Moto Guzzi: let’s dive into the company history and its iconic models

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Moto Guzzi: let’s dive into the company history and its iconic models

Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle company established in Genoa on March the 15th 1921 by Carlo Guzzi and Vittorio Parodi.

Since the very beginning, this company had an excellent approach to the Italian motorcycle market and had an incredible wins/events rateo in all the competitions the company took part.

Guzzi and Parodi, thanks to high quality products, style, innovation, and technology were able to rapidly turn their company into a Made in Italy icon in the motorcycle world and, at the same time, gave an incredible contribution in turning motorcycles into what it is today.

While aerodynamics was a key feature in competitions, what made people go crazy about the company was style: motorcycles models like Cardellino, Airone and Galletto had a huge impact on the Italian market thanks to their unique design.

After the war, this company proved itself to be innovative and ahead of time: the company builds two power plants, a radio link to allow communications between Milan and Genoa, and a wind tunnel.

1946 it is an important year for Moto Guzzi which in that year became a joint stock company and released its first two strokes small motorcycle: the Motoleggera 65.

Moto Guzzi trademark is the iconic 90° V-twin equipped on all its modern models. The creator of the first V7 is Giulio Cesare Cercano. Cercano – who joined the company when he was 26 years old – started his journey in Guzzi projecting the 250cc and 500cc for pilots riding with satellite teams. Over the years he created many masterpieces like the 350cc mono bikes that won 5 world championships in a row or the incredible 500cc v8 engine. In 1966, after an incredible career in this company, he decided to go do incredible things with racing boats.

At the beginning of the year 2000 this company becomes part of the Piaggio Group: the Breva, the Griso 1100 and a special edition of the California are released to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company.

From then on this company is in constant motion to keep up with time and technology.

Moto Guzzi: iconic models

A lot of motorcycle models of this brand can be found among the pages of motorcycle history, the most iconic certainly are:

  • Their first mass production motorcycle, produced 1921, the Moto Guzzi Normale which had a 500cc single piston motor and a double cradle frame.
  • The Moto Guzzi 65 which was produced after the war as a symbol of economic revival. This model, also called “Cardellino” is one of the most iconic bikes: it was able to cover a 100km distance with 2 liters of fuel.
  • The Moto Guzzi Galletto which, born in 1950, evolved to have three engine sizes: 160cc, 175cc e 192cc
  • The Moto Guzzi V35 which, produced in two sizes (500cc and 650cc) had a huge impact on the Guzzi’s of the ‘80s
  • The Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 which hit production in 1989 and had a 100hp engine

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