1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone

1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone L Side

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.

1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone R Side Detail

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…

1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone Dash

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.

1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone L Side Detail

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.

1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone R Side Rear

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.


1970 Moto Guzzi Falcone L Side Tank Detail

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2 Responses

  1. Tom Hal says:

    For your amusement

    …”lacks the original’s incredible durability”….”a machine with motorious reliability issues”. The last paragraph is utterly laughable to me. Whoever Tad is, he’s full of complete utter “bolshevic”, most likely guilty of swallowing Mick Walker’s off-base damning writeup of the NuFalc from years back. Does he have personal experience?

    If this is original condition, it’s one of the cleanest NuFalc Civile’s I’ve seen. It’s been on display for 10 years! Horrors!! What could it possibly take to get it roadworthy?! Are you frikkin’ kiddin’ me?

    Not quite 39,000 kilos on the clock.
    OK, my Nufalc had 70,000kilos put on it by the Carabinieri in the Old Country…rode hard ‘n put away wet. THEN it sat in a warehouse for some 18 years, with NO storage prep. Still had the Italian dirt and grease (lots) on it! Did it take some work? Yup… a fair bit, but I’ve yet had to do ANYTHING major to the engine. I’ve put 10,000 more kilos on it since puttin’ it back on the road. Yup, it sure is a piece o’ unreliable crap.

    Where’s this Tad? I’m gonna smack ‘im!!


  2. tad says:

    I absolutely was referring to Mick Walker’s damning writeup! Glad you’ve had good luck with yours, but I’d hope Mick wasn’t making up the maintenance issues he references… For now, I’m just gonna assume yours is a happy accident and trust that Old Saint Mick did his research. How is parts availability on these? They certainly seem like they’d be very easy to wrench on…

    And what is it with people on this site wanting to hit me?! For a bunch of middle-aged gents who like to putter around on slow vintage bikes, you sure are a violent bunch!