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Find any information you need on any Moto Guzzi motorcycles for sale from reviews to parts.  All the popular Guzzi models, including the Guzzi 750, Guzzi 1000 and Guzzi 650 and all other Moto Guzzi motorcycles are listed below to help you find news, advice, products, MotoGuzzi motorcycles for sale and more.

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The oldest European manufacturer with continuous production, Moto Guzzi has gone through a number of different business owners and structures since it was originally founded in 1921, and is currently part of the Piaggio group of brands. It has a particularly glamourous origin as the plan of two pilots and one mechanic whilst serving in the Italian air force during World Word 1. Sadly one of the pilots, Giovanni Ravelli, who was already a famous pilot and motorcycle racer, died just days after the war ended, but when Moto Guzzi was founded in 21, he was commemorated by the eagle logo.

The first bikes were powered by a horizontal single motor, and Moto Guzzi went racing to promote the company with factory rider Stanley Woods claiming a double victory in the 1935 Isle of Man TT, and before the company pulled out of GPs in 1957, they’d claimed 5 consecutive 250cc world championships between 1953-1957. Following a financial decline, the company ended up in the hands of state controlled receiver SEIMM from 1967-1973, but despite shifting towards cars and mopeds during this period, engineer Giulio Cesare Carcano designed the air-cooled 90 degree V-twin which is so identified with Moto Guzzi.

By the time the iconic 850 Le Mans was released in 1976, SEIMM had been bought by De Tomaso, giving them ownership of Moto Guzzi and Benelli. In 2000, it was acquired by Aprilia, but financial problems led to the assembly closing for a short period in March 2004, and the eventual sale to Piaggio.

In addition to racing success, Moto Guzzi has also been known for a number of innovations, including the first linked brakes, the first rear swingarm suspension (in 1928!), the first V8 motorcycle engine, and the first use of a wind tunnel amongst other things. Moto Guzzi models have also been used by a number of military and police forces, particularly in Italy, and various U.S police departments such as the LAPD.

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