Moto Guzzi Imola 350 Road Test

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Moto Guzzi V35 Imola

Moto Guzzi Imola 350 Test

Moto Guzzi are out to the ultimate half-litre street and they are convinced that can do it without a high-revving overhead-cam — and without 50bhp. The discrete for the new Imola 350 carries a photo of a 350cc single pipping a four on the line at Monza in the and above the photo is the Moto Golden Eagle, from of yore, which has replaced the tank badge on the new Imola.

is subliminal advertis­ing at its best, and no text to pound the message The Golden Eagle on the factory is begin-that Guzzi are out to do on the road they did on the race tracks in the fifties. Between 1952 and Moto Guzzi’s 38bhp single carried off five world titles while away as much as 10 bhp to the roaring fours and the DKW three-cylinder two-strokes.

Guilio Cesare Carcano was the man who life into the green with the dustbin fair­ings and he was the man who built the legendary Guzzi vee-eight racer that an incredible 75 bhp and went 170 miles per in 1957. But it never won a Grand It was the light, low, torquey single that brought if not fortune, to the marque.

And although Guzzi today is of the De Tomaso empire, the lessons of the seem to be deeply engraved in the forgotten that low-weight an low of gravity can offset brute and top-end whack.

So Guzzi are now to enter the market with a vee-twin that is intended such machines as the Kawasaki Laverda Monjuic and Benelli 504 And one look at the Imola lets you they mean business.

been waiting for the arrival of the for some­time and when word got that the Spanish importer had one for evaluation I threw my leathers in a bag and the first Boeing to sunny only to land in the middle of a and a major public transport

But early the next morn­ing I was to the low, black and red Italian being warmed up in the Guzzi and chatting with Sr. Lezcano, the Guzzi concessionaire.

More and Italian factories are releasing machines first in Spain now the Spanish market, where machines are banned by law from import, is growing in importance.

impressed with the styling of the I am waiting for the full 500cc Bikes like the Imola he explained, are inten­ded for the Italian and markets where there are tax benefits for machines under The 350cc version of the Imola is to be too expensive in relation to the SOOcc, but the is only begin-ing to build the 500s.

A quick look at the reveals the principal changes. The are now behind the fork legs and the are now fashionably drilled. Two of the flaws of the V50 been corrected.

The flimsy plastic lock on the petrol cap has been replaced by a lock, and under the trap is a conventional screw-in metal The master cylin­der that one of the two front discs has returned to the eliminating the spongy feel of the set-up with cable-activated cylinder located under the tank.

The integral braking is retained, but the improved feel and of the second front disc is a improvement. The low (and hard) seat, clip-ons and rearset blend with the elongated efficient nosecone fairing from the latest Benelli 900 and the new upswept Silentium silencers. Italian and tastefully aggressive

But there are also changes the motor, which now breaths 26mm Dellorto carbs. both the V35 and V50 models were with 24mm units. The tract has been reshaped and claim that these in carburetion and exhaust have per­formance significantly.

The announced 36bhp at 8,200 rpm is a four bhp up on the V35 that I tested two ago.

Moto Guzzi V35 Imola
Moto Guzzi V35 Imola

I recall very the lack of power that the original V35. But the new Imola is quicker. Quick enough to be on mountain roads, but still not enough to justify the racer and the hefty price (about pounds in Spain due to the outrageous and import taxes).

After a couple of days running the in and bringing it back to Guzzi for its 500-mile service I was given the light by the shop foreman to rev its off. In fact, added who has ridden works Guzzi racers in the European champion­ship, was a practice day at the Jarama Grand track on the Saturday where I have a real go. He didn’t to ask twice.

But during the next two there was time to grad­ually the revs higher and loosen the up. With 1,000 kilometers on the the motor pulled easily to in all gears.

Moto Guzzi claim a top of 100 miles per hour, but the speedo-error is so on this model that really ought to be ashamed. too,because the V50 has a fairly accurate At an indicated lOSmph and with the needle buried in the red near the true road speed out to be 94 miles per hour.

And that is a respectable rate of knots for a

In fact the Moto Guzzi, is, according to factory specs, 25 heavier than the Morini Sport, is only about or four mph down on the Morini. We set up an test on the Madrid-Burgos highway

the Imola and a Morini 31A. and found that they came through the 1,000 in 31.4 seconds, but with the starting to overtake the Guzzi at the end of the run. The five-speed Guzzi to pull lower gearing, the six-speed Morini is pulling that would permit a ton if 8,500 could be reached in

I tried changing up at very engine speeds during a few but like most paral­lel-valve with Heron combustion the Guzzi runs out of puff at revs. Changing up at 7,500, is just above max. (I think. no hard data yet) gives the best test.

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