Moto Guzzi is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing in 2021. As you let that sink in, arm your self with a reply for the inevitable wisecracks you’ll hear when speaking about Italian go-fast machines. I’m you, Alfa-Romeo.
Moto Guzzi’s tribute to its century-old legacy will come within the type of three special-edition bikes. (And all jokes apart, 100 years is an enviable milestone for any firm.)
The brand new bikes are restricted editions of the present V7, V9 and V85 TT fashions, completed in what Guzzi calls its Centennial Livery. We don’t know the small print of how they may differ mechanically from the usual variations, however we are able to see that they honor Guzzi’s grand prix heritage with a paint scheme just like the machines that earned the corporate a string of world championships. The brand new bikes will probably be obtainable solely by means of 2021.
I’ll admit that I didn’t know the corporate existed for about 91 % of its tenure. As a result of till 9 years in the past, I had no thought who or what Moto Guzzi was.
It was across the time that I adopted the works of ex-Jalop staffer Wes Siler and Isle of Man racer Jamie Robinson. I watched alongside as a Guzzi Stelvio NTX rode alongside a Ducati Multistrada and a KTM, and I knew then that I wished to journey a Guzzi.
The Stelvio didn’t have the panache of the Duc nor the stoicism of the KTM, however one thing about it caught my consideration. The Stelvio recalled outdated Dakar bikes, such because the traditional Africa Twin, which I’ve at all times been keen on. I by no means had the pleasure of using a Stelvio, because it was discontinued. However Moto Guzzi would later introduce the V85 TT, which, in any case, looks as if the higher bike.
I’m most thinking about feeling the Guzzi’s heartbeat for myself. Moto Guzzi bikes are anecdotally particular as a result of their engine structure which consists of a 90-degree V-twin with a longitudinal crankshaft and transverse cylinders protruding from both facet. Because the crank turns it offers the bike its attribute heartbeat thump.
And despite the fact that Guzzi can’t assist however draw from its nicely of storied bikes, I can’t give them an excessive amount of grief. The grey and inexperienced seems good. The colour mixture is modest however not boring. It’s good-looking however not flashy, and is simply one other manner Guzzi can distinguish itself from fellow Italian bike and carmakers that appear to favor purple to convey coronary heart and pace.
Detractors will say that the Moto Guzzis are tormented by reliability points — which might should do with outdated concepts of provenance — but when it’s adequate for a dyed-in-the-wool rider like Ewan McGregor, it’s adequate for me.