SELLER SAYS: Satin black Bellagio with carbon fibre slip-ons, genuine Guzzi saddlebags, genuine screen, cruise control, ECU tuning by Thunderbikes, and new tires 100km ago. Contact Craig on 0481 261 251 (Rivervale, Perth WA).
EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: If you search the internet for reviews on Moto Guzzi’s funky Bellagio, you’ll find a bunch of moto journalists suggesting the Italian machine is a market competitor to America’s Harley-Davidson Sportster. Ahhh … we don’t think so. Yes, both bikes are functional and stylish city-centric machines with genuine all-rounder credentials, both are V-twins, and both are built somewhere that’s not Japan. But we just can’t imagine a Harley rider buying a Guzzi, or a Guzzi rider buying a Harley. Pitching the Bellagio against the Sportster is like pitching one bottle of 2010 Penfolds Grange against 50 cartons of Fosters Lager. The budget’s the same and both are grog, but that’s about it! Seriously though, the Bellagio is somewhere between a cruiser and a muscle bike, boasting top shelf kit like Marzocchi suspension and Brembo brakes, a mostly upright riding position but excellent cornering and handling, and a 75hp motor that’s not sports bike-quick but is capable of some pretty entertaining hustle around the twisties. This bike of Craig’s looks like a great example of a very classy piece of Italian kit. You can read one of those Guzzi-versus-Harley reviews here.