The new Moto Guzzi Eldorado uses the 90° V-twin in a ‘modern and luxurious interpretation’ of the 850 from the ‘70s. 16” spoked wheels carry whitewall tyres, combined with LED lights and a 21litre tank feeding a massive, traction-controlled 89lb-ft at just 2750rpm through the shaft drive.
Here’s what the press release had to say…
“If Roman gods had ridden motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi Eldorado would have been chosen by Bacchus.” This was how Cycle World magazine concluded their test of the luxurious Italian bike, the latest evolution of the 90° V-twin with cardan final drive introduced in the States in the late sixties by the importer Berliner Group. The metaphor effectively highlighted the intoxication experienced on a modern, powerful, luxurious and fast bike, painstakingly studied down to the smallest details and extremely satisfying to ride. Forty years later the experience is repeated in the shape and substance of the new Eldorado.
Staying on the theme of mythology, the new Eldorado leads us to Janus, the two-headed divinity who is the keeper of all passages and transitions. By looking at it one can see clearly how this Moto Guzzi has preserved the personality of its ancestor, drawing it from the past to the future along the path of technological evolution and stylistic continuity.