The elegant weave of the carbon fibre, those unmistakeable red cylinder head covers, that roar as it fires up, those first few metres up the dealership’s exit ramp and that broad irrepressible grin under the helmet. Then the unmistakeable outline of the bike and its rider heading off purposely towards new roads and sensations just begging to be discovered.
Being right there when a gleaming brand new bike is handed over to its new owner is always an exciting event, as us guys of The Clan know only too well. When that two-wheeler has an “Eagle” emblem on the tank, an unprecedented character and also happens to be the first of its “kind” ever to be sold anywhere in the world, then we’re talking about a truly magic event, an event that we absolutely could not afford to miss.
That’s why we headed off to the magnificent town of Florence, to the Fani Motors dealership to be precise, on a mid-February Friday to witness the delivery of the very first V7 III Carbon into the impatient hands of its new owner Alessandro, a member of The Clan just like us, who couldn’t wait to share his excitement with all you other 20,000 registered members of the community!
Obviously it would have been a bit difficult for all of us to be there (and then, as you know, he would have had to buy a round of drinks for everyone that evening, a tradition whenever anyone gets a new bike), so we decided rather to simply tell you the story. The major stars of this story are a very excited Alessandro and his two-wheeled dream come true: his brand new Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon. His bike is number 178 of a limited series of only 1921 examples now available from the dealers. The total number of examples produced is not purely coincidental but obviously refers to the year in which Moto Guzzi was established.
We waited with bated breath for its unveiling at the last Milan Bike Fair. We were blown away by its unique styling that is somewhat unconventional yet intricately interwoven with the identity and history of the Moto Guzzi brand. Then we got excited as we admired its yellow, white and black livery, a tribute to an adventurous and daring racing chapter in the history of the “Eagle”, namely that of the legendary Paris to Dakar.
This is the Concept V85: the latest arrival that stunned everyone and above all fascinated us members of The Clan.
To find out more about it we set off on a mission on behalf of the community to uncover the secrets of the bike’s design by interviewing the guy who first conceived the design: Marco Lambri, Manager of the Piaggio Group Styling Centre, diehard Guzzi fan and member of The Clan, just like us.
1) You’re a member of The Clan and a diehard Guzzi fan. Where did your love for the “Eagle” originate and how did you get to the point of designing the V85?
“I grew up in my father’s
workshop, in amongst the engines, and I received my very first bike, a
little Malanca 50, as a gift when I was just five years old. Ever since
then, my love of two-wheelers has never waned.
However, my passion for the “Eagle” was only really sparked when I was 16 years old and I went on a school trip to visit the Moto Guzzi plant in Mandello. In addition to the production areas, we were also shown the little testing track located behind the plant. It had just stopped raining and the track was still wet. A test rider was out on the track, doing some test laps on a Le Mans III. When he came back in after the test ride, he stopped the bike in amongst us students: the heat coming off the tyres and evaporating the water on the road surface, and the clicking noises caused by the dilation of the bike’s metal components all over the Le Mans made for a truly surreal atmosphere. I was totally gobsmacked and I decided there and then that one day I would work at Mandello and design a Guzzi.
I forget exactly when it was that I sketched my first Guzzi: designing cars and bikes was almost like an illness for me and every day I would come up with a new sketch. My first professional foray into the design world dates back to the period when I worked at the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre. Aprilia had just acquired Moto Guzzi and was looking for designers. I applied for the job and took along some of my design proposals. Thus, a few years and many sketches later, I landed up working on one of the most interesting and stimulating projects that I have ever put pencil to paper on: the V85”.
2) We have already told the story of Moto Guzzi’s Paris to Dakar history on the community website: how much of this legend and of the “Eagle’s” off-roading tradition lives on in this V85?
