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The Moto Guzzi Sport and Le Mans (Bible) (Bible) (Bible (Veloce)) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Ian Falloon
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30 Jun 2007 Bible (Veloce)
The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport and Le Mans are iconic sporting motorcycles of the 1970s and 1980s. They were amongst the first Superbikes to combine Italian style, handling and performance. After struggling to survive during the 1960s, Lino Tonti was given the opportunity to create the V7 Sport Telaio Rosso, in 1971. This was so successful that Moto Guzzi again began to concentrate on building sporting motorcycles. When Alessandro de Tomaso acquired the company the future for Moto Guzzi twins looked bleak until the 850 Le Mans was released in 1975. Like the V7 Sport, the Le Mans was a class leading sporting motorcycle and continued into production throughout the 1980s. After the Le Mans II of 1978, Le Mans III of 1980, the Le Mans IV of 1984, and the Le Mans V of 1988, although no longer a cutting edge sports bike, the final Le Mans successfully managed to combine traditional attributes with modern conveniences. Covering the period 1971-1993 and all models (V7 Sport, 750S, 750S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II, 850 Le Mans III, 1000 Le Mans IV, 1000 Le Mans V) and with description of model development year by year, full production data and 150 photos this is a highly informative book and an essential Bible for enthusiasts.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184584064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845840648
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, was published in 1996 and in now in five editions and has been published in three languages. The success of the Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written 30 books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning forty years he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.

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'Another excellent work in the Bible series by Ian Falloon and published by Veloce whose quality motorcycle list continues to grow at a very respectable pace. 'Using the same format of excellent period colour and black and white plates mixed with modern photography, the 160 pages detail several of the historic Italian firm's iconic machines. In this case there seems to be so much information to impart that each page is crammed with text and pictures. 'By the end of the book you really do feel that you know every nut and bolt of these models as well as everything there is to know about them.' This will please the owner as will the excellent technical information at the rear. Racing fans will also love the last chapter on racing these bikes. Like all in this excellent series it is also a good general read as well as being for the enthusiast and the whole series in building towards a useful history of (at the moment) Italian motorcycling. Priced at £29.99, like the others, it easily justifies its price by being a quality publication in both look and feel, as well as content. --Review by Ian Kerr for inter-bike.co.uk, 2008:

Ian Falloon … is an excellent journalist whose research is proven by the amount of precise detail in this book … if you own one of the '70s sports 750 Guzzis, or any Le Mans, you'll want this book.- Italian Motor.

Same format, different subject, again from lan Falloon. This one looks at the heavyweight transverse V-twins, from the staid looking V7 through to the wonderful Le Mans, right through to the retro-styled 1000S of 1993. Each chapter sees the styling and performance change until the various marques of Le Mans set the standard in style. There's a chapter on racing success, especially with the Dr John Wittner prepared machines of the 80s. Add to this all the detail changes to each model throughout its life span, plus the technical specifications, and this is an obligatory read for any Guzzi fan. --Classic Bike Guide - September 2008

Author Falloon, in his intro, describes Guzzis as being just as beautiful at rest as they are on the move. The Moto Guzzi bible is the product of Falloon's 30-year relationship with Moto Guzzi bikes first as a besotted fan and since as an owner and researcher. 'The book's focus is on the Tonti-frame-sporting Moto Guzzi twins from 1971 until 1993. It also covers the find retro 1000S version. 'Falloon credits his consultations with Ivan de Gier. whose family has a three-generation link with the Moto Guzzi company, for the inclusion of a lot of new information and period photographs. There's plenty of technical data, even down to part number variations for differing versions of the Guzzis' componentry. 'As with most of the classic motorcycle marques. Moto Guzzi's culture and design, development is interwoven with its participation in road racing. Guzzi's racing is well covered, with detailed information about race-bike design and preparation. Rider names include familiar ones from the era, like Hailwood, Agostini and Brambilla. Aussie stars like Ken Kavanagh and Keith Campbell in the '50s and Jack Findlay in the '70s also helped to swell Guzzi's trophy collection. 'Think Moto Guzzi racing and its 500cc V8 from the mid-'50s automatically comes to mind. This machine gets good coverage. I was also attracted to the section on the legendary 'Doctor John' era of Guzzi endurance rams. These tough looking Le Mans 1000 AMA-series racehikes were successful in the mid '80s. Distinguished by its hump-back fuel tank and unique two-into-one exhaust, a 'Doctor John' racer as covered by Falloon, is a bike to lift the reader's pulse rate. 'Summing up: it's a great read if you're really into Guzzis. Rating: 5 stars lotsa Guzzi, well done.' --Review from Motorcycle Trader, November 2007:

About the Author

Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, was published in 1996 and in now in five editions and has been published in three languages. The success of the Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written 30 books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning forty years he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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As time rolls on and I become correspondingly mature, in age if not character, I've realised that my motorcycling heart remains resolutely in the previous millennium and that the bling, vogueish deconstructionist styling and electronic trickery of modern bikes leave me a bit cold. So, to keep my trusty 850 Le Mans company, I thought I would seek out a slightly earlier V7 Sport or a 750S from the 70s, the golden age of Guzzi sportsters. To get myself better acquainted with the detail I decided to read up on these earlier models so started looking for a suitable book. Mick Walker (who sadly died recently in March 2012) has written a couple of books on the Guzzi Twins (and a load of other good books besides) but, although these are a good read, they are a bit lacking in technical and development detail for these specific models. Ian Falloon, a proud V7 Sport owner himself, has stepped into the breach with this excellent monograph on the Tonti framed sports bikes and has written what is likely to be the definitive work for some time to come.

The book is laid out very logically with a useful, but not overly long first chapter consisting of historical resume of Guzzi bikes before the V7 Sport and culminating with a more detailed look at the V7 Special, the first bike to use the 90 degree V-twin designed for inline installation which was to become the hallmark of the modern Guzzi era, once De Tomaso's various Benelli inspired alternatives had faded away. Falloon confirms the error of the often repeated claims that this engine was developed from the 3x3 military light tractor, and points out that the engine used in the bikes was actually a conceptual development of a hobby engine that Carcano had built to 'hot up' his Fiat Topolino at the end of the 50s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Guzzi must have 6 Mar 2013
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Recomended book and a must for all classic Guzzi owners. Full of detailed spec and development history, includes frame and engine numbers for all models.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moto-Guzzi bible 16 Dec 2012
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A must read for Guzzi fans and a reasonable investment they sure do NOT go down in price.

Lots of useful information especially if you can remember bits then throw them into the pot at a Rally or chatting with other like minded Italian bike nutters.

My ONLY slight moan is it does not go right up to the V11 Le Mans but hey, It is a minor gripe in what, for me, was a great read and a useful archive.
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