This beautiful Moto Guzzi was built by Johann Keyser of MotoMotivo - Raleigh - North Carolina.
By his words, the history of this motorcycle:
• What’s the make, model, year of the bike and how long did the build take?
The Moto Motivo Moto Guzzi is a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850 T. Build time was 3 months.
• Why was this bike built? (customer project or personal?)
The bike was originally earmarked for me, but the current owner saw it in my shop and fell in love with the design idea and decided to add the bike to his collection of motorcycles.
• Who was involved with the build of this bike and what did they do?
The bike was build by me. The fuel tank was fabricated in the UK on order.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The design had to be very clean and classic with higher handlebars, not clip on bars. I wanted to use as many as possible “period correct” parts in the build. I was also looking for a mono chromatic look.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Custom, hand made mudguards front and rear.
Custom hand formed aluminum fuel tank.
Billet aluminum rear sets, cylinder head guards, instrument panel and chassis stiffening plate.
Custom Paint by Johan’s motorcycles. (Also ex SA) He paints all my bikes.
Custom tank logo by my friend Rob at Tapeworks
The battery was moved to a new location under the bike, just behind the transmission.
The frame was shortened at the rear.
Air filter and all electrics were removed from the center part of the frame to give the bike a “see through” look
Digital ignition replaced the old points and condenser system.
New modern charging system.
Rear drum brake was replaced with a disc brake from a later Moto Guzzi 850 T3.
Billet aluminum rear sets were fitted.
Instruments were removed from the original bracket and holders and re-fitted in a billet aluminum unit.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I love all the changes, but the tank and color scheme has to be my favorite. "
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