MOTO-GUZZI BELLAGIO 940 (2007-2012) Review

Published: 07 June 2007

"For a roadster/cruiser it's undeniably stylish, well-equipped, has a fruity motor, fun handling and is good value, too"

Moto Guzzi Bellagio motorcycle review - Riding

"For a roadster/cruiser it's undeniably stylish, well-equipped, has a fruity motor, fun handling and is good value, too"

  • At a glance
  • 935cc  -  74 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  155 miles range
  • Insurance group: 14 of 17
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  • Low seat height (780mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It’s been a long time since new models from Moto Guzzi were anything to get excited about and although there’s nothing radical or inspiring about the Bellagio, and it’s still mostly been assembled by raiding the parts bins, for a roadster/cruiser it’s undeniably stylish, well-equipped, has a fruity motor, fun handling and is good value, too.

 

Watch the Moto Guzzi Bellagio take on the Triumph Speedmaster and the Harley-Davidson Nightster

 

 

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Bellagio is far better than your average custom. The Bellagio has decent suspension, brakes and tyres, steers sweetly yet is comfortable and smooth and is a pleasure to hustle around. It’ll run rings around a Harley Sportster, for example.

Engine 4 out of 5

Outwardly nothing new, but the Moto Guzii Bellagio's 940 displacement gives the lie. Based on the smaller (and now modernised with Guzzi’s CARC anti-reaction shaft drive plus glitchless fuel injection) the big bore V-twin manges that rare feat of being both flexible and zesty. A peach, albeit a heavy one.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Just a few years ago Guzzi’s quality was rightly damned and their reliability wasn’t much to shout about either – that’s all changed under, firstly Aprilia and no Piaggio ownership. Quality of the Moto Guzzi Bellagio is up there with (almost) the best from Italy and recent bikes have had no reliability woes worth mentioning.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At first glance the Moto Guzzi Bellagio is nothing special. And the bulbous tank is a love/hate affair. Get beyond those, howevere, and the Bellagio is corking value – as long as you can persuade yourself to resist the Harley badge. Find a Moto Guzzi Bellagio 940 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Despite a fairly Spartan outlook, peer closer and you can’t fail to be impressed by the quality of the components of the Moto Guzzi Bellagio: Alloy rimmed Excel wire wheels; beefy Brembo brakes, quality Marzocchi suspension plus quality switchgear, instruments and mirrors adds up to a classy package.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI BELLAGIO 940 (2007-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI BELLAGIO 940 (2007-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

My first thoughts of owning a Moto guzzi bellagio 940 luxury. Road test and review.

09 July 2015 by vinnychoff

Seat height is a little low for me. Could be a bonus for some one else. Sound of the standard pipes is quiet. Changed completely with a set of Mistral performance pipes. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
600 miles was the longest trip on the bike. Mine had the luxury comfort seat. It is a comfortable bike with a relaxed seating position. Handling in the beginning was terrible until I found some one had altered the settings. Putting them back to standard and then changing a couple of notches improved it dramatically. Brembo brakes could not be faulted.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is great as it is so simple to service. Tappets are easy to adjust with no tools. Twin fuel injection. Air filters easy to get to. Only the oil filter which you have to take the sump off takes a little time. I researched Moto Guzzis and found several sites with older models that had done over 250000 miles. On a standard engine. I think taking the sump off aids to making sure the engine is clean of any foreign build up.I have an older California II 1982 and its engine looks the same as the bellagio
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
It failed on a blown fuse and a dirty battery connection. It would be hard to mark it down on items that are normal service items. The actual bike started on the press of the button in all weathers.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Value and Running costs on the bike were very low. I maintained the bike myself and carried out servicing. The dealer serviced it before I took it away and I carried out two services. Only the cost of air filters, oil filters, rocker gaskets, diff oil etc was changed. Very simple to service as the tappets do not need any special tools.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I would have liked a rev counter all though it is the type of bike that you do not need one. Mine came with the Moto Guzzi oem leather saddle bags and did not like wet weather but looked great and was very handy with the inserts that just pulled out.
Buying experience

I bought from a dealer. I could not haggle as they sold as quick as they advertised. I think if you have one they will be appreciating in value as there are not many of them. When I advertised mine for sale it was sold very quickly

4 out of 5

Quality problems???

02 December 2008 by eerkan

Otherwise ok and nice to drive but the speedo / odometer does not work in the rain. Factory says they are sorry but nothing can be done even if there is a factory warranty valid for the bike. A bit confusing attitude? Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Fantastic !!!!!

02 December 2008 by dahalagris

Ive owned this bike now for 1 year ive clocked up 3500+ miles on it and as my title says i think its Fantastic !!!!! but 1 thing i wish it did have though was more accessories i really want a rear hugger for it but cant find one not even at skidmarx... Read more :(

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Sex on wheels

21 October 2008 by sapperk9

Owned for three days and 1000km svc due! A rider's machine. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Bellagio 940

07 October 2008 by smartr

I purchased the Bellagio new in the spring and it is my 1st Guzzi. All I can say is wow what a great bike. Bought primarily for a sunny sunday afternoon cruise the bike is so much more than that. Superb engine, which, through the twin exhausts sounds... Read more just fantastic and makes you want to rev it hard. It also has the handling and brakes to match. All the components are good quality and the riding position is relaxed. recently did 600 miles on the bike in 24 hours on a mix of motorway and mountain roads and it handled everything really well. Although naked it was very comfortable on the motorway at 80-85 ish and the saddle is very comfortable. Tank range is 170 miles+ (although anoyingly the fuel light comes on at about 130 miles)and I very easily managed full 150 mile+ motorway stints non stop without any discomfort. In the mountains it was great fun with really good handling. If you want the looks of a cruiser but the handling and comfort of a sport tourer this bike ticks a lot of boxes. I have also not yet seen another one on the road so you get exclusivity as well!! So far it's been very reliable so would happily recomend and can now see what all the fuss is about when you meet fanatical Guzzi owners!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £6,999
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 57 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Specification
Engine size 935cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 8v transverse V-twin, six gears
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 224kg
Front suspension 45mm forks, preload and rebound adjust
Rear suspension Single shock with preload and rebound adjust
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brake 282mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Moto Guzii Bellagio launched.

Other versions

None.

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