“The phenomenon of the “classics” and the return to certain values dating back to the early days of biking have become far more than just a passing fad. It is the expression of a new kind of biker with very different demands: a rider that is very particular about the look of his bike and wants to be able to express himself through it. But these days, the “Classic bike” sector too often sacrifices practicality in favour of pure image, particularly when it comes to off-road bikes. The V85 instead combines the all the values of riding in style with those of practicality. Whatever the case may be, I personally consider the V85 to be a truly modern bike. We like to call it a “classic” because it embodies all those values that we believe are timeless, and therefore also classical, for every biker. The bike is actually very simple in terms of structure, robustness and ease of use. It has no non-essential bells and whistles whatsoever and it harks back to the spirit of the earliest Enduro bikes of the 1980’s, the kind of bikes on which you could go anywhere and do anything, including going to and from work, weekends at the lake or going on a summer holiday.
Moto Guzzi’s off-roading history is full of inspirational examples, from the Lodola Regolarità through to the TT and NTX series. Simple, practical bikes that were the expression of Italian-ness and virtually unstoppable on any terrain. The V85 has picked up on this legacy and dressed it up with a unique brand of charm that comes down directly from another chapter in Moto Guzzi’s off-roading history, namely that of the legendary Paris to Dakar.
The prototype unveiled in Milan is clearly intended to be a nod to the Moto Guzzi V65 TT that Claudio Torri rode in the 1985 Paris to Dakar race, particularly in terms of the graphics. We felt that this was a bike with the perfect spirit to introduce the “classic Enduro” concept and also to highlight Moto Guzzi’s off-roading origins.”
We are delighted to announce that Royal Enfield have joined our family, adding another historic and up and coming brand to our portfolio. We have a Classic and Continental GT on our test ride fleet and we will be getting our Himalayan and 650 Twins in the new year. So what are you waiting for?? Come on down and see the our new arrivals.
Goodwood Revivial – 8-10th September
The romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be. The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.
It’s an unabashed celebration of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing, around the sweeps and curves of this classic circuit, which remains unchanged since its heyday. The inaugural Revival opened on 18 September 1998, when the Earl of March drove around the circuit in the Bristol 400 in which his grandfather, the 9th Duke of Richmond, opened the track 50 years before. It’s now the world’s most celebrated historic motor racing event, with race fans coming from all over the country to soak up the unique atmosphere in period costume.
Mirus 55 will be on site showcasing Brough Superior and Norton motorbikes. Come and visit us to see how these historic companies have reimagined their heritage and delivered classic bikes for modern times.
For more information visit the Goodwood website: https://www.goodwood.com/flagship-events/goodwood-revival/
The Poker Run – 23rd September
On Saturday 23rd September a Charity Motorcycle Poker Run is being held in Dorset and Hampshire. This event is open to all styles of bikes and riders of all levels. The event is being organised by the Facebook Motorcycle group Together We Ride, run by Ali Scott, and the Bikers for Action South West run by John Bramble and his team.
The event is a bid to raise money for two charities, Julia's House in Poole and Action on Addiction Clouds House, East Knoyle, both provide much needed support in our communities.
The event has two starting points; Sammy Millers Motor Museum in the east, Helmet City near Bridport in the west.
There is a two hour registration window from 9am to 11am on 23rd September for participants to pick up their event packs which include a Poker Scorecard, Route Cards, Rules and Maps etc. Riders are welcome to have breakfast together at their chosen start points before setting off around the county calling into up to seven checkpoints to pick up a poker card and create a poker hand. The cafe next to Helmet City will be offering a 10% discount to all Poker Run riders.
The checkpoints around the county are:
Mirus55, Gillingham (part of the Moto Corsa Group)
CW Motorcycles, Dorchester
Infinity Motorcycles (Smart Riders), Christchurch
Halfway Inn, Wareham
Horton Inn, Wimborne
S Bomb Vintage Workshop, Poole.
Bikers can chose their route and use their time to browse the motorbike dealerships and museums, enjoy coffee and cake at the cafes or have lunch at Mirus 55 or in one of the pubs. All the checkpoints are biker friendly and are looking forward to hosting the Poker Run.
The ride finishes at Julia's House Charity Shop in Creekmoor, Poole where all the participants will hand in their five card poker hand (out of the seven cards collected) and a winner will be announced. The Acorn Pub will be providing a BBQ and drinks at Julia’s House and there will be stands and stalls from some of the participating checkpoints.
