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Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

V10 Centauro: Born To Cruise In Lane

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lost Ravelli to the war, but and Guzzi went on to build a overhead cam, single-cylinder in 1920. Althogh it was quite for the time, they went to a two-valve machine for production. motorcycles were known for design, quality construction and performance.

In the 1920s, these were what made Guzzi one of Italy’s biggest

In the late ’60s, Moto developed a 90-degree V-twin, horizontally in the frame. This has been the mainstay of the company since. The shaft-driven bike was for police and military use, but the loves a speed machine handles well, so a tourer and were developed.

The mid-’80s saw Guzzi’s market decreasing rapidly, probably due to the faster Japanese motorcycles were flooding the market and a spiral in the motorcycle market in The company hit a low point of 3,000 in 1993.

A lot has been done to get the flying again. The motor is of the frame. The engine designers gone to a four-valve, overhead cam is where Guzzi started, recall) and an electronic fuel and ignition system.

Officials at the company hope to produce bikes by 2001.

The V10 Centauro is a stripped version of the Daytona RS, a Our Centauro’s body looks it was born ready to cruise. The and paint job have a Miami Deco look.

The tank and body flow to the tail light with all the of a retro-50s style. The chrome instrument cups and headlight the look. Don’t let the illusion you though: The inverted forks and disk brakes let you know machine is made to handle.

the Guzzi cold required a nudge on the throttle. That won’t flood the Guzzi, as it with most fuel-injected That’s because of injection lag an air-cooled motor, the Guzzi told me.

The bike will right up when warmed.

One Guzzi idiosyncrasy is obvious The motor will try to roll the to the right with every rev of the It’s not much and you get used to it but it’s one of those unique that some will and others won’t. It’s by the horizontal rotation of the motor in the For instance, if you watch the motor rev in a you’ll notice it trying to over against the mounts.


you’re moving, this isn’t noticeable.

Shifting up the gears gives you a satisfying with each tap up. Occasionally, a shift occurred to spoil my When asked about problem, the dealer said the needs to be broken in.

Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

Very big notches on the gears a slight clock sound shifting, and it’s these that haven’t seated right yet. The mechanic that after about miles, those notches offer no more shifting

This bike’s not going to through the stratosphere with but when you get up around the red line, you get a kick in the pants. Unfortunately, by time you’re risking damage. There’s a fine between fun and disaster.

Tread line, and you’ll love machine.

After a mix of city and highway the fuel warning light to flicker on at the 105 mile mark, me about 38 mpg from the 4.8 gallon

Bringing the Guzzi in for a pit stop, my question was: What’s this kickstand?

You can’t put it while sitting on the bike it’s so far forward. You have to get and risk dumping the bike, to set it. when you right the machine, spring-loaded to pop back up.

The worst design ever.

Oh, well, get on the and ride it hard. Push the into a turn, power out by that throttle back, and the long pull of a good, torque-inspired motor. This is to sound like a beer but it just doesn’t get much than this.

Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

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