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Moto Guzzi National Tour Showcases Best-Ever Model Line

"Italian Eagle" invites riders to experience authentic heritage, modern technology

By Arianna Summers, Jun. 20, 2007
NEW YORK, June 20, 2007 - Moto Guzzi, the legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, has been designing and crafting classic Italian bikes for over 85 years - longer than most any other manufacturer.  Now, American Moto Guzzi enthusiasts have a chance to see and experience the "Italian Eagle's" most advanced model line ever, including the all-new Moto Guzzi Norge sport tourer and the radically styled Griso techno cruiser.  The mobile showcase is currently headed to dealerships and events in over a dozen major markets across the U.S.

Moto Guzzi demo rides offer a unique opportunity to compare how a motorcycle with authentic Italian heritage, proven reliability and unique styling can turn heads at the next European motorcycle gathering - or even on Main Street.

"Moto Guzzi has never been in a better position to bring back past owners and draw new riders to the brand," says Rick Panettieri, Moto Guzzi USA brand manager.  "We are enjoying exceptionally positive product reviews for our new models and our growing base of over 120 U.S. dealerships makes it easier then ever to see what enthusiasts are already buzzing about."

The Moto Guzzi mobile transporter features the complete 2007 Moto Guzzi model line, including the company's homage to .  In addition to getting the chance to ride one of the new Moto Guzzis, guests who arrive early have a chance to qualify for a special gift. All riders with a current driver's license, appropriate motorcycle endorsement, and riding helmet, eyewear and apparel are invited to attend.


The tour is scheduled for the following venues:

June 22-24:    AMA Flat Track Race - Joliet, IL

July 13-14:    Erico Motorsports - Denver, CO

July 20-21:    Pike's Peak Moto Guzzi - Colorado Springs, CO

July 27-29:    AMA Vintage Days - Lexington, OH

August 6-12:    Sturgis Rally, Hersruds of Sturgis - Sturgis, SD

August 16-19:    Moto Guzzi National Owners Club Rally - Houston, MN

August 24-26:    Steelhorse Classics - Williamsburg, VA


Moto Guzzi on Tour: The 2007 Model Line

Norge 1200 - Moto Guzzi's premier sport tourer is ready to ride, cross-town or cross-country.  Built to deliver superior comfort and safety, the Norge's modern Italian styling, reliable performance and leading technology create the ideal adventure companion.  The full fairing follows the lines of the bike for an integrated, modern design while the windshield is adjustable for optimal aerodynamics in different riding conditions.  A generous double seat means plenty of room for a fellow traveler.  The many standard features include an Anti-lock Braking System.

Griso 1100 - The Griso's radical styling makes it the Moto Guzzi of choice for anyone who wants power, comfort and a thoroughly individual statement. Designed to stand out in any crowd, the Griso sizzles with style and cutting-edge technology.  From its long, low profile to advanced technical features like a tubular frame, imposing V-twin engine, compact reactive shaft drive swing arm, and massive exhaust and tail pipes, the Griso is ready to rock.  The bike's upright riding position and wide handlebars add absolute control and confidence.

Breva 1100 - Moto Guzzi's entry in the Naked class combines Italian racing heritage with the all the technology and performance required for spirited riding.  The Breva 1100 features a comfortable anatomically-molded double seat, neatly integrated into the gas tank for a thoroughly modern, sport appearance.  The power is put to the pavement through Guzzi's patented compact reactive drive shaft.

Breva 750 -  Along with the Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic, the Breva 750 is an excellent choice for first-time or height-challenged riders.  As the smaller sibling to the Breva 1100, the Breva 750 may give up a bit of displacement, but it makes up for it with absolute ease of handling and ride enjoyment. Unlike other entry levels or low seat-height choices, the Breva 750 doesn't retain weight, hamper handling through limited steering ratios or add other challenges.  Instead, this fun-to-ride and easy-to-own Naked bike inspires confidence.

California Vintage -Moto Guzzi honors its legendary past with this retro-styled cruiser.  The California Vintage is tailor-made to enjoy on the open road, featuring a low seat as comfortable as an armchair, tall windshield to tame the elements and ample saddle bags for storing the necessities.  The new 2007 California Vintage recalls the heritage of the fully-equipped, chrome-adorned motorcycles that once patrolled the roads for the California Highway Patrol and police departments all over the US. The 90-degree V-Twin, air cooled engine, imported from the Breva 1100, provides solid performance

Nevada Classic 750 - This easy-to-ride entry level custom cruiser is another excellent alternative for anyone learning to ride - or seasoned riders who want a classic look without the high cost of other customs.  Italian soul, timeless styling, plenty of standard features and a low 30-inch seat height make the Nevada 750 the perfect introduction to motorcycling, Moto Guzzi and low-maintenance riding.


About Moto Guzzi and Piaggio Group Americas

For more than 85 years, Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of world's most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. The company was founded in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello del Lario,
Italy, where the motorcycles are still manufactured today.  Moto Guzzi has notched up no fewer than 3,300 racing wins including 14 world GP titles, 22 world records and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the course of its long history.  For more information on Moto Guzzi's complete U.S. model line, visit www.motoguzzi-us.com <http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/>

In December 2004 Moto Guzzi became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world's most recognized and respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.

With over 6,700 employees, an annual production of more than 680,000 vehicles, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated leadership in the European 2 wheeler market.  Its production includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands.

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Jeff Perlman; Brandware Public Relations (Los Angeles)
jperlman@brandwaregroup.com
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