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Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

The Little Guzzi That

T his editorial is dedicated to all those Moto Guzzi enthusiasts dared to be a little different. By I mean riding a smaller motorcycle, as in 500cc! In a vast of 1,000cc liter-plus”, whatever to the cost effective, middle-weight of the past?When most people of sporty Guzzi V-Twins, often look to the 750cc V7 series and the legendary 850cc Le . but Lino Tonti also a smaller V-twin which was in 1976 as a 500cc. He also an even smaller 350cc as well.

The model we will is called the “V50” and these were also housed in a cradle frame, where the was an integral part. They came with the famous integrated brake system. A known fact that V50 small blocks were the of the later 650cc and 750cc which resulted in smaller, bikes with performance to that of the relatively primitive

Several of my local Guzzisti in NORCAL ride these blocks, both in standard V50 and trim. More on those models later. On the back of the East Bay, I can attest riding behind one of these at speed that they are nimble and sprint right without any problems at all!

On the California freeways, they run at 70-75 mph, but beyond they understandably get strained, so are most at home on the twisty, backroads. About a year two V50 Monzas that I rode completed a 400 miles rounds coastal trip without any whatsoever!

On another recent 100+ ride through the Oakland and surrounding back roads, I a one of the same guys on his little red V 50 and marveled at the ease of how he negotiated and through the twisties! Secondary roads are where these really shine! Best of you can still buy these bikes

and parts are still readily worldwide. They are easy and to maintain and work on.

Speaking of “light and nimble” bikes, the closest ones I personally and rode on the street that be comparable to a V50 would be a ’74 Yamaha . 500cc 8-valve parallel and a 1977 Yamaha RD400 . these were good in their own right, in all fairness engines are very different the little V50, which has more torque and soul, in writer’s humble opinion.

The V50 was introduced in 1977, followed by the V 50 II and the V 50 III (1981), and then the V 50 Monza The Monza is easily identified by its headlight, bikini fairing, (it just like a mini-850 Le and streamlined tail- piece. The was higher (10.43:1), the carbs 28 mm rather than 24mm, and had bigger valves and re-designed / exhaust inlets to match. the Monza engine was a little or as one NORCAL owner states: Monza is just in a higher of tune.”

The engines were at the Innocenti works at Milan, was part of the DeTomaso group, these benefited from produced on highly automated and cost effective and efficient lines, therefore, the quality was a little better.

In 1981, their list was high for the time (about and Curtis Harper of HARPER’S Guzzi in Greenwood Missouri that no more than 100 V 50s to US dealers before it was dropped the market. It never sold due to the high price. So, in VMOL’s this is the model to look for on the scale.

They can be purchased for — $4,500+ depending on and originality.

Toward the end, there were several versions, (which looked all the other bad factory choppers of the and a dual-sport model in 1981 the V50 TS or “Tuttostrada.”

Again, in VMOL’s humble the standard V50, (later II and III), or the stylish Monza are the two models to look for. models do come up occasionally on craigslist, and also on the MGNOC Guzzi National Owners classifieds. There are several on the forum that rave about their V 50s!

They have a passionate following among Guzzisti.

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

Another little tip from my experience: If you happen to with a Moto Guzzi / enthusiast, your chances of a good bike and treated are somewhat increased. Moto people are good people and passionate riders.

As a general and especially in the “vintage” motorcycle most “true” motorcycle usually take very care of their bikes.

1977 V 50 Specifications

* 490cc, rod 90-degree V-twin,with Heron

* 45 HP @ 7500 rpm

* 24 mm Dell’Orto carbs

* ignition / electric starter


* 18 inch tires front and

Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

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