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Old 01-12-2014, 06:31 AM   #271
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Here ya go, Nick. On Italian Ebay-

http://www.ebay.it/itm/SELLINO-POSTE...item5654dd41e2

Same thing on German Ebay-

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Moto-Guzzi-Nu...item3f2c6ac9b3


Obviously a modern-made version of the original. Curtis Harper at Harper's may have or can get one if you are reluctant to purchase off Italian or German Ebay. I've done it several times with no problems.
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Thanks Lmn. I have no hesitation buying from the continent. Trouble is, I have an almost new seat - its just the grab bar I need. I guess I'll end up fabricating something, although since I have passengers so rarely, I may just take it off altogether.

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Old 01-12-2014, 11:22 AM   #272
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Nuovo Falcone Militare

Since I can't ride, or even get a bike out of the garage because of the ice, I have to play. I just added the video below to Utube. I took it before I added the indicators and fixed the rich running, so its a bit smoky. Oh yes, it was also -7 at the time.

Leafman (and anyone else) - we haven't seen any pictures of your bike for a while.

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Old 01-13-2014, 05:36 AM   #273
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Pics coming soon.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:47 AM   #274
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January and February are horrendously busy times of the year for me but I've finally been able to make some progress on my mighty NFalcone.

I've spent a great deal of time on improving the lighting. I use the bike for riding and not just showing. The stock lighting and lack of turn signals will not work these days. Too dangerous.

I've done a custom-made led tail/brake light insert to the stock assembly and I've fabricated stock-looking stems to mount period-correct lucas turn signals, front and back, with leds.

The headlamp is halogen but I had to replace the cev switch with a nos one and wire it up to a relay to avoid repeating damage to the switch.

My paint needed touching-up in a few places but I was able to use an airbrush approach and preserve both the original paint and the original decals. It looks good.

I am also fitting some nice-looking mirrors with appropriate mounts.

I still have a few things to do to the engine but I will post some pics before long.

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Old 02-11-2014, 04:52 PM   #275
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There is currently a nice and very rare Guzzi Civilian Nuovo Falcone listed on Ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Moto-Guzzi-N...US_motorcycles
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:17 PM   #276
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I wonder if its just as shiny on the inside........

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Old 02-12-2014, 04:39 AM   #277
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This Ebay bike looks good and there are only a few aberrations that I see at first look.

Somebody polished the cases as well as the intake manifold and the speedo is not correct. The speedo looks to be a Harley Aermacchi piece that someone has substituted so there's no true telling what the mileage really is. Also, the rear shocks are Ceriani which are good items but not original for the bike. The bike has also been painted pretty-much close to original specs for the red-frame bikes but the decals on the side boxes have been positioned a little too low. All of these are minor issues that can be overlooked or fixed.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:44 AM   #278
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This bike appears to be one that appeared in some photos from a museum in Colorado.

Look at this Wildguzzi thread and see the 6th pic from the bottom on the pic post-

http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=59873.0



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Old 02-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #279
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Seattle area Nuovo Falcone Civile

I'm the chap in Washington State mentioned above with the 1971 N Falcone Civile. I've had the bike for about five and a half years now and still love it. Yes, I have ridden it to the Isle of Vashon for several years. Two and a half years ago I rode it to the annual Vintage Motorcycle Show in Corvallis, Oregon, where I was surprised when I was awarded third place for the featured margue (Moto Guzzi that year). I pushed on south and ended up doing a 1600 mile week and a half trip to California and back on it and found myself crossing Sierra passes of nearly 7,000 ft and twice was riding in falling snow. I was very cold and wet but the Nuovo Falcone did not miss a beat. To date I have put about 8,000 klms on the bike and am more attached to it than the other 8 bikes that I own.
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:13 PM   #280
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Welcome to our little den ! Put up some pics. Not many of us around!
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:29 PM   #281
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I don't have a Nuovo Falcone, but I've lusted after one for a long time.

I now live in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, but back in about 1980 or thereabouts I lived in Hobart for a year while at the Uni of Tasmania. I used to ride a 350 Desmo around while I was down there, and my mate had a 450. There was a bike shop up a little north of Hobart that I used to frequent, and once I spotted a Civilian Falcone there and managed to persuade the bloke to let me have a ride. From memory they wanted $700 for it.

I still have a strong recall of the generally asthmatic feel that the engine had as it tried to suck 500cc of air through the little 29mm DellOrto carb and the slow, slow, slow tickover when it idled. But it went up the hills just fine and despite the massively over-engineed frame, it felt surprisingly agile to steer. It was slower that my 350 Desmo, but more solid and I loved the way it rumbled along bomp bomp bomp at every lightpost. I thought that with just a little exhaust and inlet work it could be allowed to breath. But having one baby and another on the way it was hard to free up the measly $700 and so I passed it up.

