Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Museum — Motorcycle USA

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“We voyaged by steamer down the di Lecco, through wild scenery, and by hamlets and villas, and at the town of Lecco. They it was two hours, by carriage to the ancient of Bergamo, and that we would there in good season for the train. We got an open barouche and a boisterous driver, and set out. It was

We had a fast team and a perfectly road. There were cliffs on our left, and the pretty di Lecco on our right, and every now and it rained on us.”

This is town of the Moto Guzzi the town of Lecco on the shore of Como.

Unlike Mark in Innocents Abroad, I arrived in by taxi after a short ride from Milan. The town situated on the shores of Como, or to be geographically correct the banks of the River Adda, was bathed in brilliant sunshine, and the was dominated by the gleaming snowcapped Alps across the sparkling

Taking a stroll alongside the lake, the air was filled with the of flapping sails, small engines, and lots of birds their hectic springtime as they busied themselves. alongside the lakeside road was also a near endless of brightly colored motorcycles drew my thoughts to my mission for the day: A visit to the world Moto Guzzi factory a few up the train line in the town of del Lario.

Having cut my sportbike on the plank that posed for a of a Mark I Le Mans, Mandello del was something of a semi-mythical place. through the English countryside on my spitting, racing red, stallion with barely money for a cup of tea in pockets, Mandello as well have been on the Now, nearly 25 years I would finally get the opportunity to through the factory gates and into a history that back in 1917 during the World War.

Moto Guzzi’s roots during WWI when three pilots turned their to motorcycles after the war.

At the three young Italian were fighting for their in the Italian Air force. Carlo Giorgio Ripamonti and a well-known of the day, Giovanni Ravelli. As as life must have they still managed to about what they do after the war, and the three men shared a collective dream of their own motorcycles.

A loan Giorgio Ripamonti’s father get them going, and Giovanni would race their new as success on the circuits of Europe be vital for the new company. In a cruel of fate, Ripamonti survived the only to … some later, but it didn’t stop and Giorgio from going with their original plan.

By 1920, the first had been built, a 500cc cylinder, with a total of 17 produced at the new factory in Mandello by the end of Moto Guzzi was born. displaying their Air Corps eagle on the gas tank in honor of fallen friend, the pair went racing and took first win at the torturous Targa

By 1924, Moto Guzzi was a force in the world of motorcycle and by the time they retired in they had won more than races, taken eight championships, and 11 victories at the grueling of Man. Under the constant of Carlo and Giorgio, there many highlights in the journey, the incredible Otto Cilindri Grand Prix race by designer Giulio Cesare which was the only motorcycle of its ever built, and very as a racing machine to boot.

Despite changes in ownership the many years, Moto factory has remained at the same

After the … of Carlo in 1964 financial troubles hit the company, and during an Italian takeover, Carcano was let go. The innovative and Lino Tonti would him, and under the guidance of the group his V7 Sport appeared, by the 850GT and the highly successful range. Argentinean Industrialist De Tomaso” was the next owner of the and held the reigns until the by Aprilia.

More recently, the has changed hands again, time coming under the Piaggio umbrella. With all of turmoil and change over the it is incredible to think the company lives and breathes in the same set of it started in, way back in 1921.

A labyrinth of workshops and offices, the is huge, and I almost felt leaving a trail of breadcrumbs I left one area in case I to find my way back. Peering windows into different revealed testing, tuning, and even customer service all manner of motorcycles in various of repair as I wandered around.

one long outdoor corridor I into a mad professor look-alike, who was all sorts of electronic equipment to a looking Moto Guzzi a mock up fairing in primer. politely I thought twice shooting spy photos, so meandered off in the of the museum, making a mental to take a tour through the area later.

The very simple museum with doezens of motorcycles the rich history of Moto motorcycles.

Talk about back in time! Moving on creaky wooden floors, I had the to myself, as I noticed the many the old plaster walls had been Disguising the neglect that have occurred through the years, I’m sure the museum a priority when there was no in the coffers for day-to-day business.

