What on earth happened to the ‘middleweight’ motorcycle class, eh? What bloated buffoon sat around a table, probably drinking an expensive, imported and sparkling (fizzy to us) water that decided to percolate from the lower hills of the Himalayas? You know how these boardroom meetings go, and the cost? He or she must now be shot at dawn!
Take a ‘normal’ V-twin, twist it through 90-degree, put it back into the bike frame and what do you have? A Moto Guzzi that’s what! There’s absolutely no doubt that Moto Guzzi has possibly the most distinctive engines in motorcycling and I for one love their ‘in-your-face layout, don’t you?
Wasn’t the good ol’ sixties a marvelous era to be part of? Think of things like the Beatles, Hendrix, mini-skirts and of course ‘free love’, (which means you had sex without ‘investing’ R500 behind the bar), and of course motorbikes. But there were also bad memories, like Vietnam and the end of ‘free love’, for example.
Let’s get one thing out of the way before I start. This bike has THE most advanced suspension of any bike designed for road use, EVER! Now that’s some statement and for some reason it seems the general fraternity of bike riders don’t know this. How do I know, because every time I proudly showed off this gorgeous motorcycle I went into ‘eccentric scientist mode’ and wouldn’t let anyone depart from my company until I told them about Aprilia’s ADD suspension system. And all who listened suddenly became equally impressed and wanted to go and tell their friends what was sitting outside, but obviously not as comprehensively as I did.