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Moto Guzzi is back! Six classic models set to go anywhere

2019 MOTO GUZZI V85 ENDURO:  Image: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Moto Guzzi SA line-up and prices confirmed ans of Moto Guzzi – the legendary brand of hand-made motorcycles with their signature transverse-mounted V2 engines will soon be in South Africa.

Italian Motorcycle Importers (IMI), the official distributor of Moto Guzzi, will launch seven versions of the Moto Guzzi V7 naked bike and a Premium version of the shaft-drive V85 Enduro in South Africa. Prices will start at R163 000. So, read on for more details…

MOTO GUZZI V85 TT

Launched globally in March this year, the V85 TT represents a completely new platform and engine for Moto Guzzi. It was designed with a focus on driveability and durability and has a dry weight of only 208kg – the only bike in its category with shaft drive. Adding to the driveability, the V85 has a 23-litre tank for at least 400km between fill ups.

MOTO GUZZI V85: Image: Supplied

Nestled in the new frame is a 90-degree V-twin engine with a capacity of 853cc. The engine delivers 60kW and is mounted high for a ground clearance of 210mm. Wheel travel is a generous 170mm on both wheels.

BRAND AMBASSADOR

Ian Huntly, CEO of IMI, told The Corner: “With the global launch of the V85, Moto Guzzi welcomed back an old-time fan – Hollywood actor Ewan McGreggor – as its brand ambassador. Ewan is renowned for his adventurous spirit and we’re excited to see him on the V85.”

The Moto Guzzi V85 Enduro Premium costs R209 000 and will be delivered with a three-year or 60 000km service plan and a 24-month mechanical warranty.

MOTO GUZZI V7

The legend of the Moto Guzzi V7 started in 1967, when the first version was launched in Italy with a transverse V2 engine. ”The bike proved so popular,” Huntly said, ”that the full production run was sold out soon after launch, further fuelling the bike’s legendary status.

“The V7 has everything that we love about Moto Guzzi. It”s hand-built, fitted with the company’s legendary thumping V2 engine that sits transversely in the frame, and has endless customisation options.”

MOTO GUZZI V85: Image: Supplied

The new range of V7 is only the third completely new model range since the first model of 1967 and it still features a two-valve per cylinder set-up and unique exhaust system that generates the unique ‘Guzzi rumble’.

DESTINCTIVE DESIGNS

While the customisation options are legion, Moto Guzzi has created a number of factory custom models which include the V7 Stone with its large singular display, alloy wheel rimss and dark matte look and the V7 Special, which has old-school saddle-stitching on the seat, spoked wheel rims and dual circular displays.

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“We will officially launch the V7 Stone Rosso, the V7 Stone with LED package, the V7 Rough, the V7 Milano, the V7 Carbon and the V7 Racer. Each has a very distinctive design that will stand out in a crowd and offer owners different canvases for further customisation,” says Huntly.

The Moto Guzzo V7 range

Moto Guzzi  V7 III Stone ABS E4 Rosso – R163 000
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone LED – R171 000
Moto Guzzi V7 Rough – R167 500
Moto Guzzi V7 Milano – R182 500
Moto Guzzi  V7 III Carbon – R187 000
Moto Guzzi  V7 III Racer –  R199 000

Each Moto Guzzi will be delivered with a three-year or 60 000km service plan and a 24-month mechanical warranty.

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