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Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 1973

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Last update: 9.06.2021

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Motorcycle Location: Harrogate, United Kingdom

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Model:Nuovo Falcone
Road Tax Remaining:Exempt
Manufacturer:Moto guzzi
Country/Region of Manufacture:Italy
Brand:Moto Guzzi
Start Type:Kick start
Engine Size:498
Gears:Four-speed manual
Drive Type:Chain
Number of Manual Gears:4
V5 Registration Document:Present
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Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 1973. 
For sale is my 1973 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone Militare.

As well as the photographs above, there's a video of the Guzzi starting from cold here: https://youtu.be/aBREpfBPGo8
The pictures and the video speak for the bike: it's nice.
If you don't know about this model, briefly I will explain that it was produced mainly for use by the police and military and as such it was designed  to be simple and robust and easy to ride. There was a civil version too which is rarer and doesn't look as nice. Because the Italian economy was in the soup, the government bought as many of these as Guzzi could make and warehoused them pretty much straight away. They emerged more or less unused in the early 2000s and a few made their way here, as this one did. Google is your friend: there's lots of information available.
This Guzzi is in lovely useable condition. I have had it for nearly nine years and I love it, but I have less and less time to use it so it needs to go really: sitting around does machinery no good. I only had time to use it once last year, which is a shame.
Why do I love it? Its character! It chuffs along happily and smoothly and its soft suspension, low centre of gravity and sprung saddle mean it is the comfiest place to go out and smell the Spring in the Dales. It's got a parade throttle that you can screw in to hold for you, which means you can ride for miles without touching the handlebars (if you're brave). It's just a lovely thing to ride and see. People wave. 
I also love it because it's simple and reliable. In all the time I've had it it has only ever not got home on occasions when I've got carried away and run out of fuel. It always starts first kick - in the video it hadn't run since last Summer.
Good points:
It looks and sounds great.It starts easily hot or cold and idles well.In nine years it has not seen rain or salt.All the lights and the horn work including the neutral light.I've changed the oil every year, which at most is about every 500 miles.The gearchange is good for a Nuovo Falcone, although the technique takes a bit of learning: if you're slow and firm, and allow the engine to meet the gear, the gears change nicely; jab at it and there's noise and neutral and tears.It's been well looked after: most recently the wheels have been rebuilt and the silencer replaced at great expense with the proper Lafranconi piggyback type.The old silencer, also the proper type, comes with it: it's not in bad condition but I replaced it because the remanufactured ones had finally become available again.The tyres and inner tubes are new.The battery is new.The rear sprocket and chain adjusters are new. The new sprocket has upped the gearing a bit from standard which has made the bike a lot sprightlier at lower speeds: first gear is now useable. The old sprocket is included: first gear with that gearing is walking pace and largely pointless.Both the fuel taps were replaced last year because one was leaking when it was open.In the pictures are a few spare bits: gaskets and a carburettor service kit that I haven't used yet, a clutch cable, and a coil. Also a spare inner tube.Not in the pictures but also included is a pillion seat and footrests. The pillion seat bolts to the radio rack and doesn't suit the bike, but it's there anyway. Included is an Italian-language handbook for the bike of the type which would have gone with it when it was new - it's pretty comprehensive and useful even if your Italian is as bad as mine.Not in the pictures but included is a yellow and black number plate which you'll need if you want to take it for an MOT test.It's MOT and tax exempt. When it did have to have an MOT it always passed. Parts are easily available: I usually order from Teo Lamers. The whole bike's got a lovely patinated look to it but there are no dents and no real rust. It's just a lovely thing.There's another for sale on ebay now which is more expensive and doesn't look as nice.
Not so good points:
It is a 48-year old military bike, so obviously it's not shiny perfect. You probably won't have read this far if shiny is what you want though.The speedometer wasn't very accurate even before I changed the gearing.I don't think the speedometer / odometer is original, so who knows what the actual mileage is; I think it says about 12,000km but that's from memory and probably wrong anyway.There is a split in the nearside of the rear mudguard which has always been there. You can see the line of waxoil I've covered it with in the pictures.The centre stand could do with some new springs: it clangs if you ride over a big bump.There is some surface rust, mainly around the edges of  the mudguards. In keeping with the oily rag look, I have gone over it regularly with an oily rag and it's never got any worse. 
I have a V5C in my name and there are a few old MOTs and receipts. I have described the Guzzi as thoroughly as possible but I have almost certainly missed something  important and obvious: get in touch if you have questions. The pictures speak for it, really. It's as nice as it looks. Hopefully obviously, if you're bidding you're bidding to buy: before you bid please think about whether you really want the bike and whether you can collect it. I do have access to a ramp to help load the bike into a van, if necessary.
I will let the auction run to the end. Good luck!

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