Classic Moto Guzzi Motorcycles

Fast but Fragile: 1985-1987 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario

Learn about the fascinating history of the Moto Guzzi V65 Lario.

1974 Moto Guzzi 850 Eldorado

Moto Guzzi rider Alan Comfort revived an unloved 1974 850 Eldorado, but no one will accuse him of having over-restored it.

Café Veloce: 1978-1988 Moto Guzzi SP1000

We take a look at the legendary Moto Guzzi 1000SP, compared to the BMW R100RS and the late Honda CBX Super Sport.

From Eritrea to Tennessee: 1934 and 1939 Moto Guzzi GTS 500

A former soldier brings a pair of pre-war Moto Guzzi GTS 500s back to the states, of which only 2,952 were made, along with a Parri sidecar.

Al Zinn’s 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

A reader sends in his 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado after picking up the last issue.

Patrick Buss’ Moto Guzzi Eldorado

Another reader shares his Moto Guzzi after reading the editor’s column in the previous issue.

Il Dottore: Dr. John's Moto Guzzi 1000R

Alan Cathcart rides the race bike that led to the street-legal Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000R.

Lloyd Gloekler’s 1968 Moto Guzzi V7

A reader shares his 1968 Moto Guzzi V7, which he showed at our show at the 2016 Bonneville Grand Prix.

Golden Anniversary: 1967 Moto Guzzi V7

Guzzi enthusiast Paul Harrison restores a rough 1967 Moto Guzzi V7 just in time for the bike’s 50th birthday.

Bird on a Wing: 1961-1974 Moto Guzzi Stornello

Comparing the Moto Guzzi Stornello with its single-cylinder rivals, the Ducati 125 Sport and Motobi 125 Sport Special.

Heritage Revisited: 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello

Moto Guzzi revives the Stornello with a new version of the V7 II and we look at the original.

1984-1987 Moto Guzzi V65TT

The Moto Guzzi V65TT was a light, nimble and reasonably fast dual sport, but wasn't without its issues.

1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso

This 1956 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 73 Lusso was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: 1979-1982 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100

A profile of the Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 and its primary contenders.

Birds of a Feather: 1966 Moto Guzzi 125 ISD Trial

The 1966 Moto Guzzi 125 ISD was only built for a single year but due to the licensing and titling process, some of the bikes are registered as 1967 or even 1968 models.

Defining the Format: 1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

The Moto Guzzi Ambassador story goes back to the early 1960s when Guzzi first started to work out a V-twin for the Italian police.

Moto Guzzi USA announces 2015 V7 Stone

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.

The First Spring Ride

Enthusiast Jim Boles tells of his first spring ride of the year on his 1972 Moto Guzzi Ambassador.

Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic (Video)

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.

Sex Appeal: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Motorcycles have a certain sex appeal, and the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is about as sexy as they come.

Classic Experience: Living With a Moto Guzzi 850 T3

Wonder what it's like to live with a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 on a day-to-day basis? We find out.

Ultimate Ride: Moto Guzzi 500 V8 Racer

Alan Cathcart fulfills a dream, riding Sammy Miller’s Moto Guzzi V8 Racer at Goodwood.

Moto Guzzis shine at 8th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP

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.

A Little Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica History

A brief history of the Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica.

Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica: The Methuselah of Motorcycle Racing

Alan Cathcart rides Sammy Miller’s 120-degree V-twin 500cc Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

A 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Moto Guzzi USA Unveils All-New California 1400 Model

All-new 2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships the week of April 15th.

Under The Radar: Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1992-1995 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000.

California Cool Makes a Comeback: 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400

Moto Guzzi’s best-selling model ever, the California, is back for 2013 as the new Moto Guzzi California 1400. 

1979 Moto Guzzi: An Italian Motorcycle That’s California Cool

The Moto Guzzi T3 California was Guzzi’s best-selling model ever. 

Introducing the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring and Custom Models

Elegant, with a spectacular visual impact, the lines of the 1400 California convey unmistakeable Moto Guzzi class and tradition combined with never-before-seen size and technology.

Moto Guzzi V7 Range Changes Everything Yet Remains Faithful To Its Heritage

New engine, revamped design, and new components: a new chapter in the V7 legend is written.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic: The New Old School Standard

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is the new old school standard, providing a no-frill motorcycling experience.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Good-looking and fun to ride, the new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer adds another flavor to the café crowd.

Past Perfect: Moto Guzzi V700 Special

Moto Guzzi fan George Dockray builds a better Moto Guzzi V700.

Matt Haffenden’s 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T

Matt Haffenden puts a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T back together after 10 years apart.

Piaggio Plans for Continued Growth

Piaggio plans for continued growth with new prototypes, production models and a new advanced design center in California

American Vintage Racers at Spa Classic

Team Guzzi Nerd, Christopher Page and Andrew Gray, and their Moto Guzzi LeMans became the first American team to take on the 4 Hours of Spa Classic. Watch video of Chris Page warming up.

