Video: Five Minutes with Miguel Galluzzi, Head of the Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center

The man behind the design of countless successful motorcycles talks with us about Moto Guzzi, the brand's direction, and more.

Pasadena, California, is the ninth-largest city in Los Angeles County and popularly known for hosting the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade. It’s also—and perhaps because we’re motorcycle people, more importantly—home of the Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center. Headed by Miguel Galluzzi, this is where and how Piaggio is able to keep a finger on society’s pulse and monitor the trends that could potentially shape the motorcycle industry.

It is also where we were most recently able to sit down with Miguel Galluzzi and talk about Moto Guzzi, some of the brand's latest models, and what we can expect from the manufacturer in terms of future product.

Galluzzi, the man responsible for the original Ducati Monster as well as the design of many other hugely successful and influential motorcycles, is not afraid to speak candidly and his response to any and all of the questions we threw his way came off as both honest and sincere. We sat down with him later for lunch and can say that regardless of whether he's got a camera pointed at him or not, he's straightforward and genuine in his remarks regarding the industry and the models that Guzzi (and other manufacturers) are producing.

To hear some of his thoughts and get an almost behind-the-scenes look at Moto Guzzi, be sure to hit play on the video above. No, five minutes isn't enough time to grasp everything Guzzi, but it is an interesting look inside the brand and at least an opportunity to learn about what Guzzi model the designer is most excited about right now. Hint: It's big, black, and potentially incredibly awesome.