Saturday, November 21, 2015

Piaggio showcases it's strength at EICMA, Milan, 2015




The MGX-21 is the most unconventional, rich and technological of the 1400 ccgrand cruisers built at Mandello del Lario.It is the latest distinguished representative of a line begun in 1921 when Moto Guzzi startedto makeunique hand built motorcycles as one-off collector's items.Moto Guzzi is one of the greatest brands in the motorcycling world and in almosta century of history has produced bikesthat are often ahead of their time, whose innovations aresubsequentlyadopted by everyone.From the racing track to the streets of the world, the company has not compromised its Italian soul.Bolstered by universally recognised values, Moto Guzzi now expresses the influences and stimuli of motorcycle culture in an increasingly personal and unique style.The MGX-21 is the latest example of Moto Guzzi's tradition oforiginality and courage.This model is dedicated to lovers of exclusive motorcycles, to people who like to feel excited even before they embark on a journey, simply by appreciating the majesty of this prestigious Italian bike resting on its side stand.The MGX-21 seems to invite you to fasten your helmet and set off, heading wherever the map takes you.The excitement felt even before you climb on boardswells when the 90° V-twin engine roars into life.From the banks of the Lario to the corners of the world, your journey is marked by the rhythm of the strokes of the huge pistons of the Moto Guzzi big block.

Miguel Galluzzi, the head of the PADC (Piaggio Advanced Design Center) in Pasadena, California, describes the genesis of this new spectacular Moto Guzzi:"Howdo we imagine crossing an entire continent on a Moto Guzzi?This is the first question we asked ourselves and the immediate response was, on board a California 1400, a classic that has just been renewed.But we wanted to push beyond our thoughts and dreams, to take a leap into the future.We dared imagine a different way of travelling, cooler, as the Americans would say.And we imagined that Moto Guzzi would design and build its own bagger.How could that be?How could a project like this be steeped in Italian design?This is howourthinking and inspiration turnedto the masters and masterpieces of Italian design. I mean Bertone and his extraordinary Alfa Romeo BATs of the 1950s, when these crazy Italians interpreted the American taste for extreme shapes such as fins and translated the wildest dreams into precious metal, masterfully combining Italian creativity with American pragmatism.And of course we thought about infinite spaces, with straight roads headingto distant horizons, to speed records snatched on the expanses of salt lakes, to travelling aimlessly and freely.In this way a indistinct image started to take on a definite shape, and thus the MGX-21 Flying Fortress was born."

The bagger stands out forits design, build quality and attention to detail

Presented last year as a prototype of a futuristic, seductive and powerful bagger, the current version of the MGX-21 is now very close to the final one to be delivered todealers next year.
The immediately obvious aspect of its appearance is also wholly exceptional. The technical and stylistic features of the prototype, which had surprised everyonewhen first revealed, have been kepttotally intact.This is not a marginal detail, given that very important changes are usually made between a prototype version of a motorcycle and the final production model.Indeed, in the case of the MGX-21 a major detail has been added:the refined Moto Guzzi has become a bagger, gaining a pair of lateral motorcycle cases, which maintain intact the purity of design boasted by the prototype, harmoniously blending into the style of the tail.
The design of the MGX-21 leaves little room for indifference and, like all Moto Guzzis, begins by showing offthe engineering of the big 90° transverse V-twin engine. Its two large cylinders seem literally to explode out of the petrol tank, helping to significantly lower and streamline the side view.The red paint of the aluminium head covers emphasises the power this engine is capable of expressing, even in its aesthetics.With a low tail and raised front, thanks to the striking and distinctive design of the big fairing, the MGX-21 takes on the appearance of a large, technological and luxurious motorcycle able to grind out the miles witha smooth ride.It's certainly no wallflower, but rather seeks to attract people's attention with its original shape and the mysterious nocturnal appearancecreated by the PADC (Piaggio Advanced Design Center) designers in California.To celebrate such a personal, powerful and brave style, Moto Guzzi gave the new MGX-21 the evocative soubriquet of Flying Fortress.The Moto Guzzi bagger keeps the 21" alloy front wheel, now protected by carbon covers with small openings where the spokes intersect with the channel.This design choice also brings the technical advantage of increased stability and ease of handling due to the passage of air from one side of the hub to the other while the bike is in motion.

Moto Guzzi's technological flag

The Flying Fortress raises Moto Guzzi's technological flag.The new Italian bagger is distinguished by itshigh level contents some of which are unique and patented, helping to maximise riding pleasure and comfort, and of course safety.Behind the cowl asophisticated instrument panelhas a monochrome dot matrix display and real entertainment system. The latter includes a stereo and the intercom system.The Bluetooth module ensures full interaction with external devices such as a smartphone, which can be used as a music player or to manage the Moto Guzzi (MG-MP) multimedia platform, an exceptional source of information for the journey.The standard equipment is complemented by a sophisticated electronic engine management system, which includes the Ride-by-Wire multimap, in addition to two-channel ABS, traction control set to three different levels of operation (and excludable) and cruise control. The new Moto Guzzi also stands out for meticulous and obsessive attention to detail.The spectacular optical units use LED technology, while the electrical controls on the handlebars are made of metal.While respecting the solid century-old tradition, the MGX-21 reaches out to the future, employing materials typically used in the most advanced sports motorcycles.Indeed, many parts aremade in high qualitycarbon, such as the front mudguard, the tank panels, the motorcycle case covers, the engine push rodand the front wheel covers.

State of the art technology for maximum riding pleasure

The adoption of the 21" front wheelbrought with it a major evolution of the frame to ensure high levels of comfort and riding pleasure.Moto Guzzi worked hard to define the new steering geometry and ensure balance and ease of riding. In so doing it thus combinedthe comfort and load capacity of a custom with the dynamism and performance of a cruiser, two qualities that are difficult to reconcile.The new tubular structure of the closed double cradle frame adopts the ingenious elastokinematic engine mounting system developed by Moto Guzzi to eliminate vibrations transmitted to the rider when moving. However, when stationarythe bike still retainsthe throbof the Moto Guzzi big block's two powerful 104 mm diameter pistons, which can excite even the most streetwise motorcyclist, intensifying the vibrancy of this model.The largest V-twin ever produced in Europe, which candeliver more than 120 Nm of torque with ease and precision from very low revs, has earned EU4 certification and a new exhaust unit with very long horizontal terminals.All this verve is controlled by a benchmark brake system for the category, worthy of a sports motorcycle, comprising a trio of large diameter discs and four-piston front callipers and radial connection.



Improving a Moto Guzzi is never easy. It takes courage, passion and skill to live up to the expectations and reputation of a legendary brand that is beloved the world over for its coveted motorcycles. The best recent example of this magical combination is the California 1400, the Mandello del Lario flagship, a final exam conducted by critics, customers and the market passed with flying colours.
Moto Guzzi relaunches, improving on the other pillar in its product range: the V7. An even more difficult challenge because the V7 – the brand's best-selling bike since 2009 – represents the Moto Guzzi entry level, the model made for women and men, young people, those who want to buy their first bike ever and broaden their horizons.
The revamping of the "little" V7 represents a clear evolution compared to the previous model, enough to warrant a new name: V7 II. The addition of the Roman numeral historically identifies the most successful and longest running products to come out of Mandello del Lario, such as the V50, Le Mans, 1000 SP, California and now also the V7 in its well-known and popular versions: Stone, Special, Racer.


