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‘08 Moto Guzzi V7 – Macco Motors

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Andrew in Brat, Tracker. 12 comments


‘Trailer Queen’. We’ve all heard the phrase before. It implies that a bike has been customised to the point where it just can’t be ridden. Hell, if you believe some of the more mainstream motorcycle writers you’d think that just about any kind of personalisation or customisation somehow renders a bike freakishly unsuitable for anything bar a once-yearly wobble around the block. But in our minds, that’s the opposite of the truth. The fact is that the manufacturers are forced to make hundreds of ‘one size fits all’ decisions on every bike they make. Be it for budget, new rider or even regulatory considerations, there’s no way a mass-produced bike can be perfect for you unless you make it perfect yourself. And we’re pretty sure that this latest build from Spain’s Maccomotors is a perfect case-in-point.

This rather lovely Guzzi is the latest work of art to out of the Macco Motors Spanish R&D lab. It was a sterile white and tired 2008 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic. Strangely enough, it was these very two things were first on the owner’s list to change. Macco’s answer was a black and olive green brat-tracker they named “Mr Green.”


José from Macco takes up the story. “This Guzzi had a lot of kilometres on it, because owner David and his girlfriend used to travel on it several times a year all over Europe. To him, usability was very important – the finished bike had to be beautiful and useable. So to start we built a new subframe but kept a two-up seat which was a little thinner and a bit shorter than the stock one.”

They then turned their attention to the rear suspension by adding some very slick Hagon Nitro progressive shocks. At a conservative 1cm lower than the standard units and with more progressive Hagon springs up front, the overall effect is an improvement in both ride quality and visual stance.

“A 12 volt socket located in the new Rizoma handlebars was requested to allow David to easily connect his GPS for long trips. While we were there, we also fitted black Biltwell Kung Fu grips and shorter clutch and brake levers, along with a Bates-style headlight and a new Koso speedometer. We finished the front off with Triumph gaiters, some adhesive black rubber tape and mini turn signals.”


The boys then got their fibreglass on; factory holes in the tank, side panels and the stock fenders all needed to be covered to ensure the fresh paint would be looking it’s best when applied. Once complete, the fresh paint was applied before new Guzzi branding and a vintage V7 logo were added. “To finish, we mounted a Metzeler Tourance 140 tire on the back, a Dunlop F20 110 up front and then we gilded the lily with some black pipe wrap and a simple yet classic megaphone exhaust.”

Anybody got a V7 they aren’t using? For some reason, we’ve got a sudden urge to make one freakishly unusable for ourselves.


[Photos by Sergio Ibarra from Semimate]

  • Junior Burrell

    I bet it’d be a blast to ride!!!

  • Alistair Hardy

    It takes everything good about the v7 and makes it better.

  • MrDefo

    You mean that it implies that a bike has been customised to the point where it just can’t be ridden.

    • MrDefo

      “They then turned their suspension to the rear suspension…” I believe you meant that they turned their “attention” to the rear suspension.

      • Good to see you enjoyed the piece…

        • MrDefo

          I did! It’s a beautiful bike.
          I halfway expected the link to be to be to Weird Al’s “Word Crimes”. I get what Fry is saying, but from my perspective, it’s genuinely grating to see someone put the wrong word. I was just trying to help, perhaps I should have just sent a friendly email instead of posting here. Irregardless (see what I did there?), I did enjoy the piece. Thank you.

          • @Pipeburn_Andrew:disqus, @mrdefo:disqus for me, it’s actually not a problem. Like most people visiting Pipeburn, what we see here is a motorcycle and their art (To find an inspiration). then, forgive it!

  • Markes

    Taken a decent bike painted in crap colours then fitted a useless front guard, crap seat and pipes. Taken everything good about a V7 and made it mundane.

    • I’d argue the point with you, but anyone who calls matt black and olive green ‘crap colours’ is clearly delusional.

      • Markes

        Just my opinion which is worth what people pay for it. From my point of view the V7 is a neat looking bike and this version does nothing to enhance the looks or practicality. I like the stripped down idea but to me riding a bike is where the real value is. If you are on it you really can’t see what it looks like so I guess it doesn’t matter, unless the styling is for the benefit of those who just like to look.
        As for matt black and green I accept others have different tastes to me (that is often a good thing) I just think they make it look army surplus and not particularly unique. Let’s agree to disagree and appreciate we can.

        • billydwyer

          You did observe that this (excellent) website is dedicated to older (obsolete?) motorcycles treated to extensive styling alterations?
          May I suggest that you will find more satisfaction in a current Yamaha brochure.

  • Stefano Venier

    This bike is very cool, great job!