Moto Guzzi V12 Concept First Look

November 11, 2009
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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(Above) The LM model fuses road race elements and Moto Guzzi’s classic transverse mounted engine. (Center) The STRADA is a fusion of the street and supermoto worlds. (Below) The X has a front end that will scare the neighbors and is designed for two-up riding.

Moto Guzzi, the oldest Italian motorcycle marque has unveiled a new concept motorcycle platform dubbed the Moto Guzzi V12. It comes in three variations: the Moto Guzzi V12 LM, Moto Guzzi V12 STRADA, and Moto Guzzi V12 X. The bikes were designed with assistance from legendary ex-Ducati designers Pierre Terblanche and Miguel Galluzzi. All three share Moto Guzzi’s classic 1151cc 4-valve V-Twin engine that is transverse mounted in the chassis. Likewise, all machines offer fairing and handlebar adjustability, as well as a floating-style rider footpegs.
“New ideas once again mark a turning point in our history,” stated Galluzzi, who is now the manager of Piaggio’s styling center. “There is an impalpable, yet very real force in the history of Moto Guzzi. It lies in the ideas and in the unrelenting research work that led Moto Guzzi to build its tradition on innovation. The prototypes showcased today are only the beginning: such unparalleled care for detail and neat design would be unthinkable without our twin-cylinder engine.”
The LM designation denotes its Le Mans racing inspiration. It uses an interesting looking horizontally mounted shock absorber that runs in parallel to the drive shaft. Other techno wizardry comes in the form of camera-style rear view mirrors, LED lights, and beautifully carved engine heat sinks. The fuel tank and tail section are all pure sportbike.

Moto Guzzi claims the STRADA is the jack-of-all-trades machine. It uses a tall handlebar with plastic hand guards and looks like an oversized supermoto bike but with actual stylized bodywork and an sleek industrial-looking exhaust headers.
Although the X model looks shares some styling cues with the STRADA, it appears to be more comfortable street machine. It’s the only machine that offers two-up capabilities. Its face uses an LED headlight that looks like the face of an alien and a strange rear seat with a step separating rider a passenger.