Monday, May 13, 2013


Straight from the AMD press office, their pic of Don Cronin's 'Rondine', winner of the 2013 AMD World Championship of Custom Motorcycles, based on a Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone
Just when you thought all Custom shows were tail-chasing exercises in better-bobberism, Don Cronin delivers a Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone updated for the 21st Century.  Don's custom shop in Ireland - Medaza - focusses on Italian powerplants for his creations; Ducati, Moto Morini, Moto Guzzi.  
Love that the 'bologna slicer' flywheel echoes the wheels
While plenty of customizers have messed around with the Moto Guzzi v-twin engine, few have worked around the far more venerable flat-single design with which Guzzi established its name back in 1921, and was the mainstay of their business until the introduction of their transverse 750cc v-twin in 1967, the  'V7' - a hilarious designation from the company which famously built a racing V-8!
The large-diameter discs (two up front) are clearly visible in this shot from the Medaza website. Also note the flat 'waffle box' silencer suspended from the motor
Cronin's 'Rondine' ('Swallow' in Italian) just won the top prize at the AMD World Championship of  
Custom Bike Building in Essen, Germany, which is as good as it gets in the world of modified bikes. A close inspection of the machine reveals H-D V-Rod wheels and swingarm (modified), rim disc brakes, and a very café-inspired look; a Nuovo Falcone hotted up for the present, using the old workhorse engine originally pressed into service as a police and military mule, and never a sports machine.  A few people have upgraded their Falcones to café style, but never quite like this!  Congratulations to Don Cronin and Michael O'Shea for their build, and their win.
Don Cronin aboard his Morini V-twin based custom, the Medaza.  Wonder if he's seen Paladin's sketches from the 1980s?
(Top photo c.AMD, next 3 pix c.Medaza, taken from their website)


Anonymous said...

Piaggio should come out with something based on the old single. This would be a nice starting point.

- Ron Boe

Anonymous said...

But will all of us Nuovo Falcone owners head straight for the angle grinder now? ;) There was a nice Danish one, less extreme, in CBG last month:

- Jake Beatson

The Vintagent said...

Jake, I write a column for Classic Bike Guide now, and did see it! Nice to see the old Falcone mule being transformed into a race horse!

Anonymous said...

An original.

- Craig Kolstad

Anonymous said...

Der Auspuff ist einfach toll!

- Bernd Baldes

Anonymous said...

Why did Guzzi only produce a 'mule' version of the Falcone instead of a thoroughbred like this? Great Job!

- Anton Dee

Anonymous said...

Very Nice

- Christopher Phillips

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Put it on the coffee table.

- Tom Etten

Anonymous said...

When not in use...

- Anton Dee

jnheath said...

Cool, but a "mule" version is what the world needs, more than a well-executed styling exercise. A standard/sporter flat single 350 (preferably DOHC) would serve women riders better than buying a 250 too slow for highways, or a cruiser for its low seat. I'd love one for myself. In 1957 Guzzi made a flat single 350 racer that turned about 150mph and weighed a little over 200lbs. What kind of street bike could they make today?

Anonymous said...

Tire selection follows the "bobber" fad.

With all that reciprocating front weight, it must be a handful to ride.

I confess I don't get the bobber fad. Why would one degrade a bike's functionality and performance? I guess I'm too old.


The Vintagent said...

As a single-cylinder fanatic (who has been diverted to Triumphs lately), I wholly support the idea of a 500cc DOHC flat single Moto Guzzi.

I just wrote Miguel Galuzzi, who is designing for Piaggio (and created the Ducati Monster and Cagiva Raptor), suggesting the same.

The common wisdom for big singles is 'they never sell', but of course, Yamaha are re-introducing the SR400 to their line, making it the third-longest produced motorcycle of all time (first two are BMW 71/Ural/Chiang Jiang, and the Honda Cub).

So, who can predict that a light, fast, low-center of gravity single wouldn't be hugely successful. One look at the price of a Ducati Supermono might hint otherwise...

'Big singles don't sell'... unless they DO!

jnheath said...

The common wisdom might not take into account a modern counterbalancer and electric starter. "Big single" does not have to mean "Panther Sloper."

I'm riding a DR650, it's smooth and quiet and electric start.

LOTs of women want to ride motorcycles. And women want Italian chic but won't buy a Duc twin.

GuitarSlinger said...

Nice to finally see a custom that's been influenced by ... ( I see a hint of Shinya etc in this ) ....rather than a pastiche of all the customs that have come before it . Equally nice to see an Award Winning original custom that is NOT Harley based ( nothing against H-D mind you ... but enough already )

I'm not so sure though I'd call this a Cafe Racer ... but then again ..... who needs categories when it comes to a bike like this .

As to more Singles ? Yes please !

Anonymous said...

Does Form Follow Function here?
Sorry , I just don't get the monkey on a football design theory !

themoudie said...

Good to see the old Guzzi having a fling, but have to agree that a 'flat pancake' under the head, pseudo something tyres and those wheels do nothing for the bike. Only ever owned singles, Bantam, AJS 250, 350, 500, Duke 350 and 450's, Yamaha SRX600. For riding on the road here in UK if it weighs between 100kg - 150kg and puts out between 35hp and 50hp, what more could you want? KTM's 390 appears to be a very nice bike at a good price and I hope it succeds. Enjoy your singles and watch out for the GP450 racing in Irish Road racing this year. Shame MotoGP didn't adopt Supermono rules!?! If I may end by recommending this Club to all single fans:
Good health, themoudie

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr a.k.a. Kamikaze said...

Even though the V-Twin has its merits, and became an element of brand-identity, I believe there is still some space for the introduction of a modern version of the horizontal-single engine, as it would fit like a glove in markets with restrictions on displacement or power for learner-approved motorcycles. Even though the most iconic versions of the horizontal-single ranged from 350 to 500cc, nowadays some versions from 400 to 650cc would have more chances to succeed.