Moto Guzzi

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Moto Guzzi is an Italian premium motorcycle manufacturer, headquartered at Mandello del Lario, Lombardy, Italy. Founded in 1921, the consortium is one of seven two wheeler brands owned by Italian giant Piaggio. Moto Guzzi is well reckoned in the motorcycle racing class. The company also ornaments one of the top positions in inventing new stuffs. Moto Guzzi was the first motorcycle firm to introduce centre stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine.

The foundation of Moto Guzzi was laid during the First World War when two Italian aircrafts, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi, and a mechanic serving the Italian Air Corp, the Corpo Aeronautico Militare, Carlo Guzzi came up and thought differently. They dreamt about motorcycles. Soon they established a small garage to experiment out innovative and attractive two wheelers. Guzzi was the head in engineering the motor bikes, while Parodi assisted the firm by investing the whole money needed. At the same time Ravelli promoted the machines with his racing artistry. And after the World War I in 1921, Guzzi and Parodi formed Moto Guzzi. Unfortunately Ravelli died in an aircrash and his death is commemorated by the Eagle Wing Moto Guzi logo. At the initial stages motorcycles were produced badged the name, Guzzi - Parodi. Later the name was changed to Moto Guzzi.

Soon the company moulded out a new horizontal single cylinder engine. This engine was treated in different calculations for a long 45 years during timeline of the company. Since 1934, the company started attaching each engineer's signature on every engine they crafted. In 1946, the company was formally incorporated as Moto Guzzi S.p.A and Giorgio Parodi became the chairman of the company. In 1950s, Moto Guzzi earned much good names from the racing track. The company went under a collaboration with couple of Italian factories, Gilera and Mondial. Then it were milestones for Moto Guzzi at the racing. They led the Grand Prix Motorcycling World. Lighter but reliable motorcycles in 250 cc and 350 cc class designed by Giulio Carcano capitalized a long era. The racing team bagged 5 consecutive 350 cc world titles between 1953 - 57.

In February 1967, SEIMM (Societa Esercizio Industrie Moto Meccaniche), bought the whole stake of Moto Guzzi. Then the motorcycle world witnessed slight changes in the Moto Guzzi factory. More than a motorcycle firm, the company diverted its thinking to be an automobile sector. Soon the consortium commenced producing mopeds, the Dingo and the Trotter. Meanwhile, Guzzi introduced a revolutionary engine, the 90 V twin engine which is still marked as the iconic engine of Moto Guzzi.

In 2000, Ivano Beggio led Aprilia SpA, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer acquired Moto Guzzi for $65 million. But Aprilia had to suffer financially after the acquisition. Then the plant was shut down for a short period. Alas by the end of 2004, the Italian motorcycle and scooter giant Piaggio acquired Aprilia and Moto Guzzi along with it to establish Europe's largest and world's fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer.

On 14 December 2013, Moto Guzzi debuted in the Indian soil along with the Griso 1200 8V. It is the only available model of Guzzi in India. The Italian firm now has a dealership in Gurgaon in the country. The dealership is shared with its parent company Piaggio owned motorcycle brand, Aprilia.