Homage to Moto Guzzi by Gary Inman Influx Magazine

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Homage to Moto Guzzi by Inman

They’re not hyper, anti. They’re not über, under. Motorcycles born the Eagle of Mandello del Lario are Italian V-twins. Ooh, like a Ducati? Well… No.

true, both Ducati and Guzzi have been to a different drum to the rest of for over 40 years. The Bologna however, parlayed their from the preserve of the air-cooled into the domain of six-figure-earning Guzzi meanwhile crawled their well-respected niche an obscure and dank crevice they hunkered down, it from the outside at least, to and ….

Only recently has a been shone into blinking eyes.

Guzzi are Grand Prix world and awe-inspiring risk-takers. They a 500cc, V8 grand prix motorcycle, after all, a mould-green dustbin fairing. were still making sports bikes when released the 850 Le Mans II in 1978. were close enough to the edge to have to wear goggles.

So pleased were their and development department with the of this true and enduring they took a well-earned And forgot to go back.

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A decade or so the motorcycles built on the banks of Como had become an anomaly. hung-on though, limpet-like, by what must be the most and unswerving customer base in all of

Meanwhile a revolution had happened in The Le Mans had grown to 1000cc, but superbikes like the Yamaha now roamed the Earth. Guzzi had up to a gunfight with a potato-masher.

Even brand new Guzzis quaint and this was a time the world didn’t give a fig for heritage.

Eight-valve heads and class wins at Daytona the Italians enough credence to be to pitch their vision, but film directors who’d too long without a hit, were humoured more out of than any serious respect.

Ducati and Moto Guzzi to make all manner of machines: single-cylinder road bikes and trail bikes – but then to concentrate on one engine configuration. In case this was the across-the-frame Guzzi’s transverse vee has two cylinders, at 90-degrees, like a Ducati, but of being inline with the Guzzi rotated their vee so the are raised like Joshua’s to heaven.

It’s as if a BMW Boxer had decided to

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The first of what is now regarded as trademark engine configuration in the mid-60s. The mini-renaissance they’re would lead this to believe they’ll stick this configuration till the drop of black gold has wrung out of Mother Earth.

The architecture is almost Brutalist in its The engine, with its flywheel behind the front wheel and leading to a shaft drive. like it could haul a truck. Its sump meanwhile, is as at the Mariana Trench.

The current range’s 1200cc is a statement in alloy (and a too much plastic for my liking). And saying, without apology, is what we make, take it or it.’

Until very it had been over 30 years a Guzzi had been anything but an in any sales arena you’d to mention. They were capable of building surprises, the track-only MGS-01 of 2002, but for the decade, the burgeoning premium market was squeezing so hard, pips squeaked on an hourly

Their former fellow guys Ducati were sand in their face, and had joined by a reborn Triumph, KTM, a reconstituted BMW Motorrad and other Euro-chancers to stop Guzzi getting more its head much above Guzzi is part of the Piaggio with Vespa and Aprilia, and it gives a level of security, it means they are the group’s and touring wing and are unable to into more modern (a shame for any fans of the Terblanche from a few years back).

But the tide is turning. Stick long enough and people notice. A few builders around the had created Guzzi café using old 850s and 1000s, before alloy tanks and came into vogue. looking for authenticity eventually through Tumblr feeds enough to find recurring of Guzzi specials.

Now beanie-wearing all over the globe are calling entry level V7 Stone black, £6630, 95mph, and gaudier V7 Racer ,‘Rad’. positively stoked if their buys one. The recently California tourer is receiving critical praise, too. And I be happier for Guzzi. They a resurgence, if only for the obstinacy.

It’s a quality to admire in a manufacturer.

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