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Moto Guzzi are on the up and up these days. Another test from Kevin Ash

Twenty-five years ago, if you wanted a touring bike, you bought either a BMW or a Moto Guzzi. Both shared the air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine layout with along-the-bike crankshafts and shaft drive that was ideal for serious distance riders.
BMW always kept a touring option in their line-up, but Guzzi last did something like this with their 750 three quarter faired model. My father had one and loved it, despite its tendency to rust and the somewhat dubious electrics.

Now Guzzi are back with what looks like a very nice machine.

It is very clear that this time around Guzzi does know precisely what it is doing. This impression starts as soon as you see the bike, which has a purposeful, thought-through mien and no suggestion that it is just a Breva 1100 with some bodywork added;
This puts it in direct competition with BMW (R1200RT), Yamaha (XJ1300) and Honda (Pan European). It is a good couple of thousand pounds cheaper than all of them - the BMW is the next in price at about £10k. You can get the Yamahas discounted in the UK, but the Honda remains well ahead price wise and less well specified than the BMW in standard trim.

My next bike will still probably be a BMW, but the Guzzi deserves to do well.
 
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