December 2017 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Bill Perrone with his 1934 Moto Guzzi GT16

Make: Moto Guzzi
Model: GT16
Year: 1934
Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: 500cc Single
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Bill Parrone
City: Huntington Beach
1934 Moto Guzzi GT16

Congratulations to Bill Perrone of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1934 Moto Guzzi GT16. Bill won a trophy provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Bill has won Bike of the Month three times before:
1955 BSA Goldstar in September 2015
1960 Moto Guzzi Falconi in December 2015
1951 Gilera Saturno Sport in July 2016

Bill has owned this bike for two years, but today was it's maiden ride on American soil. He bought it from Italy in the current condition, but it required many mechanical fixes.

According to Bill the bike is a tough to ride, with a lever throttle (no twist grip), three speed tank shifter on the right and a left rear brake pedal. The eight mile ride to the meet was challenging. Three levers on the right hand control, brake, choke & and throttle. Two levers on the left, clutch and spark advance.

This bike also has the first rear suspension swing arm. With springs mounted under the engine, and friction shock absorbers on each side of the rear wheel. The front suspension was derived from Moto Guzzi's racing bikes with a three spring setup.

The front panel knee guards were standard on the GT16 model, but optional on other Moto Guzzis.

Thank you Bill for bring the Moto Guzzi for all of us to see. See all the photos in our December 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.

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Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1934 Moto Guzzi GT16
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