I fell in love with Moto Guzzis ( and in particular the Cali) about 7 years ago. My first bike was an R60/7 whilst i waited for enough money to appear to buy a Cali. I've owned my bike for nearly 15 months and am looking forward to doing a few rides with some fellow Guzzi enthusiasts.
Home mechanic, 3rd Guzzi, just bought.
Traded the HD 1942 WLA in on '69 $1495 V7 Sport new from Cycle World SA. Loved it to death over long country commutes - changed road direction rapidly at one stage using Valiant as the chicane, chook chasers in WA, followed by that familiar lull in riding pleasures, the past 3 years has seen a return to Guzzi riding on a well kept T5 16" wheels (no problems quick steering fun) great touring bike and a pleasure to own in this part of the country.
I have been riding since 1971 and owned Guzzies since 1977. The first Guzzi was a 1974 850T which I owned for 12 years. My current bike is a an LM IV, basically standard but with Conti pipes, rearsets and a few bits. Great reliable bike and still fun to ride.
Been a motorcyclist since 1956 owning a lot of road bikes over the years, gave up my BM R80RT about 5 years ago, but was just moping about (without a bike) so got the Ambassador very recently, it's though to have been a private import from the states, and is suspect of having been a an LAPD unit. Am still working in the field of hydrology as a tech officer for Qld Govt. I live in Bargara, on the coast near Bundaberg, moved here from N.S.W 2 1/2 yrs ago. My wife/pillion, of 36yrs Barbara, still, when I start a bike, rushes out with her helmet and gloves.
Guzzi much loved and modified. Building honda race bike. Got sick of blowing up the suzi.
This is my 1st Guzzi, got it late April. So far i have pulled all the fairing off and started to add a LeMans fairing. The after market indicators that were on it have been replaced and bar end handle bars have been fitted. Still a working work in progress.
I have had bikes most of my life. Lots of jap bikes and then a BMW boxer that I thought I would love forever. I hired a Guzzi a few years back, fell in love, the Beemer was history. Travelled around the south Island this summer. LOVE the Cali and can't see myself ever changing it.