2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado First Look Review

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.