April 2015 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Bill Melvin and his 1957 Moto Guzzi Falconi

Make: Moto Guzzi
Model: Falconi
Year: 1957
Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: 500cc Single
Transmission: 4 speed
Owner: Bill Melvin
City: Spruce, MI

1957 Moto Guzzi Falconi

Congratulations to Bill Melvin of Spruce, Michigan for winning Bike of the Month with his 1957 Moto Guzzi Falconi. Bill won a Mr. Pete's Grill T-shirt and hat. He and his wife spend their summers in Michigan, and winters in Mission Viejo.

Bill has only owned the Falconi for two months. He bought it at the Las Vegas Auction in it's current condition. His first ride was yesterday. The bike was fully restored prior to Bill buying it, but it had never run. He had to tighten every bolt.

The bike has very good handling for a machine of that vintage. The front suspension is inverted forks and the rear suspension is a cantelevered mono shock with cork dampeners. I shot some closeup photos of the unique rear suspension in our gallery.

Bill installed a hand shifter on the right side of the bike to make it easier for him to ride.

Although it's his first time to our meet, he is no stanger to motorcycles or the Orange County community. He is good friends with Greg McBride our resident Vincent rider and co-founcer of this very group back in 2004.

Liquid Asset Partners
Bill has spent his entire career in the motorcycle industry. He owns more than 50 bikes and founded the company Liquid Asset Partners. Now run by his son, Liquid Asset Partners has liquidated virtually every defunct motorcycle company in the US. Indian in Gilroy, CA and Buell were two of the largest.

Thanks Bill for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our April Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1957 Moto Guzzi Falconi
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1979 Honda CB750K Turbo
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1971 Triumph Bonneville Super Moto
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1965 Triumph Dual Sport
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1970 Harley Davidson Sprint
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1937 Indian Big Base Scout
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