When Moto Guzzi first released the V50 in the late 70s, they were met with a tepid response from an American market that preferred bigger bikes and expected smaller bikes to be cheaper. To help the model stand out, Guzzi released a sportier version in 1980 called the Monza. There were significant changes, the wheelbase was lengthened slightly, the forks were upgraded, the mufflers were angled steeper to increase cornering clearance, clipons were installed and a small fairing helped with wind management. The engine was modified as well – the valves, oil sump, and carbs all got bigger. Despite the improvements, the US still did not fall in love. While not many were sold, the styling (especially with regards to the fairing) would live on with future models of the Le Mans.
The 490cc V-Twin was good for 48 horsepower and a estimated top speed of 109 miles per hour. But in America, bigger was better, and in ’81, the little Monza was $3,200. Meanwhile, $3,495 in the same year would have bought you a Honda CB900F. For more on the Monza, check out this Retrospective from Rider magazine.
This example (VIN: 100109) has 12,600 miles and the seller claims it’s in excellent condition both mechanically and cosmetically. With that said, the cosmetics aren’t perfect – there’s paint issues on the front fairing and the side covers have issues on both sides. It calls his definition of “excellent” into question, but the mechanical systems have had some recent work in the form of rebuilt carbs, Dynatek electronic ignition, fresh fluids, and several new parts: battery, front master cylinder, brake pads, mufflers, petcocks, and more. If you can deal with the cosmetic flaws, this should be an enjoyable runner for the forseeable future. The seller also has plenty of spare – another front fairing, windshield, gearbox, and more.
Find this Monza for sale in Payson, Arizona with bidding up to $2,025 and the reserve not yet met