Moto Guzzi Lodola
A model that has succeeded in an unusual field
With Phil Aynsley
The Moto Guzzi Sport Lodola (Skylark) was introduced in 1957 as a 175cc OHC road bike – a somewhat over-dramatic response to the new Ducati, Morini and Mondial OHC singles that made an immediate impression in the Long distance races like the Moto Giro that were very important in Italy at the time.
This was Carlo Guzzi’s final design and the company’s first production OHC bike. However, not all tradition has been lost, the flywheel is still mounted on the outside – but hidden behind a cast alloy shell for a more modern look.
However, this bike’s 9hp output couldn’t match Ducati’s 14hp, and the bike was never officially included in the Giro range. Although these races were banned after 1957 in any event. This first bike was a 1958 Sport.
In 1959 a larger, 235 cc version was released and interestingly the engine was changed to an OHV design. Despite the change to the push rod, the increase in power means power is raised to 11 hp. The 1961 235 GT is seen here.
However, in an off-road running competition, Ladola achieved unexpected success. Routine tests (such as the ISDT) became increasingly popular, and with the company abandoning road races, Ladola Regolaritá was born in 1959.
Both the 175 and 235 cc versions were built and they reverted to the top of the OHC. Bicycle Works won several Gold and Silver Cups over the next several years. Some working machines have a displacement of 247 cc and have a five-speed transmission.
Private versions have been produced since 1960 and this 235 cc bike is one such version, and is still in original condition. Power is up to 14 hp at 7500 rpm, with a weight of 110 kg, while the top speed is 130 km / h.