The second generation of the Moto Guzzi V7 keeps the stylistic personality of its predecessor intact: a design that dialogues between Moto Guzzi shapes from the past combined with the needs of a modern bike capable of satisfying the widest possible range of enthusiasts.
At the same time, Moto Guzzi V7 II is a completely new bike in terms of technology, powertrain, ergonomics, safety, construction quality and finish and riding pleasure
Moto Guzzi V7 II also marks a decisive turning point in the quality and wide range of Moto Guzzi accessories. More than 100 accessories are available which allow a completely unique level of personalisation. The new technical and lifestyle line of apparel join the range of accessories to complete a 100% Made in Guzzi style.
But that's not all: another extremely important aspect was the design and development of numerous parts in order to allow personalisation of the V7 to the extent that it becomes a true "special" in the most diverse interpretations. This multiplies the V7 II exponentially with respect to the three standard versions and allows each Guzzista to create a completely unique, original and "tailor made" vehicleswhich is still entirely compatible with the basic version. This is a new Moto Guzzi strategy that confirms the V7 as an extraordinary platform for the creation of special bikes, thanks in part to the enthusiasm with which the greatest customisers in the world take on transformations of Guzzi models into unique, magazine cover works of art.


The Moto Guzzi V7 II was born out of the radical and energetic work done on the engine and the chassis where every possible path was explored to increase the level of safety, ergonomics and comfort - in short, the pleasure of riding.
It's not just an expression;the V7 II truly has an extra gear. All it takes is one look at the completely redesigned gearbox that completes the engine revamping launched in 2012 with the thermal part, electronic management and the fuel system, continued this year with a new alternator and the introduction of forced lubrication with an oil pump.
The six gearspacing allowed the first and last two ratios to be reduced, decreasing the drop in rpm between one gear and the next. For everyday riding this means a better response, even in the use of torque, and even lower fuel consumption.
The primary drive ratio has also been changed, going from 16/21 to 18/23. Along with the gearbox the clutch was also improved, with modifications to the lever, the linkage and the cable in order to achieve a softer action and a more even release.


Moto Guzzi has always been at the top of its game with it comes to safety aspects as well.
The 1973 V750 S was one of the first bikes in the world to have dual front disc brakes, followed by the S3 with a disc on the rear as well. In 1975 the Moto Guzzi 850 T3 introduced combined braking, called “integral” used through 2011 on the California ’90 Anniversario. The purpose of this device was to reduce stopping distances and dynamic stability in braking - basically a pioneer ABS system. Today Moto Guzzi continues developing solutions to increase active safety for the rider and, on the V7 II the ABS and MGCT (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione) systems are introduced.
The former is a Continental two-channel unit, whereas the latter is a system passed down from the California 1400, simplified in operation, which adapts to the vehicle speed, springing into action based on the difference in speed between the front and rear wheel.
Among other things, the system allows the tyre contact surface with the ground to be recalibrated, thereby compensating for any wear or the use of units that have a profile different than the original standard equipment.


Looking at the V7 II for the first time, the trained eye of an enthusiast may sense an initial significant difference: the bike appears to be longer and more front-loaded.
It may seem like an optical illusion, but it is something more: the engine has been tilted 4° toward the front axle and lowered 10 mm compared to the previous model.The proof is in the pudding: three centimetres of knee room were added which, thanks to the new footpegs, lowered 25 mm provide a comfortable seating position even for riders who are a few centimetres taller than average.
Besides comfort, the Moto Guzzi V7 II is a whole other bike in terms of riding pleasure.
All you have to do is squeeze the clutch and engage the gear to appreciate a soft and quietaction which was unheard of on the previous five speed gearbox.
Once you are in the saddle, lowered to 790 mm from the previous height of 805, you'll discover how the new saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation transmits the pleasant sensation of being in the bike and not on top of it like with the previous version.
The riding position also allows you to fully enjoy the changes made to the chassis which, thanks to the new lower and farther forward position of the engine, have made it more communicative and efficient in demanding riding.
The rear axle has also been re-stabilised, increasing suspension negative travel by lowering the cardan final drive output 50 mm.This now allows greater tyre grip during load transfer, both in braking and direction changes.
Sure, the V7 II is not a bike designed to break track records, but even in that situation it is faster now than the previous version and then its direct competitors.


Eclectic and essential, the V7 II Stone has fashinating colour schemes: nero Ruvido rosso Impetuouso, grigio Intenso and giallo Denso.
They are all satin finishes and inspired by typical ‘70s colour schemes that enhance the contrast of the new frame, built with more aesthetic welding where brilliant paintwork has been applied to enhance the ingenious architecture.
The rest of the bike, from the mirrors to the shock absorbers, from the mudguards to the wheels and even the side panels is dominated by black, now also extended to the tail light assembly and the new brake and clutch levers.This is a look that enhances the chromium on the silencers, the instrument cluster profile, the shock absorbers and even the tight finning of the engine's aluminium cylinders.The technical characteristic that differentiates the V7 Stone from her big sisters is the lightweight alloy wheel rims, a unique modern concept on a decidedly vintage design.


Of the V7 versions this is the one that most approaches the original spirit of its ancestor, beginning from its graphics, christened “Essetre” (S3) and inspired by the famous 1975 V750 S3. Following this graphic concept, the V7 II has three glossy colour bases: classic black with orange stripes to faithfully revisit the colours of its famous ancestor and two brand new schemes on metallic red and light blue with a silver stripe.
The tank on both bears the historic embossed logo and the wheels, spoked with lightweight alloy rim channels, are also done in black finish instead of chrome.As with the Stone, the Special also has a new frame that stands out, besides for the different engine and shock absorber mounting distances, for an improved finish in terms of welding and paintwork, as well as for the redesigned black brake and clutch levers and the new rear light cluster. Unlike the Stone and the Racer, the V7 Special has a fork stanchion protector instead of the dust boots that are fitted on the other models in the range.


Produced in a numbered and limited edition as evidenced by the celebratory plate located on the upper steering yoke, the V7 II Racer is the sportiest of the trio.For 2016 the V7 II Racer will still have all the equipment that the previous version boasted. It will stand out, however, with its completely revamped and attractive graphics which now favour a matt finish as opposed to glossy. This means that the 21 litre tank abandons the shiny polished chromium for a fantastic combination of satin finish black/grey colouring, both matt. The further popularity of the small red stripe that connects the grey parts to the black is also noteworthy, creating continuity with the colour of the frame. The three number holders are also matt grey now.The single seat saddle is back (although a two-up saddle and passenger footpegs are available on request), covered in Skai to match the leather strap personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo that decorates the crest of the tank.
The red frame is still spectacular, itself inspired by the legendary first V7 Sport series with CrMo frame and the result of a special painting treatment extended to the hubs, wheels and swingarm as well, which accentuates the architectural purity of the frame. Moto Guzzi is also written in red where it appears on the wheels, exactly like the most recent California Custom.
Exemplary Guzzi styling is clear in the tail fairing and tiny Plexiglastop fairing above a race number panel which is reminiscent of the front of the legendary Gambalunga. This unequivocally sporty element is in perfect harmony with the front mudguard design.Staying in the driver's seat, other new features are represented by the brake and clutch levers, redesigned in order to achieve better ergonomics, whereas at the rear you can see the black tail light assembly as on all the V7 II models.
One of the most distinctive features of this special-edition is the widespread use of anodized matt black and drilled aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterises the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets.
Other premium components include the aft-mounted footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring, which is so exquisitely crafted that it looks like an ornamental feature.
A particularly gratifying feature, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also because of their dynamic performance, is the presence of Bitubo shock absorbers with spring preload adjustment in rebound and compression thanks to a twelve-setting adjustment knob.
This is a bike made to be ridden strictly one-up, in black leathers, with a skullcap helmet and leather studded palm gloves.


