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Friday, 18-Mar-2005 Hamar The Netherlands Nijega Fryslân

The of Moto Guzzi was born in when blacksmith Giorgio and Carlo Guzzi built first motorcycle. It had a horizontal cylinder, four-… 500 cc engine, cylinder head and overhead bore 88 mm, … 82 mm. They the bike to to Emanuele Vittorio a Genoese ship owner after an initial loan of two lire, agreed to finance a production company.

On March 15, at Mandello del Lario on the eastern of Lake Como in Italy, Guzzi, technical genius and and his friend Giorgio Parodi, son, founded the Società Moto Guzzi.

Unlike all other motocycles, every of Carlo Guzzi’s envisioned was rational and essential. First and it had to guarantee functionality and reliability. first prototype, which was so different from other in its engine configuration and low-slung did just that.

This has been engrained in Guzzi throughout the company’s entire life.

The first motorcycles known as G.P. (Guzzi-Parodi), but models were named Guzzi to avoid confusion Giorgio Parodi’s initials. The logo was added as a tribute to Ravelli who died suddenly in an air To promote the new make, Carlo made his racing debut on May 28, entering the Milan-Naples race the only two machines produced so. won 20th and 21st place.

Only four months Gino Finzi’s Guzzi won a first place at the famous Florio. This was the start of the series of 3,329 successes, 11 Trophies, and 14 World Championship between 1921 and 1957. The experience was reflected in standard machines in terms of quality and the of technically avant-garde solutions.

The series was introduced in 1923 outstanding success, especially the Sport 15 model. This was in 1928 by launch of the GT, the first Guzzi with an elastic an innovation at first criticized and adopted by all constructors throughout the

The company’s growth was dramatic. In just 13 years after its the 17 employees in the Guzzi factory at had swelled to 700. This year the famous Guzzi 500 made its debut, going on to the World Championship circuits with its highly original 120 V

In 1935, the definitive international consecration came on the Isle of Man as the 250 and 500 twin, both with frame, were victorious in the Trophy. For the first time in a non-English bike had won what had become the world’s most race and Moto Guzzi down as a legend, along the extraordinary racing protagonists of years such as Tenni, Ruffo, Lorenzetti, and Anderson, to just a few of the Guzzi official

In the 1930s, two new models were the P 175 and the P 250 along with their the P.E. P.L. Egretta, and the famous Airone 250, was the most popular medium motorcycle in Italy for almost 15

For private riders, racing such as the Dondolino, Gambalunga and were also developed.

WWII, the motorcycle market radically. The war left Italy scarred, with almost all damaged and cars too expensive for people. The motorcycle became the transportation vehicle, partly due to progress which developed efficient low powered motorcycles. the war, Italians moved on scooters and the so-called lightweight which attracted a much public than their powered sisters.

They delivered an acceptable while being strong, clean and easy to ride and

These were the principal of the Guzzino 65 cc which was launched by Guzzi in 1946. Designed by Micucci and re-christened the Cardellino in the the Guzzino was the best-selling lightweight in Italy and Europe for more a decade. In fact, when the rally was organized in 1949, three years after its 14,000 people participated.

The success of the Guzzino paved the way for of other low capacity motorcycles. ranged from the Galletto, the original hybrid between a and a motorcycle, to the Zigolo, a 98 cc lightweight and the Lodola 175 cc, the last design to Carlo Guzzi’s name in

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At the higher capacity end of the range, in the then-outdated GTV 500 (later renamed the was replaced by the Falcone 500, the dream of the majority of motorcyclists in the In 1949, the first World Championships were held in the following decade until when Moto Guzzi for the last time, the company to astound enthusiasts with a of amazing wins, creating a of innovative and consistently successful and machines.

Along with Carlo the racing team included top such as Umberto Todero and Cantoni and a designer who became a Giulio Cesare Carcano. joining Moto Guzzi in he created the sensational Guzzi 500 Cylinder.

Considered by many as the extraordinary two-wheeled machine of all with its 90 V engine, the Eight boasted the most extreme staging ever achieved and the exceptional technical level of the design department. As early as on its first official outing the Belgium Grand Prix the Eight Cylinder hinted at its potential. The following year, its 72 hp and 275 km/h, it went officially the tracks and triumphed.

In 1957, the decision to withdraw from prevented further development of spectacular machine.

The 1960s major changes to the company. the … of Giorgio Parodi in then of Carlo Guzzi in Moto Guzzi was acquired by during the deep crisis hit the motorcycling sector during years. During that the company focused on lightweight such as the Dingo and Trotter which were in great from the younger population, and the of a new 90 V twin engine designed by which would become the of Moto Guzzi.

The Guzzi V7, launched in 1967, was the motocycle fitted with V twin with a capacity of 703 cc. It was successful and, after the V7 with 750 cc engine in 1971, the V7 Sport was launched. This with its elegant lines and stability, enjoyed extraordinary

The Special, California and Ambassador were developed for the American In 1973, Guzzi became of the De Tomaso Inc. group and producing a series of four engines, culminating in the Guzzi They then refocused on development of the V twin which was popular and identified the distinctive of the Mandello company.

All subsequent of the V7 adopted a Sport type and, in 1977, were adapted to lower capacity via the Guzzi V35 and V50. These two provided the basis of the whole of Guzzi machines in the 1980s, special attention paid to In the 1990s, from the California to the Nevada and the V11 Sport, there was a revival of the Guzzi spirit.

Today, Moto Guzzi, of the Aprilia group, has launched the new V11 Rosso Mandello. This is the of the combination of tradition and innovation has always characterized products the Mandello eagle and represents the of a legend unequalled in the history of

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