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‘Terremoto’ Moto Guzzi Quota 1100 – Moto Studio


Posted on September 21, 2016 by Andrew in Scrambler. 22 comments

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http://www.moto-studio.comHumans have been living with earthquakes since time immemorial. And seeing as though 21st Century technology is only just beginning to understand them, you can probably understand why pretty much every culture on earth has their own ancient explanation as to what causes them. According to ancient Japanese mythology, earthquakes were cause by a giant underground catfish named ‘Namazu’. And in Siberia, they believed quakes were caused by the giant mythical sled dogs that pulled the earth stopping to scratch. And while the Romans believed that their god Neptune caused earthquakes, their very cool name for them – ‘Terremoto’ or ‘Earth Mover’ – just happens to be the moto-esque name of today’s feature bike. It’s a killer Moto Guzzi from Miami’s Moto Studio, and if you’re into scramblers we’re pretty sure it will rock your world.

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Now that’s a tidy tail

Moto Studio’s two main protagonists, Max and Bruce, gave us the low down on how the bike came to be. “When Moto Studio set out to build a ‘scrambler’, there were plenty of options,” says Max. “We could have gone light; maybe a MotoGuzzi V50 or a Ducati Donor. But when we met with our client (and now friend) who happens to be six foot five inches tall, the only choice we had was to go big.” And so ‘Terremoto’ was born. Starting with a Moto Guzzi Quota 1100, a bike that’s about as common as it is attractive (i.e. not at all), the design team got to work.

The nature of the project meant that Bruce, Moto Studio’s founder, designer and fabricator, had to run head-long into uncharted territory. The real challenge here was to creating a rear sub frame that would not only support a full-sized rider, but also work visually with the bike’s twin spar frame. Replacing the plastic gas tank provided another daunting challenge; to this end a Kawasaki tank was halved, thinned and then meticulously welded to create a perfect fit. On top of this, some unique and hand-formed removable knee guards protect the tank’s subtle yet impressive paint job.

Twin lights? Alright

The front end was sourced from a KTM EXC that was cleverly fitted with axle clamps from a KTM 950 adventure to allow dual front discs. And the wheels alongside are tubeless items from Woody’s Wheel Works in Colorado. “As this bike will probably see some decent adventures, a seriously spec’d 9500 lumen driving light from Baja Designs should help the rider illuminate the way.” Illuminate the way, and blind a few bugs, too.

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Superbly subtle details

As with all Moto Studio builds, all electronics have been replaced with some el primo goodies from Berlin’s Motogaget. And with the removal of the factory fuel injection system, a Sachse Electronik unit handles the ignition duties while the big twin now breaths through a new set of 36mm Delortos. When asked about the exhaust, Max says “the two into one creates a big bass note and certainly announces the arrival of Terremoto in a suitable fashion.” Hell yeah.

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“The creative inspiration came from several places,” say Bruce. “Firstly, we wanted to create a road-worthy dirt bike. We also very much like the style of many of the European dirt bikes from the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s also influenced by several different adventure bikes, hence the headlight array. The aluminium knee plates were influenced by the loop frame Moto Guzzis of the ‘70s, as well as certain Husqvarna dirt bikes.”

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When pressed, the lads nominate the subframe as their favourite part of the build, and it’s not hard to see why. While its construction is quite contemporary, it also works aesthetically with the frame, tank and seat. ‘It also yields a fantastic riding position,’ says Bruce. And the biggest challenge? “Finding a gas tank that would work with the twin-spar frame. But after the Kawasaki tank was sorted out, we were able to get the look we were after.”

So if you happen to be in downtown Miami in the near future and you feel the ground move beneath you feet, don’t panic. It’s more than likely going to be a happy customer of Moto Studio’s going for a ride. Either that, or it will be a giant Japanese catfish.

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  • gluesniffer

    It’s an interesting design, the seat seems to be an after thought, and the CF fender in the front doesn’t appear to have any practical use.

    I’m also wondering why the builder worked so hard to give the bike a stripped feel yet went with such a thick and heavy looking sub frame.