In order to facilitate the Guzzista's choices, different "reference styles" have been identified: very different customisation formulas following your own personal taste and still leaving you with the widest possibilities of creating your own tailor-made V7, selecting your favourite parts from those in the entire range and mixing and matching. In fact, all of the elements that make up the various configurations are available for purchase individually in order to further exploit the Guzzista's imagination and creativity. Another particularly important aspect is that the elements can be used both on the new V7 II and on the first generation Moto Guzzi V7 which is already on the road all over the world. The new accessories will allow those who have already owned a Moto Guzzi for a few years to change the look of their bikes, renewing it and thereby entering the world of special bikes easily and simply.

For 2016 the availability of accessories for V7 expands even more, providing enthusiasts with new reference styles and still leaving the expert Guzzista with the possibility of mixing and matching. And so new inspirations arrive directly from the sport and off-road world, in addition to a project designed for the female rider.

Project GUZZI CLUBBER: for the sport world new parts are dedicated in full-on cafè racer style, such as the top fairing in satin finish aluminium with smoked Plexiglas which blends perfectly with the front lines of the motorcycle, the chromium semi-handlebars with a sport bend and handlebar mirrors made from billet aluminium, also with a brushed finish. A range of components follows this style as well (fuel tank, front mudguard, injector covers, side fairings and tail fairing) made in satin finish aluminium. A new tail fairing becomes an element of unmistakeable style and combines with the premium single-seat saddle and a new rear mudguard. Last but not least, the exhaust can be enhanced by special bends for the manifolds, whereas the set-back footpegs for the rider contribute to a sportier riding position.

Project GUZZI ALCE: the off-road world and Moto Guzzi's off-road heritage have new increased stroke shock absorbers dedicated to them, as well as dust boots for the fork stanchions and a black handlebar with reinforcing crosspiece. The single seat rider saddle also matches the ingenious and attractive portion of the passenger saddle which can be removed to create more room for baggage. The off-road details continue with tubular engine and leg guards, as well as a front headlight guard. Other must-have features are the exhaust unit that runs closely along the right hand side of the vehicle and the black toolbag that can be positioned on the luggage rack or on the fuel tank.

Project LADY GUZZI: for the lady rider Moto Guzzi dedicates a specifically designed range of accessories. Parts like the fuel tank, front mudguard and the headlamp body are painted in a particular and elegant shade. The lowered one-and-a-half seat saddle is quite handy, upholstered in two-tone leather and stitched in a rhombus pattern. The same material and treatment are also used for the side pannier. The range is completed by a chromium handlebar that is straighter and wider than the standard one, round, short shank mirrors made from billet aluminium, the special pair of horn covers in billet aluminium and the bends for the exhaust manifolds.

Naturally the first four styles recommended by Moto Guzzi that take their roots in the deep motorcycling heritage of the Mandello Manufacturer are still available.

DARK RIDER STYLE:this is the first Moto Guzzi recommended reference style made up of accessories created to give your bike a Gothic look inspired by the night life scene and the city. The inspiration is nevertheless also based on Guzzi and its heritage: simply think of the nickname associated with Omobono Tenni, legendary rider for the Mandello manufacturer in the '30s, known as "the black devil". The accessories dedicated to this style include a black aluminium top fairing, aluminium side panels, aluminium mudguards, a black tank with the traditional red Moto Guzzi eagle, and wire wheels, letting you give your bike a blacked-out, but sophisticated and contemporary, look.

SCRAMBLER STYLE:there are many available accessories to completely change the image and profile of your V7, transforming it into a bike that is perfectly suited for use on the road, but with an off-road look and a strong personality. Now there are exclusive high quality aluminium satin finish parts. The high two-in-one exhaust, the off-road knobby tyres, the handlebar cross brace and the off-road footpegs constitute the first step closer to the scrambler world. The long satin finish mudguards, the satin finish number plates the satin finish guards and the long vintage '70s saddle are the elements that complete the transformation. An extra touch of personality is also provided by the tool bag and the handmade leather side panniers.

LEGEND STYLE:another immersion into Guzzi history interpreted in a modern key. In the '40s the Moto Guzzi Alce, a bike used by the Italian Army, was characterised by its reliability, sturdiness and great flexibility. The configuration that can be achieved with the parts from the Legend world allow you to reinterpret that extremely fascinating concept. The high “two-in-one” silencer, knobby tyres and olive green fuel tank, side panels and mudguards give the bike a strong connotation and a unique look. The high handlebar cross brace, the black luggage rack, the long saddle (comfortable for 2 people) and the natural leather side bag complete and enhance this configuration which stems more than any other from the Moto Guzzi heritage.

DAPPER STYLE:this includes a range of accessories developed and made to recreate the Café Racer world that attracted so much attention on the global motorcycling scene. In fact, the leitmotiv of the project is to enhance the '70s era through the creation of polished aluminium accessories (mudguards, injector covers, guards, number plates) and accessories such as the low semi-handlebar and the single-seat saddle that convey an attractive riding set-up derived directly from the racing world. Last but not least, the vintage design handlebar mirrors reinterpreted in a modern key are another prestigious and exclusive addition.


