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Morning Glory: Revival’s custom Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
Situated at the crossroads of passion and pragmatism, the team at Revival Cycles knows when it’s time to shred the establishment, and when to walk alongside.

Morning Glory, a fine and upstanding Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer, is the latest display of craftsmanship and creativity to roll out of the Austin, Texas shop—and it’s an official build too.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
“Moto Guzzi approached us and asked if we would take one of their newly updated models, the V9 Roamer, and customize it to our liking … carte blanche with no limitations” says Revival’s top man, Alan Stulberg.

“As Guzzi fans from way back, Team Revival jumped at the chance to make it happen.”

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
Carte blanche. That’s a big leap for a storied manufacturer such as Moto Guzzi and Revival is a company not known for holding back.

They’ve built oddities like ‘The Six’, a masterfully crafted, minimalist frame fitted with a massive Honda CBX 6-pot mill and hub steering. Plus a neon-colored Ducati ST4 Sidecarcross bike and a BMW S1000RR wrapped using ancient bodywork techniques. They’re not afraid to tear into anything.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
As it turns out, Revival actually liked most of what they were given from Guzzi.

“That’s probably the point, it didn’t gut me to leave some things alone on this one”, Alan says with a little surprise. “We love Moto Guzzi, there’s so much soul and heart in these machines”.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
With the heart and soul set, Revival began looking to the skin. “They call it the ‘Roamer’, and we wanted to continue along that theme by bringing in some of the early 1970’s aesthetics.”

“The fish scales, high-and-tight bars, metal flake… We decided to actually stay on-brand for a change!”.

On-brand? Perhaps. On point? Unmistakably.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
Though the stock controls from the Italian-bred Roamer stayed, the seat, tank, tail and side covers were binned and replaced with an all aluminum unibody, painstakingly hand-formed by Andy, Revival’s resident metalsmith.

“Andy knew what to do. He’s a 70s kind of guy. He lives in a 1978 Bluebird bus with a tufted ceiling. He knows the 70s”, Alan says of his metal shaping master.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
“The idea was to create something resembling the musings of a mad scientist from the high-pile, shag carpet era”. Extensive wire framing, hammer work, shaping, welding, and polishing rendered the desired effect with enviable accuracy.

With the seat, tank and tail setting the tone, Revival looked to massage the Roamer’s stance.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
Not known for staying with status quo, using the stock rims was an unlikely yet astute choice for the team. “The wheels are cast alloy units from the Guzzi factory. Most people who see them think they are a custom set specifically made for this machine.”

An aftermarket girder front end was sourced, and reworked a bit, to give the functionality desired by Revival.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
“With 4.7 inches of trail, the Guzzi has a rather stable cruising style, but still turns in well and has a reasonably light steering feel considering the narrow bars,” says Alan.

“Adding a Firestone rear tire and a skinny Avon tire up front give the bike the right stance and look and emphasize the OEM V9 Roamer wheels.”

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
After the stance was dialed and the look well underway, the merrymakers at Revival built out a fully custom stainless steel exhaust system with twin trumpets heralding the bikes presence. “They belt a mighty roar that sounds even bigger than the bike itself. The damn thing sounds GOOD!”

While it wouldn’t be unusual for Revival to rip the factory controls and electronics off and start fresh, the team agreed that many of components made the final cut straight from the factory.

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
“Uncharacteristically we chose to keep the factory electronics, switches and gauge package. Sure, we moved the speedo and LED readout to the gas tank and set it at a crazy angle, but the factory stuff is all really well done”, Alan says.

“We kept it all. The factory fuel injection is great and keeping things factory meant we also ended up with a bike that has fantastic, usable ABS brakes and traction control!”

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles
The result? A vintage whip with all things modern running the show. Passionate, yet pragmatic.

If you’re traveling through the great state of Texas and find yourself in Austin, ring the shop. Morning Glory is available for rent.

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Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer custom by Revival Cycles

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