‘IT’S THE ONLY DAYTONA WE’VE SEEN’
This Daytona is for sale at Made In Italy Motorcycles for £8500. Owner John Fallon talks classic Moto Guzzis
“Cruiser-style bikes like the original Californias and V7 Specials are more desirable than they were, with increase in demand and prices. Guzzis tend not to be collected like Ducatis and are likely to be ridden, but collectors still want the Le Mans MKI; the MKII, effectively the same, is almost half the value.
“Prices of eight-valve bikes have historically held their own, and crept up slowly rather than rocketed. This is the only Daytona we’ve ever seen – they’re thin on the ground. We’ve sold it before, and are now selling it on behalf of the customer. Daytonas have cam belts, but otherwise are as simple and robust as other Guzzis.
Reliability is good – if we get the wrong customer for a bevel-drive Ducati, who’s not experienced with old bikes or can’t do a bit of fiddling, we’ll steer them towards a Guzzi. I can sell them a 40-year-old bike they can use every day. Servicing is easy, spares back-up is brilliant. Just watch for the rear main oil seal and clutch; they’re not expensive parts, but need a lot of labour. If a bike’s dripping oil from between the engine and gearbox, you need to be wary.”