If there’s one class of bike that gets my motor running faster than any other, it’s a Moto Guzzi cafe racer. This machine comes courtesy of the Italian publication Special Mag—the bike is owned by Francesco Venturi, a young architect, and was built by Marco Lugato. The 1000 SP arrived in Lugato’s workshop disassembled in two boxes, which at least made the process of blueprinting the engine and sandblasting the frame easier. The bike is a mongrel, but in the best possible way: the rear frame was modified to accept the seat from a 1970 Laverda, with the bars coming from an Aprilia Tuono and the front fork from a Kawasaki ZX-6R. The muffler is a SuperTrapp, and the speedo is from a Harley-Davidson. Brembo’s top of the range Serie Oro brakes are matched to aluminum rims to reduce unsprung weight. To my eyes, the powder blue paintwork and tan leather seat are a perfect contrast with the blacked-out mechanicals. I’d be wary of the grip from the knobbly tires, but I bet this Guzzi is a blast to ride. [Many thanks to Dino Lodola and Roberto Brodolini of specialmag.it. If you can read Italian, check out a PDF of the original article here.]
PS: If you like your two-wheelers unpowered as well as powered, take our sister site Cycle EXIF for a test ride.