In the imagination of the biker, Eldorado is the icon of road travel. Ahead it always has a road to explore, a horizon to go beyond.
The spoked wheels with white-wall tyres, the paint with chrome tank cheeks, the extreme attention to aesthetic detail and the chrome plating are just some of its distinctive features. Brakes, tyres and suspension choose a vintage look combined with cutting-edge technology. The innate elegance and personality of the vehicle blend in with the solidity of the engine design and evoke the imagine of a fascinating journey. The oversized saddle, the cow-horn handlebars and the floorboard footrests ensure a relaxed riding position and unparalleled cruising comfort, an irresistible call to start up the engine and cut through the air, satisfying the thirst for travel.
Forty-eight years of history This is the calling card of the by now legendary Moto Guzzi 90° V Twin designed by engineer Giulio Cesare Carcano. From its first appearance on the V7, this legendary powerplant has been modified into countless versions and on a vast range of motorcycles.
It was in the third evolution of the 90° V Twin that Moto Guzzi breathed life into the Eldorado. The year was 1972. Less than two years earlier, on the wave of a surprising supply of 750cc V7 bikes to the LAPD (the Los Angeles Police Department), the first Guzzi California was born and, on the same base, the luxurious Ambassador. In the constant displacement increase, Carcano’s twin cylinder had already been taken from 700 to 757 cc and, with a third increase in size, the 850 cc version was born. With this engine the Eldorado was made as a replacement for the Ambassador with an even more complete, refined and luxurious model, but also one that would be able to provide a powerful and satisfying ride.
More than forty years later this extraordinary experience is repeated in the shape and substance of the new Eldorado. By looking at the Eldorado 1400 one can see clearly how this Moto Guzzi has preserved the personality of its ancestor, drawing it from the past to the future along the path of technological evolution and stylistic continuity.
The Moto Guzzi Eldorado logo takes its stylistic inspiration from the unforgettable Eldorado 850 badge. Also, the passenger saddle is mounted on a chromed luggage rack with built-in grab-handle: when needed, the passenger saddle can be easily removed to make plenty of room for luggage.
Eldorado’s spoked wheels, both sixteen inches, mount classic whitewall tyres (130/90 on the front and 180/65 on the rear), which draw attention to the new wraparound mudguards. The wheel rims themselves are in unpainted polished aluminium, with an inner rim width of 3.5″ (front) and 5.5″ (rear): true works of art that manage to combine the most classic style with the modern technology of tubeless tyres. The front end has a particularly “clean” design which enhances the powerful front end, whereas the rear, on the other hand, is the most distinctive stylistic element on this ultra elegant Moto Guzzi. Its smooth and decisive shape integrates with the new full cover shock absorbers, the gem-shaped rear light cluster and the classic rounded turn indicators.
The Eldorado is easily distinguishable by its original complex surface headlight with polyelliptical light equipped with LED daylight running light (DRL). Speaking of digital technologies, the instrumentation is particularly satisfying, contained in a 150 mm diameter circular panel with the analogue rev counter scale finding its place along the external circumference and a multifunction full-matrix suspended display at the centre, all packaged neatly, like a luxury watch, in a bright chromium housing.
Moto Guzzi has developed a new steering geometry that ensures balance and ease of riding, admirably reconciling two qualities: the comfort and load capacity of a custom with the dynamism and performance of a cruiser. Also contributing to achieving this goal is the brand new (and patented) manoeuvring assistance system that reduces the tendency (connected to the size of the front wheel) of steering to “close” in low speed and high steering angle manoeuvres, counterbalancing the weight of the steering, thanks to a system of regressive springs and particular kinematics.
Another aspect of the MGX-21 that was given particular attention is the riding position. The two high semi-handlebars that lean toward the rider, along with the forward footrests and a very comfortable seating position just 740 mm from the ground, ensure a dominating posture in the saddle that is comfortable and extended for back comfort. This way the rider has total vehicle control, both at a standstill and in motion. Luxurious and dark, the flagship of Mandello can comfortably seat a passenger or be enjoyed alone. In the case of the latter, the portion of the saddle dedicated to the pillion can be easily removed so you can travel like a solitary knight in perfect harmony with your mount. In place of the passenger saddle, you can install a carbon fibre cover or the topcase mounting bracket, both available in the rich Moto Guzzi accessories catalogue dedicated to the MGX-21.
