Miss Memphis Custom Guzzi.

customguzzi1customguzzi2customguzzi4customguzzi5When Giavanni Ravelli, one of the 3 founders of Moto Guzzi, was killed in a plane crash just days after the end of the war, his 2 partners Giorgio Parodi and Carlo Guzzi, decided to commemorate Ravelli with a company symbol representing their common passion for flying planes. For logo, they rook inspiration from the insignia of the Italian Air Corp, the winged eagle (L’aquila Ad Ali Spiegate), still today part of Moto Guzzi logo. A reference to aviation that many also find (coincidence or not) in the engine design, quite reminiscent of the shape of many plane motors. Two facts that builder Alan Bernard from Santiago Chopper must have known when he decided to theme this custom 1997 Guzzi 1100 Sport, customizing it with as many visual references he could find of WW2 combat planes, pinup included (painted on top engine!)

customguzzi6customguzzi7The 1100 Sport Guzzi has a very distinctive, old school look and apart from a few troubles with the original fuel injected system, it makes a very good used buy, around US $5500. When Alan bumped into one with only 2400 original miles, he knew he had to own it, knowing it would be another perfect canvas for a very cool Cafe Racer. The V-twin (1064 cc, 90 hp, 71 ft/lb torque), 5 gears, steel spine frame bike gives you a 1/4-mile acceleration in 12.3 seconds and takes you to a top speed of 140 mph. On something like a Guzzi, that feels bloody fast…

AG04customguzzi10In addition to a perfect body work for such a theme that consumed most of the labor hours, replacing some original parts with the updated after-market version, mechanical mods are limited to adding a 40 mm Dellorto Carburetor (the brand models have been fitted to most Italian motorcycles since the 1950s), replacing the original ignition with an electronic model from Muzi Moto used in Guzzi competition, simplifying/improving/hiding the stock electrical system well known for being affected with several issues. Work performed by Mike Lima and Alain Bernard at Santiago Chopper (photography copyright Erik Runyon at Choppershotz courtesy to Cyril Huze)

15 Responses to “Miss Memphis Custom Guzzi.”

  1. 1 Roger Feb 11th, 2013 at 9:31 am


  2. 2 Shifter Feb 11th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Guzzi getting interest again from builders.

  3. 3 Reyn Mansson Feb 11th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    It is interesting how builders seem to like the v-twin guzzi for builds. a used MG is not expensive and comes with a lot of nice equipment like brakes and suspension.

  4. 4 GuitarSlinger Feb 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Remove the ‘ Theme Bike ‘ schtick and this’d be one heck of a nice Guzzi custom !

    With the ‘ schtick ‘ …. well the decals and emblems do detract from the overall design

  5. 5 Doc Robinson Feb 11th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful bike Alan, you rock!

  6. 6 CafeSportyTC Feb 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Guzzi’s looking more and more appealing… hmmm maybe i should find one

  7. 7 Brian Klock Feb 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with Doc, good stance, well executed bike!

  8. 8 Aloha-Terry Feb 11th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Very nice bike, a guess I am lucky to live in the Tampa Bay area with so many of the cutting edge cafe racers come. It seems almost every week someone is turning out a premium bike for the world to look at and lust after. Alain’s work is outstanding and his work with MG’s is wonderful.

  9. 9 Dave Blevins Feb 11th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Nice bike for sure, but maybe better without the pin-up girls and US Air Force logo.
    Still, very nice bike, I like it a lot.

  10. 10 Zipper Feb 11th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Nice to see a bike that you can actually can ride. ..z

  11. 11 dmj Feb 12th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I was looking at this and thinking to myself remove the theme. Then as I read down, GuitarSlinger beat me to it. Otherwise it is very nicely done.

  12. 12 RIC BONIN Feb 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm


  13. 13 Bigalyts Feb 13th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Cyril so glad to see you into all aspects of the Motorcycles.World. This Cafe thing is here to stay. I think many of us will have one in our Stable. Even if the Stable is only 2 Bikes.

  14. 14 Bigalyts Feb 13th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Excuse me I need to Tout these Santiago Boyz. You Guyz are awesome and your Proof is in that Motoguzzi. Probably one of the Koolest customs. Everything done is Excellent!

  15. 15 burnout Feb 14th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I like it. The decals and paint are not for everyone but works on this bike. peace

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