All readily available except the valve adjustment thing, Closest I can think of is a small block Guzzi. Low seat height, fuel injected, torquey, standard seating position and extremely easy valve adjustment. Mine takes about 10 minutes every 10 thousand miles.
I considered the 390 Duke before I bought the Buell when a dealer had leftovers deeply discounted.
The pegs are a bit rearset and that's a no go plus I'd be concerned about buzz at 70+mph. I'm sure it would be a hoot on the backroads.
If there was a way to mid mount the Buells pegs it would be perfect. Or even highway pegs to stretch it out.
I get a real kick out of that bike and love everything about it but the rearsets. On short rides under 100 miles it doesn't bother so much but some of my rides are 300+ miles and with the short seat it puts my butt and feet so close together that after 200 miles my left knee starts to feel it. At 300 miles the knee is screaming. It usually takes a couple days for the pain to subside.
I have wanted to give a Guzzi a try and the V7 appear to have a 32" seat height. Maybe a look around is worth it.
Does the valve adjustment require shims or is it the screw and locknut design?
The standard V7 has an 850 engine with about 65 crank bhp. Seat height is under 32". The V85TT adv-styled bike somehow gets 20 more bhp out of the same basic engine as the V7 but has seat height about 32.7" (although I think there's a lower seat option). Both iterations of the motor are screw and locknut valve adjustment.
The Guzzi Hydraulic lifters were a miserable failure. Not enough oil flow at low RPMs to keep the cam and lifter lubricated. Guzzi management gathered everyone involved together and fired them as a group.
Screw and locknut valve adjustments don't bother me near as much as shim under bucket. I have no need for a bike with that type of performance.
Just a quick glance at the V7 I see the HP is around 50 and torque is 58. Surprisingly lower than the Buell XB9 at 92 HP and 72 torque. I really like the torque and HP of the Buell. It seems to fit my skill level just perfect. Not so fast to cause me to shat my drawers but fast enough to make me giggle.
Maybe I should of kept the Roadster. With some proper rear suspension, better seat, peg relocation, upright bars, and a small fairing it would be a spot on bike.
Foot to ass.
The older 750cc V7 (I think they were sold through 2020) was replaced (I think in 2021) by the 850cc V7 which has more bhp at the crank. I wish they could have given the V7 the full Monty of 80ish crank bhp the V85TT received from that same 850cc motor, but no - I am guessing it's because the V7 is also a learner bike in the UK and some other countries and must be capable of limiting to 47 bhp easily. The V85TT isn't in that category.
Saturday I didn’t have plans for anything so decided to find a Guzzi dealer just to put my butt on some Guzzi’s. I found out that Flying Tiger Motorcycles, who I bought my RE from, is no longer selling Moto Guzzi.
I knew they quit selling RE a couple years after I bought mine but there shop has significantly shrunk and they don’t sell any new bikes. Just a repair shop now.
I searched the net and the next nearest dealer is in Carmil Indiana which is north of Indy. Basically a 5 hour ride and me and the Buell weren’t doing that so I headed to the big box dealership that sells the Japanese brands Indian and Harley. I was hoping to see a SV650 to stay in the v-twin family. No luck. One of the salespeople said he just sold his leftover 22 at a huge discount.
A sea of bikes and the only twins he had was a Yamaha Bolt Bobber, Honda Fury, the Kawasaki Vaquero and Indians Harleys. Although the Harleys are in a separate building.
All the Indians were of the cruiser line.
I did seat on a Super Duke 8-something the allowed me to get one foot down but not a v-twin.
So I went up the the Big House on the hill were the Harleys are kept and looked at the Nightster S.
It’s about the closest thing that checked the boxes.
Horsepower and torque equal to the Buell.
The suspension might be the only thing lacking.
It’s inverted front end had a single Brembo.
But at $17k I'm not playing that game.
Later I looked on line at used RH975 Nightsters but it looks like 23 was the first year of the S model.
The S model has a lot better features for a grand more than the standard Nightster. The biggest being four different ride modes.
I found some used 22 Nightsters for around $10k so it doesn’t look like these will hold their value like the Evo models did.
So it looks like if I want to look at Guzzi it’s contacting guys on market place and the like. Beings I hate tire kickers I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
That '02 Guzzi California Special Sport would probably be a blast to own and ride. Very lightly used at 13k miles and reasonable at $4k asking. Only downsides are it's in Tampa Fla and the posting was from April so it's either sold or destroyed by a hurricane by now 😳
Make sure you research the years . Sometime I think in the esrly 2000’s Guzzi went to hydraulic lifters. They were terrible and only lasted a year or 2 b4 revering to adjustable s.
Older guzzis can be parts problems. Even when new Guzzi factory support was lame.
BsaNorton of CW forums recently went Thru a lot of trouble to bring home a v11. Thsts the beautiful sport bike. He hated it ! Got rid of it as soon as he could.
The Guzzi to get us the latest EV7. New ones have an upgraded motor. Later ones have improved frames .
I don’t care for the stone flat colors or the weird headlite shape , but the Special is sweet . If there was a dealer closer I would own one.
Used suck unless you have a good mechanic and parts supply close by.
If one can afford 5/6k for a used one , consider a new one for 10 is a much better deal .
rising crime rates are hurting American moto enthusiasts.
And I have a sweet spot for wretches, like the $1500 V11 FireBomb.
Ouch. What could possibly be worth $1500 on that thing?
If I were to go with a Guzzi it would have to be a modern model. At this point in my life I just don’t have time for finicky toys that eat time. I need bikes that require the main four.
I hope to someday have extra time to spend in the garage playing with the oddities of two wheels.