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What is a Moto Guzzi motorcycle?

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Moto Guzzi motorcycles include a series of road motorcycles produced by the Italian company Moto Guzzi, which focuses on performance-oriented bikes with air-cooled, twin V engines. Moto Guzzi motorcycles include the V7 II Racer, V7 II Stone, V7 II Special, California Touring and Norge GT 8V. Its bikes are designed for racing and riding on pavement and on dirt roads and include racing styles, touring bikes and custom motorcycles.

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Moto Guzzi began producing motorcycles in the early 1920s. Initially, its products included motorcycles with racing designs and power to match. The company pioneered the use of several now common motorcycle components, such as an eight-cylinder engine and kickstand.

One of the company's first successful bikes was the Galletto, which was a three-speed, and later a four-speed, two-wheel motorcycle that stood out for its lightweight and large displacement. In the 1960s, the company produced the popular V7 750 Speciale, and the 1970s brought the V7 Sport and the Le Mans 850, which is one of its most iconic models. The 850 has an elongated racing seat, round tail lights and exhaust pipe heel guards.

Today, the company still produces the V7 line, along with the Nevada, Stelvio and California Cruiser bikes. The company also produces a line of scooters and creates motorcycles designed for recreational riders as well as law enforcement officers, racers and military personnel.

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