It’s been a banner week for vintage Moto Guzzi fans… If you missed it, I posted up a 1934 Moto Guzzi 500S yesterday. Today’s Astore or “Goshawk” was an update of the GTV, itself a development of the 500S, and was followed by the iconic and long-lived Falcone.
The Astore was produced until 1953 and featured an aluminum alloy cylinder head and barrel, enclosed rockers, and improved brakes. Also, note the upside-down telescopic front forks: how advanced! Like all Guzzi big singles, they were low-revving, hugely torquey machines that provided very reliable, accessible performance.
From the original eBay listing: 1950 Moto Guzzi Astore for Sale
I purchased this Guzzi from the Estate of the gentleman who purchased the bike from George Disteel’s estate. Basically, George bought the bike (it entered CA in 1956 and the last registration expired in 1957), moth balled it – not sure if it was chicken coop or not, then the next guy bought it at the Disteel Estate Sale in 1978- and kept it is his large collection until I bought it from his Estate Sale about 5 years ago. At first, I was excited to do a full restoration of the bike since it is in such incredible original condition and complete. Then as I was reviewing the old paperwork, I recognized the name George Disteel and thought “isn’t that the guy who went crazy and squirreled away Vincent Black Shadows, Two Guzzi’s and an Aston Martin in Chicken Coops on property he owned on the North Coast of California? As it turned out it was, then I even found photos of this bike from that era (I’ve included one and also a photo of George Disteel).
I have another Astore, so I didn’t bother restoring this one, it really doesn’t need it and the history is much cooler to preserve (In my humble opinion).
Again, the bike is complete and Probably has next to zero miles on it, never been torn down. I listed 1000 miles as you must list some sort of mileage, but Guzzi’s didn’t start having Tach’s and Speedo’s until the 60’s so I have no idea. Based upon my knowledge of George Disteel and then the second owner, I really think this bike has not been ridden much if at all in it’s 60 or so years. I think it would love to be ridden though. Vintage Guzzi’s are pleasures to ride.
The seller mentions that “it would love to be ridden” but does not mention if it actually is rideable… The bike is cosmetically pretty rough as well: I personally prefer bikes and cars to be at least a little bit shiny, although I’m not a fan of overrestoring them. However, bikes in original condition are very desirable, and many would call for my head if I suggested a restoration of something in such original condition…
So I will not suggest that. As they say, “it’s only original once.”
At the very least, an old Guzzi should be made to run, so hopefully this one does, or can be made to do so without too much trouble.
Not much time left on the auction, so go take a look!
Most motorcycling fans who are familiar with Moto Guzzi at all will most likely picture one of their famous v-twins when they hear the name, although fans of this site may well conjure up the older “big single” bikes with their laid-over engines and shiny, external flywheels. For those relatively new to the marque, it’s important to remember that Guzzi is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers still in existence, with roots going back to 1921.
The original company founders actually served together during the First World War. Guzzi’s big single was the very first engine to power the bikes and was their mainstay until the introduction of the twin at the end of the 1960’s.
Two-valve street machines featured a one overhead, one side-valve arrangement, although pure racing machines used a variety of higher-performance configurations. Different frames were used through the period, although this one appears to have the rigid frame and a friction-damped girder fork. The GTS model featured a sprung frame for improved roadholding, although the more basic model was more popular with buyers.
If you’ve never seen a Guzzi big single: yes, that is the flywheel by the left footpeg: the exposed arrangement allowed the flywheel to have the correct mass while keeping the engine cases compact and light. In the left front shot of the engine, it’s also possible to see the exposed hairpin valve spring used for the exhaust valve. The inlet of earlier models used a coil spring, although 1934 saw the redesign of the engine to paired hairpin springs. I’m not sure which side of the redesign is actually from so, as always, comments from any experts out there are welcome in the comments.
From the original eBay listing: 1934 Moto Guzzi 500S for Sale
Beautiful 1934 Moto Guzzi 500S.
Was restored in the 70’s in Italy.
Then moved to Switzerland – Then I brought it to California 15 years ago.
Runs well and is complete.
**Mileage unknown due to no tach and speedo on Guzzi’s of this era.
Pictures at twilight [or dawn!] are great for moody atmosphere, but not so great for showing off the details of the bike being offered and a couple more shots in bright sunlight would have been appreciated. The listing is pretty spare, but I expect the owner assumes potential buyers are already knowledgeable. This bike has tons of lived-in patina but the paint is still very shiny, a very characterful combination.
