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Mystery Motorcycle in Vintage Photo

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Can anyone help me identify what kind of motorcycle this is? Please excuse the poor quality image but it's the only picture I have. 

vintage motorcycle photo 

All I know is that this pic was taken sometime between 1935 and 1945, and the rider served in the Italian military. This pic was likely taken either in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) during the mid 1930s or in North Africa during World War II. Is it a Moto Guzzi Alce Monoposto?

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

 

joe mccullough
12/22/2011 11:46:06 AM

http://youtu.be/ACK8HEEmwKA Youtube Link


joe mccullough
12/22/2011 11:34:03 AM

Almost positive that is a Moto Guzzi GT 17 after comparing a frame I stole of a Moto Guzzi GT 17. Rear rack is the same, rear swingarm design looks the same, front wheel looks the same, front suspension looks the same, headlight is the same position but looks slightly different (replaced?), handlebars look to have been adjusted downward. Front fender looks the same, and the engine is too dark to bring to life with any photo software. The compression makes it looks like color blocks. http://s10.postimage.org/sp98qagx5/1934_Moto_Guzzi_GT_17.png http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACK8HEEmwKA The frame is at 00:13.