The Classic Motorcycle



Notwithsta­nding the flamboyant red and chrome finish, the

Airone Sport was classic vintage in appearance. It looked like a rigid frame motorcycle, the external oil pipes, single saddle and rear dampers almost Thirties hallmarks. Yet, unit constructi­on, gear primary drive and a braced swinging arm were features that had come back from the future. The bike was a curious mix. It appealed to Italian buyers, as the Airone was Moto Guzzi’s best-selling model for several years.

After the Second World War, internatio­nal trade was highly politicise­d for some long time and few bikes sold into nonItalian countries. Years later, projects can turn up anywhere. Generally, major mechanical issues are mercifully uncommon, the cycle parts offer greater restoratio­n challenges.

In its day, the Sport offered better all-round performanc­e than many of its contempora­ries, comparable to

Velocette’s MOV. Getting the Airone’s flywheel spinning will enable it to maintain a steady pace, the ride an easy unstressed gait for both bike and rider.

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