Moto Guzzi V12 concepts win design award

V12 Strada, LM and X recognized for best design

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 18, 2009
Moto Guzzi won a design award for its three V12 concept motorcycles at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

Motorcycle Design Association President Glynn Ker presented the award to Moto Guzzi’s parent company Piaggio for the V12 Strada, V12 LM and V12 X concepts, recognizing the three models as “the best motorbike design in the world of two wheels”. Lopez Dario, a representative of Piaggio’s design team, accepted the award.

The three V12 concepts share several design elements and are based on the same transversely mounted 1,151cc four-valve 90 degree Twin engine. The products by former Ducati designers Miguel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche, each V12 model have the tank, saddle and tail integrated in a monocoque structure. The passenger foot pegs are attached to the swingarm for a floating “suspended” appearance.

The Moto Guzzi V12 LM has a flip-open top.

The V12 LM has an adjustable fairing and uses cameras and LCD screens instead of mirrors. The seat and gas tank flip open with a hinge located at the front of the gas tank revealing the top of the frame, though it isn’t clear what purpose that serves.

The V12 Strada is more of a daily commuter with touring-style handlebars and larger tail fairing for passenger riding.

The V12 X offers a more aggressive design with a sports-like chassis set-up, longer suspension travel and aggressive riding position. The X also has a banana-seat similar to the one seen on the Aprilia Mana X concept from the 2008 EICMA show.

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