2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress First Ride Video Review

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

A stylish entry into the bagger market

2017 moto guzzi mgx 21 flying fortress first ride video review, The Moto Guzzi MGX 21 aka the Flying Fortress Moto Guzzi s take on the American bagger the MGX is a stylish design exercise powered by a 1380cc transverse V Twin pumping out 95 horsepower and nearly 90 lb ft of torque It s a high revving cruiser which in itself isn t something you normally say about cruisers
<p>The Moto Guzzi MGX 21, aka the Flying Fortress. Moto Guzzi’s take on the American bagger, the MGX is a stylish design exercise powered by a 1380cc transverse V-Twin pumping out 95 horsepower and nearly 90 lb-ft of torque. It’s a high-revving cruiser, which in itself isn’t something you normally say about cruisers.</p>

The MGX–21 Flying Fortress is Moto Guzzi’s fourth variation on the California 1400 platform. Given the additional stresses that a bagger with a fork-mounted fairing puts on a chassis, the fact that Guzzi felt it was necessary only to beef up the rear subframe says something about how stout the frame was in the first place.

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX–21 Flying Fortress First Ride Review

Moto Guzzi’s first step into the bagger fray comes in the form of a high-zoot, carbon-fiber bodywork with attention-getting bright red highlights. The MGX makes a strong first impression with its 21-inch cast wheel that has a shapely carbon cover installed along with a carbon front fender. While the fairing itself isn’t carbon fiber, the semi-matt surface treatment of the black plastic combines with the similarly colored paint on the fork covers to give a multi-tonal play on black surfaces. The fairing’s angular lines pull the eye back over the sleek tank to the swooping arcs of the hard bags. The red cam covers call attention to the fact that the MGX is not a cookie-cutter V-Twin.

While the 1400cc engine (1380cc, to be exact) is smaller than many other entries in the bagger class, the Guzzi never feels underpowered. The 90° transverse V-Twin’s torque pulls well off the line with smooth, glitch-free power delivery. Though the cruise control can be a little fiddly, the MGX is a great platform for counting off the miles. During the summer months, the plentiful air flow around the fairing will help keep both the rider and passenger cool. The small bags limit carrying capacity for long tours, though.

Moto Guzzi’s first entry into the world of baggers made a strong statement about style, performance, and price. With a MSRP of $21,990, the MGX–21 weighs in quite competitively. Take a look at the video below to see how good the MGX looks in action, and then go read our full review here.

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  • Old MOron Old MOron on Aug 24, 2016

    Aye, nice video production. And if this is your style of bike, the Flying Fortress seems like a good one.

  • Derrial Derrial on Aug 26, 2016

    Evans, I bought a California Touring after watching your review on it back in July of 2014.

    In fact I purchased the bike in Seattle and drove it across country to New England in early May of this year. It was an epic adventure which I thought I was well prepared for until I hit the road and almost immediately hit temps in the 30's & 40's to a balmy 100 degrees in Death Valley.

    There was every kind of weather imaginable along the route from rain and snow to hail and scorching heat...

    More than once I said "what the heck am I doing" but right now it's all I can think about; I have this urge to get back on the Guzzi and do it all over again and I can't imagine doing it on any other bike.

    I have to say the Guzzi ran flawlessly, it never skipped a beat. A couple of days I did over 600 miles and I'm still amazed at how smooth and dependable this motorcycle is.

    Thanks for the reviews and rest assured people do buy bikes based on motorcycle.com's reviews!

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    • Buzz Buzz on Aug 26, 2016

      That's a great story. I have a Custom and don't plan on any cross country journeys on it but it has been a great motorcycle.