Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer – Motopsyco’s Asylum Loopy about bikes!

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer
Simply received house from the very first experience!

In March of 2019 I took supply of my Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer a leftover 2017 mannequin within the coloration dubbed “Giallo Solare” (photo voltaic yellow) for years now I’ve needed a Guzzi however have by no means purchased one. Fact be advised I actually needed an outdated Eldorado, Ambassador and even one of many outdated 850T fashions, however for some causes the celebs by no means aligned accurately for that to occur.

That’s appropriate, my path to proudly owning a Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer started with me drooling over a used Honda CTX1300. To be sincere with you there are occasions after I want I had the Honda however this isn’t because of high quality or reliability points. For some purpose my spouse who’s normally an agreeable soul put her foot down and insisted that I used to be not going to spend that a lot cash on a used motorbike, particularly one she had by no means heard me point out earlier than. Her phrases have been, “if you happen to’re going to do that why don’t you get one thing you’ve all the time needed.”

These have been the 2 bikes that I used to be contemplating and in all honesty the selection actually got here down which one was probably the most uncommon. Each the Triumph Road Twin and the Guzzi V9 have been properly regarded by most reviewers. The engine sizes are comparable, each are thought of retro requirements and each of them are “tuned for torque.” I’ve all the time regarded the tuned for torque assertion as bullshit advertising and marketing doublespeak for we minimize the horsepower and we hope you don’t discover, however now that I’ve ridden the Guzzi  I actually prefer it. Peak torque is available in approach down low within the rpm vary and it actually pulls like a freight practice as much as the redline. It’s actually not quick just like the screaming Japanese fours that I used to be used to, however it feels much more highly effective than it’s. Why would I choose the Roamer over the V9 Bobber? As a result of I like the brilliant colours and chrome look. It screams 1970’s whereas the Bobber with its fats tires on each ends and matte paint say modern-day hipster. Nothing improper with that if you happen to prefer it however I’m an eccentric outdated fart and that is an eccentric gentleman’s motorbike. A lot of individuals assume it’s a restoration and are shocked to search out out that it’s practically new.

There have been no sellers in my house state of South Carolina on the time after I bought this one on Ebay, from a seller in Wisconsin. Transport was dealt with by and charges have been cheap. One factor I’ll point out is that transport firms like this can not come all the way down to the cul de sac in your neighborhood you’ll have to make preparations to satisfy them someplace with a big sufficient parking zone to get the tractor trailer parked off the street in order that your bike might be unloaded safely.

What turned out to be the most important downside is the truth that I made a decision, as a substitute of paying money for it, that I’d let the seller do financing for me. Sadly their house state of Wisconsin requires the dealerships to ship all titles on to the financial institution. Sadly the financial institution turned out to be extremely incompetent and wouldn’t assist me to get the bike registered for the street in S.C. Lastly after 2 months of not with the ability to register my new bike I went forward & paid off the mortgage, even then it took a grievance to the BBB to lastly get my title despatched to me. For those who resolve to go surfing to buy a car I recommend paying money up entrance, or if you actually need financing that you just receive it in your house state to keep away from registration issues.

Amongst  Guzzista the appears of the V9 collection are polarizing with the overwhelming majority preferring the sportier appears of the V7 lineup. Most people then again thinks this bike is beautiful, particularly the non-riding individuals and even those that have ridden motorbike however have by no means heard of Moto Guzzi. The styling is what I’d name cruising normal. The form of the tank kind of resembles the outdated 850 T3 of the 70s however is smaller in proportion to the remainder of the motorbike than the T3 tank is. The standard of the match and end of the seen elements is gorgeous. The yellow paint has a heavy orange tint to it that seems golden in dim mild.

The scale and weight of this bike are excellent to me with a moist weight of roughly 440 lbs (200 kg) the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer may be very straightforward to deal with at low speeds in parking heaps and garages. Regardless of its comparatively mild weight for a midsize fashionable motorbike the Roamer may be very proof against the consequences of crosswinds and rainstorms. My expertise with new bikes is extraordinarily restricted however in comparison with all of the outdated stuff I’ve ridden the V9 may be very confidence inspiring when the rain begins. It’s a very delicate mannered motorbike this mixed with traction management and Brembo anti-lock brakes offer you a steady planted really feel when the street will get a bit of moist.

