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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 »

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