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Moto Guzzi V50 Monza II

Moto Guzzi V50 buying (May 2000)


500cc twins developed a but exceptionally dedicated following in country, with good Cared for, the machines super-reliable performance with handling in a package that lighter-weight riders. Wome

Guzzi began serious of its mid-range air-cooled twin in 1972. It would be a mistake to the V35/50/65 series bikes as versions of the marque’s big-bore Lino Tonti was the designer, the auspices of De Tomaso.

The 350 versions made it to Australia as official and we’ll restrict this to the V50 series — the 650s are a different nest of chooks.

the many technical advances the 500cc bikes (over the V7 they were ‘fathered’ by) was the to horizontally-split crankcases, and the fact you change the oil filter without the sump.

V50s were produced in guises — for this the term V50 describes the ‘…’ and V50 Monza the machines with fairing.

There is some over what was imported and when. The best info we can suggests the V50 was imported 1977-79, 1980, V50III 1981-85. V50 was imported 1980-83 and Monza II

The V50 series was eventually overtaken by the 65 group, with the first of the being shown at Milan in Australia saw its first V65s in the model year.

On the road

It can be that the mid-range Guzzis always sweeter than the big — the torque reaction to the generated by the longitudinal crank is less, and the overall package is a easier one to deal with. You have the peculiar and enjoyable of the V-twin working away, in a that is as satisfying as the Morinis and of the time, but in a more workwoman-like

Overall packaging is compact, neutral steering characteristics and than average suspension for the Linked brakes were of a Guzzi trend, and are still of value. Particularly when to the remote cable-operated front cylinder of the early models. they stopped, but feel was ordinary until Guzzi to a handlebar-mounted brake master

In any case, they are generations today’s tackle.

Performance is For the early versions, the powerplant 45 horses, bumped up to 48 for the Monzas and The slight numerical difference is on the road, however, with the machines feeling a lot more

Expect a top speed of around for the early versions, and about 160 for the and MkIIIs.

Seating position on the V series is and upright, while the Monzas run a leaned-forward stance — nothing radical by today’s They are comfortable all-rounders for one but loading them up with a and all the travelling kit is really pushing luck.

In the workshop

Like Guzzis, these things are simple to maintain. Change the oils, and set the four tappets reached) every 10,000 for a example (half that for bikes). Forget points, as electronic ignition was on the job.

A tune and service takes the home mechanic a morning, the minimum number of tools. For the this is a good bike to some basic workshop on. It’s important with bike that gear oil is changed periodically (every — something that is let lapse by owners.

Quality control with the series was ordinary, and the exact of bikes often varied to the week or month they built. Having said the remaining fleet is old enough to the worst of bugs sorted by

Electrics were pretty by Italian standards of the time and are reliable. The things an owner to watch are the fork seals on models, and the health of the chrome on all Plastics and paint are also a particularly if the bike is not kept cover.

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza II
Moto Guzzi V50 Monza II

It is likely that the legs will require at some stage and that the system will be on the way out. If you buy a one, it’s more you’ll spend money the cosmetics than the mechanicals. The are robust.

Which model?

Monza versions) and V50III are definitely the of the lottery. Regardless of which you look at, the overall condition of the should be the determining factor.

The is mechanically quiet, for an air-cooled so treat rattly ones deep suspicion. If you’re about what you’re to, seek advice.

Finding one for at all will be the real challenge. sold in small numbers and tend to hang on to them, if they’re not being used. low miles for the age (under 100,000km), just two or three owners, are the


Owners of this tend to leave the bikes You might find replacement shocks, or pipes. In this original equipment will be worth more than hot-up bits. Period pipes are acceptable, but not much

We’d always go for a bike a carefully restored paint job in to something with pointless mods.


By far the most resource is Ian Falloon’s recently The Moto Guzzi Story by Haynes). It’s the definitive history and has a surprising amount of info on this model. Allen)

Published. Thursday, 11 May

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza II

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