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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).

Moto Guzzi National Owners Club 36th International Rally

A row of Moto Guzzis.

Peter Switzer
May 13, 2011

photography by the author and Peter Switzer Italians love to congregate—whether it is the evening passegiata through the town’s piazza, with everybody having an ice cream cone; or the Mafia bosses gathering in upstate New York, thinking the cops will never know; or a couple of hundred Moto Guzzi... Read more »

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Road Test

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Rider Magazine
May 26, 2010

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Moto Guzzi has many notable styling achievements on its résumé. Recently, for example, there’s the exotic Griso cruiser, and radical MGS-01 racebike. In this author’s... Read more »

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Road Test

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Rider Contributor
March 1, 2010

[This 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Road Test was originally published in the April 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic Fun! Impractical, but fun. I traded in a 130-horsepower sport-touring bike for this 40-horse Moto Guzzi, and I had more fun with the retro classic. Granted,... Read more »

2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Road Test

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio is named after a pass in Italy with 84 hairpins.

Kevin Ash
September 15, 2009

[This 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Road Test was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Of all the manufacturers attempting to cash in on the success of BMW’s R1200GS by producing rival machines, Moto Guzzi ought to have the best potential of all. After all, the basic specification... Read more »

2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V Road Test

2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V when Clem

Clement Salvadori
June 22, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing and Mike Callahan [This 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V Road Test was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V with Clem The best roads in this country are the ones with little or no traffic—at least to my way of thinking.... Read more »

2008 BMW R1200RT vs. Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 Motorcycle Comparison

2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 and 2008 BMW R1200RT

Bill Stermer
July 9, 2008

[this comparison review of the 2008 BMW R1200RT and 2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 was originally published in the July 2008 issue of Rider] Any sport-touring motorcycle is going to fit along a sliding scale of sportiness vs. touring capabilities. At one end of the spectrum would be a sporty bike with bags... Read more »

Retrospective: Moto Guzzi V50: 1977-1989

1981 Moto Guzzi V50 III.

Clement Salvadori
June 22, 2008

(This Retrospective article was printed in the July 2008 issue of Rider Magazine.) In the mid-1970s Moto Guzzi’s outlook was affected by Alessandro de Tomaso, an Argentine of Italian background who purchased the factory lock, stock and cylinder barrel. His marketing types took a look at the line of... Read more »

2008 Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport Road Test

Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport right side

Clement Salvadori
March 7, 2008

It has been said that Moto Guzzi is rather like Italian politics: Every year there is a new government, but nothing really changes. For more than 40 years Guzzi has been developing its V-twin, with a 90-degree included angle, two overhead valves, and driveshaft-friendly longitudinal crankshaft, a new... Read more »

2007 Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 Road Test

Drink in the Griso’s emotional Italian styling, from the stressed-member engine with its exo-skeleton, double-cradle tube-steel frame to its two-into-one exhaust, the purposeful black male-slider fork, touches of brightwork and that single-sided swingarm.

Bill Stermer
March 2, 2007

An experienced street rider will approach a motorcycle and immediately begin sizing it up as to type and affixing certain expectations to it. It’s usually obvious whether a bike is a tourer, sport tourer, dual-sport, sportbike, cruiser or naked bike; we decide that as easily as a cat categorizes... Read more »

2007 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 Road Test

The screen looks narrow for decent touring protection but punches well above its width, thanks to clever aerodynamics.

Kevin Ash
January 5, 2007

  If you wanted a touring bike 25 years ago, you bought either a BMW or a Moto Guzzi. Both share the air-cooled, loping twin-cylinder engine layout with along-the-bike crankshafts and shaft drive, which was ideal for serious distance riders. Both had reputations for long-lived motors, too, although... 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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