First Impression: 1997 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro - Motorcycle.com
If you're familiar with Greek mythology, you'll know that the Centaur was a half-man, half-horse beast. While Moto Guzzi's all-new V10 Centauro doesn't exactly fit the Greek description of its namesake, it sure is a hell of a lot of motorcycle.
First, what can you say about its unique design? Like Ducati's M-900 Monster, this bike is styled to provoke an intense emotional response. With its striking silhouette and yellow/metallic gray dressing the Centauro attracts a host of curious bystanders. Some are drawn to its unique styling, others turn up their noses. Love or leave it, Moto Guzzi's Centauro slaps you in the face and demands that you take notice.
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This new Guzzi is powered by a 992cc air-cooled, eight-valve transversal V-twin engine with single overhead cams. Basically it's the same engine as found in the Daytona, with a few horses taken off the top to improve mid-range grunt. Cams are driven by a pair of silent, to
The real fun begins when you climb aboard the Centauro. Start the engine and listen to that beautiful sound from the pair of Lafranconi exhaust pipes. In spite of its 493 pound dry weight, the Centauro moves nimbly in city traffic, thanks to its torquey powerplant that allows you to forgo frequent shifting.
Even with its imperfections, Moto Guzzi's V10 Centauro is a beast to be reckoned with. Ride this machine and you might indeed become half man, half iron-horse. Set your imagination free and watch reality disappear in the mirrors! A new mythological creature has been born.
Manufacturer: Moto GuzziModel: 1997 V10 CentauroPrice: ,000 (Spain)Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC 4-valve, transverse 90-degree V-twin, 4-strokeBore x stroke: 90 x 78 mmDisplacement: 992 ccCarburetion: Weber Marelli fuel injection; digital controlTransmission: 5-speed (Cardan shaft)Wheelbase: 58.1 in. (1475 mm)Fuel Capacity: 4.75 gal. (18 L)Claimed Dry Weight: 493 lbs. (224 Kg)Max. Speed (as tested): 139.8 mph (225 km/h)
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