Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — Letters

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Letters. by MGNOC Members


So, there we were in the parking lot in front of the venerable Guzzi Stabilimente (I guess is Italian for factory) on the shores of Como. It was a fine early day for riding. We were spending our week in Italy touring the part of Italy on a rented

Earlier that day, we up our touring bike, a BMW 1100RT, were all out of Guzzi’s) and after our way out of Milan we reached the town of around 1:30. True to custom, we were informed the museum would not be open 3:00. So we strolled around by the lake, ate the lunch we had packed that day, and just in the scenery along with a half liter of vino

I was several feet off the ground being in the same country as the Guzzi Mecca much the scenic town where of the bikes that I have had rolled off the assembly line. I been riding Guzzis on and off about 1980.

My latest is a beautiful black and silver V11 EV, which I have had for a couple of My wife and I had been talking going to Italy ever we have been married, is about 25 years (hey, I am a bloomer), so this journey be considered the trip of a lifetime. Of one of the high points of the trip be this trip to the factory.

we got back to the factory, we noticed ten people milling around the lot. A few obvious European and a group that I pegged to be I figured that out when started to speak to us in English. We had a few minutes so we spent the time about where we had been in etc. etc.

The group of consisted of a guy who looked to be in his forties, a woman, and an older couple.

All of except the guy, had an eastern accent. He then introduced his mom and dad and his sister who were from but he didn’t give his name. He he was from California.

Well, he and I talkin bikes (what and our mutual love of Guzzi’s. about ten minutes of chatter we that the factory was opening for the of the museum.

We crossed the street and for the entrance when it finally on us to ask the obvious question which we had forgotten. What Guzzi do you back in the states? I told him an EV and he me a Quota.

Then he asked me color mine was and I said, A and silver one. Then I told him that I had bought it unseen in California. He then me if I had bought the bike from an ad in the newsletter and had it dropped off at my mother’s in Long Beach, California.

the heck? Was this guy clairvoyant or The guy then introduced himself as Ray from whom I had bought the EV two ago, but had never met.

I was not able to drive down to from Oregon after we the deal, he delivered the bike to my house in Long Beach. I down a few weeks later and up the bike and rode it home to and have been riding it since.

Well, we toured the together and he suggested that I this strange, but true lore to the MGNOC for all Guzzisti to Well, Ray, here it is. you are still getting as much of a out of your visit to Mandello I am.

It just goes to show there is more to a Guzzi just the machine, it’s the

Happy Riding

JOEL P. #10880



Our annual rain dance it seemed that way!), Rally was a success. It hadn’t here for four weeks; hurricane Isidore decided the entire Southeaster U.S. some water. Oh well, the had a nice pavilion with a fireplace.

That fireplace was key in people upbeat in cool wet

I have to give all the credit to a group of core people. All I did was a meeting and say, This is we need to do, and they ran with it. Barnes came up with great rides. A nice through Kentucky horse to a winery was very popular so year we’re riding to an old Ha Ha.

Jerry Hylton was the coffee As a former coffee distributor, he hot fresh coffee every There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee in the morning to get you going and the rain and cold of the previous

Also, the hot clean showers at location were a big factor! Mees is my number two man with and support. Being retired, he hits more rallies I can make and is a true Ambassador for the Riders.

I can’t do all of them in a letter but they make the Kentucky Rep, easy.

other state reps including Jack and Joan from Ohio, Andy and Thompson from Indiana, and Turbridge from Ontario.

working on a report on the rally for the Next year’s rally be September 25-28. Mark it on calendar and plan to attend.





The hasn’t been running I haven’t looked into it I had a new girlfriend. So the Story sat under tarp in the garage.

I’m on but the phone is not going off. I’m on the road by 9:30 or Columbus day. Who’d of there wouldn’t be any work

Christopher Columbus is not as popular as he to be.

Who was Chirstopher Columbus? Was he as ruthless as all Did he come from the privileged Was he really bent on world Probably not.

He was an Italian boy a middle class family. He was a thinker. He believed the world was at a time when most of his still hugged the flat theory.

Chris stuck by his couldn’t get anybody in his country to his venture, so he went to Spain. He to the King and Queen of Spain and them for venture capital. must have been an

Imagine selling your idea to the bosses of the court of one of the powerful nations on the planet.

Chris set out in leaky wooden across a stormy sea. And he those boats and his nearly crew until he found he was looking for. Chris had a lot of nerve.

