Gambalunga in Italian means “long leg”, and this was the name given to this absolutely stunning Moto Guzzi single-cylinder racing motorcycle built from 1946 to 1951. The name derives fom the engine’s long stroke. The Gambalunga 500cc was one of the special racing models such as the Dondolino, the Condor and Albatros that were being developed for private riders. As the technological evolution continued these bikes were getting faster and faster. In it’s day the Gambalunga was synonymous with on-track domination, power and speed. More recently Luciano Marabese, the Moto Guzzi V11’s designer said he based the bike’s streamlined tailpiece on the Gambalunga single of the Fifties. Whatever the case, this bike is one Italian masterpiece that is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately you want find many on ebay, although one did just sell for over $100,000 at the Bonhams Sunset Boulevard auction in LA.
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This sexy candy red Moto Guzzi V7 Sport was restored and classically modified by Rick Manning and his crew at Combined Design. Built in limited quantities from 1972-1974, the V7 Sport was a ground breaking motorcycle, a factory café and one of the most famous Guzzi’s ever made. As one of only 3,500 or so production V7 Sports made, Rick knew he had a very special machine and decided to treat it that way. Of course he added some custom touches including the spectacular House of Kolor candy apple red paint laid down by Craig Ellis at Paintworks. Although the exhaust is period correct, as is the dual-disc front end, a factory kit installed by the original owner after Guzzi made it available in 1974. Overall the bike is absolutely stunning and we are green with envy, or should I say we are seeing red? For more from Combined Design check out their previous Guzzi project called Li’l Red. [Via Motorcycle Classics]
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If you have a Moto Guzzi and live in Europe then you have probably heard of Dynotec in Germany. The word on the street is that these guys are the masters at Guzzi engine modifications and restorations. This high spec Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer is their latest project with Ohlins shocks, Excel Talon Supermoto Wheels and a beautiful electric blue powder coated frame. Would love to give you the full build specs but unfortunately I can’t read ze German… Scheisse! There is loads of great pics on their website showing the whole build process. [Found @ Racing Cafe]
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Japanese Ritmo-sereno are famous for their BMW cafe racers. However their website is full of other european bikes like this beautiful Moto Guzzi Le Mans. The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s top sports bike in the 80’s. The big bore lOOOcc version was a welcome addition in 1985 but is essentially similar to the 850 Le Mans they had been producing. We wanted to give you the before and after shots of this bike to show the work thats gone into the build. Ritmo have taken this dated Guzzi and turned it into a cafe masterpiece. With its beautiful cafe race seat, purple racer fairing and 2-in-1 stainless steel exhaust. We simply love it.
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I’m taking the kids to The Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum instead. The rides look like more fun. Heres a selection of their rides…
We can’t get enough of vintage motorcycle t-shirts. Heres a couple of sites that we’ve found that stock some sweet tees. The first is called Motomania and are based in the Netherlands (website is a little confusing) and Nthro is in the States. Nthro stock the vintage Metro Racing collection from Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Moto Guzzi, Vincent and any other bike brand you can think of.
Found these pics and cant find any information on them. Only that they are designed by Porco Rosso which means ‘red pig’ in french Italian. There are more on Numero1 if you like what you see. The kawasaki zx10r looks like it could rip your arms off. I am happy to sacrifice my arms for a ride…