In recent years, Daytona Bike Week has garnered a wider variety of enthusiasts – not just the lovers of American V-twin machinery. Head to Daytona Bike Week, and you’ll see representation from nearly every manufacturer, including Moto Guzzi.And during the 74th edition of Daytona Bike Week, the Piaggio-owned brand unveiled its newest 2016 models to the stateside audience – the Eldorado and the Audace. Besides the unveiling, Moto Guzzi also offered demo rides of its California 1400 Custom and Touring, V7 Stone, and V7 Special models.
Following are some highlights of the bikes and happenings from the Moto Guzzi tent, including USA pricing information on the new Eldorado 1400 and Audace:
2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 1400 – Moto Guzzi unveiled the pre-production 2016 Eldorado model at Bike Week, along with US pricing at $15,790. The Eldorado 1400 will be available in Nero Classico color, and arrives at US dealerships in May.
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace 1400 – Simultaneously displayed with a pre-production 2016 unit, the Moto Guzzi Audace will come in Nero Travelgento color, at the price of $15,590, and is set to arrive at US dealers in July.
Demo Rides – Bike Week attendees were excited to test ride the award winning California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring, as well as the best-selling V7 Stone and V7 Special models.
Product Display – Moto Guzzi Product Specialists were on site to display key features and benefits of the current model line-up, including the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, V7 Special, V7 Racer Verde Legnano SE, Griso 8V SE, Stelvio 1200 NTX, Norge GT 8V, California 1400 Custom, and California 1400 Touring.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!