Tag: Moto Guzzi

  • Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

    Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If Ducati has NCR, Moto Guzzi has Ghezzi Brian. Based in the lakes region of northern Italy, the company builds small runs of Guzzi-based sport bikes and created the MGS-01 superbike for the Mandello factory. (The odd name, in case you’re wondering, refers to the… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

    Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The mainstream of Japanese custom bike building has a very specific look—largely created by the hugely influential Tokyo builder Brat Style. And the bikes themselves tend to be quite specific too, mostly based on Yamaha SRs and XS650s, the Kawasaki W650, and Harley-Davidson Sportsters. So… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

    Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look.… Read more »

  • Officine Rossopuro Motard One

    Officine Rossopuro Motard One

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Moto Guzzi Stelvio custom before. And this is no half-hearted attempt: the big adventure tourer from Mandello del Lario has been transformed into a pseudo-motard powerhouse. It’s not the look you generally associate with a custom from Officine… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

    Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Moto Guzzi customs, and Officine RossoPuro builds in particular. This is the latest machine from Filippo Barbacane’s workshop in Pescara: it’s called Motociclone, which means ‘Cyclone bike’ (as you’ve probably guessed). It’s… Read more »

  • Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

    Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in Germany and hanker after a custom Moto Guzzi, the man to speak to is Axel Budde of Kaffeemaschine. His latest bike is this café racer, based on the T3 California—and to my eyes it looks much better than Moto Guzzi’s own… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V8

    Moto Guzzi V8

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The Moto Guzzi V8 ‘Otto Cilindri’ is widely regarded as one of the ten greatest motorcycle designs of all time. Yet it only won three Grands Prix. So what makes it so great? Mostly the engine, which gave the bike incredible performance. In the mid… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

    Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE The Wrenchmonkees have just released a new machine into the wild. It’s a rebuilt 1974 Moto Guzzi 850 T and the lucky owner is a Norwegian called Pål, from Oslo. When he dropped off his Guzzi at the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen it was… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

    Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian Moto Guzzi guru Filippo Barbacane has just finished a new custom, ‘Black Jack’. Simple and understated in silver and black, it’s based on the 1000 SP—a somewhat ungainly tourer built between 1977 and 1985. Barbacane has transformed the machine with his usual painstaking attention… Read more »

  • Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Matt at Machine is one of Australia’s top custom motorcycle builders. So when a new bike rolls out of his workshop in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, it’s an event. For his latest bike, Matt wanted a “reliable, fast Italian cafe racer suitable… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Daytona cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi Daytona cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The 4-valve Guzzi motor has to be one of the most imposing powerplants of all time. And Jasper Mulder, a marine contractor currently working in Nigeria, was so smitten he chose his 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona on the strength of that motor alone. “After a… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

    Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Words and images by Ian Considine for Italian Motor Magazine. It took Leo de Hollander from The Netherlands five years to gradually complete this magnificent supercharged motorcycle. On the 18th of July 2009, after 34 kicks and a wounded right leg, she finally coughed. Ten… Read more »

  • Renard Grand Tourer

    Renard Grand Tourer

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    In 1938, Estonian entrepreneur J. Laan founded a motorized bicycle manufacturer in the capital city of Tallinn, and called it Renard Cycles. Renard is French for ‘fox’, and a fox’s head formed the original Renard logo. But in March 1944, the factory was hit by… Read more »

  • Marco Lugato Moto Guzzi

    Marco Lugato Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    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… Read more »

  • Von Dutch Falcone

    Von Dutch Falcone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m not convinced about the looks of this bike, but there’s no denying its place in motorcycling history. It’s a 1959 Moto Guzzi Falcone that was worked on by Kenny Howard—better known as Von Dutch. Howard was contracted by the owner, a guy called Richard… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 custom

    Moto Guzzi V7 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ritmo Sereno’s work is nothing less than automotive art. The latest special edition to roll out of the Tokyo workshop is this lovely custom Moto Guzzi V7 — based on a US-spec Ambassador imported into Japan and then torn down and rebuilt to Ritmo’s customary… Read more »

  • Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

    Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Barn finds don’t get much rarer or more exciting than this: here’s a privateer racing motorcycle built to order in 1928 by Moto Guzzi, just seven years after the company began manufacturing. The story comes from Adam Bolton of Italian Motor Magazine, and you… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro TTre

    Officine RossoPuro TTre

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This lovely Moto Guzzi 1000 SP custom is the latest creation from prolific Italian custom shop Officine RossoPuro. It’s called the TTre—a reference to Guzzi’s classic T3 nomenclature and the Isle of Man TT. As an SP, this bike sported a large windshield and a… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi café racer

