No Reserve: 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

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This 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza is finished in red and powered by an air-cooled 500cc V-twin backed by a 5-speed sequential manual transmission and shaft drive. The bike was purchased by a friend of the seller in 2010 and has been off the road since 2014, as the owner had been unable to ride due to medical reasons. A new battery was installed, fresh fuel was added, and an oil change was performed in preparation for the sale. This Monza is offered by the selling dealer at no reserve with a clean Oregon title. The V50 was based on a version of the contemporary 850 frame downsized to a 55″ wheelbase. The 360 lb. Monza was the most sporting model in the range and featured a bikini fairing, clip-on handlebars, and upswept Silentium mufflers. The seller describes touched-up chips and other small imperfections in the finish on this example. Factory-style graphics are intact on the tank, side panels, and fairings. Stock 18″ wheels are fitted with older Avon tires front and rear. Braking is from linked dual discs up front with a single disc at the rear, while suspension incorporates 35mm telescopic forks and adjustable rear dampers. The Monza is equipped with narrow clip-on handlebars and a set of bar-end mirrors. Instrumentation includes a tachometer with 9,000 rpm redline, an 80 mph speedometer, and a 5-digit odometer showing 16k miles. The 490cc V-twin was derived from the 850cc unit used in the Le Mans and fitted with Heron cylinder heads as well as a revised valvetrain. The Monza featured a 2.5-liter sump for improved lubrication compared to the standard V50. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 5-speed transmission with a dry clutch and shaft drive. The engine is a semi-stressed chassis component, and the lower frame tubes are removable for ease of service. The bike received a new battery, fresh fuel, and an oil change in preparation for the sale.

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