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Offline Nolan Woodbury

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Old dreams, new realities
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:44:46 PM »
This editorial was all the stuff I didn't say in Part One of my Moto Guzzi T-Series article (scheduled for the July issue of RealClassic) but wanted to. I'm still chasing the V1000 G5, but it was fun remembering. Part 2 should follow shortly after.

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Viva Guzzi! 

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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2021, 09:56:12 PM »
  :thumb:

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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2021, 11:05:11 PM »
Thanks Nolan!

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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2021, 11:57:15 PM »
     Tks Nolan, that was a nice read, hope you get one.
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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2021, 08:07:09 AM »
Great story, thank you. I have a 2nd generation G5 (1981) and they are very special bikes. I'd still love to own a fully factory dressed 1st Generation G5 someday. Best of luck with your search.
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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2021, 08:17:15 AM »
Nice bit Nolan.  Good luck with your search.

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2021, 08:22:29 AM »
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2021, 08:49:32 AM »
The one I bought in '90 and sold sometime in '91:




Top photo was "as purchased" and the others "as sold". I wasn't really looking to buy it, but the deal fell through on an Alfa 2000 Sports Sedan I was looking to buy (once up on the lift, serious rust was exposed) and the money was "burning a hole in my pocket". Found it in Frederick, MD for $800, probably spent another $1k whipping it into shape.
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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2021, 05:11:29 PM »
Nice story, Nolan.. :thumb:
Here's the rare and desirable  :smiley: accessory tach.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2021, 06:26:27 PM »
  I gotta tell you guys , these bikes all look as though they were beaten with an ugly stick.
Well at least you wouldn't need theft insurance .  :wink: . Peter

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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2021, 06:31:24 PM »
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Well at least you wouldn't need theft insurance .  :wink: . Peter

It's not a bug.. it's a feature.
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2021, 06:38:47 PM »
  Just read your piece , as always a treat to read  :thumb:. Peter

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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2021, 07:08:42 PM »
I owned the first G5 imported into the U.S. A 1978 and titled as such.

I bought it from Charlie Pinheiro  , he lived in the Bronx at the time.

If you have seen the brochure for the G5 that has a guy standing with the G5 under a stone bridge thats the bike that i purchased from Charlie.

Charlie was good friends with the Berliner Group so he got the G5 then through Ghost Motorcycle on Long Island , as i said its the first G5 imported .

I don't know who the guy is in the picture but the picture was taken somewhere north of NYC where bikers met to BS. at some reservoir i think

I bought it from Charlie a little time later maybe 1 1/2 years and it already had 33000 miles plus at the time .

I sold it many years later with a total of 250000 miles plus.

I sold tit to a guy in Cornwell Ontario Canada.

It was /is a great bike and extremely reliable.

Nolan's article brought back some great memories

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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2021, 05:37:20 AM »
Nice thanks Nolan.

Gets one thinking on what might have bee,; bikes I should have held on to.
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2021, 07:37:13 AM »
Great story Nolan. Super writing. I always enjoy your articles in RC too.

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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2021, 08:02:10 AM »
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I sold it many years later with a total of 250000 miles plus.
My 100,000 miler is just getting broken in.  :smiley: And.. a leakdown test shows the cylinders to be like new. They are an under stressed decent handling and braking thing that you can ride to the end of the world as we know it..  :thumb:
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2021, 02:23:29 PM »
 I think the eeliest converts were stamped 1976, but I could be wrong and that wouldn't be the first time I'm wrong; Maybe the 2nd or 3rd time (AT THE MOST)  :grin:
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Re: Old dreams, new realities
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2021, 04:46:41 PM »
Nolan,

Nice story. One of my favorite Moto Guzzi’s, was my 79 G5.
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2021, 04:38:02 PM »
I think the eeliest converts were stamped 1976, but I could be wrong and that wouldn't be the first time I'm wrong; Maybe the 2nd or 3rd time (AT THE MOST)  :grin:

My Convert was built in Sept. '75, 1976 model year.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2021, 08:18:15 PM »
Great story.

My 76 Convert has 43k miles on the original stamped drive plate. I bought a heavy plate for if and when it lets go. Because I have a backup of course it will never go :-)

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