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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: WrightWells on October 29, 2016, 11:22:31 AM

Title: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: WrightWells on October 29, 2016, 11:22:31 AM
Hi,  I'm new to Guzzi's and want a crash course in a the development path of the different models.

Any books to be recommended.

Any sites that give model names and years manufacturered.
 That sort of stuff,  yes I have heard of Google but most searches end with parts suppliers.

Thanks
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Bill Owens on October 29, 2016, 11:33:01 AM
Guzziology By Dave Richardson
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Phang on October 29, 2016, 11:48:40 AM
Guzziology is a good place to start but it covers solely on the V-twin engine models.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: fotoguzzi on October 29, 2016, 11:50:07 AM
Greg Field and Mick Walker have both written pseudo history books. MG Big Twins by Greg is best but out of print, look at Amazon for used.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: oldbike54 on October 29, 2016, 12:04:20 PM
 Most if not all of the info is here on WG , but it takes some time to do the research . Of course patience is a necessary trait for any Guzzi owner , W/O it , one is doomed to heartache and bitter biscuits  :laugh:

 Dusty
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Turin on October 29, 2016, 12:41:12 PM
 :1: for Greg Fields' book.  80 years of Moto Guzzi by Mario Colombo is also great.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Triple Jim on October 29, 2016, 02:18:59 PM
When I bought my Mille, it came with a box of extras, including the Field book.  I was lucky to be able to learn a ton about Guzzis right away, and enjoyed the reading very much.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Sheepdog on October 29, 2016, 03:07:28 PM
I got my copy of Guzziology directly from Dave's hands (he even signed it!), but this forum continues to be my number one source for Guzzi information.  I am humbled by the level of knowledge by the folks who dwell here and it seems I pick up some new tidbit all the time. I especially enjoy the occasional photo or story about Falcones, Ariones, Galletos, early v-twins, and their ilk. I also dig that Guzzi is the 2nd oldest motorcycle company in the world...and still inhabiting their old works by Lake Como. Cool, cool bikes.

Oh, and yes there is a Wiki:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moto_Guzzi
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Kev m on October 29, 2016, 07:12:56 PM
What are you looking to learn about? Particular years or bikes?

I have to confess my wife was kind enough to get me a signed copy of Guzziology a decade ago, I've not done more than skim a few sections because of the format.

I'm sure it's chock full of knowledge, especially if wrenching on vintage Guzzis but it's not exactly a coherent read for the history of the brand.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: oldbike54 on October 29, 2016, 07:18:56 PM
 


                                                    Moto Guzzi
                                                     Est 1921
                                 Going out of business since 1922

 Might be a good place to start  :laugh:

 Dusty
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Triple Jim on October 29, 2016, 07:44:06 PM
It looks like Moto Guzzi Big Twins by Greg Field is available on eBay and Amazon at the moment, both around $30 used.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Tom H on October 29, 2016, 09:57:02 PM
I have to confess my wife was kind enough to get me a signed copy of Guzziology a decade ago, I've not done more than skim a few sections because of the format.

I'm sure it's chock full of knowledge, especially if wrenching on vintage Guzzis but it's not exactly a coherent read for the history of the brand.

 :1:
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Tom H on October 29, 2016, 09:58:46 PM



                                                    Moto Guzzi
                                                     Est 1921
                                 Going out of business since 1922

 Might be a good place to start  :laugh:

 Dusty

Hate to say it, but I love that line as well as making electricians out of riders.

Tom
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: TobyJug on October 29, 2016, 11:14:05 PM
I recently read "Moto Guzzi - The Complete Story" by Greg Pullen.  It goes all the way back to the beginning and comes up to date, almost, to 2013.  But it does all that in 173 pages so it doesn't go into too much detail.  I was hoping to read about my old V50 but there wasn't much about it.

On the subject of books - I've just started reading "Long Way Round" and it seems pretty good so far.

Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Testarossa on October 29, 2016, 11:32:14 PM
I read Pullen's book in an e-reader edition.

Quote
https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=24Z8AwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PP1

It goes right back to the beginning and is well worth the read.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Tom on October 30, 2016, 03:50:41 PM
Greg's book.   :thumb:  Mick Walker's, I'd take with a huge grain of salt. 
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: twowings on October 30, 2016, 07:21:15 PM
F.A.Q.

Q. Do I need a Moto Guzzi?

A. Yes, you do.

Q. How do I get a Moto Guzzi?

A. Find one on Cycle Trader or WG Classifieds and give money to the person selling it.

Q. How do I care for and feed my Moto Guzzi?

A. Read this forum for a buttload of good advice and links to many other online and secret sources of information.

Q. Will I find happiness and true enlightenment?

A. Yes.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: normzone on October 30, 2016, 07:26:16 PM
Greg Field and Mick Walker have both written pseudo history books. MG Big Twins by Greg is best but out of print, look at Amazon for used.

Just ordered mine, thanks for the advice. I bought an ex libris copy - I like books with provenance.
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Tom on October 30, 2016, 07:34:09 PM
Trying to figure this out while having the youngest go to college.  :grin:
Title: Re: Is there a Wiki or FAQ
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on October 30, 2016, 07:38:56 PM
Hate to say it, but I love that line as well as making electricians out of riders.

Tom

Can't say I agree with either. <shrug>