UL­TI­MATE RACER

Classic Racer - - IN DETAIL -

It may only have raced for two years in 1956 and 1957, and never won a World Cham­pi­onship GP, but there’s an aura about this mo­tor­cy­cle that’s en­tirely in keep­ing with its im­prob­a­ble spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Here are the high­lights of one of the most iconic rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles ever to grace a track: Con­ceived al­most 60 years ago Revved to 16,000rpm safely Was speed-trapped at 178mph along the Masta Straight at Spa-fran­cor­champs in its fi­nal race Pro­duced 79bhp at 12,500rpm in its ul­ti­mate guise Had eight cylin­ders, 16 valves, eight car­bu­ret­tors and four camshafts Cre­ated in a small work­shop in the Moto Guzzi fac­tory on the shores of Lake Como by a team of just 12 men, in­clud­ing the three engi­neers who con­ceived it.

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