There is a vast range of accessories that allow the customer to personalise his or her V7 and make it more compatible with their own aesthetic tastes and needs.
SEMI-HANDLEBARS: available for Stone and Special, this kit lowers the riding position, making it just like the V7 Racer. It includes the accelerator control cables and the dedicated front brake lines.
TWO-SEATER PACKAGE FOR V7 II RACER: made for the Racer, this kit includes everything needed to make the bike a two-seater.
SINGLE-SEATER SADDLE: single-seater saddle to set up the bike in racer mode.
PERFORMANCE SHOCK ABSORBERS: this pair of Bitubo shock absorbers with separate gas bottle has been designed specifically for the V7 and its particular needs. They have adjustable hydraulic spring preload in rebound and compression. Thanks to the possibility of personalised calibration they are able to guarantee greater comfort and better rideability, as well as standing out with a truly unique look.
ALUMINIUM SIDE FAIRINGS: The brushed and anodized aluminium side fairings contribute to making the V7 II profile even more tapered. In this case, the style is once again reminiscent of the hand crafted creations that were used in ‘70s era racing.
TOP FAIRING: this includes a moulded, unpainted plastic top fairing and aluminium brackets as well as the mounting hardware.
FUEL TANK COVER: these are two soft rubber covers that are applied on the sides of the fuel tank where the rider's knees rest in order to increase riding comfort.
MOTORCYCLE COVER:this cover is made from black scratch proof material and is made precious by the Moto Guzzi logo on both sides, and also in the "Eagle" and "Shape" versions.
TOURING WINDSHIELD: this is designed to provide greater aerodynamic protection without compromising the attractive aesthetics of the V7. It is type-approved to the strictest standards (DOT and TUV) and road tested in all weather conditions by Moto Guzzi test riders.
INJECTOR COVERS: these are made in aluminium and provide protection of the injectors area from accidental contact with the rider's knees.
SIDE PANNIERS: this kit includes a pair of rigid nylon panniers with an approx. volume of 20 litres. The bags are covered in genuine waterproof leather and have chromium steel buckles. This includes the high resistance steel mounting frames and a pair of removable internal bags.
LUGGAGE RACK: this valuable item serves two important purposes: on one hand it is a luggage rack and on the other it provides a solid hold thanks to the two built-in handles. This accessory is made of high resistant steel, TIG welded and subsequently chromium plated. It mounts in place of the original passenger grab handles.
TOP BOX BAG: this attaches to the dedicated luggage rack with belts and is made of genuine waterproof leather. It can be easily transported thanks to the rear handle.
TANK COVER: tank cover band in waterproof genuine leather, featuring handy pocket and hole for refuelling. Fastens on with 2 screws under the tank rear edge, by removing the saddle, and a front belt.
TANK BAG: nylon and waterproof genuine leather tank bag featuring 2 side pockets and an upper map holder. Fastened with quick hook-ups to the tank cover which can remain mounted on the tank thanks to refuelling hole, it is easily disconnected and transportable using the handle.
SEMI-RIGID PANNIERS KIT COMPLETE WITH MOUNTING BRACKETS: with a load capacity of about 42 litres, this pair of semi-rigid panniers is ideal for those who do not want to give up transporting items on their V7. Made in technical Skai, they easily hook onto the brackets that are included. The reflective profiles also increase nocturnal visibility.
COMFORT GEL SADDLE: dedicated to those who demand maximum comfort, this saddle has a gel insert arranged both in the rider and passenger seating area. Thanks to the tapered sides it also provides a better position when the rider has both feet on the ground. The upholstery is styled like the original saddle and is enhanced with the punched “Comfort gel” logo.
LOWERED COMFORT GEL SADDLE: this saddle combines the comfort of the cushion with its gel insert and the practicality of the revisited profile, lowered 20 mm to provide any height rider with secure footing on the ground. Upholstery. The upholstery is styled like the original saddle and is enhanced with the punched “Comfort gel” logo.


The year was 1961 and the success of the mass produced car was radically reorganizing the motorcycle market. Moto Guzzi, empowered with enviable design capacity reacted to the unfavourable circumstances by exploring new markets, from delivery tricars to agricultural machinery and special vehicles - even cars. For the latter, the genius designer Giulio Cesare Carcano designed a 90° V-twin air cooled engine destined for a sport version of the Fiat 500, capable of touching 140 km/h.
They liked the new engine in Lingotto, but the annual quantity that Vittorio Valletta requested exceeded the production capacity of the Mandello del Lario plant, so the agreement never came to fruition.
Mr. Carcano, however, did not lose heart and he increased the size of the two cylinder engine to 754cc to use it on the "3X3", a popular, variable track three wheel drive vehicle destined for use by Alpine troops.At the same time a ministerial tender was launched to provide motorcycles for the Highway Police; the winner would be whoever could travel 100,000 km with the lowest maintenance cost.It was the right occasion to place Mr. Carcano's two cylinder on a bike, the Moto Guzzi V7. It was an innovative project that combined the reliability of automotive standards with a level of comfort and mechanical affordability unknown to the competition that arose the curiosity even of foreign police forces, Los Angeles being among the first. The commissioning of the new V7 700 began in 1964. The bike had a 703.3 cc engine which developed 40 HP and it weighed 230 kg.In 1966 mass production began, destined for the police department and foreign markets, whereas the following year the V7 700 was distributed in Italy at the competitive price of 725,000 lira, much more affordable than the German and English competitors.


Giulio Cesare Carcano's creation was perfected by an expert designer who joined Moto Guzzi in 1967: Lino Toni. Hailing from Forlì, with a great deal of experience in competitions with Mondial, Bianchi and Gilera, the engineer was called on by the general manager Romolo Stefani to expand the range of the maxi-bike from Mandello del Lario. The V7 appeared at the right time, bikes were coming domineeringly back into fashion almost as a reaction to the conformism of the car and the market is particularly open to innovations.
The first thing Tonti did was to increase the engine size to 757 and the power to 45 HP to launch the V7 special in 1969, faster, more refined and elegant compared to the V7.Then he created, initially for the American market, the V7 Ambassador and the California, the latter destined to be one of the greatest Moto Guzzi success stories.The next milestone coincided with Lino Tonti's masterpiece: the V7 Sport.The designer from Forlì had clear ideas and he set the three parameters of the sport bike from Mandello: 200 km/h, 200 kg, 5 gears.To reach the objective he made some changes to the engine, taking the displacement to 748.3 cc and the power to more than 52 HP, redesigning the crankshaft and camshafts, in addition to placing the alternator in the front in order to keep the vertical bulk down.
The engine was lodged in a tight, double cradle frame, painted red for the first 200 units made in CrMo and assembled directly in the experience department on via Parodi, No. 57.
The bike made its début in 1971 and in June of the same year it participated in the "500 kilometres of Monza" race taking third place with Raimondo Riva.And this was the beginning of a series of flattering results obtained in endurance races such as the 24 Hour Le Mans and Liegi races which would contribute, together with very popular riders such as Vittorio Brambilla, to making it the most famous Italian sport bike of the 1970s.


Over a couple of seasons the technological evolution which was achieved with the V7 Sport Moto Guzzi was also transferred to the rest of the range.The new frame, the four pad front brake and the five speed transmission introduced on the V7 Sport represented, together with the increased engine size, the primary innovations of the V850 GT, a model which would mark the retirement of the lucky V7 Special in 1973.The Sport would also lose the famous alphanumeric name, replaced in 1974 by the Moto Guzzi 750S.The last model to give up the glorious alphanumeric name was the V7 850 California, which would not pass the baton to the new 850 T California until 1976.

MOTO GUZZI V7 II: Technical Specifications

744 cc
80 mm
74 mm
2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
Max Power
35 kW (48 HP) at 6200 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft
60 Nm at 2800 rpm
Exhaust system
3-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Headstock angle:       
double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements.
1449 mm
117 mm
Front suspension
Ø 40 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
130 mm
Rear suspension

Wheel travel:
die cast light alloy swing arm with 2 shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload
111 mm (shock absorber travel 85 mm) (Stone/Special)
  96 mm (shock absorber travel 75 mm) (Racer)
Front brake
Ø 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo callipers with 4 differently sized opposed pistons
Rear brake
Ø 260 mm, stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons
Front wheel
18" in lightweight alloy (Stone), spoked (Special-Racer)100/90
Rear wheel
17" in lightweight alloy (Stone), spoked (Special-Racer)130/80
Saddle height
Minimum ground clearance:
790 mm
2,203 mm
1115 mm                    
179 mm                                              
Fuel tank capacity
21 litres (including 4 litre reserve)
Kerb weight*
189 kg (Stone) – 190 (Special/Racer)

* Weight with motorcycle ready for use with all operating fluids and without fuel.




