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Even without the poison dart of Piaggio ownership Guzzi seem to perennially shoot themselves in the foot. Why abandon the four shaft gearbox for example? While the six speeder in the CARC bikes is a good box and absolutely bulletproof, (In ten years I've never had one apart because it was broken!) it is longer and not as slick as the four shafter if set up correctly. Then they poisoned the reputation of the 'Nuovo 8V' with the flat tappet fiasco! They even tried to destroy the reputation of the smallblocks by producing a run of them with no crank thrust bearings!

 

Now the styling and development is all being done by talentless spivs I hate to think what they will try and foist on us next!

 

That's OK though, at least they did get to build the CARC bikes and they for me will remain the pinnacle of development and my muse. I'll be retiring ASAP once we have Michael set up to continue working and I can become a cantankerous old suspender-snapper and spend my time talking about the 'Good Old Days'!

 

My arse.........

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Is there any other way that you could photoshop, so badly, such a cornucopia of ugliness? It really is praiseworthy for that, and only that......

What realy excites me is to ride my bike 'on the cam'. And that applies to any bike at all. Its just that you cannot ride anything modern and powerfull in such way if you want to be back home for

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Even without the poison dart of Piaggio ownership Guzzi seem to perennially shoot themselves in the foot. Why abandon the four shaft gearbox for example? While the six speeder in the CARC bikes is a good box and absolutely bulletproof, (In ten years I've never had one apart because it was broken!) it is longer and not as slick as the four shafter if set up correctly. Then they poisoned the reputation of the 'Nuovo 8V' with the flat tappet fiasco! They even tried to destroy the reputation of the smallblocks by producing a run of them with no crank thrust bearings!

 

Now the styling and development is all being done by talentless spivs I hate to think what they will try and foist on us next!

 

That's OK though, at least they did get to build the CARC bikes and they for me will remain the pinnacle of development and my muse. I'll be retiring ASAP once we have Michael set up to continue working and I can become a cantankerous old suspender-snapper and spend my time talking about the 'Good Old Days'!

 

My arse.........

 

Thought you already had that covered Pete, along with me :oldgit:

 

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@#!#$# mate, I haven't even started!

 

Nice project by the way. I've just sold all my pre-2000 stuff, all of it, but if I can help in any way, let me know.

 

Pete

Ha,excellent. Will do thanks.

 

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Even without the poison dart of Piaggio ownership Guzzi seem to perennially shoot themselves in the foot. Why abandon the four shaft gearbox for example? While the six speeder in the CARC bikes is a good box and absolutely bulletproof, (In ten years I've never had one apart because it was broken!) it is longer and not as slick as the four shafter if set up correctly. Then they poisoned the reputation of the 'Nuovo 8V' with the flat tappet fiasco! They even tried to destroy the reputation of the smallblocks by producing a run of them with no crank thrust bearings!

 

Now the styling and development is all being done by talentless spivs I hate to think what they will try and foist on us next!

 

That's OK though, at least they did get to build the CARC bikes and they for me will remain the pinnacle of development and my muse. I'll be retiring ASAP once we have Michael set up to continue working and I can become a cantankerous old suspender-snapper and spend my time talking about the 'Good Old Days'!

 

My arse.........

 

Thought you already had that covered Pete, along with me :oldgit:

 

Ciao

 

 

You literally beat the rest of us to that comment.  :ninja:

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Guareschi Corse presents the Varano kit for Moto Guzzi

A series of components designed to transform a Moto Guzzi 'big-block' mechanical base of the penultimate generation (Griso / Breva / Norge) into a sport suitable for the track

 

A series of components designed to transform a Moto Guzzi 'big-block' mechanical base of the penultimate generation (Griso / Breva / Norge) into a sport suitable for the track

On the occasion of the Motor Bike Expo in Verona we met the Guareschi brothers: Gianfranco (for his friends: the Guaro) is very well known among Moto Guzzi fans, he obtained the last official victories of the Mandello del Lario house, in the two-cylinder races Daytona Bike Week in the biennium 2006-07, on the saddle of the MGS-01, the last Lario twin-cylinder designed for the slopes. His older brother Vittoriano Guareschi (for all: Vitto) is known for his role as a test driver, and later as Sports Director of the Ducati team in MotoGP. The Guareschi brothers inherited the family business, a historic dealership and Moto Guzzi service center, founded in Parma in 1974 by his father Claudio, who died in 2013. At their stand at the Motor Bike Expo we were able to touch their latest creation, the GC Corse Varano: a kit designed to transform a Guzzi 'big-block' mechanical base of the penultimate generation (Griso / Breva / Norge) into a sport suitable for the track. Gianfranco and Vittoriano tell us that, since the Guzzi range has long lacked a pure sports car, many guzzisti ask to be able to transform their road bikes into track bikes. They thought of a modified chassis to improve drivability in order to allow all the fans to be able to race in the races reserved for the twin-cylinder. They have poured the baggage of experience gained from the races with the Guzzi MGS-01: not only the victories in Daytona, but also in the Italian BOTT championships. In this Victorian bike he transferred the knowledge accumulated in the early 2000s, when Ducati Corse participated in the development of the Desmosedici project, under the supervision of Filippo Preziosi.

