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Moto Guzzi V12 concept - new pictures

Pierre Terblanche 2011 concept motorcycle shows hi-tech manufacturing that meets old school Italian Moto Guzzi twin-cylinder lump.

Pierre Terblanche concept motorcycle

THESE are the first studio photos of the Moto Guzzi V12 Le Mans concept.

Visordown brought you first pictures of the Pierre Terblanche-designed Moto Guzzi back in November last year when it went on display at the Milan Show.

The bike's a futuristic step forward for Moto Guzzi with a monocoque chassis made from rotational moulding nylon polymer that incorporates the airbox at the rear.

Other neat stuff includes a hinged fuel tank that opens via remote control to reveal some handy storage space, a rotary steering damper, a rear shock located on the swingarm and rear view cameras.

Sadly, all this technology is weighed down by Guzzi's massive V-twin lump.

Moto Guzzi History

Moto Guzzi, are an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer still in business. Moto Guzzi are owned by Piaggio & Co. SpA, who are Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer and the world's fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer by unit sales.

Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its central historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide motorcycle racing, and a series of industry innovations — including the first motorcycle wind tunnel and the first motorcycle eight-cylinder engine.

Model History

Moto Guzzi models currently in production include the Moto Guzzi Breva, Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic and Moto Guzzi Bellagio standards; California cruiser; Griso sport/standard hybrid; Norge 1200 sport tourer/GT; 1200 Sport and MGS-01 Corsa sportbikes; Moto Guzzi Stelvio dualsport.

Moto Guzzi has made a number of historic racing and military motorcycles. The historic racing heritage is best epitomized in the Le Mans model range, still held today to be a styling masterpiece and motorcycle design as an art form.

Through various periods of its history, Moto Guzzi has produced models specifically for military and police forces. Notably, the Italian police and military and various US police departments (e.g. LAPD) have used Moto Guzzi bikes in their fleets. Guzzi currently markets police versions of model range — the Breva (all three models) most commonly, as well as the Norge, adopted by Berlin police.

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