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Preview: Moto Guzzi T-series

Wishing to expand its line on Lino Tonti’s Sports frame, Moto Guzzi released the 850 T in 1974 and never looked back. A standard in its purest form, the factory remade all versions of its production big twin on that first 850 T – from the sports Le Mans to Guzzi’s two-speed automatic V1000 Convert. Published in a two-part series starting with the August, 2021 issue of RealClassic magazine, this preview shows the line that made Mandello famous…and kept them in business.        

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We will soon focus on Triumph’s T140 – nearing the end for the epic old works in Meriden. Look for an update very soon on both the Agostini V1000 Le Mans series and Magni Lemans 1000. Finally, the Morini…just because we want to. Who isn’t crushing on MM right now? Ride a classic? Read RealClassic!

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“Not knowing to what extent this ‘detuning’ has dulled the 1200’s teeth, I can only comment on how much throttle my normally healthy Le Mans 1000 needed to keep the three pot Laverda in sight. Along the way a pair of Jota silencers were added, and the original New Symbol shocks were binned for 76-series Konis. Leaned hard but not suffering from the exercise, the Mirage’s 38-mm Marzocchi fork, 18” cast wheels and uniform 280-mm Brembos put that legendary Laverda stability on display, with Jens and the Mirage cutting through the wind like an Apache’s arrow.” Nolan Woodbury RealClassic 2014

UK based Joe Caruso is a long time Moto Guzzi enthusiast dedicated to improving the vintage twin (and our not-so-vintage 1100 Sport) with modern materials and technology. Through engineering his own parts for Moto Guzzi racers, restorations and special projects, Joe is now offering a select number of these highly developed specialty items. Made to order. Email: joe.caruso@ntlworld.com