RideApart 20: Miguel Galluzzi

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This week, Jamie visits Miguel Galluzzi at his Pasadena home to talk motorcycle design. In addition to penning the original Monster and the new RSV4, Miguel is responsible for paving a way into the future for Moto Guzzi.

  • Speedo007

    Great work guys!

  • http://madebyfred.com fred vg

    that was beautiful

  • AHA

    Pearls of wisdom. Great stuff – makes you realise more about why you like the world on two wheels. Also a great reference to Figoni and Falaschi (Or Phoney & Flashy in Philistine.)

  • Khali

    You know that moment when youre riding alone, on an empty road, just you and your bike, having plain simple fun. This video evocated that moment.

  • Scott Jameson

    Fortunate & interesting man, that Miguel.
    Right sidebar over-rides video on my Chrome.
    Copy ‘n paste video URL, watch on YouTube.

    • Jasiek Wrobel

      Fixed now, it seems.

  • DucMan

    Wow. Just, wow! You guys keep getting better and better. Bravo! As a proud owner of a 1997 Ducati Monster, the original, I am very grateful for this. As an artist, as a breathing soul, i am grateful for this. THIS is what LIVING is all about.

  • Darragh McDermott

    i look forward to these rideapart videos every week… keep them coming

  • Mykola

    Good show! A detail I liked was the two Ruckuses(?) In the driveway as an implicit counterpoint to the NC700X Galluzzi was undoubtedly picking apart in the shiny mag.

  • nightscout13

    Moto Guzzi is the Ducati of December 22st…

  • Corey

    I really do wish this was longer. The episode with the least amount of riding is one of the most fascinating. I hope Piaggio continue to utilize his talents in all of their brands.

  • http://twitter.com/andehans Anders Hansen

    Lovely, just lovely.

  • Vladimir Šor

    One of the best RideApart episodes! Awesome!

  • Chris Davis

    Best episode yet in an awesome series. More Galluzzis fewer Z800s.

  • Markkit

    I heard him speak and I agree 100% with what he’s saying about too much plastic. I especially don’t understand why ‘adventure’ bikes like the GS 1200 and KLR have so much plastic.

    Sure this interview seems like a big scoop. But I think its a PR stunt instead.

    Because I also know that Miguel is responsible for the Cagiva V-Raptor 1000 and the 2013 Aprilia Capo, and both bikes are styled with plenty of plastic parts. So I think this interview is probably a PR stunt to sell more Moto Guzzi’s.

    I think Miguel like most people likes fast looking plastic bikes, lets face it its the easiest way to create form and what old school automotive designer isn’t emotionally driven by form language over function?

  • RT Moto

    Awesome episode!! Dude is very passionate about what he feels concerning motorcycles. I could of heard him speak longer than what you put together. Keep up the great content.

  • Silvaire

    My thought is that Galluzzi quit Piaggio to return to Art Center in Pasadena to teach, and that Piaggio talked him into retaining a figure head role with them. Just an educated guess. He did iconic work at Cagiva but the philosophy he expresses here and in previous interviews is directly opposed to the kinds of plasticky, life limited bikes Piaggio and Aprlia (with their scooter background) design and sell. I agree 100% with the points he makes.

  • Velofelo

    Perhaps the best part was the music, or maybe the lack of thrash metal or whatever. Thanks for that. As a designer (architect) I agree with much of what he says but must acknowledge the earlier comment that this certainly seems a lovely promotional for Guzzi. Although having owned (and crashed and burned) a Le Mans I am totally on board with that.

    • Telemachus_1

      Very good point about the music. I so despise virtually all of the culture that revolves around motorcycles. It is almost ridiculously crass and plebeian.

  • TreMoto_Armsdale

    I was wondering why he had those excellent 3 way studio reference monitors and also those crappy computer speakers, then I saw that he has copies of Propellorhead’s Reason and Steinberg’s Cubase on the shelf next to his millions of copies of Car Design. Looks like he still has that musician’s heart even if he didn’t get that drum set for his birthday.