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‘70 Moto Guzzi V7 Special – Two Cats Garage

Posted on March 7th, by Andrew in Classic. 14 comments

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You know what they say. “It’s the simple things in life that are often the best.” And nothing represents that more perfectly than today’s bike. It’s a beautifully simple, perfectly restrained Moto Guzzi from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. With not much more than a new seat and a perfect eye for clean lines, Michael Dobson from Raumati’s Two Cats Garage has helped this rather maxima Italian beast shed more than a few pounds and become the svelte, beautiful bike she somehow always should have been.

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‘75 Moto Guzzi 850T – Revival Cycles

Posted on December 2nd, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Imagine, if you will, a manufactured object that represents the perfect mix of Japanese and Italian culture. What do you think that would look like? As an obvious starting point, both nations are formidable engineers and industrial designers, so you’d have to expect something that was built to within an inch of it’s life. Both countries are totally and utterly obsessed with food, so you’d assume that the object would show a love for the finer things in life. And both have a high appreciation of aesthetics, so you’d think the thing would look a million dollars. No coincidence, then, that today’s bike is exactly that; a killer Italianese mash-up that takes the best from both it’s parents. Meet Revival’s ‘75 850T Yama-Guzuki named ‘Beto’.


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‘78 Moto Guzzi Le Mans I – Revival Cycles

Posted on November 3rd, by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

It’s hard to deny that Moto Guzzi hold a rather special place in the pantheon of motorcycles. They’re a whole lot cooler and unusual than your average Ducati. They’re definitely more passionate than most BMWs. And there’s little doubt that they can out-sport most Triumphs, even if it is by their looks alone. In what you could call a Lamborghini-esque niche, they seem to occupy that perfect world where collectable, beautiful and unusual intersect. Which makes a custom Guzzi even more of an impressive proposition. And when they’re done as well as the bikes that have been rolling out Austin’s Revival Cycles in recent years, it’s a wonder that the other shops haven’t given up and gone home. Meet their latest and quite probably their greatest, the ‘78 Le Mans Special.


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‘82 Moto Guzzi V50 – Ellaspede

Posted on October 31st, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 12 comments

Halloween has really taken off in Australia over the past few years. From being a non-event a decade ago, it’s now quite a ‘thing’. Which got us thinking about posting a Halloween bike last week. But what are the chances, right? Unless we were to go all Orange County Choppers on your asses, we weren’t getting our hopes up about finding any kind of Halloween-themed build that didn’t suck. And then like mana from heaven, our mates from Brisbane’s Ellespede Customs dropped an amazingly sweet, pumpkin orange Moto Guzzi right in our hot little laps. And what it’s lacking in skulls, billet and chrome cobwebs it’s more than making up for in taste, restraint and, well, orangeness. Meet the spookily quick ‘EB053’.


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

Posted on December 15th, by Andrew in Café Racer. 1 Comment

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”.


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1975 Moto Guzzi 850T

Posted on October 8th, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a super clean Moto Guzzi. To my eyes, when done right, they are the most pulchritudinous of all the motorcycle species. And this one is up there with the best of them. Built by Jason Wonder from Wonder Customs who received world wide recognition for his V-ROD custom a few years ago. “I don’t build show bikes, even though I built the Rev-2 that was in the AMD show in 2009″ he says. “I build bikes you can ride”. Jason is a “one man shop” based in Texas and has been building bikes professionally for the past 8 years – not bad for a 27 year old. Jason builds both new and old bikes from vintage Ducati’s and Guzzi’s through to new American V-twins and racers. His Dad was a flat track racer so motorcycles have always been in his blood – and it looks like he’s put a bit of that blood into this ride…


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Venier Customs ’87 Moto Guzzi V35 C – “Diabola”

Posted on August 25th, by Andrew in Brat, Classic. No Comments

As if the gods are screwing with us, the post immediately after the world’s greatest Firestone Squigglies poll turns out to be a bike that looks so good wearing the things, there ought to be a law against it. Meet one of Moto Guzzi’s lesser-known creations; the weird little brother of the V7 who doesn’t speak much and likes to set things on fire… the V35 C. In original “C” form it was, believe it or not, a cruiser (Harley Davidson – so much to answer for). But thanks to NYC’s Stefano Venier and his shop Venier Customs Motorcycles, it’s no longer a lardy 80s misfit, but rather a lean, mean ridin’ machine. Which still starts fires.


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Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer – ‘Kaffeemaschine 5’

Posted on April 20th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

An alchemist, in case you didn’t already know, is defined as a person who possesses (amongst other things) the capability of turning base metals into the noble metals. Put simply, that’s turning iron, nickle, led, or zinc into gold and silver – called noble metals because they seem to have an almost magical ability to resist ever looking old and dated. Now fast forward 1000 years and consider the modern-day work of Hamburg’s Axel Budde. Given a rather scrappy collection of basic parts, some of which had well and truly been turned into near scrap before they reached his lab, he has managed to materialise the very precious bike you see before you here. Magic? Science? A product of the dark arts? Sadly for those of us looking to emulate his creation, it turns out that it’s nothing more than sheer determination, skill, and hard work. Damn.


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Raven Motorcycles – Moto Guzzi

Posted on December 27th, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Moto artist Jeff Gundlach has designed many magazine covers for publications like Cycle Magazine and Cycle News over the years, but he recently finished designing and building his biggest project yet – the first Raven Motorcycle. To say it’s been a long time in the making is an understatement. “About 15 years ago I thought of the possibility of designing a bike using the Moto Guzzi engine and the Norton transmission” says Jeff. “Sketches were made and it went to the back burner”. Fast forward to 2 years ago and Jeff decided he had the skills and tools to proceed with the design he scribbled all those years ago.  ”I wanted to build something unique, powerful, light, functional, and a classic look. Choppers, bobbers and sportbikes are very cool but, I did not want to build from an existing engine/trans/frame package.” This is how Jeff describes how the Raven came to life.


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Moto Guzzi Le Mans 3 – Kaffeemaschine

Posted on November 10th, by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. No Comments

Imagine you are a really fast cyclist. So fast that you won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. One day you realize your feet can’t peddle any faster but you still want more speed. Lots more. So you do what every self respecting speed junkie does and you purchase a motorcycle. You decide on a Buell xb12s which you love but unfortunately ends up getting stolen. So you go looking on the interweb for a new motorcycle. And then you see it. A bike that stops you in your tracks and you just know the search is over. This is what happened to Swedish Olympian cyclist Gustav Larsson. After seeing a few pics on a website of a stunning Guzzi cafe racer built by German perfectionist Axel Budde, he knew he had found the guy to build his new bike. “I saw Axels race bike and I decided I wanted something similar!” says Gustav. “I had some different ideas from the beginning. But it turned more and more into a 60′s style cafe racer.” After a few conversations with Axel from the Guzzi specialist shop Kaffeemaschine (Coffee Machine – isn’t German cool?), he knew what the basic brief was. “Red frame, raw alloy tank, black Lafranconi’s – although it started with golden cast wheels” says Axel. So he got to work…


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