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Old 03-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #166
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Out of curiousity, and being too lazy to research, is there any common heritage between the N. Falcone and the Harley Davidson Sprint 250s that were built in Italy? Or is it just the similarity between the Italian styled horizontal singles?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:32 PM   #167
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That is a very observant question.

I guess the answer is along the lines of your second speculation.

Aermacchi was an Italian firm that was purchased in stages by H-D in the 60's and 70's. It supplied the design and production for the H-D Sprint singles etc of the day.

Guzzi never owned or was directly involved with motorcycle production at Aermacchi and Guzzi had produced a horizontal single as far back as their 1921 beginning.

Guzzi did have one big indirect connection with Aermacchi. In 1967 Guzzi hired Big Dog engineer Lino Tonti who had previously worked for Aermacchi. Tonti became the designer of many classic Guzzi "Tonti-frame" bikes such as the V7 Sport.

Tonto was also at Guzzi during the development of the Nuovo Falcone. The N Falcone frame is trademark Tonti. Even though the N Falcone engine was a design refinement of the previous Falcone engine, there may have been some sort of cross pollination through Tonti and his past Aermacchi years going on there.

Big singles ruled the road at one time and similarity in national designs are likely due to proximity of production and familiarity as well as personnel. Notice the similarity in design of period British bikes, for example?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #168
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Mark will you be riding the ST to the event???? As I want to take some measurements for the 4 pot brake caliper I had asked you about earlier. If not Norton73's better half may be on her's.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #169
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:31 AM   #170
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I know a dude that has a pair of almost-new 2Bros slip-ons for an ST1300 that he would gladly sell.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:09 AM   #171
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An R80ST, it'll only take one allen wrench to get a measurement of what I need......I promise to put it back together....in working condition
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:17 AM   #172
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Hi Rich,

About 90% chance I'll be on the ST. And I'm pretty sure Norton73 posted that his wife was riding hers too.
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:24 AM   #173
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Leafman, thanks for the info. I've always lusted after Guzzis. And back in the day I lusted after the big singles like the HDs and BSAs. Oddly, the only big singles I have had was a Yamaha DT 360 in the early 70s and my current F 650.
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Leafman, thanks for the info. I've always lusted after Guzzis. And back in the day I lusted after the big singles like the HDs and BSAs. Oddly, the only big singles I have had was a Yamaha DT 360 in the early 70s and my current F 650.

I have a G650XCo BMW single and I have to tell you the modern bike performs on a much different level than the vintage bike.

Read more about the NFalcone bikes over on the NFalcone thread.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=849445
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