 

In fact, many of the concepts of these two bikes can be found in the Guareschi Corse Varano. Starting from the trellis frame that wraps around the upper part of the 90 ° V twin-cylinder engine. It is the engine that performs a supporting function, as the final transmission is pivoted, which adopts the CARC system (Cardano Reattivo Compatto) that has equipped all the most recent road and sports 'big series' and in the Varano it is called express its potential in a decidedly more driven use. The iron tube trellis is the result of numerous test sessions on the Guareschi 'home track', the Varano de 'Melegari circuit. For those who in the world Guzzi is not really first hair, this compact trellis reveals a familiar air: very reminiscent of the upper section of the historic "Tonti chassis", developed at the beginning of the '70s by Lino Tonti for the V7 Sport , and used on successive generations of motorcycles of the Casa di Mandello, whose stability skills were proverbial. Vitto Guareschi explains to us that the chassis equipped with the CARC transmission is rather stiff, so the chassis must have an adequate degree of flexion. For this reason they have discarded the CrMo steel tubes, lighter but too rigid.

 

The mechanics is the tested one of the big Guzzi. Most associate the Mandello motorcycles with their imposing rod and rocker cylinders to the paciosa cruisers of the California series. Yet, without needing to go back too far in time, there were examples of two-cylinder Guzzi that have trod the tracks: not only the MGS of Guaro in Daytona, but the V11 that took part in the English road races, including the TT, and the uphill races like the Ballabio-Resinelli. Over the years the Guareschi brothers have developed considerable experience in the development of Guzzi engines, based on special parts and refinement of existing solutions. With an adequate processing of the thermals they have managed to get up to 160 hp, with a very strong torque that makes one of its strong points. Without ever neglecting reliability, they point out: as Father Claudio has always recommended.

 

The line of this motorbike represents a modern reinterpretation of the stylistic features of the MGS-01: an aerodynamic body and very enveloping, with a front that privileges the degree of protection. The mechanics are left completely visible, as was the last super-sports produced in Mandello. The seat is a single seat, the tail is truncated and slender, as suggested by the latest dictates of motorcycle design in terms of sports.

 

The Guareschi brothers intend to leave complete freedom for the client to define the characteristics of the final result according to his specific needs. The kit can be mounted on a mechanical base with 2 or 4 valves per cylinder, supplied by Guareschi or already held by the customer. There is a wide choice of materials and components, you can proceed to various degrees of mechanical processing and equip the bike with lights, arrows and mirrors, for road use (especially for those markets, such as Germany, where it is relatively easy the approval of special in single sample). In their understanding it is a niche motorcycle, aimed at Guzzi admirers with sports ambitions. So a sport declared, but all-round: with a degree of versatility sufficient to get on track as well as being at ease in the hike on the Apennine pass. Thanks to a very vigorous delivery, to a stable and manageable chassis and to a limited overall weight (from 176 kg in running order - depending on the equipment and materials used).

 

The kit including chassis, tank, bodywork and components can be purchased in a mounting box, at an estimated price starting from 7,930 euros; or complete motorcycles will be offered for sale. The 2V road (which you see below) displayed on their stand was for sale at 17,500 euros turnkey.

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https://www.motociclismo.it/moto-guzzi-guareschi-corse-presenta-kit-varano-72038

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Our efforts tend to be more road orientated, (That's Beetle sticking the datalogging kit on his 1400.)

 

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Our mate Ron has a dedicated track bike though.

 

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(Both of these clowns had serious stacks last year but thankfully have recovered!)

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I thought it was cool to sneak hammers into Guzzi pictures and this man comes along with scythes in the background. :o

 

That is totally badass. :rasta:

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That's my offsider Michael's workshop. His family also have a farm and have done for a long time, hence the old farm equipment.

 

Since his return after his stack on his Aprilia we're working on making his workshop wheelchair friendly as he's now a paraplegic, (Last year was really a nasty one for us. Ron, Mark and Michael all stacked quite badly. Mark busted his Tib and Fib and is now full of Titanium rods. Ron bust something like seven ribs and a few other bits and was out of action for months and Michael bust his back, collar bone, nine ribs and split his sternum open and is now chairbound. @#!#$# 2018!)

 

In our filthy socialist country our 'Green slip' insurance scheme offers Michael lifetime support so both he and Motomoda are getting a lot of help to enable him to continue working, not just in his current shop but in the new one being built next to his new townhouse that is being constructed on his parent's block in Bungendore. I'll keep his indolent, malingering nose to the grindstone! :D

 

Pete

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In our filthy socialist country our 'Green slip' insurance scheme offers Michael lifetime support so both he and Motomoda are getting a lot of help to enable him to continue working,

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