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Anvil Motociclette’s ’85 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 – “Mille ELR”

Posted on December 15, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer. 14 comments

It’s been quite a while between drinks for Milan’s rather talented Marco and Phonz and their shop, Anvil Motociclette Costruttori. We featured them in an interview in April of 2011 and they teased us with some whispered, golden words concerning the next few projects they were undertaking. One of those was a slight departure from their Nihon-centric portfolio, a nice big Moto Guzzi. Excited, we made them promise to give us first dibs on the bike once it was finished, and low and behold, here she is. Meet the creama de la creama (see what I did there?) of Italian custom bikes, the “Mille ELR”.

Flat front tire or photoshop faux par? You be the judge

The boys came across the stock donor bike while on a Corscian road trip. They got talking to the owner on the Ferry back home and eventually he revealed that he was looking to sell it. “It was obviously an overweight touring bike but those engines pull like nothing else and their road holding is up to modern naked standards.” By a stroke of luck they had a customer from Parma that had been talking to them about an Anvil-made Guzzi, so fate took over, the bike was purchased, and the project begun.

The bike has been handled in the signature Anvil style, with a strong attention to the removal of the superfluous and a focus on the minimal with an abundance of black and silver tones. The bike was completely rebuilt from the ground up with new shocks, seat and a tank – in this case a Norton Aluminium number. They also worked their magic on the frame, bars, pegs and the headlight, too.

The engine remains standard with the exception of the epic pipes and intake trumpets and mesh. Hey – why try and gild a lily? As with all the other mods, these were hand built by Marco and Phonz in-house. The end result is a very clean look with a few small-but-beautifully-conceived details that really make the bike sing.

As with previous Anvil bikes, the Guzzi was lowered dramatically to achieve the desired stance by cutting the forks and raising a good chunk of the remaining tubage above the top triple. Call me quaint, but I’ve always loved that look – simultaneously sleek, low, and a little dangerous. God help anyone (and their gonads) who takes a trip over those bars…

In our previous Anvil post, the guys were adamant that Anvil wasn’t a shop focused on shows. “Our philosophy is not to build bikes for the shows. First of all we build them for passion, for us and for our clients. But if, in the future, there will be the opportunity to enter some bike in a show, we think we are competitive enough to do it. The ANVILS would be quite different from the other bikes competing.”

And it seems as if that particular thought has paid off for them. They entered the Guzzi in the 2012 Italian Kustom Kulture show at Cesena “for fun” and managed to pick up a first place in the “Metric” (or, as we like to call it, the “Bikes that aren’t Metallic Lime Green Harley Choppers”) class. Nice work!

All up, we’re more than a little excited to see what these long-haired Italian country boys come up with next. Word on the street is that they are currently working on a Honda CBX 1000. Sweet lord, can you just imagine?

The guys soak up the lime light after winning “Best Metric” at 2012 Kustom Kulture Show in Cesena

(Hat/helmet tip to Motociclismo)

  • Now&Zen

    Atsa a da nice a bike . Aspete . Excuse’ . Ecco . Atsa the one a hot as a ____ a nice a bike .

  • This tank is a beauty and the whole bike is well balanced, but the super-lowered front end gives me the creeps !
    At least I hope that they changed the fork springs with a much-much stiffer pair.
    What do you think about a pair of fish-tail pipes also ??? Yes or no ???

    • itsmefool

      I’d say no on the fishies, but you’re right, something needs to be done about the tips. How about a good, ole slash cut?

      • arnold

        how ’bout a 45 or a 90 degree turn down. I do wonder what open pipes on that machine sound like. Are Guzzis 180 firing beasts or something out of the ordinary?

      • Yes better than this, and a little bit shorter I think…

  • HammerheadFistpunch

    I’m pretty sure they left the ample tube-age above the triples so that the clipons could be placed there after the photo-shoot. Honestly, what sort of monkey-man would it take to reach from that seat to the bars as they sit currently?

    • Anton

      It’s not THAT long of a bike that you would be able to comfortably reach the bars to ride it.

  • arnold

    Yup, I’m glad it’s not a Harley Davidson too.

    • arnold

      I took second and third, in my class, at a show, with a BSA and a Triumph. First place was a lovely cream colored BMW R-60. The other three hundred motorcycles were Harleys. I know that feeling guys, good effort on the Gootze.ald

  • Xero

    Nice show floor piece but doesn't look like a runner to me. Square body Del Orto carbs… really? First things to get tossed. Seems they are missing a fuel line. Rear brake lever doesn't seem to be reachable from the set-back peg. Does that gas cap actually close?
    Nice look though for sure.

  • It’s sure quiet around here… you guys on holidays already?

    • Now&Zen

      My thoughts exactly ! Nice bike . Decent photos and yet nary a comment to be found .

      • arnold

        Well let’s dig in to the caviar and brioche at the buffet. Shouldn’t let all this food and liquor go to waste. Chin chin.

  • Hamish Lamont

    Yes, very cool looking bike. I like the patina of the thing the straight pipes parallel to the frame line and everything being well-longer than it should be: forks, tank, pipes. Definitely what Joe Dirt would ride if he was into stylish Italian Motorcycles.