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      Moto Guzzi Audace: The muscle bike that scrapes the asphalt

      Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, the Audace can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the carbon mudguard mounted on a fork without any telescope covering. It has no chromium plating so every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark as night, an ideal condition for fully enjoying a bike in solitude with the striking beauty of the Audace.

      Light comes through only in the stark contrast with the colour of the lateral strip that shows several brand new details. Like the undersump lug that gives the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille and the short megaphone exhaust which, despite its rebellious look, is actually Euro 4 approved.

      The side panel covers have also been changed, lightened like the passenger footpeg bracket. The platform footboards mounted on all the other models in the range are gone here, as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther forward and the classic gear shifter pedal.

      Particular attention was given to the saddle, covered in Alcantara skai with exposed red stitching, lowered in terms of the seating position and installation ready for the foldaway passenger seat. The drag handlebar is also new which, thanks to the forward position of the footpegs and the different seating level, create a longer and more dominating riding position.

      Another particularly elegant feature is the burnished valve covers, the rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle and the alloy wheels personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo, as well as the minimal mirrors. Powerful and aggressive, the Audace looks as if it is crouched down on its haunches like a large feline ready to unleash its explosive power to scratch the asphalt, leaving the mark of its oversize 200/65 rear tyre. The generosity of the 1400 cc "Made in Mandello" 90° V-twin is well known by now and on the Audace, thanks to the exhaust system with redesigned fluid dynamics, is even more lively at high revs. As a result, thanks in part to weighing a few kilos less, the Audace is definitely quicker off the line. It will certainly be the one that is most used with the “Veloce” output map and the one where the MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often…

       

      Moto Guzzi Eldorado: operation flashback.

       If Roman gods had ridden motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi Eldorado would have been chosen by Bacchus.”  - This was how Cycle World magazine concluded their test of the luxurious Italian bike, the latest evolution of the 90° V-twin with cardan final drive introduced in the States in the late sixties by the importer Berliner Group. The metaphor effectively highlighted the intoxication experienced on a modern, powerful, luxurious and fast bike, painstakingly studied down to the smallest details and extremely satisfying to ride. Forty years later the experience is repeated in the shape and substance of the new Eldorado. Staying on the theme of mythology, the new Eldorado leads us to Janus, the two-headed divinity who is the keeper of all passages and transitions. By looking at it one can see clearly how this Moto Guzzi has preserved the personality of its ancestor, drawing it from the past to the future along the path of technological evolution and stylistic continuity. The flashback effect comes out in the details: the spoke wheels, the fuel tank with chromium sides, the oversize saddle, the rear mudguard with the gem-shaped taillight, the bullhorn handlebar, the passenger grab handle.

       With a lower setup thanks to the new sixteen inch spoke wheels that mount whitewall tyres (130/90 on the front and 180/65 on the rear), attention is drawn to the new wraparound mudguards. The front has a particularly “clean” design which enhances the powerful front end, whereas the rear, on the other hand, is the element that draws the most attention on this ultra elegant Moto Guzzi. Its smooth and generous shape integrates with the new full cover shock absorbers, the gem-shaped rear light cluster and the classic rounded turn indicators.

      At the front the Eldorado, like the Touring and Custom models, is also distinguishable by its original complex surface headlight with polyelliptical light equipped with LED daylight running light (DRL). Speaking of digital technologies, the instrumentation is particularly satisfying, contained in a 150 mm diameter circular panel with the analogue rev counter scale finding its place along the external circumference and a multifunction full-matrix suspended display at the centre, all packaged neatly, like a luxury watch, in a bright chromium housingYou never get on the Eldorado, but rather you settle comfortably into the saddle. Positioned just 724 mm from the ground, the new saddle, together with the generous floorboards and the comfortable bullhorn handlebar grip, is an invitation to take a seat, press the start button and let the asphalt roll under your feet for at least 300 kilometres, which is the minimum range guaranteed by the sculpturesque 21 litre fuel tank.

