Moto Guzzi Cafe Racers

Moto Guzzi is the "oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production". As they near their 100th anniversary Moto Guzzi shows no signs of slowing down. From their factory in Mandello del Lario, the Italian manufacturer continues to hand build their motorcycles. In 1950 Guzzi was the first motorcycle manufacturer to build a wind tunnel at their facility, giving them a distinct advantage over other manufacturers. The tunnel allowed Guzzi to design motorcycles that were superior race machines while also optimizing the performance of their consumer offering. Recognised by their longitudinal v-twin engine configuration and bulletproof shaft drive the Moto Guzzi brand has a loyal global following. As a platform for a cafe racer build nothing compares to a stripped down Moto Guzzi that's ready to be raced.
Return of the Cafe Racers - The Nautilus – Moto Guzzi 850 T5

The Nautilus – Moto Guzzi 850 T5

Jules Verne described Captain Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus, as “a masterpiece containing masterpieces”. It was a machine unlike any other, decades ahead of its time and awe-inspiring to those who witnessed it. Lino Tonti had probably hoped for a similar reaction to his Moto Guzzi 850 T when it was revealed to…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Vertigo – Vibrazioni Moto Guzzi Audace

Vertigo – Vibrazioni Moto Guzzi Audace

For the second year in a row, Moto Guzzi Italia is hosting their ‘Lord of the Bikes’ series. The series sees a handful of Italy’s top custom motorcycle builders to go head to head in an elimination-style build off using motorcycles from the Moto Guzzi range. It’s a competition that welcomes imaginative thinking…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Twisted Twin – Stile Italiano Moto Guzzi 950

Twisted Twin – Stile Italiano Moto Guzzi 950

Launched in 1999 Italian workshop ‘Stile Italiano’ specialise in the sale of high-end classic, collectable and exotic motorcycles, but behind the doors of their exclusive workshop, they have another agenda, building jaw-dropping cafe racers. Stile Italiano founder Gianluca Tiepolo and his small team of skilled builders aren’t a custom workshop for hire though.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Revenge – Moto Guzzi V11 Cafe Racer

The Revenge – Moto Guzzi V11 Cafe Racer

After its release in 1999 the Moto Guzzi V11 received pretty average reviews. It was let down mainly due to excessive weight and poor build quality. Thankfully in 2001 when Aprilia to Guzzi under its wing quality improved dramatically, but they never managed to shed those extra kilos. So, when the team…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Eighties Influence – 4H10 Moto Guzzi V7

Eighties Influence – 4H10 Moto Guzzi V7

Anyone who has ridden a modern Moto Guzzi V7 knows they’re not the same high revving, mind blowing, performance-focused motorcycle as your average modern sportbike. The V7 is more of a nostalgic time machine designed to take you back to when motorcycles smelt like oil and vibrated in all the right places. In…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Round Head Racer – Moto Guzzi LeMans MkII

Round Head Racer – Moto Guzzi LeMans MkII

Meeting someone who makes a living from doing something they actually love is a rare phenomenon, and such is the case of Mauro Abbadini. If you’re a fan of classic motorcycle racing and you live in Spain there’s a 99% chance that you’ve heard of Mauro’s ‘Classic Co Garage’. Along with his…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Green Dream Maschine – Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer

Green Dream Maschine – Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer

In the world of custom motorcycles, one builder who has become synonymous with great looking Moto Guzzi’s is Axel Budde. At his KaffeeMaschine workshop in Hamburg, Germany, Axel has amassed a portfolio of gorgeous custom Guzzi’s that are enough to make any motorcycle lovers heart race. Using examples of the Italian manufacturer’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Round Two – Venier Corsaiola V75

Round Two – Venier Corsaiola V75

Back in 2012 Stefano Venier founded his ‘Venier Customs’ workshop. As an exercise in producing a series of bikes under the Venier moniker he developed the Moto Guzzi V75 based ‘Corsaiola’. The bikes name roughly translated to ‘speedy’ and was Stefano’s attempt at transforming the relatively mundane V75 into a motorcycle that…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Monotone Masterpiece – Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer

Monotone Masterpiece – Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer

Despite an unfortunate and unforeseeable turn of events, Johann Keyser managed to turn misfortune into an opportunity that lead to the birth of his Moto Motivo workshop. After building a slew of cool custom motorcycles for customers Johann decided it was time to treat himself by building a bike to his own…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Caffé Lungo – Officine Sbrannetti Moto Guzzi Griso

Caffé Lungo – Officine Sbrannetti Moto Guzzi Griso

Moto Guzzi’s Griso enjoyed rave reviews when it first appeared on the market in 2005. Journalists applauded the Italian manufacturer for producing a bike that looked as good as, if not better, than the original concept. The Griso featured a revised engine design, a high quality finish and enough power to deliver…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Add Lightness – Nitro Cycles moto Guzzi T3

Add Lightness – Nitro Cycles moto Guzzi T3

First released in 1975, Moto Guzzi’s 850 T3 was designed for the booming American motorcyclist market. As defined by its T designation it was a Turismo model with a comfortable, upright riding position ideal for long highway hauls. The 3 in its name described a new triple disc braking system that actuated…

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