Milan, November 2008 – This year, Moto Guzzi will play four aces at the 66th Milan motorbike show in a winning hand drawn from one of the widest ranges of machinery in the sector.
They will begin with the Special Edition Griso 8V SE that stands out with its magnificent “Tenni” color scheme where shades of satin green contrast beautifully with the lower section of the bike that is dominated by the black of the engine, suspension, frame and wheels. The spoked wheels are fitted with versatile Pirelli Scorpion tubeless tires.
This combination gives the Guzzi naked a scrambler image that is added to by the leather saddle and logos on the tank and tail cone. This sophisticated naked is more than capable of setting the pulse racing whether just standing still or whether the 90° twin cylinder “Quattrovalvole” 1200cc engine is at full song. This Griso will be on the road in Europe from March 2009.
The Stelvio 1200 TT will make its debut with the same engine but with new horizons and adventure in mind. T his much loved Maxi Enduro will come with a special pack of accessories for long-distance touring that will also be available as optional extras for those already lucky enough to own a Moto Guzzi Maxi Enduro.
The extras include a sump protector, engine protectors, aluminum panniers, cylinder protection bars, CA.R.C. transmission protectors, integral hand guards, additional headlights and, for riders wanting to go off-road, an additional set of knobby tires with a 150/70 R17 rear tire fitted to a 4.25” rim.
In response to huge demand, the Stelvio is now available with Brembo ABS brakes, while the TT pack version and its new magnesium twin color scheme will be available from February 2009.
Other new items include the new 750cc small-block engines with the debut of the new V7 Café Classic and the Nevada 750 that has enjoyed extensive restyling.
Inspired by the legendary V7 Sport from 1972, the V7 Café Classic has the same streamlined style that, in the early 70s, marked the birth of the Italian sports Maxi.
Other components that are symbols of a different era complete the picture like the low-set, clip-on handlebars, the spoked wheels, the raised silencers and the saddle with its integrated tail cone, the instruments resemble the famed white-faced Veglia Borletti ones from the past and the new green color scheme.
Technically speaking, the V7 Café Classic differs from its Tourer sister in having twin raised silencers that, apart from increasing ground clearance, provide a sportier exhaust note more suited to this model. The Café Classic will be available in Italy from February 2009.
The Company has made a few technical and design changes to the appearance of the Nevada 750, a classic custom machine that now bears more resemblance to the legendary California, Moto Guzzi’s undisputed flagship. One of these changes is the new burgundy color scheme with silver pin striped tank just like the one on the California Classic.
The exhaust system and digital analogue instruments are also new and both derive from the V7 Classic.
The Nevada will be available in Italy from February 2009 whereas the new 1200 Sport 4V is already available from our dealerships following its launch last month at the INTERMOT show in Cologne.
With its new graphics painting a picture of elegance and sophistication, the exclusive look and technical specifications of the new Moto Guzzi promise performance.
The first thing you will notice is the design as you look back along the panels and note the clear rear lamp cluster and the new exhaust. This system now features an aluminum silencer with a triangular base below the “over and under” finned exhaust pipes that symbolize Moto Guzzi power and innovation.
The throbbing heart of the 1200 Sport 4V is the new “Quattrovalvole” (four valve) engine that, thanks to its unmistakable transverse V90 architecture, cannot fail but to catch the eye. As the latest form of the engine that was fitted to the Griso and Stelvio, the “Quattrovalvole” on the 1200 SPORT 4V differs in its intake and exhaust system. These components were developed to offer better engine response at medium to high revs and to match the sporting character of the bike.
The engine puts out over 105CV at 7500 rpm with 110Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The engine also acts as a load-bearing component of the tubular twin cradle frame. The frame itself is made of high resistance steel that provides solidity and rigidity.
In true Moto Guzzi tradition, only the best brakes and suspension systems are used: Brembo gold series brakes and Marzocchi forks grace the front end. The brakes have radial mounted four-piston calipers acting on 320 mm discs while the forks are a traditional 45 mm unit.
