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1963 Moto Falcone Sport

Years  1950-1963

Claimed power: @ 4,500rpm

Top speed: 85mph

Engine type:  499cc single

Weight (dry): (367lb)

Price then: (approx.)

Price now:

MPG:  50 (approx.)

One of the main of motorcycles — to gear heads you and me, anyway — is that they their insides on the outside. a car, the motorcycle’s inner (its modus operandi, if you has — for better or worse — been an part of its appearance.

Better or Well, there are those who consider that some are over exposed, and that of the parts on display would be hidden. Take the Moto Falcone Sport, for example. Is it a little too …, maybe too much of its heart on its sleeve? The outside flywheel on the engine’s side, for example?

Or the rear suspension’s chrome-plated dampers, the positive-stop gearshift the clutch actuator and oil pump, all to the outside of the engine?

In the Falcone’s this exuberance comes because the bike’s basic can be traced back — without change — to the first Moto of 1921 and even to Guzzi’s design, the Moto Guzzi-Parodi of 1919.

Michael Blumberg’s Guzzi Falcone Sport

BSA Rocket Gold Stars, it there are more examples of Guzzi Falcone Sport now than the factory ever The reason? A few unscrupulous “restorers” been buying up ex-police and “Turismo” models, fitting with alloy rims and Sport cosmetic items, selling them as genuine models.

It was just such a that Michael Blumberg online at a U.K.-based Italian dealer’s website.

Born in the south of the U.S. Blumberg now in Vancouver, Canada, and is an Italian and car nut, a passion that from his teens. He worked as a mechanic for a while after and as a sideline, began restoring old 500s and 600s while acquiring a taste for Italian

Into the stable went a of Moto Guzzis (a V7 Sport and a SP1000, as well as a Ducati but what he really hankered was a Falcone. And it had to be a Sport.

“While V-twin Guzzis, I became with Falcones through various books and articles,” Blumberg. “I wanted to find one was in good original shape, and a model that was originally a when it left the factory. A Sport has higher compression, a cam, a different carb and other detail differences.”

forwarded a picture of the suspect to legendary U.K. Guzzi Ian Ledger, who has been collecting and Guzzis ever since a to Italy in 1974, when he and fell in love with a Moto Guzzi Falcone — rode it home to England!

“I onto Ian Ledger early on reading an article in an early-Nineties bike magazine,” says “and saw a little ad for his Guzzi specialist business on an adjacent

Ledger carefully examined the and concluded that it was indeed a that had been converted to a and while fixing the cosmetics be easy, the Sport engine were a different matter. passed on the deal.

Now knowing that Blumberg was in the for a Moto Guzzi Falcone Ledger offered to sell him a from his own collection. But while was waiting for photographs of the bike to by mail (Ledger, at the time, had no access), another purchaser offering Ledger a price he really refuse.

But as marque with the U.K. Vintage Owners Club and singles to the Moto Guzzi Club GB, is well placed to hear of going up for sale. So it was that contacted Blumberg late in to let him know a Sport belonging to a Lacey would soon be

The fact that Ledger had owned the bike and could for its authenticity was a bonus.

It wasn’t all sailing, though. The bike had a history, as Blumberg found out Lacey. After being in Italy, the bike had passed numerous owners, recording 12 miles, before passing Lacey’s hands.

Lacey the Moto Guzzi Falcone to ride, but after adding 2,500 miles or so, noticed a drop in performance.

Dismantling the engine, Lacey the “restoration” had been cosmetic To make matters worse, the had been “cleaned” with a without dismantling, and some of the had found their way in, damaging the internals.

The Falcone needed a new piston and rod, bearings and other parts. That care of the engine, and Lacey another 11,000 miles incident, including a “Round circuit with a group of from the Carlo Guzzi in Mandello del Lario, Italy, of Moto Guzzi. But advancing and knee problems meant found the big single more and difficult to start, and he decided to it.

Blumberg bought the bike unseen and had it shipped to Vancouver. As was at that time treasurer of the Blumberg felt pretty about the deal and wasn’t

“Mine is probably a very, late one,” says “According to Ledger and Lacey, Falcones were produced to 1957 or so. After that, a handful was built every so as orders accumulated.”

Life a Moto Guzzi Falcone

There is, of course, a technique to any big single, and the Guzzi is no exception. The big, exposed flywheel has an effect on how the engine spins and one long lunge on the kickstarter spin the engine through a revolutions.

On my visit for our photo session, the bike hadn’t run for a while and was a bit to start. Even so, after a few coughs the Guzzi started and into a remarkably slow, catatonic idle. Also is the exhaust note: like exploding in a paint can — sonorous and The sight of the huge flywheel — backward, because of the gear-drive — evokes memories of stationary engines and fairground equipment.

The seems innocuous enough, its red and finish glinting in the October but potential pilots might be to avoid long scarves and clothing.

The engine’s lazy and steamroller torque haul the away at very modest which is probably just as because the huge flywheel means throttle response is at best, and its considerable inertia to drive the bike forward the throttle is closed. The flywheel was in contemporary tests for inducing a in the Guzzi to change direction at something that’s difficult to on city streets.

As I line up my for some action shots, Blumberg swings the Guzzi through a series of turns, the long-wheelbase single to quite lean angles.

My most memorable experience of the Moto Guzzi Falcone is riding behind it, listening to the hollow beat of the exhaust. credits good parts from Paul Montgomery at in California with helping him the Falcone in fine fettle.

The Guzzi Falcone Sport is a trip back in time. obsolete when it was launched, it survived, in various forms, for 25 years; yet its exposed mechanicals and engineering provide a direct to the early years of the 20th Beauty?

Well, that’s of course. But it’s totally no dressing up, paneling over or trim. And there’s an honest in that. MC



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