Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi motorcycles

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We just came across this on eBay and started digging more into it only to find that we’re dealing with a 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport completely restored by Combined Design. The rare piece of engineering is now called Cherry O due to the Candy Apple Red paintjob, but apart from that it’s as close to the original thing as you get. The bid starts at $5,988.88 so, with some luck, you’re in for a bargain.

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Moto Guzzi’s V7 family now has a new member, which is willing to teach motorcyclists a thing or two about the ways they can enjoy riding the world’s greatest machine with wheels as long as they open their eyes and prick up their ears. Unveiled last week in Milan, the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is reminiscent of 1970s Italian café racers. Then, as now, these were machines that handled beautifully and stopped fast, managing to compete with Japanese bikes with seriously more horsepower available at the rear wheel.

With a 744cc V-twin developing only 48.8 hp and 58.2 Nm, but featuring a beautifully crafted frame, upgraded suspension and brakes, the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer remains faithful to the original recipe and addresses to nostalgics of the period. Also featuring wrapped headers and upswept Arrow exhuasts, polished aluminum tank, rearsets and clip-ons as well as Pirelli Demon Sport tires, I guess you can look at it as to a V7 Classic with a soft spot for races. Hit the jump to read the press release.

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At this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Moto Guzzi made one of the most inspired moves in the Italian brand’s recent history when taking the wraps off of an impressive triangle of concepts. This is formed from the Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans, V12 X and V12 Strada and represents the work of Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche.

The two designers thought at borrowing the 1,200cc V-twin from the Norge GT and mounting it on two roadsters (the LeMans and X) and a supermoto model (the Strada) in an attempt to give Moto Guzzi a new, more aggressive design based on innovation.

Miguel Galluzzi, head of Piaggio Group’s styling centre said: ‘There is an impalpable, yet very real force in the history of Moto Guzzi. It lies in the ideas and in the unrelenting research work that led Moto Guzzi to build its tradition on innovation.’

Galluzzi, who also signed the Aprilia RSV4, ended by saying: ‘Keep an eye on Moto Guzzi because this is just the first step. We are back to relying on ideas, and we have plenty of them. This is just the beginning.’

I believe we shall do so, don’t we?

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The biggest news about the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic is that it comes stateside to try and show American riders how 48bhp and 54lb/ft produced by a 744cc, air-cooled V-twin engine can prove terribly enjoyable when the riding position and handling are just right. And if we take in consideration the clip-ons, upswept exhaust pipes, a bullet seat, revised suspension geometry and 40mm Marzocchi forks, which distinguish the Cafe Classic from the regular V7 model, the chances for that to happen are very real. Expect Moto Guzzi to price this at around $9,000. We’ve attached the press information after the break.

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When the team at WrenchMonkees got their hands on a 1974 Moto Guzzi 850T they immediately started pointing out the bike’s café racer potential and ended up transforming it in their Copenhagen workshop until the overall result was worthy of their standards.

The original 60 horsepower engine and transmission were kept, but the custom motorcycle builder brought in their own rearframe, seat and fender, while the aluminum racing tank was supplied by WBO.

A nice finishing touch is given by the deep green paint and matt black detailing signed by Cay Brøndum and we also must mention that the wiring is entirely hidden from sight, which makes this custom motorcycle both functional and clean looking. Specs after the break.

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Fillippo Barbacane’s Guzzi Diamante is actually a seriously modified Griso 8V (although nobody can really tell) limited edition motorcycle. In fact, this bike looks so…different that I must say it is like nothing I’ve seen before. That is most likely because nobody before thought at mounting a reinforced Gilera CX125 front end to a veritable motorcycle. Also, the gas tank has been repositioned under the custom rear subframe and a huge airbox with a top-mounted intake took its place. More air is directed to the now 140bhp, 1420cc engine thanks to the faceted bodywork. We love the wheels and pretty much this entire bike, but not the fact that only 30 of these will be made.

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Moto Guzzi has put the Stelvio 1200 back in the cards with the launch of the ABS version (standard model carries on) at the last Intermot show. The 2009 Stelvio 1200 4V is an undisputable contender for models such as the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and even the BMW R 1200 GS in the super enduro category.

What helps distinguish the 2009 model year is, without a doubt, the upgraded braking system with double piston radial calipers and ABS, but the all-season accessories such as the adjustable saddle and windshield enhance comfort and, implicit, the rider’s capacity to cover up miles. Also, the sidebags have you ready for the long haul and make sure you never ask for more. Anticipating a rider’s needs, the historic manufacturer also ads a small glove box with handle command to the range of goodies.

The 2009 Stelvio 1200 4V is available either white or red painted. These colors do make it stand out as the stylish Italian bike that it is, even though the category of riders to which it addresses doesn’t look quite for that at a bike.

Furthermore, Moto Guzzi has introduced a new model named Stelvio 1200 4V NTX. This late arrival is powered by a significantly torquier engine of the same displacement and configuration. This special model comes only with ABS, the other notable difference being the gold color.

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When it comes to European tourers, there’s really no point in trying to look for a four-cylinder motorcycle because all manufacturers there are, in a way or another, keen on twin-cylinder engines. After all, torque is what touring is all about and having a sporty engine that is almost naturally configured to produce torque, does precisely the trick that manufacturers such as BMW and Moto Guzzi are trying to achieve with their R 1200 RT and Norge 1200. We put this last model to the test and came to find that simplicity and refinement stand a better chance on today’s market than mountains of horsepower and numerous gadgets. At least in Europe…

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The best competitor for the police Harley, this Italian custom is a filled-with-heritage piece of machinery especially designed for the wistful rider in every one of us. It is the first European bike to have ever said a word about its maker on other continents and it did it first with the V7 Special and the legendary 90-degree 757 V-twin engine. Today, a modern-day replica cheers nostalgics and leaves the impression of a restored classic two-wheeler.

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With the 2009 Breva 1200 Sport, Moto Guzzi shows that its 85 years of heritage are still going strong today as this sporty approach towards such a demanding and yet risky segment manages to situate the bike among the best Italian nakeds that money can buy. Powered by the 90-degree twin cylinder 1200 and painted like Moto Guzzi competition models, it is also one of the best achievements in the maker’s model range and we’re on it to find out more.


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