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Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer established in 1921 and is one of seven brands owned by Piaggio. In reviews and guides, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycle manufacturing, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and a series of industry innovations including the first motorcycle centerstand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine (the Moto Guzzi Grand Prix V8 in 1955).

2015 Moto Guzzi Eldorado and Audace – First Look Review

Smaller 16-inch spoked wheels give the Eldorado a lower stance.

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

Smaller 16-inch spoked wheels give the 2015 Moto Guzzi Eldorado a lower stance. Moto Guzzi showed two new variants on the California 1400 platform at the Italian EICMA show that will join the Touring and Custom models in U.S. dealerships in the summer of 2015. Pricing for both is TBD. Grabbing equal... Read more »

Cutting-Edge Cruisers—Snapshots Reviews

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Ready to rumble are, from left, the Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, Victory Boardwalk, Indian Chief Classic and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS. (Photography by Kevin Wing) There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS

Bill Stermer
September 2, 2014

Its seating positionand adjustable suspension make the Guzzi the sportiest machine here. You immediately realize there’s something different about this bike when you notice its more aggressive, almost sporty stance. At 708 pounds, it’s the lightest in our test and it’s also the only one of these... Read more »

Moto Guzzi Announces 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and 2015 V7 Stone

2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Rider Magazine Staff
August 28, 2014

Moto Guzzi has announced that two of its V-twin-powered standards, the Griso 1200 8V SE and the V7 Stone, will return for 2015. 2015 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE The Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V SE blends unique styling and an upright riding position with a 1,151cc version of the Italian company’s distinctive,... Read more »

Moto Guzzi USA Announces 2014 Model Lineup

Press Release
January 31, 2014

Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. Founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello Del Lario, Italy, where each motorcycle is still produced today, Moto Guzzi remains Europe’s oldest continuously operating... Read more »

Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Lone Pine and the almost-dry Owens Lake

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

Back roads make me happy. Two lanes, little traffic, preferably with lots of curves and undulations, rather like the better parts of California Routes 58, 120 and 178. Lots of gear changes, lots of lean, maybe a little braking on occasion when the yellow and black warning sign says 30 mph and the speedo... Read more »

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Road Test

The California 1400 Touring offers a classic style.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 4, 2013

Flashback to 1970. Richard Nixon is in the White House, American troops are in Vietnam and the AMC Gremlin is in dealerships. Little known in the U.S. at the time, Moto Guzzi captures a slice of the lucrative police market with a full-dress version of the Eldorado 850, which was more powerful, more maneuverable,... Read more »

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone: Ridden & Rated

The Stone carries on the V7 tradition in fine, simple style, with upright seating, monotone paint and cast wheels.

Mark Tuttle
March 7, 2013

The trio of V7s in Moto Guzzi’s 2013 lineup starts with the low-priced Stone, a gutsy name choice meant to convey the bike’s utter simplicity and strength, as in Stone Simple and Rock Solid. No argument there. Although its analog speedo and tach each have LCD readouts for the odometer, tripmeters,... Read more »

Retrospective: Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850: 1972-1974

1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850.

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2012

Change can be good, even when it’s incremental. When Moto Guzzi upped the ante with the 850 Eldorado, replacing the 750 Ambassador, it was all good. The new model had a slightly larger engine, another gear in the transmission, neither anything to complain about. This was a big, comfortable motorcycle... Read more »

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Range Changes Everything Yet Remains Faithful to its Heritage

Moto Guzzi's 2013 V7 Range, including the V7 Racer, V7 Special and the V7 Stone.

Press Release
September 26, 2012

Moto Guzzi recently released its 2013 V7, which is a completely new motorcycle. The company is Europe’s oldest continuously operating motorcycle manufacturer, and the 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 is led by a more powerful, faster, smoother 90° V-twin engine. Yet, it is still driven by the cardan shaft drive... Read more »

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KMoto Guzzi Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Motorcycle reviews can be found for many Moto Guzzi models currently in production, including the V7 (Racer, Special and Stone) standard, Griso 8V SE sport standard, Norge 1200 sport tourer, Stelvio adventure tourer and California 1400 Custom and Touring cruisers. Guzzi has produced a number of historic racing motorcycles, including the Le Mans model range, and has produced motorbikes specifically for military and police use.


Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Standouts

The Moto Guzzi Grand Prix V8, introduced in 1955, was the first 500cc racing motorcycle fitted with a V8 engine utilizing dual overhead camshafts. It had two valves per cylinder, an oversquare bore/stroke (44.0 x 40.5 mm), and output around 80 horsepower at 12,000 rpm. In 1971, Moto Guzzi motorcycle reviews lauded the 750 V7 Sport, designed as the first 5-speed, 440-pound, 120-mph production motorcycle. A year later, Moto Guzzi introduced the California cruiser models, based on the model sold to the Los Angeles Police Department. The California remained popular in road tests and reviews throughout the 1980s and 1990s and remains in the U.S. Moto Guzzi range as the all-new California 1400. The iconic 850 Le Mans, a café racer, was released in 1976 and is still considered one of the most sought after of all Guzzis. The GT Norge was made famous for its 4,000-mile test ride in 1928 that proved its suspension prototype: the world's first swingarm suspension. In 2005, the Norge 1200 was introduced by retracing the 1928 ride. In 2008, Moto Guzzi added the Stelvio 1200, an adventure tourer named after the famous Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps.

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