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This 1979 Moto Guzzi V1000 G5 has undergone an extensive restoration, transforming it into a custom cafe racer. The restoration process encompassed a complete engine and carburetor overhaul, complemented by the integration of numerous new components.
The Moto Guzzi V1000 G5 has earned a reputation as the "Rottweiler of the motorcycle world," a moniker that is well-earned. This venerable machine, while imposing in its weight, is cherished by its dedicated owners and often strikes fear into the hearts of onlookers.
Key Details about the Moto Guzzi V1000 G5
Moto Guzzi unveiled the V1000 G5 in 1979, building upon the legacy of the earlier 850 T3 and sharing lineage with the V1000 Convert. Positioned as a touring motorcycle, the G5 aimed to deliver a blend of performance, comfort, and reliability suitable for extended journeys.
Powering the V1000 G5 was a 949cc air-cooled, four-stroke, 90° V-twin engine, generating approximately 61 bhp. This engine provided ample power for cruising, even when laden with luggage or carrying a passenger, and its longitudinal orientation was characteristic of Moto Guzzi's unique design.
A standout feature of the V1000 G5 was its innovative "integrated braking" system. When the rider engaged the rear brake pedal, it simultaneously activated one of the front disc brakes. This innovation was designed to enhance stability and braking balance, particularly during abrupt stops.
The showcased V1000 G5 has undergone an extensive modern cafe racer transformation, featuring a new tank, seat, rear cowl, and classic clip-on handlebars. Additionally, the engine, brakes, and carburetors received meticulous rebuilding during the restoration process.
A Brief History of the Moto Guzzi V1000 G5
The Moto Guzzi V1000 G5, released in the late 1970s, represented a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert, which was originally designed for police use and equipped with an unpopular three-speed semi-automatic transmission.
Both the V1000 G5 and V1000 Convert were built upon the foundation of the earlier Moto Guzzi 850 T3, benefiting from various upgrades, most notably the larger 949cc longitudinally-oriented OHV V-twin engine.
In many ways, the V1000 G5 aimed to rectify the shortcomings of the V1000 Convert. As its name suggests, it featured a 5-speed manual gearbox (G5 = gearbox 5-speed) and introduced an innovative braking system that linked the foot brake to both the front right disc and the rear disc, with the handlebar lever operating the front left disc.
While this braking system garnered some favor, it did not gain widespread adoption. Nevertheless, several other manufacturers experimented with similar systems over the years, with mixed results.
Designed as a touring motorcycle, the V1000 G5 came equipped with a sizable windscreen, luggage racks, and panniers on either side.
However, the V1000 G5 faced challenges in the marketplace due to the influx of Japanese motorcycles offering competitive pricing and advanced engineering. Production of the V1000 G5 spanned from 1979 to 1985, resulting in a total of 3,857 units produced, with approximately 3,000 of these designated for military use. As a result, locating a well-preserved civilian version of the V1000 G5 can be a formidable undertaking.