• Jul 23rd 2010 at 4:58PM
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Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Late last year, Moto Guzzi showed off a trio of concept bikes to point the way forward for the famed Italian marque as it struggles to shed its somewhat stodgy image and attract new buyers. Judging from the effort, which was led by Miguel Galluzzi (he of Ducati Monster and Aprilia RSV4 fame) and Pierre Terblanche (who designed the famed Ducati Supermono, 999, Multistrada 620 and 1000 and Hypermotard), we think they're on to something big.

The boys from Hell For Leather recently got the chance to sit down with the designing duo and scored both an interview and the first studio shots taken of both the V12 Le Mans and V12 X. We're big fans of both these concepts, though we'd perhaps steal bits of each one and combine them to make the ideal Guzzi. For instance, we prefer the no-nonsense supermoto style and general ethos of the X but think the single-sided swingarm with integral shock and linkage is pretty darn awesome. As is the flyscreen/LED light combo on the Strada.

Take a look at both bikes in our high-res image gallery below, and check out HFL for more details on the Strada, V12 X and Le Mans.

[Source: Hell For Leather]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that is a serious piece of design. Cohesive, fresh, but not overwrought. I am very impressed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      V12 Strada Concept looks hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't say I'm a huge fan of the head and tail lamps. They sure are different, but different doesn't always translate to good. Other than than, sweet bikes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the look of the supermoto on its left side where the open swingarm is, but not from the right side.

      Ohh well, if it hits production, I'll probably look into buying one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3 amazingly clean designs. stylized but understated. i would have to own one of these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE them all.....go Guzzi!
      • 5 Years Ago
      We need more dealers of Italian Motorbikes in the NYC area - Aprilia, Moto Guzzi come on now, get some on the east end!
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah... but where is the v12?
        • 5 Years Ago
        yup... that one is going to get used a lot.

        V-engine, 1200ccs.

        The previous generation was V11, and most definitely did not have 11 pistons.

        I love the concept of the V12 LeMans shown there. But after riding a V11 LeMans in the past, I'd hope for something with a bit more meat to it's bones, and a bullet fairing, like the V11 LM did.

        Actually, I'd love to see a current 8V (eight valves in the engine, four per cylinder) 1200 Griso with an under-engine exhaust like these concepts, and the V11 LeMans fairing, with the side panels melded into the plastic panels that trim the space between the Griso's frame and engine heads. That would be fantastic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Philistine - Guzzi started with the V7 Sport (I have one, a 1974) and have been increasing the model numbers along the way. There was the V10 Centauro, the V11 Sport/Lemans, etc.

        And how inappropriate for HFL to refer to that engine as a lump. The V7 Sport had a layout similar to classic American V8s. Cam in the valley, pushrods and rockers. I've known a 850 Le Mans race bike back in the early 90s that was producint 102 HP at the rear wheel. Now the production in-head cam engines get near 105 HP with an impressive torque curve.

        I personally would love one of these bikes in the garage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking bike, but it looks like things could get expensive fast if you dropped it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as a Motard owner I say this: change nothing, being working on the tooling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't like these......except the Le-mans.

      More MGS-01s instead please
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are all quite nice.
      I don't like the extra design elements with the grooved bits to reflect the cylinder heads though.
      If the part is not using it for cooling then it should not have it.
      It just detracts from the beauty of the cylinder heads themselves and also makes the bike too busy.
      Change that though and you have beautiful machines.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those finned surfaces are the output of a thermo-siphon that draws heat from the heads. Remains to see how effective they are. Gut Guzzi owners are a persistent lot. We love our bikes and are only happy when they improve.
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