Guzzi V7 Classic Cafe Racer
Sometimes it is not about radically transforming a motorcycle that we particularly like. It's just about imprint our personal mark, reflecting our particular tastes and making it perfectly distinguishable wherever we go. The biker aphorism says that if you get off your bike and you don't turn around to look at it, you've got the wrong bike.
That was the starting point for this project, with a Guzzi V7 motorcycle donor which by itself already has a lot of personality. The customer was very clear about the aesthetic aspects of the bike - such as the copper highlights and the black as the dominant color - and our job was to materialize them by twiking a little bit some points of the stock bike.
We started the project by removing wheels, tank, valve covers, front and rear suspension, side covers, exhausts and seat. With the bike "naked", we proceeded to paint all the areas of the engine, rims and hubs, exhaust manifolds, front fork and triple trees in satin or matte black depending on the area. Meanwhile, the parts that were made of copper were taken to the chrome workshop for copper plating.
To give it a more aggressive and Cafe Racer look, the rear part of the frame was chopped, avoiding the original rear fender, and fabricating a license plate bracket anchored to the swingarm that includes the brake light and position with a very subtle LED strip, which which leaves a much cleaner rear look. The restyling was completed with longer YSS shock absorbers so that the side line looked more horizontal.
Using the stock seat pan, we shaped it to the new subframe, foam shaved, especially in the driver's area, and it upholstered adding a eyelet decorative lines as per customer request.
Front end with traditional rubber boots, a smalller headlight, and integrated bullet turn signals completing the Cafe Racer look with a chopped bespoke front fender. The bar end mirrors give the perfect touch to a Sixties Racer-inspired motorcycle.
Finally the tank was painted in gloss black with three longitudinal matte black lines in the area of the filler cap.
Exhaust speaking, shorter black mufflers, and all the copper-plated parts were mounted, including the throttle and clutch grips, indicator clock rings and logos on the sides of the tank, filler cap, valve covers, and internal side grilles.
A motorcycle that is impossible to go unnoticed wherever it goes.
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