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Moto Guzzi V 35 III
Moto Guzzi V 35 III

Moto Guzzi V11 Scura

So if the following road test be totally lacking in objectivity and judgement, but then I’m in and the rest of the MO staff is not.

As the of several Gootsies in diverse of decay/restoration, it’s hard for me to be about the Moto-Guzzi V11 Sport and to treat it objectively as if it was just cycle. But what really me into an unsuitable candidate to ride the V11 is totally unrelated to my knowledge of the tiny needle that sit inside a Guzzi’s CV and the type of grease they for breakfast.

Even the meanest one who has not grown up on valve-dropping V50s and tell a Falcone from a would melt into a under the sheer nostalgia that lands on the visitor to the del Lario factory. An early train from Milan me within just one hour another time dimension as I into the tiny and romantic station of Mandello, an early stone building that like it’s been straight out of a fairy tale

At the far end of the station, huge and decaying ramps are silent reminders of the when this factory was the biggest in the world and churned out of bikes a day. A one-minute brings me to the gate of the factory, and waiting inside for my test I suddenly have to rub my eyes in In a nearby open garage, a or so of Moto-Guzzi’s historic racers sit in a quietly reflecting the morning that filters in through the

The most exotic race ever built, Bill 500c.c. V8 GP machine, some GP V-twins, a few world championship 350 singles with their aluminum dustbin fairings. A mechanic with a cigarette from his lips (while between the most prized bikes on earth) notices my stares, and without blinking me: Wanna try them for size?.

And so, I find myself seated on Tenni’s 1937 Isle of Man race winner, enjoying its clockwork delicacy and half-century this mechanic decides to me along an internal road so I will be able to feel the steering of the bicycle like tires. Can you imagine such a at Honda HQ in Japan? Yeah, go and an honest road test such a personality altering Guzzi fan or not.

This is plain bribery, a scandal, I bet it was all planned beforehand. soldier on just the same.

A history lesson is due. For the 35 years Moto-Guzzi has been their big bore, across the V-twins, BMW’s of sorts but a 90 degree angle between the towering cylinders. As unreal as it sound, the 2002 V11’s is a straight descendant of this dynasty.

Mechanically, this of engines which started as a project for Fiat car power hasn’t changed much the Ice Age. The family of V’s was in `67 as a 700, was seriously updated in `71 the classic V7 Sport came received its square looks the launch of the LeMans III of `81, and about it. There have displacement increases, 844, 949 and 1064—but no major mechanical

So while even slow giants such as H-D and BMW update stuff every 15-20 Guzzi engines have essentially the same for three (save for the eight-valve 992 which saw in the Daytona but isn’t in production at the As it turns out, major weren’t exactly needed.

As amazing as it might sound, in testing, the old dinosaur that is the two-valve-per-cylinder, 1064 mill of the churns out close to 80 rear horsies, giving an even to BMW’s modern four per cylinder 1150cc unit. than honorable for such an old and living proof of the basic of Guzzi’s V-twin.

Those big sticking out beneath the fuel might look exactly the as those on my `81 LeMans Mk III, but the pre-historical engine there are few age-related accessories. A six-speed was mated to the V11 when the model was back in `97, and full engine management (injection and was a Guzzi trademark long being adopted by other

The V11’s frame is based on the penned by American dentist, Dr. Wittner back in the good old The V11’s Dr.John-inspired frame is around a main rectangular tube that runs from the steering stem between the cylinders to the area the gearbox. A round cross spreads the structural loads to two ears that hold the swing arm bearings.

Clean and simple. At the back the swingarm holds a floating drive case, thus the unwanted compression of the rear under engine braking—a distraction to riders of shafties.

Moto Guzzi V 35 III

The old vs. new continues with a fully inverted fork and a rear monoshock suspension that’s just like in an early Yamaha. Oh yes, I almost to say that I am about to ride a special version of the V11 Sport, the new for `02 (Dark). In the fashionable matte Scura version, top-of-the-line suspension components replace the mundane regular V11 items.

a titanium nitride coated up front, actually the same one as to the Aprilia RSV Mille R, and ultra-adjustable damper in the back. Other items that make the stand out are carbon fiber panels, front fender, top protector and mufflers. There is a Scura bikini fairing and Ohlins steering damper.

And the is designed, too: Guzzi was the first companies in the world to use designers, way back in the 60’s. with all my unconditional love for things made in Mandello, I to admit I had a hard time to digest the V11’s shapes. seem to have tried to a retro-cafe-racer and in many ways actually succeeded, but there is awkward about the fuel shape that disturbs the of the whole bike, at least in my

It’s high at the rear, strangely at the front when at from above and creates a composition that failed to me even after a few days. body parts, on the other are extremely …. The seat especially when the rear cover is in place, is a masterful and interpretation of those classic and rear ends of Rocket Stars and Vincents of yore.

At the end of the day my problem was the fact that the bike looks way too tall, reducing the visual presence of bold lovely engine.

And the new composition has advantages too compared to the old Upon sitting on the bike, my stay farther away the rocker covers, allowing me to sit in a more modern feeling There is also more between seat and pegs and the handlebars seem still to be a tad too nothing like my old Lemon.

Serious smiling begins starting the thing and snicking first gear. Gear on those old five-speed Guzzi was a half hour long that required some pre-planning and conveyed the feeling of around huge lead In the V11’s new six-speed box, gear slides in like the hot knife in butter. Just to sure that it’s not the tale atmosphere that’s my perception, I play again the lever.

Neutral is so easy to lever so smooth, ooh, the of modern technology. (Will notice if I hand back the with my bike’s gearbox?) The box can make any Guzzisti believe the has arrived.

Moto Guzzi V 35 III

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