The year was 1967 when Moto Guzzi introduced the Stornello Scrambler America, a more offroad version created on the technical base of the Stornello, but less specialised than the Regolarità model and therefore intended for a truly varied range of riders. Actually Moto Guzzi had already explored the possibility of creating, based on a street model, a version suited for soft offroad, with the Lodola in 1957, the single cylinder which was also available in the Regolarità version, suited for various destinations with just a few, but select changes, such as the clawed wheels, the flat and long saddle, and the high exhaust closely attached to the vehicle. It was the dawn of a new range of motorcycles that would soon be part of the new scrambler segment. This is further demonstration of how Moto Guzzi, during its long heritage of commercial and sport success which began in 1921, has come through the years without following fashion, often paving the technical and stylistic roads which everyone would soon follow.
Marco Lambri, director of the Piaggio Group Style Centre, who supervised development of the new Stornello, had this to say:“ since the '50s making street bikes which are also suited for offroad use has been a normal operation. There are those who have found it easier to take advantage of this market because they had a "scrambler" heritage within their brand and then there were those who reinvented themselves. For Moto Guzzi this is nothing new: our heritage is full of this type of interpretation”.

So the new Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello was created with the advantage of a solid tradition of more than fifty years to take on the exceptional popular demand for a version of the V7 II with these characteristics. As always, the founding concept was observed: built on the technical base of the iconic and ultra popular V7 II, a model was created suited for riding on any type of terrain, from congested city traffic to a pleasant solo or two-up ride on the roads that bikers love best. The new Stornello completes the already wide range of V7 II motorcycles made up of the Stone, Special and Racer models. The latter provides the exclusivity of being available in a limited and numbered edition of just one thousand units, as well as the rich package of precious parts as standard equipment (all made in Italy), with painstaking attention to detail, also characterised by finishing and colour schemes dedicated exclusively to this model. Stornello is therefore the most recent Moto Guzzi special range, collector's items which are, as always, strictly hand made in the Mandello del Lario plant.

A true factory special

One of the winning characteristics of the V7 has always been the perfect balance between maintaining the typically Moto Guzzi stylistic values with the needs of a modern bike. A dialogue that remains intact on the V7 II Stornello as well. Just like the white/red Stornello 125 Scrambler version in 1972, the colour combination on the V7 II Stornello also plays a key role. Then, like today, the contrast created between the pastel white of the tank and the racing red of the frame, both in glossy finish, manages to strongly characterise the design, as well as enhancing the mechanics of the transversal 90° V twin engine strictly in matte black. The intense red of the frame is clearly revisited both on the tank, trimmed with a typical horizontal stripe in the same colour, with the Eagle from Mandello depicted in it, as well as on the new metallic tubular license plate bracket that uses the already refined V7 II light cluster. The laser inscribed number on the aluminium tag located on the upper part of the headstock identifies the unit number, highlighting its exclusivity.

The details of a collector's item

The standard equipment on the new Stornello is the result of a careful selection of parts in the complete catalogue (the most complete of any motorcycle in this segment) of original Moto Guzzi accessories dedicated to the V7; more than 110 valuable pieces, all specifically approved for the V7, designed and developed by Moto Guzzi and capable of transforming it into a unique special. The scrambler tradition is observed perfectly: Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello stands out from the rest with its complete approved two-in-one Arrow exhaust unit that runs closely along the right hand side, fitted with ample heat shields, as well as with its beautiful long saddle with upholstery that is electrowelded and stitched to increase comfort for the rider and passenger with its special foam and low height off the ground. The spoked wheels on the V7 II Special mount must-have knobby tyres, also fully approved, ideal for riding on any type of road surface, whereas a typical pair of rubber guards can be found on the fuel tank. Many of the parts are made in valuable and lightweight aluminium, such as the injector covers and the side panels, both anodised in black; the steel handlebars are also done in the same “dark matt” finish. The offroad look is completed by the fork dust boots, indispensable for protecting the stanchions from dust along adventurous routes and by the offroadfootpegs kit, fitted with aluminium extensions that provide better grip for the rider's soles during use on the road. The kit includes the rear brake terminal, also longer and made in aluminium. The number holders represent a widespread classic element on competition bikes from the ’70s era and already an element on the V7 II Racer with the number “7”, which for Moto Guzzi was dear to the 250 world champion Enrico Lorenzetti. There are three on the V7 II Stornello, made in satin finish aluminium and enhanced by a laser inscribed V7 II Stornello logo. The set of three number holders perfectly matches the fantastic pair of mudguards, also in hand brushed aluminium. These are probably one of the most prestigious and exclusive parts on the V7 II Stornello, true works of hand scribed art. The rich catalogue of original accessories also includes a set of stickers with the number “29”, designed specifically for the number holders and dedicated to the famous and unforgotten Moto Guzzi rider, “The Black Devil”, OmobonoTenni.

Technological and inimitable. Like all Moto Guzzi bikes

The new Stornello was built on the excellent and popular technical base of the V7 II, the second generation of the brand's best selling motorcycle, the only one in its segment that comes standard with safety systems such as ABS and Moto Guzzi traction control that can be disengaged (MGCT), as well as a six speed gearbox. Moto Guzzi V7 II, whilst keeping the stylistic personality of the previous model intact, takes a decisive and concrete step forward in terms of technical features, the engine, ergonomics, safety, construction quality, trim and riding pleasure. The technical revamping begins with the engine: launched in 2012 with the thermal part, the electronic management and engine fuel system which then continued with a newalternator and the introduction of forced lubrication with an oil pump, on the V7 II it reaches a new and further development level. The by now famous transversal 90° V-twin engine now has a new six speed gearbox with the closer first and last two ratios capable of decreasing the drop in rpm between one gear and the other, decidedly smoother, quieter and with more precise engagement. For daily riding this means a quicker response when you twist the throttle and greater comfort (thanks in part to the changes made to make the clutch softer), with lower fuel consumption.
The change that provided exceptional benefits in terms of balance, riding pleasure and on board ergonomics represented by the repositioning of the powerplant, which was inclined 4° toward the front axle and lowered 10 mm compared to the previous model. The resulting new balance of the weights between the front and rear axles gives it a much more intuitive, easy and efficient ride in sport, where the V7 II, although not designed to aggressively tackle turns, is at the top of its class. The rear axle was also made more stable, increasing the negative shock absorber travel, obtained by lowering the cardan gearbox output 50 mm (which consequently made it necessary to change the lower cradle of the frame), obtaining greater tyre grip in load transferring, braking and direction changes.
Moving the engine also had benefits in terms of comfort: three more centimetres of knee room were gained which, thanks in part to the new 25 mm lower footpegs, provide a comfortable position even for taller than average riders. The numerous and important changes did not have the undesired consequence of increasing the overall weight, which to the contrary, is still one of the lowest in the category, all to the advantage of riding pleasure and vehicle management at a standstill.

Complete range of original accessories to make it unique

The level of personalisation that can be achieved is exceptional, choosing from the vast range of accessories available for the Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello. All of the parts have been conceived and designed by Moto Guzzi and they are subjected to strict control test cycles just like any other original part on the bike in order to guarantee a quality and long-lasting product. Since they have been conceived and fine tuned by Moto Guzzi they are perfectlyinterchangeable with the factory parts, allowing you to easily revert your bike to its original configuration. They are also fully approved and therefore absolutely “street legal” and they let you personalise your bike without voiding the factory warranty.
There are numerous Moto Guzzi accessories particularly suited for enhancing riding pleasure and the possibilities for use of the new V7 II Stornello, but selecting from the vast catalogue of optional equipment compatible with the V7 range, you can reach a truly unique level of personalisation.