Dream and Guzzi
The Guzzi with my 64 Honda Dream

All of the Ricky racer boys who write for the magazines weren’t enamored with the dealing with and I perceive, if I have been using round on all the most recent crotch rockets I’d in all probability really feel the identical approach. I used to be utilizing a modified 1980 Honda CB650 as my major each day rider and the dealing with and braking of the Roamer are a lot better than any classic bike or cruiser that I’ve ever ridden. That being mentioned the little Japanese 650cc 4 banger will smoke the 850cc V-twin simply in each acceleration and prime pace, it’s not even shut. Velocity shouldn’t be what this bike is about although, it’s about having a classic motorbike expertise with out the classic motorbike complications. Lots of people on the varied Guzzi boards really helpful dropping the triple clamps down on the forks by 20mm to quicken up the steering so I attempted it at it did appear to assist as soon as I put some first rate shocks on the rear & lifted the rear again up. One very spectacular specification of the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is that within the proprietor’s guide, most carrying load is listed at 925.94 lbs (420 kg) for rider passenger & baggage. This was partially answerable for me selecting this motorbike and for my delusion that I may at the very least modify it right into a usable middleweight touring machine. Don’t giggle my spouse & I routinely experience 2-300 miles a day on our Honda Helix CN250 scooter, so certainly it must be doable on an 850cc motorbike proper?

The dealing with was actually good to me even with the 100% inventory suspension so long as you have been on clean pavement that’s. The entrance finish appeared okay with first rate journey & rebound however the rear suspension was extremely harsh. I lastly set the preload on the lowest setting doable however all this did was to decrease the rear of the bike sufficient to negate the advantages of decreasing the entrance finish for faster steering. It might nonetheless beat the dwelling shit out of you even over delicate bumps. I have no idea in regards to the newest fashions however if you happen to purchase an earlier mannequin like I did you must go forward & finances for a brand new set of shocks instantly. I bought a set of Ikon shock absorbers and I’m very proud of them. This smoothed out the experience over bumps and really improved the dealing with and allowed me to set the preload again to its most setting, elevating the rear of the bike again as much as the place I prefer it. Earlier than I modified the shocks my spouse really refused to experience on the Roamer in any respect as a result of intense ache she felt even over seemingly small bumps and potholes.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Ikon
Ikon shocks work very well.

For those who want seller help for primary upkeep this may not be the bike for you until you occur to reside close to a seller. I’d must drive 3 or 4 hours to achieve a seller, however I can do all of my very own oil modifications, valve changes and repairs myself. Apart from needing some software program & a set of cables to attach your laptop computer to diagnose the gasoline injection that is a particularly straightforward motorbike to work on. The gasoline injection isn’t that difficult both simply be a part of the Wild Goose Chase discussion board and seek for Guzzidiag software program, it’s easy sufficient an outdated fart like me can use it. If worst involves worst customized builder Craig Rodsmith has confirmed that you would be able to make it run with carburetors.

I want the gasoline tank have been a bit of greater however that’s a minor niggle, the low gasoline mild comes on whenever you’ve used 2.5 gallons out of the 4 gallon tank. That is roughly 150 miles and also you’ll in all probability be prepared for a break by then.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer

The unique manufacturing facility seats on these bikes are devices of torture. It’s virtually like once they have been finalizing the design somebody plopped an inexpensive outdated plastic Eighties skateboard deck on prime of the body and mentioned that appears cool, we’ll simply add 6mm value of padding and canopy it with Naugahyde and now we have us a seat. It actually does look cool however it’s an terrible place to take a seat for greater than 10 minutes and it’s approach too quick for 2 up using even when your passenger is a tiny 108 lb. wisp of an individual like mine is. My pre-purchase analysis had warned me in regards to the seat earlier than I purchased the bike however I used to be nonetheless caught off guard by how unhealthy it was in actual life. I’m now working the Moto Guzzi two piece, two up consolation seat which is way more snug. Too unhealthy that’s not actually adequate, even the accent seat is just a 150 mile seat at greatest as our final 300 mile in someday journey proved to us. If I hold this bike for much longer I’ll strive a Corbin seat. Corbin doesn’t actually checklist a seat for the Roamer however they do have one for the V9 Bobber and the manufacturing facility seats are interchangeable so I don’t see why an aftermarket seat for one wouldn’t work on the opposite.

