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Lvpvs Alpha: an unapologetically modern Moto Guzzi California from Officine RossoPuro

Lvpvs Alpha: A Space Age Moto Guzzi California

Over the past few years, the surge of interest in custom bikes has been fueled by a backlash against modern technology—whether it’s electronic ‘rider aids’ or acres of sharp-edged, plastic bodywork. So this new build from Officine RossoPuro is something of an oddity. The design is unapologetically advanced, and far removed from Officine’s usual fare…

BMW Boxer custom motorcycle by Officine Rossopuro

BMW Boxer by Officine Rossopuro

With the BMW R-series becoming the platform du jour for custom builds, it’s getting harder to create something new—without simply being ‘different’ for the sake of it. That was the quandary faced by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, one of Italy’s top custom builders and a man best known for his Moto Guzzi customs. “I…

Moto Guzzi Nevada: custom scrambler designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro

Guzzi Nevada custom scrambler

The big money-spinner for Moto Guzzi these days is the ‘new’ V7 range. But although the V7 has put the Mandello Del Lario factory on a secure footing, the heart of the bike is nothing new. The iconic 750cc ‘small block’ engine design can be traced back to the mid-seventies. The V7’s appeal largely comes…

Officine RossoPuro ‘Eroica’

Most of the leading custom builders work on commission—they get a brief from a client, a direction is agreed upon, and a motorcycle starts to…

Moto Guzzi Nevada Scrambler

A super-stylish Guzzi custom from Italy, the kind you just want to throw a leg over and ride? That must be an Officine Rossopuro bike,…

Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Filippo Barbacane is one of Italy’s leading craftsmen, specializing in classy Moto Guzzi customs. The builds coming…

Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

I’m surprised we don’t see more Buell X1-powered customs. The motor has a lot in common with the Sportster 1200 V-twin but pushes out around…

Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

EXCLUSIVE Here’s a first look at the latest bike designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro. He’s best known for his classic Moto Guzzi cafe…

Officine Rossopuro Motard One

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…