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Moto Guzzi's new MGX-21 Flying Fortress is the bomb

A consummate cruiser with looks to thrill, the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress is the marque's latest sortie against mundane motorcycle design. Ready for take-off with the largest European engine of its kind, the MGX-21 features the brand's own 72kW, 1400 cc V-Twin barricaded within a steel twin-tube cradle frame amply overlaid with carbon-fibre accents.

The nearly all-black beast has a name that references the bike's experimental aesthetics (such as its "Batwing" fairing) as well as both the year Moto Guzzi was founded (established in 1921, it is Europe's oldest continuous motorbike manufacturer) and the 21-inch alloy front wheel. Handling is enhanced by its antilock braking system, adjustable traction control and ride-by-wire accelerator while comfort is complemented by cruise control and Moto Guzzi's new multimedia entertainment system as part of the comprehensive instrumentation. In addition, long-haul missions are made easy with plenty of on-board cargo space.

Owners were given the opportunity to participate in Moto Guzzi's exclusive open-house program at its production facility in Mandello del Lario, Italy, during September—part of the company's 95th anniversary celebration. ( motoguzzi.com)

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