We could use a few guys Christopher Columbus in every

So anyway, the Stornello hasn’t running all that well. I know why, I’ve pre-occupied. But it’s Columbus Day and to do something Italian.

Time to get the out from under it’s and investigate.

I’d already out the carb. I had the points gap set as perfect as it I’d timed it with the and still the bike stumbled time I opened it up. It seemed a carburation problem. But it wasn’t.

the day job was leaving me alone I got out the special box and pulled the magneto. I found the The key that holds the magneto had out.

Worse, the groove in the that holds the key, was I jammed a bit of metal in there and the Magneto back on. I fired the up and it ran great.

It’s a temporary fix. But at I’ve pinpointed the problem. Now I can with a full-on repair. And it be full-on, make no mistake.

just poetic justice I solved the problem on Columbus

Think of it this way: knows about foreign How many times was Rome Don’t even mention Yet Italian culture lives on.

the sound of a straight-pipe Stornello up and down the alley in Long California, on Columbus Day.




I have been Moto Guzzi’s since I purchased a brand new 850 Eldorado in of that year, as I graduated high school. My father, and his friend, who both owned at that time talked me out of a new Kawasaki 900.

The first I was on the Eldorado, riding it home the dealership in San Jose, California, I was I listened to my dad and his buddy.

I sold my Guzzi five years and have been sorry for so ever since. I have five other Eldorado’s then and loved each and one of them. At this moment I a 1970 Ambassador.

It is a very bike. I’m looking for Eldorado to keep this

My father passed away of 1998. I inherited his Moto V-700. It is registered as a 1969, but I it may be a 1967.

He purchased it brand new the same dealer (Brooks of San Jose, California) where I bought my first Guzzi. In my father did a custom paint job on his He rode it until 1980 he bought a new Gold Wing.

of the shifters of both bikes on different sides, he would get when riding each one at times. So he opted to park the It sat in his garage under a soft bed from 1980 until when I picked it up.

I brought it put a new battery in it, cleaned the float dropped some oil in the cylinders. I it over by hand a few times, and it up! WOW! It sounded just as I

I always told my dad that his 700 was the running, and sounding Moto around!

I’m starting to my dad’s Guzzi a little I remember before he passed he had asked me to take the Guzzi and it as it was when he had first bought the

I’m having trouble his request because as it sits I remember back when he was the Guzzi in our garage, the hard the smiles on his face as his work was to pay off, all of the parts hanging wires in the garage making it for any of us to get around in the garage. That was all a time in our lives. Someday I may the Guzzi?

While going some of his things that I I found a couple of MGNOC and a TIPS FOR GUZZIS book, A HELP MANUAL FOR GUZZI (June 1973 through 1979). I have read book from cover to at least five times. great reading!

I know he had more, I remember him talking them in the earlier years he bought his Honda. He was a member of and my mother was too, but I am not sure for how He was trying to get me to join in 1973 I bought my first Guzzi, I remember if I ever did.

I am to put on a memorial ride for both of Possibly this summer or I am contacting the last club in City, Nevada which both rode with wandering Wheels), to see if they be interested in helping. I plan on all of my father’s motorcycles which he and my both rode on together his 1966 Harley Davidson 250, his 1967-69 Moto and his 1981 Gold Wing on the ride.

I’m also going to life-size (if possible) posters of and past friends who have with us. We will have a and a wonderful ride through of my dad’s favorite roads in the Nevada Mountains.

Also, I you have a wonderful club you put together in all of these years. I my father mentioning your (Frank) and the club many It’s truly wonderful to something like this and to with it for so long.

The MGNOC is wonderful. I have followed in the discussion forum for several Now it IS certainly time for me to join organization.




Thank Keep up the good work as always we enjoy the Guzzi so does our Golden Retriever




Let me tell you I’ve done and am doing to my Eldorado LAPD. Last the U-joint went out on it. So instead of replacing the U-joint, I took the off of my T3FB and installed it on the Eldo, from the U-joint back.

now gives me a rear disc which is great and a much bike overall.

This the transmission went out on the Eldo, so of repair or replacement, I’ve the motor and transmission from the T3 and put in the Eldo. I expect this take all winter to finish as I have to rewire the bike But I will have an alternator, coils, dual points and other improvements.

I’ll let you how it turns out.




This is a response to Off Corner by Kip Hollowell in the October, newsletter.

