MOTO-GUZZI NEVADA 750 (1991 - 2012) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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’.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front brake||310mm disc|
|Rear brake||260mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 18|
|Rear tyre size||130/90 x 16|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||58 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||48 bhp|
|Max torque||42 ft-lb|
|Top speed||110 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||16.1 secs|
|Tank range||175 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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
Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI NEVADA 750 (1991 - 2012)
2 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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I'm old and short. I've had dozens of bikes in my long biking career, but I thought I'd have one final sensible fling. The bike had to have a low seat height because I have trouble lifting my leg over (don't laugh, it's serious). Also it had to carry her indoors on summery evening gallops over the French countryside. These requirements narrowed my choice down to a toss-up between a Yamaha Virago 1100 and a Moto Guzzi 750 (maybe a 'Stone' or a 'Nevada') - a Harley V-Rod would be nice but moths in wallet ruled it out. In the end I plumped for a 3700kms Nevada for €3500 from a charming lady rider. No regrets.
Very good all-rounder. Very comfy for us short leggies. Might be a bit cramped for long leggies.
I thought the pathetically small horsepower figure of 48bhp would be a big negative, but...surprisingly, she pulls okay, even two-up. What she lacks in high rev power, she makes up for with torque. Fuel injection is smooth.
So far, no problems. Quality is impressive.
Looks glorious in red. Comfy riding position and saddle. Bought a pillion 'seat back' thing for madame.
Buying experience: Bought privately from a charming lady biker. Advertised for €3950 and bought for €3500, then fitted a new battery and did an oil change.
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.