Moto Guzzi, the world’s second oldest continuously operating motorcycle manufacturer, is a storied brand offering unmistakable bold styling. To the uninitiated, most Guzzi sport bikes look big, are not necessarily the easiest to handle although they very stable and able to zoom around the bends. But after losing weight, the Sport Guzzis are cheap and great for the building of nimble Cafe Racers with the unique look of an eye catching transverse mounted engine. A Cafe Racer doesn’t have to be British to crack the Ton (100 mph)
Trimming all the fat of unnecessary factory parts from a 2001 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 let Alan Bernard saved at least 70 pounds in just a couple of hours. Then, began the task of mixing and matching parts from other brands (mostly Italian) to give the Guzzi its new Cafe personality almost always and at least a fuel tank with dents to allow the rider’s knees to grip it, a small wind fairing, a sporty suspension, low slung/narrow racing handlebars and a single-person humped seat.
The modified frame and subframe were modified by Abel (ex Evel Knievel mechanic) and now support a 750 Yamaha TZ aluminum gas tank and an Ducati Imola aluminum seat pan and a reshaped Ducati wind splitter. Engine work consisted in removing the stock EFI to return to a more Cafe 41 mm carburetor. Inverted front end was modified at the shop . Alpina wheels Italy. New exhaust was fabricated using the Guzzi Griso system as a base. Ignition by Silent Hekiik Germany. Frame paint by Craig Skiver. Assembly by R. Jones and A. Bernard at Santiago Chopper. Time: 4 months. For sale $45,000. (photography Erik Runyon for Cyril Huze)