    That all said it’s a great looking Guzzi and I wouldn’t mind riding it around =)

    • Fantome_NR

      The purpose of the front mudguard is to keep mud, water and debris from flying up and coating the headlights and the wiring under the speedo. Even a stubby one like this is functional.

      • Fast2Furious

        I’ve been riding motorcycles for 45 years and until just now did not know what purpose the front fender served. Thank you.

        • Fantome_NR

          Uh ok… And after 45 years of riding motorcycles you still have to ask if this fender is functional?

          • Fast2Furious

            I know what a fender is supposed to do just like everyone else posting on the blog your definition was unnecessary. And for the type of riding I do this fender would be completely inadequate.

  • Fantome_NR

    This looks factory, or rather, what the factory should be doing. Moto Studio’s fit and finish just keeps improving by leaps and bounds. This is super advanced stuff. Bravo guys, beautiful work. Truly inspired design, and world class execution.

    • Jim Stuart

      If this is what the factory should be doing doesn’t stand to reason that they would serve their customer base and stock holder’s in first regard?

      Not to second guess them but it is my humble opinion that this machine is butt ugly and looks like something a room full of monkey’s pounded out of lord knows what. There is no symmetry, flow, nor theme that leaves me wanting anything this disjointed. It is neither cafe, off-road, or anything in between.

      I would be embarrassed to be seen on this machine or have my name associated with it on any level.

      • Fantome_NR

        Meh, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, the same way you’re entitled to that hole you have betwixt your buttocks.

        • Jim Stuart

          It certainly didn’t take you long to make this personal. How old are you…just wondering?

        • Fast2Furious

          This from someone that uses words like meh and betwixt.

          • Fantome_NR

            Why do you hate the english language so much?

          • Fast2Furious

            You are the expert on hate so you’ve got me there. But that still doesn’t change the fact that meh is not a word in any language and betwixt is so arcane that it’s use is for the sole purpose of drawing attention to you.

          • Fantome_NR

            How exactly am I the expert on hate? Jimmy up there is the angry one, you should be lecturing him.

            As far as “meh” goes, the Oxford English Dictionary added it as a legitimately recognized interjection last year, so you’re just plain wrong. Don’t you get tired of being wrong all the time? My use of betwixt is also correct, and humorous. I suggest you and Jimmy get over yourselves. Your indignation is boring.

          • Fast2Furious

            Your patronizing and insulting definition of what purpose a front fender serves along with your cynical, petty and ultimately pathetic attempt
            at characterizing anyone that disagrees with you as an asshole is the only hate I see. Meh is a made up internet word and just because it’s in the dictionary doesn’t mean anyone should actually be using it.

      • Peter

        I have to agree Jim. As much as I wanted this to work…. the design ideas throughout don’t mesh with one another…. nor come together in any fashion which makes sense.

      • Peter

        Opppsssss…. KUDOS to the fit and finish though!!!!

  • guvnor67

    Looks solid, tough, like look at at the wrong way and it’ll punch you on the nose! But, It’s also very well put together, and as stated elsewhere, looks factory. Very nice.

  • Patriccio

    Fit & finish: superb
    Design: pretty damn high quality
    For big city riding this machine would be great for avoiding old ladies w/in pedestrian lanes smackin’ traffic w/ canes; it looks nimble.
    I could do the Grand Canyon trail from South Side to North Side on this machine.

    • Wrhinrichsen

      Don’t know about doing the Gran Canyon trail on this bike.
      I love how the scrambler style has taken off of late. However, having ridden the street legal scramblers of the late 70s—-beware of weight!!!!—– not a one of the Adventure bikes will perform anywhere near a true dirt bike. Neither will these new scramblers. I believe they will perform just fine down a logging trail or a gravel road . If the rider gets on anything more serious he/ she better look out.

  • the watcher

    All that skill, craftsmanship, high-end execution, costly materials, and it’s STILL a 10-pinter. What do these people think they’re fucking doing?

  • Charlie Allnut

    Somebody stole the air filters. Better stay away from any dusty roads until they are found.

  • the watcher

    Motorcycles are cool. This? This ain’t cool.