The new, closed double cradle tubular frame structure, stiffened thanks to new, larger diameter tubes in the front section and reinforcing plates in the rear part, uses the ingenious elastic-kinematic engine mounting system developed by Moto Guzzi to eliminate the vibrations transmitted to the rider. Nevertheless, at a standstill you will still feel those pulsations generated by the powerful action of the two 104 mm diameter pistons in the Moto Guzzi big block that excite even the most experienced biker, amplifying the “living” character of this motorcycle. The largest V-twin ever produced in Europe, which can deliver more than 120 Nm of torque with ease and precision from very low revs, has earned EU4 certification and a new exhaust unit with very long horizontal terminals. It is an ultra-modern powerplant, characterised by four valve per cylinder heads, driven by an overhead cam per bank through a system of rockers and rollers in order to reduce losses due to friction. The modern character of the engine is also demonstrated by dual ignition in order to guarantee perfect combustion, as well as by the double lambda sensor that creates a uniform mixture at the cylinders in any operating conditions, consequently improving consumption and harmful emissions.
All this verve is controlled by a benchmark braking system worthy of a sports motorcycle, comprising of a trio of large diameter discs and four-piston front callipers and radial connection that is painted red to highlight the MGX-21’s exhibitionist personality. The suspension system also boasts quality elements: the powerful fork with 45 mm diameter stanchions works with a pair of rear shock absorbers that have an adjustable hydraulics extension and spring preload through the convenient remote hydraulic preload.
You don’t climb onto the Eldorado – you settle comfortably into the saddle. Situated at just 740 mm from the ground, the new seat, generous floorboards and comfortable chromium plated cowhorn tapered handlebars simply cry out for you to sit down, press the start button and let the tarmac roll past under your wheels.
If the road ahead is an endless Interstate Highway you can activate cruise control by pressing the button on the right-hand electric block and sail along as you listen to the throbbing 90° V-twin filtered by the big block’s elastic-kinematic mounting system, knowing that if you need or desire it, the cardan final drive will be ready to unleash up to 120 Nm onto the tarmac at 2,750 rpm.
Moto Guzzi has always been synonymous with strong personality, attention to detail, innovation and unmistakeable style. All of the accessories for Guzzi bikes are created with the same characteristics in order to provide owners of Eagle Brand motorcycles the opportunity to make their bikes unique and personal without altering the DNA, but rather enhancing it in the trend of an inimitable tradition.
For Eldorado the mission is to enrich the aesthetic experience and the “heritage character of the bike, nevertheless without losing sight of functionality and “lounge” comfort on two wheels. A range of more than 50 items tells this story, made up of carefully crafted details, comfort and simple and pure beauty.
“JOURNEY” ALUMINIUM MIRRORS
Made from billet aluminium, these bring even more elegance to the Eldorado. This pair of mirrors embodies the maximum in manufacturing technology expressed in some special machining done on three axes. Already approved for use in all countries.
“JOURNEY” ALUMINIUM HAND GRIPS
Made from billet aluminium, they enhance your bikes handlebar, giving it a personalised and elegant look. They are installation-ready for “Round” hand grip ends.
“ROUND” ALUMINIUM HAND GRIP ENDS
The “Round” hand grip ends, made from billet aluminium, match the “Journey”, hand grips, perfectly completing the style and aesthetics of your bike.
“SHOW OFF” ALUMINIUM CLUTCH AND BRAKE LEVER
Made from billet aluminium, thanks to their feel and adjustments, these levers increase riding comfort, enhancing the look of the bike.
“JOURNEY” ALUMINIUM REAR BRAKE LEVER KIT
Cover made in billet aluminium. Combined with the brake pedal cover, this kit personalises and enhances the rear brake control.
“JOURNEY” ALUMINIUM REAR BRAKE PEDAL KIT
Pedal cover made in billet aluminium with machining that guarantees maximum grip. Combined with the rear brake lever cover, this kit significantly enhances the look of the brake control.
“JOURNEY” ALUMINIUM GEAR SHIFT LEVER KIT
Cover made in billet aluminium for the gearbox control.
FORK STANCHION COVERS
The chromium finish fork stanchions match the other aluminium elements on the vehicle in order to enhance the side areas.
BRAKE AND CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDER COVER KIT
Special brake and clutch master cylinder covers made from billet aluminium with polished scratch-resistant finish.
