Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
This immaculate Sport dates from 1973, being one of the of fewer than 4000 that were produced before production ended at the end of that year. The motor and frame on this factory cafe racer were revised from the earlier, more pedestrian models, to be lower, lighter, and stiffer, for better handling. It looks and feels exotic and Italian, and when you start the motor—which can done either with the starter button or, in car style, by turning key—the whole bike makes a trademark lurch to the right thanks to the torque of the longitudinal crankshaft. Looking over the bike, it features trademark Italian sportbike bits, like the Tomaselli clip-ons, Dell-Orto carbs, Silentium exhaust, and Borrani alloy rims.
Read a period road test of a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport at Motorcyclespecs.co.za.
Rear more about Moto Guzzi on WIKIPEDIA.
Clymer does not have a manual specifically for this Moto Guzzi 850, but most models of this era are covered by our Vintage Collection Series Four Stroke Motorcycle Manual. Or, visit our sister company Haynes Manuals out of the UK and pick up their Moto Guzzi 750, 850 and 1000 Twins 1974-1978 book.