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Down goes Guzzi! Down goes Guzzi!

I haven’t mentioned this in the euphoria of getting a second bike, or maybe I’m just too depressed to bring it out in the open, but I dropped my Moto Guzzi.

Yep, I dumped it right in my driveway. In fact it came within a few inches of hitting my Yamaha and sending that into my car. That would have really sucked. Anyway it was the day after I picked up the Strat. I was cleaning them both up in the drive way and was sitting on the Griso, polishing up the handlebars — then I got off.

I thought I had the kickstand all the way down, but the bike obviously disagreed and wham, there it went.

I tried to hold on and save it, but there was very little room to operate between the two bikes and all I could do was keep the tank off the ground. Luckily my kid was breaking rocks in the back yard and came to help me up.  Picking a bike up by yourself isn’t easy, but there are ways to do it. There’s a bunch of places you can look but I like this article on how to get back up solo.

The damage was pretty light, but happened on quite a few parts of the bike so I knew I was going to be in trouble.

The exhaust was scratched up, pegs, levers, mirror, engine guard and more. I rode it over to Crolli on Edinboro Road and let Jeff take a look. There’s lot’s of great independent bike shops in Erie by the way, great dealers too, but I really love Crolli’s . He’s patient with my motor-mouth, knows his stuff and goes the extra mile. If I couldn’t pick the bike up he would have come and picked it up on his way to the shop – and probably not charged me.

It took a little work and I was able to get a quote from a Guzzi dealer in Seattle – the ones in Williamsville, NY and in Toledo, OH actually refused to give me repair quotes telling me I probably wouldn’t order from them anyway. Crazy huh? These guys in Seattle – Moto International – have a tremendous reputation and when I called up the Parts guy Tony was more than happy to help with my quote, getting parts numbers and prices very quickly.

Thank heaven for insurance – $4,200 was the total! I thought for sure the insurance adjuster from GEICO would total the bike but he looked it over and approved everything. I’m upgrading some of the parts with after-market, but everything else I’m getting right from Tony.

I’m not sure what his margins are but for an hour or two of checking his shop is going to make a few hundred I’m sure in profit of the parts I’m buying – and they deserve it. Anyway it’s going to take like – forever – to get all the parts so I am extremly grateful I have a bike for my favortie riding time of the year, along with Spring and Summer, but I’m incredibly inpatient and already am stressing out about getting my Griso back.

A YouTube video on picking up a bike solo:

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2 Responses to Down goes Guzzi! Down goes Guzzi!

  1. Jack says:

    Sorry to hear of the stroke of bad luck with dropping the Guzzi – a moment time that everything happens so fast, yet so slow! I think many riders have through similar experiences. I had this sort of thing happen to me a few years back. I had CBR 600 F4i. I had stopped on a down hill graded road to take a break. It was a hot summer day. I put the kick stand down and when I turned my back, the bike had fallen on the left side with similar damages as you have desribed that happend to the Guzzi. The problem was I was on an old tar and chip road. The road was hot and the kick stand sunk into the tar and chip and given the downward grade, the bike was “NOT” in gear and moved forward and the kick stand retracted up. Presto – one falling CBR and a very upset rider. Self inflected pain – I said. It was totally my fault and I think that hurts just as bad as the repair bill.

    The video link is awesome – thanks! I lifted my bike inappropriately. I will keep this in mind for unplanned future falls.

    So the question, what specifically are you looking to replace with aftermarket parts and why? Personally, I have always been an “OEM” sort of guy. Just curious…

    Thanks,
    Jack

  2. admin says:

    At least yours was more the road’s fault! Mine was my own stupidity!!!

    Well, Guzzi parts are pretty expensive so the switch to high-end aftermarket components will actually save me money in many cases and get me a better product. For example the stock Griso bars are lovely, but they cost over $300 and won’t give me the flexibility I want with bar ends. For around $100 I can get Rizoma handlebars from http://www.motostrano.com and they look better, absorb vibration (supposedly) and are more comfortable for me. Oh and I can slide in bar-ends. Stock Griso exhaust? Over $1,400. High-performance, lighter, better-looking Termignoni exhaust? Hundreds of dollars less at Europa Macchina right in Lewisberry, PA. Pazzo levers are lighter, better looking and almost the same price. Some things I go OEM some after-market, just depends on what really. I really like to make a bike my own, even when it’s already pretty rare around town.

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