Thursday, March 19, 2009

More pics: 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic, Griso 8V, Nevada 750

The 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic. Back to the 1970s again...

Pics: Motoblog

Moto Guzzi have released more pics of the 2009-spec V7 Café Classic, Griso 8V and Nevada 750. They don’t look much different from the 2008 models, but, then… these bikes could just as well be from the 1960s, 70s or 80s…

We won’t get into the poetic PR-speak issued by Moto Guzzi, but here’s a quick look at the tech specs of each bike. The V7 Café Classic is fitted with Guzzi’s 744cc transverse v-twin that makes 49 horsepower and 55Nm of torque. The gearbox is a five-speed unit, the chassis is double-cradle tubular steel, the bike rides on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels and dry weight is 182 kilos. Brakes are Brembo items – single 320mm disc at front, with four-piston callipers, and 260mm disc at the back, with single-piston calliper.

Of all the bikes Guzzi make today, this - the Griso 8V - is the one to have!

Next up is the Moto Guzzi Griso 8V Special Edition, which is powered by an air-cooled 8-valve 1,150cc transverse v-twin that makes 110bhp at 7,500rpm and 108Nm of torque at 6,400rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and top speed is around 230km/h. The front fork is a 43mm USD number, while the adjustable rear shock is from Boge. Brakes are Bembo – twin 320mm discs at front, with radial-mount four-piston callipers. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with Pirelli Scorpion tyres, and dry weight is 222kg. With its blend of café-racer styling, powerful engine and high-spec suspension, this, in our opinion, is definitely the pick of the current Guzzi crop…

The 2009 Moto Guzzi Nevada 750. Yucky...!

And finally, the worst motorcycle that Guzzi make – the Nevada 750. It looks like a Japanese-made Harley-clone from the 1980s and we can’t imagine who would want such a machine. The bike is powered by the same 744cc engine that does duty on the V7, but rides on 18-inch (front) and 16-inch (rear) wheels. The gearbox is a five-speed unit, the bike weighs 182kg dry and as for the rest, really, who cares!

The coolest Guzzi ever? For us, it has to be this 850 Le Mans III from the 1980s. How can a company that made something that looks like this, also make the crappy looking Nevada 750...?!?
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