The 1976 Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert motorcycle was one of the first beneficiaries of Moto Guzzi's decision to boost its V-twin from 700 cc to a full one liter, but its real claim to fame is a two-speed transmission with torque converter.
The "Convert" in the 1976 Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert motorcycle's name stood for converter -- as in torque converter. Power was fed from the engine through a torque converter to a conventional clutch.
Though the big Guzzi still used a transmission, it had only two speeds. The clutch had to be disengaged to manually shift between low and high gear, but thanks to the torque converter, the rider could come to a complete stop in either gear and then accelerate away without touching the clutch or the gearshift lever.
By this time, some of the company's products were focused on the sport-touring market, but the Moto Guzzi V1000 Convert motorcycle was never considered as such.
For one thing, it tipped the scales at nearly 600 pounds and was not well-suited to fast cornering.
It also didn't accelerate with much verve, as the weight, gear ratios, and torque converter all contributed to lackluster performance. But as a pure touring machine, it had much to offer.
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