2017 Moto Guzzi MGX21 Flying Fortress First Ride Review

I remember it stopping me dead in my tracks. The first time I saw Moto Guzzi’s MGX21 prototype, I literally stopped everything I was doing and just stood there—drooling— thinking, there’s no way they’ll ever build that. And that’s a shame.

Two years have passed and now here I am, in Sturgis, South Dakota, eyes locked on the production equivalent of that prototype, the MGX21 Flying Fortress. With it, Moto Guzzi have proved me wrong. They’ve proved a lot of people wrong, actually; they really built it.

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX21

Not only did Guzzi build the MGX21, but they built it without removing all of the things that made the prototype so special. The lines are the same and the carbon fiber is still there, as are the red accents and that big 21-inch front wheel. Hold for mirrors, turn signals, actual sidebags, and an array of other DOT-mandated pieces, this is the same motorcycle that had completely stolen my attention two years back.

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