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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 Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

Historic Moto Guzzis

Rider Magazine
September 20, 2011

Many historic models from Moto Guzzi's 90-year history were on display. The turnout of Italian and foreign enthusiasts to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Moto Guzzi in Mandello del Lario, which reached 20,000 participants during the three-day Giornate Mondiali Guzzi (Guzzi World Days) event, exceeded... Read more »

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V Road Test

2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V right side action

Rider Magazine
September 20, 2011

[This 2011 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V Road Test was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider] photography by Kevin Wing Mama mia, look at it lean! The centerstand no longer scrapes but the sidestand will drag on the left side moments after the peg feeler. Still, you can go deep on the neutral-handling... Read more »

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Limited Edition – First Look

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Rider Magazine
July 28, 2011

Fancy an old-school cafe racer but don’t have the time, intestinal fortitude or English wheel to build one from scratch? Well, Moto Guzzi will happily sell you one of these just-released, limited-edition V7 Racer models for $9,790. Seems a very appropriate way to celebrate the Mandello del Lario... Read more »

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 »

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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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