2009 Milan Show: Concept Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X

Moto Guzzi shows killer concept bikes at Milan.

Photography by Bruno dePrato

Concept Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X at the 2009 Milan Show

Concept Moto Guzzi V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X at the 2009 Milan Show

Moto Guzzi is not going through its best times under the wing of the Piaggio group. Two Wheel Vehicles Operation CEO Daniele Bandiera has resigned his position, putting an end to criticism about how he managed the company. To prove that Moto Guzzi is still alive and kicking, Piaggio requested chief designer Miguel Galluzzi to formulate a series of new concepts. To complement pure design with real-life functionality, Galluzzi hired Pierre Terblanche, the former Ducati design chief who introduced motorcycling to concepts that have made the sport a more pleasant experience in terms of practicality.

Together, the two designers have brought to life a number of sketches, three of which became concept bikes that Guzzi displayed in Milan. They are the V12 LM, V12 Strada and V12 X. The element that ties all three together is the mighty 1200cc Twin in its latest cam-in-head 8-valve evolution—still a very good engine with more performance to come. To better cool the cylinder heads, and thus extract higher performance potential from the oil/air-cooled Guzzi V-Twin, Terblanche installed a heat exchanger in the air stream in front of each head. They may help cool the heads but could also toast the rider's legs!

The engine is integrated in a cast aluminum frame that features an unconventional and complex structure that might be called a "unibody" (cast in two halves, then welded together), ensuring great torsional and flexional rigidity, and providing rational accommodation for components and ancillary parts. Additionally, the entire seat/tank/tailsection pivots forward to allow access to all of the components atop the engine.

This structural solution also provides good mass centralization for radically reduced steering inertia and, consequently, great handling characteristics. The basic concept has been dressed in three slightly different styles, including the sporty V12 LM, the touring/commuting V12 Strada and the V12 X Supermoto. The common main structure offers great opportunity to develop an entire family of motorcycles from one focused investment.

For the moment, the three concepts are non-functional, but they provide a refreshing and insightful glimpse into what we hope is a healthy future for Moto Guzzi.

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 X

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada

Moto Guzzi V12 X

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada

Moto Guzzi V12 X

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 LM

Moto Guzzi V12 Strada

Moto Guzzi V12 X