Moto Guzzi Delivers Italian Elegance at GP of Americas
During the 5th Annual Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Moto Guzzi exposed its 96-year Italian heritage to a wider audience at the track’s Fan Zone.
Located near Turn 12 along COTA’s ¾-mile Back Straight, the Eagle brand brought along its 2017 lineup of cruisers, V9 and V7 motorcycles, highlighted by the all-new MGX-21 Flying Fortress.
The MGX-21 is Moto Guzzi’s answer to the American bagger scene. The bike, boldly launched on Main Street at 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, delivers a performance-forward attitude to the world of baggers. With its 1380cc traverse 90-degree V-twin that produces 97 horsepower, modern electronics including ABS, 3 power modes and cruise control, and blacked-out styling, the MGX-21 evokes elegant Italian performance to the minds of modern bikers.
The MGX-21, adorned by red valve covers and a 21-inch front wheel donning a carbon-fiber center, garnered endless looks during 2017 Austin MotoGP weekend, which attracted 130,000 spectators throughout its three-day event.
Besides the Miguel Galluzzi-designed MGX-21, participants got to throw a leg over three other Moto Guzzi cruisers that each cater to different attitudes: the touring-forward California 1400, the elegant Eldorado, and the urban-loving Audace.
The V9 Bobber and V9 Roamer also landed at COTA with their 850cc air-cooled V90 powerplants that produce 55 horsepower and over 44 ft/lbs of torque. Like the cruiser lineup, each V9 model offers something unique for different rider attitudes.
The V9 Bobber caters to the urban rider who prefers blacked-out styling and small doses of chrome, whereas the V9 Roamer takes a more traditional approach with its classic colors and copious chrome accents.
Just as many moto-centric participants inside COTA’s Fan Zone took notice of the V9 lineup, they also got to experience the V7 III, which builds on the legendary platform that debuted 50 years ago. Revamped with more powerful air-cooled 744cc, 90-degree V-twins, all three models - Stone, Special and Racer - now produce 52 horsepower and 44 ft/lbs of torque.
Staying current with the modern Moto Guzzi trend, each V7 III also caters to different rider personalities, from the subtle-styled Stone to the classically-styled Special to the café racer-styled Racer.
The Moto Guzzi staff educated many participants on the V7 III’s new chassis that offers better handling and stability, and the new electronic suite, which arrives with 3-level traction control (including off) and two-channel ABS.
The new V7 III is available with smartphone app compatibility, allowing riders to view a host of riding data, such as speed, rpm, horsepower and torque output, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration, and extended trip computer.
Throughout the GP of Americas weekend, the Moto Guzzi staff stayed passionately busy explaining the finest details and story behind each bike.
That’s the beauty of the Moto Guzzi brand and its rich lineage. No matter what type of two-wheel event, from MotoGP to Sturgis, participants never get bored with the truly unique experience that defines the Eagle brand.
Be Unique. Be Moto Guzzi.