Tuesday, September 9


FINAL preparations are underway at Mandello del Lario in anticipation of a peaceful invasion by Moto Guzzi fans who traditionally descend upon the lakeside town in northern Italy in the second week of September.

This year’s three day Open House will feature test rides on the entire 2014 Moto Guzzi range, free entry to the Moto Guzzi Museum and guided tours of the engine and vehicle production lines.  Guests will also get to see the most extreme and spectacular Moto Guzzi specials on display.

The 2014 range is available for testing...

On Friday, September 12, the famed red gate with the golden eagle at Via Parodi 57 will open to welcome enthusiasts who want to discover or relive the experience of visiting a unique factory.  This is an appointment with history to appreciate the industrial architecture, the ingeniousness of the wind tunnel – the first motorcycle factory to build one – and more than 150 motorcycles on display, from the original GP (Guzzi-Parodi) to the MGS01, as well as the first Normale, manufactured in 1921, which was returned to the Museum this year after an extensive restoration.

A nicely restored Falcone.  Note the 'bacon slicer' external flywheel.

Moving on from the historically significant bikes to modern ones, this year visitors will once again have the chance to test the major models in the 2014 range, from the luxurious California 1400 to the refined V7 in all of the various versions, taking a ride which will lead to the entrance of Lecco and Varenna.  

A feature of the 2014 Moto Guzzi Open House which is sure to be popular is the Custom Area, where fans will be able to admire not only the major models in the 2014 range, but also the most prestigious “Specials” built on small and big block bases by the most famous "custom made shops" in the sector: RossoPuro, South Garage, Millepercento and the German Radical Guzzi bikes.

The bookshop will contain plenty of new articles with a sneak peek of the 2015 fashion and accessories collection as well as the chance to purchase the previous collections at outlet prices.

In the spirit of the hospitality and warm welcome that makes Mandello a place any biker loves, this year visitors will be able to camp for free in the Lido area under a starry sky (at least that's what everyone is hoping for!) and with one of the most beautiful views of the Lario.