Report from Maarten Magers German/Italian trip

By Maarten Mager - June 1997 Trans. by Ths. J. Johnson [Trans. note: Maarten Mager is the owner of Motorsyklisten A/S - the official importer of Moto Guzzi in Norway]

Moto Guzzi
Guzzi has taken a new step forward in it's policy of increased involvement at the national importer level. France, Spain and the USA were the first to be drawn into a direct cooperation with the Moto Guzzi factory. Now Germany has been included in the fold. Should we be on the Guzzi short-list over new business ventures, the Italians are welcome to come to Norway.. However, there is probably little chance that the trend will reach Norway at any time in the near future.

The "Grand Opening" festivities in Germany were interesting for several reasons. The new business was not the only thing worth seeing. Masses of Guzzi-riders from many countries gave the opening a festival atmosphere, and the parking lot was full of beautiful motorcycles - many modified or vintage models. No less than 18 journalists came to cover the doings, and the giant beertent was an attraction in itself.

As representative for Moto Guzzi in Norway, Motorsyklisten A/S has every reason to believe that an increased cooperation with the Germans will have positive effects for both dealers and customers.

The new California EV
While visiting the factory I had the chance to take a closer look at the new California EV. I am happy to report that it is a California in every respect. It still has the style and handling capabilities that make the model so attractive to the motorcycling public. The EV is pure California with a two-valve motor and the same frame, gear and drivetrain as earlier models. Technical changes involve modified mechanics in the front fork, new wheels with the spokes in a seperate crown and details it has in common with the Centauro - the brakes and the instrument panel. Cosmetic changes include more chrome and less plastic caps and bodyparts, new paint combinations, a lowered gastank cap and a smoother material on the seat.

The Guzzi factory is surprizingly restrained in trumpeting its racing results. That made it all the more interesting to hear that a Daytona is in second place allround in the German BOT championship and in fact achieved the track record for one round on the Hockenheim track. At the recent Assen race, the same bike ended as number three. But the winner was an Englishman - on a Daytona! It may be that the ruling days of the Ducati 916 on the racing circut are over. And this preceeds the arrival of the Guzzi factory-team which will enter the BOT-scene in 1998!

Should there be a Norwegian interested in trimming his/her Daytona for BOT racing, it can be arranged - provided a racing-sized bank account is available to back up the interest. The motor can be sent to Germany and 'adjusted' to put out 125 HK at a cost of DM 8000 (NoK 34000).

Unfortunately, the Ippogrifo will not go into production until the spring of1998. Technical problems turned up under longterm testing. The bike will not be released for production until these problems are completely solved.

Pictures from Maarten's album (snapped at the MGI-opening)

Guzzi with an Armec sidecar. Check out the front fork and the 'raw' pipes.

A classic V2 licence plate mounted on the toolbox.

NICE.... the breather hose is attached to a cannister with a seperate airfilter.

Oh, sure! Then they get a headstart in the crosswalks.

This Daytona was nr. 3 at Assen this year and is second allround in the German BOT championship. Rider Jens Hofman (with glasses) points out some details for Romano Pisi, export CEO for Moto Guzzi.

This beautiful Falcone 1954 was like new. Although this one wasn't for sale, something similar in drivable, but not restored condition, would go for about NoK 50000.

[Trans. note: This article has been edited for non-Guzzi content, and is therefore slightly shorter than the original text.]

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