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Moto Guzzi V50

Who says bikes have to be costly? A over a grand will buy you a example of what may be the best Moto Guzzi ever

It’s hard not to like Guzzi’s V50 twin. We’ve its smaller sibling, the V35, and admired the 350’s poise and its of use. However there’s no that the leap from to 490cc and the 12bhp power it brings with it make the V50 a more engaging motorcycle to with.

While the 350 gives its all to hit the 500 can carry on to reach the ton. In terms that translates to dual-carriageway cruising — and just the icing on the cake the V50 may very well be one of the best Moto Guzzi ever

Moto Guzzi V50 MkIII

in the mid-70s by Lino Tonti, who created the V7 Sport, the V35/V50 went on to spawn an entire of Guzzi middleweights, and its ancestors on today in the shape of the current and 750 and V7 Classic. The V50 was physically smaller most 250s of its time yet a creditable power to weight into its compact chassis, 45bhp to propel its 152kg. all the more impressive considering the was lugging around a shaft-drive: the V50 was 45kg lighter than the and 36kg less than (chain drive) DOHC When the V50 was tested by Which alongside that pair and a Morini 500, the magazine that ‘the Moto is the best of the bunch.’

1979 Moto Guzzi V50

Bike magazine adored it ‘For the first time possible to pick up some middleweight class at mass prices. And what’s more, orientation is up to Japanese standards. a neat, cheap, sporting at a price that won’t you cry if you do a lot of commuting.’ It helped that the V50 was priced at under Ј1300, for Italian motorcycles at the time, and deliver 70mpg into the

1979 Moto Guzzi V50 engine and transmission

The V50’s was arranged with its 74mm by cylinders in a Vee across the frame, pushrod operated overhead and running 10.8:1 compression. Two carbs fed fuel, while was transferred via a single plate dry with a diaphragm spring to the (mostly unobtrusive) shaft The tubular frame formed a cradle around the motor tele front forks, adjustable rear shocks and arm at the rear.

Braking was by two 260mm irons disc at the front, using Guzzi’s linked and Brembo twin-piston calipers, a single 235mm disc at the

In total it was a robust, reliable although not entirely immune to a few The finickity Bosch electronic caused an unhappy flat in the mid-range. The battery needed to be at full charge to guarantee starting in bad condition.

The ignition switches, fork oil and final drive oil seals all prone to failure from new and had to be under warranty. Worse, the of the paintwork was extremely variable and just fall off in discouraging while the mudguards grew which would’ve made the proud.

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Even so, a headline in MCN ran ‘best handling bike ever ridden’ encouraged riders to test the V50’s Over in the USA, Cycle also found it to be; ‘amazingly inspiring rider confidence at speeds in a straight line or fast sweepers’. Thus than 2000 V50s sold in the UK by importer Coburn and in 1979.

Moto Guzzi 250 TS

As the recession bit at the turn of the 1980s, so began to fall, and Moto brought in a raft of fixes, the V35 Mk2 and the V50 Mk3. In a strange step both bikes switched to breaker and condenser ignition, smoothed out the mid-range as intended. The were uprated from to 28mm on the 500 while tweaks to the contributed to a power hike of and solved another nasty of an occasional dropped valve.

The problems were addressed in an Italian kinda way, you which makes the Mk3 the ideal to aim for. More of the flawed were sold in the UK, however, so find fewer of the 1983-onward still for sale.

Police Guzzi V50

All manner of offshoots including the sporty-looking Monza, a cruiser and a TS off-roader, followed by a variant, the Monza Mk2. also find ex-Police of original V50s which crept over to the UK; most of were from the early of bikes but if they survived on the streets and are still going today then you’re safe to assume that of the teething troubles have (And you can fit modern electronic kits to cure that problem if it hasn’t already addressed).

Police Moto Guzzi V50

The example pictured here was for private sale recently the Classified Ads to see if it’s still with MoT to the end of summer 2010, in nick overall, for Ј1500. ballpark for a good example prices range from to Ј1800. The 1979 Mk2 also further up the page had been for some 20 years before it at Bonhams auction last but it went for under Ј650.

only needed fresh and a change of spark plugs.

Its low seat height, shaft superb steering, smooth good braking and electric continue to make the V50 a popular among women riders although the bike appeals to who enjoys a user-friendly but characterful It has the added benefit of being an blast to ride on a twisty

Moto Guzzi 250 TS
Moto Guzzi 250 TS
Moto Guzzi 250 TS

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