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2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Coolness Factor = 85.3%

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:32 am
by totalmotorcycle
2015 Moto Guzzi Audace on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

For MORE information and Photos click here: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... Audace.htm

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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
Canada/USA/EU MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing

ENGINE
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

TRANSMISSION
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

CHASSIS
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

Wheels
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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"

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
System voltage : 12 V
Battery : 12V - 18 Ah
Alternator : 12 V - 550 W

DIMENSIONS
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

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 11:33 am
by totalmotorcycle
This week's bike as suggested by montanalifter!

The new Moto Guzzi Audace... not available till next year in North America, but available in Europe right now.

Enjoy!

Mike

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:34 pm
by ceemes
I like, me want....Awesome vote here

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:17 am
by totalmotorcycle
ceemes wrote:I like, me want....Awesome vote here
Would you get the Matt/Matte Black or Red?

Mike

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:03 am
by montanalifter
Really cool bike, does not look like every other v-twin with the horizontal mounted engine. oil cooler with fan, shaft drive- no belt or chain to mess with. Traction control, good power and torque. http://www.cycleworld.com/2015/06/01/mo ... de-photos/ The one with the red cylinder heads looks great to me. If I did not have a big v-twin cruiser this one would be one of the top choices.

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:17 am
by Hanson
Now ABS. :(

I voted cool.

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:47 pm
by ceemes
totalmotorcycle wrote:
ceemes wrote:I like, me want....Awesome vote here
Would you get the Matt/Matte Black or Red?

Mike
I will let the man himself answer....


Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:39 pm
by jstark47
I'm not really a cruiser guy, but if I were, this would be on the short list, along with one of the Triumphs, and one of the new Indians.

(Something to think about if I ever get "old" enough for a cruiser...... :mrgreen: )

Guzzi = cool. Automatically. :wink:

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:42 pm
by jaskc78
had to vote awesome. great looking bike, good power numbers, and a 6-speed transmission for slab cruising. what's not to like?

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:49 am
by Grey Thumper
jstark47 wrote:Guzzi = cool. Automatically. :wink:
I can't seem to find the nodding smiley. Anyway, yes indeed.

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:30 pm
by totalmotorcycle
I voted: Awesome

Moto Guzzi, I can't believe how they have gone from a company very, very few have ever heard about to a modern day success story in just a decade. I actually see Guzzi's on the road more and more now a days...

The California special when it arrived last year won tons of awards and it truly is an amazing muscle cruiser. Unique, powerful, good looking and affordable to boot (American priced but Italian import)!

The new Audace which is based on the California goes that one step further into the Muscle look realm. It's a cruiser no one would be embarrassed to ride. I'm very much looking forward to what Guzzi does next after the successes of the V7 and Cali models... maybe an updated Griso or V11 Sport is in the works? Maybe even a Triumph/Ducati Scrambler category that's become so popular?

Mike

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:32 pm
by totalmotorcycle
This just in: SPECIAL OFFER FROM GUZZI on the California:

Moto Guzzi California Summer Promotion


The Open Road Calls

The California models are world renowned ambassadors for Moto Guzzi cruisers. California embodies the highest standards of Italian design, technology and comfort.

Answer the call today with $1,500 Customer Cash and a choice of $0 down finance options.

CUSTOMER CASH


MODEL MSRP MY14
California Custom $15,490 $1,500
California Touring $18,490 $1,500

Offer effective on select new and unused 2014 & 2015 Moto Guzzi California Custom and California Touring units purchased from a participating Moto Guzzi dealer between 6/1/2015 and 8/31/2015. Bonus is deducted off of MSRP at point of purchase.

$0 DOWN CONSUMER FINANCE

Choose from two finance programs with $0 down.
· 3.99% over 36 months
· 5.99% over 60 months

QUALIFYING MODELS


California Custom MY15/MY14
California Touring MY15/MY14

Offer effective on select new and unused 2014 & 2015 Moto Guzzi California Custom and California Touring units purchased from a participating Moto Guzzi dealer between 6/1/2015 and 8/31/2015.

Installment Promo Name: “3.99% for 36 Months [4.38% APR*]”


*Example: On a purchase where the Amount Financed is $8,490, your Down Payment is $0 with 36 monthly payments of $252.10 each. Interest Rate is 3.99% [ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE is 4.38% (E)].

Note: The above financing programs are offered by Sheffield Financial, a Division of Branch Banking and Trust Company, Member FDIC. Subject to credit approval. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. Other financing offers are available. See your local dealer for details. Rate advertised is based on minimum bureau risk score of 675. Minimum Amount Financed $1,500; Maximum Amount Financed $50,000. Other qualifications and restrictions may apply. An origination fee of $50 will be added to the amount financed in the above example. Financing promotions void where prohibited. Offer effective on select new and unused 2014 & 2015 Moto Guzzi California Custom, California Touring, V7 Special, V7 Racer, V7 Stone units purchased from a participating Moto Guzzi dealer between 6/1/2015 and 8/31/2015. Offer subject to change without notice. [“E” means estimate.]

Installment Promo Name: “5.99% for 60 Months [6.23% APR*]”


*Example: On a purchase where the Amount Financed is $8,490, your Down Payment is $0 with 60 monthly payments of $165.06 each. Interest Rate is 5.99% [ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE is 6.23% (E)].

Note: The above financing programs are offered by Sheffield Financial, a Division of Branch Banking and Trust Company, Member FDIC. Subject to credit approval. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. Other financing offers are available. See your local dealer for details. Rate advertised is based on minimum bureau risk score of 675. Minimum Amount Financed $1,500; Maximum Amount Financed $50,000. Other qualifications and restrictions may apply. An origination fee of $50 will be added to the amount financed in the above example. Financing promotions void where prohibited. Offer effective on select new and unused 2014 & 2015 Moto Guzzi California Custom, California Touring, V7 Special, V7 Racer, V7 Stone units purchased from a participating Moto Guzzi dealer between 6/1/2015 and 8/31/2015. Offer subject to change without notice. [“E” means estimate.]

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:37 pm
by Jamers!
that is a magnificent looking machine. So much style and yet so much ability. all in a subtle yet dominating appearance. wow.

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:33 am
by sunshine229
Wow, what a cool bike! I am not a fan of BIG bikes, and this is a BIG bike, but that is all that is keeping me from voting awesome. Moto Guzzi appears to be making a comeback in the past few years with bikes that are attractive to a wider audience. I see a ton of V7's here in Calgary! Keep it up Guzzi!

Re: This Week: 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Vote Now

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:42 am
by totalmotorcycle
2015 Moto Guzzi Audace - Coolness Factor = 85.3%
Featured: June 12th, 2015 - June 19th 2015
Most popular vote category: Awesome

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Motorcycle Cool Wall discussion: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=51351
Total Motorcycle model page: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... Audace.htm

Your Coolness Factor of the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace is:

Awesome (3 points) 59% [ 20 ]
Cool (2 points) 38% [ 13 ]
Uncool (1 point) 3% [ 1 ]
Fail (0 point) 0% [ 0 ]

Total votes: 34


= a Coolwall Factor of 85.3%

Notes: Moto Guzzi hits a home run with the Audace muscle cruiser! Our readers were very happy with not a fail vote in site (and 97% of the vote was cool or awesome). It is rare that a cruiser ranks this high and appeals to so many, cruisers like sportbikes are a niche market. The only other cruiser to ever be voted this high was the 2015 Indian Scout which edged ahead by a hair (+0.1% higher vote)! If you are in the cruiser market either of these models would be an outstanding choice.

Get excited as the next TMW Cool Wall bike is now up for voting and discussion, have fun!