2008 Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Range
With the much-anticipated Stelvio powered by an impressive "quattrovalvole" engine, Moto Guzzi offers its response to the challenge in the road-going maxi-enduro sector. This new machine is characterised by innovative technical and stylistic solutions that place it firmly in the lead in this category. Moto Guzzi has carried out a full scale development project and reconfigured the “Quattrovalvole” engine. The exhaust system was renewed, then to tuned to “balance” with the new injection and intake set-ups. These modifications kept the power output in excess of 100 CV, but, at the same time, allowed smoother, more controlled delivery at low and medium revs.
The engine also plays an important role as a stress bearing component in the new frame. This high tensile steel tubular twin cradle has been strengthened at the steering head and at the four engine mounting points.
The machine now boasts a slimmer, more tapered profile. Moto Guzzi’s maxi-enduro is one of the most compact machines in the sector and introduces numerous technical solutions and new items of equipment. These include tubeless spoked wheels, anodised finishings, upside-down 50 mm forks with support brackets for radial caliper brakes and the magnificent satinised aluminium exhaust silencer. Riders can now enjoy a adjustable saddle, adjustable windscreen and stow small objects in a new compartment alongside the tank. This compartment can be unlocked from a button on the handlebars.
As far as looks go, the front view of the Stelvio makes it stand out immediately from other Maxi Enduros. Two powerful round headlamps that are embedded in the nosecone dominate the front that tapers gracefully back to blend perfectly with the lines of the tank. The Stelvio will be available from the end of the year in white and red and black colour schemes. A version with ABS will also be available.
With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi kills two birds with one stone: Firstly it celebrates the 40th birthday of the first Italian Maxi Motorcycle created by Giulio Cesare Carcano and secondly, it gives its response to the ever-increasing demand for classic, sophisticated, retro-design machines.
Just one glance at the V7 Classic brings the late 70s to mind when motorbikes had an essential beauty that was formed by simple straight lines embellished by chrome decorations.
The V7 Classic is a sort of hybrid of the various V7s. Some of it comes from the luxurious Special like its chrome and decorations and some from the Sport from which it takes its tank.
Other components that are symbols of a different era, complete the picture like the spoked wheels, the cigar shaped silencers and the flat quilted saddle. These components commemorate a style that
exemplifies one of the best examples of Italian design from the 60s and 70s using modern-day technology and engineering techniques. The concept is embodied in an up-to-date twin cradle frame, in the 750cc fuel injected engine governed by an ECU and in the many items this machine has in common with the latest models in the Moto Guzzi range. The V7 Classic will be on sale from next Spring at entry level in the range. It will sit alongside models like the Breva and Nevada 750. The Show in Milan will, for many people, be their first chance they have of seeing the naked Breva V1200 tourer and the brand new Griso 8V that will also be available in the classic red colour scheme.
Other machines on show will include the Norge that is Moto Guzzi’s “best seller”. The 2008 Model Year has seen a great number of equipment updates. The engine will be fitted with a new single plate clutch coming from the “Quattrovalvole”. Other minor modifications will include new instrument panel graphics, more balanced recalibrated suspension and a new stand with increased road clearance.
The California Vintage and its classic black colour scheme will be also available in the shade of pearlescent white that won the heart of the Hollywood star, Ewan McGregor. The Bellagio too will have a new colour scheme that sees twin contrasting colours blending with chromed frame and engine covers. The 1200 Sport will get new handlebars that slightly change the riding position.