The elastic frame, a Guzzi invention

Carlo Guzzi e Giorgio Parodi con operai Guzzi

In 1927 Giuseppe Guzzi, Carlo’s brother, was the first to test the elastic frame driving a model with this invention up to the North Cape.

Halfway through the 1920s, a few years after its foundation, the company based in Mandello already worked at its full capacity. The factory employed over 300 workers, and in 1925 the production reached 1,200 motorcycles. Moto Guzzi had also begun to take part in competitions. In this climate Giuseppe Guzzi, Carlo's brother and founder of the Casa dell'Aquila (Eagle's House), tested a revolutionary invention for the first time: the elastic frame.

Until that moment motorcycles had a totally rigid frame, just like bicycles. In 1927 Giuseppe Guzzi, collaborating with Carlo, came up with a more elastic version with rear suspension, which equipped the G.T model. Obviously, once ready, the invention needed to be tested. Giuseppe himself wanted to take the test with a pinch of madness: the test consisted in  a trip up to the North Cape.

The exploit went well and the G.T. prided itself on having earned the name of Norge. Giuseppe Guzzi remained by Carlo’s side, assisting him in preparing further pioneering and innovative solutions, one of these being the first Wind Tunnel in the world for motorcycles. Finally, the new motorcycles could say goodbye to the rigid frame.