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Offline Curtie223

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For the Moto Guzzi Guys......
« on: September 14, 2011, 06:02:39 pm »
I came across this article, A great read and then thought of the Moto Guzzi guys and thought I would shar it with you all. :)
[article: Motorcycle daily]

Here?s the good news about Moto Guzzi?s V7 Cafe Classic: it?s equipped with the same charming small-block, pushrod V-Twin and simple chassis you may remember from the 1980?s. And here?s the bad news: it?s equipped with the same charming small-block, pushrod V-Twin and simple chassis you may remember from the 1980?s. It?s good because the cute little bike has loads of character, is newbie-friendly, looks good and is priced right at just $9990. But then again, some buyers might feel 10 Large is a lot to pay for 30-year-old pushrod technology (and there are those who would rightly point out the fact that V-Twin pushrod motors are America?s best-selling motorcycle powerplants), never mind the old-fashioned suspension, bias-ply tires and simple braking system. Oh, and the 37 horsepower the bike makes stock would probably only impress owners of riding mowers. Luckily, there are enthusiasts out there who like to make weird old stuff go fast. Meet Ed Milich. Racer, writer, mechanic, machinist, poet and raconteur, Ed specializes in Moto Guzzis and early post-bevel-drive Ducati Twins , and he knows how to make them go fast; over the last five years, he?s racked up an impressive 13 race wins on his annual pilgrimage to the AHRMA vintage races in Daytona Beach. One of those bikes is a venerable V65?so who better to help Moto Guzzi get some real power out of the V7? Ed tells me this project is still in progress, so he didn?t want to reveal too many details. ?You can say I did top end work to it?heads and pistons?and gained 25 percent more power and torque across the board.? In addition to the engine mods, he?s fitted a full Arrow exhaust system and worked some fuel-injection voodoo. Ed didn?t have a dyno chart to show me, but he?s confident it?s around 50 hp at the wheel, and since he claims his V65 racer makes 54 horses, another five or 10 seems attainable. Ed bought my MD Project: Ducati Supersport Streetfighter Ducati Supersport streetfighter project bike, and when I dropped the bike off at his headquarters at Die Werkstat  in San Francisco, I asked if I could take the V7 Cafe home for some evaluation. I had ridden the V7 previously, and was not impressed by that bike?s handling, motor or?anything, really. But I do love how the Cafe Special looks, and was eager to see how much ?lettin? ?er breathe? would improve the bike. Even our riding-mower enthusiast friends would have to agree?boosting anything?s power 25 percent is going to make it a lot more interesting. And they are right. The V7?s short gearing and new-found 50-ish horsepower (pushing somewhere around 450 pounds) get it to flow-of-traffic speeds quickly and easily, and rocketing to 90 mph is easy enough, too. Over that and the motor starts feeling strained and buzzy, although it?s willing enough to rev and I?m guessing 110 mph or more is achievable. The aged chassis and running gear are a liability, but also charming. The single four-piston Brembo front caliper and 320mm disc deliver just enough stopping power to keep things safe, the non-adjustable 40mm fork is squishy but does the job, and the seating position is a lot more humane than a real ?70s cafe racer. Plus, the seat is low and the tank is narrow, making the bike very appealing to smaller, less-experienced riders. After a while you won?t even mind the clunky gearbox. The sound from those open Arrow cans is as sweet as you?d imagine, and combined with the ?Legnano? Green paint, that may be all you need?a cool old bike with all the right visual and aural cues. And thanks to Ed?s evil genius, it?s fast enough to hold its own in modern, fast-flowing traffic situations. You don?t need 150 hp to have a good time, and this little Cafe Classic is proof.


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Re: For the Moto Guzzi Guys......
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 09:16:12 pm »
he he  -- Maybe, put my little NINJA 500 engine in there.  :3
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Re: For the Moto Guzzi Guys......
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011, 08:27:42 am »
Thanks for posting the article, interesting but the author has no idea what Guzzi's are all about. His opinion that only lawn mower riders would be impressed is totally uncalled for. The bike is a small block, and that is what it is and has been burning up the roads since 1974. Check out this video of a lawnmower rider (stock V7 cafe except for cans and suspension mods) at a track day. He is the bike that passes the two riders in the beginning.



I have 18,000 miles on mine, have scraped the kick stand through the Dragon, and take 20 MPH curves between 50-60 MPH, which isn't bad for a 72 year old. If I needed more power I can jump on my son Jon's Busa. If at any time any of the knee dragger's on the forum are at the Dragon when I am there you are welcome to drag a knee with my V7 and then see if it is for lawnmower riders only :3

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Re: For the Moto Guzzi Guys......
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011, 07:53:08 pm »
Really Cool Video. :21
Yeah, I personally thought that that comment was a little off myself. I did come across an article of a really awesome looking Muzzi Build that I will post up after I get done reading it.

This has to be the best looking Motto Guzzi i have seen. I love it!! Here the topic I made. There is another one I am currently reading right now that I will also post up. some really cool stuff coming from Motto this year!!! :21
http://easttnbikers.com/forum/index.php?topic=1218

here's one I would like to try out on the track or on the hill!!
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-When you see another rider keep in mind that is another friend you haven't had the chance to meet yet!!
-Riding is about doing what you love! No matter what you ride or how you ride. Just as long as you