This particular machine is the oldest Guzzi I’ve ever come across for sale, and looks a great opportunity to get your hands on such an old machine in good running condition
Unofficial Moto Guzzi week continues with this interesting example. Prior to the introduction of their v-twin, the Italian firm’s bread-and-butter was a line of big, lazy singles characterized by stump-pulling torque that made proper gear-selection an optional and generally unnecessary activity.
Built from 1969 to 1977 the Nuovo Falcone was designed as a follow up to the classic Falcone [“hawk”] and intended primarily for government consumption, although a civilian model was produced and many ex-government examples made their way to the private market. The original Falcone was beloved of police and military forces for its durable and extremely flexible powerplant that featured a horizontal, 500cc single cylinder engine and distinctive exposed flywheel. The horizontal layout led to good aerodynamics and a low center of gravity, and the exposed flywheel allowed for a lighter, more compact engine since the cases didn’t have to actually, you know: go around the flywheel. This also made sure that the inside of your left boot was buffed to a high sheen…
However, the newly designed machine featured an entirely new engine that seemed to lack the original’s incredible durability and suffered from some development issues that plagued it throughout it’s lifespan. It also didn’t have that really cool exposed flywheel/shoe buffer feature.
From the original eBay listing: 1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone for sale
This is a nice example of a Nuovo Falcone. Was not sold in the U.S. but this motorcycle has been imported and has a valid US title. Been in a museum for close to ten years. Will need a battery. Absolutely a terrific Moto Guzzi. If you have any questions, please call Jim at 203-912-1104. The mileage is in KM.
As with any machine with “notorious” reliability issues, many have been fixed over time: substandard parts are replaced or upgraded, or a specific example just happens to work as intended. I don’t know what it would take to make this example into a solid, useable example, especially since it’s been sitting on display for a decade. The original Falcone was an ideal rideable classic, but this one may work best in its current role as a display machine, unless a new owner is ready to do significant work to make it road-worthy.
For those of you that think early experiments with automatic-transmission-equipped bikes began and ended with the Hondamatic, this one might be news for you. A relative sales flop at the time, the Guzzi V1000 Convert was an innovative achievement that never really found an audience.
Introduced in 1975, the Convert’s name refers to the Sachs torque converter sandwiched between the transmission and engine, that allowed the rider to choose their level of involvement: the bike retained a functional clutch lever and featured Guzzi’s effective linked brakes that had the foot pedal operating the rear disc and one of the front calipers, so you could conceivably ride it around using the twist grip to go and the foot pedal to stop under everything but panic-braking situations.
Note, the Convert still has a conventional clutch, although it’s not strictly necessary for operation, and a two-speed transmission, with the torque converter’s external fluid hoses the only visible clue that this machine can be “shiftless” on demand. With fewer ratios to choose from, displacement was increased to approximately 1000cc’s to maintain parity with the traditional 5-speed bikes, and this newer engine was eventually adopted across the board by Guzzi.
The Convert had a revised dash that included a battery of safety feature warning lights, including a low-fuel light linked to the fuel gauge and a low-brake fluid level warning light. In addition, deploying the side stand triggered mechanical activation of the rear brake caliper to aid in parking on inclined surfaces.
The bike apparently rides much like you’d expect: like a giant, throbbing, v-twin scooter. The torque-converter masks some vibration and a portion of Guzzi’s shaft-drive reaction. It is slightly slower than the standard machine, but performance is very much in keeping with the bike’s mission.
From the original eBay listing, helpfully translated from the BRIGHT BLUE, ALL CAPS TEXT: 1976 Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert for sale
Italian classic made by Moto Guzzi, Convert 1000, Italian and Los Angeles Police Dept, used these at one time. Dual carburetor, no leaks, dings, garaged, and in very good shape, bidders familiar with these bikes, know what a great bike this is. Feel free to do some research on these bikes and you will like what you see. Automatic, just 1st and 2nd gear. Drives with great ease. Hoping it goes to a great owner, have another Moto Guzzi original solo, and pinion seat that I will also send. Three owner manuals, tires and battery in excellent shape. Battery just 6 months old, fresh plugs, oil, filter, etc. Buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements, I will assist in making sure it is picked up and shipped properly.
This one’s a bit hard to place, price-wise. Five days left, asking price just under $6,000 with no bids seems pretty on-the-nose for a classic Guzzi cruiser if it’s in good shape. But I’m not sure if the rarity of the automatic transmission really adds value or subtracts it. Maybe it’s a wash? Guzzis are made to be ridden, and this might make touring a bit easier for a rider looking for a more mellow experience due to age or injury, or someone who really just can’t be bothered with shifting. Hopefully, it will find the right buyer, as the set up does give you the best of both worlds: shifting when you want it, scooter-like simplicity when you don’t.
