Moto Guzzi is not a company to forget its roots, and the new 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado retro cruiser combines classic visual cues from the 1970s Eldorado, along with plenty of 21st century technology.
Based on the successful Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom platform, the Eldorado features traditional wire wheels, 16-inch white wall tires, a fuel tank with pinstripes and chrome knee windows, pullback bars, a huge seat, long fenders, polished valve covers, lots of chrome, roomy floorboards, and round turn signals. The scripted Eldorado name on the side covers is frosting on a very tasty cake.Let’s not forget that this is not a retro bike under the skin. The big V-twin may be rubber-mounted and air-cooled, but it is also fuel injected and puts out nearly 90 ft/lbs of torque at just 2750 rpm. Acceleration is instantaneous, to say the least.The headlight is unique to the 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado, as it is a complex surface headlight with polyelliptical projection. Plus, it has an LED daytime running light. The Eldorado retains the line’s analog tachometer with a full-function LCD readout in the center.A ride-by-wire system allows the Moto Guzzi Eldorado to offer the rider a choice of three power modes — Turismo (touring), Veloce (fast), and Pioggia (rain) — as well as three levels of traction control, plus cruise control. You can cruise quite a distance, as the tank hold 5.5 gallons of ethyl.Pricing has not yet been determined and the 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado will hit American shores in the Summer of 2015.
Ducati DesertX + Dale Wagler and his BMW 1250 GS Adventure (Owner Review)
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena take a look at the Ducati DesertX ADV bike. Powered by the same liquid-cooled V-twin motor as several other models in the Ducati range, the DesertX is another entry into the upper-middleweight class of ADV machines. The big question of course, is can the DesertX make its mark and differentiate itself from a growing field of competitors?
The second segment is the premiere of our new series of ‘Owner Reviews’. These are real-world opinions of machines owned by everyman riders. For this first one, I chat with my friend Dale Wagler. Dale is a former Marine and hard-core street- and dirt-bike rider. Dale recently acquired a new BMW 1250 GS Adventure, and he gives us his thoughts on the bike’s positives—and a few negatives too.
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