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Moto Guzzi Nevada 750
Moto Guzzi Nevada 750

First Ride: 2004 Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

The brochure for Guzzi’s Nevada 750ie features numerous of the bike two-up, with a riding and a girl on the pillion. riders wear wide under the flipped-up chin-pieces of helmets.

How come they’re so After all, Guzzi has building V-twin customs the early 1980s, and few people Italy have bought especially in recent years. Yet two are having the time of their aboard what looks at glance to be a slightly tarted-up of last year’s Nevada

A couple of hours into my on the new Nevada and I’m feeling less cynical. This cruiser might not be the most bike to come out of Italy, but much more entertaining expected. Several times I find the normally dour beneath my own lid breaking into a

Despite its familiar name and the Nevada Classic 750ie is a new bike, based more on year’s Breva 750 than on the old No fewer than 383 of the old model’s 441 — almost 90% — been replaced or redesigned.

last two letters in its name one significant change, because the new follows the Breva in gaining a injection system for its 744cc V-twin engine. The whole is lifted straight from the complete with retained cylinder head layout chamber in the top of the pistons), and peak of 48bhp at 6800rpm.

Compared to the Nevada unit, that means a comprehensive revamp, new pistons and cams, improved system and a larger, more airbox. The shaft-drive transmission is updated, with a redesigned box, tighter tolerances and new material for the single-plate clutch.

bike is much more than its predecessor to my eyes, because its unchanged tank and have been placed at a conventional angle, losing the old hinged-in-the-middle look. Extra details, a clock console the Breva and a new exhaust (incorporating converter) complete a simple but effective facelift.

That seat is a mere off the ground, and one of the first things struck me is how small and manageable it is. The dry is only 185kg and the moderately bars add further to the impression of manoeuvrability. So did the controls, including the light throttle.

It’s to see why many of the bike’s buyers are to be female.

The Nevada’s lack of also helped give performance, despite the modest max. The motor combined character with smoothness. The response was excellent and, peak torque arriving at the bike was always happy to forward even when the tacho’s needle was barely off

There was enough power to at an indicated 70mph or more, on the way to a top of just over the ton, as we down the picturesque road Lake Lecco before off into the hills. More might occasionally be nice, but engine’s perfectly well to the Nevada’s upright riding

Chassis differences between bike and the Breva include its wheels with a narrower, front tyre and fat, rear (instead of 17-inchers). The 40mm Marzocchi forks increased travel, too, and its slightly less. The fork is 28˚, slightly steeper the previous model Nevada and the end result for the rider is light, handling.

Equally importantly for good progress, the footrests are high and not too far forward, while the are upswept to give plenty of clearance, so you can press on harder you might expect when you get the

All of which means that the was far more fun on twisty roads just about any other as it could be flicked enthusiastically bends without the normal noises that most would have been long before the Metzeler had run out of grip.

Okay, so the Nevada’s and angled-forwards, preload-adjustable Bitubo shocks are fairly basic but they manage to keep perfectly well in the bends, as as giving a reasonably comfortable the rest of the time.

In terms of the front brake combo of disc and four-piston caliper lots of feel plus adequate power.


All in the Nevada’s a sound little It’s light, low, to ride, flexible, smooth and leave almost all its rivals for on a twisty road. The Guzzi is competitively priced at £5399 on the

Neat instrumentation and a small come as standard, while extras include a screen, hard luggage and centrestand. No about it: the Nevada-riding duo in those pics had plenty

Moto Guzzi Nevada 750

of reasons to be


1986: V65 Florida original V65C, which had launched four years with laid-back style and V-twin motor

1991: launched with 750 and 350cc Remains in line-up for a decade but about 1000 sold year, mainly in Italy

Aprilia boss Ivano buys struggling Guzzi and in updating Mandello del Lario Italian scooter market

2002: Nevada Club introduced and is fairly successful in though few exports

2004: Group suspends production of including Guzzis. Banks in and production restarts. Ducati it is considering purchase of Moto


Harley-Davidson Sportster Style, rubber-mounted engine and power, but a massive 66kg than the Guzzi

Honda 750: Very close to the on price and engine output. made and reasonably stylish, but it is and lacks the Nevada’s character

America: Plenty of power and style from the Guzzi’s challenger, but it does cost and its parallel twin motor is a bit by comparison

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