Moto Guzzi V12 LeMans concept, Terblanche returns with a masterpiece

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Moto Guzzi is for old fogies. Moto Guzzi have lost their way. Slow, fat and lifeless. Ugly and boring. Terblanche can’t design his way out a paper bag. For all of you who have ever said any of the above statements, you can now collectively shut up. Pierre Terblanche’s V12 LeMans concept is beautiful. It is easily on par with his other iconic design that shaped over a decade of motorcycle design, the SuperMono. We’re babbling now. We’ll stop. Full press release after the jump.


Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche capture the essence of Moto Guzzi and inject it into motorcycles to drool over, designed with one thing in mind: pure riding pleasure.

Miguel Galluzzi e Pierre Terblanche – two of the most brilliant motorcycle designers of all time – teamed up to present us with their styling exercises centred around the very essence of the Moto Guzzi brand – its legendary in-line twin-cylinder engine.
The V12 prototypes have been developed around the 1,200 cc 4-valve 90-degree V-twin from Mandello, so much so that they were even named after it.

This is Moto Guzzi’s tribute to the one engine that turned the “Italian eagle” brand into a myth of motorcycling and to its unique character. It is a statement of Moto Guzzi’s commitment to keep developing and improving its flagship engine for the years to come.

Pierre Terblanche’s prototypes stand out for the minimalist design of the aluminium casting frame embracing that true masterpiece of mechanics. The frame compact dimensions make for a simple, neat layout. Tank, saddle and tail are integrated into a monocoque structure, an unconventional example of the fine art of design combining technology, style and practicality.
The overall impression is one of striking neatness, a sight unseen in the motorcycle industry: there is not a single cable left in sight, not a single off-key detail to be found. Such uncluttered appearance and compact size would simply be unthinkable without the sleek layout of the Guzzi twin-cylinder engine. Quite a paradox, if one considers the exuberant personality of this engine.

The V12 models are true to the Moto Guzzi tradition and its commitment to innovation that goes back nearly 9 decades.
Moto Guzzi is back to the quintessential Italian bike (so much so that all labels and indications are in Italian), a statement of style combined with technology. Rather than on performance for performance’s sake, the focus is on showcasing the mechanics, on essential design, on the pleasure of owning a unique motorcycle and – of course – on riding fun, thanks to its eager engine and amazing chassis.

The prototype features innovative details and solutions, like the concept bikes they are. Noteworthy are the cutting-edge rear suspension of the V12 LeMans, the LCD “rear-view mirrors”, the LED light units, the “suspended” passenger footpegs and the heat sinks.

MOTO GUZZI V12 LM: This is the Italian sports bike reinvented, true to the legacy of the legend of Le Mans it is named after. This bike is for those who want an exclusive motorcycle to ogle and to own for the utmost riding pleasure. The bike provides excellent performance under all riding conditions and easy rideability for all to enjoy. Like the other two versions, the V12 LM combines luxury details (height adjustment for top fairing and handlebar) with innovative, yet well-proven components.

  • RT Rider

    Piaggo bought Moto Guzzi and has ruined the brand. They ignore the dealers and now they are not going to import the Norge for 2010. Moto Guzzi is a classic motorcycle with a loyal following and it is just to bad the Piaggo got involved. I had a 2007 Norge and it was a wonderful bike. A joy to ride and you can’t beat that sweet Guzzi sound.

    • hoyt

      I’ve read about some troubling times, but you can’t ignore the recent news and acquisition of Terblanche.

      The red LM appears to be a great evolution of the Ghezzi-Brian frame/airbox idea.

      As the press release discusses…this is super “clean” yet full of character and parts to behold.

      I’d like to see a less pointy tail, but otherwise I could be letting go of my beloved V11

    • DaineseDan

      If you mean ruining the brand by saving it from dissapearing from the planet, then I agree. You must be a recent Guzzi owner if you think things are bad now. Piaggio has done wonders for the ailing marque! You should have been around during the Aprilia years, or even better, when they were still a stand alone brand! The reason the Norge isn’t coming to the states is because it didn’t sell, not becuase Piaggio has some agenda. I wouldn’t cry about not being able to get one model in the line up when up until Piaggio pumped some cash into them, you couldn’t get a single part from Italy without shedding blood! I think the brand is on the right track by modernizing and updating without losing the Guzzi flavor and design language. Quality control, fit and finish have improved ten fold, so now they just need to continue bringing exciting models like the Griso, Stelvio and what you see here to market. Perhaps another Gentlemen’s Express ala the old Daytona’s but with updated styling and running gear? I’d be on that like white on rice.

    • simon

      Ni Piaggio, no Guzzi…

  • Tom Neel

    I could have one if I wanted.

  • Lowell Goss

    Kudos to Piaggio for breathing real life into Guzzi’s dying brand. The new Terreblanche concepts are fantastic. Too bad the new Multistrada doesn’t have the same creative energy behind it.

  • W

    One of the oil coolers (I think?) at the steering head is mounted at the wrong angle. Terblanche is going to be cranky…

  • DaFoxx

    Is it just me, or does that rear tire look ginormous?

  • Anders

    Puh! Build it now!

