Unlike the El Dorado, Audace and Touring SE, the three Moto Guzzi California 1400 variants on display at EICMA, the MGX-21 appears only to be a concept model. At least for now. The avant-garde design seems to pull some styling bravado from Victory, a few cues from Harley-Davidson’s Fat Boy and Street Glide, with an enclosed tail section borrowed from the Arlen Ness style guide.


The rear of the MGX-21 appears to be stylized bodywork and not fashionable saddlebags

Besides using our choice of Best Cruiser of 2013 as the base for this concept, we know little about this MGX other than the 21 in its name seems to represent its 21-inch front wheel. Otherwise, we like the extreme blackedoutness of this bike with its minimal red highlights. Unable to provide further insight, though, we’ll let Guzzi’s press release explain the MGX-21. Lost in translation alert!

“And so, alongside the new Eldorado and Audace, introducing the spectacular MGX-21. Motorcycles built in the grand Guzzi tradition, exploring new territories with a courage and boldness that Moto Guzzi has always had.

“MGX-21 is the emblem, the most extreme summary of this fascinating and courageous project. It is a surprising idea that opens up a new path to touring according the Moto Guzzi. MGX-21 takes and combines elements, seeks out the influence of different cultures but drafts each foundation to lead everything back to the riding experience which belongs to every Moto Guzzi.


“Only those who have very deep roots, those who do not suffer from an identity crisis can afford such an extreme style. Moto Guzzi can dare, can look forward, even far into the future, without uncertainty, without the fear of venturing beyond the frontier. Here is the spectacular 21” front wheel, extraordinarily evocative, here is a new and comfortable environment for the rider, but above all, here is the legendary rideability of a Moto Guzzi.

“And so the MGX-21 project is born with an unmistakable goal: to be a Moto Guzzi “inside,” to always feel the road running beneath its wheels, to always feel the rhythm of the large 1400cc Twin-cylinder between the rider’s legs which, as has been the case since 1921, is hand built on the shores of the Lario and ready for any frontier in the world.”

Well then, enough said, where do we sign up to buy one?


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  • Kenneth

    Thanks! I needed a good laugh this morning.

    • DickRuble

      I am amazed they are in business, but so is HD…

  • An Italian version of the Victory Vision.

    • Kevin

      Am looking forward to your take on the 2015 C14

      • Yawn. Kawasaki needs to step up to the plate. It’s like they sent all their engineers to the H2 project and left the receptionists to design the updates to some of their bikes.

        • Kevin

          Ok good, I was afraid they had gone GM/Toyota/Honda and started having their bean counters do new bike design:

    • Richard Gozinya

      Yeah, but unlike Victory, Moto Guzzi doesn’t need to mount their bikes on stands to take pictures of it cornering.

      • Photoshop?

      • John A. Stockman

        Photoshop or not, you CAN have a motorcycle that offers decent, real-world cornering clearance, enough rear suspension travel to actually work, and not have all the focus and marketing yak-yak on a low seat height. 25 degrees of lean angle is ridiculous, so is 2″ of rear suspension travel. Ditch the disc front wheel and lose those stupid-looking plates by the pegs. Let us see the bike, the engine and the frame…nothing wrong with that. And I agree about the dealer network; over 100 miles from me, and even then, they only have a couple models on the floor.

  • allworld

    Going out of business since 1923……….. exploring new territories with a courage and boldness that Moto Guzzi has always had.

  • Old MOron

    Well, it goes like an old Streamliner.
    It might as well look like one.


  • T. Vasquez-Barrios

    No saddlebags? How can it a “bagger”?

  • Kevin

    The Flying Nun faring reminds me that I haven’t been to Mass in a while, oh well I’m sure the Vatican is happy with the effort:

    • Richard Gozinya

      Wouldn’t that be the Griso? I’ll never forget seeing that YouTube video of a Griso spanking a Diavel on the track. The Griso’s cornering abilities compared to the Diavel are absolutely ridiculous. Especially considering they’re close to the same size.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Dale: Flash, I love you! But we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!

    I do like the Guzzi California 1400, but it is nowhere to be seen. I don’t know of any dealers within well over 100 miles from me. I stopped at Guzzi dealer in Daytona FL duringrecent Biketoberfest and they didn’t have one in the store! They really need to expand it’s non existing dealer network or it’s back to obscurity no matter how much praise moto publications give it.

  • Goose

    I guess this clears up any doubt abut my being weird but I actually like most of the bike. Ditch the pipe wrap, disc front wheel and the stupid pieces of plate holding the pegs and I could go all the way to I like it.

  • Sue_Zan

    This thing is so ugly it even makes HD look good! Who does their market research, and where?

  • Derrial

    I will buy a Moto Guzzi, I will not send my hard earned income to Tokyo so they can afford whale meat… I think a Moto Guzzi has so much more appeal than a Harley and I’ve owned 4 of them !!!

  • Derrial

    Absolutely beautiful, those that don’t like it have not eye for design…

  • Bill

    Just hope they finally rubber-mounted the engine!!!

  • Trkwp

    The bike has long legs. The previous California was capable of doing 105 mph for an hour on the autostrada and did so. In comfort I might add.