First of all Mr. Hollowell, for the call-out to Stornello. Calling the Elegant is a brilliant choice of an

The irony is, I saved your to read and I read it this then I put down the MGNOC and picked up the LA Times Business and the first article that I eyes on made dire of four dollar a gallon gas in by this time next

Of course after this prediction the writer went on to themselves by stating that happen only if war with materialized, and if there were in the switch-over from MTBE to as a clean-air additive, and if California buy any Japanese oil which is currently a 180 day and more big ifs.

Anyway, the is, the price of gas is gonna go up, sooner than later. And that’s the big bikes are gonna lose market.

The price of gas in Italy was — $7 or $8 per gallon when was selling every Stornello could build? Gee, I if the fact that a Stornello 100 mpg running a steady 45 mph has something to do?

So you go, this fad for super-size bikes recede soon enough. be looking through the recycler and be some guy begging anybody to away his Valkyrie. Meanwhile will be waiting a year to get and 125′ s. All is not lost.

By the way, Imprint has Stornello shirts I just got mine from the office today.




Frank, Just wanted to let you I really enjoy the monthly It has been very helpful in various parts for my ’74

I purchased the bike from a in Georgia and had it delivered by Griffen Allied Van Lines to Iowa. a few minor repairs and adjustments has sat for a couple years), I’ve put on 600 trouble-free miles. Over the I plan to do a mild restoration and can wait to ride next




Frank, I was happy to see Cycle World Moto Guzzi Presentation in Bikes, December 2002. though they didn’t my 1975 850-T.

MGNOC State Rep, Jeff with his 1975 850-T.

got about $3800 invested so This couldn’t have possible without the help of members Tony Martins, Pritzel, Graig Getzlaff and from Moto International who me her own 850 Sport transfers after was a painting mishap with the pair.

I talked with New Mexico State Rep, Hamann this week. like to pool our resources and a possible Colorado/New Mexico I’ve been scouting near Salida, Colorado.

We like to hear from in southern Colorado and northern New with ideas and of course to help.


6219 W. 41st Apt #4


[Ed Note: The Salida area is Not so much congestion as there is to the State Highway 9 isn’t so far and it’s a fun road to ride. to zero traffic when been on it.

Also, Buena (22 miles north of Salida) is a area. Back in the 1980s we had or four campouts there, but is larger and provides more and Chinese food. Yummy.


Moto Guzzi Nevada 350

As you may or may not know, racer Charlie Cole his race bike, tools, and trailer in a fire while to the last ARHMA race of the last year. It was a TOTAL from what I understand. His didn’t cover any of the items in the fire. Charlie has campaigned his all over the place. He regularly to technical questions on the Guzzi correspondence list.

He contributes to technical resources such as In general, he flies the Guzzi

Charlie didn’t ask for a lick of after his fire. In fact, it quite an effort to squeeze his out of him so that I could send him a donation to his race team. I had to him that this wasn’t it was merely giving him a good in the pants to get him back on the track If any Guzzi race fans to contribute to get Charlie going, send your contribution to:

COLE, 58 Wickatuck Drive, Sag New York 11963

Ed Milich

I went to Italy in 1967 and a Guzzi caught my eye. It was a Sport Stornello. It was a great to learn on (I had never ridden and if you survive the way they drive in you can drive anywhere in the world any conditions (LOL).

A few months Moto Guzzi came out their first shaft — V-twin motor. It was a so I got one and was off and running. I loved it, but to me the center of (not sure if it was the beer, me or maybe all three) was higher my 850-T3 or my Centauro Sport. I the V-700 every other

Your leg can smart while the pound) bike and the exhaust is laying on it!

Well, I put on over miles and saw most of Europe. I Italy in 1971 and I wish I had them back with me. I owe two Guzzis so much.

Back in the USA I rode cycles that had, but in 1977 another Guzzi (850-T3) caught my So I added bags and a touring and I was off and running again. It makes the touring bike; she has taken me all the Northeast. I would honestly say the best all around bike I ever ridden or had. If you at the classifieds here or in Europe, you see them for sale with to 150,000+ miles ($4000 and

How many bikes can say that almost 30 years?

Except for the oil changed and adjusting the carbs, the T3 is maintenance free. It corners and even in 5th gear the back end lift up when you come on the throttle. I still have

In 2002, another Moto caught my eye — the Centauro. I Dave Brown at Sport in Avon, New York, and he delivered it to me. The Sport Centauro is a great A CENTAUR is a half man or woman and horse in Greek Mythology.

named him or her right. It’s if you need to pop a wheelie, it does and it is a good touring bike It has its own quirks like all Guzzis.

