Guzzlin’ Up The Countryside

My Moto Guzzi V7 Classic - 750cc

My Moto Guzzi V7 Classic - 750cc

Back in August I passed my motorbike test although I was never intending on actually buying a motorbike. If you remember I de-restricted my scooter which then rendered it more powerful than my licence allowed me to ride. Without a licence to ride the scooter the insurance became invalid. I then only had 2 choices – restrict the scooter again OR take a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training Test). If you’re wondering, yes I thought about some of these implications before I de-restricted it, but didn’t think it through fully.

I opted to take the CBT and when I’d done that I found out it was only valid for 2 years at which point I would have to retake the test again. At a £100 per time and on the knowledge it’d probably get more expensive and more difficult each time, I thought sod it, and booked up the full test so I could ride whatever I like, whatever size engine, whenever I like. Only I was planning on keeping the scooter.

Something takes a hold over you when you start learning to ride a big motorbike. That big heavy bastard that you can barely prop up with two feet when stood still turns into a featherweight that floats around corners and weaves around cars on the dual carriageway with the tiniest twist of your wrist. Liberating to say the least.

Once I had that Pass certificate in my hand I wasn’t desperate to go and get a big bike, although suddenly it felt like there was a little clock ticking away the weeks of good weather left before biking wouldn’t be much fun for the winter. And if I left it the whole of winter before riding again perhaps I’d lose confidence and not be able to ride as well as I could before. Fortunately Wil has a motorbike which he brought back from his weekday lodgings in Watford so that I’d have something to keep my hand in whilst he gave it a much needed service. But then came the time when he needed to take it back and he suggested we get me my own bike. And there it was – the sinking realisation that my little clutchless, gearless scooter was not going to cut the mustard in terms of scratching big biking shit itches.

The only bikes that took my fancy were pre 1975 Cafe Racer style bikes which were altogether too expensive, unreliable and too much trouble for a non-dedicated non-fancier of bikes. Gently coaxing carburetors for hours on end after the bike has been stored all winter is not on my list of crap to mess with, neither is having my leg kicked off its swing joint by a punchy kickstart attached to a larger engine. That’s when I stumbled across a modern replica of an old bike. A Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.

Having just passed my test, buying a brand new bike is possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever done. I have no justification for this other than what I should do clearly takes a back seat to what I want to do and with a boyfriend who just about scrapes through every day fending off two-wheeled addiction like Amy Winehouse struggles with coke – there’s no one here telling me no. When I finally come to a shaky stop at a traffic light or stall whilst just about mid-turn around a corner and send the shiny awesomeness scraping down the road on its chrome the world will come to a halt whilst I cry my eyes out at the side of the road. It’s gonna happen, until then I’ll just enjoy it.

For the record – I kept the scooter. If I took that out of the garage, it’d only give Wil space to put another in it’s place!

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4 Comments »

  1. mrs hojo said

    honestly, I thought you would cave in much sooner!

    Lovely

    xc

  2. Foxsden said

    Well, I could have waited until next year – however, Wil was quite right when he said Autumn is the time to buy – in the Spring motorbikes are more appealing and prices are higher…Swings and roundabouts eh!

  3. Chris R said

    Great words though I hate the fact when you think you’ve chosen what bike to get then someone mentions another bike…moto guzzi is something I think I’ll have to ride!!

    • Foxsden said

      Hi Chris.. thanks… Yes I know what you mean, although I can’t say it’s happened to me just yet with the Guzzi. It’s definitely an awesome bike, one you get off with a large grin.

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