Resurrecting an Italian Supermodel on her 50th Anniversary for the family's 100th birthday party

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    What you see here is a 1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Telaio Rosso (red frame) homologation special......the aformentioned 50 year old Italian Supermodel and protagonist of this RR.

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    It was the first Moto Guzzi sportbike produced by the factory with their iconic V-twin motor. The green paint and red frame signifies that it is one of the first 150 motorcycles produced. I have owned this bike for 16 years now.
    My passion for Moto Guzzi blossomed while I was traveling in Australia. I was on a hike and heard this glorious sound. I thought it was a Cobra, a muscle car or some other beefy high horsepower V8 car rowing thru the gearbox. I literally ran the last 100 yards on the trail to see what kind of car it was. And to my disbelief, it wasn't a car after all, it was a motorcycle. A Moto Guzzi. And from that day on, I wanted one. I figured I would buy a Series 1 Le Mans but when this V7 Sport came up for sale on Ebay, with its lime green paint and red frame I knew that was the one for me.
    Now fast forward to 2012, I sold my house and took a little trip all over the world on 2 wheels. That journey is well documented here on Advrider. I put this Moto Guzzi in to storage and there it sat for the past 9 years collecting dust.
    Last month, I was working on a fishing boat in Alaska to make some money for my next Edventure. And while there, I grew a beard or something that resembled one like seamen do. One day I looked at myself in the mirror and thought......who is this old man with the white whiskers. That night I got to thinking about my fate. How long do I have left? 20 years? 10 good years? Maybe 5 really good years? And that is all a maybe. There are no guarantees on anything in life.
    So I started to plan my next Edventure. I could take my trusty BMW out but that didn't excite me. I could buy a new bike with my new found wealth from Alaska, but I am trying to simplify my life and I dont need another bike here in California. And then I remembered the Guzzi. And this is the 100 anniversary of the company and the 50th anniversary of the V7 Sport. It was an obvious choice. But the bike has not run in 9 years. You can smell bad gas from half a mile away. But I need to make this happen. Opportunities like this only come around once in a lifetime. No more some days......no more one day I will ride it.....I need to make this happen!
    Now let's see what it is going to take to get this old girl to play that beautiful music again.
    And here beginith my next ride report.

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    If you want to see what 9 years on 2 wheels looks like - start reading here.............

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/around-the-world-in-800-days.801516/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/around-the-world-ed-venn-ture-the-next-800-days.1000417/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/around-se-asia-in-80-days-my-next-edventure.1278295/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/arou...howing-the-world-is-a-friendly-place.1317807/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-...ntures-on-the-new-honda-african-twin.1350874/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/magi...na-be-no-vacation-going-deep-in-asia.1367399/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/impe...-this-a-rich-summer-on-a-tiny-budget.1385630/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/all-...ound-hispaniola-haiti-dr-on-2-wheels.1416999/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/frol...-with-a-group-of-italian-supermodels.1476408/

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/hast...as-we-can-on-a-new-rad-icle-edventure.1478178
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  2. MadRider777

    MadRider777 Been here awhile

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    It has got an optimistic colour scheme
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  3. jays100

    jays100 Been here awhile

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    Alright Ed!
    The evolution of life has certainly taken a turn, wishing the best for you!
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  4. Samanjo

    Samanjo Long timer

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    I see no blinkers (indicators) on the bike?
    Is it road legal at the moment?
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  5. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Really looking forward to this Edventure Ed.
    I think you have “many” years left but please try last till this ride concludes eh. :super
    Thanks again for all you bring to the forum.
    BB
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  6. choppahead

    choppahead Been here awhile

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    I have enjoyed reading about your exploits, trials and tribulations for the last few years. As a recent convert to Moto Guzzi, I'm really looking forward to this one. They are wonderful machines! I'm sorry I waited so long to get one, but sure glad I did.

    Hope you have another great Edventure and a safe trip.
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    tag3 Doofus

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    Woohoo!!
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  8. Vrode

    Vrode Still half-fast... Supporter

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  9. flyingdutchman177

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    I don't think any of the Telaio Rosso models were imported in to the US. This was purchased from a museum in Germany and imported over about 20 years ago.
    I have some work to do before this ride happens
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  10. third eye

    third eye back road loon Supporter

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    I've always wanted to ride a Guzzi. maybe some day
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  11. Pete_Tallahassee

    Pete_Tallahassee Grampy Supporter

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    Will you be able to get her down some of those off the beaten path places you like to go?
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  12. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin Rollin 2019 R 1250 GS, 2014 HD SGS, 2016 RK

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    This looks like a great machine you have, thanks for sharing,
    I had an 78 Le Mans owned it for many years then sold it.

    Now for some inspiration this is a cool video.

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    In for more
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  14. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    "The flying Italian"

    In as always Ed, 50 yo Italian cougar sounds good!
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  15. Bgunn

    Bgunn Posible mañana

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    Great intro!
    Do you have a rough idea where you might be heading?
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  16. #1Fan

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    Now that looks like a bike for hunting unicorns!!

    In, as always!
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  17. Biker_Andy

    Biker_Andy Adventurer

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    Ed how many bikes do you own...
    BMW and Guzzi in Cali plus 2 Yamahas and a Honda in Thailand, is that it or are you housing bikes in other countries as well?

    I never understood why so many adventurers transport their bike to countries across the world instead of buying a bike locally. I understand it can be complicated and even impossible to do in some countries but isn't arranging freight, import & export equally complicated and expensive? Plus their are advantages riding the same bike as the locals. Like you mentioned in your last report, motorcycles in Mexico for example can be purchased new for as little as $1000 USD.
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  18. Vrode

    Vrode Still half-fast... Supporter

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    It's not hard to understand. It's because it's an adventure. And it's theirs.
    If there was a template that everyone followed, it'd become boring pretty quick.
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  20. flyingdutchman177

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    I actually don't know the actual number of bikes I own. I have the Honda VFR800 in Europe plus a few in storage in California that haven't been started in a decade. But I hope to get each of them going again and enjoy them as they are meant to be.
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