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Moto Guzzi Nevada Club 750

Moto Guzzi Nevada 2001)

The latest offering Moto Guzzi sees the making a comeback in Australia old Nevada was discontinued in 1997), the new machine boasting better headlight, exhaust system and

The Club is an up-specced version of the model Nevada (which available in Oz), and comes gear rack and pillion crash bars, one-piece and extra colour choices of White, Pearl Red and Pearl (the base model comes in black).

I’d sampled the older machine, but sampled several of Guzzi’s California cruisers, namely the EV, and the Jackal. To compare the Nevada to its brothers is easy; it’s a California with a bit less but is lighter and easier to manage.

The enigma

I have to admit after the first few kilometres had racked up on the near new machine up with just 68km on the I was thinking maybe the burning cracking wrists and stiff encouraged by the sportsbikes wasn’t so bad and herein lies the mysterious Guzzi enigma.

I can’t why it’s so, it just is — never hopped on a Guzzi and liked it. In fact every I’ve ridden I’ve disliked, but then — but surely — an inexplicable of pleasure springs out of riding machines.

You can’t determine a point this paradigm shift place, and it’s virtually to put into words why it occurs, but the remains. I think this sense of enjoyment goes a way to explaining why Guzzi folk are as as they are about their mount.

From the change in my about the bike after a few hundred km aboard one, I imagine the level of attachment experience after spending on one!

Muted pulses

change of heart has been and parcel of every other I’ve got my grubby mitts on, and the was no different. A big part of this can, I believe, be traced to the Nevada’s powerplant, a transverse-mounted, air-cooled, four-… 90-degree fed by twin 30mm Dell’Orto

This donk pumps out a of 48ps (at 6200rpm) and 6.1kg-m of (at 3200rpm), and provides a pleasant of urge for the machine’s intended even when two-up.

The unit revs willingly and up to its 8000rpm redline in the majority of its gears, but most of your will be spent within the chunky mid range, between and 6000rpm.

There’s responsive available from as low as 2000rpm, and the machine’s abilities in the easy stakes are the revs it pulls at in top gear — just

Like all Guzzis, the Nevada have significant muted but they’re not a problem. Your and feet can feel them especially under hard — but the vibes never any unpleasant tingles. In fact even be tempted to scratch the vibrations totally; it’s like a pulsing, and is one of the points can be linked to that change comes over you after put in some time aboard the

What starts out as a vibration you first ride it away the shop turns into a characteristic down the track, a instrinsically Guzzi.

Mr manageable

The operation also falls this category. Once on the go it really well, but try snicking the into first at the lights and be there all day — until you the throttle a blip and allow the to mesh properly. On any other it would be an annoyance, but after a of days I found I allowed for the without thinking — just one of those Guzzi

Physically, the machine is bound to those on the smaller side. a low seat height of 775mm, dry weight of 182kg and a generous lock, this is one machine is ultimately very manageable, it be in heavy traffic or pushing your garage.

The Nevada was a too small for my 190cm, and I found a ride position which be upright for those a little saw me leaning back a little in the

King’s throne

The suspension its job well, and is fairly stiff for a the air-assisted telescopic forks and adjustable twin rear providing a competent but relatively package when it comes to the bumps.

On the subject of isolating the bumps, the seat also scored It’s quite plush and and the pillion’s sizeable pad is complemented by a

A little more power and in the braking department would been nice up the front. The Brembo down the back was but the dual twin-piston Grimecas up the felt a bit wooden and spongy.

The plot still pulls up enough when Fido it’s ‘goodbye cruel time though.

Moto Guzzi Nevada Club 750


Once on the move the Nevada beautifully through the bends, a V-twin burble rumbling its twin chrome pipes. actually got quite a decent of ground clearance, and is nimble too, the bike boasting a wheelbase.

Then there’s all the bits and pieces that go owning a Nevada. When the sun down the headlight — one of the upgraded from the last seen in Oz — throws out a strong beam of light. The stick out a fair way but are mounted high, thereby generally not a problem when splitting unless you come upon a

They give an unobscured to the rear, but do blur a little.

The is more like a car’s than a standard bike’s, and all the … lights are there, styled in a fashion you might say is a antiquated — tricky to in full sunlight too.

an ignition cutout linked to the — annoying unless you mind popping the thing on its (fold out grabhandle provided) time you wish to warm it up yet strangely you can still start the even if it’s still in Another point here you have to mind your when hooking that stub, lest the sole of boot leave a molten on the left-hand pipe.

There’s a rack provided behind the backrest for carrying luggage, has (along with stacks of components) copped a liberal of chrome. In fact, given a day, the Nevada is dazzling, the setting off the deep lustre of the paintwork nicely.

For the tourers, Guzzi offers lockable panniers ($1049.00) and topbox or leather panniers ($1218.72) and topbox ($771.34), a screen kit and a tankbag ($420.92).

Give it a go

At $11,500 (plus I can say to those looking around the middleweight cruiser market includes bikes such as $10,500 VT750, Kawasaki’s Vulcan 800 Classic, Suzuki’s VZ800 Marauder, Triumph’s Legend TT and Yamaha’s $10,482 DragStar) to try and wrangle the keys out of the hands for as long as possible you book a Nevada testride. half a chance, you too could that Moto Guzzi

Story: Rod Chapman

Photos: Grant (with thanks to the Lounge)

Published. Monday, 4 2001

Moto Guzzi Nevada Club 750

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