  • Stacy

    I’m digging that V7 Clubman Racer just a lil bit more, but I still think this is one sweet looking bike.

    That hinged gas tank/seat/tail assembly is the bee’s knees.

  • Jeff

    Love it!!! Guzzi build it with a nice aero quarter fairing (ala the MGS) and I wouldn’t care what it cost or that it probably wouldn’t keep up with the hypersports liter bikes out there (I own a 1098) I’d fricken buy it tomorrow.

  • Wes Siler

    I look forward to figuring out how that rear shock works.

  • powermatic

    Sorry-that Reach For The Stars tail section ain’t doing it for me.

  • DF

    I’m really diggin these concepts. All three of them.

  • EdB

    I don’t see it. Why not just build the MGS01? The pure and perfect MGS01.
    Like all concepts this looks like things are about to fall off it,
    unnecessary things that you might not even notice were missing..

    • Ben Part

      Here here EdB

      I think these All look like bad manga toys.

      Pierre Terblanche has done Great things in the past (inc Supermono Yes), but these upset my tummy. Stop please I’m going to be sick.

      • Grant Ray

        Ben, I think it’s time to crawl down from that attic and get some fresh air.

  • Ray

    I’ve got a V11 Sport. I love it. These seem to spell the death-knell for MG as a brand, pitting it against KTM, Duc,and Aprilia without any distinguishing character. Their strength was their integrated design vs the Monster, and this seems not all that distinct, not really much different than another BMW copy; really this one is seemingly an HP2 knock-off.

    The MGS is still more exciting than this and would have brought more people to the brand. MG’s appeal is its traditional look and function. That’s the gas tank, that’s the seat, that’s where you put the gas. And the motor supplies the character, not some design exercise. This seems like novelty for novelty’s sake, and I think the market is coming back to their traditional cafe racer outlines. Radical design shifts every three years is not going to bespeak reliability. Terblanche’s MultiStrada is looking more MGS-like after they undid all his formalism anyway. I predict MG will fold into Aprilia altogether if this keeps up, seems to be cannibalizing Aprilia. Still too Breva-like….

    • hoyt

      hey Ray..
      Give this bike the rounded tail section of the V11 (while still being connected to the “hood”) and a normal headlight. Then, this bike will be most of everything I wanted the MGS-01 to be..

      here is a photoshop of what I was hoping to be the successor of the V11 a few years ago…

      Don’t you like the frame/airbox combo of the show bike above?
      ( the pointed tail & headlight can stay on the show bike)

  • R6 Power

    Beautiful motorcycle. Please build it and bring it on the market with little changes to the original!!!

    The headlights and the clean seat units are just amazing…

  • Kidchampion

    I don’t like it. Making the back appear like the ass of a cat in heat is not sexy, to me. But I don’t really like cats.

  • KCB316

    When are we going to get the next true sport touring machine form Moto Guzzi ??? My 1997 V10 Centauro remains my dream machine and frankly quite untouchable by these new “wanna-beasts”…

  • El jedi

    Now that is a FRESH look!!!

    Love it, hate it, its about time the Guzzi boss’s
    made a step forward, and what a GIANT step it was for Guzzi-Kind.

    The v7caferacer “Throw back” is a great marketing concept, except thier using an engine/swing-arm that no Guzzi’est ever truly enjoyed, other than an oddity you’d spend your weekends fixing.

    The MG V12Lemans: If it can Go like it LOOKS, I’ll be one happy jedi… And to whom do I send the check?
    It looks like it would HANDLE like my Ghezzi, which besides my beloved Tonti framed Lemans, is the best handling Guzzi set up I’ve come across and enjoyed. The 90′s Daytona/1100sports never handle right, and as much as I love my V11s, its never handled that amazing either (arse to high in the air and the frame flex’s).
    The one bike Guzzi has done right is the Griso/Norge/Stev settup…
    …But none of them has really brought Guzzi into the Future of Motor Cycling, where as the Bikes that MADE Guzzi Legendary, The Post war Racers and all thier victories, the V12, the El Do’s, the V7′s, the Lemans I, II, III, and even the long line of Cali’s. Those were Legends, and they were what put Guzzi’s in the hearts and souls of riders around the world.

    I say keep enjoying and collecting the Guzzi of the past, But more so, embrace Guzzi future. So that we can continue to enjoy Moto Guzzi’s and ride thier “Next” generation of Legends.

    Dear Moto Guzzi, you build the V12Lemans, and I’ll buy it, that simple, Mahalo (thank you).

    El jedi

  • Isaac

    WOW! This concept is just jaw droping. I know the FGR900 Ohlins forks and the GP/SBK only Marchesini’s won’t make into production. Still this bike is very beautiful! If it did come with all that; this bike would most likely command a price of not less than 40k. The forks alone are 16k. I only wish it were chain driven however that would NOT stop me from buying this bike. Looks like Guzzi is showing the Italians how to design bikes again!

  • Pdub

    Bravo Terblanche!

  • angel

    No way. And you know it.
    Take the sport 1100. thats the last real guzzi.
    Why MG doesnt keep that in line and in store?
    Why try to keep up with hte latest gay PC project?

    What a shame