Tag Archives: Moto Guzzi

Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Matt at Machine is one of Australia’s top custom motorcycle builders. So when a new bike rolls out of his workshop in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, it’s an event. For his latest bike, Matt wanted a “reliable, fast Italian cafe racer suitable for long, mid- to high-speed freeway runs”. So what better

Guzzi magic from Officine RossoPuro: the Motociclone

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Moto Guzzi customs, and Officine RossoPuro builds in particular. This is the latest machine from Filippo Barbacane’s workshop in Pescara: it’s called Motociclone, which means ‘Cyclone bike’ (as you’ve probably guessed). It’s based on the late 70s 1000 SP, which is increasingly

Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

EXCLUSIVE The Wrenchmonkees have just released a new machine into the wild. It’s a rebuilt 1974 Moto Guzzi 850 T and the lucky owner is a Norwegian called Pål, from Oslo. When he dropped off his Guzzi at the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen it was yellow, so the bike was quickly stripped back to bare

Moto Guzzi 850 T5 custom

Here’s an unusual take on the classic Moto Guzzi custom. It’s called ‘Motomorphosy’, and it started life as an 850 T5 from 1984. When Alessandro (“Speedy”) bought the bike in the late 80s, he stripped it down for a more spartan but conventional custom look. The 850 became a feature around the bars of Piedmont

Magni Arturo 1000

Arturo Magni is best known for his racing exploits with MV Agusta. While managing MV’s racing department, the team won a remarkable 75 world championships and over 3,000 races in several classes. After MV retired from racing in the late 70s, Magni and his sons set up a factory to build ‘specials’, and in the

Moto Guzzi Griso "Ipothesys"

EXCLUSIVE Here’s a first look at the latest bike designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro. He’s best known for his classic Moto Guzzi cafe racers, so this Griso, the debut build from a new boutique brand called Ipothesys, is something of a departure for him. It’s a modern take on the classic café racer,

Moto Guzzi bobber motorcycle

This vintage-themed Moto Guzzi looks like an 850T to me. And unlike most Guzzi customs, it’s not a café racer—it’s a bobber motorcycle. This bike appeared briefly on a German website—which now appears to have gone under—and little information was forthcoming from the owner, apart from these images. At the very least, this machine has

Moto Guzzi café racer

Italian Motor Magazine is carving a name for itself as a chronicler of very classy vintage and custom machinery. This Moto Guzzi is the star of issue #2, which has just been released. The owner is mysteriously referred to only as ‘John W’. “I got my first Guzzi, a twin front disc V7 Sport in

358 Vintage Road Racer

This is one of the most unusual creations we’ve seen for a while. It was built by Paul Brodie of Washington State, a talented engineer with a penchant for classic motorcycles. Brodie was reverse-engineering an Excelsior boardtrack engine using modern materials, and needed a test mule for his embryonic motor. So he built this ‘358

Moto Guzzi V1000 by Officine RossoPuro

For me, a new bike from Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is An Event. And this latest Moto Guzzi custom doesn’t disappoint. Called ‘Idro’—Hydro, or water in English—it’s based on the V1000 Idroconvert, one of Moto Guzzi’s lesser-known motorcycles. The bike originally got its name from its automatic transmission (with hydraulic torque converter), and was

Honda CB750 Police

Just when you thought you’d seen every possible version of Honda’s iconic CB750, here’s another: the super-rare CB750P/K0 Police model. The exquisite bike shown here is a 1970 example owned by a collector in Japan, and it’s a delicate antidote to the overblown style of its Harley-Davidson and Moto Guzzi contemporaries. The combined headlight/speedometer is

Officine RossoPuro TTre

This lovely Moto Guzzi 1000 SP custom is the latest creation from prolific Italian custom shop Officine RossoPuro. It’s called the TTre—a reference to Guzzi’s classic T3 nomenclature and the Isle of Man TT. As an SP, this bike sported a large windshield and a rather awkward lower fairing, with cutouts for the huge V-twin

1977 MV Agusta Magni 860

This purposeful-looking beast is a one-off built by the mercurial Arturo Magni. It’s an MV Agusta 750 bored out to 860cc and equipped with chain drive, a new engine cradle, and that simply beautiful exhaust system. Its pedigree is impeccable: Magni was Count Domenico Agusta’s Direttore Sportivo del Reparto Corse, the head of the MV

Starline model motorcycles

Decent models of classic motorcycles seem to be harder to find these days. So it was refreshing to stumble across Starline Models, a German company based in Nürnberg that produces a tempting range of vintage Moto Guzzi miniatures, plus an MV Agusta 750 S and Laverda 1000 thrown in for good measure. The bike in