Unless you’re very previous certainly, there may be one explicit Italian bike marque which has been in existence longer than you.
For this year marks a century of manufacturing of the long-lasting make that’s Moto Guzzi.
Amazingly, the entire magnificent machines to hold that well-known moniker have come out of the identical plant on the shores of Lake Como within the city of Mandello del Lario, in Lombardy.
The Societa Anonima Moto Guzzi was established on March 15, 192, with the aim of “manufacturing and selling motorcycles and any other activity connected to the metal mechanical industry”.
At the plant, the agency created the primary ever win tunnel for use for testing bikes.
It was there in 1955 that designer Giulio Cesare Carcano created the 177mph Otto Cilindri and, between 1935 and 1957, the prototypes which received 15 world pace titles and 11 Tourist Trophies.
In the 60s, after the Stornello and Dingo mild bikes, Moto Guzzi created the 700cc 90-diploma V-twi with Cardan shaft remaining drive.
This grew to become the image of the model by way of fashions together with the V7 Special, V7 Sport, California and Le Mans.
That engine has been continuously refined and advanced ever since and nonetheless options within the V7 and V9 vary, and the V85 TT.
To have a good time the anniversary, Moto Guzzi has launched restricted-version Centenario variations of the V7 and V85 TT.
Theses characteristic color schemes and aesthetics which pay homage to the 1955 eight-cylinder 500 Bialbero with satin-completed tank, inexperienced fairing, a leather-based seat and a gold 100 year Moto Guzzi eagle badge.
The mannequin I’m testing right here is the 2021 V7 Special.
The V7 has been round in varied guises since 1967 when it was powered by a 700cc model of that iconic air-cooled 90-diploma pushrod V-twin.
This mannequin makes use of a a lot-modified model of that very same engine, however for this year it’s now and 850cc.
It’s an important-trying bike, with correct retro styling and which oozes high quality and sophistication.
On board, its relaxed and comfy and the dual, spherical analogue clocks instantly catch the attention.
This bike represents again-to-fundamentals using and there’s minimal digital gadgetry – ABS and two-stage traction management.
It’s a stunning simple bike to journey.
The engine is a magnificence, the gearbox is clean and the dealing with, with low-down weight and light-weight spoked wheels, is superb.
This isn’t any sports activities bike, though there may be loads of energy and torque from that 850.
Rather, the V7 Special is all about fashion, class – and 100 superb years of very particular bikes.
Engine: 853cc V-twin
Max energy: 64bhp
Torque: 54ft lb
Colours: Blue; gray