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

Posted on August 25, 2012 by Andrew in Brat, Classic. 56 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.


Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer – ‘Kaffeemaschine 5’

Posted on April 20, 2012 by Andrew in Café Racer, Classic. 41 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.


Raven Motorcycles – Moto Guzzi

Posted on December 27, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 48 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.


Moto Guzzi Le Mans 3 – Kaffeemaschine

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 30 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…


Review: 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Posted on July 26, 2011 by Andrew in Café Racer, Review. 44 comments

“Moto” = motor, “Guzzi” = to grin like an idiot inside your helmet (click for a larger version)

Most countries have their associated stereotypes. Apparently Australia is full of lunatic blonde animal hunters, the U.S. is populated solely by gun-toting Christians and the UK is full of pasty people who constantly complain about the weather and finish every sentence with the word “Guv’nor”. Of course, for the most part that is all baloney. Turns out that McCartney and Wonder were right – people are the same wherever you go. But there’s one particular cliché I have found to be true. Italians do dress well – very well indeed.

Enter stage left the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – a very dapper version of the already pretty damn suave V7 Café. If the standard model is meant to conjure long-forgotten images of the “good ol’ days” with it’s upswept pipes and obvious design cues from the original 70’s V7, the Racer looks about as subtle as the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie. But is it “amore”, or is it just a one-ride stand?


Moto Guzzi Big Mono Naked SD Concept

Posted on February 2, 2011 by Andrew in Other. 20 comments

Our Imaginary Garage sessions on Pipeburn are all very good and well but if we ever wanted to ramp things up just a little and start doing some 3D modeling, I’d be much more than happy seeing a bike like this roll out of the other end. These stunning renderings are by Italian industrial designer Paolo De Giusti, who has drawn inspiration from an older generation of single cylinder Moto Guzzis from the 50s that have been all-but-forgotten since the company’s success with it’s twin cylinder V90.

And if that’s not unique enough, he’s also gone and made it a 903cc turbo-diesel engine with a hydraulic transmission for the estimated 150 horsies and 133 ft/lbs of torques (!) to slosh through. Bolt a 30 lt (8 gallon) tank and you’ll have a bike that would ride all night, which is exactly what Paolo intended. “Ideally this bike, with a range of 550 miles, is designed to run for hours in the now-defunct Milan-Taranto open road endurance race.”


Moto Guzzi 1000SP

Posted on December 11, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 10 comments

If you remember what the original 1000SP looked like then you’ll appreciate the hours of work that have gone into transforming this Guzzi into a work of art. Built by Italian Filippo Barbacane from Officine Rossopuro who spent 4 months creating this bike he calls the TTre. Filippo and Officine Rossopuro have become synonymous with creating some of the best looking Moto Guzzi‘s in the world.


“Madame Guzzi” Boardtracker

Posted on November 23, 2010 by Andrew in Bobber, Classic, Tracker. 41 comments

What were you doing with your life in your late teens? If you were anything like me you were flunking out of university, getting right-royally wasted, living at home and you more than likely hadn’t even considered riding a motorbike. At least, not legally. Cough. So what if I were to tell you that the creator of the amazing Moto Guzzi you see above is only a mere 20 years old and that this is in fact the third custom bike he’s built? Well, it’s with gritted teeth and a slightly awkward, jealous smile that I’d like to introduce you to Adam Nestor, creator of this Ferrari blue wonder called “Madame Guzzi”.


Moto Guzzi V35 III Café Racer

Posted on May 12, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer. 3 comments


The Italian owner of this Moto Guzzi café racer Michelangelo Possidente turned 18 a few months ago and had to decide on his first motorbike. “I had to choose whether to buy a Japanese bike or a power limited Guzzi V35 III, I decided to buy the V35 III and build a unique bike!” Michelangelo explains. This Guzzi is his first ‘creation’, and he goes into detail about what he has done to this V35.


Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Posted on April 19, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Classic. 1 Comment

German bike builder Axel Budde has been modifying Moto Guzzi Le Mans for over 14 years, and it definitely shows. These two Moto Guzzi‘s have been built with meticulous attention to detail. Axel told us “to describe all the modifications would take too long, so here are the most important ones…