2010 Moto Guzzi Concept Bikes
Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche
capture the essence of Moto Guzzi and inject it into
motorcycles to drool over, designed with one thing
in mind: pure riding pleasure.
Miguel Galluzzi e Pierre Terblanche - two of the
most brilliant motorcycle designers of all time -
teamed up to present us with their styling exercises
centred around the very essence of the Moto Guzzi
brand - its legendary in-line twin-cylinder engine.
The V12 prototypes have been developed around the
1,200 cc 4-valve 90-degree V-twin from Mandello, so
much so that they were even named after it.
This is Moto Guzzi's tribute to the one engine that
turned the "Italian eagle" brand into a
myth of motorcycling and to its unique character.
It is a statement of Moto Guzzi's commitment to keep
developing and improving its flagship engine for the
years to come.
Pierre Terblanche's prototypes stand out for the
minimalist design of the aluminium casting frame embracing
that true masterpiece of mechanics. The frame compact
dimensions make for a simple, neat layout. Tank, saddle
and tail are integrated into a monocoque structure,
an unconventional example of the fine art of design
combining technology, style and practicality.
The overall impression is one of striking neatness,
a sight unseen in the motorcycle industry: there is
not a single cable left in sight, not a single off-key
detail to be found. Such uncluttered appearance and
compact size would simply be unthinkable without the
sleek layout of the Guzzi twin-cylinder engine. Quite
a paradox, if one considers the exuberant personality
of this engine.
The V12 models are true to the Moto Guzzi tradition
and its commitment to innovation that goes back nearly
9 decades. Moto Guzzi is back to the quintessential
Italian bike (so much so that all labels and indications
are in Italian), a statement of style combined with
technology. Rather than on performance for performance's
sake, the focus is on showcasing the mechanics, on
essential design, on the pleasure of owning a unique
motorcycle and - of course - on riding fun, thanks
to its eager engine and amazing chassis.
The prototypes feature innovative details and solutions,
like the concept bikes they are. Noteworthy are the
cutting-edge rear suspension of the V12 LeMans, the
LCD “rear-view mirrors”, the LED light
units, the “suspended” passenger footpegs
and the heat sinks.
1- MOTO GUZZI V12 LM: This is the
Italian sports bike reinvented, true to the legacy
of the legend of Le Mans it is named after. This bike
is for those who want an exclusive motorcycle to ogle
and to own for the utmost riding pleasure. The bike
provides excellent performance under all riding conditions
and easy rideability for all to enjoy. Like the other
two versions, the V12 LM combines luxury details (height
adjustment for top fairing and handlebar) with innovative,
yet well-proven components.
2- Moto Guzzi V12 STRADA: This is
the essential bike and the most versatile model in
the V12 range. Perfect for everyday commuting, comfortable
for two-up riding, with perfect naked ergonomics.
The touring-style handlebar is matched by the generously
sized tail fairing capable of accommodating a comfortable
passenger saddle. The V12 Strada sports a range of
technical solutions and aesthetic details built around
the Moto Guzzi twin-cylinder engine, that would have
been unthinkable with a conventional engine layout.
The passenger footpegs are connected to the swingarm
through a linkage system and look as if they were
floating in air, enhancing that sleek, uncluttered
look that is at the core of the styling concept.
3- Moto Guzzi V12 X: this is a "one-of-a-kind"
motorcycle, true to the character of the Guzzi twin-cylinder.
The focus is on riding fun, and is enhanced by its
aggressive design. The V12 X is the motorcycle for
aggressive riders that begs to be pushed to the limit.
Born to show off and fun to ride, this motorcycle
is in a category of its own. Its spirited personality
is highlighted by the aggressive riding position,
a sports-like chassis set-up, longer suspension travel
and a rev happy engine.
Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X are three
extraordinary Italian motorcycles. In the words of
Miguel Galluzzi, Manager of the Piaggio Group styling
“There is an impalpable, yet very real force
in the history of Moto Guzzi. It lies in the ideas
and in the unrelenting research work that led Moto
Guzzi to build its tradition on innovation.
Mentioning all the accomplishments of Moto Guzzi
and their significance in the history of the Italian
motorcycling industry would seem like indulging in
some kind of vain celebration. Throughout its history,
Moto Guzzi has put forward a unique concept of motorcycle.
Everything started with an idea, and new ideas have
always been the lifeblood of the "Italian eagle".
The prototypes showcased today are only the beginning:
such unparalleled care for detail and neat design
would be unthinkable without our twin-cylinder engine.
Keep an eye on Moto Guzzi because this is just the
first step. We are back to relying on ideas, and we
have plenty of them. This is just the beginning”.