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AUSSIE INVASION: Craig Rodsmith Visits the Moto Guzzi Factory

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Interview. No Comments

Craig Rodsmith, our favourite Aussie customiser and all-round bloody talented nice guy took a trip from his US shop north of Chicago to visit the home of Moto Guzzi in Mandello del Lario, north of Milan. We spoke to him about his Guzzi obsessions and what it’s like to work with the 97-year-old factory…

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EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘Viridium’ Moto Guzzi Griso

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Andrew in Roadster. No Comments

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing and our desire to hold onto the past, even the very recent, can have us railing against any possible change. The last of the Moto Guzzi Griso models are still yet to be sold from dealer floors before the bike is phased out entirely, but one man is already missing them…

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FIERE & FURY. The ‘Bazooka’ Moto Guzzi From Ruote Fiere

Posted on September 8, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Racer. No Comments

In the last ten years old Moto Guzzis have gone through a stratospheric increase in value. Big block 70’s and 80’s models now command prices that would have been laughable a decade ago. The secret’s out – and now people realize what a great base they are for a killer custom build…

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BAMBINO TO GO. Anvil Motociclette’s Tiny ‘Koz’ Italjet Minimoto

Posted on September 5, 2018 by Andrew in Classic, Enduro, Moped, Scrambler. No Comments

When builders thought that scramblers were getting old, they looked to ‘60s and ‘70s Enduro and Motocross for greener pastures. So when Italian moto magicians Anvil Motociclette grew tired of that, where to next? Bambini, that’s where…

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ESPRESSO EXPRESS. Emporio Elaborazioni’s ‘Crono’ Ducati Darmah Cafe

Posted on September 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic, Racer. No Comments

They’re one of the leading motorcycle builders in Italy, restoring classic bikes to their former glory and creating some of the best customs in the land. Yet for all the success that Rome’s Emporio Elaborazioni Meccaniche has had, can you believe they’ve never built a Ducati? Not until now…

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GRAN SLAM. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘GranSasso’ Moto Guzzi Stelvio

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Andrew in Adventure. No Comments

There’s no argument that Italy’s Officine Rosssopuro do the best-looking Moto Guzzi customs on the scene. The head of the shop, Filippo Barbacane, never takes the easy route with his builds. He mixes and matches engines and final drive components and the end result is always a show-stopper…

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SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Alea Motorcycle’s ‘Blacksun’ Triumph Bonneville

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Andrew in Other, Tracker. No Comments

I’ve been obsessed with custom motorcycles for the last fourteen years. And no small amount of that infatuation has been directed towards the Triumph Bonneville. I’ve got an entire folder on my home computer dedicated to the model. Thousands of Bonnie photos modified in every way you can imagine…

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END OF THE WORLD. Officine Rossopuro’s ‘Finisterrae’ Moto Guzzi Bellagio

Posted on July 5, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

There is something connecting certain builders and brands that we may never understand, but such is the affinity between the two that one becomes synonymous with the other. When it comes to Moto Guzzi that man is Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro

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PRAWN STAR. Anvil’s Wild ‘Shrimp’ Indian Scout Tracker

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. No Comments

Indian Motorcycle company has turned to one of Europe’s premier custom workshops and the World’s best suppliers to honour Albert ‘Shrimp’ Burns. The Glimmer Twins of Anvil Motociclette have handcrafted a Flat Track Scout Sixty Racer that’s world unveil will happen today in France…

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EMPIRE OF THE FUN. Officine 08’s ‘New Dawn’ Yamaha XV750 Cafe Racer

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer. No Comments

EICMA’s November 2017 show, held in a typically chilly Milan, is the place that many big manufacturers choose to reveal their new metal. But hidden away from all the glitz, glamour and wildly inappropriate booth babes was this little gem from Italy‘s Officine 08…

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