Well this was an unexpected pleasure. Moto Guzzi and the Italian organizer GoBiker Invited my wife Tamar and myself to a weekend of the Moto Guzzi Experience at Is Molas Sardegna 4th edition.
As it was also the weekend of my birthday (thank you all for the blessings) we jumped at the occasion pushed aside some other plans and hopped a flight to Cagliari to start what will definitely be a great weekend of surprises.
1st Surprise – the Moto Guzzi Brand
Truth being said, Israel our home country, is not Moto Guzzi’s largest market, to put it mildly. However, Moto Guzzi is one of the first brands to enter the Israeli market some 40 + years ago, and thus it is definitely part of our childhood scene and loved by its followers back home too.
It was therefore a very pleasant surprise to finally meet Moto Guzzi in the flesh. Great people great bikes a great heritage and a bunch of almost religious followers and lovers of a century old brand.
Once you get riding the magic begins the forward-facing V engines, the trademark of moto Guzzi, the purring sound, the Italian eye for detail, and the somewhat retro look of gages and other accessories on the bike, all amount to a unique identity of this brand.
2nd Surprise – Sardegna
It was my first time in Sardegna. So, while I was preparing asked Andrea our host how is the food going to be? “The best Italian food you’ve ever eaten” came the answer. True, Sardegna as an island has developed its own kitchen with its unique specialties and flavors, however it doesn’t get much better and after two tours in Italy these past months this island certainly offers it very differently, and very good.
In addition, most of the day we were riding either along rocks hanging over the Mediterranean Sea or through mountain roads and passes. Both created an infinite number of outstanding vistas and endless winding roads.
3rd Surprise – the staff
As a boutique tour organizer, we limit our groups around the world to no more than 12 bikes on each tour this is more or less the max number you can manage safely and still have a sense of control over the group.
Here Moto Guzzi and their tour leader GoBiker lead a group of 47 bikes! However, the pace and the route were managed in addition to the tour guide and sweeper by 3 Marshals on 3 factory editions of Aprilia Tuono. These were riding up and down the peloton blocking off intersections marking the next leg and generally making everything run smoother as this long group of Moto Guzzi bikes made its way winding through the hills of Sardegna effortlessly.
4th surprise – the roads
Even though Sardegna (and Corsica) are known for the riding roads the magnitude and quality of the asphalt and the riding was out of this world. There were legs of an hour or more when you felt you hadn’t been a single minute on the center of the rubber of your tiers, unless it was to change a left hander to a right hander turn or vice versa. Endless curves for miles and miles with the right bikes and you simply can’t get enough. A truly amazing experience, and we’ve ridden on almost every continent on earth.
Everything came together for this weekend making it a unique experience. The riding, the people, the roads, the bikes and a great group of international riders that turned out to be a fun bunch sharing their passion for motorcycling in general and for the Moto Guzzi brand in particular,
Thank you, Moto Guzzi hope to ride, with you soon again.
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