The comfortable, excellent riding position along with the forward position of the handlebars give the rider complete control and allow him to concentrate on enjoying the ride.
The 1200 Sport 4V is now available in the classic black or in the original titanium grey color scheme. Both these schemes perfectly offset the white racing number plates on the screen and on the saddle that is edged with a subtle green, white and red stripe that celebrates the bike’s Italian heritage.
2009 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
The Griso 8V SE is a Special Edition machine for collectors from Moto Guzzi who designed this version especially for the most demanding enthusiasts.
This bike can be recognized immediately from its “Tenni” color scheme, a beautiful shade of satin green that enhances the sweeping lines of the frame and the unmistakable architecture of the engine.
The level of finish on the Griso 8V SE will more than satisfy the most demanding enthusiast with features that include a superb stitched leather saddle, beautiful BER spoked wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion intermediate tires not to mention the refined decorative color-coordinated logos of the bike’s initials.
The modern transverse V 90 twin-cylinder “Quattrovalvole” engine puts out about 110CV at only 7,500 rpm and power delivery from the Griso 8V SE is silky smooth. On the open road the rider really can come to appreciate a frame that keeps all that horsepower under control.
The secret lies in the high-tensile steel frame with twin upper supports whose design owes little to aesthetics and much to sophisticated engineering concepts that provide exceptional rigidity under moments of extreme torsional stress.
The frame geometry had been carefully calculated to provide stability with the steering angle set at 26° and rake at 108 mm. The wheelbase measures 1544 mm and the Griso 8V SE is surprisingly maneuverable, even lightning fast in changes of direction.
These handling characteristics are due to the low centre of gravity and a rock solid off-set steering head that provides an immediate response to pressure on the handlebars. Taking the perfect line through a corner becomes second nature.
The front end is glued to the road thanks to upside-down forks from racing stock. The 43 mm forks are adjustable for rebound and compression.
Other details include the fabulous new Brembo brake system made up of P4/34 radial calipers that act on floating 320mm discs. A Boge progressive suspension unit is fitted to the rear and this too had three classic settings.
2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V TT
The new Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V TT has been designed to tackle any journey. It simply eats up the miles on and off-road thanks to a new special pack of accessories for long-distance touring that will also be available as optional extras for those already lucky enough to own a Moto Guzzi Maxi Enduro.
The extras include an oil sump protector, engine protectors, aluminum panniers, cylinder protection bars, CA.R.C. transmission protectors, integral hand guards, additional headlights and, for riders wanting to go off-road, an additional set of knobby tires with a 150/70 R17 rear tire fitted to a 4.25” rim.
This multi-purpose character is also high-lighted by the new magnesium color scheme that is now added to the three original Stelvio colors: racing red, Guzzi black and pearl white.
The slim-line lower section of the Stelvio is dominated by the superb aluminum spoked wheels and by the engine and shaft drive system. The Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 4V has a compact, muscular upper half and the great attention paid to rider comfort is clear to see.
There are countless style details that reflect the sense of purpose that lies behind the Stelvio. T hese range from the twin headlights, the adjustable screen and saddle, the generous size of the frame cross members, the aluminum exhaust system and the attention paid to looking after pillion passengers and baggage.
Even the engine is part of the overall design and highlights the “throbbing heart” of the Stelvio 1200 4V – the unmistakable transverse V 90 twin cylinder high performance “Quattrovalvole” engine. A powerful and passionate machine, the TT version of the Stelvio 1200 4V really is ready to accept any challenge.
2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic
Inspired by the legendary V7 Sport from 1972, the V7 Café Classic has the same streamlined style that, in the early 70s, marked the birth of the Italian sports Maxi.
Other components that are symbols of a different era complete the picture like the low-set clip-on handlebars, the spoked wheels, the raised silencers and the saddle with its integrated tail cone, the instruments resemble the famed white-faced Veglia Borletti ones from the past and the new green color scheme.
