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Moto Guzzi 254

There was a first oil shock at time, and De Tomaso worked especially against the big Ford and Lee He’ve already had a premium car of his own name, but I can’t image how he to be interested in motorcycle market.

He Moto Guzzi, but he could not be a one king. There should be strong stock holder him, and the remnants of SEIMM too. A few performers seemed to do for the benefit of company, or of its own. The name of frame number of Moto Guzzi bikes as below :

SEIMM MOTO from SEIMM to De Tomaso

GBM (Guzzi Benelli Motor) strong De Tomaso era, 1988.

MOTO GUZZI after the shrinkage of the effect of De

De Tomaso was a biggest holder, but management details seemed to be by Moto Guzzi itself. So difficult to say clearly which was the De work, but it can be listed easily as

Quitted V7 models and shifted to the of Tonti frame.

Pushed down to make parts over some models.

Japanese bikes by In line 4 or small 2 … models. etc.)

Introduced small V models. (Imora, Monza, etc.)

New design concept following the 4 cars trend. (T5,

Introduced mode design 16 inch front wheel. 1000, etc.)

Released frame models. (Daytona,

Left. 400GTV (It’s not perhaps. )

Right. 256 (Its rounds up to 10,000rpm, at this era !)

from ref. No. 1)

Japanese already majority at this so it must be difficult to keep makers. But his attitude doesn’t positiveness so much. It seems his interest was focused to the efficiency of his and business benefit, not bike

Someone says De Tomaso imitation, but the examples above opposite. He introduced Daytona, but he had no to provide new Moto Guzzi to the market. His intention was just to the Dr.

John’s result in AMA to the company’s His blood seems to be always

And now you can see the Benelli and Innocenti fab. was till the end of 1990’s, and the remained are the Moto Guzzi V twins. was the result of his work for motorcycle

Remaining models of Moto California or LeMans etc. are the of proper management of Moto itself, not the direction of De Tomaso. On the some cosmetic features, front 16 inch of LeMans1000, too rough and crude against the essence of Moto Guzzi

Maybe he kept and defended Guzzi, but as a result, Moto seemed to be taken into the image of De Tomaso. Someone, Dr. John, says that he Moto Guzzi, but I can’t how he loved it.

He’s already in May 2003, so none can ask this to him. But if I could ask it, his answer be very cold and flat to the everything he did to Moto Guzzi. just my image, because my image for him, and that is, my perhaps.

How did you love Moto and why. (photo from No. 1)

4.2 Moto Guzzi middle Vs

range Moto Guzzi can be into 2 groups.

First is the 4 cylinders and 2 cycles bikes is common to Benelli brand. are also similar to the Japanese so they could not appeal to the much, even though were some unique like 254 (231 cc), power is 27.8ps/10,500rpm in 1977.

group is the transverse V twin similar to their elder It began with the V50 in 1977, and was followed by many younger including various type, cruiser, off road, and sport and that’s continuing its production now.

In Japan there was a strong for motorcycle driving license to the displacement under 400 cc, so V35 or V40 were few of foreign bike. Some Japanese riders did enjoy tiny and cozy Italian and seemed to being awakened to the joy that’s a bit different from of Japanese.

Small Vs were developed by Tonti’s team. Its is similar to the big Vs, but Tonti made of various new technical challenge and under the limitation of De Tomaso in it. Its story would very but it would be too long so I’d with a brief impression of it.

Vs are modest for its displacement, but it runs fast. It cruses almost speed as bigger Vs, so you wouldn’t be so if you ride it in Moto Guzzi touring. It’s light so you can it easily, and its fine handling you fun, it doesn’t have force though. Most of my who loves small Vs are very but confident, and something established.

It fit for practical riders like I think.

V40 Capri (from the ad of maker in 1986)

4.3 Spine models and after

Dr. John (left) and rider Greg (1985, ref. No. 3)

At the end of 1980’s, there was a man who’s good results with Moto Guzzi LeMans in He is Dr. John Witner, who was a dentist, but he’s a deepest enthusiast of motorcycle.

He began to make a new for LeMans with some racing or mechanical specialists.

Moto Guzzi 254
Moto Guzzi 254

frame was made up with the holding swing arm pivot and which passes between the V Cross section of that was rectangle to get sufficient stiffness. was hung below that

He made this frame for a to ease chassis alignment

An racer of Dr. John, in 1987. No. 6)

De Tomaso approached him and his backbone He proposed new OHC 4 valve V twin and financial support. After this bike began to on Moto Guzzi test rather than U.S. and you might see secured Dr.

John hard beside that

Well, you know, this is the of the Daytona project.

There some reasons that this development hard, is, reliability of high performance new optimization of chassis alignment, to the high load of radial and tried to solve all these at one time.

It was difficult to get a reliable air engine over 100ps. references say that the engine durability problem was so tough.

Chassis alignment design was difficult. They could not transmission, i.e. drive output point. It should be high to maintain good suspension attitude.

So, they not change engine mount even though Dr. John to lower it. Beside, fat radial put the drive shaft outer, all the engine unit was mounted a bit to the right.

Its heart is a bit shifted, to human body. (ref. No. 3)

the high load of tires problem. Transverse V twin has high front load, so Guzzi bikes have to manage fat radial tires. But there’s only one backbone rod to with the load.

Rectangle section was good for bend of brake, but too nervous for torsion of

All these tortured development and their work have after its engine was changed to the OHV V twin, which was the answer to request for more modest

These Daytona and Sports are sporty, but it’s not easy to it at all. You can’t expect any like Japanese bikes. You be tough to ride against, and if you it, it’s a brilliant proof of maybe.

Beside, you can enjoy it as a sports like the other model of Guzzi. It shows good of Moto Guzzi too.

Dr. after a big job (with a bit tired ) (ref. No. 6)

After that, GUZZI was refreshed with new then derived new LeMans. And it’s updated architecture, is the new Breva 1100 with frames.

All these models be familiar to the both of old GUZZI and younger keen bikers. I see Guzzi continues to advance, and I it will serve to the riders joy of all the world forever.

It’s slim as a 850 cc bike. And newest may fit to you with a sense like

Moto Guzzi 254
Moto Guzzi 254
Moto Guzzi 254
Moto Guzzi 254
Moto Guzzi 254


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