About 10 years ago I made a trip back to Tasmania and part of the purpose was to see if the 500 was still around down there (A long shot I know- I had the usual dream of finding it languishing with flat tyres and battery but otherwise intact in someones shed.....) but my inquiries turned up nothing- not surprising after 20 years. I even ran some ads in the local papers, and in the Guzzi club newsletters.

Eventually I abandoned the quest- God only knows where it ended up, and there are only a very small handfull of other Falcones in Australia. I don't think I've ever seen one advertised for sale since. I ended up getting an R80G/S which isn't quite as ashmatic but maybe similarly relaxed in its power delivery, it's simplicity and general feel.

So for the past 10 years or so I've had to satisfy myself with collecting pictures like the one below (which I'm sure you've all seen, but for me at least it's one of the all-time great-looking bikes), and reading articles about Falcones when they come up. I did get a 350 Imola, and inherited my father's 1956 Lodola, both I which I enjoy owning but never ride, and I doubt I'll ever get a Falcone now-there don't seem to be any around and if the o/s prices are anything to go by- out of my price range.

But thanks for creating the thread. It seems that I'm not the only one who has been attracted by the allure of the big flat single.

Cheers,

Nitram

Sunava....... .dang that's a nice looking bike,all these little Guzzis are neat.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:11 PM   #282
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Yeah, that café Guzzi is one of my favorites.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:51 AM   #283
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Well, I've been riding my NFalcone this weekend. I have a lot of things done to it now - halogen headlight, Lucas running/turn signal lighting, led tail light in stock housing, touched-up paint and bodywork etc etc.

I removed the flywheel cover to measure the flywheel lock nut since I'd like to have a proper tool for removing it. The bike looked kinda nice without the cover. The flywheels spins out in the open like the old or, rather, older bikes. I also considered removing the rear part of the cover bolted behind the flywheel but, for now, I screwed the screws back in the exposed threaded rear cover holes and it looked better.

So, I take the bike out for a little run to a coffee shop for a cappuccino. Hey man, this is fine. I may just leave the cover off for a while.

I rode around town for a while and stopped at an auto parts store for some lead-replacement upper-end lubricant.

I motored on down to the coffee place. I sat and sipped my coffee and looked at the little bike. Me likes it. I like the look without the flywheel cover.

On my way home, I made a turn off the main roadway, all of a sudden something caught my left foot. I felt a jerking, pulling motion as though my boot was dragging the ground. Guess what? My heel had dug into the spinning flywheel!

If I keep the flywheel cover removed, I will make a foot guard down by the footpeg to keep my foot out of the flywheel.

Has/is anyone running their NF with the flywheel cover removed?
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:18 AM   #284
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Laugh It is what it is..........

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Well, I've been riding my NFalcone this weekend. I have a lot of things done to it now - halogen headlight, Lucas running/turn signal lighting, led tail light in stock housing, touched-up paint and bodywork etc etc.

I removed the flywheel cover to measure the flywheel lock nut since I'd like to have a proper tool for removing it. The bike looked kinda nice without the cover. The flywheels spins out in the open like the old or, rather, older bikes. I also considered removing the rear part of the cover bolted behind the flywheel but, for now, I screwed the screws back in the exposed threaded rear cover holes and it looked better.

So, I take the bike out for a little run to a coffee shop for a cappuccino. Hey man, this is fine. I may just leave the cover off for a while.

I rode around town for a while and stopped at an auto parts store for some lead-replacement upper-end lubricant.

I motored on down to the coffee place. I sat and sipped my coffee and looked at the little bike. Me likes it. I like the look without the flywheel cover.

On my way home, I made a turn off the main roadway, all of a sudden something caught my left foot. I felt a jerking, pulling motion as though my boot was dragging the ground. Guess what? My heel had dug into the spinning flywheel!

If I keep the flywheel cover removed, I will make a foot guard down by the footpeg to keep my foot out of the flywheel.

Has/is anyone running their NF with the flywheel cover removed?
Well, I suppose you can try to turn back the clock, but the NF is an NF, not a Falc. You'll be looking for some pressed forks next

I actually like that ugly great cover and have no desire to remove it. If you do, don't ride in flipflops..........

Its not as if the bike isn't funky enough as it is.

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Old 02-17-2014, 10:20 AM   #285
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I took the flywheel cover off a while ago, and it's definitely not going back on. Looks so much better without.
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