Classic Bike Guide

A personal opinion – Owen Howells


As a long-term owner of BMW airheads, I’ve also always liked the Moto Guzzi. They seem to retain the solid, simple and purposeful feel of a BMW without the po-faced seriousnes­s that characteri­ses some of the Bavarian machines. For me the V50 achieves the difficult feat of scaling down the iconic big-block V-twin while maintainin­g visceral Moto Guzzi experience, albeit in smaller, slightly less dramatic form. Only yesterday I hopped off an 850 Le Mans straight on to a V50 and didn’t lose any of my grin. Was the Le Mans better? Of course! But the entertainm­ent value was nearly all there, and that’s comparing it with one of the pinnacles of late 70s sports bikes.

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