'61 Moto Guzzi Stornello 125

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by MadMmmike, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. MadMmmike

    MadMmmike DBG

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    Anyone have much information on one of these? I've treid doing some searches but mostly get just pic's and italian websites?
    I'd like to find out some info, like History, just general info on what role it's played (if any) as a bike?!?

    Thx,
    Mike
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  3. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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  4. motu

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    I have a 1974 Stornello 160,I brought it new in 1978,but it hasn't gone for over 10yrs and looks a bit sad,I might have to flick my little Starling in the next clean out.

    Designed by the great man himself,you can see the V twin influence in the top end,it's like a twin head turned 90 deg - the ports actualy go in and out the side,the inlet port turns a corner.The helical primary drive is huge,the camshaft drives the clutch basket.My 1974 is 5 speed and the cases more angular than the early models,the 160 (152cc) is of course just a big bore 125.They go great,and for it's day was a really fast bike,cleaning up all the small Jap bikes.They have a top speed of 80mph,and I had mine on the race track once - I had both the tacho and speedo bouncing on the stops,so maybe a good 90mph...not bad for a little bike.

    Problems? - mine broke a crank,the flywheel just dropped off with the taper still in it.I had an aircraft engineer make a new mainshaft,he them machined out the forged in mainshaft from the crank and pressed and keyed the new one in - no worries and $150NZ in 1982.I had the mag flywheel balanced on a turbo balancer just incase.I have seen another break in the same way....

    8 bikes were brought into NZ but only 2 sold,one broke a crank and another bike was cannabled for spares.A friend of mine found the 5 others in an old house in a rural town - so we scrounged some cash from as many ''mates'' as we could find and went down and haggled the 5 bikes for $3000 folding,loaded them up and drove away.Two red,two green and one blue - I picked out the best bike,which was green,and put on the blue tank and sidecovers...so mine is the only blue one in NZ,athough i guess one of the previously sold ones was blue too.We exported one to Aust.I know where one other one is,a red one,but have lost the rest of my ''babies'',they may turn up some day.
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  5. MadMmmike

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    Thanks for the replies everyone!!!!
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