But the V10 — all I can really say — is it is man or woman and half horse! One describe it if you have not ridden

Branchville Motorsports Ridgefield, will be doing the maintenance Alex, Phil, Evan and They have been the T3 together. And thanks to Alice and at Harper’s Moto Guzzi and M G for helping me with parts and

At 63 (never did grow up), I am the time of my life with the T3 and

Take care and Be Safe.

R. PALMA MGNOC #L-663. AMA AOPA #00153047



Update on Valeo starter I was raving last year. Over the few months it has slowly started unreliable. (I originally thought it was my 22 old starter button that was giving out.) Last the Valeo starter quit and I replaced it with the original 22 old starter (which still fine as long as the battery is in shape). Unfortunately the electrical is old, it’s hard to the battery up riding in city every day.

I don’t this kind of life a starter is acceptable given Guzzi’s long standing for reliability. I want to withdraw my endorsement I sent to the newsletter year. I also wonder if members have experienced the problem.



[Ed Note: for my part the Valeo starter has been reliable. The one on my ’93 III (that I sold to a friend) now has miles on it and has never given a of any kind, period, and is still perfectly. -FW]


Greg, main man of the TIPS I got a big belly laugh when you that you named your after Maude! But considering the general public thinks we er, motorcyclisti, have a deep and … wish, don’t you that naming your Maude is just a bit outrë?

And considering our lifestyle, maybe or Styx would be more

Regarding your recommendation headlight relays, which I agree with, it should be that the light output quartz halogen bulbs is a of the voltage cubed, so any loss of through small wires and resistance fittings and switches can reduce the amount of light reaches down the highway. To the actual line losses, the engine running fast for the generator or alternator to be putting out voltage [usually about volts].

Then compare the across the battery terminals and the headlight terminals. If there is a one difference [not unusual], the output is reduced by a whopping while a half volt will cut the output by over ten

The wiring on some bikes is so that I’ve had to run new, 16 wiring directly from the [don’t forget the in-line to the relay and from the light to the battery [the iron in the is a lousy conductor and rust is an insulator when dry]. up the good work!

Reply to Loren Miner’s a la Vida question in the November at paragraph 6 about why his bike had two

Back in the good old days we had high tech alloys, and tools that could out parts that are identical to the decimal place, the factory that it was probably okay to rev the up to 9 grand occasionally while though the gears, but if you kept it up 8 grand for any length of time, would begin to come If I disremember correctly, my Honda while not having two redlines, did some such disclaimer deep in some of the literature.

But I think I ever got it up anywhere either redline due to all of the vibration and noises the engine emitted as magical number was approached. I figgered my life was worth a little more than extra tenth of a second of




One day last January, I dropped by the local Rice Dealership for an oil filter, and a slow Strolling the used bike upstairs, oil filter in hand, uneventful until I encountered a that looked out of place as in Japan sounds.

It sat sparkling the florescents, cylinders jutting below its red and silver gas tank. My!, I blurted to myself, a Guzzi. What’s it doing

Further inspection excited me I felt the impulse rising. bike looked immaculate amongst such sorry all of which came from the Far Where’s the salesman?

Tad wandered in then, looking a little What’s the story on this here?, I asked.

Well, he I don’t know too much it, except that it’s here for over a year, and I it has a wiring problem.

The bike had dual headlights. Oh, really? kind of wiring problem? I disinterestedly.

As I recall, the headlights, and instrument lights don’t I think.

Tad didn’t have any hand information, it seemed. I this all over, then that I wanted a demo No can do. was Tad’s response.

The battery was probably sulfated. I’ll if you’ll get it charged, I said.

He up. Okay!

Outside, we got the Guzzi Within three minutes, all of the force were clustered listening to the operatic bass coming out of those open Apparently, no one remembered hearing engine run. Wow!

How big IS that thing?

The demo was just what I’d for. The Guzzi died at stop, and had to be jump started, I gave up. They trucked it to the dealership.

By this time, I why this machine hadn’t I fought hard to keep the off my face; a VERY low offer succeed. Tad carried my offer where it was accepted without

Half an hour later Guzzi was mine.

Then, hours after that, the headlight circuit fixed, and the fuse and battery replaced, motorcycle ran perfectly.

The transaction described my machine as a 1997 Anniversary Limited Edition, and I got it for WAY book value (low that is). I love it!


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