REAR BRAKE FLUID RESERVOIR COVER
This is made from billet aluminium with polished finish. It completely covers the brake fuel reservoir body without interfering with its operation. It is also characterised by its extreme ease of installation.
FRONT MUDGUARD BADGE
Made in laser-cut stainless steel and hand polished. Mounting it on the mudguard is guaranteed by the special stainless steel brackets. It elegantly completes the bike’s classic look.
ALUMINIUM FORK CAP COVERS
Made from billet aluminium and easy to install, these covers are stably secured to the screws that close the fork stanchions with a small steel screw.
FRONT BRAKE DISC COVER KIT
Made from laser-cut and mirror polished stainless steel, thanks to particularly precise machining these are easy to install on the front wheel discs with billet aluminium fastening bushings. They give your bike a cruiser look.
CYLINDER HEAT SHIELDS KIT
Each heat shield is made from mirror polished stainless steel with ABS inserts that improve the design and protect from the heat generated by the cylinder to provide a safer and more comfortable ride.
FRONT ENGINE GUARD
Made in chromium piping and designed by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, these follow the lines of the bike. They provide specific protection for the engine and the rider’s legs.
CHROMIUM PLATED TANK SIDE COVERS
The tank side covers personalise the style of your bike, making it a true “custom”.
BLACK CHROMIUM PLATED TOURING HANDLEBAR
The black chromium plated handlebar lets you maintain optimum riding position to control your bike. It should be oiled periodically to protect the chromium and keep it shiny.
HEADS GUARD KIT
Special lateral cylinder guards made in billet aluminium with a mirror polished finish. They match the style and design of the bike perfectly. The come complete with mirror polished stainless steel mounts.
Reclinable rider footpegs in mirror polished billet aluminium, they maintain the same riding ergonomics as the factory parts but they provide a lighter and personalised design in line with the style of the bike.
FOLDING PASSENGER FOOTPEGS
Made from billet aluminium with mirror polish. They can be horizontally adjusted to four different positions with a spring mechanism which facilitates optimum positioning.
SUPPLEMENTARY LIGHTS KIT
The supplementary lights provide better visibility for night riding and they match the look of the vehicle perfectly thanks to their chromium finish.
Special washers made in billet aluminium to personalise the style of your Eldorado.
APPROVED EXHAUST KIT
Approved Akrapovic Slip-on exhaust These have a style similar to the factory exhaust but with a dedicated finish and specific bottom.
EXHAUST BOTTOM KIT
Chromium plated bottoms for application on the factory exhaust. They extend the profile of the silencers.
Reduced size windshield. Made in impact-resistant and scratch-resistant material. DOT Approved. It mounts easily thanks to the lowered supports (available for purchase separately).
Medium size impact-resistant and scratch-resistant windshield. Also DOT Approved.
LOWERED WINDSHIELD MOUNTING KIT
Heavy-duty, reduced size mounting kit equipped with specific brackets to mount the windshield.
STANDARD WINDSHIELD MOUNTING KIT
Heavy-duty, standard size mounting kit equipped with specific brackets to mount the windshield.
Windshield made in impact-resistant and scratch-resistant material, DOT approved.
Large size windshield made from impact-resistant and scratch-resistant material. DOT Approved.
WINDSHIELD AIR DEFLECTORS
Deflectors to be applied in the area under the windshield in order to increase riding protection and comfort.
GPS MOUNT KIT
Polished stainless steel mount for installation of a satellite navigation system.
HEATED HAND GRIPS
For those who love to go on long trips in any season. Easy to install thanks to the installation-ready set up of the bike.
Elegant and functional handlebar bag made in Cordura and natural leather that frames the Moto Guzzi brand, handy for carrying small items. Its functionality is guaranteed by easy installation and removal from the vehicle handlebar.
LEATHER TANK BAG
Expandable leather bag with practical pockets and a carry handle, fits onto tank cover with quick release clips and an adjustable fastener. Includes rain cover.
STRAP FOR LEATHER TANK BAG
Made from leather, it follows the profile of the fuel tank and allows you to mount the dedicated bag.
PAIR OF LEATHER SIDE PANNIERS
Pair of black leather side panniers with a classic cut, 23 l capacity each. They are fastened to subframes with a lock that prevents them from being removed. They contain an adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying. A waterproof cover protects them from the rain.
SIDE BRACKETS KIT FOR PANNIERS
Mounting kit for leather side panniers.