1992 Moto Guzzi Magni Australia – By Phil Aynsley
Arturo Magni joined the MV Agusta race department in 1950 and remained there (as the department manager) until MV quit racing in 1977. He, together with his sons, then went into business modifying road-going MVs with new frames, chain final drive and bodywork. However realising that there were only so many potential MV customers, they soon turned to modifying first Hondas, then BMWs and finally, in 1985, Moto Guzzis.
The 1992 1000 Australia was a tribute to Ted Stolarski who was the Australian importer of Moto Guzzi from the ‘60s until his death in the early ‘90s. Stolarski campaigned two Magni framed race bikes, fitted with prototype Daytona 4-valve heads (supplied by the factory), in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.
The Australia used the complete Daytona power train, from engine to mufflers, fitted into Magni’s frame – which featured his Parallelogrammo swingarm design that eliminated the torque reaction caused by the driveshaft.
A major change from the earlier Sfida model was the use of a mono-shock rear end that used a White Power shock absorber.
The Australia’s dry weight was 200kg and output was 102hp at 8,400rpm. Top speed was 225kph.
This particular machine was originally sold to a customer in Switzerland before being imported to Australia and is in 100% original condition.