A grand turismo intended to have all the fun of a naked sportsbike but with all the protection of a tourer.
The windshield is electrically adjustable and although it is possible to change it whilst moving, the location of the buttons would seem to suggest that Moto Guzzi prefer you do this at a standstill. It's a nice touch and another 'included' option.
Other practical features include 12 volt external power socket, side and centre stand, intergrated pillion grab handles and room to easily fix a sat-nav system (a TomTom was available to use on the press bikes). Fuel capacity is 23 litres.
The colour-matched panniers keep the same shape as before but apparently have improved stability and water resistance. I can't imagine why anyone would design a side pannier that isn't water resistant but I guess they must have done at some point?
The analogue clocks are easy to read and the onboard computer/digital dash gives you the all the time and normal trip functions you would expect.
Moto Guzzi wanted this bike to be perfect so that their customers would not feel the need to change to alter anything. In fact, the only extra options available are a alternative gel seat (which lowers the seat height 30mm from the standard 810mm) and a top box.
By including all the normal extras as standard, production at the factory is kept simple and they can concentrate on producing complete bikes, rather than running an accessories department.
So for your £11,549 you get ABS, heated grips, side panniers and the electric windscreen. It's a great package and if you're looking for a competitively priced tourer that will be easy to live with whilst having a bit of character it's well worth a look.
Become a fan of Visordown
Follow us on twitter
Other Immediate Media Sites
Our eCommerce Platform
© Immediate Media Company Ltd 2012. This website is owned and published by Immediate Media Company Limited. www.immediatemedia.co.uk