The story of Moto Guzzi is a story of survival. As one of Italy's oldest, and most legendary marques, Moto Guzzi had seen the height of success during the 1930s, and then the 1950s when they dominated 250 and 350cc Grand Prix racing. Their withdrawal from racing coincided with a period of stagnation until the company was sold to De Tomaso in 1973. During the 1970s the V7 Sport and Le Mans were at the forefront of the new superbike era, and later, with Dr John Wittner's help, embraced contemporary technology with the 1000cc Daytona.
If one aspect characterises Moto Guzzi it is continuity. The great 500cc Falcone single ran from 1950 until 1976, and the V7, originally seeing the light of day in 1967, continued well into the 2010s. This continuity breeds loyalty, and Guzzi owners are a fiercely proud breed. Guzzis are not like other motorcycles, even Italian ones, and to qualify as a Guzzi owner requires a dedication and individuality that will be rewarded in a long term relationship.
One of the world's foremost motorcycle historians, Ian Falloon is the author of more than forty books on motorcycles. His other titles include The Ducati Story, Moto Guzzi Sport Bible, The Ducati 750 Bible, Ducati 900 Bible, Honda Story, Kawasaki Story, BMW Story, The Book of MV Agusta Fours, and Laverda Twin and Triple Bible. Other Moto Guzzi titles include Moto Guzzi Big-Twins Essential Buyers Guide and the Complete Book of Moto Guzzi. A freelance contributor a number of motorcycle magazines around the world, Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand but currently lives in Australia with his wife Miriam, and sons Ben and Tim.
Introduction and acknowledgements 1. Early days 2. The 1930s: A golden era 3. Post-war racing: Success with earlier designs 4. Expanding the customer base 5. Symbolic singles: Airone, Astore and Falcone 6. The second golden age 7. The V7 8. V7 sport: The first and the best? 9. Big tourers and cruisers. 10. Le Mans 11. Smaller twins 12. Dr John and the Daytona 13. New directions 14. The eagle flies again: A new life under Aprilia and Piaggio 15. 2008-2018 Appendices Index