Moto Guzzi – Facts About a Great Motorcycle Brand

 

With a history of nearly 100 years, Moto Guzzi is the oldest European motorcycle brand. It was founded in 1921 by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic in Genoa, Italy. The brand is known for its high-quality and iconic bikes sold all over the globe. Here are other interesting facts about Moto Guzzi that might trigger your interest.

 

 

The original name

The company wasn’t always named Moto Guzzi. Its original name was Guzzi-Parodi but, since the Parodi family was already famous for its businesses in the shipping industry, they decided to distance themselves from the motorbikes and chose the name Moto Guzzi instead.

 

The eagle on the logo

All motorcycle enthusiasts are aware of the logo of the Italian company, an eagle. However, not many know that it is actually a tribute to one of the founding members, Ravelli, who died in a plane crash soon after World War I ended. The other two founding members, Carlo Guzzi, and Giorgio Parodi decided to commemorate their friend by using an eagle as their company logo.

 

The innovations of the company

Moto Guzzi didn’t just produce engines and motorcycles but invested in new technologies, some way ahead of their times. They used their original motor for around 45 years while constantly improving it.

The brand is known for creating the first motorcycle wind tunnel back in 1950. The wind tunnel was designed to test full-scale prototypes and see the adjustments and improvements they needed to make to provide more comfort when riding and a better body position depending on the speed.

Before the construction of the wind tunnel, Guzzi’s brother, Giuseppe, rode one of the company’s most famous motorcycles to the Arctic Circle to test some of the new parts.

Also in the 1950s, the Italian company first introduced a V8 engine racing bike that was capable of achieving 174 mph, approximately three decades ahead of the Grand Prix motor racing standards. However, the bike was considered too fast, and even the best professional riders were too afraid to test it for obvious security reasons.

 

A bumpy history

Throughout its almost 100 years of history, Moto Guzzi was passed over to several owners and came close to an end various times. The first time the company experienced financial problems was in the 1960s when sales declined for a few years. Moreover, the company that owned Moto Guzzi at the time was struggling with its own issues, which put even more pressure on the motorcycle business.

Probably the darkest moment of the company was in 2004 when it almost went bankrupt. The factory even closed its doors for a few days in a desperate attempt to find a solution and new investors. Luckily, Moto Guzzi overcame this financial crisis and ever since then it returned to business more powerful and determined to fight other giant motorcycle companies like Ducati and Yamaha.

What makes a great four-wheeler engine oil?

 

For the uninformed automobile owner, all engine oils look just the same. One can just go into a store that sells multiple brands of engine oils and pick the first one that he or she sees. However, there are many things you have to take into account if you want to keep the heart of your car healthy and running.

You’d want to pick a great engine oil for your four-wheeler mainly because it helps prevent friction inside the vehicle’s core – without the proper oil inside it, its parts will rub to one another and generate heat, and too much heat will make your car underperform.

 

Oil viscosity

The Society of Automotive Engineers has a rating, called SAE rating, which refers to the viscosity of any given oil that you might feed your four-wheeler with. Therefore, when buying oil, you might be greeted by labels that read 5W-30 or just plain 30. What do they mean, though?

The first number refers to the grade of viscosity of the oil, in our case, 5 – viscosity shows how thick or how thin the oil is. The latter, in our case, shows the season in which that specific oil was tested in – winter, for example.

Oil rated 5W-30 is capable of helping your four-wheeler’s engine start a lot faster, when in cold weather, when compared to 10W oil, for example. Why? Because thinner oil must be used only in colder temperatures – while thicker oil in normal to warmer temperatures.

The viscosity of the oil matters because it has to run smoothly inside the engine of your four-wheeler. Thinner oil won’t be affected by colder temperatures and will be able to better lubricate the components of the engine.

On the other hand, thicker oil won’t be able to make your engine keep up with the surrounding environment – this is why it is preferred if you plan to use your four-wheeler in warmer temperatures.

 

Oil types

As we mentioned before, there are many types of oil out there – it’s up to you to choose the one that fits your vehicle, and up to us to teach you which one you should take into account.

In terms of oil, you will find premium conventional oil, full synthetic oil, synthetic blend oil, and higher mileage oil.

Premium conventional oil is the standard oil that new cars come with, and will usually be labeled as 5w-20, 5w-30, or 10w-30 in case the vehicle is meant to be driven in warmer temperatures. With this type of oil in your engine, you’ll have to change the oil filter and the oil as well, around two times a year.