Well, here’s another Moto Guzzi T3 someone’s converted into a V7/LeMans clone. For the uninitiated: Guzzi’s famous v-twin started out powering a very strange Italian military tractor and that durable, slightly clunky durability translated strangely well into its new role as a sporty motorcycle powerplant. And stuffed into a lower, lighter frame, it made a pretty good motivator for a few genuine sportbikes as well.
As I’ve stated and restated ad nauseam, Guzzi’s vanilla-looking and relatively common 850T used the same basic engine and Lino Tonti-designed frame as the very sporting and practical V7 Sport and LeMans. All of the stuff to create one of these is available online, from V7 and LeMans pattern tanks and side panels, clip on bars, rearsets, and exhausts. And there are plenty of engine builders who can build you a fire-breathing Guzzi motor that will make that bum-stop saddle earn its keep.
From the original eBay listing: 1977 Moto Guzzi T3 V7/LeMans Clone for Sale
BASED ON A 1977 MOTO GUZZI 850 T3 THIS 850 SPORT/LEMANS CLONE. IS SUPER FUN BIKE TO RIDE. PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN GREAT EARLY PRODUCTION MATCHING #s 103002
A COSMETIC MAKE OVER STOCK ENGINE
- CORBIN SEAT (ugly came that way $170 to change the cover they said)
- TANK FENDERS & SIDE COVERS ALL HAVE FRESH PAINT
- FRAME PAINT IN A MATTE BLACK
- REBUILT DELLORTO 30MM VHB
- REBUILT TRANSMISSION (CHARLIE COLE)
- NEWER TIRES
- ALLOY BORRANI WHEELS
- STAINLESS SPOKES
- LOW MILES
- NEW BATTERY
- REBUILT FRONT 850 LEMANS 1 FORKS
- NEW PROGRESSIVE SHOCKS
- SCOTTS STEERING DAMPNER
- HIGH PERFORMANCE LAFRANCONIA EXHAUST SYSTEM
- TAROZZI REARS SETS right side has a small bend
- TAROZZI CLIP-ONS
- POLISHED V7 SPORT TREES
- REBUILT BREMBO BRAKE SYSTEM
- STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES (UNLINKED)
This one is also done pretty nicely and features an upswept LaFranconi exhaust system that should give a bit more cornering-clearance than the classic “shark gill” mufflers from the V7, and the wire wheels are a great look.
There may be little too much red on this bike, though: I think maybe that rear-fender/taillight assembly could be easily be blacked-out or revised/removed. And the large red panels on the seat are not my taste. Black maybe with red stitching might be better and would be something easily fixed by the buyer, as mentioned in the listing. And those reflectors, while aiding safety, are also pretty clunky-looking. I think I’d probably add some mirrors and remove the reflectors creating a sort of “net safety wash…” Aside from the [probably very comfortable] Corbin seat and the aforementioned bits, I really like this bike.
While the T bikes are still pretty affordable, they’re starting to get rarer and prices are increasing… I really should scoop one up sooner rather than later I guess, before all the good ones are V7-ed or LeMans-ed…
Not much time left on this one, and with a starting bid of $5,900 it seems appropriately priced. Someone jump on it quick!
Moto Guzzi is known today for its long-legged and long-lived line of v-twin, shaft-drive machines. But before the introduction of their twin in the v700, Guzzi was famous for its successful line of horizontal singles. The Egretta [“Egret”] was a prewar model only made for two short years, and less than 800 were built before the improved Airone [“Heron”] superseded it. It lacked rear suspension and featured the 247cc single that would power the later Airone in various iterations until 1957!
Although later models with this engine did have more modern, enclosed valvetrain, this early version features an exposed rockers and hairpin springs that are clearly visible in a number of the photographs, as well as Guzzi’s signature “salami-slicer” external flywheel. The “horizontal” single allowed for a very low center of gravity and excellent airflow to cool the engine. The exposed flywheel allowed the correct mass for rideability and performance, while keeping weight of the engine case castings low.
From the original eBay listing: 1939 Moto Guzzi Egretta for Sale
This is a very special & very unique opportunity to own one of the rarest of the rare Moto Guzzi Vintage Classic Originals. Only made for TWO YEARS and only 784 EVER MADE, the pre-war 1939-1940 Egretta is the pièce de résistance for any Guzzi aficionado. It even has the original license plate!
