Manufactured 1956-1966, the Lodola was the last motorcycle designed by Carlo Guzzi before he retired. Announced at the Fiera Milano in April 1956, it was initially fitted with a 45 degree inclined OHC 175cc engine. This was followed by a sport version with higher compression and a dual seat, and in 1959 the displacement was increased to 235cc using an OHV power unit for the Gran Turismo (GT235) model. All models had a four-speed gearbox, and wheels were 18 inch front and 17 inch rear, with drum brakes.
Rear suspension units could be mounted in either of two positions to suit load and road conditions.
The factory campaigned both the 175 and 235 models in competition. The Lodola remained in production until 1966, and enjoyed sales success in the domestic market.
Bibliography: Moto Guzzi - il sogno italiano, Cento anni Milani, La motocicletta italiana
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