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2016 Moto Guzzi Audace
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace
2016 Moto Guzzi Audace



2016 Moto Guzzi Audace Review

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

MOTO GUZZI AUDACE FOLLOWS AN AGGRESSIVE DESIGN APPROACH THAT LEADS TO AN OSTENTATIOUS AND FIERCE LOOK…

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.


MOTO GUZZI AUDACE: THE MUSCLE BIKE THAT SCRAPES THE ASPHALT

Today Audace is the brazen interpreter of the Moto Guzzi rebel spirit, a brand with a unique personality that often goes against the flow. The history of the Larian eagle is riddled with unique choices: the transversal V 90, a skill for innovation, records in the sports field, the renowned 8 cylinder engine. Moto Guzzi has never been shy about showing its unique character. 90 years on it is still the same.

Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, the Moto Guzzi 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.

Audace has no chromium plating: 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 this new Moto Guzzi 1400cc.

Audace is the perfect representation of the second soul of the Moto Guzzi brand – urban dark. A dark soul already introduced on the Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone and reconfirmed with the elements of the Dark Rider personalisation that Guzzi designed for the “750” from Mandello

Miguel Galluzzi, the designer in charge of the PADC (Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center) in Pasadena California, introduces the new Audace like this: “The first steps of the new Moto Guzzi path were taken from the 90 year anniversary celebration for this great brand, founded in 1921 and unique in the world for the motorcycling values that it embodies. Moto Guzzi’s desire to grow is perfectly summed up in the strong and uncompromising character of the new Audace. I believe that this bike, today, speaks louder than any words about the more modern soul and future of the brand from Mandello. All you have to do is look at it and ride it and all your questions are answered. Sitting astride this imposing bike, starting the powerful V twin and riding down the road is all you need to understand what Moto Guzzi represents today. Audace is a perfect interpretation of the most genuine Moto Guzzi spirit.”

On the lines 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 with die-cast aluminium support flange that, despite the outlaw look, is high-tech to contain polluting emissions. In fact, thanks to the use of a secondary air system and a specific catalytic converter, the Audace is the first Euro 4 approved Moto Guzzi.

The side panel covers are light, as well as the passenger footpeg bracket. The platform footboards are gone here – we are no longer on a cruiser – as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther back and the classic gear shifter pedal.

Particular attention was given to the more sporty saddle, covered in eco-leather with exposed red stitching, lowered in terms of the seating position and installation ready for the foldaway passenger seat (that can be removed when necessary). The design of the drag handlebar, thanks to the forward position of the footpegs and the different seating level, creates a longer and more dominating riding position.

Another particularly elegant feature is the burnished valve covers, the fully adjustable rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle, the alloy wheels personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo and the decidedly 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 200/60 rear tyre.

The generosity of the 1400 cc “Made in Mandello” 90° V-twin is a quality which 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, up to a torque of 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm. As a result, thanks in part to an advantageous weight/power ratio, the Audace jumps off the line with unexpected vigour.

The Audace will certainly be the Moto Guzzi most used with the “Veloce” engine map and the one where the MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often. Whereas its large twin cylinder engine is the absolute benchmark in its category for engine capacity-performance-consumption ratio thanks to excellent thermodynamic performance, the advanced Ride-by-wire multimap electronic management allows the rider to choose from one of three engine maps: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia. Moto Guzzi Audace is available in two different colour schemes: Nero Travolgente and Rosso Impetuoso.


THE MOTO GUZZI MEDIA PLATFORM CONNECTS AUDACE TO THE WORLD

The innovative multimedia platform makes its début on the Audace at the service of Moto Guzzi riders. MG-MP, available as optional equipment, is the innovative multimedia system which allows you to connect the bike to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With this application, downloadable free from App Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.

The wireless connection allows you to simultaneously see important information about the vehicle on your smartphone screen so you will always have your trip parameters under control. The touch screen on your smartphone lets you view five parameters at a time, selected by the rider from a vast menu including speedometer and tachometer, engine power and torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain an eco-compatible riding style, providing a summary assessment of the results achieved during the trip.

You can also store your trip data and review it later on your computer or directly on the app so you can analyse your route along with the vehicle performance parameters.

When the fuel reserve light comes on MG-MP indicates the location of the closest petrol stations; the system also helps you easily find the vehicle when you are parked in an unfamiliar area, automatically saving the position where it was last switched off.
MG-MP includes the “Grip Warning” feature which replicates the traction control indications for maximum visibility and provides information on your riding style in real time with relation to the road surface. A dedicated warning light alerts the rider in the event of poor grip. With the synergistic use of gyroscopes and vehicle signals, your iPhone/iPod becomes a sophisticated roll angle indicator on turns thanks to a proprietary algorithms developed specifically for the new Moto Guzzi. You can set the thresholds for roll angle, running speed and rpms so that when they are exceeded the relative warning lights will come on or flash on the virtual dashboard.

