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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