Moto Guzzi Stornello is Another Italian Beauty

Moto Guzzi has resurrected the Stornello, last seen in the 70’s but it sure was worth the wait. And how times have changed – what was originally a 7 horsepower thumper when it was first released is now a V-twin producing 48 hp at 6.700 rpm, and max torque is 43.6 ft-lb. Plus, it’s really pretty.

Again, this is another machine which we can probably thank Ducati for due to the success of its Scrambler. The Stornello is built round Guzzi’s V7 platform, which brings across the air cooled 744 cc motor. The big changes to the existing V7 models are the inclusion of spoked wheels (18″ at the front, 17″ at the back), a high slung exhaust and an aluminium fender.

Other specifications for the bike closely match the rest of the V7 lineup, which means ABS and traction control as standard, wet weight a smidge under 200 kg and a single 320 mm rotor at the front for stopping with a 260 mm one at the rear.

 

EICMA Coverage 2015

We’re now just a few days away from the biggest event of the year for the motorcycle industry to show off their new toys. While every year it seems like the manufacturers like to ‘leak’ news and images of their new bikes before the event, there will still be a number of new surprises in store, most notably from BMW, Ducati, Bimota and Yamaha.

Below is a small summary of what new models we’re expecting from various manufacturers. It’s by no means a complete list but we’ll be updating this post when EICMA takes off on November 19.

Aprilia

Sister company to Moto Guzzi, the smallest of the Italian brands isn’t likely to have much new on offer, save for the rumored 230+ horsepower RSV4RF. Which suits us just fine.

Benelli

The Chinese owned Italian manufacturer has at least one new model ready to be shown off – we’re thinking an off-road focused machine around the 600cc mark.

BMW

BMW will have a number of new models on show, including their new scrambler based on the R nine T retro bike. Rumors are now that there may be two versions of this new scrambler as well.

Ducati

The bit Italian is expected to unveil up to eight brand new bikes at EICMA. We’re expecting that some of these eight are variations on existing machines, such as a bigger capacity 899 Panigale, but there should be a few surprises, too.

Expect a new smaller capacity Scrambler and a belt driven Diavel.

Honda

There’s not much to expect from Honda at EICMA this year, save perhaps for the production version of the CRF Rally. We’d love a new Fireblade but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.

Moto Guzzi

Four new models will be ‘officially’ unveiled at EICMA, but we already know what they are. They’ll be a pair of V9 machines – a Bobber and a Roamer, plus a scrambler and a production version of the MGX-21 bagger concept.

Suzuki

A new GSX-R1000? Pretty please?

Yamaha

Yamaha will actually be unveiling it’s next big secret tomorrow which will be another new bike in the MT/FZ lineup. And if that bike shown tomorrow isn’t the new XSR900, then expect that to be unveiled in Milan also.

 

 

Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Concept Gets The Green Light For Release

Sources are reporting that the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 concept that was shown off at last year’s EICMA event will now be put into production and released later this year. The MGX-21 is based on the Moto Guzzi California and mixes Italian flair with American cruiser and Moto Guzzi obviously thinks it works well enough together to be brought to market.

The MGX-21, which stands for Moto Guzzi eXperimental and 21 referring to the 21 inch front wheel will go into production without many major changes to its concept form. That includes the retention of the large 21 inch diameter front wheel (although expect at least a spoke wheel in place of the current blacked out one).

As stated, the bike employs the same 1,380cc 90° V-twin engine as found in the California which produces 71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm and 120 Nm at 2750 rpm. Mechanically, little else is known about the bike but it’s likely to stray very little from what is already used in the California line up.

Expect the production bike to lose much of its carbon fiber fairings with traditional plastics in their place to reduce costs. But that perhaps will leave the door open for a further special edition down the track. The Moto Guzzi MGX-21 will join BMW and their Concept 101 bagger in showrooms by the end of the year.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

For the North American market only, Moto Guzzi are producing a limited run of 50 examples of the Verde Legnano Special Edition which pays tribute to the 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. That machine was nicknamed the Verde Legnano due to its green paint scheme and is regarded by many as the most beautiful Moto Guzzi ever made.

The 1971 V7 Sport was the first five-speed production motorcycle that weighed 200kg, was powered by a 748cc V-Twin which powered the bike to a top speed of 120 mph. The initial run of 150 motorcycles were given special status with a red frame.

Hence, the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition gets the colorful treatment by way of a lime green tank and painted red frame. Unlike European buyers, the North American market still retains a five-speed transmission but it does now have a new wet flywheel which has replaced the previous dry alternator. The 744cc V-Twin remains unchanged, making 50hp @ 6,200 rpm and 58Nm @ 2,800 rpm. Wet weight is 198 kg (436 pounds)

The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition will arrive in the U.S. in March and will cost $10,999.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition

Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler Kit

Italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi has decided to capitalize on the Ducati Scrambler hype by teaming up with 70Tre to release a kit for the Moto Guzzi V7 roadster and turning it into the Moto Guzzi V70Tre Scrambler. Bet your bottom dollar that within a year there will be more Scrambler bikes than you can poke a stick at.

The Moto Guzzi V7 has been around in one shape or another since 1967. In it’s current form it features a 744 cc V Twin putting out a rather sedate 50 bhp. By all reports however it’s a pleasant bike to ride with good suspension and a flexible motor. The kit from 70Tre which converts the V7 into a scrambler comes with the following:

  • Kit manifolds and exhaust systems
  • Side panels in plastic with aluminum number plate
  • Seat handles
  • Handlebar “Cross”
  • Handlebar bumpers
  • Fork legs protection
  • Metal supports for front fender
  • Headlight protection Tube
  • Headlight protection Grill
  • Protections steel passenger platforms
  • Tank belt in grain leather
  • Tank rack in steel

It’s a DIY kit which includes all instructions and doesn’t require any drilling or modifications to the bikes frame, so you can remove it and sell the V7 in original form if needed. And according to 70Tre, you can mount it easily in a few hours, anyone with a minimum of mechanical aptitude can do it. The kit is compatible with all models Guzzi V7 products from 2008 to 2012 and from 2012 to 2014.

The price of the 70Tre Scrambler kit is € 1.947,00 + VAT but it is expected that the kit will be bolted on to V7’s around the world by dealers and sold as Moto Guzzi’s dedicated scrambler model. Visit 70Tre for more information.