Based on a 1981 Moto Guzzi SP1000.
Initially this wasn't a client led build that inspired us to start this Guzzi, a project bike we've had in storage for a while. With loads of ideas already in mind it was decided the time was right to crack on with it. With only a few days into the project, we had a call from Paul who had seen some of our builds and fancied a custom Guzzi.
A complete coincidence, but after chatting through the ideas we had for the SP, he was fully on board and was already getting excited.
This wasn't going to be a cafe racer style but a comfortable roadster with modern, quality suspension, brakes, electronics but also with some practical touches too.
A set of R1 upside down forks and brakes were sourced along with a wider California swinging arm and the wider spoked wheels which were all duly stripped and refurbished. A new custom set of billet alloy 'triple trees' were CNC milled and black anodized along with the fork legs.
Once some dimensions had been taken a call to Maxton Suspension to order up a set of their top of the range, fully adjustable shocks was made.
The colour scheme for this bike was to be a dark satin blue with burnt bronze highlights. The wheel rims, engine covers and other selected parts were Ceracoated to match. Paul decided a Triclore Italian flag on each wheel would be a nice touch so our 'go to' paintshop Wicked Coatings in Poole expertly airbrushed a fluttering flag on each rim along with the satin blue finish on the new 'V7' style custom made alloy tank and alloy mudguards.
With the refreshed, colour changed and upgraded motor including a Ram single plate, lightweight flywheel clutch assembly, lighter more powerful Valeo starter motor and a gorgeous set of FCR flatslide carbs now finished and mated up with the freshly powdercoated frame, it was time to turn to the electrics.
A Motogadget M Unit Blue with keyless ignition now controls all the push button switches which mate up with the Koso LED headlamp, M Blaze LED indicators and LED tail light. An Acewell multi function digital/analogue speedo now nestles in front of the new Renthal Fat Bars which are adorned with Accossato's finest radial pump mastercylinder and matching clutch lever set.
We wanted this bike to sound as good as it looks so we turned to our exhaust pals OS Pipes for a full stainless 'Le Mans' style system. It sounds great without being too loud to annoy the neighbours!
As there would now be cleared space in the central frame triangle area, for a bit of practicality, an alloy, frame shaped storage box was fabricated with flip up side panels and then covered in the same 'conker' leather as the new seat with lovely 'tricolore ' stitching. The top of the box is recessed and houses most of the electronic components.
With the bike finished, road tested and signed off, "Resurrection" was exhibited at the fabulous 2022 Bike Shed show and then was delivered to Paul who is now enjoying this subtly different big block custom Guzzi.
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