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2015-04-02 10:16

BOLD STATEMENT: The 2015 Moto Guzzi V711 Racer comes in six new variations. Image: Moto Guzzi

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - South Africa’s Cayenne group has received its first shipment of the new 2015 Moto Guzzis – among them a range of the most popular V7 II 744 in a six new variations. The company lists them as Racer ABS six-speed, Evan McGregor Racer, Stone, Stone 4, Café Racer and Scrambler.

California Touring and Super Touring models are available in five versions: California 1400, Custom, Touring 2013, Super Touring 2015 and Stone model (Italian Army Replica).

The Griso 1200 and 1200 SE will arrive later in 2015.


The sales director of Moto Guzzi SA and co-owner of the Cayenne Group, Craig Langton, said: “No two identical Moto Guzzi units will be sold or leave the showroom - buyers can each have their very own exclusive Moto Guzzi from any of the models available.”

Langton said there would be free paint jobs, graphics, mudguards, tank colours and conversions as well as a side number or a Shark crash helmet. All bikes will be sold with a free three-year service plan.

The California 1400 range, Moto Guzzi says, is a world ambassador for the brand and “designed with beauty and luxury in mind.

“Everything on the California units help to combine the best of the latest and most advanced technology with the classic style and elegance of the Moto Guzzi brand,” the bikemaker says.

“A brand-new 1400cc engine in the classic transverse V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, anti-lock brakes and traction control are among the key features.”

The California 1400’s turns the rider into a traveller, even over the shortest distances. These machines make every second of the ride an overwhelmingly intense experience, the company says, with a combination of power and pleasure.


Although far less glamorous than the big Californias, Moto Guzzi says, the V7 ll Racer 744cc range is the best-selling Moto Guzzi. With gentle manners and neat retro styling that effectively duplicates that of the legendary Moto Guzzi V7 Sport of the 1970’s, the bike company says, the new V7 series has captured a wide audience that ranges from die-hard Guzzisti to nostalgic sorts who just love the look and sound of the bike.

“Rational daily riders like the V7’s because they’re smooth and practical...an easy everyday ride that’s a touch exotic.”

The V7, the company says, has been significantly updated for 2015 “which means the air-cooled, small-block, V-twin will be with us for many more years”.

The bike, dubbed the V7 II to separate it from the previous model, now has standard anti-lock brakes and traction control; the engine has been repositioned inside the frame and it now has a six-speed gearbox.

*Cayenne World was awarded three "blue chip" brands from Italy’s Piaggio group (Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Derbi) in January 2015. These brands in South Africa, previously owned by KMSA, were recently dropped by the Piaggio group. 

ONE OF 2015’s GUZZIS:  The California Custom 1400 will draw attention.  Image: Moto Guzzi

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