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  1. #21
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    Thumbs up Italian bikes

    I have a couple odd little Italian bikes. One is a 61(?) Capriolo 125cc. The other is an MDS 70cc. Both appear to be 4 stroke singles, both very original and complete. Im not sure what year the MDS is, but they only made them from 1955 to 1960 and I believe they were sold through Cosmopolitan motors. Any info on either of these bikes would be appreciated.

    I also HAD a 250cc Parilla Tourist with a very rare factory race motor included. Both were sold through the motorcycle trader magazines before ebay came along, while buying and selling several bikes, but I did hang on to a 74 Laverda SF2 basket case and hope to assemble it someday.

    I regularly ride a 1980 Moto Guzzi Lemans and just completed a 72 Ambassador with a Jupiter sidecar, which is a blast to ride in the snow. Im just finishing up a 73 Eldorado I just picked up in Kansas City.

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    We have a few Harley X-90s. They are all titled, licensed, and insured. We ride them around town a lot during the summer. There are also nice to use at bike week because they are easy to park.

    1973 X-90



    1973 X-90



    1974 X-90 Bobber


  3. #23
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    Default 1973 harley 350 ss sprint

    got this little bike off craigs list/yakima, after looking at it,i was amazed to see there was only 137 miles on it.someone bought it and must have foregot they had it.i have a barn full of old harleys and this little fella has his spot sitting between my 72 e-glide and my 74 fl,i know call them the three amigos
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    Ah.... Italian bikes. First, you guys with your great stories of Moto Meatballs ((Guzzies) I am on the fence as to become or not to become a meat ball owner. New or old the look the sound the style the reliability all is well until you get to that spinning thing that screws the bike into the wind. Like a boat or airplane they are affected by motor torque. I had one of those German bikes that screwed into the wind and it nearly killed me twice at high speed throttle drops, sold it. Tomo like you Ducatis are my cup of tea 1947 to 2002 range of bikes in my barn and more if I could afford them. A 1963 250 Sprint is a good all around hill climber road racer, one day I proved it and had a blast in the process. My 1963 Ducati Bronco 98cc four stroke pull rod motor has been clocked at over 60 MPH and handles like a snake in the grass. Dependability, durability, handling speed, stoppers, looks, style, performance, all with that lovely lump of a 90 degree twin Desmo motor what else could one ask for? I once owned a Gilera Saturno 500cc and never did the basic maintainance to get it road worthy, sold it and have always wonder if ???
    Joe

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    I share George's affection for Guzzis. Here is my 73 V7 Sport. It's now old enough to have judged so I might just do that next year.

    The bike of Dave Swanson (73 V7 Sport) could easily turn the tide for me. Dave do you have a trade or sell interest?
    Joe
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  6. #26
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    Thumbs up 1968 benelli-mojave

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Brown View Post
    Just picked up a nice all original 5000 mile 1972 Ducati 350 Mark3. Was astonished to see 2 names on the ownership of guys who went to my high school in the 60's, the first owner being Jordan Anka, a cousin of Paul's ( you know ,the old Canuk crooner from Ottawa) , I got his number and called him up and he was equally astonished. ( Jordan , not Paul!) Also have a Benelli 360 "Mojave" ( sold by Wards Montgomery) , a pushrod ohv 4 stroke single with cool Rickman like styling all done in steel. And finally have just been offered SEVERAL new in the crate bevel Dukes, SFC, and Bimotas!!! Doubt if I can afford any!
    Woops, one more, just rediscovered the only Laverda 750 SFC sold new in Ottawa.
    Over the years I have seen many nice "bacon slicer" Guzzis across the USA.
    Barry,
    I just picked up a 1968,benelli mojave 360,do you have a source for parts and info on these models,from what I found not to many made it to the states.
    regards
    Ken
    Ken S., # 6457
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    Slojo

    This is me and my older brother with his brand new Ducati "Bronco" in 1962. As I recall , this was 125 CCs
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    Rousseau
    The 98cc Bronco I have certainily is a smaller bike than the 125 shown in the picture.
    I bloomed late in life as it pertains to Italian bikes. Old Harley's kept my attention for the first 18 year of M/C ownership and since Ducatis have won over my heart. I also have a fondness for small displacement Hondas. The memory of that cute little parallel twin's exhaust pipes thrumming, the first real motorcycle I ever rode on was an early Honda 150 cc Benley back in grade school. While everybody else was riding around on mini bikes the Honda had Head lights for night cruising, electric start, four speed transmission a real clutch front and rear brakes and everything worked, what a dream ,,,,,,,,,, oops did I say that?
    Joe
    Last edited by Slojo; 03-22-2010 at 09:55 PM.

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    I have 5 moto guzzi's best kept secret in motorcycles 1947 airone, 1952 astore, 2 1973 eldorado's,and a 1980 convert

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    Just keeping this inquiry alive.
    My 1953 Falcone Sport

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