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Moto Guzzi V12 Concept First Look

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

(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.
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Brent -Future supermoto buyer.  March 8, 2010 03:15 PM
Left coast Tim should not be looking at such a beautiful bike.The bike he is looking for is an Indian,it has all kinds of crap hanging off the back.
Kim -Future Motoguzzi buyer.  March 1, 2010 04:33 PM
Please build the supermoto. Sooner the better.I have to have one.Good to see some one build another supermoto to compete with the Ducati supermotard.
mike -The X  December 14, 2009 03:24 PM
I think the X would look better with a more conventional headlight.Otherwise i like it.I like the LM too.I don't care much for the heatsinks though.They look a little out of place. It will be interesting to see what gets produced. I have 3 Guzzis. There's something about them
Pogi -Transverse?  December 1, 2009 12:25 PM
Had a Guzzi once. Character? Yes. Style? Yes. Reliability? NO. And the engines aren't transversely-mounted. The crank is north-south. Duh.
Raph -As a Guzzi Owner...  November 13, 2009 07:57 AM
I totally dig 'em for the most part (save the X) I'm especially fond of the LM. Guzzi's have always had "Charecter" and it looks like they intend to keep it that way. It would be nice to see some more innovation from Guzzi but I'm glad to see thay haven't fallen into the rut of rolling out cliches. The licenseplate bar doubles as a stone/spash guard it's no useless glamour bobble. As for missing 25% of the bike: It kinda goes with the whole minimalistic "the only thing that matters is the road ahead" philosphy. You don't like it... Good, go put some tassles on your cruiser and hang out infront of a bar.
Superlight -Guzzis  November 12, 2009 12:39 PM
I like what's happening here. New visual forms, like incorporating the tailight and turn signals in the license plate surround. Neat! Now all they have to do is make sure the engine gets as much attention as the bodywork pieces.
Frank -Cool bikes!  November 12, 2009 12:01 AM
I think all three of these bikes look awesome. They are very clean and minimal; very Italian too which is a good thing!
andy -ooh boy  November 11, 2009 06:39 PM
What a hiddeous thing!
mixemongpete -when?  November 11, 2009 02:21 PM
the older i get the more i like italien design, here you can see pierre and miguel still have it, just real nice. i would buy one if only i could
Left Coast Tim -Where's the other 25% of the bike?  November 11, 2009 12:34 PM
Just as with the Beemer concept "nakeds" earlier this year,
it seems as though the designers lost interest in the parts
of the bike BEHIND the rider. I for one don't care for all
of that open space between the seat and swingarm. There's
no "there" THERE! Like they forgot to add a full support
frame. Then again, the twin-bar license plate fixture
looks...well, SILLY. Kinda' like a mis-placed anti-wheely
bar on a European-spec. Speedway bike.