A consummate cruiser with looks to thrill, the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress is the marque’s latest sortie against mundane motorcycle design. Ready for take-off with the largest European engine of its kind, the MGX-21 features the brand’s own 96 hp, 1,400 cc V-Twin (wringing out 89 ft lbs of torque) barricaded within a steel twin-tube cradle frame amply overlaid with carbon-fiber accents.
The nearly all-black beast has a name that references the bike’s experimental aesthetics (such as its “Batwing” fairing) as well as both the year Moto Guzzi was founded (established in 1921, it is Europe’s oldest continuous motorbike manufacturer) and the 21-inch alloy front wheel. Handling is enhanced by its antilock braking system, adjustable traction control, and ride-by-wire accelerator while comfort is complemented by cruise control and Moto Guzzi’s new multimedia entertainment system as part of the comprehensive instrumentation. In addition, long-haul missions are made easy with 3,539 cubic inches of onboard cargo space.
First deliveries of the MGX-21 are set to begin this month. New owners will also have an opportunity to participate in Moto Guzzi’s exclusive open-house program at its production facility in Mandello del Lario, Italy, from September 9 through 11—part of the company’s 95th anniversary celebration. (motoguzzi.com)