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2014 Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V – Road Test Review

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Spec charts are wondrous things. Given accurate data, a spec chart forecasts amazing insights into a motorcycle’s performance before you ever fire it up. By digesting wheelbase, steering geometry, curb weight, engine configuration, power figures and a few other key numbers, an experienced hand can extrapolate how a motorcycle will likely run. I should know. I’ve spent decades in the ...

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2015 Moto Guzzi Eldorado and Audace – First Look Review

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Moto Guzzi showed two new variants on the California 1400 platform at the Italian EICMA show that will join the Touring and Custom models in U.S. dealerships in the summer of 2015. Pricing for both is TBD. Grabbing equal attention at the Guzzi stand was the MGX-21 Concept bagger, which we don’t have any details on, and don’t expect to ...

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2014 Cutting-Edge Cruisers – Snapshot Reviews

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There was a time, not that long ago, when in motorcycle terms cruisers were considered something less—simpler machines that were somewhat inferior to other bikes in terms of function. After all, a touring bike’s function is to deliver many miles of comfort while hauling riders and luggage, a sportbike excels in terms of power and handling reined in by great ...

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2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom ABS Review

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You immediately realize there’s something different about this bike when you notice its more aggressive, almost sporty stance. At 708 pounds, it’s the lightest in our test and it’s also the only one of these machines that was based upon a sportier touring bike—an Italian machine designed for use in the Alps and environs rather than America’s more wide-open roads. ...

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Moto Guzzi Announces 2015 Griso 1200 8V SE and 2015 V7 Stone

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Moto Guzzi has announced that two of its V-twin-powered standards, the Griso 1200 8V SE and the V7 Stone, will return for 2015. The Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8V SE blends unique styling and an upright riding position with a 1,151cc version of the Italian company’s distinctive, longitudinal, air/oil-cooled, 90-degree V-twin with shaft final drive. The sporty machine has wide ...

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Moto Guzzi USA Announces 2014 Model Lineup

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Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. Founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello Del Lario, Italy, where each motorcycle is still produced today, Moto Guzzi remains Europe’s oldest continuously operating motorcycle manufacturer. With no fewer than 3,300 racing wins, including 14 World GP ...

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2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring – Road Test Review

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Flashback to 1970. Richard Nixon is in the White House, American troops are in Vietnam and the AMC Gremlin is in dealerships. Little known in the U.S. at the time, Moto Guzzi captures a slice of the lucrative police market with a full-dress version of the Eldorado 850, which was more powerful, more maneuverable, lighter and less expensive than the ...

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2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone – Road Test Review

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The trio of V7s in Moto Guzzi’s 2013 lineup starts with the low-priced Stone, a gutsy name choice meant to convey the bike’s utter simplicity and strength, as in Stone Simple and Rock Solid. No argument there. Although its analog speedo and tach each have LCD readouts for the odometer, tripmeters, time and temp, the digital displays are the only ...

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Retrospective: Moto Guzzi Eldorado 850: 1972-1974

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Change can be good, even when it’s incremental. When Moto Guzzi upped the ante with the 850 Eldorado, replacing the 750 Ambassador, it was all good. The new model had a slightly larger engine, another gear in the transmission, neither anything to complain about. This was a big, comfortable motorcycle that handled surprisingly well, if a bit slowly. Any go-fast ...

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