Lino Tonti (1920 – 2002) is another Italian legendary motorcycle engineer known for designing a number of sport and racing motorcycles in the 1950s and 1960s, and for creating the famous "Tonti frame" for Moto Guzzi, setting his stamp on all Moto Guzzis since end of the 60'. In 1969, Lino Tonti built the Moto Guzzi V7 Record prototype, a motorcycle that set 19 speed records, including the 1000 km distance at 206 km/h (128mph), the 100 km at 218.5 km/h (135.8 mph) and the 1 hour track at 217 km/h (134,8 mph) average speeds.
Given these fantastic results, Moto Guzzi decided to launch the production of a sport model. For this bike, three requirements were set to Lino Tonti: 200 kg, 200 km/h and a 5 speeds gearbox. This is how after 2 years of ups and downs the famous Moto Guzzi 750 V7 Sport was born in 1971 setting one of the most significant milestones in the history of the Italian manufacturer.
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