Short shank black mirrors: made from black anodised billet aluminium, they give the bike an even more prestigious and sporty look.
Performance Shock absorbers: this pair of Bitubo shock absorbers with separate gas bottle has been designed specifically for the V7 and its particular needs. They are have adjustable hydraulic spring preload in rebound and compression. Thanks to the increased travel and the possibility of personalising the calibrations, they are capable of ensuring greater comfort and better rideability, besides giving the bike a truly unique and distinguished look, thanks to the red colour that highlights the sporty and offroad spirit of the V7 II Stornello..
Black leather side pannier:genuine leather bag with about 20 litres of carrying capacity, fitted with a chromium steel fastening buckle. It can be mounted on the side of the vehicle using a special high resistance steel fastening frame. An optional removable internal bag is available to make transporting the contents even easier.
Tank cover: Tank cover band in waterproof genuine leather, featuring handy pocket and hole for refuelling. It fastens on with 2 screws under the tank rear edge, by removing the saddle, and a front belt.
Small black luggage rack: this prestigious article performs two important functions. On one hand it is a luggage rack and on the other it is a solid passenger grab handle. Thanks to its compact dimensions it becomes an excellent support for your toolbag or small luggage needed for short trips and in offroad outings.
Black leather toolbag: made in water repellent genuine leather, it can be fastened to the dedicated luggage rack using straps or onto the fuel tank using the included pre-drilled strap.
Motorcycle cover: this is made in black scratch resistant fabric and is enhanced by the Moto Guzzi logo on both sides. Also available in the  “Eagle” and “Shape” versions.
Tank bag: Nylon and waterproof genuine leather tank bag featuring 2 side pockets and an upper map holder. Fastened with quick hook-ups to the tank cover which can remain mounted on the tank thanks to refuelling hole, it is also easily detached and can be carried using the convenient handle.
Comfort gelsaddle: dedicated to those who demand maximum comfort, this saddle has a gel insert arranged both in the rider and passenger seating area. Thanks to the tapered sides it also provides a better position when the rider has both feet on the ground. The covering recalls the style of the standard saddle and is enriched by the punched “Comfort gel” logo.
Lowered comfort gel saddle: in this saddle the comfort of the cushion with gel inserts combines with the practicality of the revised and profile lowered by 20 mm to allow secure footing on the ground. The covering. The covering recalls the style of the standard saddle and is enriched by the punched “Comfort gel” logo.

The history of the Moto GuzziStornello

Stornello represents one of the Moto Guzzi's great commercial successes, as well as being one of the longest running motorcycle models, remaining in production until 1975. The first Stornello model dates back to 1960: just as the practical car was becoming a dream within the reach of many, Moto Guzzi recognised the importance of introducing a “light bike”, in other words, an entry level model, easy to handle and manage. The design was entrusted to the skilled hands of the famous engineer GiulioCesareCarcano and his staff. The single cylinder, 25° forward inclined engine boasted 7 HP and reached a top speed of 100 km/h; timing used a parallel valve pushrod and rockers system, whereas the crankcase was die-cast and subsequently refinished. Lubrication was provided by the presence of oil in the sump, a solution that allowed the more bulky and costly elements of separate lubrication to be eliminated. The double cradle open steel tube frame was welded entirely by a machine built specifically for the purpose. It quickly proved to be a success, first as a practical vehicle and later as a quick motorcycle as well, youthful and anti-conventional thanks to the subsequent and more advanced versions such as the Sport in 1962 with a modified engine equipped with inclined valves and a larger carburettor which put out 8.5 HP and allowed a top speed of 110 km/h to be reached. Of the many variations, the Regolarità played a fundamental role in the fame of the Stornello, also because it dominated in the most important national an international offroad competitions. An offroad version was derived from this model in 1967, called the Stornello Scrambler.

Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello: Technical specifications

Engine capacity
Timing system
744 cc
80 mm
74 mm
2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
Max power at crankshaft
35 kW (48 HP) at 6700 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft
59.6 Nm at 3250 rpm
Exhaust system
Two-in-one Arrow. 3-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Cooling system
Headstock angle:       
double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements.
1450 mm
117 mm
Front suspension
telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions
130 mm
Rear suspension

Wheel travel:
die cast light alloy swingarm with 2 spring preload adjustable shock absorbers
111 mm

Front brake
320 mm Ø stainless steel disc and Brembo calliper with 4 differentiated and horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake
260 mm floating stainless steel disc, floating 2 piston calliper
Front wheel
18" spoked. Tyre 100/90
Rear wheel
17" spoked. Tyre 130/80
Saddle height
Minimum ground clearance:
798 mm
2.240 mm
1180 mm                    
179 mm                                              
Fuel tank capacity
21 litres (including 4 litre reserve)
Kerb weight*
186 kg

* Wet weight with operating fluids, without fuel.






Custom motorcycles are nothing new in nearly a century of Moto Guzzi history.Indeed this segment includes some of the most famous, best loved and biggest selling Mandello bikes, of which the California is the undisputed queen.Following in the tradition and the success of this 1971 model, Moto Guzzi designed and built mid-sized bikes to meet the demands of a growing range of users.These included the V35 Custom from 1979, later replaced by the higher performance V50, in turn superseded by the V65 Florida, and then the famous and much loved Nevada, launched in 1989 on the basis of the tried and tested V75 of 1985. This continued all the way down to 2007 with the modern and stylish Bellagio.
Three essential featuresderiving from a unique motorcycle culture, are common to all generations of custom Moto Guzzis:
- - Highlycustomiseddesign, in which the special and unique engine configuration plays a decisive stylistic role and is very much at the centre of attention, just like the sinuous tank and low exhaust pipes;
- - The legendary 90° transverse V-twin engine, introduced in 1967;
- - Riding pleasure in all conditions, due to the famousexcellent ride qualities common to all the Moto Guzzis that have captured the hearts of generations of users around the world.
That same motorcycle culture inspires the two new Moto Guzzi motorcycles.The V9 Roamer is a universal easy and intuitive custom, beautiful to the eye and rewarding to ride, full of unique details and outstanding finishings.TheV9 Bobber expresses an altogether darker and more nocturnal soul. It has big tyres and a total black look.The new V9s come in two models with very different personalities, one sunnier and more classic, the other more mysterious and sporty, a distinction introduced by Moto Guzzi in 2012 with the California 1400 Touring and its Custom version and, more recently, continued with the arrival of the Eldorado and Audace.

V9: feel the quality

With such explicit references to style and technology recurrent throughout the history of Moto Guzzi, the new V9 could only be beautiful, fun and safe.In particular, Moto Guzzi sought to create a design that would complement the sculpturesque shapeof its new 850 twin-cylinder.The designers also paid attention to perceived quality:Exceptional care has gone into the finish and components on the V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber.They represent a new way of conceiving the medium-sized motorcycle.The use oftop quality materials such as steel and aluminium is obvious to the touch, while plastic parts are reduced to a minimum.The metal teardrop fuel tank on both V9s, with its 15-litre capacity, is finished with a fine coating with the Moto Guzzi logo on top, protected by clear varnish.The front and rear fenders are made of metal like all Mandello del Lario's custom motorcycles since the 1970s.However, the side panels, petrol cap and brake and clutch levers are in lightweight aluminium. The electric blocks are also made of aluminium, as are the rider's forged footrests.
The welds ofthe new frame are immaculately finished as is the quality of the paintwork. The same goes for the meticulous details of the new 90° transverse V-twin engine, not only in the casting but also the matt black that brings out the Moto Guzzi branding milled on the aluminium cylinder head covers.It pays to look at the intimate details of these two motorcycles, which convey the entire build tradition and culture so typical of the best Moto Guzzi models.

