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Falling in love with a concept: the Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track

Moto Guzzi had a handsome display at this year’s recent EICMA show in Milan. There, the manufacturer from Mandello del Lario was debuting a new V7 III model, in a handful of variations like their V7 III ‘Anniversario’ or their new V7 III Racer, a cafe racer inspired variation now equipped with Öhlins rear suspension. I’m definitely a fan of the V7 range and naturally assumed that would be my favorite bike announced by Guzzi, however there was a different model that stole my heart. To the right of their main stage, there was a group of customized Guzzis hanging out, and there happened to be one particular V9 that was given a scrambler treatment that I just couldn’t stop starting at it. Currently, the Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track  is just a concept at this point, but all I could think about was that I had to build one!

Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track front end

The X-Track was outfitted with the same red cylinder heads, or ’red heads’, that you see on the new MGX-21 Flying Fortress. Red springs on the rear shocks, red calipers and red logotype on the wheels tie it all together.

Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track top view

Another striking accessory on the bike is the set of dual Arrow high pipes complete with a carbon heat shield with a touch a red paint to put the finishing touch on a stunning piece.

Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track Arrow exhaust

A raw tank with a touch of paint is a personal favorite of mine at the moment and the X-Track was done proper.

Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track tank

Knobbies, a single seat, raised MX-style bars, and beefier red rear shocks complete the Scrambler’s aesthetic.

Moto Guzzi V9 X-Track scrambler

Does anyone else besides me think that this thing looks like a good time? The real question is, if MG were to put this bike into production, would people buy it? My gut says yes…

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Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn, a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, combines over a decade of OEM motorcycle marketing experience with his passion for custom builds. Since 2008, he has been the driving force behind The Bullitt, a digital platform celebrating the art and culture of motorcycles.