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Good news for Guzzi fans! KMSA, and by association East Coast Motorcycles, will within a month or two be selling Moto Guzzi products. See the press release below. In the picture is the BMW GS1200 rival, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.
Associated Motor Holdings subsidiary KMSA is now the proud distributor of the iconic Moto Guzzi brand of motorcycles in South Africa. Prior to 2006 various distributors sold the charismatic Italian motorcycles in small numbers, and the robust V-twins from the ‘70s and ‘80s still on the road are much sought after by enthusiasts. Countless numbers of these still have fond memories of the Guzzi Le Mans 850 that gave other Italian, German and Japanese sports bikes a run for their money in terms of handling and straight line performance, as well as reliability, thirty years ago.
“We had lengthy discussions with the factory prior to taking on the distribution and marketing of Moto Guzzi’s products alongside our Aprilia range in South Africa,” says Andre van Rooyen, KMSA’s Brand Manager for Aprilia and now Moto Guzzi. “As both Aprilia and Moto Guzzi are exclusive Italian brands owned by Piaggio it made sense for us to expand our product range accordingly. We’ve had queries from existing Guzzi owners asking about motorcycles and spares ever since the previous distributors stopped selling the bikes here in 2006, so we’ll now be able to assist them. East Coast Motorcycles in Durban, Fourways Motorcycles in Gauteng and Aprilia South in Cape Town will initially be the designated Moto Guzzi outlets carrying stock of the motorcycles and spares, but additional dealerships will be appointed in due course.”
Moto Guzzi is a highly respected motorcycle brand, and Guzzi owners are without a doubt amongst the most enthusiastic motorcyclists on the planet. “We’re very pleased with this opportunity to help this much-loved and historic marque regain its true status in South Africa,” says van Rooyen. “The Stelvio NTX 1200 and the stunning 750cc V7 Café Racer are expected to arrive in South Africa in time for display at the 2012 AMID show on 25 – 26 August,” he adds. “The factory is also commencing production of a brand new 1400cc Moto Guzzi California cruiser that will soon be available in Custom and Touring guise, both with ABS.”
Founded by Carlo Guzzi in 1921, the Italian motorcycle company proved enormously successful and won 45 World Championship Grand Prix races and seven World Championship titles in the 250, 350 and 500cc classes between 1949 and 1956. In 1955 Moto Guzzi produced the world’s first (and only) V8 Grand Prix motorcycle, the Otto Cilindri. With an overall weight of just 148 kg the 500cc racer reached a top speed of 280 km/h - after the factory pulled out of racing in 1957 it would be twenty more years before a racing 500cc motorcycle attained that speed again. The Italian company, that invented the motorcycle centre stand, is also credited with being the first motorcycle manufacturer to have its own dedicated wind tunnel.
Their first prototype motorcycle, built in 1920 before the company was officially formed, was way ahead of its time in that it was a unit-construction design incorporating a single cylinder engine and gearbox in a single housing, with an over-square bore/stroke ratio and an overhead camshaft opening four valves. In the 1970s the factory also led the pack in offering the option of an automatic transmission on some models.
Moto Guzzi has always marched to its own drum, which has made the marque very appealing to many motorcyclists. Honda must have studied the time-proven Guzzi format with interest – in the 1970s and ‘80s the Japanese manufacturer offered CX500 and CX650 models that emulated Moto Guzzi’s by then trademark transverse V-twin and shaft drive architecture.
Since discontinuing racing Moto Guzzi has concentrated on building mainly touring and sports machines, all using their signature across-the-frame V-Twin engines with shaft drive to the rear wheel. Owned today by the industrial giant Piaggio, who also own Vespa, Aprilia, Derbi and Gilera, the factory produces under a thousand bikes a month, and these are snapped up by the growing body of Guzzi fans around the world. Late last year the Piaggio Group announced that Moto Guzzi sales in 2011 had increased by 31% over the previous year, and they would invest almost 50 million Euros (R 500 million) in the company over the next five years. The money will be spent on updating and expanding the Mandello del Lario factory and developing new models that are true to the Moto Guzzi tradition.
PRESS RELEASE BY MOTO GUZZI SOUTH AFRICA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL ANDRE ON 011 - 4651540.
