Is Moto Guzzi planning to resurrect the Stornello acronym on a medium-displacement scrambler?

Moto Guzzi could be planning the return of some emblematic acronyms within it, Stornello. In addition, with a medium displacement scrambler frame with which to break into the current category led by leading models such as the new Triumph Scrambler 400 X 2024.

This is at least the evidence that we deduce after having learned, through the colleagues of Ride Apart, that the transalpine firm had requested the rights to the Stornello name last year. August 22, 2023 at the USPTO American (United States Patent and Trademark Office).

If we look back, we would have to go back to the 2016 season to see when was the last time that Moto Guzzi baptized any of its models with these acronyms. Rather, he created a special edition on his well-known Moto Guzzi V7 II.

In those days, Marco Lambridirector of Piaggio Group Style Centerwho would have been in charge of the development of the new motorcycle, assured that: “Since the 1950s, using a road motorcycle also for off-road use was a normal activity.”

And he concluded: “There were those who took advantage of it more easily because they had the ‘Scrambler’ influence in the DNA of their own market and those, on the other hand, reinvented themselves. For Moto Guzzi it is not new, its history is full of interpretations of the genre.

If we go back to the origins of the model itself, the 125cc Stornello It was presented to society in the season of 1961. This had a single-cylinder engine equipped with two overhead valves and associated with a 4-speed gearbox. The final result was some 7 hp maximum power at 7,200 rpmenough to propel it to the 100km/h.

Is Moto Guzzi planning to resurrect the Stornello acronym on a medium-displacement scrambler?

For 1968 a new version of 160cc and a year later the model was given a comprehensive facelift, presenting it at the EICMA that same season in standard and scrambler versions (the latter only with the 125 cc engine). It remained on the market until 1975, when the brand decided to end its commercial life.

A Moto Guzzi Stornello scrambler for 2025?

Let’s go back to 2024 and the current moment of the brand, integrated within the Piaggio Group and without any medium-displacement model adapted to new mobility needs. If we add to this that Aprilia has just presented its new RS 457 within the family, it is more than likely that we will enjoy a Stornello scrambler, equipped with the mechanics that Noale uses, in the short or medium term.

This theory is reinforced after learning in the final stages of 2023 that Aprilia is preparing a naked for the A2, based precisely on its new half-liter sports car. Like its racing sister, it would have the new twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, with double camshaft distribution and four valves per cylinder, capable of developing a power of 47 HP.

Is Moto Guzzi planning to resurrect the Stornello acronym on a medium-displacement scrambler?

Undoubtedly, if a Stornello scrambler, destined to compete with the complete amalgamation of models that currently make up this close category, it would do so with the best weapons that the Piaggio Group can provide. And these happen precisely by benefiting from the advances that Aprilia already uses in its new models.

In this way, the need for brands to use the same platform for the evolution of different models is once again evident. But this policy can also be extrapolated, as is the case with Moto Guzzi and Aprilia, to models from different brands within the same business group.

Therefore; Can we think that Moto Guzzi is already working on a new generation Stornello scrambler?… It’s a posibility. We even dare to set an official presentation date for the new model of the Italian brand: EICMA 2024.

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