Yet every time you look at that 21-inch front wheel, you’re reminded of the bike’s bagger DNA. Turn-in for corners reminds you of that, too, because that big wheel promotes fork flop, especially during low-speed maneuvers, resulting in a “heavy” feel through the handlebar. Considering the size of the front wheel, though, it could have been worse. But Moto Guzzi spent a lot of time to get the steering geometry as correct as possible. Miguel Galluzzi, who heads PADC (Piaggio Advanced Design Center in Pasasdena, California) and who spearheaded the project, told me that three rake and trail variations were tried initially. After further development, Moto Guzzi settled on a combination that works, and to further confine fork flop to a livable level, engineers developed a unique spring-loaded damper that resides at the base of the steering head to further counter the effects. This is a patented design and it works rather well to keep the odd sensation in check. True, steering remains heavier than most bikes during low-speed turning, but with patience and practice I could perform U-turns on a two-lane road with little drama.