A Little Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica History

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A crowd gathers around Omobono Tenni (in the Moto Guzzi sweater) after winning the 1934 Italian GP at Rome.
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Stanley Woods (left) with teammate Raffaelle Alberti at the 1935 Isle of Man TT.

In the early 1930s, Moto Guzzi badly needed a new design to
replace its team’s elderly 500cc 4-valve singles. Guzzi’s 250cc single was
dominating the 250 GP class, and it had a compact unit-construction engine with
a horizontal cylinder, leaving lots of room in the middle of the frame. Carlo
Guzzi hit on the idea of filling this space with a second cylinder to produce a

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