Bandit-O Bye Bye

The Bland-It found a new home recently. I sold it on August 22–less than two weeks after buying it. That makes the Bandit the shortest-lived motorbike I’ve ever owned. I didn’t even consider shedding a tear as it left the shop–aside from the $300 a paid for my mistake (bought for $300 more than final selling price). Of course, I still have the Corbin seat to sell, so that number could go down some in the not too distant future, but so far I’ve gotten no bites on that and it’s been on CraigsList since the Bandit went bye bye.

Gone and good riddance. Wish he'd bought the Corbin seat along with it.

Gone and good riddance. Wish he’d bought the Corbin seat along with it, now I have to try and sell that…and worse, probably ship it.

 

After a little bit of¬†CraigsListing–well, maybe more like a little bit of CraigsList obsessing–and one visit to a cool but high-mileage BMW R1100GS, I emailed the owner of a 2002 Moto Guzzi California Stone to see whether he’d haul the bike down to me. The following weekend a special delivery found its way to me.

The new-to-me Moto Guzzi California Stone 1100 arrives courtesy of its former owner

The new-to-me Moto Guzzi California Stone 1100 arrives courtesy of its former owner

 

The first ride had me wondering whether I’d gotten a lemon when two problems surfaced: the gas cap wouldn’t come off…and then wouldn’t go back on…and the shift linkage came apart at the end of the ride. Both problems have been resolved as of right now–both are documented. Neither one was a deal breaker, not when the bike proved to be so enjoyable to ride. As of right now the main thing it needs is a new tire which I ordered the day after the first ride and am currently storing in the shop until I can figure out how to prop the bike up long enough to get the front wheel removed.

I’ve had the bike just over a week as of this writing and have put over 300 miles on it and am happy with it so far. It handles really well, the brakes are great, the motor has plenty of power, it has a big enough gas tank, it’s comfy and it sounds great with the stock exhaust. Could be a keeper.

I rode the McKenzie Pass on it today–both directions–and it was pure joy. Have also taken it up to Mt. Bachelor via Sunriver and out near Powell Butte and Alfalfa (first ride was out that way).

Here are some pics…the bike is very photogenic.

What a nice looking Stone in front of those rocks.

What a nice looking Stone in front of those rocks.

One of my first rides was up to Brasada Ranch which sits on Powell Butte. The view of the mountains is great from here.

One of my first rides was up to Brasada Ranch which sits on Powell Butte. The view of the mountains is great from here.

Nope...not part of the reality series. Just the ski resort near Bend.

Nope…not part of the reality series. Just the ski resort near Bend.

The windshield is nice when there's no wind...but I hate it when it's windy so have taken it off for now.

The windshield is nice when there’s no wind…but I hate it when it’s windy so have taken it off for now.

The Guzzi handles amazingly well for a cruiser--actually it handles amazingly well for any bike.

The Guzzi handles amazingly well for a cruiser–actually it handles amazingly well for any bike.