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    Which one please? New guy looking for advice on specific bike to buy

    Greetings mille-heads

    This is my second post, still all bright and newbie-shinny.

    I went and looked at RSVs today at moto-international in Seattle. It's the kind of place that warms the heart of a hard core cycle guy. It's in an old converted garage and stocked to the rafters with all manner of guzzi and priller flotsam and jetsum. There are bikes in every nook and cranny.

    The guy who runs it, Dave, is a great guy, legendary in the Guzzi circles and a reformed racer. The mechanics are serious gear heads and love the bikes. They were prepping a race motor while I was there. You ask Dave a question and he gives you the answer to the question you were really asking. He'll let you ride anything he has without a second thought (I didn't ride today because the weather was crap, but I'll go back next week). He's been around a long time and his customers have personal relationships with him.

    In other words, if you were going to buy a bike from a dealer, this is the guy and this is the place.

    He's got four bikes I'm interested in. I haven't attempted to bargain with him, I'm just reporting the facts as I know them.

    • 2004 RSV Factory for $8995. It has a bit less than 8000 miles. Was ridden by a customer and maintained by them. Guy was literally a little old man (sort of) and babied the bike. It's got all the mods (airbox, power commander, etc.) so it's up to the current RSV spec or more. Lovely gun metal color. It's perfect.
    • 2007 RSV (not factory) demo for $9999. It has about 4200 miles on it. Comes with 2 year warranty. Red. Bone stock.
    • 2007 RSV (early, not factory) brand new with 2 year warranty for $10,999. The sticker on the bike is $13,999
    • or I could go all in for $12,999 and get a brand new 2007 RSV Factory.


    The money matters, but it's not like I'm stealing the grocery money here. I am inclined to buy a bike from Dave for all the reasons I listed above . . . we're all better off with guys like Dave in business, and putting a couple of coins in his pocket from that perspective is a good thing. I'm assuming the prices are movable, but that's not what I'm asking here.

    Assuming I don't say "what the hell" and plonk for the new factory, you folks got an opinion?

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    On first gut feelings I would suggest going for the new factory...in the Queens' pounds that is a shade over 6,500...bloody cheap...alternatively/sensibly I would suggest the '04 factory with all the mods,...which is up for about the same as I paid for an '03 (new shape) RSVR i.e. not factory .....It's just a pity Dave's place is over the water otherwise his shop would be empty at those prices!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewBoots View Post
    It's just a pity Dave's place is over the water otherwise his shop would be empty at those prices!!
    Exactly! It's worse than that. He's got a bunch of early 07s for those prices. And a bunch of other used bikes in various states of mileage and tune. Tuonos too. Great time to be in the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camera56 View Post
    Exactly! It's worse than that. He's got a bunch of early 07s for those prices. And a bunch of other used bikes in various states of mileage and tune. Tuonos too. Great time to be in the market.
    And in the States!!

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