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April 14, 2007 - Moto Guzzi has announced the addition
of the new Bellagio cruiser to its motorcycle lineup
Moto Guzzi, in this translated press release, says
that the new Bellagio symbolizes the "depth of
the relationship between Moto Guzzi and its surrounding
This relationship is so strong that the immense beauty
of the Lariano area affects both the ideas and creativity
of man and in a sense leads him to create works of natural
beauty in all his endeavors.
This empathy between the local environment and human
inventiveness can be clearly seen in the new Moto Guzzi
Bellagio that identifies a place known the world over
for its beauty combined with the free spirit of those
that revel in motorcycling.
Individuality and sheer style are embodied in a reserved,
but sophisticated design that displays highly advanced
innovative technological solutions balanced with a trendy
Moto Guzzi's CARC (Reactive Shaft Drive System) is
an example of this advanced technology. Moto Guzzi
claims that the system transforms the new 940 cc engine
into silky smooth acceleration making this machine Moto
Guzzi’s most powerful naked bike.
Other indicators are seen in the presence of the
progressive rear suspension system, in the Brembo floating
caliper brake system that acts on twin 320 mm discs,
in the rear shock absorber and the fully adjustable
forks. These technical high quality solutions favor
active safety, set a dynamic equilibrium and provide
such riding pleasure that the Bellagio is the new point
of reference in the category.
The Bellagio has the temperament of a Naked sports
bike beneath the skin of a custom machine. The spoked
wheels, drag bar, rear-set saddle and forward positioned
foot pegs are just a few examples of the details of
a style that concentrates weight on the rear wheel giving
the impression of a bike that is fixed to the ground,
ready to take off at the twist of the wrist.
The new 940 cc engine is more than capable of making
this machine fly. While the engine is docile and vibration-free,
it puts out huge power with immense torque from even
very low revs. This power can be heard in the legendary
engine note emitted from new twin silencers that sing
a song called Bellagio.
With the Bellagio, Moto Guzzi has introduced
an innovative style to the custom sector. The style
is evident not only in the chrome plating and beauty
of the engine but also in the “personality” of the magnificent
frame that serves to highlight other design elements.
The most recognizable example is the single-sided
rear swingarm embodying the CARC system. This patented
reactive shaft drive final drive unit is a clear break
from the custom bike tradition and is an innovation
compatible with a sense of quality and sophistication.
Although the design draws from the American “power
cruiser” style, it has a very European look with detail
touches of sophistication that are pure Italian. You
cannot but be seduced by the blend of all the components,
technical details and style in which Moto Guzzi is the
Some components such as the large spoked wheels,
the retro-style rounded instrumentation and the tank
decorations are classic elements from Moto Guzzi’s past
heritage incorporated into a modern design. Other allusions
to traditional custom design include the pulled back
handlebars, the forward positioned foot pegs, the two-up
saddle astride the rear mudguard, and the plentiful
chrome detailing offset by the coal black color scheme.
Moto Guzzi style abounds on the Bellagio, beginning
with the transverse 90° V-twin engine representing the
key to the design. Other components include the powerful
brakes which, by tradition, are generously sized, and
the twin overlapping silencers that make such a fashion
It is items like these that were typical of the skill
and attention to detail consistently paid by Moto Guzzi
to the design and manufacture of its products since
1921, when the company first created motorbikes that
are as unique as they are technically without equal.
And indeed, it is also inevitable that they should have
been influenced by the splendors of the area surrounding
Bellagio – just as this new model certainly is.
The appearance of the Bellagio
is that of a pure custom machine with a low two-up rear-set
seat sitting astride the rear wheel, forward positioned
foot pegs and spectacular pulled-back handlebars for
Surrounded by the music from the exhaust, enjoying
the comfort provided by the saddle that was specially
designed for long journeys and reveling in the superb
suspension, the lone rider soon encounters the essence
of motorcycling aboard this bike.
The evenly distributed weight provides surprising
maneuverability and even challenging conditions such
as city traffic hold no fears, thanks to the ease of
changing direction aboard the bike, and its weighted
The Bellagio however stays true to its custom roots
although it shows the best side of its character when
ridden enthusiastically. Then, the sheer pleasure of
riding will see you lose yourself amidst all the little
details of its seductive style, when you can truly appreciate
the finishing touches and enjoy the softness of the
controls. It is at moments like this when the rider
is in complete harmony with the machine, when he feels
in touch with the spirit of an engine that can take
him up to enormous speed or carry him along at a snails
pace past the mirrored walls of the city.
