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“Madame Guzzi” Boardtracker


Posted on November 23rd, by Andrew in Bobber, Classic. 36 comments

It doesn’t matter what angle you look at it – this is one beautiful bike

What were you doing with your life in your late teens? If you were anything like me you were flunking out of university, getting right-royally wasted, living at home and you more than likely hadn’t even considered riding a motorbike. At least, not legally. Cough. So what if I were to tell you that the creator of the amazing Moto Guzzi you see above is only a mere 20 years old and that this is in fact the third custom bike he’s built? Well, it’s with gritted teeth and a slightly awkward, jealous smile that I’d like to introduce you to Adam Nestor, creator of this Ferrari blue wonder called “Madame Guzzi”.

Behold – a master class in detailing

Hailing from Rävlanda in the southern tip of Sweden, Adam names his father Bengt as his main influence and mentor for his remarkable skills, helping Adam build his first bike (a Honda CB 125 K5) when he was 16. Thanks to his dad’s fully stocked workshop and his creative skills (he’s a carpenter by trade) we’ve all got a clutch of amazing bikes to be thankful for. Young Adam is now a qualified bike mechanic and working full time with a motorcycle company in Gothenburg; talk about a good hire. Make sure you stay tuned for more of Adam and his righteous bikes in future Pipeburn posts.

Is it me, or do those exhausts not have any holes in them?

Based around the engine from a 1979 Guzzi SP1000, it won’t surprise you to learn that most of the parts for the Madame were hand-made by Adam. This includes the velocity stacks, frame, tank, bars, exhaust, and all the smaller, immaculate detailing. The only real outside help he had was on the seat – and even then it was built to his own design. Other specs include twin SU HS2 carbs, Benelli hubs, Avon Speedmaster tires, Marzocchi forks, and an Ohlins rear shock (of course).

Yes I know we ran this picture before, but could you ever get tired of looking at this?

The bike was entered in numerous categories at the 2010 Västervik bike show, where it took top honors in the custom class and then landed the overall best-in-show award against a seemingly never-ending cavalcade of Harley-based choppers. See? There is a God.

Best bike of 2010? The Scandinavians seem to think so. Let us know your thoughts.

Adam decided that his board track might need a little more length

P.S. A big thanks to our Swedish-speaking readers who pointed us in the right direction for this article. Tack så mycket!





  • http://gjm.110mb.com/mtiberio/ Mike

    How does the rear brake cable route to and actuate the rear brake rod??? Must be a pivoting link arm hidden under the forward end of the swingarm. A real beaut, does it run? obviously not street legal…

  • Ken

    The workmanship and detailing is outstanding. Not only am I jealous of his prodigious skills, I am annoyed as hell with his patience! As an object of beauty, it is clearly wonderful but I am annoyed that it is useless as a motorcycle. The first time you rode it, the controls would be marked up, the lovely white wrapping gets funky and the lack of fenders would make it a rolling torture chamber. Plus those tiny tires would likely need to be changed monthly. It is truly an object of beauty but I need to RIDE these creations!

  • Griffin

    Wow – just a gorgeous machine. I've always wanted to do a frame in deep blue and that Ferrari blue is just perfect. That's a classy bike!

  • Chuck

    Ken ! I know how you feel. Folks like Adam make me feel inadequate, too.

    But when I resume thinking, it occurs to me that if he has the skill and patience to build it – what makes anyone think that he would not have the skill and patience to clean it ?

  • http://brads75shovelheadrebuild.blogspot.com/ Jason

    Some of the details aren't to my liking, but hey, that's how it is with art work. The design and attention to detail is amazing, though. This truly is an amazingly beautiful bike, even if there are parts of it you don't like!

    At 20 years of age?!?! Wow. Maybe he can give me a hand with my custom…

  • w

    It looks like Mr Garrison's "It" off South Park!

  • cab

    I hate this kid…….

    For all my own selfish reasons….. lol

    Awesome work, congratulations on your win.

  • s0crates82

    gorgeous machine. the bicycle seat kills me, though.

  • http://knsweb.net kumo

    It's not really my taste, but it's amazing.

    How the exhaust works?

    I'm agree with @Ken, rideable bikes are the best bikes.

    @Mike, don't worry about the rear brake… It has no ligths ;)

  • dan

    i looooove this bike! what's with the 'unridedable' comments? Okay i wouldn't do huge trips with it seat/riding stance wise, and rain is kinda shit if you don't have fenders but a nice ride around town on a sunny day? YES PLEASE!

  • TwoStoked

    Attention to detail is amazing! Top marks Mr Nestor.

  • holdingfast

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. and yeah, I'm jealous as hell as well.. argh.

  • http://brokestatus.com Isgro

    What amazing motorcycle! Kudos to Adam for truly building a truly inspiring machine.

