1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500

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1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500
Country of Origin: Italy

That is a Nuovo Falcone Civile (Civilian) which is the same model as mine. They were produced in limited quantities from 1971 to about 1974. I've seen mention made that Guzzi may have continued the white/red version as late as 1976. The red frame/white body was the standard color. In 1974 they made a limited number, only 74, of maroon bikes with different decals and chrome fenders like mine. From '74 to '76 my understanding is that production focussed on the Sahara model, a semi-military version in tan.
1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500

1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500

1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500

The Nuovo Falcone (new falcon) was a redesign of the original with a flat single cylinder 500cc engine. It has a top speed of about 85 mph. It didn't take off like its predecessor, with only 26 HP and 450 pounds, but it was used by every police department in Italy who appreciated its ability to carry extra weight — police gear, luggage, leg shieds, etc. The dark blue paint is the original Carabinieri, Italian Police, color. This one came with the leg shields, which was standard to the model, but they aren't mounted in these pictures. Many of the Guzzi bikes were named after birds, i.e., Falcone for falcon, Airone for Heron and Galetto for rooster.

1970 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 Specs :

Ingombri (lungh.×largh.×alt.) 2170 (2100) × 770 (800) × 1040 (1110) mm
Altezze Sella: 750 mm - Minima da terra: 150 mm
Interasse: 1450 mm Massa a vuoto: 214 kg Serbatoio: 18 litri
Meccanica
Tipo motore: monocilindrico orizzontale quattro tempi Raffreddamento: ad aria
Cilindrata 499 cm³ (Alesaggio 88 x Corsa 82 mm)
Distribuzione: aste e bilancieri Alimentazione: benzina normale
Potenza: 26,2 CV a 4800 giri/min Coppia: Rapporto di compressione: 6,85:1
Frizione: a dischi multipli in bagno d'olio Cambio: 4 marce a pedale, comando sulla destra
Accensione a dinamo-ruttore-batteria
Trasmissione primaria a ingranaggi elicoidali, secondaria a catena
Avviamento a pedale e elettrico
Ciclistica
Telaio doppia culla chiusa
Sospensioni Anteriore: forcella teleidraulica / Posteriore: forcellone oscillante con due ammortizzatori teleidraulici regolabili
Freni Anteriore: a tamburo ø 200 mm / Posteriore: a tamburo ø 200 mm
Pneumatici 3.50-18" anteriormente e posteriormente
Prestazioni dichiarate
Velocità massima 127 (oltre 140) km/h
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1956 Moto Guzzi Lodola 175 Sport

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1956 Moto Guzzi Lodola 175 Sport

175 Lodola Sport -1956 A sporting inclination 
The Lodola of 1956 was the final model created by Carlo Guzzi, founder of the firm. It was also the first four-stroke Guzzi motorcycle to abandon the traditional horizontal cylinder that had been the "signature" of the marque since 1921. Guzzi had not completely abandoned the horizontal configuration, for the cylinder barrel of the Lodola was inclined at 45 degrees.
1956 Moto Guzzi Lodola 175 Sport

1956 Moto Guzzi Lodola 175 Sport



This was one of the last motorcycles designed by Carlo Guzzi himself. The direct competition to the Lodola Sport was the Ala Biancha built by Aermacchi. We've had two Lodolas. The first was a 1956 model. The second was a 1958 model (the one with the black design on the toolbox). 

Unfortunately, we don't own either of them any more. Maybe it's time to get another one. Also below are original brochures from England and Italy on the Moto Guzzi Lodola. Both of the Lodolas we owned were 175cc Sport models. Some of ads below show the 235cc Gran Turismo.

A Lark with a Hot Temper

The new bike was, like the majority of Guzzis, named for a bird. "Lodola" means "lark" in Italian. It was a funny kind of bird for behind its unassuming exterior lurked a fiery temperament. Technically, it was right up to date, and perfectly attuned to the

fashion for 175cc sports machines. Oddly, the 235cc Gran Turismo version, which appeared in 1959, abandoned the overhead camshaft for valves actuated by pushrods and rockers though the Regolarita version, which stacked up a brilliant string of success in enduro racing, always kept the overhead cam on official bikes and was built until 1966.

More Sporting Than It Looked

The first Lodola Sport of 1956 cost 259,000 Lire, and was modernized in 1958, with a full width tank plus aluminum full-hub brakes to replace the offset drums. Power was uprated from 9 to 11 horsepower. The Lodola had a claimed top speed of 70 mph, a remarkable figure for a production 175 at the time. The 175 was dropped in 1959, and replaced by an overhead-valve 235, current until 1962.

1956 Moto Guzzi Lodola 175 Sport SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine: 174cc (62x57.8mm) air-cooled 45 degree inclined single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Power Rating: 9 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Valves: overhead camshaft driven by chain
  • Fuel System: 22mm carburewr
  • Transmission: 4-speed; final drive by chain
  • Suspension: telescopic fork (from); swinging fork with two spring-damper unils (rear)
  • Brakes: drum (front & rear)
  • Wheels: 2.50x18 inch (front); 3.00x17 inch (rear)
  • Weight: 240 lb
  • Maximum Speed: 68 mph
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