As the outlook for the European motor industry continues to worsen, more and more people faced with higher car prices and insurance costs are turning to motorcycles, scooters and mopeds to get them to the office.
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Background: As the outlook for the European motor industry continues to worsen, more and more people faced with higher car prices and insurance costs are turning to motorcycles, scooters and mopeds to get them to the office.
To such people the motorcycle is a purely utilitarian vehicle, something relatively cheap and simple, requiring the minimum of care and costing little to run.
To the sporting enthusiast howeverr, a motorcycle is something big and poweful to be handled on the track or motorway.
A third class of owners prefers something having the best of both worlds reliability, esy hanling and power.
A new motorcycle specifically aimed at such people was shown at the recent Paris Motor Show. It was the Italian-made Moto-Guzzi 100cc with a new automatic transmission and gear-change and many other novel features. In the interest of safety, for instance, this machine cannot be started unless both hands are on the handlebars.
Thigs have changed today and European motorcyle manufacturers have learnt from the Japanese that comfort plus sophistication sells. The new Moto Guzzi incorporates some new refinements which might make it a best-seller. It has automatic transmission and rocker-arm gear change with just two positions -- fast and slow -- slow means a speed up to of 135 km/h (72 mph) and fast 170km/h (105 mph). The big 949cc engine deliver 71 bhp at 6,500 revolutions per minute.