19 Nov 2010

Moto Guzzi V8, sight and sound




http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/galleries/soundfiles/1957%20Guzzi%20V8.mp3

This bike was so in advance of its time (1955/1957) technologically speaking, that this alone probably explained why it never made a lasting impression on results. Maybe the financial strain was also too much for the factory. Even if it never worked that well for long and was reputed to be difficult to ride, just look and listen! 8 cylinders for just 500cc, the so-called "dustbin" fairing for streamlining and some exceptional craftsmanship, not just in that jewel of an engine, but also in the glorious aluminium petrol tank. Anything else strike you, compared to modern bikes? Look, no advertising! Those were the days.