Pilota
Constructor,
Model,
Year
Comments and Parts is Parts Discuss
Dan
Spiegel
Moto Guzzi
V50 III
1982
"I've put over 20,000 miles on it and it still is the best all-around bike I own. It has its share of modifications, though. It shows some judicious application of black paint here and there; a steering damper; headlight brackets from a Ducati Mk. I and a stainless steel instrument panel of my own design (housing a big white Veglia tach and a 140mph speedo 'cos I ruined the original 80mph one from keeping it pegged); clubman bars and an ever-changing attempt at finding the correct rear-view mirror; seat is slightly sculpted; rear fender from a V50 II and its associated brake light; relocated and different turn signal lights; and Monza foot controls work with relocated footpegs. A Dyna ignition fires Dyna coils; the 28mm Dell'Orto carbs (mounted on V65 intakes for clearance more than for tuning) were elliptically bored out to 31.5mm by Craig Hanson, who also built the 2-into-1 pipe (the only one I know of which actually gains both hp AND torque for this motor); the primary gears are the taller-ratio Monza set; the flywheel lost 15% of its mass‹let me know if you find it; the exhaust incorporates a one-way suction valve for the crankcase breather; and the swingarm is about 3mm from being perfectly aligned with the front end."

 
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