Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

Cafe Racer July 12, 2010 posted by

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

Jon emailed me a few days ago about his Guzzi cafe racer and unfortunately I was swamped this weekend. So with 17 hours remaining, please

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

More details from Jon's listing:

And now we present a 1975 Moto Guzzi cafe racer designed and built by the legendary Steve Bolvari.

This spectacular cafe racer started life as a Moto Guzzi 850T, before it was hand built by Bolvari. A "cafe racer" is a motorcycle genre that had its start in London with the famous Ace Cafe "rockers" (the original name for bikers in the UK) of the early 1960s. It is very unusual to find early 1970s Moto Guzzis converted into a cafe racer.

The Moto Guzzi 850T has an 844 ccm V2 four-stroke engine. In unmodified form it made 55 HP at 6100 RPM. It has a 5 speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It originally weighed 562 lbs wet, yet could reach 112mph. Naturally, this cafe racer is much lighter and has had some performance modifications made that are befitting of the genre.

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This cafe racer was built by Steve Bolvari of MOTO CUSTOMZ INC. Steve has built a number of show winning bikes. Perhaps, the most notorious is the Moto Guzzi chopper that took People's Choice award two years in a row at the 2005 and 2006 IMOC Rally.

This bike was modified from a 1975 850T Moto Guzzi. Lots of custom made parts were installed. Straight intake manifolds matched to intake transfer with 38mm Mikuni carburetors. It has an increased diameter two into one exhaust that is characteristically wrapped with heat wrap. The frame has had some modifications with the front dropped 1 1/4 inches. A pair of 13 1/2" Marzocchi air shocks have been installed. Wide clip on handlebars are used but retain the older controls for the authentic old school look. The paint is very fresh and includes the original Bolvari "Cafe" logo and his signatory checkered-flag motif. A custom seat has been built.

This is a nice reminder that we'd like to do more classic sport bike listings and here's a great example that I think fits our niche. Sorry for the delay Jon,

dc

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Moto Guzzi May 26, 2010 posted by

MOTO GUZZI MGS01………RARE!

Don't ask me why, but I really have no idea why Moto Guzzi made this bike. The company at the time had just been bought by Aprilia in 2000 for 65 million euros and Aprilia (I guess) wanted to take the company in a little different direction, hence the MGS01. It was 2003 and I was visiting Aprilia and Moto Guzzi factories on our yearly dealer trip. At the Moto Guzzi factory they were very excited to show us the first finished MGS01, sure it was cool but who's going to buy such an expensive air cooled shaft drive race bike? I remember Doug Polen took the bike for a few laps in California, there was a small press release about it and then the whole thing just died. They were available to US Moto Guzzi dealers via special order, I believe the cost was about $35k.  In 2004 the Piaggio Group buys Aprilia and gets Moto Guzzi in that package, still the brand struggles to keep afloat, kinda sad since the old Guzzi's from the 70's and earlier are really cool. My tag line for Guzzi stills stands, "Moto Guzzi, going out of business since 1921". Here's the real deal on EBay located in Christchurch (that name just cracks me up), New Zealand. Click for the jump to EBay.

With a starting bid of $39,999 US, the ad reads: Moto Guzzi MGS01 Race Bike. Super exotic racer in top condition. Competitive 'Sound of Thunder' racer, rare as hen's teeth. Most of these are in the hands of collectors and have never been fired up, this one's a winner. Worldwide freight easily arranged, you could be racing this in a few weeks. All questions answered, cheers Chris.Thanks for looking

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a used one for sale so I don't have much data on pricing. I'm sure it will be really collectable at some point in time but for now since it's air cooled, makes a killer BOT (battle of the twins) class racer. I remember the bike was very trick for what it is, it's not something just thrown together, it was well thought out and a full on race bike. Well in any case, let's all watch and see what this thing does...good luck Chris!