It appears good, it sounds good too, and even with the inventory pipes I may sit within the storage and hearken to it idle for hours. The small fuel tank that so many complain about, permits the engine to take its place because the rightful star of the present. A man at a fuel station as soon as commented, “it appears like its all motor!”  I agree it does have a really muscular look and sound for a 55 hp v-twin. Now that I’ve received the suspension sorted out to my liking nothing beats using round on the again roads with it. The engine actually is the best factor about this motorbike. The six pace gear field may be very clean additionally and properly matched to the engine. For those who’re placing round on the town between 30-45 mph simply put it in fourth and go away it there, bombing round out within the nation between 45 and 60 fifth gear is the one to be in. I received’t even put it in sixth gear at lower than 60 mph. You don’t achieve something however a bit of extra vibration on the handlebars, gasoline mileage stays the identical and also you’re not within the meat of the engines torque curve if you happen to want sudden acceleration for some purpose. Torque is huge and acceleration is a lot better than the spec sheets would point out.

Sadly I purchased the improper motorbike. So far as I can inform this can by no means be a snug 2 -300 miles a day motorbike with out some main modifications. We simply experience the Helix if our vacation spot is greater than an hour away. I assume I ought to have purchased a touring bike however I actually hate large heavy bikes and would surrender using if that was all that was obtainable. Plus I do know from expertise that you are able to do very lengthy rides on smaller bikes.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer
A incredible commuter!

So what do I do with it now? With the beforehand talked about seat & shock mods the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is a prime notch commuter bike. You desire a bike night time consideration getter that handles decently on the again roads, a bar hopper or simply one thing to experience round regionally? That is the bike for you and I’m having fun with it in all of those roles apart from bar hopping as a result of I don’t go to bars.

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Going out for an extended experience on the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer

Again in March of 2020 Mrs. Psyco & I took the Roamer on a 300 mile someday journey. The primary half wasn’t too unhealthy however regardless that we had a break for a few hours the experience house took its toll on us. Across the 225 mile mark my decrease extremities have been numb and I knew that neither one in every of us would be capable of transfer once we received house. At this level I made a decision that this pile of shit was occurring Ebay the minute I received house however then it saved our life.

We have been buzzing down S.C.  Freeway 34 between Newberry and Camden S.C.  at 6o mph or so, following behind an enormous black bro-dozer Chevy pickup, when instantly the driving force made a sudden proper flip right into a driveway after which with out warning threw it into reverse and backed out in entrance of me with out wanting. There was no time to cease earlier than hitting the large 4 door mall terrain car that had instantly blocked each lanes of the two lane street we have been on. Luckily there was no oncoming visitors, street indicators or mail containers within the space so I twisted the throttle some extra, banked onerous to the left and was capable of safely go the rear bumper of this truck on the shoulder on the alternative aspect of the street from the place I began. Fortunately no nasty surprises have been lurking within the grass on the shoulder & I used to be capable of decelerate and safely merge again onto the street. After we stopped to regular our nerves my spouse swore that she may really feel the trailer hitch brush her pants leg as we glided by. Thanks be to God that we didn’t get harm that day. That was additionally after I determined to maintain the Guzzi a short while longer. If we had been on some other bike in my assortment, particularly the scooter we might have been hamburger caught to the aspect of that bro-dozer.

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Filthy motorbike on the finish of an extended day.

Even so it was about 2 weeks earlier than I received again on it and even washed it (we ran by way of just a few miles of purple clay mud within the rain). It took some time after that for the sensitivity to the vibration by way of the seat to go away however ultimately it did.

As soon as the nation and my funds recuperate from the coronavirus pandemic and the silly mindless outbreak of violence that’s occurring, I’ll throw just a few extra {dollars} at it and attempt to make it extra snug in order that I can do with it what I purchased it for which is to have the ability to experience 3-6 hours a day. If that fails I’ll get some loud pipes, an upgraded gasoline injection map and customise the hell out of it. If it may well’t be a street bike I’ll flip it right into a present bike.

Would I promote it? Possibly however money shouldn’t be actually what I would like, barter is extra of my fashion there are 2 very particular trades that I’d make for it and each would must be straight up barter with no money altering arms;

1: a 1995-1996 Jaguar XJS 2+2 convertible in good driving situation. 4.0 6 cylinder engine.  Coloration is unimportant and needing some beauty work is okay so long as all electrical and prime elements are practical and I can drive it house from wherever you might be.

2: I’d positively be keen to commerce for a pleasant wanting able to experience Honda CTX1300 ideally with a passenger backrest or prime trunk put in.

Hope you all have an important day!