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Piaggio Brands (Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Vespa) Release New Models at EICMA

Aprilia RS 660 Extrema

Piaggio has issued the following press release to highlight new, or recently introduced, models and prototypes from its various brands. Piaggio owns Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Piaggio-branded scooters.

The highlight for MD readers, perhaps, is the Aprilia RS 660 Extrema, which represents the new, top-of-the-line RS 660 model, which weights just 364 pounds dry, yet makes a claimed 100 horsepower at the crank.

Have a look at all the models and new prototypes:

Aprilia RS 660 Extrema
This is the lightest and sportiest RS 660 in the range. Thanks to the refined and new standard components, the RS 660 Extrema stops the balance needle at just 166 kg dry , establishing a new record as regards the ratio between weight and power (which stands at 100 HP, a record in the category).

The standard equipment includes a new and lighter SC Project approved exhaust system with a carbon terminal positioned on the right side (and no longer under the engine). The front mudguard and the new tip under the engine with an unprecedented design also contribute to the overall weight reduction , both made of high-quality carbon.

The sporty extraction of the RS 660 Extrema is also emphasized by the single- seat tail (the passenger seat is supplied with the bike); to the rich electronic equipment already standard on the RS 660 (which includes traction control, ABS cornering, engine brake, engine map, wheelie control all adjustable) RS 660 Extrema also presents the software that allows you to set the quick shift gearbox in reverse configuration . In this way, the gearbox can be configured in total autonomy, without replacing any component of the bike, in a street or inverted version – ideal for riding on track. 

Aprilia ELECTRICa Project

Aprilia ELECTRICa Project
The ELECTRICa project
 represents Aprilia’s vision of the mobility of younger motorcyclists of the near future. It is a window open to tomorrow, an attentive and competent look forward that Aprilia, which has always been at the forefront of experimentation, offers the new generations to guarantee them fun riding a motorcycle in any environment and without barriers. ELECTRICa is a newly conceived project, a light and zero-emission motorcycle, with a fun and satisfying ride, to restore maximum freedom and pleasure even in use within the metropolises of the future: therefore, fun and freedom to move are not diminished. and they will always be the cardinal principles behind all the vehicles built by Aprilia, the sports motorcycle factory par excellence. ELECTRICa uses all the know-how made available by the Piaggio Group (of which Aprilia is a part), which has been working on electric propulsion since 1975, having presented a long series of vehicles that are ahead of its time such as the MP3 Hybrid, the first hybrid scooter to world. The look is unmistakably Aprilia, especially in the front where a modern interpretation of the triple headlight group stands out, typical of all Aprilia cars and favors taut and markedly sporty lines. Accessibility is guaranteed by the compact dimensions and the low height of the saddle from the ground, but also by the lightness and the presence of both brake controls on the handlebar, a choice that facilitates the transition from scooters.

The electric motor is positioned in the central area and uses a final chain drive. The presence of the keyless system, the LCD instrumentation and the phonic wheels in the rims introduce the theme of technology aimed at practicality and that of active electronic aids for a safe driving experience, an area where Aprilia was a pioneer and is still at the top among the manufacturers worldwide.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello opens a whole new chapter in Moto Guzzi history ; a motorcycle that escapes the conformism of being categorized into a category, combining the brilliance of guided tours with the vocation to travel that is in the soul of every Moto Guzzi; an open door to the future of the brand thanks to the innovative technical and aerodynamic solutions adopted. V100 Mandello is innovative starting from the design which, as always, starts from the enhancement of the unique and inimitable twin cylinder. A turning point in the history of the brand, leading to the debut of many important technological innovations: the first motorcycle with adaptive aerodynamics, the first Moto Guzzi equipped with advanced electronic solutions such as the six-axis inertial platform, cornering ABS, semi-active suspension and quick shift, just to name the most important. And it is the first Moto Guzzi powered by the new “compact block” engine, with refined technical characteristics. Tradition is respected by the 90 ° transverse V architecture of the twin-cylinder, which guarantees that unique way of delivering torque and that inimitable Moto Guzzi sound, but the project is totally new and boasts decidedly brilliant performance: the power is 115 HP . at 8,700 rpm and maximum torque of 105 Nm at 6,750 rpm , with 82% available as early as 3,500 rpm and the limiter set at 9,500 rpm. The sporty character is supported by a compact and manageable chassis, while the traveling attitude is guaranteed by the high comfort given by the generous saddle and by the active and relaxed riding position. Moto Guzzi technology intervenes to increase comfort and protection from the air, thanks to the electrically adjustable windshield and with the adoption for the first time in the world of an adaptive aerodynamics system which automatically adjusts the position of the deflectors on the sides of the tank according to the speed and the Riding Mode selected. The electronic equipment is of the highest order and includes the Ride by Wire electronic accelerator for a fine management of performance and consumption, the advanced Marelli 11MP control unit, the 6-axis inertial platform able to better manage the controls. electronic, cruise control, and Cornering ABS to guarantee active safety when braking when cornering. There are four Riding Modes available: Turismo, Sport, Pioggia and Strada, each of which manages 3 different engine maps, 4 levels of traction control, 2 levels of engine brake and (in the version that includes them as standard) also the calibration of the semi-active suspension Öhlins Smart EC 2.0, 