The the triumphs and disasters, financial and glory on the world’s racetracks, all there in the long, stark, corridors filled with 150 motorcycles. Walking alone, the filtering in through the grimy, metal windows reminded me of old War II ‘prisoner of war’ movies.

The Guzzi Normale, one of the first Guzzi motorcycles and capable of top numbers for its time.

Retracing my to the gift shop and pausing to a snapshot of a race-prepped Coppa I decided to start at the beginning of the display featuring motorcycles 1921-1945. Entitled, “The of a legend” the first room with a 498cc single-cylinder called a Normale. Based on the machine produced by Carlo and this simple looking produced 8.5 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and was of over 50 mph.

The vast of the bikes produced in the early were simple, single-cylinder and it isn’t until the ‘40s that twin-cylinder machines to appear.

My particular favorite was a gnarly 1948 500cc Twin that produced a healthy 44 Interestingly, the engine layout very similar to the early V-Twins, which would much later. Moto did win the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy the earlier, but I am not sure if the winning is in the museum, as there was no mention.

The that won the 1955 350cc Championship is on display, though, and at its battered and bruised form me realize how far modern racing has come.

A bike you would expected to be spawned from a Bond movie this Guzzi single comes with some gnarly skis.

a break from the solitude of the after a few magical hours, I the breadcrumbs over to the assembly Entering the large building, the was alive with energy as the in their bright red boiler sporting various fashion from nose rings to gel, attended to the production Smiling and joking with other, they were on a batch of brand new Grisos.

to the thoroughly modern Triumph in England, it is a bit old fashioned, but it is definitely up-to-date and spotlessly clean and

Meandering back through the after lunch in the staff some of the old bikes looked the sort of picture your senile aunt might on the wall. Antiquated and an inch in dust, a few had small puddles of oil while others looked as if had just

Guzzi has covered about every type of in their many years of

rolled off a battlefield, tired, and in need of rest. Taking specifically for detail drew me in and closer to the beautifully crafted The exposed valve springs of the Norge, the tiny cylinders of the V-8, or the neatly restored equipped with skis on the

Winding up and down the narrow staircases between the floors me of my first high school, the musty smell that old buildings seem to have. And taking a sit down in Carlo chair in the mock up of his office, the of his workspace was powerful, with metal cabinets, a few pictures, and an of relevant engineering books. the machines he produced, there few frills.

Leaving the past and arriving amongst the modern era it felt good to recognize a lot of the machines, although there a lot of small mopeds and scooters I even knew existed. An MGS O1 had a display area to itself, a minimalist racebike that I had the pleasure to ride, a Dr. John 1000 race replica, an old Le 1 endurance race machine full complement of battle the diversity and range of the machinery was

Old police bikes, off-road and lots of quirky little transportation specials. And at one point in the I found a 250cc four-cylinder, to the Benelli Quatro in every except the badges on the gas tank. the room a pair of Paris-Dakar machines, based on the dual Quota, sat next to a Baja of the same machine.

The word “diverse” certainly to mind. Ancient and modern, in the timeless museum dating to 1921, with the long history of Moto Guzzi without pomp and ceremony in the narrow halls.

The legendary Guzzi V-8 racer (aka was capable of reaching speeds of and reinforced Guzzi’s commitment to engineering boundaries.

A good of the modern bikes are new with a lot of the fully restored, but there are plenty of rough, raw original in the exact condition they parked. And as all of these quirks and grow to be more obvious, so the becomes more charming and delightful. To the accompaniment of some eclectic music somewhere the light, hazy mist floats across Lake eight hours slipped by, and the of the clock made their way to time, consigning my day to the past

Hanging on to the last moments, I one last look at my favorite in the museum, the V-8 racer. A machine of unrefined beauty, with an that stunned the world in the a few moments alone with the V-8 is a back in time. Just a day at the Moto Guzzi museum in Del Lario alongside the beautiful of Lake Como.

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