The MGX-21 is a unique bike that blends Italian engineering with American glitz and generally makes the unlikely combination work. At £20,000 minus a few lire it’s expensive, even alongside Guzzi’s California Touring, which provides similar performance plus more traditional style for two grand less. But the Flying Fortress has the edge with its fairing and sound system, and most of all its radical, carbon-clad look.
It also has exclusivity on its side, because it is being produced in relatively small numbers, and sold only in a handful of Guzzi dealers. If you like the MGX’s radical look you’d probably love the bike, although its slightly quirky slow-speed handling divides opinion. Either way, the Flying Fortress is leading Guzzi’s renewed attack on the US market, and confirming that Italy’s oldest bike marque has a fashion sense that is bang up to date.
Price tag of our bike: £19,999