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  • Moto Guzzi Agostini Special

    I can remember seeing at Stolarskis in Murray Street in the deep dark past a Moto Guzzi Agostini special. Does anyone know of any pics of the beast or any info at all?

    It was a white fully faired thing of MKI or MKII variety. We are talking early eighties.
    They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

  • #2
    golly that would be a while ago sure i have some photo of that in s perfromance street bike mag some where will look for you

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    • #3
      ^^Thanks
      They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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      • #4
        The Moto Guzzi AGO was named because the designer's name was Agostini not because of Giacomo Agostini the multiple WC who mainly rode MV's and later the eaerly Yamaha 500 4 cil factory racers.

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        • #5
          ^^^Was it tied up with the Moto Guzzi performance mob in Italy or just the designer? (are they one and the same company) I couldnt remember the details only that it was a hot looking thing for its time!
          They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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          • #6
            magni , they also did a performance guzzi called an ''Australia"

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            • #7
              Thanks again to both.
              They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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              • #8
                Originally posted by perdition View Post
                magni , they also did a performance guzzi called an ''Australia"
                That one is pure porn. I think Thunderbikes have one. (not for sale)
                Can you help with foster care?
                http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...needed-163289/

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                • #9
                  was a Australia for sale in nz a few years back, as officially no Australias landed here, must be a private import or something?
                  NZ sure has some tasty exotica over their way.

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                  • #10
                    I know someone local who got a magni about 86? and I got his MkIII as far as I''m aware he still has it. IIRC he got it from the guy that imported it.
                    The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

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                    • #11
                      yeah, just no magni australias came in direct from the factory :-(
                      great bike though :-)

                      Make Model
                      Magni AustraliaYear
                      1994Engine
                      Air cooled, four stroke, 90┬░transverse V-twin, OHC, 4 valves per cylinderCapacity
                      992Bore x Stroke90 x 78 mmCompression Ratio10.0:1Induction
                      Weber-Marelli EFIIgnition
                      Electronic injectionMax Power
                      75 kW 102 hp @ 8400 rpmMax Torque
                      88 Nm kg-m @ 6600 rpmTransmission
                      5 SpeedFront Suspension
                      FI Upside-down fully adjustableRear Suspension
                      WP ParallelogrammoFront Brakes
                      2x 320mm discRear Brakes
                      Single 230mm discFront Tyre
                      120/70-VR17Rear Tyre
                      180/55-VR17Dry-Weight
                      200 kgFuel Capacity
                      23 Litres
                      Tts sleek styling, big V-twin engine and enormous rear tyre showed that this was a serious sports bike, but it was the red-and-silver paintwork that revealed most about the Magni Australia. Those were the colours of the legendary MV Agusta race team once run by Arturo Magni, the Australia's creator.

                      Magni had prepared the 'Gallarate Fire Engines' raced to glory by John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini. Then, when MV stopped racing after winning 17 consecutive 500cc world titles between 1958 and 1974, Magni set up business with his son Giovanni to build high-quality roadsters from a workshop near Agusta's old base at Gallarate, north of Milan. Several used engines from Moto Guzzi, notably the 1990-model Sfida, a retro-styled sportster powered by the two-valves-per-cylinder engine from the Le Mans.

                      Two years later came the fastest and best Magni yet: the Australia, so-called because it was a direct descendent of a Guzzi-engined Magni racebike that had notched up a string of impressive results Down Under. The Australia was powered by the V-twin engine from the Daytona 1000, Guzzi's fuel-injected, eight-valve flagship. To ease homologation the 992cc 'high cam' unit was retained in its entirety from airbox to silencers.
                      Almost everything else was new, though, most notably the frame. In place of the Daytona's large-diameter spine was a more conventional arrangement, based on three 34mm diameter chrome-molybdenum steel tubes running back from the steering head. A pair of front downtubes helped secure the engine.
                      The swing-arm was a single-shock version of Magni's proven Parallelogramo design, created to combat torque-reaction. Rear suspension was provided by a single shock from Dutch firm White Power. The Australia's swing-arm was wide enough to allow fitment of a wide, 180-section rear tyre.
                      At the front were upside-down Forcelle Italia forks - adjustable, like the shock, for both compression and rebound damping. The 17-inch wheels held 320mm Brembo brake discs with four-piston calipers. Both mudguards were lightweight carbon fibre, helping to keep weight to a respectable 4501b dry.

                      The cylinder heads visible at each side of the Australia made the Guzzi connection clear, and there was no doubting the engine's origins when it fired up to send the bike rocking in characteristic fashion with every blip of the throttle. At most engine speeds the Australia had a wonderfully loose, rev-happy feel, aided by the Weber-Marelli fuel-injection's crisp response.

                      With a peak output of 95bhp, the slippery Australia had a top speed of about 140mph, plus generous acceleration from low revs. The Magni pulled strongly almost from tickover, with a slight surge at around 4000rpm that sent it charging along
                      with a rustling from the aircooled engine's sticking-out cylinders, and a typically long-legged Guzzi feel at high speed.
                      It was on a twisty road, though, that the Australia came into its own. Its Brembo brakes were superbly powerful, steering was light and the Magni could be cornered easily and with great precision. Suspension was compliant but very well-controlled at both ends, and the drive shaft barely noticeable.

                      That blend of good looks, effortless engine performance and nimble handling made the Australia a very impressive special, with a captivating blend of pace and grace. Its price was high - but not excessively so for a machine hand-built in tiny numbers. Especially when those hands had once built bikes for legends such as Surtees, Hailwood and Agostini.

                      Source Super Bikes by Mac McDiarmid

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                      • #12
                        I would love to see a modern version of these come out. Think, msg-1 with lights.
                        Can you help with foster care?
                        http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...needed-163289/

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                        • #13
                          The current guzzi 1200's would have power and torque as good or better than the Australia yeah? And weigh less than 450lb
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                          • #14
                            pity all they seem to make these days are cruisers :-(

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by perdition View Post
                              golly that would be a while ago sure i have some photo of that in s perfromance street bike mag some where will look for you
                              Any joy?
                              They hung a sign up in our town "If you live it up, you won't live it down"-Tom Waits

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