1981 Moto Guzzi Monza for Sale with 99 Original Miles?!
Moto Guzzi is famous for its big, agricultural v-twin machines. But in the late 1970’s, they introduced their smaller displacement alternatives to the bigger sport and touring machines. Although big bikes have always been popular in America, where motorcycles are often a luxury purchase, Europeans often find smaller bikes appealing, owing to sometimes high taxes on big bikes and the extremely high cost of fuel.
The little Guzzi’s never sold very well here and are correspondingly rare now. They’re neat little machines, well-finished adult bikes, not the cheap, plastic learners and commuters we often get as small-displacement bikes here in the states.
These little 350cc and 500cc [and later 650cc] Guzzis are styled like their big siblings, but share virtually no significant parts with them. The big twins are very conventional in design, but the small Guzzis feature relatively unusual “Heron” style heads that improved economy and simplified manufacturing.
The V50 Monza was a true sportbike, just one with a fairly small engine. 45bhp isn’t all that much to play with, but the bike is relatively light, handling is excellent, braking very good, and the shaft drive very un-agricultural…
From the original eBay listing: 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza for Sale
Up for auction is this practically fresh from crate 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza with fewer than 100 miles on her. The original owner purchased this bike from his local dealer in June of 1981. Yet after just a few enjoyable outings on his new Guzzi, he was diagnosed with an illness that kept him from riding.
He held onto the bike hoping to one day be able to enjoy it. Thus, it was kept with fresh fuel, a battery tender attached and on special lift so the tires would not touch the garage floor…
Just this year I acquired the Monza, turned on the fuel, the choke and the key, pressed the starter and she fired up immediately. After a warm up on the stand, I changed what looked like brand new oil. Since, I have topped up the tires, and changed out the brake fluid. A quick detail has been given to the bike and I have ridden it about 10 miles.
I believe this Monza is as nice and close to uncrated condition, without being restored, as you will find anywhere in the world.
This bike presents us with a dilemma: the little Guzzis are great, affordable and stylish machines that happen to be great motorcycles to put miles on. So when you’ve got one with so few, it seems a shame to destroy the originality by riding it.
But what else do you do with such a fun little machine?