2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Coolness Factor = 85.3%
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THE MUSCLE BIKE THAT SCRAPES THE ASPHALT...
MOTO GUZZI AUDACE
The new Moto Guzzi Audace states its rebel spirit immediately simply with its name.
It is a musclebike designed to enhance the spectacular performance of the 1400 cc "Made in Mandello" big block, the largest V Twin ever manufactured in Europe.
Nothing more than pure riding pleasure led the development of a model where the best available technology is at the service of performance and which has a look with a strong personality, a carbon look which takes on that dark soul already introduced on the Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone and reconfirmed with the elements of the Dark Rider personalisation designed for the "750" from Mandello.
Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, the Audace can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the carbon mudguard mounted on a fork without any telescope covering. It has no chromium plating so every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark as night, an ideal condition for fully enjoying a bike in solitude with the striking beauty of the Audace.
Light comes through only in the stark contrast with the colour of the lateral strip that shows several brand new details. Like the undersump lug that gives the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille and the short megaphone exhaust which, despite its rebellious look, is actually Euro 4 approved.
The side panel covers have also been changed, lightened like the passenger footpeg bracket. The platform footboards mounted on all the other models in the range are gone here, as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther forward and the classic gear shifter pedal.
Particular attention was given to the saddle, covered in skai with exposed red stitching, lowered in terms of the seating position and installation ready for the foldaway passenger seat. The drag handlebar is also new which, thanks to the forward position of the footpegs and the different seating level, create a longer and more dominating riding position.
Another particularly elegant feature is the burnished valve covers, the rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle and the alloy wheels personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo, as well as the minimal mirrors.
Powerful and aggressive, the Audace looks as if it is crouched down on its haunches like a large feline ready to unleash its explosive power to scratch the asphalt, leaving the mark of its oversize 200/65 rear tyre. The generosity of the 1400 cc "Made in Mandello" 90° V-twin is well known by now and on the Audace, thanks to the exhaust system with redesigned fluid dynamics, is even more lively at high revs. As a result, thanks in part to weighing a few kilos less, the Audace is definitely quicker off the line. It will certainly be the one that is most used with the "Veloce" output map and the one where the MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often…
2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - http://www.Totalmotorcycle.com American Specifications/Technical Details
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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 : 1380 cc
Bore and stroke : 104 x 81.2 mm
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 (96 HP) at 6500 rpm
Maximum torque : 121 Nm 3,000 min-1
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
Starting : Electrical
Spark plugs : NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
Exhaust system : stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, 3-way catalytic converter with double oxygen sensor
Emissions compliance : 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 : 1695 mm
Trail : 145 mm
Headstock angle : 32°
Steering angle : 38°
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 : 120 mm
Front brake : dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake : 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
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 : 2445 mm
Width : 940 mm
Height : 1180 mm
Saddle height : 740 mm (720 mm opt.)
Minimum ground clearance : 165 mm
Kerb weight* : 299 Kg
Fuel tank capacity : 20.5 litres
Reserve : 5 litres
* Weight of bike ready to ride, will all fluids and no fuel