Moto Guzzi Bellagio blends peformance with custom style

May 21st, 20095 Comments »

Moto Guzzi Bellagio seems to be a perfect fit for the US market, but where are they? Maybe this bad boy does not fit the trend in the US where motorcycle manufacturers seem to apply the bigger is better mentality.

After all, it’s 936cc (57 ci) v-twin engine is almost half the size of the popular big engine displacements these days. It’s weight is just 224kg dry (493 lbs dry), which is almost half the weight of many of today’s big bore bikes.  I guess it would have to put on a few hundred pounds to be a contender. Yes, I am being sarcastic.

The Guzzi Bellagio motorcycle is actually a great size and weight for the majority of riders. Don’t be fooled by modern motorcycle advertising into thinking that an engine of this size is too small or weak, or that you need to be on a mammoth to be cool.  In fact, the 74 hp of the Bellagio is plenty to make this 500 pound bike haul your butt away in a hurry.

As many Moto Guzzi motorcycles do, the Bellagio combines classic style with modern conveniences, like fuel injection, 2 spark plugs per cylinder, adjustable front and rear suspension, single-sided swing arm with shaft drive, and a 6-speed transmission.  Don’t overlook the impressive stopping ability it has via Brembo dual discs up front and single rear.

The instrument cluster is compact and styled to go with the this Guzzi custom look, but is actually high tech.  It even includes a trip computer function.

The spoked aluminum wheels by Excel, the low black saddle, the chrome pulled back drag bars and the matte black and chrome look give this bike a low-key custom look, but it has performance designed in all the way.  You can also get one in a silver/white two-tone, but the matte black is favorite.

The bigger is better mentality that is going on is getting a little out of hand when it comes to cruisers these days. This one sticks to an excellent formula for size, weight, power and balance. Not to mention, it has awesome looks and style. would love to be able to test ride a Moto Guzzi Bellagio in the USA, but so far none can be found for sale.  Oh well, I guess we’ll have to take a trip to Europe!

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotoGuzziGuide.Com. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding and maintaining his Moto Guzzi California Vintage. John participates in local charity rides and also serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for one of the largest annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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  1. Daniel says:

    Yeah why not sell them in North America..

    Duhh.. I’d love to buy one and so would thousands of other harley non fans.

  2. Jim says:

    Yes I have owned guzzis from 1982 till 2007 when I wasnt riding regularly I had a mark 3 a californian and a Monza.In a rush of madness I sold them and bought a 2007 Dynaglide.I recall about 10 years ago I was speaking to a harley rider and discussing the merits of a harley.He said Harleys are overvalued and after buying one he was so correct.The guzzis although over 20 years old out breaked,handled and were faster the only good thing is that people look at them and comment favourably so what Im going to get a Bellagio and as spoken by the wife you were more individual and better when you had the Guzzi,so true.I challenge anyone that reckons iconicbrand names are the only way to go.

    Cheers Jim

  3. roan says:

    There is absolutely no justifiable reason why the Bellagio cannot be sold in the US. Arent Moto Guzzi interested in increasing their market share and winning over thousands of bikers. There are already hundreds if not thousands of people who would buy one. For God’s sake ……start selling the Bellagio in the USA!!!!!! What the heck is wrong with you!!

  4. Tom Toohey says:

    I have owned and ridden many brands of motorcycle, but my favorite has been the Moto Guzzi, and although I haven’t been on the Bellagio I soon will be. Large heavy motorcycles certainly have there place on the open road, but for the simple joy of a joy ride, that I look forward to at the end of a hard day, I think this is the bike for me!

  5. Bill says:

    The _only_ positive to it not being solid in the U.S., to me at least, is that I don’t have to stay up nights wondering whether to get it or the V7 Classic. 😉 [hey, us po-folk don’t get to buy two toys at a time!]