Pierre Terblanche and Miguel Galluzzi have created a series of knockout concept bikes for Moto Guzzi, which were shown for the first time at the 2009 Milan Show.
The bikes, dubbed V12LM, V12X and V12 Strada are designed to help Guzzi shed its old fashioned image with innovative new technology and lean, modern styling. The three bikes are different versions of the same basic style, the LM nodding towards the old Guzzi Le Mans with its sports bias, while the X and Strada versions are trail and street bikes respectively. Each is powered by Guzzi‘s latest 1200cc, eight valve V-twin, and Terblanche says much of what is featured could be put into production. The LED headlamp arrangement is only a few years from being a production reality while other components are mostly conventional beneath the restyle.
Several things are of specific interest though. The finned plates on each side of the steering head are not solely for cosmetic purposes, these are used to help cool the engine via high tech heat pipes which carry excessive heat away from the exhaust valve region of the cylinder heads. See a full explanation of the technology here.
The exhaust pipes look conventional but these are made of a material called Inconel, an alloy of nickel and chromium with other metals in smaller quantities. It is used in the aerospace and chemical industries in extreme environments for its exceptional stability at high temperatures and resistance to corrosion, and also in the exhaust systems of Formula One cars. Click here for a full description of Inconel.
The V12LM is pictured with the bodywork raised, a feature designed to improve serviceability. A first tier of regular service items is immediately accessible underneath, then these two lift up to reveal less commonly used service items.
The bikes also feature rear view cameras on each cylinder head, which these days is relatively inexpensive and robust technology. These feed back images onto screens in place of conventional mirrors. Although legal requirements mean standard mirrors must be fitted, Terblanche says the screens could be incorporated into stock mirrors to improve the rearward view, and this is a perfectly productionable feature.
The LM incorporates the rear shock within the single-sided swingarm structure, a move designed to free up space behind the engine for the airbox and exhaust system, although in practice this would add significantly to the unsprung weight at the rear and affect ride quality.
While none of the bikes is intended as anything more than a concept, these do show a design direction in which Moto Guzzi is looking seriously.
Pierre Terblanche is former head of design at Ducati, where he was responsible for the Supermono, 999, MHe900, Sport Classic range, Hypermotard and Multistrada, as well as other machines such as the Cagiva Gran Canyon. Galluzzi is best known as the stylist of the iconic Ducati Monster under the auspices of Massimo Bordi, as well as the Cagiva Raptor and most recently the Aprilia RSV4 superbike, and is now employed as designer by the Piaggio Group, owner of the Guzzi, Aprilia, Vespa, Derbi and Gilera brands. Terblanche heads his own design company in Italy.
The bikes were announced as winners of the Motorcycle Design Association's Best Concept Award during the Milan Show.
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