This gem is about as original as I can describe…and as you know, a bike is ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE. There are some paint nicks all over and some very minor dings on the mudguards, but the tank is straight. The chrome and paint are obviously 85 years old but remarkably intact for being that old. Previous owners have tried to cover up some nicks with paint here and there.
There is nothing like riding a motorbike this old and this Egretta runs well. However, don’t plan on breaking any speed records.
As the listing mentions, you may not be winning any top-speed contests on this, but the Guzzi’s famous flexibility should make it fun to ride within its modest limits: the singles were famous for their roadholding and locomotive torque, which made them competitive on both road and track. They can chug happily along in top gear at nearly any speed, making gear selection virtually superfluous.
If you’re looking for something very rare for your collection in original condition, this might be your ride.
Now here’s a bike you don’t see every day: a “loop-framed” Moto Guzzi cafe racer. If something looks a bit different about this particular Guzzi custom, it’s because it was built from the earlier V700 touring model, rather than the more sporting models that featured the later, Lino Tonti-developed frame from the V7 Sport.
Prior to the Sport, v-twin Guzzis were employed extensively by police and military organizations, in addition to the public, but saw little use on the race track as they were tall and relatively heavy. While the origin of the V700 powertrain was a very odd light military tractor, it was simple, durable, and powerful, with shaft drive and a simple pushrod valvetrain. The longitudinal engine configuration in v-twin Guzzis does lead to some “torque-reaction” where the motor twists along the axis of crankshaft rotation when revved, but it’s mostly a characterful difference and has little impact on performance.
Most cafe Guzzis are derived from the Tonti-framed T-series machines: they’re relatively cheap and plentiful. The new arrangement moved the alternator from the top of the crankcase to the front of the engine and set the powertrain in a brand new frame designed with a low center of gravity. This particular machine goes for a more classic look [excepting the tail section] by using the earlier model.
From the original eBay listing: 1969 Moto Guzzi V700 Cafe Racer for Sale
Rebuilt motor and lowered front end by Guzzi Classics in Signal Hills CA.
Powder coated frame and parts.
Custom seat with integrated led light, flashing brake led lights.
New front brake pads rears are good, Duralast Extreme Battery, Bosch Coil and new wiring.
Runs great and sounds amazing!! Tons of torque and Great handling. Everything is in great working order
Suspension Front: Adjustable Gsx R front fork with hydraulic damping
Rear: Swing-arm with 2 V-Rod hydraulic shock absorbers
The result here is definitely less sleek than the usual Guzzi custom, but has a more traditional style: the term “cafe racer” gets thrown around these days to describe any old garage-built sportbike with clip ons, rearsets, and a set of megaphones. But this one is much closer to the real look and style of all those Tritons and home-brew road-racers that really best embody the era.
Compared to other classic bikes, maintenance on a Guzzi is a snap: gust look at those cylinder heads sticking out in the breeze! Now picture how easy it would be to adjust the valves. And when time comes to lube the chain… Wait: there is no chain! While shaft drive is intrinsically heavier than a chain, loop-frame Guzzis can be made to handle. Just check out this clip of Japanese shop Ritmo Sereno’s loop-frame custom out on the track.
The value of classic Guzzis begin to increase, and now is you chance to grab one before prices climb out of reach. While a more original example might make better sense in terms of value, you certainly won’t find a bike that will better express your desire to stand out in a crowd.
Every time a Tonti-framed Guzzi comes up for sale, particularly the T-models, I feel the need to launch into my spiel about how they’re such a great platform for customized café bikes and roadsters because of their sleek silhouette and low stance. Well, with this 1977 Moto Guzzi T3, it looks like someone’s already done the work for you, and the results speak for themselves.
For the uninitiated, Lino Tonti’s new frame was designed in 1971 to house their v-twin in the V7 Sport. It was designed to provide rigidity, a low center of gravity, and ease of service, with lower frame rails that detached so the engine can be easily removed. It was so effective that Guzzi was able to use it for the next forty years in various iterations of the Sport, Le Mans, and T-series bikes, and this allows for pretty good parts interchangeability between models.
With pretty good aftermarket support, a solid range of performance upgrades, and classic good looks, these Moto Guzzi models provide an excellent platform for building everything from a really great resto-mod backroad blaster to a vintage track bike.
From the original eBay listing: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Custom Café Racer for Sale
This is the custom Grey Dog Moto built Moto Guzzi 850 T3 featured on Cafe Racer S4 Ep1. The episode and bike can be viewed on YouTube.The Guzzi GP racer Ben Bostrom test rode at the Alameda Naval Air Station at 114 mph and commented was one of the best bikes he had ridden for the Cafe Racer show.
