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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).

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 »

2006 Moto Guzzi Breva V 1100 Road Test

The Breva loves to change direction and is uncannily easy to turn, with a sharp turning radius and steering that feels much lighter than it has a right to.

Ken Freund
January 3, 2007

Motorcycle trivia buffs already know that the word breva refers to the southerly winds that blow over Lake Como-adjacent to Guzzi’s historic Mandello del Lario factory-bringing fair weather and good riding conditions to this blissful mountainous region just south of the Swiss border. However, the... Read more »

2004 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750 IE Road Test

2004 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750 IE

Ken Freund
January 1, 2006

Here’s a bike that almost didn’t happen. First off, Moto Guzzi was in dire financial straits, and then its new owner and would-be savior Aprilia fell into a fiscal funk as well. At the last moment Piaggio, best known in this country for its Vespa scooters, came to the rescue-and we’re... Read more »

2003 Model Year Bike Reviews

Radial front brakes, a titanium-nitride Ohlins fork and close-ratio six-speed tranny have been added to the 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 28, 2002

(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers... Read more »

2001 Model Year Bike Reviews

The 2001 Aprilla Pegaso 650 I.E. features new Sagem EFI and a lower seat.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 1, 2000

The article The Stars of 2001 was published in the December 2000 issue of Rider magazine.) by Mark Tuttle Jr. Ready? Cue Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the theme from 2001, A Space Odyssey. Now, open the pod bay doors please, HAL—the new street motorcycle models rocketing their way to the U.S. for ’01 are... 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.