JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Moto Guzzi and Aprilia are coming back to South Africa thanks, The Corner was told, to an agreement with Piaggio, the global owner of the brands.
And under the aegis of Vespa SA and South African Italian Motorcycle Importers (IMI).
The agreement, we were told, will see IMI become the sole distributor of both brands, their parts, and riding wear all operated from a new Italian lifestyle ”emporium” in Johannesburg.
Ian Huntly, CEO of IMI, said ‘We’re very excited to be bringing the new range of Guzzi and Aprilia motorcycles to South Africa and about being able to move in with our Italian family – Maserati – in Bryanston, northern Johannesburg.”
Huntly led negotiations with several other Italian lifestyle products soon to be launched in the same building in Bryanston Boulevard which will house he various brands from August 2019.
Jon Isherwood, chief operating officer (COO) of IMI, explained that the group had also secured service space in the building and will create a modern service centre not only for both brands but also to cater from servicing older and classic Moto Guzzi and previous-generation Aprilia units.
“One of IMI’s largest initial investments wass in service equipment, parts and trained technicians. As avid bikers ourselves, we understand how important it is to have immediate access to quality service, repair parts and the skills to keep bikes running perfectly.
“We can also source special parts orders for any historic model directly from Piaggio.”
Four motorcycles will be available. Moto Guzzi will supply the naked V7 (in various configurations) and the top-selling V85 TT medium weight adventure bike, made famous by enduro-enthusiast and actor Ewan McGreggor.
Aprilia, fans might like to take a close look at the RSV4 and Tuono in road and race-ready configurations.