A superb example of one of the most famous and popular Moto Guzzi models, this 1954 Airone (Heron in Italian ) is truly a work of industrial art. This model features all of the best components and design upgrades that were made in the long history of the Airone going back to its original introduction in 1939. Largely original and period correct restoration from the engine out has resulted in a true showpiece displaying the remarkable craftsmanship and model expertise of one of the most regarded marque specialist shops in Italy.
From the ground up the restoration included polished alloy rims, refitted 200mm alloy brakes and rebuilt suspension units, including the unique "Upside Down" telescopic forks, which appeared first for Moto Guzzi with the 1947 model Airone. The composite pressed steel and tubular frame has been meticulously refinished. The late model 247cc alloy engine has been rebuilt and the clutch and transmission restored as required. The bike starts readily, idles smoothly - thanks to the entertaining external flywheel - and runs cleanly at all speeds. Performance was a strong positive for the model back in the day and, with 13.5 horsepower in the Sport model, top speed is over 65 mph and the Airone Sport can cruise comfortably at 60 mph. Despite the "antique" styling, both roadholding and braking are of a high order for the period and the Airone is a very enjoyable bike to ride.