Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Moto Guzzi

􀂙 Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, Moto Guzzi has led Italy’s motorcycling manufacture, enjoyed prominence in world-wide motorcycle racing, and led the industry in ground-breaking innovation — for the greater

part of its history.

􀂙 Moto Guzzi was conceived by Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgi Parodi, two aircraft pilots and

their mechanic serving in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corp, CAM) during World War I.

The three were assigned to the Miraglia Squadron based outside Venice.

􀂙 The trio envisioned creating a motorcycle company after the war. Guzzi would engineer the motor bikes,

Parodi (scion of wealthy Genovese ship-owners) would finance the venture, and Ravelli (already a famous

pilot and motocycle racer) would promote the bikes with his racing prowess.

􀂙 Guzzi and Parodi formed Moto Guzzi in 1921. Ravelli, ironically, had died just days after the war’s end in an

aircraft crash – and is commemorated by the eagle’s wings that form the Moto Guzzi logo.

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