MOTO-GUZZI NEVADA 750 (1991-2012) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A modest cruiser which is a surprisingly competent all-round bike"

Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 motorcycle review - Riding

"A modest cruiser which is a surprisingly competent all-round bike"

  • At a glance
  • 744cc  -  48 bhp
  • 58 mpg  -  175 miles range
  • Medium seat height (760mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 is a modest cruiser which is a surprisingly competent all-round bike as well as an effective posing tool. It’s one of Guzzi’s older generation of bikes and has had very few updates since 1989 but it doesn’t matter. It’s excellent round town, works over distance with a  screen fitted and has a charm the Japanese could never match.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Low weight and a well thought out, if not particularly high-tech, chassis means the Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 is a cruiser that handles well. Moto Guzzis have always been nifty movers for cruisers and the Nevada attacks bends with a vim that few Japanese cruisers can match. Braking is modest but effective as the bike’s not too heavy.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 has a transverse V-twin like all recent Moto-Gizzis. It’s distinctive with a cylinder sticking out of each side. Power is modest but a medium sized potion of torque is available from low revs making it a relaxed bike with enough zip to stay ahead of city traffic. There’s some vibration but it’s never a problem and reminds you you’re on an unsanitized ‘real bike’.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Patchy. Some old die hards can coax massive mileages out of their Moto Guzzi Nevada 750s with next to no problems. But others get ridden by novices and maintained by mechanics who don’t understand the (admittedly simple) machines and these can throw up the odd problem. Corrosion can ravage an unloved machine.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The small cruiser market is quite hard-fought. Yamaha have been making good bikes in the form of the 535 Virago and 650 Drag Star since the late 80s. Harley Davidson themselves also produce decent smaller capacity customs which out-cool the Guzzi. A nice example for reasonable money. Find a Moto Guzzi Nevada for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

Various models of the Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 are available from the bog-basic Club version which is pared down and is only available in black to the better equipped standard and Club models. There’s plenty of accessories to boost the machine’s ability, especially in terms of weather protection and luggage capacity. Shaft drive is convenient.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI NEVADA 750 (1991-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Under-rated Fun

28 September 2007 by robbobiker

The Guzzi Nevada (and Nevada Classic ie which is the current 2007 model) must be just about the most under-rated bike on the planet. I have the Touring model with fuel injection and tasty crash bars, Guzzi hard panniers and a screen. The 750 V... Read more twin is surprisingly smooth with the only vibes kicking in at the top rev range, which isn't worth using anyway because peak torque is around 3500 to 5000 rpm. The riding position for those under 5 feet 11 inches is just about perfect, with a comfy seat, bars that the hands fall on completely naturally, with no wrist or elbow ache at all. The pegs are not too far forward or back. In a word: Excellent. Now here's the surprise: For me it handles BETTER than my previous bike - a Kawasaki ER6F! There's a little adjustment available for the rear shock and after a bit of tweaking the little Nevada corners better, brakes better, is more stable over white lines, cats eyes and drain covers and though the 48 HP is not stella it is enough to have a lot of fun on the twisties and you can tour all day at a comfortable 80-85 mph. I personally love the tear drop tank and general shape though the screen slightly spoils the classic Guzzi lines. Strengths: Beautifully balanced handling, comfortable, reliable and full of character, plus very smooth throttle. Weaknesses: You have to keep on top of the cleaning as some of the silver coated plastics can show pitting and the shiny bits can rust if you don't keep them spotless. I have no idea why some bikers write-off these lovely machines. OK the technology is not cutting edge but this bike has bags of character and is a joy to ride. Sports bike junkies need not apply but for sensible riding this is the most fun you can have with a semi-cruiser which is lighter and more flickable than any Harley or heavy lump cruiser by the Japs.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1991
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £6,674
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Specification
Engine size 744cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 760mm
Bike weight 184kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 310mm disc
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 16

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 launched in the UK.
2002: Updates including 40mm front forks, headlight and improved gearbox/clutch.
2004: Carburetors replaced with fuel injection.

Other versions

Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 Club: Base model, available from 1998-2003. Two piece seat, black only.
Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750IE: latest model with fuel injection.
Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 Touring: as classic but with hard panniers, passenger backrest, touring screen and centre stand as standard

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