 




2016 Moto Guzzi Audace www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

– 1400 V-TWIN producing explosive torque of 87 ft. lbs. at just 2750 rpm
– 96 hp at 6500 rpm
– Innovative elastic engine mounts for zero vibrations and total riding comfort
– 6-speed gearbox
– Traction Control – (MGTC) Adjustable 3-stage
– Ride-by-wire, three engine maps: Touring, Sport, Rain
– Electronic cruise control
– ABS / Brembo brakes
– 5.4 gallon fuel capacity
– Special remote reservoir rear shocks
– Black rims with red Moto Guzzi logo
– Black rearview mirrors

Thanks to the redesigned fluid dynamics of the new exhaust system, it has a new lease of life at high rpm torque up to 121 Nm at 3,000 r/min.

 

The Bike

The Audace can be picked out immediately by its front end, stylistically “lighter” thanks to the circular headlight unit and the (real) carbon mudguard mounted on a fork without coverings. There are several other new features that contribute to enhance the muscular character of this bike: like the oil cooler air-scoop, the metallic radiator grill and the brand new total-black short megaphone exhaust. Also all chrome plating has been eliminated, and every mechanical detail and each exposed metallic part has been blacked-out. The platform floorboards and rocker gear shift pedal mounted on all the other models in the range have been replaced by sportier footpegs mounted further forward with a classic gear shifter pedal.

Particular attention was given to the saddle, covered in “faux leather” 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 height, create a longer and more dominating riding position, compared to the California Custom.

Other stylistic changes to contribute to a more aggressive look can be found in the details: the burnished valve covers, the rear shock absorbers with separate gas reservoir, the light alloy wheels personalized with the Moto Guzzi logo and the minimal black 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 on the asphalt, leaving the marks of its oversize 200/65 rear tire. The generosity of the 90° V-twin 1400cc engine “Made in Mandello” is well known by now and on the Audace at high revs is livelier than ever; thanks to the new exhaust system with redesigned fluid dynamics. Within the Moto Guzzi 1400 range the Audace will certainly be the one that is most used with the “Veloce” map output and the one where the MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often…

Audace Standard Features:
– 1400 V-TWIN producing explosive torque of 87 ft. lbs. at just 2750 rpm
– 96 hp at 6500 rpm
– Innovative elastic engine mounts for zero vibrations and total riding comfort
– 6-speed gearbox
– Traction Control – (MGTC) Adjustable 3-stage
– Ride-by-wire, three engine maps: Touring, Sport, Rain
– Electronic cruise control
– ABS / Brembo brakes
– 5.4 gallon fuel capacity
– Special remote reservoir rear shocks
– Black rims with red Moto Guzzi logo
– Black rearview mirrors

 

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Ostentatious, muscular, aggressive.

Every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark. The Audace can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the carbon mudguard.

The drag handlebar, the forward position of the footpegs and the different saddle seating level create a more stretched out and more dominating riding position.

The brand new undersump lug that gives the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille and the short megaphone exhaust.

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.

Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, the Moto Guzzi 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. Audace has no chromium plating: 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 this new Moto Guzzi 1400cc.

The generosity of the 1400 cc “Made in Mandello” 90° V-twin is a quality which 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, up to a torque of 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

 


A VAST RANGE OF DEDICATED ACCESSORIES

The original range of accessories for the Audace was designed to meet the needs of style sensitive bikers who want to reinforce the decisive and powerful image of their bikes, giving them an even more muscle look (for example with the black anodised hand grips that are installation-ready for black “corsa” ends, short shank black mirrors, CNC billet aluminium sleek and lightweight brake and clutch levers) or a more sporty look (with carbon look kit for tank side covers, fuel cap cover and injectors cover, matt red cylinder heads cover kit and completely aluminium footpegs).
The range also includes components dedicated to increasing comfort, such as the mirror-polished stainless steel cylinders heat shield kit.

Audace Eagle motorcycle cover: made to measure cover for indoor use to protect your bike from gathering dust when parked in the garage. It is made specifically for the Audace in an elastic fabric with a special graphic.

“Dark” short shank mirrors: made in anodized black billet aluminium. This pair of short shank mirrors embodies the maximum in manufacturing technology expressed in some special machining done on three axes. They are approved for use in all countries.

“Dark” hand grips: made from black anodised billet aluminium, they enhance your bikes handlebar, giving it a personalised and elegant look and they are installation-ready for “Corsa” ends.

Black “Corsa” hand grip ends: the “Corsa” hand grip ends, made from black anodised billet aluminium, match the “Dark”, hand grips, perfectly completing the style and aesthetics of your bike.

“Dark” black front brake lever: made from black anodised billet aluminium, the dark front brake lever, thanks to its feel and adjustments, increases riding comfort, enhancing the look of the bike.

