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Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

The Moto Guzzi Monza

The of Moto Guzzi has ridden on the success of the 850cc and 1000cc range that continues to a significant demand on the market. common is the big V-twin’s little the V35-V50 middleweight.

Moto chief designer in the mid seventies, Tonti, developed a design was to provide an important and innovative to Guzzi’s success in the Eighties. design closely followed of the big Guzzi’s having a 90 Degree overhead valve four-… shaft drive to the rear This initial design was to into road, sports and bikes ranging from to 750cc and gain four per cylinder in the process.

It was never to be as once taken out past The design then proved with valves dropping, cracking and other components un=predictable hand grenades, little for Guzzi’s otherwise reputation for dependability. However all was in the future.

The Monza, the model in this road-test has the physical and feel of a Japanese 250, a which has also endeared the model V50 to many City Along with the renowned reliability and braking the 500cc has sufficient performance to maintain the of its owners. Production of the new range of in the late Seventies was not without its for the Guzzi factory.

The Mandello factory was at full producing the 850cc range and of the middleweights needed to be shifted to the factory in Milan. The home of and the Italian mini-car was now to be used for mundane transport.

The Monza is a bike ro ride having the traits that make the V-twins so popular, namely a pulsating engine, low maintenance drive, linked brakes, a exhaust note, low centre of good engine accessibility, handling and good looks. too good to be true and in some it is. The Monza may look fast but it is in no way against the Japanese hot-shot

The engine performance is sufficient to a quick pace but its real is on the open road, not in stop drags. The suspension follows practice in that it is not up to scratch. luck the suspension can be set up to perform and although it never deteriorates to the where handling is a hazard; it isn’t compliant enough for and reacts harshly to bumps.

the price the bike commanded the also is not of a high enough Paintwork fades and chips chromework rusts readily and the alloy is difficult to maintain as the tarnishes easily.

Against all of must be set the Guzzi’s lively (the engine is happy to rev and is punchy considering the low power Another feature is the ability of the to hug the road and to be thrown confidently bends. Despite its lower output the Moto Guzzi performed well on the road in to its competitors.

There were two strong in favour of the Guzzi Monza. it is extraordinarily compact and two, it has an power to weight ratio.

The has a bore and … of 74mm X giving a capacity of 490cc;. with a 10.4:1 compression the Monza was claimed to produce 47 bhp at The engine did not follow normal practice in that the Monza have concave crowns flat heads, utilizing the Head Principle as applied to V-twins and Jaguar cars. were most likely for reasoms of economy than else.

The cylinder barrels and are distinctively square, a style has now been adopted on even the Guzzis. Unlike the larger the crankcase is in two pieces, split An annoying feature of the heavyweight is the inaccessibility of the oil filter, however on the a disposable filter is housed on the sump and can be replaced with The gearbox is mounted integrally the engine but has it’s own 90 weight oil

The gear change is on the left-hand and is a standard one down, four up Final drive is, of course, with the universal joint by a rubber boot. As no kick is fitted it is fortunate that the start is reliable, utilizing a DG 12 volt 0.7hp starter

The double-cradle frame of the Monza standard Guzzi practice in both solid and unbreakable. The tubes are detachable allowing the to be lifted away from the and drive shaft/rear wheel thus giving excellent to the whole engine.

The swing pivots on the gearbox casting, and is an piece of alloy casting. The also are Campagnolo alloy with twelve spokes and a finish. Both wheels Brembo disc brakes, 260mm at the front and a shrouded rear.

Naturally the brakes are use of the foot brake transfers 70% of the effort to the right hand disk and 30% to the rear disc. Use of the brake lever brings the hand front disc play. The result is impressive and braking on dry, wet or dirt

The feeling when a Guzzi under brakes is of immense

Rear suspension is inadequately by Sebac air assisted shock The front telescopic fork is own design and features sealed units which tend to lose their damping These units are also air however adjustment does to help.

The Monza is not a slow being capable of 105mph you get down behind the bikini and it certainly is a joy to ride. The bike is to control as there is no dramatic to worry about. The engine in an un-stressed manner without any to worry about the motor.

consumption is also good at 58mpg. Lovely to look at, fun to the pleasing chuff-chuff of the induction makes’up for poor quality The Monza stood Guzzi in it’s time and in my opinion the is more attractive than offerings.

My thanks to the Lunans for a ride on the which they regretfully been forced to sell this article was written.

Previous Owners: Rob and Chris

Make: Moto Guzzi


Capacity: 490cc 74mm x 57mm

Engine: head, Alloy engine,

Four-…. Two valves per cylinder


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