Full synthetic oil is superior to the premium conventional one. It is meant for more advanced engines and will usually last longer, perform better, and avoid any deposits in your engine. This type of oil is meant to flow better at low temperatures while maintaining its lubricant priorities at all times – the downside is that it is quite expensive.

 

How to get an all-terrain driving license

 

Driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) could be a fun way to get from one place to another without requiring an actual car. ATVs are perfect for drives in the woods, in the desert, and they even represent great accessories for hunters and fishermen who want to reach far destinations that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise.

Nevertheless, driving an ATV comes with its own set of rules and regulations that may vary from one state to another. Thus, we suggest you to carefully read the following and make sure you have the right type of license and the right age to drive an ATV.

Age restrictions

As we previously mentioned, age restrictions for driving ATVs vary from one state to another, so it would be best to check out this website and read everything you need to know about registering an ATV in your state or the minimum age of the driver.

Some states might require a standard driver’s license while other states allow teenagers which are at least 14 years old to drive ATVs without specific permissions. Other states, on the contrary, will allow young adults that are at least 16 years old to drive this type of off-road vehicles only under the supervision of an adult, so, as you can see, it really depends on the state you live in.

As opposed to the United States, other countries like India have even more relaxed policies when it comes to ATVs. They aren’t really considered off-road vehicles, meaning you won’t need a special permit or even a driver’s license to drive them.

Safety tips

But, no matter your age and no matter how experienced you are as a driver, you still need to follow some standard precaution rules in order to avoid accidents and enjoy a fun ride.

First of all, children under 12 years should not be allowed to drive an ATV or should only be under the strict surveillance of an adult doing it. We strongly recommend you to take a safety certificate or attend a specific training camp to make sure you know everything about your vehicle and how to ride it without any risks.

Secondly, you should pick your ATV according to your height, size, age, and driving skills. If you’re still inexperienced, you shouldn’t yet buy and drive a powerful vehicle that might put you or anyone else in danger. Although ATVs don’t reach extraordinary speeds, they are still powerful enough to hurt you if you lose control of them.

Moreover, under no circumstances, should you drive an ATV without a protective helmet and suitable glasses. And, if you want to stay fully protected against cuts, wounds or scrapes, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots should also be part of your protective gear.

 

ATV storage tips and tricks

 

Like their name says, ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) can be used in every season and on any kind of terrain. However, there are some owners who don’t use these vehicles during winter and in this case, they have to figure out what the best way of storing them is.

The task is not as simple as identifying the best place that allows you to keep the ATV in the best conditions. Before placing the vehicle inside and locking the door you need to prepare it for long-term storage. In this stage will have to think about several things.

Firstly, you should consider the vehicle’s size. According to it, you can understand what the dimension of your ideal storage unit is. Before you choose a place to keep your ATV, check the dimension of several units and you will find out which one suits your needs.

When you are winterizing the ATV, keep in mind that each item has to follow different steps according to its type of engine and model. Some have carburetors and some have fuel-injection engines. Also, you can find detailed instructions for storing the ATV in the owner’s manual.

If you have a model with a carburetor, you should drain the fuel out of it before winter storage. Fuel-injection engines don’t need to have the fuel drained out, but you could add a fuel stabilizer or gas additive.

Another important aspect is to protect the battery from freezing. For that matter, the manual says that the owner should look for a storage unit with climate control. On the other hand, a more economical option is to remove the battery and keep it at home.

Next, let’s see some tips for storing ATVs during winter in a short guide:

–    Firstly, analyze your options: if you don’t have the option of keeping it in a garage, think about another place;

–    Calculate how much money you are willing to spend for this process and whether you are planning to use the ATV during winter;

–    Check your insurance policy and see if it includes coverage for off-road or recreational use;

–    Before storing the vehicle make all the required repairs: tires, brakes or other maintenance;

–    Prevent corrosion by cleaning the vehicle;

–    If necessary, change the oil and filter and then circulate the oil by running the engine for a short amount of time;

–    Clean or replace the air filter and follow the same procedure with the chain, control cables, and pedals; lubricate where it is necessary;

–    If you choose to remove the battery, keep it in a cool, dry place;

–    Correct the air pressure from the tires by inflating them and, if it is necessary, keep the tires off the ground by lifting the ATV;

–    Last, but not least, the vehicle should be covered with a breathable cloth.

