Guzzis break cover

Old Bike Australasia - - OLD BIKE OUT ’N’ ABOUT -

At a func­tion in Syd­ney on Au­gust 28, Aus­tralian Moto Guzzi dis­trib­u­tor John Sam­ple Group un­veiled the latest line up of the big v-twins from Man­dello Del Lario. At 9pm the wraps came off the new Au­dace and the El­do­rado that we pre­viewed last is­sue. Both fea­ture the new 1400cc en­gine, “the largest v-twin ever man­u­fac­tured in Europe”. Moto Guzzi de­scribe the Au­dace as “Os­ten­ta­tious, pow­er­ful and fierce”, with new front forks and a car­bon fi­bre mud­guard. Very dark and brood­ing, the Au­dace is to­tally de­void of chrome plat­ing, and is the first Moto Guzzi model to carry Euro 4 ap­proval.

The El­do­rado, on the other hand, is de­signed to re­flect the her­itage that goes back to the orig­i­nal model of 1972, when the new 850cc model re­placed the Am­bas­sador. The white pin strip­ing is cer­tainly rem­i­nis­cent of the orig­i­nal model, as are the spoked wheels and fat white wall tyres. The new model fea­tures an ul­tra-low 740mm sad­dle height, with gen­er­ous floor­boards and big swept back han­dle­bars. A com­pre­hen­sive range of ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing leather side pan­niers and leather tank bag, is listed for the El­do­rado. Watch for a test of both mod­els in OBA soon.

Dark beauty.

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