Moto Guzzi is famous for producing stylish motorcycles. Their most well-known models are probably their twin cylinder bikes from the 70’s to today. However, prior to developing the v-twin, they had a long history of high quality single cylinder motorcycles. Those were led by the big thumper 500cc Falcone. Yet, they also made a suite of smaller displacement bikes that were no-less charming. This is one of those, the 100cc Zigolo. The Zigolo was created at a time when scooters were taking over the Italian roads. You can clearly see the scooter influence in the design here. It was Guzzi’s first motorcycle that used a steel frame instead of a tube frame. These had a very long production run, from 1953 to 1966. This early bike has the very distinctive rear friction dampeners, which are similar to those fitted to the larger Falcone. The slim front telescopic forks, and single saddle seat, round out the early look. This bike is a Zigolo Tourismo model, and has a 100cc two stroke motor that puts out around 4hp. This was a quality motorcycle for the 1950’s, and would have been a strong competitor to the scooters filling the Italian roads at that time. It certainly looks impressive. This bike was restored in Italy prior to our ownership, and it is in wonderful condition. It is a bike that is seldom seen in the US, and with renewed interest in all of the Italian small displacement bikes of the 50’s growing, this is one that will be a great addition to anyone’s collection.

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Make: Moto Guzzi

Year: 1954

Displacement: 50cc

Inventory number:  D-198

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