12 Mei 2010
Motorfietsryers sal vanaf April 2011 'n kategorie op hulle eie wees wat
betref tolpaaie en sal dan minder tolgelde hoef te betaal. Dit volg op 'n
vraag van Pieter Groenewald (LP) van die Vryheidsfront Plus in die Parlement
aan die minister van Vervoer. In 'n amptelike antwoord op die vraag het die
minister gesê dat 'n aparte kategorie vir motorfietse ontwikkel word as deel
van die Gauteng Snelweg-verbeteringsprojek (Gauteng Freeway Improvement
Project) en dat dit in April 2011 in werking gestel sal word. Dit is in
opvolg van 'n soortgelyke vraag deur Pieter Groenewald verlede jaar aan die
minister. (Sien die antwoord hieronder)
"Dit is onregverdig dat motorfietsryers dieselfde tolgelde moet betaal as
gewone motoriste. Tolgelde word bepaal volgens kategorieë, wat op gewig van
die voertuie gebaseer is. Motorfietse is baie ligter as 'n kar, maar moet
dieselfde betaal as 'n kar. Dit kom daarop neer dat motorfietsryers eintlik
ander motoriste subsidieer. Die Vryheidsfront Plus verwelkom die besluit en
sal verdere vrae stel om te verseker dit geld," sê mnr. Pieter Groenewald,
die VF Plus se Parlementêre woordvoerder oor Vervoer.
MNR. PIETER GROENEWALD
Kontaknommers: 083 627 4397 / 082 472 0189
Motorcyclists will pay less for toll charges when the electronic toll collection system is launched in April next year, said Freedom Front Plus parliamentary spokesman for transport, Pieter Groenewald, on Wednesday.
"They will be in a category of their own with regards to toll roads and will then be paying less toll fees," Groenewald said in a statement after getting an official reply to a question from the minister of transport.
The system would be implemented as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.
Groenewald said it was unfair that motorbikes were much lighter than ordinary cars but had been charged the same fee.
"This boils down to motorcyclists actually subsidising other vehicles. The Freedom Front Plus welcomes the decision and will ask further questions to ensure that new categories will take effect," he said.
Do you think that motorcyclists have been exploited for too long?
GAUTENG BIKE CLUBS - PLEASE NOTE
This is a letter of introduction for Nick and Bernice of the http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.bikers.org.za website.
They were given the website to maintain by collating pictures of all the rallies and day-jols and publishing them on the site, as well as keeping the calender of events up to date.
They have excelled in this and have created a brand in the web site with cloth badges and t-shirts becoming somewhat popular, as well as the hits on the site having increased from 40 to 230 per day – all at their own expense, as a free service to bikers and biking groups.
They now wish to embark on a “Bikers Calender 2011” encompassing the spirit of the biker, as well as the suppliers and supporters behind the bikers, which will be launched at the 2010 national Gauteng Motorcycle Toy Run – with permission and under their auspices
The underlying objective is to promote the image of bikers and biking in SA, as well as promoting the suppliers who put so much back into biking.
The project will be two fold, professionally showing 12 male biker in the “ladies calender” and 12 female bikers in the “men's calender”. All will be tastefully photographed – showing facets of their lives, clubs, affiliations and interests, as well as their motorcycles.
Included in each photo, will be a supplier/sponsor – showing their name, branding and several of their specific products. The look of each page will be related to the products and what services the sponsor provides. The sponsor amount will be negotiable, dependant on size of branding, amount of pages, and amount of products – and this is to cover the cost of the production and equipment needed to put such a presentation together.
Unfortunately the time factor – or lack of time, means they need an urgent, committed response by the end of march at the latest. Please bear this in mind when negotiating your involvement, as photos, production, proofing and printing all need to be completed by October 2010.
Examples of Nick and Bernice’s commitment are evident on the http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.bikers.org.za web site, where all the recent photos were taken by them, as well as all the write ups and anecdotes .
This “Bikers Calender” endeavour is however a totally separate presentation so as not to clash with any similar interests within the industry. A percentage of the sales of the calenders (recommended selling price is currently R100-00) will go to the bikers benevolent fund, maintained by the various presidents councils. Feed back from the clubs and bikers regarding this project has been very positive.
An example of one of the pages that they have conceptualized is as follows:
A male biker in a work shop, servicing his bike – posing over it, and covered in oil, his club colours displayed, with the subscript reading “there’s nothing like a well oiled bike”, with Castrol sponsoring that month. Their logo will be on the page with many of their products displayed around the bike and on the shelves in the workshop.