First prize for the best poker hand will be a Shoei Motorcycle Helmet worth £499.00 donated by Helmet City and runner up prizes will include a Viper open face helmet donated by Mirus 55. There will also be a raffle with many prizes donated by the checkpoints and local companies including a free motorcycle service donated by Mirus 55.
The Poker Run is open to all bikers of all ages and competencies as no motorways are included in the routes. The ride is not a race, just a fun day out to raise money for these worthy charities.
To find out more go to the Together we ride Facebook page listed below or email: email@example.com
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – 24th September
On Sunday September 24th 2017, tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide will don their cravats, tweak their moustaches, press their tweed and sit astride their classic and vintage styled motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in
Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don
Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a
themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men
on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
Mirus 55 are excited to announce that we are an official sponsor of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2017 and are working closely with the Bournemouth ride organisers to help make this year’s Bournemouth DGR the best yet. We will be launching our own Mirus team which customers and friends are welcome to join as well as having a fundraising drive in the coming weeks to help promote this great cause so stay tuned for more information.
To register go to the DGR website: https://www.gentlemansride.com/
Adam Childs from MCN completes a lap of the Isle Of Man TT course in the SES TT Zero race at an average speed of 78.848 mph. Not too shabby for a production bike straight out of the crate and going toe to toe with the likes of the Mugen Race Team. An astonishing effort from "Chad," MCN's superfast journalist and test pilot and proof just how good the Energica electric superbike really is!! Well worth its price tag and a fantastic testament to its superb build quality and Energica's unbelievable eye for detail and use of high end components!! Congratulations Chad, now bring her home for our customers to experience the thrill of an electric superbike.
You too could have all the fun of the fair on an Energica EGO or EVA. Please call 01747 811196 (option 1) to discuss their availability.
Moto Guzzi has returned to its original South-West roots here at Moto Corsa. We are delighted to share with you the fantastic news that we are, once again, official dealers for the Moto Guzzi brand. We currently have four demonstrators for you to enjoy, including an Eldorado, V9 Roamer, V9 Bobber and a V7 Racer II. When asked for a comment on Moto Guzzi's return, Mr Mike Russel De Clifford said, "I am chuffed to bits" So please come down and help us celebrate all things Moto Guzzi and take advantage of some fantastic deals on Euro 3 bikes before they're gone.
As promised, our Brough Superior SS100 MKI Demonstrator has arrived. And boy does it look good in its Racing Black livery!! Even the rain cannot dampen our excitement and enthusiasm to get this iconic bike on the road, clock up the first 600 miles and carry out the first service. After this we will be happy to start demonstrating the bike to those lucky few who have ordered a new SS100 and those who have registered their interest with Brough Superior and/or us. Have your driving licences at the ready and don't forget your debit cards!!!
We are delighted to post that Mr and Mrs Andrews are the first husband and wife team to buy a pair of matching Norton Commando MK II's from Moto Corsa and Norton UK. In fact Mrs Andrews is the first lady to register a Norton Commando 961 SPORT MKII. Everybody at Moto Corsa thanks them for their business and wishes them many safe and happy miles on their fabulous Norton's. Safe riding and congratulations on adding to Norton Motorcycles UK's history and becoming part of the family.
Here at Moto Corsa we are delighted to announce our working partnership with Energica, one of the world leading experts in Electric Motorcycle Technology. Mike
Russell de Clifford, owner of Moto Corsa Ltd says: "Energica is/are the foremost leader in electric superbike technology. With the
ultra low emissions zones (ULE) coming into force in the UK, it makes complete
sense to own and Energica Superbike. With
minimal running costs and full access to all ULE zones, a 200km range and 196nm
of torque, the EGO is a real alternative to petrol powered Superbikes.We are
proud and honored to be chosen by Energica to support and grow the marketplace
for these stunning technological bikes and we look forward to working closely
with them for the foreseeable future. Come and see the Energica EGO when it arrives in our showroom soon. May the Electric Force be with you.