Mandello del Lario’s best seller returns for model year 2015 offering more options than ever. The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, known for its retro style and timeless character, gets special attention reinforcing its modern vintage ‘70s aesthetic.
Motorcycle Classics takes delivery of a brand new Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic, delivered by Van Dam Trucking. The editors spent a month riding the bike and it was featured in the September/October 2008 issue.
Vintage Moto Guzzis and other celebrated Italian marques took center stage at the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show held during the 8th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, over the Labor Day Weekend. The Saturday event drew hundreds of vintage bikes to Miller, with vintage racers battling for first place in rounds 15 and 16 of the AHRMA/CPL Systems National Historic Cup Roadrace Series.
The 1946 Moto Guzzi Dondolino is one of a series of “Gentleman’s Racers” produced to satisfy privateers who wanted to compete effectively in circuit races and other endurance events that were immensely popular in Italy.
Join Motorcycle Classics and Moto Guzzi for a special celebration of Moto Guzzi’s 90th Anniversary at the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. In addition to our regular bike show, there will be a special Guzzi class, with all winners chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including Barber’s own Brian Slark! Even if you don’t want to compete for a trophy, if you ride a Moto Guzzi you’re invited to park it at our tent – space permitting – mingle with the Guzzi faithful and check out the latest from Moto Guzzi, including, we hope, the new V7 Racer.
Moto Guzzi, the famed Italian marque best known in our crowd for its V-twin touring bikes, the Eldorado and Ambassador, and the ground-breaking 1976 LeMans factory café racer, turned 90 on March 15.Of course the most significant Moto Guzzi was the very first one. The “G.P.” prototype (which stood for Guzzi and Parodi) appeared in 1920. Designed by Carlo Guzzi and funded by the Giorgio Parodi family, it featured a 500cc horizontal, single-cylinder engine, along with unit construction gearbox and exposed “bacon-slicer’ flywheel, now a hallmark of early Guzzis.
Although Ducati appears to have quietly put its retro SportClassic line in mothballs, rival Moto Guzzi is keeping the old-school-is-cool theme alive, recently showing off two new models said to be slated for 2012. The bikes, a scrambler version of the well-received V7 Classic and an all new 1,400cc touring bike, were shown at parent company Piaggio Group’s international dealer meeting in Monte Carlo January 27 and 28.
It’s not often that a race bike gets me second guessing my meager riding skills and questioning if I am man enough to get on it from 30 ft away across the paddock. That was my exact thought process however as owner Stan Friduss pulled away the remote starter and the heavily breathed on 1000cc engine of the 1976 Moto Guzzi Lemans Superbike exploded to life. Every head within earshot turned towards the pit. I approached cautiously as the biked settled into a spitting idle as if it was pissed off for being woken up, courtesy of the gaping DelOrto smoothbore carbs. This was my first introduction to my dance partner for the weekend, and the fortuitous relationship to come.
Mike Clay’s words in his 1988 book Café Racers explain eloquently and concisely the reason why beautiful classic Italian motorcycles like the glimmering Moto Guzzi T3 Special in front of me exist at all.
If you've ever ridden an old Guzzi, the simple sight of one brings back a rush of memories. They have a unique sound and feel, and once we stumbled upon this one on eBay, we couldn't help but share it.
Though there are often great deals to be found on eBay, it's certainly not the only place we look for bikes. One of our favorite classified postings is located on the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club website, and that's where we found this week's bike, a used but loved 1986 Moto Guzzi SP II.
It's not often that you can buy a great old bike that's been featured in Motorcycle Classics. But if you remember Cherry O, the 1973 Moto Guzzi we featured in the September/October 2009 issue, then you'll be interested to know it's for sale right now on eBay.
There are those who might consider that some motorcycles are over exposed, and that some of the parts on display would be better hidden. Take the Moto Guzzi Falcone Sport, for example. Is it perhaps a little too naked, maybe wearing too much of its heart on its sleeve?
This week we're ready to get out on the road and ride, and this classic Guzzi looks like the perfect bike to do it on. With just 22k original miles, this Ambassador appears to have been lovingly maintained (but still ridden), and it's already set up for touring with a period fairing and bags. All it needs is, well, you.
Another Guzzi? Maybe we’re just in a Guzzi mood. Yes we featured a Guzzi last week, and yes, we’re featuring another this week. Next week we promise to feature something different. Like maybe a Honda CX500. (Is anyone getting this joke?) Though eBay can be one of the most fun places to go window-shopping for bikes, from time to time, when we bump into something cool for sale somewhere other than eBay, we’ll feature it here, and that’s exactly what happened this week.
This week we decided to look for bike that's ready to ride. We didn't want a project or a bike that's ready for display in some concours show. We wanted to look for a bike that we'd like to bid on, buy and ride. What did we find? A hot rod Moto Guzzi 850T.
Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. Bombing down the dramatic roads that twist and turn along the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy on an air-cooled 2008 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, the time-honored designation “V7” emblazoned on its side panel, I can almost imagine it’s 1966 all over again, not 2008.
While Moto Guzzi may be most well known for classic bikes such as the many versions of the Le Mans, along with the Eldorado and the later Daytonas, the standard-style T5 is an odball we've always appreciated.
The big news for classic bike fans at November’s 65th Annual Association of Motorcycle and Bicycle Manufacturers show in Milan, Italy, was the launch — or should we say re-launch? — of the new Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.