Technically speaking, the V7 Café Classic differs from its Tourer sister in having twin raised silencers that, apart from increasing ground clearance, provide a sportier exhaust note more suited to this model that, like its famed predecessor, boasts exceptional road-holding.
The key to this legendary road-holding lies in its twin cradle frame with removable bolt-on lower components. Great attention was paid to the steering geometry where the rake is set at 27° 50’ to ensure stability and precision when cornering.
Of no less importance are the 40 mm Marzocchi forks. Travel on the front suspension is 130 mm and works in combination with two adjustable rear shock absorbers with 118 mm travel.
Braking is looked after by a 320 mm floating disc at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear. The V7 Classic is fitted with 18” wheels up front and 17” at the rear with high profile tires so as to offer superb handling and feed-back characteristics.
NOTE: Rumors have it that Moto Guzzi will release a 940 cc version of the V7 Sport for 2010!
2009 Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 The underlying theme to the Nevada 750 is relaxed riding. This model succeeds like no other in achieving just that and, over the years, technical and design changes have only made it even better.
The Company has made a few technical modifications and design changes to the Nevada 2009, a classic custom machine that now bears more resemblance to the legendary California, Moto Guzzi’s undisputed flagship. One of these changes is the new burgundy color scheme with silver pin striped tank just like the one on the California Classic.
The exhaust system and digital analogue instruments are also new and both derive from the V7 Classic. Standard equipment is of the highest quality with Marzocchi forks at the front and twin adjustable shock absorbers at the rear.
The excellent brakes feature a single front 320mm disc and a four-piston caliper while there is a 260mm disc at the rear. Electronic fuel injection provides silky smooth performance and emission levels have been lowered by new engine management software.
2009 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4V
The look we already know but the 105 CV of “grunt” from the “Quattrovalvole” engine is all new. The power delivery is silky smooth and, on the open road, the bike’s true sports character shines along with numerous technical innovations and a new sense of style.
The new “over and under” exhaust system communicates the innate power and innovation of the engine as does the new triangular base of the silencer and the new clear rear lamp cluster. Better performance ensures that the new 1200 SPORT 4V will become an icon for riders seeking real sports performance, not just show.
Good taste is assured by the style that gives this Moto Guzzi its character. This style can be seen in the screen and the saddle that house racing number plates like competition models, it can be seen in the white-faced instruments, in the Brembo Gold Series brakes and in the set-back aluminum foot pegs.
Although the new Moto Guzzi 1200 SPORT 4V has a decidedly sports type set-up, it is also an excellent tourer with every detail well designed for the rider and pillion passenger to travel in the utmost comfort. The saddle is well padded and offers great support, weight distribution is ideal and with a low centre of gravity, the 1200 SPORT 4 V can easily change direction very quickly on those twisty roads that offer the rider such satisfaction.
The superb handling is due to the exceptional rigidity of the twin cradle steel frame, the forks and the fully adjustable shock absorber that guarantee both comfort and excellent road holding. Those of you that go touring will really appreciate the protection offered by the windscreen and how this sports bike so easily becomes a real Grand Tourer complete with heated hand grips, panniers, top box and satellite navigation system.
No matter the speed, the brakes provide very wide safety margins and consist of twin 320 mm discs with radial mounted four-piston calipers at the front and a single 298 mm disc at the rear. The brake sizes are the same on the ABS version.
In classic black or elegant titanium grey, the 1200 Sport 4V also stands out with its subtle green, white and red stripe that celebrates the bike’s Italian heritage.
2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic In 1967, the motorcycle market reeled in shock at the appearance of the first Italian maxi motorcycle: Created by the legendary Giulio Cesare Carcano, the Moto Guzzi V7 marked the debut of the transverse V90 twin-cylinder 703 cc engine that set a record at that time.
