivaling only Harley-Davidson for their penace and and "exclusivity". But unlike Harley's which tend towards the "Blue Collar" 'working man's motorcycle theme: BMW almost always appeals to the White Collar clientel who professes that indeed their "shit doesn't stink" and tend to look down their noses at lesser machines of Asian or American pedigree! "I say, can you pass the Grey Poupon" one can imagin one BMW rider saying to another in passing?
This is not to denigrate BMW's engineering or design expertise(which is very good) or their marketing strategy to the 'upper crust'? Witness the popularity of their cars to the upper mobile youthful professionals who dominate that segment of the market. They're bikes follow a similar suite.
Moto-guzzi on the other hand tends to build bikes that retain a certain mechanical feel and 'presence' that has long been the territory of Harley, Triumph etc. but have opted to provide a degree of user friendliness and "character"that is uniquely Italian and very personable. These are machines that the average rider can still adjust his own valves (lock-nut & screw adjustment) simple two-cylinder cam-in-head design with easily servicability. Oil changes a snap and no drive belts (Harley) to break or shim-under-bucket valve trains like BMW that a require an appointment and the exchhange of several hundred dollars every 6,000 miles or so.
BMW reliability has actually decreased over the years whilst Moto guzzi has improved remarkebly to being as good as any of them.
If I were given the choice of selecting any new European machine regardless of cost or exclusivity~(including the new 1600 BMW six) a new Triumph or a Moto guzzi; the Guzzi would 'win' hands down. Reason being: it's a bike with loads of personality and character which while not 'perfect'~ will ingratiate its owner with its novelty and will remain "fresh" and intersting to own and ride long after the other's have become
boring.
VTwin

Birkenhead, UK

#28 Mar 17, 2016
Don't go near Guzzi. Ask anyone who has an early Stelvio, google Stelvio cam issues.
Major mechanical issues which repeatedly failed, Guzzi supplied more inferior parts but made the customer pay all labour charges, including oil and filters every time, amounted to £500+ a time.
They were taken to court by customers, but got round it by not being official importers. The turnaround from reporting problem to repeated repairs takes at least 3-6 months.
I reported the cam failure for a third time but they never even got back, decided I'd had enough and vowed never to buy Guzzi again!

You have been Warned!
TJC

Calgary, Canada

#29 Mar 25, 2016
Guzziman wrote:
I bought my MK 11 Lemans in June of 1982'
Went 265,000 Kms. before I took it apart and turned it into a 992'...
Have since put another 70,000Kms. on it. Now in the middle of a Freshin Up' for Spring'...
New 1100 Sport' Exhaust w/ Stucci CrossOver' & a Set of Chopped n' Gutted'(10")1098 Mufflers...(which look bitchin' bye the way)
Almost ready to start Another Season'...
My 29th. with my Guzzi'....
BMW'...ShmeeMDoubleYou'.....
I am Guzziman'....
Shiney Side Up'
Hi.
I love your audited and your post. I purchased a 2014 Moto Guzzi Norge and have not yet ride it a lot. Did not have much time last year. I feel reassured that I purchased the better bike.(BMW makes a good product, but way over priced, it is more like a status symbol) I wish there is more dealer network in both USA and in Canada for servicing our bikes. This season I am planing to go and take some longer 5-7 day trips in the summer hopefully with out any breakdowns. Take good care.. TJ. from Calgary, Canada.
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