Details: Moto Guzzi V12 strada concept

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The Moto Guzzi V12 Strada concept is the third member of the trio that also includes the Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans and Moto Guzzi V12 X and, like those bikes, these exclusive photos are first time we’ve seen it in a studio. The roadster-like Strada combines technical features seen on both those bikes, but includes some pretty neat new stuff too.

Flyscreen: included in order to mimic the shape of a traditional motorcycle headlamp, but then corrupted by the tiny LEDs hiding behind it.

Oil Coolers: there’s actually two oil coolers and a rectifier hidden behind the screen. The screen is open on the sides, allowing cooling air to reach the coolers.

Suspension:  like the Strada it’s all current production spec stuff, indicating these two are very production-realistic.

Brake Lines: routed through the bars, then behind the headstock for a clean, simple look.

Pillion Seat: reminiscent of the rear wing on the Le Mans and the Strada, it’s neat to see this shape interpreted into something more practical while providing a clear visual link between the trio.

Footpegs: check out the pillion pegs, they’re mounted to the swingarm via a parallelogram linkage that isolates them from the swingarm’s movement. Complicated, but it eliminates the huge, ugly peg hangers.

LCD Screens: fold flat when the bike is off, then rotate open when you turn it on.

Centerstand: look closely and you can see the front-hinged centerstand wrapping around the sump, just like the Strada.

Frame: made from rotational moulding nylon polymer, like the Le Mans and Strada.

Tank/Seat Unit: this hinges at the front and opens via remote control, like the Le Mans and Strada.

Heat Sinks: the finned metal sections on the sides of the engine aren’t oil coolers, their heat sinks just like you’ll find on your computer and on the Le Mans and Strada.

Rearview Cameras: Pierre says these are 100 percent production feasible with a reasonable cost, like the Le Mans.

Filler Cap/Start Button: the big aluminum disc on the tank is the filler cap, the smaller one is the push-button starter.

Make sure you check out our interview with Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche on the future of Moto Guzzi.

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  • fazer6

    This one I like.

  • Hoosier

    Definitely my favorite of the bunch!

  • Oleg

    Very nice, aside from the conventionally placed shock. If they make on of them it definitely should be this one.

  • Bald Shaun

    The only one of the three that makes sense to me visually. Slap a more conventional headlamp on the production version and sign me up!

  • Richard Gozinya

    I really like this one. While it has all the cool funky high tech, it also has a more classic shape. More in line with the v11 than with the more scattershot approach Guzzi’s been taking in recent years. There’s been a connection between the three, but they all stand out in their own way. Granted, they’re still concepts, so anything can happen between now and when they’re released, but it looks like there’s going to be a fairly high parts commonality between them.

    Nice way to offer different flavors of the same basic bike, and keep their own costs down. Hope it works.

  • Sean Tempère

    Incredible bikes, all three, the only thing that i think is pretty strange (besides the gadget cameras and remote crap but those thing may be hopefully optional) are the cheap fluid reservoirs on the handlebars. Why go to all the trouble to hide (or remove) the cables, clean the pegs (very nice btw), just to put two horrible plastic bottles right in front of the bike!

    Besides that, i wouldn’t mind owning a strada for weekends with the lady and an X for commuting… Puts even more emphasis on the lack of inspiration pouring out of that new ducati, just trying to cover a new marketshare. This is innovative, and fun!

    • Oleg

      Sean, I am reasonably certain that on this bike the reservoirs are painted metal.

      • Sean Tempère

        Indeed, i posted on this thread about the three bikes but the reservoir comment was mainly about the X where the reservoirs are painfully visible. It’s an ugly element you get used to on bikes but seeing the level of ingenuity that got into the design it’s shocking that they left those untouched…

        Just my opinion, but anyway would i have the cash and the room in my garage i would get one or two of these in a heartbeat…

  • Sasha Pave

    Holy crap gorgeous!

  • robotribe

    I concur with the rest so far; it’s the best of the three prototypes because it’s the most polished balance of convention and cutting edge. I love the 60/40 relationship of motor to “everything else”, respectively.

  • Johndo

    Where do I sign?

  • MotoRandom

    Oh yeah!!! I have to go with the consensus here. Easily the best of the bunch. Paint it black and darken the motor components and this baby goes on my moto-lust list. I could live with a bike like on this on a daily basis. With all due respect to the horsepower junkies, I love the thumpy torque and rumble of big V-twins. Stuff one in an exotic frame my interest goes way up. This bike wears its mechanicals proudly out in the open while seamlessly blending some very sexy body work. The other two are nice, but very busy visually. The Strada is just clean and mean. My Italian is weak-to-nonexistent but I believe the word is “bravissimo”.

