1978 Moto Guzzi 250 TS
With Phil Aynsley
The 250 TS (along with its badge engineered twin, the Benelli 250 2C) was the first all new design to emerge from Moto Guzzi after the de Tomaso take over in 1972. It was released in 1974 and remained in production until 1982.
Powered by a 231cc 2-stroke parallel twin, the TS differed only from the 2C in using alloy cylinders with chromed liners, whereas the Benelli used cast iron.
Power output was 24.5 hp at 7570 rpm, which combined with a 137 kg weight to allow for a top speed of 161 km/h.
Points were replaced by electronic ignition in ’75 and the original double-sided single leading shoe front brake was changed to a single disc the following year. Otherwise very little development took place during the production run.
The bike seen here is a 1978 model and is completely original, having only 3km on the clock! However due to poor storage conditions by the previous owner its finish has deteriorated.