Post Sale Update: This Monza sold for $6,328 after 35 bids on eBay.
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. Guzzi didn’t sell many V50s, though the styling (especially of 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.
According to the seller, this example (VIN: ZGUPEAPEXBM100087) has 29,855 miles, and “no excuses” because it’s a “pristine survivor”. He’s owned the bike for 5 years, during which time he claims to have performed all regular maintenance and rebuilt the carbs. The windscreen is a new OEM piece, there’s new tires, and it has Albert bar end mirrors.
Find this V50 for sale in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania with bidding up to $2,025 and the reserve not yet met