Thursday, September 29, 2016

Moto Guzzi MGX-21 is now ready to rock and roll

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Dark, stylish and a bit heavy. No, that's not a former Italian male model who now eats pizza. It's the new Moto Guzzi MGX-21 touring bike, and we think it's not too bad...

The last post we did on Moto Guzzi was way back in November 2015 and that was about the California 1400-based MGX-21 ‘bagger.’ Ten months later, the MGX-21 is all set to hit the showrooms and Moto Guzzi have released more pics and details of the machine. Earlier, we hadn’t really been too impressed with the MGX, though it seems to have grown on us and we now think it’s not too bad. The MGX, essentially a large touring bike, is powered by Guzzi’s Euro 4-compliant 90-degree 1380cc transverse V-twin that produces 97 horsepower and 121Nm of torque.

The MGX gets full ride-by-wire throttle management and three riding modes – Veloce, for full power and maximum response, Turismo, for smoother and a bit more relaxed power delivery, and Pioggia, for scaled back power delivery for low-grip road surfaces. There’s also 2-channel ABS, an advanced traction control system with three different levels of intervention and a cruise control system. The instrument panel has a monochromatic dot-matrix display, a USB and Bluetooth compatible music player, LED DRLs and even bits of carbonfibre – the front mudguard, the fuel tank panels, the side pannier covers and the engine cover are all CF!

The Moto Guzzi MGX-21 rides on a large, 21-inch front wheel (with carbon covers), which Guzzi claim makes the bike more stable at higher speeds and also helps improve ride quality. High handlebars, forward-positioned footrests and low, 740mm seat height complete the touring bike package. And for lone wolves, you can install a carbon cover in place of the passenger seat, which we have to say makes the bike a bit more stylish. (Then again, what’s the point of having a stylish, sexy motorcycle if you can’t take a hot chick with you on the back seat…?)

Moto Guzzi say that the MGX’s double-cradle steel tube chassis now uses larger diameter tubes along with reinforcing plates, which makes it stiffer. That, with Guzzi’s elastic-kinematic engine mounting system eliminates vibrations, though the bike’s large V-twin – the largest ever produced in Europe, claim Guzzi – still rumbles like the manly mill it’s supposed to be. Yes, the bike also weighs a manly (beastly?) 341 kilos dry, so you decide if you’re up to the task of managing the MGX. If you are, its 20.5-litre fuel tank will keep you rolling – and rocking – for a long, long time. Pricing and availability details coming soon.

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