Icon 1000 Axys Collection

Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Moto Guzzi racer by Axel Budde
Axel Budde is an interesting guy. He’s a ‘precision driver’ for the film and TV industry: a guy who can take the exact same line in a car or truck, time after time, at high speed, until the cameraman gets The Shot. And when Axel isn’t thrashing performance cars around closed roads, he turns old Moto Guzzis into things of beauty. If you want a Le Mans-based café racer or a vintage racebike, Axel is your man. He’ll take a Le Mans frame, completely refurbish it, and slot in a motor based around Le Mans engine casings. The internals of the motor will be heavily upgraded, whether it’s an early 850 or a later 1000 Mark IV. (Power output in the latter case is apparently 92bhp or more, with 104Nm of torque.) The suspension will be upgraded, but look stock, and an aftermarket tank will be fitted—subtly different from the original, but in perfect keeping with the classic Guzzi lines. Both the race bikes and the road bikes look equally desirable: stripped to the essentials, they’re essays in silver and black. I’d take either—or both—and if you feel the same, Axel will build a bike for you. Contact him here. [Head over to Southsiders MC for more images, including Axel in action on the track.]


Moto Guzzi racer by Axel Budde
Moto Guzzi cafe racer
Moto Guzzi cafe racer