Intermot show: Moto Guzzi’s 2017 Audace Carbon cruiser is launched.



Moto Guzzi has just launched this – the Audace Carbon cruiser at the Intermot Show in Germany.

The bike is pretty much the same as previous models of the Audace but it does now get the firm’s new cruise control mated to the 90 degree V which is still mounted on a brilliant rubber-housing system that gives just the right amount of vibration feedback from the 8-cylinder enigne. The biggest visual difference however is with a host of carbon bits and red touches on the predominantly black bike.

The bike also gets a secondary air system and a specific catalytic converter to meet Euro4 rules.


The platform footboards are gone, as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther back and the classic gear shifter pedal. Particular attention was given to the more sporty saddle, covered in eco-leather with exposed red stitching, lowered in terms of the seating position.

The passenger section of the saddle is easily removable and the onboard ergonomics have been revamped to increase comfort. The drag handlebar has a different shape, with the ends lowered and extended toward the rider.

There’s new switchgear on the bike too, enhanced by the aluminium finishing, the red painted valve covers with milled details, the fully adjustable rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle and the alloy wheels personalized with the Moto Guzzi logo all further add to the look.


The left handlebar switchgear hosts the controls for the new Moto Guzzi cruise control.

The bike puts out 121Nm @ 3,000rpm. Guzzi says that the Audace Carbon will certainly be the Moto Guzzi most used with the “Veloce” engine map, the most responsive and direct of the available three (the “Turismo” and “Pioggia” maps are also available) and it’ll be the bike where the adjustable MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often – thanks in no small part to the new electronic throttle which is now full Ride-by-wire.

MG-MP (Moto Guzzi Multimedia Platform), available as optional equipment, is the innovative multimedia system which allows you to connect the bike to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With this application, downloadable free from App Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.

The wireless connection allows you to simultaneously see important information about the vehicle on your smartphone screen. The smartphone’s touch screen allows you to view five parameters of your choice at a time, selected from a vast menu and including the speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer.  The “Eco Ride” feature helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain eco-compatible riding conduct, providing a brief assessment of the results obtained during the trip.

You can also store your trip data and review it later on your computer or directly on the app so you can analyse your route along with the vehicle performance parameters.

When the fuel reserve light comes on MG-MP indicates the location of the closest petrol stations; the system also helps you easily find the vehicle when you are parked in an unfamiliar area, automatically saving the position where it was last switched off.

MG-MP includes the “Grip Warning” function which replicates the indications on traction control operation for maximum visibility and provides information in real time on your riding performance with relation to the road surface conditions. A dedicated indicator light warns in the event of excessive use of available grip. Thanks to the synergistic use of gyroscopes and the information coming from the vehicle, the smartphone becomes a sophisticated instrument to measure the lean angle in turns thanks to specifically developed algorithms developed. The limit thresholds can be set both for lean angle as well as vehicle and engine speed. When these limits are exceeded the relative indicator lights will come on or the virtual dashboard will flash.


Accessories for the Audace 

“Dark” short shank mirrors: made in anodized black billet aluminium. This pair of short shank mirrors embodies the maximum in manufacturing technology expressed in some special machining done on three axes. They are approved for use in all countries.

“Dark” hand grips: made from black anodised billet aluminium, they enhance your bikes handlebar, giving it a personalised and elegant look and they are installation-ready for “Corsa” ends.

Black “Corsa” hand grip ends: the “Corsa” hand grip ends, made from black anodised billet aluminium, match the “Dark”, hand grips, perfectly completing the style and aesthetics of your bike.

“Dark” black front brake lever: made from black anodised billet aluminium, the dark front brake lever, thanks to its feel and adjustments, increases riding comfort, enhancing the look of the bike.

“Dark” black clutch lever: made from black anodised billet aluminium, the dark clutch lever, thanks to its feel and adjustments, increases riding comfort and characterises the aesthetics of the Audace Carbon.

Aluminium rider and passenger footpeg covers: high quality billet aluminium covers that replace the factory rubber parts. The facing creates a specific design and guarantees maximum grip in any riding conditions.

Aluminium head bushings set: set of four billet aluminium aesthetic spacers which replace the fastening screws on the cylinder head covers. Polished stainless steel screws are included.

Engine crankcase hole covers – black: made from laser-cut and black anodised aluminium, these cover the engine crankcase machining holes. The number “1400” is laser inscribed.

Aluminium fuel tank cap cover: made of real carbon, it matches the other original Audace Carbon parts perfectly.

Pair of carbon injector covers: another part made in prestigious carbon.

Electronic anti-theft system: compact, latest generation self powered alarm system with wireless remote control. Its features include: engine lock, built-in motion sensor, high level of protection.

Cylinders heat shield: each heat shield is made in black painted stainless steel with ABS inserts that improve the design. They protect from the heat generated by the cylinder in order to give you a more comfortable ride.

Chromium plated tank side covers: the chromium plated fuel tank side covers give your bike a completely different style.

Cylinder head guards: special lateral cylinder guards made in billet aluminium with a black painted or mirror polished finish. They match the style and design of the Audace Carbon perfectly. They come complete with stainless steel mounts.

Swingarm washers: special washers made in billet aluminium.

Rear brake fluid reservoir cover: made in billet aluminium with polished finish, this personalises the look of your bike. It completely covers the brake fuel reservoir body, obviously not interfering with its operation. Easy to install.





Type : 90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
Cooling : air and oil with an independent cooling pump Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
Displacement : 1380cc
Bore and stroke : 104 x 81.2mm
Compression ratio : 10.5 : 1
Timing system diagram : intake valve opens 19° BTDC
(1 mm checking clearance) intake valve closes 55° ABDC
exhaust valve opens 49° BBDC
exhaust valve closes 12° ATDC
Maximum power : 71 kW (96bhp) @ 6500rpm
Maximum torque : 121 Nm (12.3kgm) @ 3000rpm


Fuel supply / Ignition : phased electronic Multipoint sequential injection, Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243 Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise control
Starter : Electric
Spark plugs : NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
Exhaust system : painted steel, 2-in-2 type, 3-way catalytic converter with double oxygen sensor
Approval : Euro 4
Gearbox : 6-speed
Gear ratio values : 1st 17/38 = 1 : 2.235
: 2nd 20/34 = 1: 1.700
: 3rd 23/31 = 1: 1.348
: 4th 26/29 = 1: 1.115
: 5th 31/30 = 1: 0.968
: 6th 30/24 = 1: 0.8
Primary drive : with helical teeth (ratio 26/35 = 1: 1,346)
Final drive : double cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat, drive ratio 10/36 = 1: 3.6)
Clutch : single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer
Frame : steel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
Wheelbase : 1695mm
Trail : 145mm
Headstock angle : 33°
Steering angle : 37°
Front suspension : standard fork , Ø 45 mm, with radial calliper mounting bracket


Front wheel travel : 120 mm
Rear suspension : Swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable extension and spring preload with remote tank.


Rear wheel travel : 120mm
Front brake : dual 320mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake : 282mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons





Aluminium alloy

Front wheel rim : 3.50” x 18”
Rear wheel rim : 6.00” x 16”
Front tyre : 130/70 R18”
Rear tyre : 200/60 R16”
System voltage : 12 V
Battery : 12V – 18 Ah
Alternator : 12 V – 550 W
Length : 2445mm
Width : 920mm
Height : 1145mm
Saddle height : 740mm (720mm opt.)
Minimum ground clearance : 165mm
Fuel tank capacity : 20.5 litres
Reserve : 5 litres




Tony Carter

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