    Moto Guzzi café racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian Motor Magazine is carving a name for itself as a chronicler of very classy vintage and custom machinery. This Moto Guzzi is the star of issue #2, which has just been released. The owner is mysteriously referred to only as ‘John W’. “I got… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V1000 by Officine RossoPuro

    Moto Guzzi V1000 by Officine RossoPuro

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    For me, a new bike from Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is An Event. And this latest Moto Guzzi custom doesn’t disappoint. Called ‘Idro’—Hydro, or water in English—it’s based on the V1000 Idroconvert, one of Moto Guzzi’s lesser-known motorcycles. The bike originally got its name… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    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… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T5

    Moto Guzzi 850 T5

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Of all the Moto Guzzis of the 70s and 80s, the T5 has perhaps the worst reputation. Yes, it had that wonderful V-twin motor, but it was also a parts bin special. Components from the T3, T4, Le Mans and V75 were scattered around, and… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi racer

    Moto Guzzi racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    It’s a shame not to see Moto Guzzi competing at the top level in motorsport—especially given the marque’s illustrious racing history. And a MotoGP Guzzi roaring down the never-ending Mugello straight would sound like the proverbial Lancaster bomber taking off. But despite Mandello’s official disinterest,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

    Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    There’s something about a big-block Moto Guzzi that lends itself perfectly to the creation of a stripped-down, brutal café racer. ‘Ferro Negro’—Black Iron in Italian— is based on a 1981 1000 SP and it was built by Andrea Viganò of Bruciato Garage in Bergamo, Italy.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi bobber motorcycle

    Moto Guzzi bobber motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This vintage-themed Moto Guzzi looks like an 850T to me. And unlike most Guzzi customs, it’s not a café racer—it’s a bobber motorcycle. This bike appeared briefly on a German website—which now appears to have gone under—and little information was forthcoming from the owner, apart… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Condor

    Moto Guzzi Condor

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the most exotic pre-war production racers was the Moto Guzzi Condor, and Bonhams has scored a coup by securing one for its auction this coming Sunday in England. The Condor was a light and agile machine, and could outrun a Gilera with double… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T3

    Moto Guzzi 850 T3

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Hal Wiley found this Moto Guzzi 850 T3 in a junkyard in Trenton, NJ, in a very sorry state. It’d been sitting outside for ten years, but he saw its potential immediately and trailered the bike home. After a complete tear down, Hal began cleaning… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    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… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador racer

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    We’ve got a bit of a thing for Moto Guzzi here, and this vintage racing motorcycle from Japan has got to be one of the best Guzzis in the world. We first noticed it in September but now owner Shiro Nakajima of Ritmo Sereno has… Read more »

  • Ghezzi-Brian Sport Monza 1000

    Ghezzi-Brian Sport Monza 1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Moto Guzzi’s big V11 roadster had something of a bad start, suffering build quality and reliability problems when launched in 1999. Two years later, Aprilia took over Moto Guzzi, and the V11 improved—along with the fortunes of the Mandello del Lario factory. Build quality jumped… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

    Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Everyone assumed that Ducati would be the star of this year’s Italian motorcycle show. Especially when MV Agusta and Aprilia offered little more than facelifts and upgrades. But yesterday, Moto Guzzi comprehensively trumped all its neighbors—stunning journalists and visitors alike. The Mandello company revealed three… Read more »

  • 1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

    1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I can never get enough of the Moto Guzzi V7 Ambassador. Low, wide and impeccably styled, it was launched at the end of the 60s and aimed at the US market, as an alternative to home-grown V-twins. According to owner John Kane, this particular machine… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

    Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a select group of European motorcycles from the 1970s that have grown in reputation as time goes by. The BMW R-series is one, and Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans is another. Foibles and weaknesses pointed out by contemporary road tests are forgotten, and style and… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Schriber of Connecticut bought this lovely, understated Ambassador twenty years ago from the legendary flat-track racer and Indian dealer Fred Marsh, who must have been a solid 90 years old at the time. According to James, the Ambassador was “a re-assembled rusty basket case… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Ambassador racebike

    Moto Guzzi Ambassador racebike

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    If you’re a fan of the Euro custom scene in Japan, you might guess that this molto bella 750cc V-twin is the work of Ritmo Sereno. It has that signature Ritmo ‘look’: shiny, factory-fresh authenticity mixed with clever custom detailing. But this vintage Guzzi is… Read more »