The elegant instrument panel is another key element
to the Bellagio. It gracefully combines an analogue
speedometer with a white face and numerals with a high-tech
LCD on-board trip computer that allows the rider to
be in complete control of the bike and his destiny through
comfortably positioned commands.
Behind the agility and maneuverability
of the Bellagio lies a secret. An unprecedented tubular
steel twin cradle frame connected to an aluminum swingarm
housing a reactive shaft drive system. Together, these
components provide great structural rigidity that give
instant response to the rider.
Perhaps “unaffected” is the best word to describe
the bike’s behavior. It’s completely trustworthy even
when ridden in the most casual manner but when acting
as an accomplice with the enormous power output and
powerful brakes lends itself perfectly to being ridden
It may seem paradoxical but the Bellagio amazes in
its ability to eat up miles of even the twistiest roads
at the same rate as a Naked sports machine. This ability
is due to its excellent suspension system that incorporates
adjustable 45 mm forks and a progressive rear swingarm
featuring an adjustable shock absorber.
This combination ensures a neutral behavior entering
and exiting corners, under acceleration from the 75
CV engine and under braking delivered by Brembo calipers
acting on perforated 320 mm discs.
It seems inevitable that such behavior should come
from a sports bike and it soon counters the myth that
custom machines are more for appearances than for performance.
Engine and Transmission
The engine layout
is the traditional transverse V 90 twin but its cubic
capacity and character are new elements which give the
Bellagio its character. The engine bore and stroke are
95 and 66 mm respectively. This provides a cubic capacity
of 935.6 cc and the engine delivers 75 CV at 7,200 rpm.
The power curve is even and maximum torque of 8 Kgm
is provided at 6,700 rpm. Eighty percent of the torque
is available between 2,800 and 4,800 rpm.
These figures put the Bellagio at the top of the
custom category with an engine that has been constantly
developed from both a mechanical and electronic point
of view. The engine never fails to start even under
the worst weather conditions thanks to the introduction
of electronic injection.
The 935.6 cc unit has more useable, smoother power
delivery and emissions and fuel consumption levels fully
comply with Euro 3 standards. Performance is further
enhanced by other technical additions like twin spark
plugs and having the injectors positioned directly over
the inlet manifolds.
The alternator is positioned between the cylinders.
This makes the engine more compact and also offers significant
advantages in terms of control and overall rideability.
Lightened piston rods, pistons and rings help reduce
weight and sintered valve guides improve smoothness
and increased resistance to wear.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via the CA.R.C.
system (the Moto Guzzi patented “reactive” shaft drive).
This transmission system, which is an integral part
of the light aluminum swingarm, always offers a smooth
precise response with none of the jerkiness often encountered
on shaft drive systems. The anti-shaft effect has also
been eliminated, and the individual CA.R.C. format permits
a single-sided swingarm design to be employed which
also adds to overall rigidity.
Finally, the six-speed gearbox is a gem of engineering.
The gears are quiet, finding neutral is easy and the
tall gearbox ratios have been designed for highway cruising,
and always offer the perfect response from the engine.
− Coal black color scheme
with chrome finishes.
− Drag bar pull back
− Two up saddle
instrumentation with white background and radial numerals.
− 90° V-twin, 935.6 cc, 4
stroke, air cooled
− Electronic ignition
Twin chamber manifolds
− Sintered valve guides
Twin spark plugs
− Twin overlapping exhaust
− “Reactive” shaft drive transmission
− Euro 3
− Very rigid high tensile steel
tubular twin cradle
− 45 mm pre-load and rebound
adjustable front forks
− Pre-load and rebound
adjustable shock absorber
− Rear suspension
with single progressive swingarm adjustment
Front brakes with 320 mm perforated discs and 4 (opposed)
− Rear 282 mm disc with floating caliper
fitted with 2 parallel pistons
− Excel spoked
aluminum wheels measuring 3.5’’ x 18 at the front and
5.5’’x 17 at the rear.
− Rear tire 180/55/17
Front tire 120/70/18
Moto Guzzi Bellagio
- Technical Data
|Four-stroke V 90 twin
|Cooling - Air cooled
|Capacity - 935.6 cc
|Bore and stroke -
95 x 66 mm
|Maximum power output
- 55 KW at 7,200 rpm
|Max Torque - 78 Nm
at 6,000 rpm
|Fuel Supply - Multipoint
sequential electronic injection, Magneti
Marelli IAW phased, alfa-n system; 2 Ø 40
mm throttle bodies with Weber IW 031 injectors
|Starter - Electric
|Ignition - Digital
electronic with Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC
|Exhaust - 2 stainless
steel pipes connected to 1 expansion chamber
connected to two chromed steel silencers;
3-way catalyzer with Lambda probe.
