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Moto Guzzi National Club 36th International

Peter Switzer

May 13, 2011

by the author and Peter Switzer

love to congregate—whether it is the evening through the town’s piazza, everybody having an ice cream or the Mafia bosses gathering in New York, thinking the cops never know; or a couple of Moto Guzzi riders together in Malibu, California.

Pretty ritzy. Seems like a place where the and Lamborghini folk might to drink expensive asti (that’s Italian champagne) and the sunset over the Pacific

No, the Guzzi gathering was more a and Gallo wine affair, to down good grub in the on paper plates. During the day the roads in the Santa Monica offered great riding, it was on Latigo Canyon or Yerba Road, or just cruising the old Highway past the Rock

The venue was Leo Carrillo State just 10 miles west of center on CA 1, the Pacific Coast This was the handiwork, and hard of Todd Eagan, longtime of Moto Guzzi National Club, aka MGNOC (pronounced and SoCal rep of the club. He’s a man who many helmets, and also several websites, including to help answer the many that Guzzisti have their motociclette .

A trio of Guzzi “salami-slicers” flywheel singles) from the

MGNOC has been around 1972 when a Kansan by the name of Frank Wedge he needed to start a club. Una dei Guzzisti . as an Italian might He let it be known through the moto-magazines those Americans impassioned the product from Mandello del would now have a forum, a to communicate.

His has been essentially a operation since the start, the effort going into the newsletter he has been sending out May of 1973.

For the first dozen or so years the rally was held in the middle of the 48 states, like in Kansas and and then as the club expanded from the coasts began equal time. And here we on the shores of the Pacific.

“Ride to eat to ride.”

The bikes were, in the big-block twins. There was a of “salami slicers,” the old Guzzi with an external flywheel, and a few bikes, but the big boys ruled, Eldorados and Ambassadors to the latest Grisos and so­me 1200 touring machines, most of had covered some serious in order to get to the rally. At the show the attractive lineup was, for me, the of V7 Sports and Le Mans models, all and looking like they go quite fast.

Another that attracted a good of interest was The Mandello Meteor, a faired LeMans intended to a few speed records. Rider Ross had recently turned 161 mph out at El Mirage Dry Lake, and was later for Bonneville. The time and money in any such effort is all being not by big corporations with lots of but a group of MGNOC enthusiasts—who call themselves Team Crowbar.

Apparently, the author (seated) as a “site” on the Moto Guzzi—AMA Tour of Italy in America.

The demo fleet was set up in a parking lot at the offering outrageously fun rides the mountains. Author Greg was in attendance, and I imagine two-thirds (if not of the club has a well-thumbed copy of Guzzi Big Twins at home.

Moto Guzzi V 65 Florida
Moto Guzzi V 65 Florida

the MGNOC faithful would pages; close to 300 of the 2,600 chose to show up for the rally. As an of MGNOC enthusiasm, before the a relay was run with an old Guzzi flywheel, just the flywheel, carried from the Pacific to the and back, dozens of riders in the event. That heavy of iron went all the way up the East from Florida to Maine.

The relay is certainly a good way to your fellow club

The rally was also part of event, the Moto Guzzi—AMA Tour of Italy in America, in riders go to various Italianate in the contiguous 48, such as Rome, New Italy, Texas; or Venice, and have pictures taken for And the winner, however he or she will be gets a new Norge.

Guzzi guru Rick Panettieri rally organizer Todd (center) and brand manager Perlman.

The official rally two days, and on the second evening were presented in the amphitheater, shots of grappa . sort of moonshine, being handed Eagan was in charge, and it was an entertaining with most everybody a prize. Even I got a shirt a shop in Japan that in working on Italian bikes. who thought they might a chance at the long-distance award got up and announced their mileage, all in a friendly manner.

I liked one fellow saying he had 1,800 miles, then getting up and saying, “Well, I five miles north of so I’m in for 1,805.” Claps and cheers. If I correctly the winner was a Norge from New England, who saw most of on his way to Malibu.

After breakfast the morning many of the attendees, myself, began to disperse, but the rally continued. On that day riders gathered at Moto of Thousand Oaks, where the new dual-purpose bike was on display, the in the country. The demo fleet had set up in Thousand Oaks, and was busy all

On the fourth day more than a of the hardest-core moved on to Willow Raceway, where they pay $95 (cheap!) and wear out their (or other) tires during a day at the of Willow track. No one embarrassed

Arriverderci; vi vedremo l’anno . Bye bye; we’ll see you next

[From the December 2008 of Rider ]

Moto Guzzi V 65 Florida
Moto Guzzi V 65 Florida

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