  • KIK

    BOARD TRACKERS WERE SUICIDE MACHINES WITHOUT BRAKES AND SKINNY UNSTABLE TIRES,THAT'S WHY THAT SPORT DIED, AND IF YOU BUY A BIKE THAT COMES WITH A SEPARATE STAND AND TABLE AND ITS NOT RIDEABLE ITS NOT A BIKE , ITS FURNITURE…BY THE WAY THERE ARE NO BOARD TRACKS EITHER.

  • HMM

    Despite the obvious skills at craftsmanship, when I look at that seat, I'm wondering if the 20 year old prodigy is familiar with which way the rear wheel spins when a motorcycle screams down the road. Also wondering how quickly the pipes would melt ones toes.

  • HMM

    Or wait… maybe there is a matching hand-tooled codpiece that you wear to protect yourself when riding this bike.

  • Lowflying

    I'd ride it. I'd also drink numerous beers while staring at it in my garage.

    Different and beautifully executed.

  • Sproggy

    Absolutely stunningly put together but probably criplingly painful to ride. I like my customs to be more ridable than this one but wow, and from a 20 year old? Amazing.

  • Gerardo Isler

    I love Guzzi engines, I find them beautiful. Like many hot rod and custom cars (yes I like them too) are only trailer-queens and useless. But besides the seat I love it, great talent!!

  • KIK

    @ HMM AND LOWFLYING ,..You made me laugh out loud , THANK YOU !!

  • Nottehere

    THIS, is the most beautiful piece of art I have ever seen…. the shifter, wow, the brake pedal, what detail, the carburetors! only on a Guzzi!

    simply amazing!

  • eric271

    I think there might be slots on the undersides of the ends of the exhaust pipes. Of course, a lot of it doesn't make sense practically. You'd need the limbs of a 20 year old to tolerate it.

  • Sproggy

    Yes, and the backside of a Tour de France cyclist…..

    Oh, and perforated knees (see last picture) so they didn't block off the air intakes.

  • Matt

    Im 20………..mine as well just end it now.

  • mgm

    Wow – Fantastic work. I'm getting close to twice his age. Ouch. And struggle to build a bike which wont look half as nice. Double ouch. I'm eager to see what he'll come up with next.

    For all you yappers – who cares if it's functional, ride-able or street legal. He didn't build it for you, did he?

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com/ Emmet

    goddamn. I can't believe he built that at 20 years of age!

  • Willie G

    F' in Haters, geez – quit f 'in complaining a try to be a bit positive. The kid has got more talent in his crap at 20 than you could muster in a lifetime.

  • Brent

    Im with Willie G on this one…stop trying to cut a 20 year old kid apart because he built a better machine than probably everyone who has posted. For those who say is not practical or rideable daily… how practical or rideable (daily) were boradtrackers? not at all, they were race bikes, not meant for comfort, practicability or daily riding. This thing is art, pure and simple. Besides he already has 2 other custom bikes he can ride (and those are probably better than yours too).

  • AndiS

    Congratulation on this wonderful piece of art. All the best for building more bikes like this one!

  • cc

    How many bikes have been built that have been this beautiful? Just the paint on the gas tank is worth a few long conversations. Why would anybody bother trying to criticize such a fantastic machine? I've ridden custom bikes that are infinitely less practical and enjoyed every minute of it. So to the artist I say "Thanks for making this outstanding machine!" And to the critics, stay in a car.

  • http://www.occhiolungo.wordpress.com pete @ occhiolungo

    Neat bike. Some really nice detailed touches on there. But please don't call it a Boardtracker! Call it a bobber, or a custom, or a one-off, or call it art. Call it anything but a boardtracker. Maybe if he removes the starter, the front brake, the rear brake, the clutch, the throttles, the front suspension and the rear suspension, the mufflers and all the gears except top gear. Then it will be kinda like a real board track bike.

    But he did do a great job in making this bike. The little brass details, the Avon Speedmasters, the linkages, it's all done really well. I'm looking forward to seeing more work from this guy. And it is more rideable than a lot of bikes that are on the street. Hell, it is much more rideable than just about anything in garage.

  • H. Illuminati

    Bella donna !!

  • rob

    is this bike for Jules Verne?

  • John Cook

    That is my idea of a nearly perfect build. Even the frame welds gave been ground smooth. That frame looks like liquid butter, it’s so smooth. Additionally, the whole bike is gorgeous! I don’t have any desire to own a board tracker, but certainly can appreciate incredible craftsmanship. I have owned a bike shop and I too built customs, but the market wasn’t as ready for them at that time. It took a stupid TV show about a troubled family with a father that thought anger was reason and well pumped inflation to get the masses interested. That was sad.

    This bike is what they should have moved toward, not those ridiculous theme park hogs.

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