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Review of the 1994 Moto Guzzi 750 Strada:
Lovely bike but a few issues
Author: noobRider, 2013-11-04, viewed 267 times.|
Involving and loads of fun but the electrics can´t handle the wet and it´s a bit underpowered.
I´ve had this bike for just under a year and it´s my first ´big´ bike. Let me say first that I love this bike and wouldn´t swap it. It´s great having a bike that you won´t see anyone else on and it´s fantastic fun to ride. |
The bike is classically styled so it won´t suit those who like a more modern look. The riding position is upright and comfortable and the seat is well padded. The clocks are clear and easy to read.
When you start the engine it sounds great. Revving the bike makes it move noticeably sideways with the torque from the distinctive transversely mounted engine. There is some buzz through the bars. The cylinders stick out but don´t get in the way when you are riding or sitting on the bike. Moving it around manually you can feel the weight of it and it is cumbersome but once you get moving under power it comes to life and feels nimble. The clutch is reasonably light but the gear shift needs to be positive, with a real push down for first and less force needed for the other four gears. Neutral is elusive so it´s worth getting into it before you stop.
Once you are riding the bike puts a real smile on your face. It accelerates sharply and responds well up to about 70mph and tops out at about 95mph. The engine revs freely up to a red-line of 8,000rpm and it cruises at 3-4,000rpm. There´s lots of torque across the whole rev range and it gets away from the lights fast enough. The bike could do with a few more horses when motorway cruising but you don´t notice that in town.
It´s a naked bike so the wind blast is substantial at high speeds, a screen may be a good investment. Going around corners it feels stable and gives confidence braking in and accelerating out. There are two discs up front and one at the back. The rear brake pedal operates linked brakes on the rear and one of the front discs. Gear changes can give some lash from the shaft drive and I have managed to skid the back wheel with a few over-optimistic shifts when I was getting used to the bike.
In dry conditions it is a joy. In the wet it´s more problematic. There is no protection from the weather at all. Water seems to get everywhere. Riding in the heavy rain for any length of time can get water affecting the electrics with the engine stuttering over 4,000rpm. I keep some WD40 with me in saddlebags now.
I love this bike and enjoy riding it, even in the wet, but it does have a lot of foibles to forgive: the handlebar buzz, no protection, heavy, not the fastest, and not the most reliable. The bike makes a great fair weather ride but it´s not recommended for all-weather commuting or long distance motorway miles. It may have more ´character´ than most people are comfortable with.
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