9/3/09

My Guzzi...

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Accustomed to light English motorcycles, it took me a while to tame this big machine with rounded lines.
First, the driving position, very specific, feet forward like in the U.S. and not backwards as in Europe, causing at first a sensation of imbalance, then the large comfortabe handlebars take wind is offset by the windshield at the expense of instability at high speed.
Fortunately the weight of the machine is down therefore the center of gravity too. The handling is surprisingly easy in town as well as on the road.
Braking is a matter of practice and anticipation, you must avoid emergencies and in the mountains, especially downhill think to the weight of the machine ...
The engine is smooth and torquey and likes to take revs, you can ride all day without tiring.
The more I look this motorcycle the more I like its aesthetics rather outdated, synonym of big touring bike in the 60/70s.
I recently added a pair of Wixom Pacifico saddlebags unavailable in Europe, they were manufactured in California for Guzzi and BMW, and give a pretty look to the tail.
This picture was shot with a 40D Canon Camera and a F2,8 Usm 300mm Canon.


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The Stranglers - Midnight Summer Dream

I remember the last time i saw the Stranglers in concert in 1980 or 81 in Bordeaux, they only performed for 30 mn because of the fight between JJ Burnel and Hugh Cornwell... it was a mess but those guys were rads, it reminds me that at this time everything was possible, no aids, no Madoff, no TV reality. It was pure Punk-Rock and i miss those guys as the Stranglers, the Ramones and when Iggy was with the Stooges and not sucking Arielle Dombasle's ass.