Famed Italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi is now back in Malaysia, in a partnership between Piaggio Asia Pacific and Didi Resources, with an initial media unveiling of three models, the Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone, V7 III Racer and V9 Roamer. Prices for these three retro-styled models are RM66,900 for the V7 III Stone, the Racer at RM81,900 and the V9 Roamer at RM73,900, with all prices including GST, but excluding road tax and insurance.

As the new distributor for Moto Guzzi, Didi Resources, together with Stronghold Cycles, has invested in the establishment of a Moto Guzzi 3S centre at Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. “This not just where bikes can be serviced but is also a lifestyle platform where service, merchandise, accessories and food are available for Moto Guzzi owners,” said Rewi Hamid Bugo, chairman of Didi Resources.

The initial release of the three aforementioned Moto Guzzi models will be followed shortly by V9 Bobber, which retails for RM74,900. For the V7 III range, the V7 III Special and the V7 III Anniversario at RM71,900 and RM80,900, respectively, will be released in due course, with the current shipment pending JPJ homologation.

As the base model of the Moto Guzzi range, the V7 III carries an air-cooled transverse V-twin that displaces 744 cc, with power rated at 52 hp at 6,200 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 4,900 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and Brembo does the braking with a single 320 mm disc in front grabbed by quadruple asymmetric caliper pistons.

Carrying a 21-litre fuel tank, the V7 III Stone has a claimed wet weight of 209 kg, while the Racer did not have any weight figures published. Rolling on an 18-inch wheel up front and a 17-incher at the back, four colours are available for the Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone – Nero Ruvido (matte black), Azzuro Elettrico (electric blue), Verge Camouflage (camouflage green) and Giallo Energico (energetic yellow) – while the V7 III Racer comes in a special chrome finish in a limited production run of 1000 units.

Not just a slightly bored-out version of the Moto Guzzi transverse twin, the V9’s air-cooled engine is all new, despite being only 100 cc more, displacing 853 cc and producing 55 hp at 6,250 rpm and 62 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. Designed more for laid-back cruising, the V9 Roamer comes with a single brake disc in front fitted to a 19-inch wheel, while the rear carries a 16-incher, while the Bobber has 16-inch hoops front and rear.

Both the V9 Roamer and Bobber come with a 15-litre fuel tank, and weight for both Moto Guzzi easy-cruisers is claimed to be 199 kg. Inside the cockpit is a combination analogue/digital instrument pod that displays speed with a needle and the rest of the bike’s information via an LCD display, with MG-MP, Moto Guzzi’s optional multimedia platform.

MG-MP allows the rider to connect to the bike via smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, and ride information can be shared online. All Moto Guzzis in Malaysia come equipped with Continental ABS as standard, as well as traction control, with self-cancelling turn indicators.

GALLERY: 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer
GALLERY: 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone
GALLERY: 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer