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Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Scott in Café Racer. 28 comments


Written by Ian Lee.

When a builder is passionate about the bike he is working on, you can see it in his work. Axel from Kaffeemaschine has almost reached a state of oneness with Moto Guzzi’s. This stunning build is one in a long line of Guzzi’s that were lucky enough to have received his touch. Given the name ‘Machine 14’, the bike has the stance and smooth lines of a classic cafe racer. When it comes to aesthetics, Axel usually chooses less is more. Built up from a stock Le Mans 3 donor bike, this is very much the machine you would find parked up outside the local Kaffeehaus – just after it clocked the Ton.


The build brief for the Guzzi was simple, with the Swiss client looking for a custom Guzzi with a decent riding position and the ability to carry a passenger. To fulfil the customer’s needs, a new seat was fashioned inhouse by Axel, along with the fuel tank, scalloped to allow for a better riding posture. A set of pillion pegs have been built in the same style as the rear sets, so the sporty aesthetic of the Italian machine isn’t taken away by the ability to take someone for a blast on it. While the bike was stripped down, Axel lightened the look of the machine by detabbing the frame, and running a new wiring loom.


Engine performance has increased as well, with the powerplant being blown out to 1000cc, with the fitment of a lightened clutch and sporty cam being added during the rebuild. The heads are twin spark units, being fed the power by an electronic ignition system. For something different, the exhaust setup features BMW silencers, mounted up using adaptors and the whole lot coated in matte black.


To help with handling, the suspension has been touched up as well. The front forks now feature FAC dampers, with Ikon shocks sitting at the rear. Although Axel was satisfied with the stock twin rotor setup, stainless brake lines have been fitted, running to modern brake cylinders. To add to the build, a set of new high shoulder rims have been spoked and mounted, wrapped in Bridgestone BT45 tyres.


With experience in modifying the Moto Guzzi marque, Kaffeemaschine has managed to produce another clean build. By going their own way and highlighting parts of the build by using their own Kaffeemaschine alloy products, this is definitely something you would want to be happy to go with.

  • Стефан ‘Dobermann’ Петров

    Great bike, but almost the same as their “Machine 8”. After that, this bike now is not so special…

  • Bultaco Metralla

    I just love these super clean german le mans. I simply can’t get enough of them. Love the colour scheme, love the line of the tank and seat, love the sparseness of the design, love the execution and the craft. A le mans is a hooligan bike. it’s loud to the point of being raucous and every time you stop at the lights; mothers pull their daughters back, men stand glowering and small boys are gobstruck. I sold a le mans 3 what was I thinking?

    • Spyker May

      Indeed – more of the same here is never enough!

      Is it not bizarre that (eg) Ducati will park twenty (plus) Panigale next to each other (all done in the same bland red) and it will feature on every cover – while not a soul says, but.., uhhhmmmm, machine 14 looks just like machine 8…

      This is what Kaffeemaschine does and heck they do it perfect every time – all the better for it. Just in case you were baffled (pun intended) – it is called a ‘signature-style’ (ye, I know, stating the obvious, is a rare, albeit rather refined skill of mine).

      It also just happens to be the treatment that suits the Guzzi Le Mans better than it original guise – by a Brazilian Mile. On the topic – in fact it works so well, another Deutschland master-builder – namely Herr Marcus Waltz – did a Senna Tribute in glorious, all-but-bland, YELLOW. Check it out – notably those who like to go “uuuuuh, but it looks just like, …….”.

  • TJ Martin

    Yup ! Good ole Kaffeemaschine . Clean .. solid craftsmanship .. quality work all around … albeit not particularly innovative , creative or original even by their own books standards . But still .. a good bike all the way around .

    The question this bike brings up though is ;

    How many Cafe’s can custom builders Caffienate before Cafe’s finally go out of fashion ?

    Which is to say … enough already ! The trends gotten old .. was in reality irrelevant from day one … was kind of fun for awhile … but seriously … time to move on past Hipster ‘ authentic ‘ Nostalgia and come to grips with the 21st century

    Nice bike though .. regardless

    • johnny


    • Стефан ‘Dobermann’ Петров

      Good sex will never get out of fasion.

    • Cory Dean

      Yeah, gosh. When is rock and roll going to go out fashion, good music is just getting old and way to hip………..

