Monday, June 18, 2007

Cruising the Italian way: Moto Guzzi Bellagio

An Italian Harley-Davidson? Moto Guzzi have you covered...

We think Italians do sportsbikes best – cruisers are best left to the Americans. But still, for those who have been holding out for an Italian Harley-Davidson, the new Moto Guzzi Bellagio ‘custom cruiser’ will be in showrooms in Europe by the end of June.

Powered by a 90-degree, 936cc v-twin that makes 75bhp at 7200rpm, the Bellagio is highly unlikely to offer any substantial performance – relaxed cruising is more like it. Likewise, the double-cradle steel tube chassis will not encourage cornering heroics, but at least the single-sided aluminium swingarm (which incorporates the traditional Guzzi shaft drive) looks cool. Kind of.

If you are prepared to spend about US$17,500 on an Italian cruiser, you can get more details on the Bellagio on the Moto Guzzi website here. And read Kevin Ash’s riding impression of the bike on The Telegraph website here.

The Moto Guzzi Norge 1200. Beating BMW at their own game. At least in Spain...

In the meanwhile, the Moto Guzzi Norge sportstourer has won Motociclismo magazine’s 2007 Motorcycle of the Year Award. More than 36,000 readers participated in a survey conducted by this Spanish motorcycle magazine, and the Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 was voted the winner in the ‘Granturismo’ category, followed by the BMW R1200RT in second place. The ‘Cruiser’ category was won by the Harley-Davidson Night Rod, followed by the Moto Guzzi California Vintage and the Bellagio in second and third places.

Some Italian bikes we love...
The very fast, very expensive MV Agusta F4 CC
Naked and gorgeous: The MV Agusta Brutale 910R
The funky new world of Benelli...
The very cool Ducati Hypermotard!
The awesome Cagiva 500 grand prix racer
The US$80,000 NCR Ducati Millona. Superb!
The very beautiful Ducati 1098

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