The reason behind wanting a Bellagio was to find a shaft bike cruiser. I read reviews on MCN, Visordown, Kevin Ash Telegraph, Independent, and other sites. All seemed to mention that this bike handled better than most other cruisers and was better on performance.
I think Overall Seat height is a little low for me. Could be a bonus for some one else. Sound of the standard pipes was quiet. It changed completely with a set of Mistral performance pipes.
For Quality and Reliability It failed on a blown fuse and a dirty battery connection. It would be hard to mark it down on items that are normal service items. The bike started on the press of the button in all weathers.
Value and Running costs on the bike were very low. I maintained the bike myself and carried out servicing. The dealer serviced it before I took it away and I carried out two services. Only the cost of air filters, oil filters, rocker gaskets, diff oil etc was changed. Very simple to service as the tappets do not need any special tools.
For ride quality see below but the most miles I covered was 600 miles on the bike. It had the luxury comfort seat and is a comfortable bike with a relaxed seating position. Handling in the beginning was terrible until I found some one had altered the settings. Putting them back to standard and then changing a couple of notches improved it dramatically. Brembo brakes could not be faulted.
The engine is great as it is so simple to service. Tappets are easy to adjust with no tools. Twin fuel injection. Air filters easy to get to. Only the oil filter which you have to take the sump off takes a little time. I researched Moto Guzzis and found several sites with older models that had done over 250000 miles on a standard engine. I think taking the sump off aids to making sure the engine is clean of any foreign build up. I have an older California II 1982 and its engine looks the same as the Bellagio.
The bike you see had extra equipment. It came with the Moto Guzzi oem leather saddle bags which did not like wet weather but looked great and was very handy with the inserts that just pulled out. It would have been nice to have a tacho although it is not really a bike for that.
I bought my Bellagio from a Motorcycle dealer as I found it hard to find one private. They sold quickly and I believe it will be a sought after model as not many were made. When I sold mine the sale was quick and lots of enquires.
My first picture of the Moto Guzzi Bellagio 940 luxury (2010 model). I picked it up from a dealer and with just over a thousand miles on the clock.This picture was when I was home after travelling over 100 miles to pick it up.
My first impressions were not good as the suspension was very soft, which made the bike wallow in the corners. The clutch master cylinder was leaking fluid. The bike itself to ride felt very flat, not responsive to use of the throttle, which could be because it has not been used much.
After a couple of days and adding two hundred miles the speedo reads 1300 miles. I am pleased with the bike. Having put the correct tyre pressures of 2.3 kpa front and 2.50kpa in the back tyre. A simple check of tyre pressures can make a big difference.
Also adjusting all the suspension settings to standard. This then improved the bikes handling, although it made it too firm for me. I then have taken 2 clicks softer on each setting and the bike seems to have improved. The ride is softer and it does not feel as though the suspension is bottoming out.
I have filled the tank up with petrol and am testing its 19 litre capacity. Looking at the clocks using the mode to find out how many mpg the bike achieves can vary from over 51mpg to 15mpg depending on the throttle usage. I feel the real test will be when I fill up with petrol next.
The bike has had a modification done to the starting wiring with a 2.5 guage wire replacing the original 1.5 guage wire. The dealer mentioned that on previous models this caused the fuse to blow. I have done searches on the Moto Guzzi Bellagio 940 but not found any issues mentioned. Also this covered other Moto Guzzi models in the range.
The Moto Guzzi literature mentions the bikes ability to use the gears 5 and 6 for cruising. This seems to be correct as when working the bike through the gears. It feels as though the revs drop and the mpg improves with each change up the gearbox. It depends on your riding but the top gears mean it takes a while to respond to throttle movement. Maybe more tuning will help with a free flowing exhausts or adding more miles. To me the engine has done too few miles to be run it yet.
Do you own a bellagio? What do you think of yours?