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I've seen, up close and in person, the Moto Guzzi V8 that was part of the Guggenheim "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit (at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee). And again when The Frist Museum in Nashville had one as part of "Sensuous Steel - Art Deco Automobiles"

It became a game, "Can you trace the eight individual exhaust pipes?"

I came away imagining what the harmonics of those eight pipes would sound like to the ear with the V8 on the cam . . . must be glorious!

 

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2 minutes ago, docc said:

I've seen, up close and in person, the Moto Guzzi V8 that was part of the Guggenheim "Art of the Motorcycle" exhibit (at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee). And again when The Frist Museum in Nashville had one as part of "Sensuous Steel - Art Deco Automobiles"

It became a game, "Can you trace the eight individual exhaust pipes?"

I came away imagining what the harmonics of those eight pipes would sound like to the ear with the V8 on the cam . . . must be glorious!

 

Unfortunately docc I didn't hear it run. They shipped it from Italy for the parade but had ignition issues with it so I don't think it got on track. At least not when I was there. Bummer really.

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I've not seen a V7Sport that color. I find it striking, yet very tasteful with the red frame . . .

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That is where your skills come into play .  If I wanted to get on a bike , to start , get there , come back  and pull in the shop w/o a hitch , I'd ride the V-Strom !

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20 hours ago, Lucky Phil said:

Original Spine framed Guzzi. The Forerunner to the V11 Sport.:D 

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Must be a factory reject, the engine was mounted in the wrong direction.

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21 hours ago, docc said:

I've not seen a V7Sport that color. I find it striking, yet very tasteful with the red frame . . .

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Come to think of it docc neither have I but it must be. He's not the sort of person that would paint it a non original colour.

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Have I read it somewhere, was'nt it a German made crankshaft in the V8 ?  Woud have loved to hear it tho,  IPA time :rasta:

Cheers tom.

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34 minutes ago, Lucky Phil said:

50's Italian electrics times 8, should be fine:)

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It was all fixed via using a single float bowl off to the side.

 

As to cranks, never heard the German bit. I do know the the early ones with a cross-plane crank have the traditional V8 sound, while the later flat crank models (gotta re-do all that ignition and cam timing), sound like the two 4 cylinder inlines, which essentially it is.  Despite all of its flaws, it was an astounding bit of accomplishment in still-rebuilding-from-the-war Italy. It was compared to nothing contemporary. Rather, everything else, for some years on, was compared to it.

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German specialist Hirth made cranks for the V8 Guzzi, they had a splines way of making cranks, good reading, even used in aviation engines.

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On 2/13/2021 at 5:19 PM, Tomchri said:

German specialist Hirth made cranks for the V8 Guzzi, they had a splines way of making cranks, good reading, even used in aviation engines.

Cheers tom

Bet they demanded cash up front!

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On 2/14/2021 at 12:19 PM, Tomchri said:

German specialist Hirth made cranks for the V8 Guzzi, they had a splines way of making cranks, good reading, even used in aviation engines.

Cheers tom

Indeed the original cross plane crank (the second crank iteration, the first being a flat plane crank) was made in Mandello in 1956 as a pressed up unit and subsequent cranks were made in Germany by Hirth using Hirth couplings. 

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