V9 Roamer:Moto Guzzi's cosmopolitan custom

Versatility has always been a key factor in the success of custom Moto Guzzis.Guzzi enthusiasts have ridden the big California as well as the small Nevada down busy city streets and, with a few modifications for luggage, on long and adventurous journeys.The new V9 Roamer picks up on the legacy of the legendary Nevada 750, still in the range, with updates, after over 20 years.Glamorous, easy, convenient and rewarding to ride, like all Moto Guzzis, the V9 Roamer is the Italian custom bike dedicated to the citizens of the world.The Piaggio Group Style Centre developed the design, with input from the PADC (Piaggio Advanced Design Center) in Pasadena (California), the birthplace of motorcycle trends that spread to the corners of the earth.The V9 Roamer is a superbcombination of a classic and essential style withhigh-level finishings, showing off the unique architecture of the new 850 twin-cylinder.Great care has gone into the details of thenew wheel rims (19" front and 16"rear) painted in matt black and treated with a diamond-cut finish, as well as the new multi-function digital dashboardwith a single circular dial.On board comfort is provided by a comfortable and relaxedriding position, which is nevertheless active and suited to getting the most out of the ridequalities of the V9 Roamer.The long padded seat, decorated with the Moto Guzzi logo stitched with grey thread has a ground clearance of just 775 mm and is combined with a raised chrome handlebar and the correct placement of the forged aluminium footrests.This triangulation thus offers all bikers riding comfort, ease of handling of the vehicle when stationary and feeling during dynamic riding.The V9 also continues Moto Guzzi's successful tradition of keeping the overall weight to a minimum.If the V7 II and California 1400 are already among the lightest bikes in their respective segments.The V9's weight of around 200 kg is a true record for its class.The reduced mass, combined with the V9 Roamer's superb riding quality and great low-end torque offered by the new 850 two-cylinder, gives feeling, handling and unique riding pleasure.The V9 Roamer is a true mid-size light motorcycle, not just for people who love and know Moto Guzzi motorcycle culture, but also for anyone who has always loved the design of custom motorcycles, but has never bought one because of the weight and poor handling of almost all models in the sector.

V9 Bobber:Moto Guzzi has created a new segment

The nameV9 Bobber evokes concepts such as essentialityof line, purity of design and thus a certain original sportiness, underlined by atotal mattblacklook.Moto Guzzi's custom sports bike effectivelycreates the mid-size bobber series segment, in which the V9 ​​is currently the only representative.Bobbers appeared in the United States after World War II, created by passionate riders who stripped away all details superfluous to their goal of running fast on dirt tracks.To compete in these conditions the riders used to mount oversized tyres, giving the bikes a wide footprint.Following this style, the V9 Bobber abandons all chrome plating and glossy finishes for matt black details.The side panels and fuel tank are pitch black, with just a few graphic details in yellow or matt red.The exhaust unit, mirrors and both metal mudguards are painted in dark matt.The mudguard has been carefully shortened and reduced in size to make a big contribution to the minimal look of the V9 Bobber as well as housing a very compact optical unit.The16-inchmatt black rims are finely decorated with a grey Moto Guzzi logo and fit larger tyres(130/90 front, 150/80 rear). Even withthese spectacular tyres and its distinctive design, the bike still provides exceptional riding pleasure and handling.Indeed the V9 Bobber is a true Moto Guzzi, and as such does not trade rideability for beauty.The V9 Bobber also differs from the V9 Roamer with its more crouched and sporty riding position, due to thelow drag bar painted black and the long saddle.The ground clearance of the latter is only 770 mm, and if you add to this the exceptionally low weight of around 200 kg, you can easily imagine the level of comfort, control and rider pleasure offered bythe V9 Bobber.

New 850 twin-cylinder Moto Guzzi engine

The V9 Roamer and the V9 Bobber have a new power unit, as usual built at the Moto Guzzi plant in Mandello del Largo.This is of course a 90° transverse V-twin air and oil cooled engine, a set-up used in all current Moto Guzzi engines, albeit with different engine capacities and performance, which provides excellent riding dynamics and a unique sound.It was developed with the explicit aimof maximising torque and elasticity, key aspects for ensuringriding pleasure and on road fun.Starting from the bottom of the engine, the new aluminium crankcase stiffened at the key points, has a new oil pan and an inertia calibrated crankshaft forliveliness and the correct engine braking.Inside the lubrication system is designed to dispose of the greater heat capacity and reduce power absorption to the benefit of both performance and fuel consumption.The ventilation system reduces power loss due to pumping within the crank chambers and a new low flow oil pump that absorbs less power.The oil pump suction pipe is new as is the bypass valve. There are new piston cooling oil jets with check valve and flow management.The alternator cover is also new and now includes the blow-by gas output.
In the upper part of the engine, the thermodynamics are completely new.Aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders are designed to make the most of the engine's characteristics.Its cubic capacity is provided by bore and stroke values of 84x77 mm.Distribution is controlled by a pushrod system and there are two valves per cylinder set at an incline in the head (and no longer parallel, as on the V7 II engine).The fuel supply uses a one-piece Marelli electronic injection system.The electronic engine control unit is new.Of note is the presence in the entrance heads of the auxiliary air system, which, combined with the three-way catalytic converter, the double oxygen sensor and the total redesign of the engine, bring the twin 850 Moto Guzzi into compliance with EU4 standards. The unit is capable of 62 Nm of torque at just 3,000 revs/min, with a maximum power of 55 HP at 6,250 r/min, figures ​​that show Moto Guzzi's commitmentto achieving high levels of torque even at low rpms.This engine boasts surprising a character and responsiveness, which contribute to a really exciting riding experience.A version with the power limited to 35 kW is available, in line with the restrictions of an A2 licence and ideal for new Guzzi riders, who can also enjoy a record low total weight and the general ease of riding of both V9s.
Another innovative aspect of the 850 Moto Guzzi engine is the 179 mm diameter single dry plate clutch, providing a perfect transmission of torque and power with no jerkiness or hesitation.This increases robustness and reliability over time and decreases the load on the handlebar lever, for better controllability and riding comfort.The six-speed gearbox is new, precise and with a soft clutch, which benefits from unprecedented ratios that make the most of the torque and engine power.The final transmission is carried out by a new double-jointed drive shaft offset by the increased size and the new bevel gear, which provides solid and reliable management of the powerful torque supplied by the twin engine.The cast aluminiumswingarm has been designed and sized to support engine performance, as well as to accommodate the new 150 mm tyre.
Chassis architecture:the quality of the Moto Guzzi tradition

