With storm Kate on its way out by midday, it meant that riding was back on the agenda on Easter Monday afternoon. After my brother’s shakedown ride on his Bonnie Scrambler it was my turn to do the same on my Moto Guzzi V7 café racer. We had a great ride – apart from the hail when we stopped for photos!
2WheelsMiklos had set out to build me a bike that had the looks and appeal of the 70's Moto Guzzi LeMans bikes but with modern day reliability. The donor was a 2011 V7 Classic.
The build incorporates a cut down BMW R80 seat unit with tuck and roll upholstery and the tail light built into it. There are clip-ons with Oberon bar-end indicators/mirrors, a Bike-It LED headlamp and lowered instruments. Alloy rear-sets with bespoke linkages have been fitted. The shocks are Hagon Nitro piggy-backs, the tyres are grippy Metzler 880s (on black powder coated rims) and the front brake has been upgraded to an EBC wavy disc. The bike is now also much more free breathing with GP style exhausts and pod air filters. The space behind the engine has been decluttered – no air box, small lithium battery mounted under the seat and drilled though carbon fibre Laverda side panels. Finally the paint is 97% nickel in order to give a perfect alloy finish notwithstanding the stock plastic fuel tank.
Well this Guzzi is nimble and deceptively quick given the free breathing engine. It ran beautifully with no hitches at all. I look forward to many more miles on it!
Miklos joined me riding the 2WheelsMiklos 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T.
Amazing how many similarities there are between these bikes despite the 36 year age difference. The 850T still pulls very strongly and looks very handsome – in particular the polished alloy rocker covers. The specification is quite high – Brembo front brake, Borrani wheels and Dell’Orto carburettors. I understand that like many classic Italian bikes, this one has had its electrical challenges. However, it has clearly been sorted given its faultless performance on the day.
We had a tag along in the form of the previously ridden 2wm Bonnie custom, so as expected a lot of noise buzzing across the streets of Guildford.