Friday, May 21, 2010

Moto Guzzi 2VT Motorcycle

Moto Guzzi 2VT
498.4 cc
Power output: 17 hp
Top speed: 75 mph
Collection of John Parham

unused, from 2005

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Moto Guzzi was conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic serving in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corp, CAM) during World War I: Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgi Parodi. Assigned to the same Miraglia Squadron based outside Venice, the three became close. The trio envisioned creating a motorcycle company after the war. Guzzi would engineer the motor bikes, Parodi (the son of wealthy Genovese ship-owners) would finance the venture, and Ravelli (already a famous pilot and motorcycle racer) would promote the bikes with his racing prowess.

1 comment:

Postcardy said...

That picture makes it look like there is a rider on the bike with outstretched arms and a round head.