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition
The V7 is one of the most popular and popular Moto Guzzi bikes; it is authentic and full of character and is the representative of the Italian classic motorcycle par excellence. The V7 Stone Special Edition is the first new proposal of the V7 Stone with a decidedly dynamic character. It abandons the opaque colors typical of the Stone version – the most contemporary of the V7 family – to dress the special Shining Black glossy color , enriched on the tank by graphics with red details that recall the stylistic tradition of the sportiest models of the Eagle. A sportiness also underlined by the red painted shock absorber springs and the contrasting red stitching of the saddle , also dedicated to this unique model. A plate on the handlebar riser identifies the special edition. The set-up also includes “bar end” rear-view mirrors and the refueling cap in black anodized aluminum . The customizations also extend to the twin 850 Moto Guzzi, with the head covers in a brand new graphite color and the throttle body guards in black anodized aluminum.

The more ‘muscular’ aspect is emphasized by the Arrow exhaust system with Moto Guzzi branded tailpipes, thanks to which the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Edition also gains better performance, both in terms of power, which rises from 48 to 49 kW (66.5 HP) at 6700 rpm, and in terms of maximum torque, which increases from 73 to 75 Nm at 4900 rpm.

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Special Edition
This is the special version of V9 Bobber,
 the Moto Guzzi custom sports car that introduced the medium-displacement bobber genre, characterized by the almost completely total black look of each component and by large, oversized tires that guarantee a wide range of footprint on the ground, just like those mounted on motorcycles that in the Second World War in the States challenged each other on fast dirt tracks. The equipment of the V9 Bobber Special Edition is truly custom -built and first of all boasts a special twin-tone black and gray Workshop color scheme, which embellishes the metal teardrop tank (equipped with a billet aluminum cap) and also extends to the aluminum side panels. The bar-end mirrors fixed to the ends of the handlebars, together with the fork bellows and the short front fender complete the equipment, amplifying the feeling of truly high quality perceived. The unmistakable sound of the twin 850 Moto Guzzi is highlighted by the homologated slip-on exhausts painted in matt black and with aluminum bottom and characterized, in the terminal part, by a slender oblique shape. 

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  1. Marty says:

    Re: MG V100 Mandello

    ‘a motorcycle that escapes the conformism of being categorized into a category,’

    Wasn’t that tack taken more than once by Honda? Like with the ill-fated CTX1300?

  2. My2cents says:

    Always liked the Moto Guzzi products although I have never owned one. The Mandello however has everything right until I see the exhaust headers, they really need to be in the front and not exiting from the side. Extremely prone to tip over damage and just ugly. I find Moto Guzzi does odd stuff across the line. I was hooked on the V85TT until I read the specs and found out that the oil capacity is 2 litres. I just can’t imagine 2 litres providing proper lubrication and cooling in a air cooled engine. The 1400 California requires the rear wheel to be removed to check differential fluid level. Even oil changes require a odd method of replacing the filter element, looks like a messy task too. Spin on filters rule. But the visuals of Moto Guzzi are worthy of praise.

    • MGNorge says:

      I’ve owned my ’08 Norge since new and have yet to tip it over, not saying it couldn’t or won’t. There are many bikes prone to expensive tip over damage should they go over, but I don’t sweat it at all. How much damage a V100 might have is not a certain thing. There is a shield there of course but maybe more for heat protection than deflecting damage? My 1200cc Norge has an oil capacity of ~3 liters, no problems there that I have noticed. I have a hard time thinking Guzzi sacrificed oiling and heat damage for any other reasons. That would surely come back to haunt them in a very negative way. Also, my Norge has an external spin-on filter right there underneath, protected but also easy to change. I agree there are some oddities, but they don’t all exist with every model. It’s the nature of the beasts.

      • My2cents says:

        Thanks for the feedback, again the visuals of the V85TT are pleasing. I find the oddities concerning but not negative enough to completely steer me away.

        • Nick says:

          I share your feelings about the V85TT but worry about the number of low-mileage versions for sale in the UK. It could be because it looks taller than most MGs, or maybe there’s a problem with them?

          Hopefully for its future, the Mandello has shed some of the crudeness I’ve always experienced with Guzzis. I’d like to love them, but…

          • Eric says:

            Nothing wrong with the V85TT other than it’s a bit on the tall side for a street bike but lower than a full-on ADV bike with longer travel suspension. I’d say it’s somewhere in between but maybe still too tall for some folks.

    • todd says:

      Though, ultimately, air is the method of dispersion, the V100 is a water cooled lump and the half gallon of oil is allowed to focus more on lubrication than cooling.

    • Hans Requellian says:

      I’ve owned 10 Guzzis since 1986. Latest is V85TT. 2 quarts of oil is plenty with an oil cooler and excellent design like Guzzi has

    • Jim says:

      I’ve come close to buying a Guzzi on multiple occasions only to end up with something more functional for less money. Someday I’ll throw caution (and my cash) to the wind and buy something that just looks cool.

  3. todd says:

    The Guzzi V100 and Aprilia 660 sure look nice but I realized long ago that there is just as much enjoyment riding a 20-30 year old bike you picked up for $3,000.

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