Carlo Guzzi was probably the first person to grasp the importance of a frame able to exploit the full potential of the engine and a suspension unit that responds perfectly to the imperfections in the road surface.Indeed, the Norge GT of 1928 was the first motorcycle with a "spring frame", equipped with front and rear suspension, bringing enormous advantages in terms of safety and riding pleasure.The Moto Guzzi tradition is replete with models recognised for their excellent ride qualities. In terms of custom motorcycles, we should really mention the California, which in 1970, under the name V7 Police, was bought by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) after a series of tough tests.
On the back of this tradition, Moto Guzzi now builds motorcycles like the V7 II and the fleet of the big 1400s, which are real benchmarks in terms of handling in their respective segments.The V9 is the latest jewel from Moto Guzzi for riding pleasure and effectiveness. The new steel twin tube cradle framecreatesoptimal weight distribution on the front and rear of the engine, thereby providingthe rideability and dynamic balance typical of all motorcycles built at Mandello del Lario.The designers paid special attention to the front, which has gussets in the steering head and new slope and trail abilities, making for a superb ride with the perfect combination of handling and stability, as well as precision and feeling. In addition the entire structure benefited from care and finishing of the details, including welding and painting.The suspension is also new, using traditional long-travel (130 mm) inverted forks and a new pair of spring preload adjustable shock absorbersconnected to the frame, which provide a gradual and controlled response at all times.The braking system is dedicated to the V9: the forecarriage has a new pump and Brembo opposed four-piston callipers against a 320 mm steel disc.At the rear a pump with integrated tank activates a 260 mm disc and a two-piston floating calliper.

Equipment:all for safety and riding pleasure

Like all recent Moto Guzzis, the V9 also has a full set of advanced electronic systems, placed very discreetly inside the vehicle, making riding safer and easier.The motorcycles come with a standard advanced two-channel ABS, non-invasive in normal riding, but that prevent the wheels from locking when really needed and the well-known MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control), Moto Guzzi's advanced traction control integrated with the electronic engine management system and adjustable in two different levels of operation and that are deactivable, ensuring better grip of the rear tyre on any road surface, reducing engine torque if necessary through a reduction of the advance of the engine.Other standard features include an immobiliser and USB port located under the steering head, useful for charging external devices.
The new electronic instrumentation, with a single circular dial, is also consistent with the style of the two the V9s.The speedometer has an analogue dial, while all other information is contained in the digital box:odometer, partial trip and daily trip (with automatic reset after eight hours after shutdown), the trip time, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, clock, outside temperature, average speed, MGCT level, in addition to the gear position and shift indicator, whose idle and maximum value can be adjusted by the user.In this way the rider can keep a check on a determined range of engine revolutions, for example during the run-in, or to minimise fuel consumption.The extensive catalogue of accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects a smartphone to the vehicle to provide an exceptional quantity of information useful for the journey.

Moto Guzzi Media Platform connects the V9 to the world

An optional multimedia platform is available for Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber riders.MG-MP is an innovative multimedia system that allows you to connect the bike to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With this application, downloadable free from theApp Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.
The wireless connection allows you to simultaneously view a set of vehicle information on a smartphone screen, so you can constantly have an eye on the travel parameters.{0>The smartphone's touch screen allows you to view five parameters of your choice at a time, selected from a vast menu and including the speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” feature helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain eco-compatible riding conduct, providing a brief assessment of the results obtained during the trip.
You can record trip data and review them on your computer or directly on your smartphone, analysing the distance covered together with the vehicle's operating parameters.The system also allows you to easily locate your vehicle when you park in a strange place, automatically saving the position where it was switched off. MG-MP includes the “Grip Warning” function which replicates the indications on traction control operation for maximum visibility and provides information in real time on your riding performance with relation to the road surface conditions. A dedicated indicator light warns in the event of excessive use of available grip. Thanks to the synergistic use of gyroscopes and the information coming from the vehicle, the smartphone becomes a sophisticated instrument to measure the lean angle in turns thanks to algorithms developed specifically for the new Moto Guzzi. The limit thresholds can be set both for lean angle as well as vehicle and engine speed. When these limits are exceeded the relative indicator lights will come on or the virtual dashboard will flash.

Full range of original accessories for the V9

The new V9s can be widely customised from the vast range of genuine Moto Guzzi accessories.Moto Guzzi designs and engineers the parts that undergo strict testing cycles, like any other original motorcycle component, in order to ensure quality and reliability.They are perfectly interchangeable with standard parts and allow for easy restoration of the motorcycle to its original state.They are rigorously approved and thus totally "street legal", allowing you to customise your bike without voiding the warranty.
The more classic style of the V9 Roamer is customisable with a range of accessories for tourism, such as the set of leather saddlebags and a single bag (always in leather) to be fitted on a dedicated chrome luggage rack.There is also the protective fairing, a twin seat with gel inserts and a set of additional lights for the ultimate in ride comfort.There is a wide range of choice of parts in special high-quality aluminium billet, including the tank cap with lock, grips, brake and clutch levers, the covers of the rider and passenger footrests, the gear and rear brake pedals and the pair of rear-viewmirrors.Another feature is the authority-approved exhaust unit that makes the sound of the new 850 twin-cylinder even more attractive.
The more essential style of the V9 Bobber deserves a range of specific accessories.The most prominent of these include the rider seat (with option to mount the passenger portion, if necessary), which makes the lines of the rear even lighter.Moto Guzzi has designed an authority-approved sportier exhaust system for the V9 Bobber with the total black look and deep sound.There are many details in aluminium billet that add more charm and exclusivity, but there are also practical accessories, also for the city, such as the urban style fairing and luggage sets, which blend very well with the design of the V9 Bobber.

Versions and colours

The Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is available in two different colour variants, both with a glossy finish:GialloSolarewith black inserts;BiancoClassicowith red.
The Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is available in two colours, both with acompletely matt finish:NeroMassicciowith yellow inserts andGrigioSport with red inserts.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer: technical specifications
(V9 Bobber data in brackets)


90° V-twin, 4-stroke, 2-valves per cylinder
air and oil
Engine capacity
853 cm³
Bore and stroke
84 x 77 mm
Compression ratio
10.5: 1

Maximum power
40,44 kW (55 HP) at 6,250 rpm
62 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Fuel system
Marelli MIU single-body electronic injection, integrated management of traction control on 2 levels
Exhaust system
stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Emissions compliance
Euro 4


6 speeds with final overdrive
Gear ratio values
1st 16/39 = 1: 2,437

2nd 18/32 = 1: 1,778

3rd 21/28 = 1: 1,333

4th 24/26 = 1: 1,083

5th 25/24 = 1: 0,96

6th 28/24 = 1: 0,857

Primary drive
with helical teeth, ratio 21/25 = 1: 1.190)
Final drive
double universal joint and double bevel gear units (8/33 ratio = 1: 4,125)
Ø 170 mm single disc with integrated flexible couplings


ALS steel twin tube cradle frame
1480 mm  
125.1 mm (116.1 mm)
Headstock angle
Steering angle
Front suspension
traditional fork, Ø 40 mm
Front wheel travel
130 mm
Rear suspension
swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable spring preload.
Rear wheel travel
97 mm
Front brake
stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm Brembo opposed four-piston callipers
Rear brake
Aluminium alloy
Front wheel rim
2.50” x 19” (3,50” x 16”)
Rear wheel rim
4.00” x 16”
Front tyre
100/90 R 19” (130/90 R 16”)
Rear tyre
150/80 R 16”


System voltage
12 V
12V - 18 Ah


2134 mm (2124 mm)
722,4 mm (892,3 mm)
1110 mm
Saddle height
775 mm (770 mm)
Kerb weight

 ± 200 Kg

Fuel tank capacity
15 litres
4 litres

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