Mission in the Ardennes: 4 Hours of Spa Classic

American vintage motorcycle racers invade Europe’s Spa Classic.

2001 Ghezzi-Brian at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

Larry Hubbard's 2001 Ghezzi-Brian took home the trophy for Best Moto Guzzi in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

Alan Cathcart Commends the Moto Guzzis at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

Motorcycle luminary Alan Cathcart commends the Moto Guzzi motorcycles on display in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival in Leeds, Ala.

1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga at 2011 Barber Vintage Festival

Antonio Ricciardi's 1951 Moto Guzzi Gambalunga was an award-winning crowd pleaser as an entry in the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show at the 2011 Barber Vintage Festival.

Moto Guzzi Motorcycles: 90 Years Strong

2011 marks Moto Guzzi's 90th anniversary. Take a look and see how far Moto Guzzi, one of the oldest European motorcycle manufacturers, has come.

1946 Moto Guzzi Dondolino

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.

Moto Guzzi Featured at 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

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.

1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17 at 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic

Rod Schmidt's 1934 Moto Guzzi GT-17 on display at the 2011 Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Dr. Harry Wong's 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

Dr. Harry Wong discusses the experience of owning and riding a 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado.

The Heavenly Sound of a Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk1 owner Alan Comfort describes the sound of his Guzzi like "Luciano Pavarotti on full song."

Found on eBay: 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

We have a soft spot in our hearts for Moto Guzzis, and this 850 Eldorado looks to be just the kind of ride perfect for weekend wandering.  

Happy Birthday Moto Guzzi! 90 years and still going strong!

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.

Custom Moto Guzzi Café Racer

George Dockray's aircraft-inspired custom Moto Guzzi café racer.

Moto Guzzi shows off new retro bikes

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.

Riding a Friduss Racing Moto Guzzi Lemans Superbike

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.

Moto Guzzi T3 Special

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.

2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic

The staff at Motorcycle Classics samples Moto Guzzi's latest retro motorcycle - the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic - and it leaves them impressed.  

Found on eBay: 1982 Moto Guzz SP1000

This week's eBay find is something we didn't think we'd ever see: A 1-mile, original-condition Moto Guzzi SP1000. According to the auction, this bike has never been started.

Found on eBay: 1969 Moto Guzzi Stornello Scrambler

Cool bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and this week's size is small. Though not cosmetically perfect, this Moto Guzzi Stornello is claimed to be in great running condition and ready to go.

Found on eBay: 1975 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport

This week we didn't have to go looking through eBay for a bike. Instead, a reader sent us one! This 1975 Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport wears its original factory paint, along with the factory 1/2 fairing.

Found on eBay: 1968 Moto Guzzi V7

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.

Found Online: 1986 Moto Guzzi SP II

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.

Found on eBay: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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.

Found on eBay: 1981 Moto Guzzi 1000SP

Some bikes recieve care and maintenance throughout their lives and some don't. This lovely Moto Guzzi 1000SP looks to have been lovingly cared for so far, and for the right price, it could be yours.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Rick Manning’s eye-catching 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.

2009 Moto Guzzi Café Classic

Moto Guzzi has decided to go whole-heartedly down the retro motorcycle route, and the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic is the latest Guzzi to be given the treatment.

1972 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

The Moto Guzzi Eldorado was the biggest weapon in a snout-to-snout battle with Harley-Davidson

1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk1

The Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk1 put Moto Guzzi in the superbike race.

Touring the Moto Guzzi Factory and Museum

Touring Moto Guzzi's fabled factory museum

1963 Moto Guzzi Falcone Sport

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?

Found on eBay: 1969 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

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.

Found Online: 1984 Moto Guzzi V65SP

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.

Found on eBay: 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom

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.

Ten Days with a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

Based on the very first Guzzi V-twin, the 1967 V7, the 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado helped continue the traction Moto Guzzi had gained in the U.S. with the 703cc V7 and later 757cc Ambassador.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Good news comes from Moto Guzzi, which has announced plans to make the new V7 Classic available to U.S. buyers.

Found on eBay: 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

Just in time for fall cruising, this 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador was recently gone through and is ready for the road.

2008 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

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.  

The Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

The Moto Guzzi V50 Monza was supposed to be Moto Guzzi’s shot at mass marketing to the motorcycle enthusiast.

Motorcycle Classics’ Motogiro America entry: 1966 Moto Guzzi Stornello

One of the most fun little Guzzi's we've ridden in years just happens to be this 1966 Moto Guzzi Stornello, our entry in the Motogiro America.

Found on eBay: 1984 Moto Guzzi T5

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.

Moto Guzzi V7 Returns!

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.

The Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert

The Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert was an even more touring-oriented version of the popular Moto Guzzi 850 T3 California.

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