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Moto Guzzi V12 LM Concept
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Career [ edit ]

is a third generation motorcyclist [ 4 ] first motorcycle was a 1959 Florett 50 he received for his eighth a present that disappointed him at because, said Galluzzi, his was 100 percent into music at the and he wanted a drum set to become Charlie Watts. though the changed the direction of his life. [ 9 ] Galluzzi is 6ft 6in (1.98m) tall, of his best known creations low seat heights and high pegs, like the Monster and … bikes, are better to their target buyer their designer. [ 10 ]

In 2012, relocated from Piaggio’s in Pisa to Pasadena, California to the company’s new Advanced Design [ 15 ] [ 16 ] The California location follows branches in China, India, and Vietnam, which work the main Piaggio Group Center, run by Director Marco [ 15 ] Galuzzi chose the Pasadena because of its proximity to centers of thought, namely the Art Center of Design, California Institute of and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [ 15 ] Galuzzi he is, looking for the next form of five to fifteen years the future, and he will be, hiring and creative and crazy people, at the new center to do, experiments that offer a rethinking or a melding of mobility concepts. [ 15 ] Piaggio and hope to bring a more perspective than is possible only in Italy, and branch out to areas as electric vehicles combine aspects of a motorcycle and a like the Renault Twizy and Urban Concept. [ 15 ] [ 16 ] The Daily ‘ s Kevin Ash said, the Piaggo Group’s total US including Aprilia and Vespa. at 10,000 units in 2011, the new must also be aimed to sales in that market. [ 17 ]

Motorcycle designs [ edit ]

The work Galluzzi did at Cagiva for was on the 900 Supersport. [ 14 ] While most of the models of Ducati’s Cagiva are poorly remembered, and the 1990 900 suffered flaws like fuel tanks, the visually and revised 1991 900 Supersport, in full- and half-fairing versions, a classic, somehow finding the balance between honoring the set by the Super Sport models of the loved by the Ducati faithful, yet looking modern and up to date. [ 18 ] The line had a successful eight run that included many ranging 400–800cc (24–49cuin). [ 18 ] [ 19 ]

Monster [ edit ]

The Monster as a styling exercise in 1992. The for the Monster was one Galluzzi had been about for some time, [ 20 ] and it time to convince the management at and Ducati to build it. [ 12 ] Ducati director Massimo Bordi the idea for what they the new bike to accomplish, [ 21 ] and assigned the to Galluzzi.

Bordi said he Galluzzi for something which a strong Ducati heritige but was easy to ride and not a sports He came up with a propopsal and I this was the bike Marlon would be riding today in the The Wild One ! [ 22 ] Bordi’s intent was to the cruiser market, [ 8 ] with a that was made to be modified and eventually have a wealth of aftermarket accessories rivaling the of custom and hot-rod parts for Harley-Davidsons. [ 20 ] [ 23 ] Previously Cagiva had to move into this with a more blatant cruiser imitation, the heavily Ducati Indiana of 1986–1990. It poor use of Ducati’s desmodromic L-twin engines; and a full-cradle not Ducati’s signature trellis. against Ducati’s stylistic [ 19 ] Only 2,138 were over four years. [ 19 ] another embarrassment competing against Harley-Davidson with a imitation of the Harley cruiser, the appealed to the same urban, buyers who wanted a bike could make an individualistic but it did so with a motorcycle that had not quite seen before, and was unmistakably Italian and a Ducati. [ 24 ] [ 25 ]

Moto Guzzi V12 LM Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 LM Concept

Because Bordi wanted to keep costs low, [ 22 ] the was a humble parts bin special, not with newly designed carefully engineered to work in but by mixing and matching parts existing Ducati models, with the engine and forward of the frame of a 900 Supersport, [ 12 ] a frame from the 851 superbike. [ 26 ] and the fork of a 750 [ 18 ] Galluzzi penned a muscular tank and minimalist bodywork produced a visual impression of and strength, on a motorcycle that out to be surprisingly tiny and agile to the time rider. [ 12 ] Motorcycle News design columnist Kerr described the Monster’s as aggressive, attributable to the head-down, bull stance. [ 27 ]

While the motorcycle is as old as the motorcycle itself, and bikes have been homages to simpler machines of the at least since the Moto 1000S of the 1980s, [ 28 ] the Monster was retro [ 29 ] and a whole new approach. [ 30 ] It was a smash hit, [ 28 ] and the timing of its was perfect, [ 18 ] creating one of the most styles of the 1990s and 2000s. [ 29 ] [ 31 ] [ 32 ] [ 33 ] [ 34 ] Kerr ranked the Monster as 9th on his of the 10 best motorcycle designs of all saying it has all it needs and no more, and the several imitators, like own later Cagiva Raptor or BT1100 Bulldog. always in a poor second. [ 35 ]

The Monster might never gone beyond the styling stage had British reporter Cathcart not ridden the bike at the and fallen in love with it, and enthusiastically written about it in magazines around the world. [ 23 ] of the new model’s sales prospects, initially planned to make 1,000 units, but after the at the Intermot at Cologne in October the media’s and public’s excitement increasing the number to 5,000. [ 12 ] It was the media and public at the Cologne who prompted Anglicizing the Italian Il to Monster. [ 12 ] The Monster line has had variations over the years, entry level 400cc bikes up to top of the line 130hp multivalve. water-cooled superbike-engined with as many as nine Monster versions in a single year. [ 36 ] The Monster’s elemental has also made it a favorite for custom motorcycle builders, at competitions like the Monster [ 7 ] [ 37 ] Besides innumerable minor Galluzzi’s Monster design was not restyled for 15 model years, the cautiously updated Monster 696 of [ 38 ]

Later motorcycles [ edit ]

the Monster, Galluzzi designed the Ducati ST2. As the Monster had up a new market outside the road derived sport bike so too did the ST2 widen Ducati’s range by the company’s offerings into the of sport touring. [ 39 ] Industrial Andrew Serbinski found first generation Ducati ST to be ill-proportioned, with the fuel too large, suggesting a better would be more aerodynamic and true to the traditional Ducati of compactness, the feel of motion at and sense of exotica. [ 40 ]

Next was the Planet Baby Monster [ 41 ] of a variant of the Mito. [ 4 ] followed by the Raptor and V-Raptor, [ 4 ] [ 42 ] which a Suzuki engine shared by the and intended as a direct competitor to own Monster. [ 26 ] Galluzzi’s description of the choice was that, We had engines all over the world, but the best two Triumph’s Speed Triple and the Suzuki TL1000. Both had soul and character but eventually we on the Suzuki engine. [ 10 ] Early were terrified at the 135hp prototype. Galluzzi said the bike felt as if it was permanently out of It was fun! [ 10 ] This prompted the head angle from 23 to 25 and increasing the wheelbase from to 1,440mm (55 to 57in), creating, handling but still [having] all the of the original bike, along tuning the exhaust and airbox to torque under 10,000rpm at the of 35hp (26kW) less output. [ 10 ] The result was a bike was both bonkers and useable. [ 43 ]

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