      If the road is a never-ending Interstate Highway you can activate cruise control by pressing the button on the right-hand electric block and sail along as you listen to the throbbing 90° V-twin filtered by the big block's elastic-kinematic mounting system, knowing that if you need or desire it, the cardan final drive will be ready to unleash up to 120 Nm onto the tarmac at 2,750 rpm. Technically unchanged, the twin cylinder confirms its monumental architecture enhanced by the polished valve covers with Moto Guzzi silk-screened on them and the tight and smoothed cooling fins. The engine is an absolute benchmark in its category for engine capacity-performance-consumption ratio thanks to excellent thermodynamic performance combined with advanced Ride-by-wire multimap electronic management. This technology allows the rider to choose one of three engine management maps: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia.  And that's not all: the dynamic performance of the vehicle is also kept under control by its latest generation traction control system (MGCT) which can be adjusted on three actuation levels in order to increase active safety without impacting performance and riding pleasure.

       

       

      V7 II RACER

      Manufactured in limited edition as the celebratory plate located on the upper steering yoke indicates, the V7 II Racer confirms the previous model's equipment and features when the total-black look was introduced on the side panels, mirrors, silencer brackets and footpeg guards in contrast with the bright 22 litre chromium fuel tank. In keeping with the numbers theme, the number “7” remains on the top and tail fairings (which in the Moto Guzzi world was a favourite for the 250 class world champion Enrico Lorenzetti), in chromium. 

      The single seat saddle is also back (although a two-up saddle and passenger footpegs are available on request), covered in Alcantara and 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 Plexiglas top 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 WMY01 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.

       

       

       

      V7 II STONE

      Eclectic and essential, the V7 II Stone now has new 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.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      V7 II SPECIAL

      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 now 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.

       

       

       

       

       

      Moto Guzzi MGX-21 (Prototype)

       The motorcycle is the product first of a humanist culture and then a technical culture. The way a population creates its mechanical steeds and in which direction they evolve, stems from the same values around which the culture is shaped. There is a breed of motorcycles that is bound to the deep heritage of a nation that went west in search of the frontier and its own identity. An epic which became culture and which, many decades later, would be christened and its story told, choosing the road as the focal point of the narrative. And narrated by a generation that rode just for the sake of riding – to live.

      The long and straight roads, the voyage itself intended as the place “of arrival” and one destination was as good as any other. Out of the mythology of the voyage and two wheels came the legend of the bike and the biker for those spaces and locations which always represent a frontier. Moto Guzzi was born in another part of the globe with a lake and mountains accompanying it since its first steps, but the spirit of these bikes quickly recognised travel and the horizon as the preferred destinations. Moto Guzzi immediately became a citizen of the world, but in more than ninety years of history it has built an identity strong enough that today, well founded in its values which are acknowledged by bikers on every continent, it can afford to have an eye toward the influence and incentives that the motorbike culture promotes, keeping intact – even enhancing – its uncompromisingly Italian spirit.

      Today Moto Guzzi progresses quickly, committed to developing a range of exceptional bikes which are built around the largest and most powerful beating heart that the eagle brand has ever made, the impressive 1400 cc V-twin. And so, alongside the new Eldorado and Audace, introducing the spectacular MGX-21. Motorcycles built in the grand Guzzi tradition, exploring new territories with a courage and boldness that Moto Guzzi has always had. MGX-21 is the emblem, the most extreme summary of this fascinating and courageous project. It is a surprising idea that opens up a new path to touring according the Moto Guzzi. MGX-21 takes and combines elements, seeks out the influence of different cultures but drafts each foundation to lead everything back to the riding experience which belongs to every Moto Guzzi. Only those who have very deep roots, those who do not suffer from an identity crisis can afford such an extreme style. Moto Guzzi can dare, can look forward, even far into the future, without uncertainty, without the fear of venturing beyond the frontier. Here is the spectacular 21” front wheel, extraordinarily evocative, here is a new and comfortable environment for the rider, but above all, here is the legendary rideability of a Moto Guzzi. And so the MGX-21 project is born with an unmistakable goal: to be a Moto Guzzi “inside”, to always feel the road running beneath its wheels, to always feel the rhythm of the large1400cc twin-cylinder between the rider's legs which, as has been the case since 1921, is hand built on the shores of the Lario and ready for any frontier in the world.

       




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