Not a huge fan of the tail section and I’d prefer a different gauge: you should be able to ride a big Italian twin without one eye on the tach, but I prefer a big rev-counter just for aesthetic reasons, something by MotoGadget if I wanted modern multi-functionality or a big, white Veglia for classic style. But that tank and paint look perfect and this should be tons of fun to ride, combining Guzzi’s famous long-legs with modern-ish performance and very modern brakes, courtesy of the R1 front end and brakes.
And if you want to get a good idea of how much care really went into its creation, you can just watch the show! Seriously, even if I had the money to buy and any interest in those overstyled chrome abominations from Orange County Choppers, I’d never buy one after seeing how they build them…
$18,000 is pretty steep for a T3, but if you think of it as a one-of-a-kind motorcycle you could ride every day, it starts to make more sense. The seller describes it as a bike to ride, not for one show and we wouldn’t want a Guzzi any other way.
The Little Guzzi trend continues with this nice, restored 1966 Moto Guzzi 125 Sport, also known as the “Stornello.” Don’t let the bright red paint and Italian style fool you: this was designed as practical, reliable transportation for the masses. The dash of style just helped move product out the door and differentiate Guzzi’s bike from competing bikes.
Its 123cc pushrod single made a modest 7bhp, but that number doesn’t tell the whole story. The little Stornello had a supremely flexible powerband and Guzzi’s characteristic spread of usable torque, perfect for the commuting and general riding duties for which the bike was intended.
From the original eBay listing: 1966 Moto Guzzi 125 Sport for sale
I am selling my rare and collectable Moto Guzzo 125 Sport, I have too many bikes. The bike is completely restored. The engine was bored to .040 with new piston, rings, pin, new valves and guides. The carb is original, gearbox is smooth and has a new kickstart spring and seals. Original exhaust system in beautiful condition. Frame was media blasted and powdercoated in black. Tank, fenders, and all sheet metal are original and re-sprayed with PPG in original color. New Michelin tires and tubes, new battery. Seat was rebuilt on original seat pan. The ignition/light switch in not functional and the lights run off the battery-no recharge. This is a beautiful and nice riding bike and a true collector machine. No starting price but there is a reserve. I would prefer that the buyer pick up but I could crate if you arrange shipping. I have a clear Texas title. Bid high-this is a sweet Guzzi. Buy yourself a Xmas gift.
These little Guzzis aren’t particularly exotic in Europe, but here in the land of 800 pound motorcycles, they didn’t sell too many, and they’re correspondingly rare as a result. The 125’s are very robustly built and reliable, as they were intended as sporty commuters, not highly-strung racers, but parts to keep them running can prove difficult if you plan to ride, rather than show your bike. This looks to be a fun one, and bidding is still south of $2,000 with two days left in the auction.
Moto Guzzi traditionally named their small-displacement bikes after small birds, in this case the bunting, a colorful little thing that looks like this:
It was launched in 1953 and featured a 98cc completely square 50mm x 50mm bore and stroke put a mere 4bhp through a three speed box, but it made up for a lack of outright power by being highly flexible, reliable, and economical, injecting a bit of style and class into the budget-minded small-bore class.
From the original eBay listing: 1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale
It is un restored, unmolested, and as far as I can tell 100% original. It has been sponge cleaned. Ride or display. I have not started it. The brakes work (albeit not as you would expect from a modern bike), the throttle grip turns, and it turns over. The electrical wires are in place but disconnected in order to ship from Italy. I have not started it.
Tires are holding air, are not significantly dry rotted. I imagine the speedometer reading is wrong but it is titled and registered with that reading. It has been stored and parked in the US inside and under cover, mostly in a living room.
It has some of the patina and dings of a 57 year old motorcycle, but in good non abused condition. No seat tears (very minor, small tuft seen in photo, size of a 12 font O). Inside tank seems fine. It is a clean and rust free example with all the original bits, including an old satchel of tools. I have the grab cable for passenger, not seen in photos. This is the only part I am unclear if original from manufacturer.
The “Lusso” model like the one for sale was red, the standard model was a more subtle grey. Spares can be very difficult to find for these, and they’re certainly not capable of anything like modern, high-speed travel. But they’re charming and well-made, and would certainly be way more fun around town than a modern scooter…
There’s very little time left on this auction, with very little interest so far, which seems a shame. Move quickly if you’ve got room in your garage for this little survivor and the skills to get it back on the road where it belongs.