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Moto Guzzi cafe racer

Guzzi cafe racer
Thirty years ago, if you were looking for a powerful motorcycle to take you from one end of continental Europe to the other, the Moto Guzzi 1000 SP would be near the top of your list. It wasn’t the best-looking bike to roll out of the Mandello del Lario factory. But it did have a bulletproof air-cooled 948 cc v-twin, shaft drive, and 60 long-legged Italian horses that would propel you to over 180 kph. The 1000 SP has always been somewhat overshadowed by the sportier Le Mans, but Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro has now given the 1000 SP the looks it always deserved.

In the space of four months, he’s turned the ultimate Italian sports tourer into a stunning contemporary café racer—and in the process, upgraded the mechanicals too. The engine is now fitted with heads from the Le Mans 1000, and connected to a custom Officine RossoPuro exhaust system. The original forks have had progressive springs installed, with damping at the rear taken care of by adjustable shocks from Mandello neighbor Asatek. Custom Officine RossoPuro brake rotors are squeezed by Brembo callipers, and the bars and foot controls are from Tarozzi. The bodywork is all-new too, flaunting traditional Guzzi styling signatures such as the creased tank and the v-shaped section under the new seat. The overall effect is molto bella; the perfect marriage of classic Italian style and subtle modern updates. The lucky new owner of this bike is Mario Natale from Belgium, but Filippo has two more in the works. And wouldn’t you like one of them in your own garage? Head over to the Officine RossoPuro website if you’re interested. [See more images of this beautiful motorcycle in the photo album on our Facebook page.

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  • ExScuzzi

    I can’t find specific info on this bike at Rosso’s website. Anyone know what year 1000SP he started with here?

    • Office

      Did you wonder why it has 76 painted on the sidecovers?

  • The SP1000 was apparently made from 1977 to 1985 with little changes between the model years so I suppose he could’ve started with any of those.

  • The_Scrote_From_Lanzarote

    My goodness that thing just embodies orgiastic screams.
    I’m already a Guzzi lover but this… I can’t come up with words how much I lust after it.

  • john bazeley

    Less is more……LUST!!!

  • another gorgeous bike whose rear end was ruined by the whalepenis taillight – two in a row!

  • Carson

    Best bike I’ve seen in a while on the internet. You can never have enough Moto-Guzzi.

  • Carson

    Damn! Not the whale penis headlight!

  • Peter

    A truly lovely device, but I think someone should have mentioned the 750 S3 here, for surely the S3 is the inspiration for this masterpiece? Give it a longer seat, a gloss black tank with an orange flash, and one might even call it a replica…?

    I’d say Mr Barbacane must feel as I do that the S3 is not only the best looking Guzzi ever, but one of the best looking bikes ever.

  • That is one of the best looking bikes I’ve seen in a long time. Understated to perfection.

  • Zed

    Great bike, but the tail light seems out of place on this era. Why the silly number?

  • PaulN

    That is yummy.

  • Slick bike. I would’nt mind one like that in my garage.

  • akatsuki

    Looks a lot like the Luca Moto Guzzi that you featured earlier, and that is not a bad thing.

  • philip brent

    where can I get a good set of straight clip-ons for V11??

    • Office

      Try some forums or an online store – there are haeps of them if you try looking …

  • Hi Philip, you should try some vario-bars (use google) or some Woodcraft (I had them on my V11) the angle is not so radical and they add some points on flickability of that old tractor ;)