“Dark” black clutch lever: made from black anodised billet aluminium, the dark clutch lever, thanks to its feel and adjustments, increases riding comfort and characterises the aesthetics of the Audace.

Aluminium rider and passenger footpegs: high quality billet aluminium covers that replace the factory rubber parts. The facing creates a specific design and guarantees maximum grip in any riding conditions.

Aluminium head bushings set: set of four billet aluminium aesthetic spacers which replace the fastening screws on the cylinder head covers. Polished stainless steel screws are included.

Engine crankcase hole covers – black: made from laser-cut and black anodised aluminium, these cover the engine crankcase machining holes. The number “1400” is laser inscribed.

Carbon look tank side covers: the tank side covers lined with a special carbon look film personalise the style of your bike, making it a true “custom”.

Carbon look fuel cap cover: the special fuel cap cover is also lined with a carbon look film for extreme personalisation of every part.

Pair of carbon look injector covers: these covers designed for the injectors have a carbon look film lining.

Cylinder head covers – matt red: elegant painted cylinder head covers with special machined facing represent a special personalising element for the Audace.

Electronic antitheft: compact, latest generation self powered alarm system with wireless remote control Its features include: engine lock, built-in motion sensor, high level of protection.

Cylinder heat shields: each heat shield is made in mirror polished stainless steel with ABS inserts that improve the design. They protect from the heat generated by the cylinder in order to give you a more comfortable ride.

Chromium plated tank side covers: the chromium plated fuel tank side covers further personalise the style of your bike.

Heads guard: special lateral cylinder guards made in billet aluminium with a mirror polished finish. They match the style and design of the new Audace perfectly. The come complete with mirror polished stainless steel mounts.

License plate bracket and usa license plate bracket: elegant approved license plate bracket made in stainless steel with polished finish.

Swingarm washers: special washers made in billet aluminium.

Rear brake fluid reservoir cover: made in billet aluminium with polished finish, this personalises the look of your bike. It completely covers the brake fuel reservoir body, obviously not interfering with its operation. Easy to install.


 


 

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15990 USD

ENGINE
Type Four-stroke V 90 twin, four valves, dual ignition, Ride by Wire with 3 engine maps, 3 level adjustable traction control, Cruise Control as standard equipment
Capacity 1380cc
Maximum power 71 kW (96 HP) at 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalyser with lambda probe

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speeds with final overdrive
Final drive CA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive
Clutch Dry single plate with flexible couplings

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Wheelbase 1,695mm
Front suspension standard swingarm Ø 46 mm, with radical calliper mountain bracket and telescopes on the stanchions
Front wheel travel 120 mm
Rear suspension swingarm with double shock absorber adjustable spring preload
Rear wheel travel 120 mm
Brake system Brembo
Front brake Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons: ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons: ABS as standard
Rear wheel 200/60 R16″
Front wheel 130/70 R18″
Front tire Metzeler Lasertec 100/90- 18 56H TL
Rear tire Metzeler Lasertec 130/80 -17 65H TL

DIMENSIONS
Length 2445 mm
Width 940mm
Saddle height 740 mm
Dry weight 401 lbs (182 kg)
Curb weight 701 lbs (314 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.4 Gallons (20.5 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)





 


 

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $16490 CDN

ENGINE
Type Four-stroke V 90 twin, four valves, dual ignition, Ride by Wire with 3 engine maps, 3 level adjustable traction control, Cruise Control as standard equipment
Capacity 1380cc
Maximum power 71 kW (96 HP) at 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalyser with lambda probe

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speeds with final overdrive
Lubrication Forced circulation with lobe pump – circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final drive CA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive
Clutch Dry single plate with flexible couplings

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Wheelbase 1,695mm
Trail 109
Steering rake 27°50’
Front suspension standard swingarm Ø 46 mm, with radical calliper mountain bracket and telescopes on the stanchions
Front wheel travel 120 mm
Rear suspension swingarm with double shock absorber adjustable spring preload
Rear wheel travel 120 mm
Brake system Brembo
Front brake Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons: ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons: ABS as standard
Wheels Spoked steel rims
Rear wheel 200/60 R16″
Front wheel 130/70 R18″
Front tire Metzeler Lasertec 100/90- 18 56H TL
Rear tire Metzeler Lasertec 130/80 -17 65H TL

DIMENSIONS
Length 2445 mm
Width 940mm
Height 43.8 inches (1,115 mm)
Saddle height 740 mm
Minimum ground clearance 7.2 inches (182 mm)
Dry weight 401 lbs (182 kg)
Curb weight 701 lbs (314 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.4 Gallons (20.5 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)




 

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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
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



*Starting at MSRP is the manufactured suggested price and excludes delivery, setup, tax, title, license, and additional fees and expenses. Bikes may be shown with optional accessories. Final sale price determined by an authorized dealer. Specifications and MSRP are subject to change.

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