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Old 07-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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Smile this will be interesting.. look at MG V7

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So I have been researching the Moto Guzzi V7 bikes this week. I found an excellent forum with obsessive owners and my questions have been answered by the true experts. In a couple hours I am driving my cage to the local MG dealer in Houston to check out the bikes.

The dealer and sales experience matters a lot to me. Our local Houston MG dealer has an overwhelming, unsolicited positive reputation. How often does that happen these days? Customer service and smart sales style are pretty rare.

Growing up in Durango, CO there was a Honda dealer where we bought several bikes. The owner was a super guy, but the guy who did maintenance was "difficult"--so I had enough of those issues 40 years ago.

Recent tire kicking at the big Massive dealer on the SW freeway usually results in very quick sales pressure, upselling, not listening, and for me, often not condusive to pulling out my checkbook. This old guy likes to look, sit, research, think and take his time. Patience is a virtue and he who has the money, makes the rules.

So, we will see. The V7 Racer intrigues me especially with the number plates pulled off, aftermarket pipes and maybe a bit more customization. If I really get good vibes from the dealer, and like the bike fit, I plan a test ride on Saturday. If I fall in with the Italian lady...well...it will be time to talk with my wife. When I bought my Kawa it was--visit the dealer, check out the pretty yellow EX500--and what resulted was buying and putting it on my credit card. Wifey was a bit miffed, but she survived.

The old mule deserves a carrot once in a while.



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Old 07-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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I love that bike. Definitely get the racer over the classic. I actually like the number plates. I would get them painted with my own number instead of a random one. Arrow makes a really nice exhaust for those. Pricey though. I wish we had the option of a chrome tank like the euro version.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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awesome choice welcome to the naked (cafe) club.

I got an sv650 and would love to put a number plate on my tail/bikini like that
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
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Cafe racer bikes (especially ones with some modern stuff like the new Guzzi) are beautiful machines.

GL on the purchase. If you're in the market and like how they look then I can't see how you could sit on one and not buy it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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Good luck. The v7 racers are beautiful machines.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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MH,

The dealer experience was exceptionally positive. And the bike? Wow--like a jewel. The red frame with black tank and lots of polished metal is gorgeous. The bike fits me perfect. So, the test ride is tomorrow morning--if I fall in love I will make the deal. They are open to me trading my beloved 2007 Kawa Ninja EX-500. That surprised me. But, I might just list the bike here for a day to see if someone really wants it. The price will be very fair if I do.

Yes, it is a beauty. I think I like the black tank better than the chrome. I was wondering about the chrome story.

Limited edition number even.

Aftermarket pipes a definite, plus better mirrors...whoops already planning...

I will keep you all posted.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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Good luck! I hope you like it. I know you've been looking around for another bike for a while.

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Old 07-28-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Geared up to ride the Kawa 18 miles north on highway 6 for the test. I am leaving after I finish breakfast. Something struck me: when I bought the Kawa spring of last year I had just finished the MSF and when looking nobody would let me test ride. And, that makes sense. Now I walk into a dealer and they beg me to take the keys on a ten thousand dollar sparkling new machine. Time changes...of course riding your own bike in changes a dealer's perspective.

I made myself promise not to decide this morning, and to sleep on it. My wife has been silent as I framed it: cheaper than a Porsche. I used her own logic. Maybe if I can get them to put it "on sale" a bit or throw in a t-shirt: more of the female shopping "logic".

Hwy 6 is not my favorite route due to traffic and lights, but it is very direct from Sugar Land. I may come back on 99.

Looking at the pictures I took, that Moto Guzzi V7 R is a pretty thing!

ciao baby and please stay safe and hydrated,
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