Since it's foundation in March 1921 by Carlo Guzzi and Emanuele Vittorio Parodi, Moto Guzzi have been building motorcycles at the factory at Mandello del Lario on Lake Como. The museum at the factory has an example of all the the various models produced there over the past eight decades.
As well as the exotic racing machinery and road bikes the museum also displays the more mundane products such as utility vehicles and agricultural machinery.



The first Guzzi. Known as the G.P. (Guzzi-Parodi) from the initials of the two partners.
Normale 500
The classic Guzzi racing single in 500cc form
and 250cc
The opening of the wind tunnel in 1954 allowed the factory to defeat more powerful rivals with advanced aerodynamics
and produce some very effective record breakers.
As well as the singles Guzzi also experimented with twin cylinder machines
and three cylinder machines
and finally the "Otto Cilindri" the 500cc V8
Until you see it, first hand, it's hard to appreciate how compact this engine is.
With the arrival of the across the frame Vee-twin engine Guzzi fixed on the layout they still use today.
The classic early seventies V7 Sport
A "Sport 1100" track machine
The "V11 Sport"
Guzzi also produced desert racing machines
and endurance racers
As well as complete machines the museum features engines.
This one is used in unmanned spy-planes.
Guzzi also produced basic transport, such as this three wheeler
and the very popular "galletto"

The museum is within the factory at Mandello del Lario and is open 15.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday except in August when the factory closes for the summer holidays (but check before you go).


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