Most of the cruisers out there today come by way of Japan or the US. Though the Triumph name is making a comeback in this arena, many assume that the Europeans have been consigned to just making sport bikes. However, it only took the renowned Italian manufacturer Moto Guzzi one concept to remind us why that wasn’t exactly the case.
Don’t let the retro look and styling deceive you either. Called the MGX-21, this concept from Moto Guzzi incorporates some of the latest technology available in a motorcycle. Featuring Guzzi’s 1400 cc V-Twin, the new bike features ride-by-wire throttle control, traction control, and final shaft drive control. Advanced instrumentation and LED lights also make sure that, despite the aged feel, this bike is as advanced as any on the road.
Moto Guzzi built this prototype of its California 1400 model, and, to date, they have unveiled two model variants. The first, pictured above, is called the Eldorado. Featuring conservative 16 inch wheels, it hearkens back to the ‘American Cruiser’ theme. The second, pictured below, is called the Audace. The Audace is intended to be more sinister, with a look and feel that is profound, yet stylish.
With a massive 21 inch carbon-fiber disc wheel, and the ominously sweeping body work that encapsulates much of the bike’s rear end, the Audace is certainly unique. Both variants are expected to go on sale in the Us next summer, though pricing has yet to be announced.