|Homologation - Euro
|2 valves per cylinder
commanded by light alloy cam acting on rocker
arm and mechanical tappets
|Intake valve opening
24 ° before upper TDC.
|Intake valve closing
52 ° after lower TDC.
|Exhaust valve opening
54 ° before lower TDC.
|Exhaust valve closing
22 ° after upper TDC.
|Gearbox - 6 speed
– constantly engaged cogs with integrated
|1st 17/38 = 1 : 2.235
|2nd 20/34 = 1 : 1.7
|3rd 23/31 = 1 : 1.348
|4th 26/29 = 1 : 1.115
|5th 31/30 = 1 : 0.968
|6th 29/25 = 1 : 0.862
|Lubrication - Forced
lubrication with lobe pump and pressure
|Primary drive - Helicoidal
gears, ratio 24/35 = 1 : 1.458
|Final drive - Shaft
drive, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.667
|Clutch - Dry mechanically
operated twin plate
|Frame - Very rigid
high tensile steel tubular twin cradle
|Wheelbase - 1,570
|Rake - 165 mm
|Steering angle - 28°
|Front suspension -
Marzocchi Ø 45 mm adjustable front forks
|Front wheel travel
- 140 mm
|Rear suspension -
Single swingarm with progressive action
– single rebound adjustable shock absorber
with easy to operate pre-load setting knob
|Rear wheel travel120
|Front brakes - Twin
floating 320 mm stainless steel discs, floating
Brembo calipers with 2 parallel pistons.
|Rear brakes - Single
282 mm fixed stainless steel disc, floating
Brembo calipers with 2 parallel pistons.
|Wheels - Spoked aluminum
|Front wheel - 3.5”
|Rear wheel - 5.5”
|Front tire - 120/70
ZR 18 M/C (59W) TL Roadtec Z6
|Rear tire - 180/55
ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL Roadtec Z6
|Voltage - 12 V
|Battery - 12 V – 18
|Alternator - 12 V
- 350 W
|Length - 2,270 mm
|Width - 890 mm
|Height - 1,310 mm
|Saddle height - 780
|Minimum ground clearance
- 150 mm
|Dry weight - 224 kg
|Fuel tank capacity
- 19 liters. Reserve - 4 liters
Moto Guzzi Bellagio Accessories
you ride in company, down endless motorways, in the
winter, or in the mountains, Moto Guzzi always has the
right solution to give you superior weather protection,
comfort and that extra touch of elegance.
Tank bags are made from nylon
and PVC to match the Bellagio’s coal black color scheme.
The bag carrier has been specially designed to match
the line of the tank and comes with a dedicated weatherproof
cover. When removed from the tank, the bag becomes a
Compact Tank Bag
This smaller tank bag
is ideal for carrying non-bulky items. It is made from
nylon and PVC, is less obtrusive than the larger version,
is easy to carry and has looks to match. The bag is
fitted with a weatherproof zip and has reflective inserts
for better visibility. Thanks to a convenient handle
and 4 powerful magnets that keep it in place, it can
be removed from the tank in a single movement and carried
easily. The magnets assure that the bag stays in place
even at high speed.
The addition of an elegant Plexiglas
fly screen makes the Bellagio even more fascinating
and sophisticated. The fly screen has been tested in
a wind tunnel and assures increased comfort on long
distance journeys. Thanks to solid its construction
using the best of materials, the screen easily passed
the strict TÜV and DOT tests.
The beauty and style
of the new Bellagio take on a touring look with new
side bags. These side bags are easy to lock into position
and carry about 15 liters. As they are made from a semi-rigid
material, they are also easy to pack and load. Beautiful
and bearing the Moto Guzzi name, they fit in perfectly
with the Bellagio design and add to its image as a power
This jacket is made from
vintage hide and carries the Moto Guzzi emblem. It features
removable composite protective inserts at the shoulders
and elbows as well as adjustable closure at the neck.
Color: coal black. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Bellagio Helmet by Laura Smith
Jet” helmet is made from a special tri-composite mix
and features a quick-release chin strap. Internal padding
is made from a specially treated washable Terinda Du
Pont® material while the visor support is made from
steel and the visor itself is scratch resistant. Color
black. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Summer gloves in Pittard's® sheepskin
with inner aramidic fiber lining. Color black. Sizes
S, M, L, XL, XXL.
pilots’ glasses for motorcyclists. Made from aluminum
and black anodized magnesium, these glasses are feather
light but knock-resistant and feature comfortable arms
that, like the lenses, bear the Bellagio logo.