- Café Racer
- V1000 G5
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- Winchester, UK
- Days listed:
- 4 days
Tell us about your bike
Old School Cafe Racer
Built while I lived in Germany by myself in 2013 so conforms to the strict TUV system. Imported to UK March 2017 and is currently on the road with UK V5, MOT, tax and is insured with Bikesure.
Based on a V1000G5, I wanted to keep the design clean and simple, pure mechanical art. No funny gimmicks, easy to maintain with a whole parts support network available in the UK & Europe. Above all, the base G5 is a very reliable and stable platform.
This is not a ‘money-no-object’ showroom build, it uses a lot of Guzzi parts mostly new but some reconditioned in an attempt to stay true to the Café Racer ethos. Although this is my first build, I am a designer and repair and restore classic aircraft in my spare time. I built this bike in a Hangar and had access to a complete workshop of great machinery, (pretty lucky). I am into detail so there’s a lot to please the eye on this bike.
Engine is stock, stripped, checked, re-gasketed & painted, believed to have around 40,000km on it, there’s no sign of wear on the inside. I added the usual extended sump to bring the filter to the outside and aid cooling. I’ve put 4000 miles on it since 2013. The engine is a powerhouse, a workhorse, reliable and full of Torque. It’s also good for 140mph (which we have accurately tested and calibrated the speedo for). Its never let me down once!
Fitted with Dellorto PHF Carbs, jetted and professionally adjusted for large dia bellmouths and straight through Lafranconi Competizioni pipes, (legal in both Germany and UK due to it being an 80’s bike) I have the noise test doc from the Germans. Result! They sound awesome too, low down and dirty for those that dont know the Guzzi noise.
Koni adjustable rear shocks, standard front forks with upgraded springs. ABM floating front disks (ABE approved for MG V1000), drilled MG rear disks with standard MG pots, upgraded pads and braided hoses.
Custom front mudguard and bracket.
Clip-on’s with retro grips and Rizoma bar end mirrors, Oberon bar end blinkers. All CE approved kit required for the Germans.
Professionally made wiring loom with under-seat fuse box. (I don’t do wiring so had a pro do it, I even have the photos of the legendary living room event). High quality water-proof connectors and kit used wherever possible.
New Bosch alternator with ElectroSport ESR450 regulator/rectifier. (fault free since fitting).
Under-frame battery box with strong output battery which remains on a battery manager.
Mini mechanical MMB speedo and electronic tacho both wired with white LED lighting.
Headlamp with LED sidelight and LSE brackets.
Micro all-in-one rear lights by Kellermann. Not easy to see on the pics but extremely bright!
Modified Rizoma plate holder with Led plate lamp.
Custom built seat by Vonzetti using my own CAD drawings of frame as template. (CAD dwg's available)
Professional paint job by German auto painter.
Bridgestone Battlax BT45 tyres with tubes on MG powder coated alloy rims. (rear tyre new March 2018).
This bike gets used so has signs of 'some' wear, I designed it to be used, however, it never goes out in the wet and gets a lot of attention wherever it goes. I’m sure once you see it, you’ll want it!
Recent photos taken at an MotoGuzzi meet at the Bike Shed.
Box of spares, additional KMH Speedo for those foreign trips (5 mins to fit), manuals, folder full of receipts and a beautiful Moto Guzzi dust cover all included. MOT'd until March 2019, will be MOT'd at renewal date.
Absolutely no tire kickers or joy riders!
Available to see at the Bike Shed Nov 18 - Jan 19