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For Enrico Cantoni, one of its original engineers, 1955 Moto Guzzi V8 was not just one of the top motorcycles ever created, it was a five month labor of love and the start of the V-Twin revolution at Moto Guzzi.

In part two of the series. Cantoni explains the origin of V-Twin engine and what he thinks of modern Moto Guzzis:

On the Origins of the V-Twin Engine:

In 1957, three manufacturers including Moto Guzzi, Gilera and Mondial decided to stop motorcycle racing because of several accidents. Therefore, those of us in the race department at Moto Guzzi had a great deal of time on our hands.

In this period, we started studying the Fiat Cinquecento 500, a little car with an air-cooled twin cylinder engine. We all agreed it was a good engine but not powerful enough. In fact, Carcano wanted us to develop a better engine to compete with the Fiat 500 and handed me the role of project lead.

The first thing I did was bring a Fiat 500 into the Moto Guzzi racing department and began to create our own V-twin version of the Fiat’s 500cc engine. After a little development, it became a very powerful and smooth engine. We thought it was a great accomplishment so we talked with the engineers about Fiat adopting the engine in the Fiat 500, but in the end nothing happened.

Now we were left with this new engine and we were talking about what do to with it. Mr. Guzzi, despite his affinity for the horizontal single cylinder engine, decided together with Carcano, to integrate our creation into a new bike concept – the first V-Twin engine motorcycle.

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Umberto Todaro was given the project and developed the bike on the base of our Fiat 500cc V-Twin engine. Todaro increased the size of the engine to 750ccs. Though the modern V-Twin Moto Guzzi’s now have up to 1250cc, with all the modifications, upgrades and technological developments, the basic design of the engine still remains the same as the one we designed 50 years ago.

On Moto Guzzi Bikes Today:

I worked at Moto Guzzi until 1966, but since then Guzzi has always been a part of my life. Now, when I see a Moto Guzzi on the road I say, “Hey, there’s a part of me on this bike!” I’m proud of the continued interest of the younger generation of engineers and enthusiasts in the racing heritage of Moto Guzzi as they continue to work on new ways to push Guzzi’s innovation forward.

For me, I will always admire Commendatore Guzzi and Dr. Parodi and I am honored that I am remembered and recognized and invited to talk about what I did for them and the Moto Guzzi brand. About The Interviewee:

Enrico Cantoni, now retired, just celebrated his 85th birthday and currently lives in Lierna, a small village a few kilometers north of Mandello del Lario, Italy, where he enjoys spending quality time with his grandchildren.

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