  • DarmahBum

    Sweet dreams are made of these,
    Who am I to disagree …..

  • Michael

    Shit, the pack is not wrong on this Goose. This bike is JUUUUUST RIGHT.

    It’s a modern roadster without reaching into the past for the hackneyed, “neo-retro,” look.

    (Cough – HD Skirster 1200 ’48 – Cough)

    The design details of the three bikes are very busy. But unlike the Le Mans and Supermoto variants, the Strada design was tastefully (thankfully) halted before the any extraneous crap could be slapped on. The end result is the logical conclusion that should have been reached, but was overshot by the other two bikes.

    One of the things I notice with transverse V-Twins is the visual dominance of the engine. The jugs are out there for all to see and, unlike BMW’s Boxer, the heads sit high and proud. That’s probably part of the reason robotribe mentioned the 60/40 engine/bike ratio.

    I am pretty damn sure Moto Guzzi has a 2009/10 BMW R1200R, which they are using as a benchmark for this bike. The comparisons are unavoidable. As long as the V12 Strada handles and stops as well as the Beemer, and makes around 115-125 hp; it will be a winner. It’s already a winner stylistically.

  • MTGR

    I’ll agree this is the most conventional looking of the three, and it looks good, and is therefore the safest option.

    Personally though, I like that the other two are a little edgier and push the Guzzi image a little further from the safe zone. I would still opt for the Supermoto myself.

  • MTGR

    I think all three models would look a bit better if they blacked out the shrouds hiding the muffler/s.

    Make that big engine sump stand out a little more and balance the black to aluminum lookig components similar to how they alternate on the rest of the machines.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    “Heat Sinks: the finned metal sections on the sides of the engine aren’t oil coolers, their heat sinks just like you’ll find on your computer and on the Le Mans and Strada.”

    This is what we used to call “air cooling” back when your dad was in diapers. The radiator and engine were combined into one novel unit, which simplified the path of heat from the core of the engine to the air.

    The seat/tank opens via remote control? I hope this means by a cable release like an automotive hood/trunk/gas flap, otherwise, I’m not owning any bike that has a key fob to pop the top. I reserve judgement on the rear view camera/screen setup until I see just how Bayformers they are. Yes, that also means how quickly they explode in a fireball.

  • Ray

    I agree that they are too cluttered. I love my V11 Sport for its integrated design, simplifying underlying complexities, which made it a nice contrast to the Monster. I don’t think the design is more advanced that the MGS-01, which certainly suggested these variants, which seem to have extra embellishments tacked on to them arbitrarily.

    These seem like interim positions, too. MG has offered so many wonderful bikes that deserved evolutionary refinement, (Norge, MGS, V11 LeMans) but because of the lack of competent service and a dealer network, they all withered on the vine. I’m tempted to say they ought to refine and evolve rather than redesign every 3 years in the hope they will revive the brand. I think what is happening is that they are losing their identity and losing traction with all the furious design and redesign. The essence of Guzzi is design panache built upon a utilitarian platform, not the other way around.

    The motor would seem a better candidate for a makeover – there are already craft shops manufacturing 4V overhead cam heads. And the internals need a serious evolutionary redesign and lightening of the internals, much of which is still from the Ambassador era.

    Terblanche’s legacy has been a conceptual designer who speaks to curators rather than appealing to riders. I don’t any of his designs finding their way in to the vernacular language of motorcycle design, mostly hypothetical tangents, plasticky add-ons seemingly derived from computer design.

    I will say that my Sport has been very reliable to 25,000 miles and 8 years, and I haven’t particularly missed the dealer experience, finding very good support online.

  • MV ROB

    make it happen and ill make this one mine!

  • MTGR

    Didn’t this motor just get a major makeover, complete with 4 valve heads and lightened internals, a couple years ago?

    Second version of the Griso was already running it and if I recall that 8v motor was claimed to spank a Ducati Hypermotard (motor-wise, at least) so the motor is likely not in need of much updating to work well.

    Unless you want to liquid cool it, which definitely would put off most Guzzi fans I know of.

  • Ray

    Still pushrods and the enormous automotive-style flywheel and clutch cases. Think it needs to go on a big diet like the GS Beemer did a few years ago. MG has been parasitizing BMW forever, benchmarking their products to them too long. This doesn’t seem so functionally different than the Griso, which is an elegant and innovative design, but of limited utility, not really an all-rounder. Leave liquid cooling to be the differentiation with Aprilia.