It attacks the asphalt and shows its charismatic personality with every detail, popular with bikers of character.
Few frills, elongated riding position, drag bar handlebars and muscular lines: this is the bike to ride alone, accompanied by the roar of the powerful engine, without a destination.
Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, the Moto Guzzi Audace can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the carbon mudguard mounted on a fork without any telescope covering.
Audace has no chromium plating: every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark as night, an ideal condition for fully enjoying a bike in solitude with the striking beauty of this new Moto Guzzi 1400cc.
Dark spirit, prefers dark mechanical details to chrome plating and renews its look with a lighter front shield, thanks to the circular headlight group and the new carbon mudguard. The short exhausts, the side panel with tail and the radiator protection grille emphasis its gritty spirit. The handlebars, the rearward footrests and the renewed saddle ergonomics make the riding experience a real hedonistic pleasure.
The generosity of the 1400 cc “Made in Mandello” 90° V-twin is a quality which is well known by now and on the Audace, thanks to the exhaust system with redesigned fluid dynamics, is even more lively at high revs, up to a torque of 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm. As a result, thanks in part to an advantageous weight/power ratio, the Audace jumps off the line with unexpected vigour.
The Audace will certainly be the Moto Guzzi most used with the “Veloce” engine map and the one where the MGTC traction control system will need to intervene most often. Whereas its large twin cylinder engine is the absolute benchmark in its category for engine capacity-performance-consumption ratio thanks to excellent thermodynamic performance, the advanced Ride-by-wire multimap electronic management allows the rider to choose from one of three engine maps: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia.
On the lines of the Audace light comes through only in the stark contrast with the colour of the lateral strip that shows several brand new details. Like the undersump lug that gives the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille and the short, megaphone exhaust with die-cast aluminium support flange that, despite the outlaw look, is high-tech to contain polluting emissions. In fact, thanks to the use of a secondary air system and a specific catalytic converter, the Audace is the first Euro 4 approved Moto Guzzi.
The side panel covers are light, as well as the passenger footpeg bracket. The platform footboards are gone here – we are no longer on a cruiser – as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther back and the classic gear shifter pedal.
Particular attention was given to the more sporty saddle, covered in eco-leather with exposed red stitching, lowered in terms of the seating position and installation ready for the foldaway passenger seat (that can be removed when necessary). The design of the drag handlebar, thanks to the forward position of the footpegs and the different seating level, creates a longer and more dominating riding position.
Another particularly elegant feature is the burnished valve covers, the fully adjustable rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle, the alloy wheels personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo and the decidedly minimal mirrors.
The innovative multimedia platform makes its début on the Audace at the service of Moto Guzzi riders. MG-MP, available as optional equipment, is the innovative multimedia system which allows you to connect the bike to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With this application, downloadable free from App Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.
The wireless connection allows you to simultaneously see important information about the vehicle on your smartphone screen so you will always have your trip parameters under control. The touch screen on your smartphone lets you view five parameters at a time, selected by the rider from a vast menu including speedometer and tachometer, engine power and torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain an eco-compatible riding style, providing a summary assessment of the results achieved during the trip.
You can also store your trip data and review it later on your computer or directly on the app so you can analyse your route along with the vehicle performance parameters.
When the fuel reserve light comes on MG-MP indicates the location of the closest petrol stations; the system also helps you easily find the vehicle when you are parked in an unfamiliar area, automatically saving the position where it was last switched off.
MG-MP includes the “Grip Warning” feature which replicates the traction control indications for maximum visibility and provides information on your riding style in real time with relation to the road surface. A dedicated warning light alerts the rider in the event of poor grip. With the synergistic use of gyroscopes and vehicle signals, your iPhone/iPod becomes a sophisticated roll angle indicator on turns thanks to a proprietary algorithms developed specifically for the new Moto Guzzi. You can set the thresholds for roll angle, running speed and rpms so that when they are exceeded the relative warning lights will come on or flash on the virtual dashboard.
Bore and stroke
Timing system diagram
(1 mm checking clearance)
Fuel supply / Ignition
90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
air and oil with an independent cooling pump Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
104 x 81.2 mm
10.5 : 1
intake valve opens 19° BTDC / intake valve closes 55° ABDC / exhaust valve opens 49° BBDC / exhaust valve closes 12° ATDC
71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm
121 Nm 3,000 min-1
phased electronic Multipoint sequential injection, Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243
Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise
NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, 3-way catalytic converter with double oxygen sensor
Gear ratio values
1st 17/38 = 1 : 2.235 / 2nd 20/34 = 1: 1.700 / 3rd 23/31 = 1: 1.348 / 4th 26/29 = 1: 1.115 / 5th 31/30 = 1: 0.968 / 6th 30/24 = 1: 0.8
with helical teeth (ratio 26/35 = 1: 1,346)
double cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat, drive ratio 10/36 = 1: 3.6)
single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer
Front wheel travel
Rear wheel travel
Front wheel rim
Rear wheel rim
steel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
standard fork , Ø 45 mm, with radial calliper mounting bracket
Swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable extension and spring preload with remote tank.
dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
3.50” x 18”
6.00” x 16”
12V – 18 Ah
12 V – 550 W
Minimum ground clearance
Fuel tank capacity
740 mm (720 mm opt.)