Moto Guzzi's triumphant SA return
CHOOSE YOUR RACE, ADVENTURE: The 750cc V7 Café Racer will be one of the star displays on the Moto Guzzi stand at the upcoming AMiD show.
Iconic Italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi has returned to South Africa after an absence of more than five years.
The first two new models to arrive in SA will be showcased at the AMiD Motorcycle Lifestyle Show at the Johannesburg Expo Centre over August 24-26.
It was announced in June, 2012 that Associated Motor Holdings' subsidiary KMSA had taken over the distributorship of Moto Guzzi, alongside another famous Italian motorcycle brand, Aprilia.
Motor Guzzi, established in 1921, has long been a trend-setter in the Italian motorcycle industry. It is claimed to be the first motorcycle manufacturer to use a wind tunnel in its research and development, as well as being the inventor of the centre stand.
The manufacturer also has a long racing history: the brand has collected six World titles and won “more than 3000 official races”, the company said.
More recently, Moto Guzzi’s efforts have been concentrated on road and adventure motorcycles, including the 750cc V7 Café Racer and the 1200cc V-Twin Stelvio NTX Adventure bikes that will be shown at AMiD.
Aprilia will also show a full range of motorcycles at AMiD, including two new models, one of them the 125cc RS4 four-stroke, state-of-the-art machine with a quad-valve cylinder head and twin overhead camshafts, a six-speed gearbox and a die-cast aluminium frame. It’s the first 125cc sports machine built by Aprilia and a race replica model built to resemble the 1000cc RSV4 superbike will also be shown.
Aprilia will also display the most powerful maxi-scooter in the world – the 850cc SRV. Powered by a V-twin engine developing 42kW, it is styled on the lines of the Aprilia superbike and, according to the company, "is set to redefine the limits of scooters”.