Spend a couple seconds glancing at this custom Moto Guzzi and you'll probably dismiss it. More used to flashy ridiculousness and shiny components on customs, our minds have a hard time recognizing plain old shape, form and subtlety. Spend a couple of minutes pouring over the details, however, and you'll see something else entirely.>Instead of raiding parts catalogs for spiderweb clutch covers and ...


Spend a couple seconds glancing at this custom Moto Guzzi and you'll probably dismiss it. More used to flashy ridiculousness and shiny components on customs, our minds have a hard time recognizing plain old shape, form and subtlety. Spend a couple of minutes pouring over the details, however, and you'll see something else entirely.
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Instead of raiding parts catalogs for spiderweb clutch covers and USD Öhlins, the Wrenchmonkees -- a collective of Copenhagen-based motorcycle enthusiasts -- use found, modified and adapted parts. It's a more difficult approach than unpack and bolt on, but look at the results.

All the elements that make classic Guzzis great are still here -- that straight frame tube across the top, the triangle under the seat, the forward thrusting profile -- but they're adapted and emphasized by the simplified lines. The seat and tail are slimmed down, the underseat clutter is hidden, the cockpit is minimized and the exhaust made less obtrusive; all while preserving the patina of age by using the original components. What's new -- the shocks, the tires, the clip-ons, the handmade seat, the hand-painted take -- works to emphasize rather than detract from the original. The result is the kind of bike our rose-tinted memories suggest that Guzzi should have made all along.

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