They are fully supported in this venture by myself “FINE” President of Head Hunters, chairman of Toy Run, and founder of http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.bikers.org.za
Winterhalder TV Interview - Daytona Bike Week 2010
Gina Woods from Open Road Radio interviews biker personality, author and television producer Edward Winterhalder at the IMS during Daytona Bike Week in March 2010. To see the interview, go to: http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRjVxgYBbtI
For more information about Edward Winterhalder, his books, TV shows and DVDs about th...e... biker lifestyle, go to: http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.blockheadcity.com/
For more information about Open Road Radio, go to: http://www.facebook.com/l/666ae;www.openroadradio.com/
'I DIDN'T MEAN TO HURT ANYBODY' THE VICTIM AND THE SUSPECT: Speed camera operator Doug Georgianni (left) and the biker accused of shooting him, Thomas Patrick Destories.
April 22, 2009 By Amanda Lee Myers
An elderly Arizona biker has been arrested for shooting-up a speed-trap camera van with a .45 pistol, killing the operator inside. Thomas Patrick Destories was riding his motorcycle when he was arrested on Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Doug Georgianni, 51, who was shot Sunday night in the photo radar van.
Destories, 68, told police: "I'm sorry. I was going to turn myself in. I didn't mean to hurt anybody. I saw the shooting on the news. The gun is in the saddlebag."
Police found a magazine for a 45-calibre pistol in Destories' front pocket when they arrested himMany people assume phot radar vans aren't manned.
Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Andy Hill said on Monday investigators determined a first-degree murder charge was appropriate because of an analysis of items found at the scene and statements Destories made to police.
Hill's comment came when asked about the assumption many people make that photo radar vans aren't manned.
Five large-calibre bullets hit the marked Department of Public Safety van. Three were grouped on the window of Georgianni's seat, police said.
Georgianni had worked for three months for RedFlex Traffic Systems, which has a state contract to operate the photo radar systems.
Arizona became the first US state to use photo speed enforcement on state highways last in 2008.
Critics say the programme is costly and unfair to motorists. Proponents say photo radar saves lives by slowing drivers and frees police to tackle other problems. - Sapa-AP
New website for Hyosung www.hyosung.co.za
Beaten Oz biker: Now brother shot in gang war .
GUNS STOCKPILED, 'SOLDIER' IMPORTS REPORTED March 30, 2009
An Australian Hell's Angel whose brother was bludgeoned to death at Sydney airport recently was under guard in hospital Monday after being shot several times.
In the latest episode in the country's ongoing biker war, police said the 32-year-old survived after being shot late Sunday outside his Sydney home and was in a stable condition in hospital.
News reports said the victim was Peter Zervas, whose brother Anthony was beaten to death at Sydney airport on March 22 during a brawl that saw simmering tensions between biker gangs explode into public violence.
Little doubt the gunman was from a biker gang.
The commander of the New South Wales Police Gangs Squad, superintendent Mal Lanyon, said there was little doubt the gunman was from a biker gang.
"I think it's probably realistic that we will be looking at other motorcycle gangs," he told ABC radio.
Lanyon was concerned about reports biker gangs were stockpiling weapons and bringing members of overseas chapters to Australia as reinforcements but he said police were on top of the situation with an extra 75 officers drafted into his squad last week, almost doubling its strength.
"The police are in control of these matters, the police are certainly taking them seriously," he said. "I'm not about to tell you these matters will stop today but certainly we treat them seriously."
Authorities in New South Wales state have fast-tracked laws that allow police to ban nominated biker groups with the threat of as much as five years in jail if members continue to associate.
'The police are in control of these matters' - police boss.
The laws have come under fire from civil liberties groups but state premier Nathan Rees said the latest shooting showed they were urgently needed.
"This underlines the need for the new laws that to proscribe gangs and make it an offence to associate with a gang," Rees said. "These are strong new laws, but they are in equal measure to the brazenness with which these criminal gangs are carrying out their activities."
Experts say the violence stems from turf wars over drug distribution, particularly methamphetamine or "ice".
The last time Australian bikers battled in public was 25 years ago when six gang members and a teenage girl died in a shoot-out between the Bandidos and Comancheros in the car park of a Sydney pub. - AFP