Monday, December 16, 2013

Moto Guzzi Museum by Phil Aynsley


Carlo Guzzi memorial in the main square of Mandello del Lario. Photographed in Mandello del Lario, Italy. 2013 by Phil Aynsley

The very first Moto Guzzi was the Guzzi-Parodi or "G.P" named after Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi and was completed in 1920. The horizontal 500cc motor featured an OHC, 4 valve head; twin spark plugs and an impressive (for the time) lubrication system. Despite a low compression ratio of 3.5:1 the bike produced 12hp and was capable of 100kph.

The first production model was the Normale, which was produced from 1921-24. While similar to the "G.P." it had a simplified 2 valve head (side valve inlet & overhead exhaust). 8hp at 3,200rpm. 130kg. Top speed 85kph.

The museum consists of a series of long rooms. 

Corsa C4V. The bike on which Guido Mentasti won the Championship of Europe in 1924. The C4V saw the return to a 4 valve head and proved to be very successful. 22hp at 5,500rpm. 130kg. Top speed 140kph.

The 500cc Gran Turismo was only made in small numbers (78 from 1928-30) and after a publicity ride to the Arctic Circle it was nicknamed the "Norge" (Norway). The main feature of the GT was the introduction of a sprung frame. 13hp. 150kg. Top speed 100kph.

The only surviving example of the 500cc Tre Cilindri of 1932. Derived from the 1930 500cc 4 cylinder race bike, the Tre Cilindri was highly advance touring bike for the time but the high price and average performance meant it wasn't a commercial success and it was discontinued after one year. 25hp at 5,500rpm. 160kg. Top speed 130kph. Photographed in Mandello del Lario, Italy. 2013.

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