    • Its true. From the bikes we are seeing being built around the world it does look like cafe racers are taking the back seat now.
      I know Axel’s next bike is going to be something different.

    • I think it’s true to a certain degree. There has been an oversaturation of cafe racers in the past few years but it looks like that is changing.

      Still, when done right, I love good cafe racer. And this one is done right.

    • bjparker

      Sorry, Teej. I think a well done bike in any genre is worthy of our attention and admiration. Just because you or me aren’t a fan of a certain type doesn’t mean that it’s not an excellent bike. You are spot on, though, in noticing the quality of this build!

    • E Brown

      It seems to me the cafe trend is already on the wane, with pseudo-scramblers rising to the fore. A trend reaches saturation when the manufacturers get in on the act, so the beginning of the end was when the Thruxton hit the scene a decade ago. Now you’ve had versions from Guzzi, Royal Enfield, Ducati, etc.

      The Scrambler trend is still gaining momentum with commercial manufacturers.

    • Bultaco Metralla

      Ah TJ, cafe racers went out of fashion in 1968 with the release of the Honda 750. Until of course Rickman and others fashioned them into cafe racers but they went right out of fashion when the Kawasaki 900 was released. Until Moto Martin, Bimota and others, but I forget, Ducati released the SS900 which is archtype cafe racer somewhere around then. And so on and so forth. Cafe Racers are bikes with the emphasis on function. How can that ever go out of fashion?

      • cagivarider

        Rickman, Bimota, Ducati … built motorbikes, not caferacers!

        • Bultaco Metralla

          I don’t understand your point. You’re either saying cafe racers aren’t motorcycles or Rickman, Bimota & Ducati never built anything in the style of a cafe racer, obviously a rubbish statement, or what?

          • cagivarider

            Compare this:

            to what’s usally called a caferacer on this page.

            See what I mean?

          • Bultaco Metralla

            No I don’t. My point is that all three firms produced traditional cafe racers. Many of these are highly prized. Like the DB1, the Rickman Enfield and the Ducati 900SS.

          • cagivarider

            Me neither … after all it comes down to a discussion about the definition of the term caferacer. Yours seems to be quite different
            to mine, so we’re talking at cross-purposes.

            Kind regards

    • Build a different style of bike and have it posted…
      until then, the only thing out of style are your flaccid criticisms…
      How can someone who displays so much pseudo-intellectualism completely botch the human interaction component of intelligence?
      If you’re still confused, you can seek guidance by reading comments from the likes of the Pipeburn staff and other characters like Wes, or Manxman, etc. for sample verbiage…

    • jlgace

      I will weigh in with you. You’ve reiterated almost exactly what I was thinking. I had to exercise self-discipline to read the entire article, and I always read the articles, because it is just as you said. Super build, very nice and clean bike. However, been there – done that going on hundreds of times. I will also add though, I think it’s important to note our access to such visions and discussions can lead to an elevated standard. Kind of like seeing women on the beach in California.

  • TwoSmoke

    Beautiful clean lines, great color scheme and nice black on chrome accent.

    @TJ Martin Clearly the trend hasn’t gotten old, which is why beautiful bikes like this are still being produced.

    What’s gotten old is the same old criticism you leave here. We like it whether or not its trendy, that’s the point.

    • Cafe Racers have been in style since the 60’s and will be viable as a custom genre until the “end of the world as we know it”. Beauty is beauty and if you can become jaded with beauty then the next step is the slippery slope to Marquis de Sadeville.

  • duh

    Me thinks TJ Martin works for Pipeburn…drumming up the comments…

    • I can guarantee he doesn’t.

      PS. TJ whats your bank account details? 😉

  • Got to give it up to Kaffemaschine for uber quality and good taste. I look foreward to their Guzzi customs – very few can achieve the lightness of style. Who would have thought that a German custom shop could out sexy the Italians.

    • Стефан ‘Dobermann’ Петров

      The funny part is that most of the best and radical guzzi tunners and shops are German – Htmoto, Dynotec, Radical Guzzi, Kaffeemachine… also maybe the biggest vintage guzzi parts store too. Germans are crazy about Guzzi. 🙂

  • Jeffrey Wallis Bell-Zekas

    this is the bike that the factory should have built… very nice…

  • Harry Seymour

    wow love this bike and the colours. Does anyone know the green that was used? Looking to use something very similar