The V7 was enthusiastically acclaimed by the press and public. This success helped the worldwide promotion of Moto Guzzi’s image as manufacturers of an exclusive, elegant, comfortable and above all, highly reliable motorcycle.
For many people, owning a V7 was one of the most important things in their lives. It left them with unforgettable memories that reminded them of their younger days, of friends and of journeys made together and made that time perhaps one of the highest points in Moto Guzzi’s history.
After a further forty years of success and, as part of Moto Guzzi’s worldwide re-launch project, the flame of creativity shines brightly once more in the new V7 Classic. The V7 has character to spare and is a superb interpretation of the fundamental beauty of the original V7 but this time incorporating all the latest technology that was unavailable to its predecessor.
The new machine is fully up-to-date with its equipment levels, frame engineering and 750cc Euro 3 engine. The V7 Classic brings to mind the late 60s with the line of the tank that nestles comfortably on the tubular frame and runs back to meet the saddle.
This, in turn, is perfectly flat and blends in gracefully with the rear mudguard. The side panels house the same stowage compartments that so stylishly set off the side view of the original machine.
Times gone by can also be seen in the gleaming chrome finish on the exhaust system, the shock absorbers, rear light cluster, front headlight and comfortable handlebars.
Just as on its predecessor, the wheels too are spoked and shod with high profile sports tires. The instrument panel houses analogue dials with suitably “dated” graphics.
Although the V7 Classic is somewhat smaller than other Moto Guzzis, it is ideally suited for carrying pillion passengers with a comfortable saddle, convenient handholds and well positioned footpegs.
The Classic is easy to ride, instinctive and creates a feeling of confidence right from the first time you climb aboard. The manageable size and excellent riding position are perfect for both town use and longer mixed journeys. Owners will no doubt have to answer countless questions from curious onlookers about the white machine they are riding when it looks just an original 1969 V 7 Special …
2009 Moto Guzzi Breva V1200 – V850
Breva – the name of a wind that sends ripples over the surface of Lake Como bringing good weather. This is a name that, two years on from the launch of the Breva V1100, recalls the sheer quality and glorious past of Moto Guzzi.
While consolidating the success of the Breva, new technical solutions have been developed and introduced during the MG range renovation project and these modifications have been included in the new Breva V1200. There are over 60 such changes over the previous 1064cc model.
Capacity was increased by widening the bore from 92 to 95 mm and stroke from 80 to 81.2 mm leading to a new capacity of 1151 cc. New piston rods and pistons are joined by a nitride-treated crankshaft and Nymonic exhaust valves.
The engine is lubricated by a lobe pump system and the oil circuit has been modified to include a special duct carrying cooled oil to the heads for the exhaust valves. The exhaust system has also been modified and now includes double chamber manifolds and a silencer with an integrated catalyzer. This has removed the need for the compensator that was on the V 1100 where the manifolds met.
The result is an engine that provides more lift at medium revs even though it puts out a hefty 95 CV at 7,500 rpm and maximum torque of 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm. Eighty-five percent of the torque is available between 2,300 and 4,800 rpm.
The engine uses a specially evolved Marelli Multipoint sequential ECU that takes care of the fuel injection system. A stepper motor and twin spark system, apart from dealing with instant starting, provide smooth power delivery, excellent fuel consumption and low emissions that are well within Euro 3 standards.
Sure-footed, safe, comfortable and stable even at high speed, this naked is, by nature, perfectly suited for high performance riding but can also be docile and versatile making it ideal for all sorts of uses.
The Breva V1200 is a hybrid sports/tourer that adapts itself to a rider’s personality and whims and lets us experience once again, the sheer pleasure of riding a machine that is an object of universal admiration. There can be no doubt that the Breva V1200 is exactly what puts Moto Guzzi at the top of the league in terms of riding pleasure.
2009 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 and 850
You can see right from the start that this machine was designed to eat up the miles. The fairing for instance, is an integral part of the machine and seems like a natural extension of the bike itself.
