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Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer – Get To Know About The Best Bikes In Detail

Moto guzzi cafe racer is one of the most in demand bike among cafe racing enthusiasts all over the world. If you love to modify your motorcycle and have a craze for light powered motorcycle, then cafe racer is the ideal one for you.

History About Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi, established in 1921, is a leading Italian motorcycle manufacturer and one of the oldest running motorcycle production houses in Europe. It was founded by Carlo Guzzi, Giorgio Parodi and Giovanni Ravelli in Mandello Del Lario, Italy. The company is known for its huge prominence in the motorcycle racing all over the world. The company was the first to come out with eight cylinder motorcycle engine, wind tunnel and the first motorcycle center stand. The popular racing models manufactured by the company are:

  • Gambalunghino (250 cc)
  • 250 cc Compressore
  • Bicilindrica (500 cc)
  • Albatros (250 cc)
  • Otto Cilindri (500 cc V8)
  • Quattro Cilindri (500 cc)
  • 500 cc GT2VT
  • Dondolino (500 cc)

What Are Moto Guzzi Cafe Racers? 

The moto guzzi cafe racer is a very light motorcycle that is modified to provide great speed and handling rather than used to bike in style and comfort. Some of the most common features that you will find on a cafe racer from Moto Guzzi are: elongated fuel tank, single-person humped and elongated seat, racing handlebars that are slung low and fuel tanks with dents on the sides to allow the knees of the rider to grip the fuel tank. These cafe racers are the most popular among motorcycle enthusiasts and its engines are tuned in such a way that they offer maximum speed and are very light to handle on roads.

How Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer Got Its Look?

It all started in England in the 60s. The motorcycle enthusiasts were always looking for affordable motorcycles that could give them maximum power. The only way that they could get the motorcycle with the desired performance was to re-tune their bike from its standard factory settings with different racing options. They felt that bikes made by moto guzzi was the ideal one as it was built with class and precision and was most affordable at that time. The bike riders used the readily available tuning parts to retune the moto guzzi bikes. If they had a solid budget at their disposal, they would add even more parts to spruce up the speed of their light motorcycle. As more and more tuning parts were added to their moto guzzi bikes, a new standard looking bike started to take shape and this is how cafe racer got its look. Nowadays, you will find some of the best cafe racers in town are moto guzzi cafe racer bikes.

What Are The Additions Done On Moto Guzzi?

The moto guzzi cafe racer that you see today is far more advanced version than what was developed in the 60s and 70s. The typical specifications that a cafe racer of the 60s had were:

  • Clip on’s or Ace bars (two piece bars that are bolted to the fork tube directly)
  • Reverse cone megaphone mufflers
  • Rear-set footrests and foot controls
  • Large Carburetors
  • Elongated and dented fuel tanks
  • Dunlop tires
  • Single elongated and humped seat for the rider

As the market for the tuning parts started to increase in leaps and bounds, the need to custom fit many tuning parts on moto guzzi bikes also started to increase. There were many desirable parts that were in huge demand and it started with replacement tanks and seats for motorcycles. But, the demand did not stop with this and cafe racer enthusiasts wanted more replacement parts on moto guzzi that resemble the ones that were found in the motor racing bikes. Some of the popular replacement parts in demand were:

  • Fiberglass tanks
  • Aluminum fuel tanks
  • Small handlebars
  • Swept back chrome pipes
  • Aluminum engine cases

The cafe racers were never the same again and the best among them in the modern day and age is the moto guzzi cafe racer. There are many cafe racers that you find in the market these days. But, the following are the most popular moto guzzi cafe racers.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The Moto Guzzi V7 racer is the latest cafe racer that comes with the classic Moto Guzzi marquee and is a perfect blend of technology and craftsmanship. This motorcycle comes with 744 cc, 90° V-twin 4-stroke, 5-speed engine that offers a max power of 50 HP and torque of 58Nm at 5,000 rpm. It works on Electronic Fuel Injection principle and can reach a top speed of 115 mph. It has got a lighter fuel tank with increased capacity and can hold up to 5.8 gallons, which is comfortable for 310 miles. (photo source)

Moto Guzzi Le Mans By Kaffeesmaschine

If you are an avid fan of moto guzzi cafe racer bikes, then you will fall in love with this modified version of the classic Guzzi Le Mans. This is a Le Mans Mark III bike and comes with a Mark IV head engine with bigger carburetor and the engine capacity is 1040cc. The modified Guzzi Le Mans comes with modified and balanced crank, electronic ignition system, dual spark heads, new brake cylinders and progressive rate-springs in the forks with spokes wheels. (photo source)

Revival’s 75 Moto Guzzi 850T 

A unique mix of Japanese and Italian culture has been brought in this classic remodeled 75 Moto Guzzi 850T by Revival Cycles. Some of the features of this bike are: aluminum headlight cowl and brackets, unibody alloy tank, inverted GSXR forks, custom 18 inch alloy wheels, gull wing style clip-ons made of alloy and LED taillight system. (photo source)

‘82 Moto Guzzi V50

Another cult classic 500 cc motorcycle that became popular in the early 80s was the Moto Guzzi V50 Monza that came with 490cc OHV, 5-speed, air-cooled V-twin engine that offered maximum power of 48hp at 7000 rpm. Ellaspede made few changes to the classic V50 like replacing the big starting motor and battery with small-block North/South V, new mounted headlights and taillights, indicators at the front of headlights, new improved drive shaft, linked braking system and so on. (photo source)

Moto Guzzi 1000 SP  

This is another classic bike that attracts every Moto Guzzi cafe racer enthusiast. This 1978-79 model bike comes with 4-stroke, OHV, V-twin, 2 valve per cylinder engine that has a capacity of 949 cc that offers maximum power of 75 bhp at 7300 rpm. The 1000SP Spada has a five speed transmission with telescopic front suspension and pivoted fork rear suspension. The fuel tank capacity is 24 liters and the bike can reach a top speed of 137 mph. (photo source)

So, if you are an avid cafe racer lover, then choose one of the best Moto Guzzi cafe racer bikes that suits your needs and style and be the talk of your neighborhood.


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Comments (1)

  1. Does anyone know where I could get a set of Conti “mufflers” ? Had a set on my V-50 II years ago that sounded great. (They let the 4-wheelers know that I was beside them.) Would really like to have a pair for my V50 Monza. – And can anyone hazard a guess as to what a decent Monza would be worth, with 16K miles?

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