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Old 03-10-2005, 05:00 PM   #1
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Well I don't care what it's worth. If you're not going to run it, it might as well be carved from a block of wood.



No Italian worth his salt would ever let something like this sit silent.
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Old 03-10-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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hmmmph... that Guzzi sounds a lot like me and 7 of my grade school friends heading out on our Honda 50s circa 1969
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:21 PM   #3
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Three HUNDRED Thousand.... Gasp !
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:31 PM   #4
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A friend of mine shipped his Norton Manx over to Pukekohe, New Zealand from Idaho to compete in a few historic races a couple of years ago. One of the featured attractions was Sammy Miller riding a Moto Guzzi V8 that had been shipped over just for the event. Mike took a bunch of very cool & detailed pics of the bike & engine. He also shot a couple of short movies with audio, which I think you will find more a bit more interesting than the brief audio clip in the article.



Heres a link to a simple little web page I set up for him. Scroll to the bottom & you'll see a couple of hypertext links to the movies.



http://www.onewest.net/~ckirk/Bikes/...kekohe2003.htm



Enjoy - Chris



BTW - Mike won 5 out of 5 of his races on the Manx!

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Old 03-10-2005, 07:49 PM   #5
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Talk about rare, hows about a Scott watercooled two stroke twin with a supercharger.....................they only made one!
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:00 PM   #6
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Wow, the thing is gorgeous.

And that sound!... It sounds downright ghostly, other-worldly, supernatural. I love it!



Maybe when you see it and touch and sit on it, it's enough. But from where I'm sitting right now, I agree with Buzz. You musta runa la macchina! Ride that thing. Let it wail.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:04 PM   #7
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Nice vids. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-10-2005, 09:41 PM   #8
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Absolutely correct. A motor bike that never motors is a sculpture, nothing else.

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Old 03-11-2005, 02:38 AM   #9
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Words cannot do the Guzzi V-8 engine justice. The sound of the engine under load reminds me of the Can-Am cars of the late 60s and early 70s. Just raw animal sounds.



The Guzzi V-8 surpasses even the sound of a V-Max with a 4-1 pipe at about 5,000 RPMs. (Listen to a Max with a pipe, you'll understand).



Thank you for the article. I remember reading about the project of the replica bikes a few years ago. (maybe 8 years ago?) The fellow that built them is considered a master machinist, and is kind of a national treasure in vintage racing circles, and if I remember correctly, he built those V-8's with all manual machines, NO CNC equipment of any kind.



It is worth looking up the articles on the replication of the V-8s.



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Old 03-11-2005, 02:54 AM   #10
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Buz, I noticed a bit of an "edge" in your posts lately. I think that H-D bad boy image is starting to kick in! LOL
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