- - - I don't remember how I came across the Moto Guzzi Stone (as in, Stone Simple). I had stopped recreational flying due to career changes and was looking for something engaging. Having ridden on and off since 1983, I had owned a variety of bikes. I realized that what I wanted now was an experience rather than just speed.
The V7-II Stone delivers. It's probably the most fun, engaging bike I've ever owned. I find it interesting that on the Moto Guzzi forums, a large proportion of new owners are ones who've done the complex bikes, the fast bikes, the large tourers....and now they are experienced riders who just want to get back to the simple feeling of riding. Not unlike a number of pilots who go through bigger/faster aircraft, only to return to a Piper Cub.
I like the looks of it. Honest. Nice lines. No pretentions. No tupperware creating an angry bug look. Just a standard motorcycle without the heavy styling queues from the 1940's - 1950's that you see on some bikes. Nice running engine. Great whine to the transmission. Great sound and shaking from the engine. No question it's running or not. (When I'd pull up to a stop light on my 1982 Honda CBX 6-cylinder bike, it was so smooth, that sometimes I'd check the tach to see if it was still running. Nothing you'd ever have to check on the Stone.)
Added Strayker bags which seemed to fit the style of the bike so I could pretend it had some degree of practicality. The bags pop off in a few seconds, leaving the bike looking much as it was when it left the factory.
As Fall weather and temps settled into the Pacific Northwest, I realized that I wanted more protection from the wind on cold days and longer rides. Found a windshield that is practical rather than stylish. But like the bags, in just 2-3 minutes, you can take it off or put it back on the bike. More like a convertible top than a permanent change. I like being able to tailor how a ride will feel. OK....not as simple as a handlebar windshield switch on a tourer, but it works well for what it is.
What a barn door. At least it pops off for nicer weather!