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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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’.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 (1991-2012)

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New price £6,674
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Engine size 744 cc
Power 48 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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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

Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 16.1 secs
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Weight 184 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 58 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 744 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 310mm disc
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 16

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

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    robbobiker

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    28 September 2007

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BillyF

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Problems

I bought a Nevada Classic Sept 2010. It has now spent a total of 8 weeks in the workshop.

Faulty wiring - lights failed.

Faulty fuel injection - backfiring, failure to start, engine cutting out even when warm - parts replaced.

Wing mirrors replaced due to corrosion of silvering.

Clutch failed at 1400 miles - new clutch required - five weeks to get part.

Headstock bearings failed at 2800 miles - require replacement. 

Machine is currently in the workshop, I am in process of trying to get full refund. Dealer support appallingly bad throughout, and have just found out they are severing their ties with Moto Guzzi leaving me over fifty miles from the nearest dealer. I have had enough, though I suspect this won't be an easy route I am preparing for a little legal action.

 

 

 

 

11 June 2011 20:12

bobtheuke

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nevada

I agree with everyone....a brilliant bike......I have a Harley and a 2003 Nevada and i wouldnt sell either.....They are Superb!!!!

21 October 2009 11:47

easyridertez

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moto guzzi Nervada 750

As too my my Moto Guzzzi 2.400 miles now no problems.only prob was the dealer.who messed me about 14 months...for spare part Needed TRUE'

THEY WERE TRYIN TO PULL A FAST ONE.??

 

only problem is is there a aftermarket eingine Bars.

and Back rest luggage carrier.

terry

02 June 2009 12:21

easyridertez

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nervada 750

the nervada is a very classy bike i had since 07. .2000 miles now, no probs.will never sell it.

only fault is lights come on night and day battrey goes very flat if over 12 weeks. if not rode.

centre stand and bandana im brought since..

19 January 2009 00:19

stewartjohn

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Moto Guzzi Nevada 750

First and foremost, the Nevada 750 is light, agile and quick - three adjectives you probably don't associate with cruisers. That relatively light weight keeps the Nevada's performance lively despite a modest 48 horsepower.
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