Ciao for now...Jay

Moto Guzzi March 3, 2010 posted by

2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 With 2,700 Miles

If you're a fan of hand-built, Italian, craftsmanship and like your twins transverse; This Ghezzi & Brian is for you!  Located in Denver, Colorado is a 2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 with 2,700 original miles.  Phil posted a Supertwin this time last year, making this only the second Supertwin we've had on the site.  This example is finished in stunning bright blue and electric pink--you can forgive your friends at bike-night when they think you've ridden up on a Britten!  Ghezzi & Brian was created in 1995 and these Supertwin examples are inspired by Giuseppe Ghezzi's Italian Supertwins Championship in 1996.  Some technical details about the Supertwin:

Like Guzzi's original, Ghezzi's frame is based on a steel spine and uses the motor as a stressed member, but that's where the similarities end. The Supertwin spine doubles not as the oil tank but as the airbox, taking in air under the tank to feed the intakes that run back from those jutting cylinders.  There's plenty of clever engineering rearward, too, where a multiadjustable Bitubo shock lies horizontally and is worked by a rising-rate linkage. In Guzzi fashion the Supertwin's box-section steel swingarm incorporates a parallelogram arrangement to cancel torque reaction.  But this bike's real innovation is up front, where its multiadjustable, inverted Paioli fork holds a 17-inch wheel whose twin discs are a massive 420mm in diameter, and are fixed to the rim rather than the hub. The entire system, incorporating four-piston calipers biting on thin discs that are fully floating to allow for heat expansion, has been developed by local firm Braking, in conjunction with Marchesini, manufacturer of the wheel.

More information can be read here, as this bike has a laundry list of special items--it isn't just a re-badged Moto Guzzi.  With it's specifications and rarity this bike is a real stunner--the blue & pink scheme doesn't hurt either.  The asking price for this example is $17,999.  If you feel that Bimotas are far too common and love an Italian V-Twin, see this Supertwin here.

AG

Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven't see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors--make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren't all the bikes listed on the site--and more appear in the background of photos--but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven't seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn't mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!

AG

Moto Guzzi December 3, 2009 posted by

2003 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100

I apologize for getting this listing up so late, but there's still another day to go for this auction, so I'll post it up anyway. 

So, what do we have? :

Here's what the seller has to say about this pretty cool bike:

A stunning combination of Italian design, racing heritage and vintage feel, the Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100 is the ultimate modern cafe racer. Born from the racing world-the same bike, with that frame, that set up, that legendary Moto Guzzi engine has been adapted for road use and improved with the best technical innovations. Specifications include the following; Moto Guzzi 1100 V-Twin, Weber Marelli digital electronic fuel injection system, Paioli upside down front forks, Hydraulic Bitubo rear shock, hollow Marvic wheels, custom TUBI exhaust, BRAKING dual perimeter front disc brakes and BRAKING rear disc brake. The body color is actually a light metal flake and combined with the blue chassis is it absolutely wonderful. Very few of these incredible road race machines were imported into the US. The original color brochure and owner's manual come with the bike. This machine has been on display in a large Italian motorcycle collection and would benefit from an oil change and new battery.

Ghezzi & Brian is THE Guzzi specialist - they are like AMG for Mercedes or Ruf for Porsche.  To sum it up on one word: very cool (OK, that's two).  Ghezzi & Brian are also responsible for designing and developing the truly awesome Guzzi MGS-01 limited edition track bike, so you know they're good.

Not sure how many of these were made, but when was the last time you've heard of a Ghezzi & Brian being offered up for sale?  If you're in the market for an Italian V twin and want something different and special, this bike has your name written all over it.

phil

Moto Guzzi November 12, 2009 posted by

2006 Moto Guzzi MAS12s proto-type

I had to obtain special permission to post this one, but I think you will all agree it is RSBFS worthy.

Bike is located in Villasanta, Italy and being offered by a private seller. There's a laundry list of high-end components on the bike and it looks way cool.

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Comments from the owner:

The MAS12 has more than just a Moto Guzzi prototype. It is driven by a powerful water-cooled 1,105 cc four-stroke with 4 valve in titanium, high compression two-segment pistons, twin cam shaft on top. It is also a machine dedicated to all riders who love and understand motorcycling, not an over-tuned mass of technology for a limited few.

I didn't dare try and re-write the sellers comments; I wanted to leave them for everyone to enjoy.

Is it just me or does it look like you might have a very hot left big toe after a stint on this beast?

dd