If you take care of your ATV, you will be able to use it for a long time.

 

Why you need mud tires for your ATV

 

If you live or ride in an area where it rains often and you own an ATV, then you must be tired of getting stuck in mud pools and bummed out that there isn’t a better solution to your problem. But, the truth being said, there is one. Mud tires are a clever invention, definitely worth a few minutes of your time to spend on reading more about this topic.

Thousands of puddles form after each storm, and it can be pretty annoying to avoid them. Mud tires would solve that, and you won’t have to drive around them anymore but instead go right through them like a true boss. But before discussing specifics and options, we should get to the core of the problem and talk about terrain types and your particular needs.

Perhaps you live or have your camp settled near the swamps of the south or the never-ending wet bogs of the northeast, both which are notorious for the fact that they are hard to access and ride on. When the sticky mud is up to your neck for most of the day, specialized equipment is your only way out, plus a touch of courage.

Mud tires are worth it if you find yourself exploring mountain trails, country Jeep roads, and many other places that get a good soaking after a heavy rain. But perhaps the most value of a buy like this belongs to those who ride through varied types of terrain, and not just one type.

You never know when rain will hit you, so you’d better be prepared by installing these tires, especially since they don’t really have any downsides when compared to traditional models. So, have a little moment of introspection and think of the environment where you’ll be riding the most. The answers you might come up with, will for sure determine the ideal mud tires for your needs.

There are three classes of ATV mud tires. The first category belongs to the type of product that you can use all year round, in all kinds of weather and terrain. Their highlight is the fact that they come with a good sturdy tread for traction, which is a feature you’ll be finding yourself using plenty of times in unforeseen situations.

The second class belongs to the tires specially created for heavy mud. You could use them on all types of terrain, sure, but they will shine in fresh mud situations. They come with a pretty deep tread style and feature a curved design for self-cleaning.

And the last one is for those who ride in extremely muddy situations, like on the bank of a river, or a desert after a storm. I am exaggerating, of course, but you get the picture. You can’t use them to go to the supermarket, and they belong in the garage of a particular category ATV rider – the extreme sports lover.

How to make the most of your four-wheeler

 

All-terrain vehicles or ATVs have become essential pieces of equipment for outdoor lovers looking for their next adventure where they can explore everything from caves to remote country scenery. ATVs can travel off the beaten road, up and down hills and valleys, between trees and large rocks, through mud and even shallow water.

However, they could also be very dangerous if not used the right way. Additionally, according to experts, not knowing how to use these devices correctly can cause premature damage, and this would prevent you from getting the most out of your ATV. That’s why, besides including some tips about the coolest accessories, I will also add some tips on how to ride your vehicle safely.

The first thing I want you to know is that you have to inspect the ATV every time you want to take it for a spin. A general check-up should be enough, especially if you have it revised by an expert from time to time. Look at the tires for any signs of distress, and make sure you have enough oil and that your brakes work fine.

If you have time, I would also suggest checking the lights and the electrics, as those can be quite sensitive to damage. And, of course, always fill up your fuel tank before going on a new adventure, as you wouldn’t want to run out of it halfway to your destination. That would be a bummer, especially in a remote area.

My next trick is for the wildlife and outdoor lover. If you want to make the most out of your four-wheeler, go on as many trips as possible with it. And to save a ton of cash, just buy yourself a high-quality tent.

There are plenty of guides on the Internet to help you choose a quality one, so do yourself a favor and check them out. I remember my life changed when I bought my huge tent and a big storage bag for my ATV. With just those two items I traveled for three months without spending a dime on accommodation and small things like water and snacks, since I could store those in my bag.

Other accessories you could invest in are a water-resistant cover, which will protect the vehicle even in snow and rain, and a snow plow which will save you every time winter comes unexpectedly. Add an extensible cup holder to the mix, if you are like me and enjoy a hot beverage while on the road.

For the last advice, I will have to digress and go back to your brakes. Excuse me if I am a bit obsessed with them, but I think being safe at all times means you will enjoy your ATV whenever you are on top of it. Make sure they aren’t worn out, as that will prevent you from efficiently stopping when you absolutely have to. Have an expert check them out because if the brakes on your ATV are compromised, so are you.