On March 15, 1921, Giorgio Parodi and his friend, the aircraft engineer Carlo Guzzi, founded the "Moto Guzzi S.p.A." in Genoa, Italy. The work was created in the town of Mandello del Lario. As the company logo, the pilots chose an eagle with extended wings.
The first product was the G.P. (Guzzi.Parodi), whose production as a prototype had to be helped by the local blacksmith. In the year of its foundation, another 17 motorcycles left the hall. In order to promote the new brand, the two opted for motorsport. With success: Moto Guzzi won the first 500 cm3 European Championship with the C4V by Guido Mentasti in 1924.
Moto Guzzi grew rapidly: as early as 1925, 1200 motorcycles were built in Mandello del Lario with more than 300 employees. In addition to the sports models, the Italians offered a G.T. Giuseppe Guzzi drove to the Arctic Circle in Norway for advertising purposes, which earned the machine the nickname "Norge" (which is still used to this day). In 1928, Guzzi developed a revolutionary triangular swing. The spring package was longitudinally below the engine and was far superior to the usual solutions at the time. In 1934, Moto Guzzi was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Italy.
The superior chassis of the Moto Guzzis ensured further sporting successes. In 1935, Irishman Stanley Woods won the Senior TT race at the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man on the rear-wheel-spring 500-cm3 "Bicilindrica".
After the Second World War it was over with the larger motorcycles. It was about mobilising people with affordable transport. Guzzi then launched the brand's first two-stroke, the "Guzzino". It proved to be a hit, with 50,000 sold in three years. It was not until 1949 that larger motorcycles were built again.
Already at the beginning of the 1950s, Moto Guzzi laid the foundation for what the brand's fans are connecting to today: the 90° V two-cylinder. However, Fiat first incorporated it into the new small car, but he did not make it into the two-wheeler. It was not until the mid-1960s that this engine was remembered when the tender for a government motorcycle was launched. This machine was coupled with a gimbal drive.
It was a tough time for Guzzi: after further sporting successes with European and World Championships, Moto Guzzi, like all companies, fell into crisis. Sales of motorcycles fell sharply, cars were in demand. The 1957 world title was the last major race success for Moto Guzzi.
The government order ensured more badly than right the survival of the company. In 2004, Piaggio took over Moto Guzzi. Piaggio is the third largest two-wheeled manufacturer in the world with all its brands.
Typical features of the Guzzis built today are still the heads of the V2 cylinder protruding from the side of the motorcycle.
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