Guzzi’s amazing V12X Concept will be seen in Britain for the first time at the Carole Nash MCN Show. It’s one of three design studies based on the latest version of the 1200cc transverse-mounted air-cooled V-twin that’s as much a part of the Guzzi brand as the eagle on the tank.
The V12X is a simplistic road-orientated supermoto machine intended to give a glimpse in to Guzzi road bikes in the near future. It was co-designed by Miguel Galluzzi (the genius behind the original Ducati Monster and the Aprilia RSV4) and Pierre Terblanche (who created the Ducati Hypermotard as well as penning the controversial 999 superbike’s shape).
Surprisingly, the bike is close to production readiness – details like the lights and rearview cameras are the only showbike fantasies.
Terblanche told MCN: “They are really production bikes – 80% of them is production ready. There are few details pushed beyond what we can do – the headlight for example – but there’s not really any new technology as such. But whether they’ll go in to production is a decision that still has to be made.
“We’re picking up a thread that was dropped a few years ago – Moto Guzzi does classical bikes, but we’re carrying on something that was stopped. The engine allows a compact bike – the cylinders are out of the way which is helpful with packaging. We’re working on making the bikes compact.”
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