‘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

Classic Bike (UK) - - MOTO GUZZI DAYTONA -

“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.”

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