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Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Guide

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).

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 »

Road Test: 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

Holy handling, Batman! The masked Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX carves corners like a bike with a wheelbase much shorter than it’s 60.4 inches.

Mark Tuttle
September 4, 2012

If there are any stretches of paved road left in the U.S. with more than 200 miles between gas stations, I’d sure like to know about them. Highway 140 from Winnemucca, Nevada, to Lakeview, Oregon (part of the historic Winnemucca to the Sea Highway), used to be one, but now there’s gas after about... Read more »

New ‘Moto Guzzi Originals’ Microsite Unveiled

Moto Guzzi Originals Photo - Jpeg Version

Press Release
May 15, 2012

Moto Guzzi USA, the North American importer of the Piaggio Group’s iconic Moto Guzzi motorcycle brand, is introducing Moto Guzzi Originals (motoguzzioriginals.com), a new website for individuals who have a passion for brands and products that create a trend. The microsite invites users to explore the... Read more »

2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Road Test

Good power, suspension and brakes made the Guzzi a joy to ride.

Bill Stermer
April 4, 2012

Vintage motorcycles are incredibly cool, but most riders are reluctant to put up with their drawbacks that can include meager power, lack of reliability and the potentially dangerous inconvenience of anti-stop brakes. What we would really prefer is a classic that performs like a modern bike—or a modern... Read more »

Piaggio Group Americas Introduces Three New Models, Four New Prototypes to North American Market

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Press Release
March 20, 2012

Italian manufacturer Piaggio Group, represented in the U.S. by its subsidiary Piaggio Group Americas, gave North American dealers a clear vision of plans for global and market growth during the company’s 2012 dealer meeting in Hollywood, Florida. Led by Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno... 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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