But it is not alone; each component on the Norge has been designed to offer complete protection. The integrated fairing also protects the legs and reduces spray at the rear meaning excellent overall protection regardless of the weather. The electrically adjustable screen (manual on the T and 850) protects the rider’s upper half from the wind and can be set to suit differing riding conditions.
The powerful headlight unit with four poly-helicoidal lamps offers superb visibility even under the poorest of lighting conditions as well as adding charisma to the machine with an aggressive, feline look. This design once again enhances the blend of form and function.
Under the elegant skin that conceals its measured aggression, lies an 850 or 1200cc transverse twin cylinder V90 engine. Both these units are quite astonishing for their lack of vibration and the fact that they blend miserly consumption, and minimum emissions with high performance.
Moto Guzzi twin engines are renowned for their temperament. They offer immense pulling power even at low revs and always deliver plenty of torque over a car-like power band.
These characteristics ensure a comfortable, undemanding ride during which the rider can fully appreciate the smooth six-speed gearbox and the innovative CA.R.C. system. CA.R.C. stands for “Cardano Reattivo Compatto” or Reactive Shaft Drive Transmission.
Only once aboard the Norge can you fully savor all the little details that make this bike so special. The anti-slip saddle that is just 800 mm from the ground is filled with special foam that adapts to the shape of the rider.
The foot pegs are covered with an anti-vibration coating, the sumptuous “cockpit” houses a superb instrument panel including an easily read trip computer that, besides showing travel details, (past and present) also displays service intervals and a check control system.
There is also an external 220 Volt socket, a spacious compartment under the saddle, the possibility of heated handlebar grips (optional on the 850) and many other details including adjustable suspension and integrated passenger handles.
2009 Moto Guzzi Bellagio
The new 2009 Bellagio is one of the coolest looking cruisers on the road! So much so that we created a separate2009 Moto Guzzi Bellagio page with more photos and specifications on this very interesting bike.
2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Thirty-five years have gone by, but Moto Guzzi still plays a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists all over the world.
When the first model came out in 1971, the custom market was divided between the original USA-plated models and imitations from the East. Moto Guzzi introduced a motorbike with a strong personality, based on their tested frame used on the V7 Special and on the legendary 757cc, 90 degree V engine.
This was a winning pair that brought international success as it also offered a new way to ride a bike, countering the exasperated search for performance. On the Guzzi California it was, and is, possible to travel in total relaxation.
The saddle which is as comfortable as an armchair allowed the rider to enjoy the landscape protected from the wind behind the large windscreen that was fitted as standard along with the pannier bags; both a clear sign of the bike’s vocation for trips.
Thanks to these very qualities, the V7 California was also a success across the ocean, and was adopted by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) and later by other American States. The rest is history. The California can be seen in films and advertisements. It has become a part of the list of industrial design objects that have marked our history. Its legendary two wheels have never stopped and it has never stopped evolving.
Year after year, the design and technology have been updated, while maintaining its original character and spirit. Thirty five years after its creation, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay a tribute to this extraordinary motorbike, creating an exclusive Vintage version that is dedicated to anyone who wants to carry on dreaming.
Technology and tradition have inspired the various changes that define the character of the California Vintage, which has become a cult object even before being launched.
The image of the past can be seen in its fantastic radial-spoked wheels, in the new-design steel mudguards, the new front Brembo calipers and the extra fog lights controlled by a switch on the right-hand side.
The model has been personalized to the tiniest of details. The windscreen has been adorned with a stainless steel band. The handlebars are exclusive to this model, as is the two-tone saddle. The classic engine is protected by chrome-plated steel pipes.
The special panniers bags are waterproofed, permanently attached to the bike and protected by chrome-plated steel pipes. The parcel rack is chrome-plated providing a luxurious tourist look.
The California Vintage is a precious object that has to be guarded carefully with due care and attention. For this reason, Moto Guzzi has created a special motorbike cover, for this bike where luxury is standard.