Date:27 October 2012
It’s been five years since Moto Guzzi last had an offi cial presence here. But despite having plenty of lost ground to make up, the Italians showed their resolve with a determined presence at this year’s AMiD Motorcycle Lifestyle Show.
Although now just one of seven brands in the Piaggio stable, Moto Guzzi has a long and distinguished pedigree – with some groundbreaking tech developments along the way – to draw on. And let’s not forget the company’s formidable racing heritage.
The company’s current focus on road and adventure machines is illustrated in its opening salvo: the 750 cm3 V7 Café Racer and the 1200 V-Twin Stelvio NTX Adventure bike.
The HP in the name stands for high performance. With 142 kW on tap, a water-cooled four-cylinder that revs to 14 200 and a dry weight of just 169 kg, we’d expect nothing less.
The HP4, based on the BMW S 1000 RR, is the fi rst 4-cylinder in the HP family. It is intended to be an exclusive ride: each has a unique HP4 serial number engraved in the upper fork bridge. It should be a blast on the back roads. And, of course, it’s track-ready, being the basis for racing BMWs, especially in the superbike and superstock categories.
High-tech features include world-fi rst Dynamic Damping Control DDC in a production bike and Race ABS brakes with Brembo monoblock callipers. The HP4 is also the fi rst bike to feature Launch Control and shift assistant for optimum gearshifts.
The five-year absence of Moto Guzzi seems like the blink of an eye compared with the 25 years since we last saw Benelli on the local market. Established a century ago in Pesaro, Benelli is now part of the Chinese Quianjiang Group. However, it still operates from its original site in Italy.
The five Benelli models include a new Café 600 cm3 and 1 130 cm3 Café Racer, 120 kW TNT 1130, and 1130 Trek and Trek Amazonas.
South African distributor Puzey Motor Corporation has been commissioned to develop a touring version of the Trek model for Benelli Italy in 2013.
Price: from R60 000 for the Café 600 to between R125 000 and R150 000 for the 1 130 three-cylinder models.
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