Wrenchmonkees Guzzie keeps it simple

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Spend a couple seconds glancing at this custom Moto Guzzi and you’ll probably dismiss it. More used to flashy ridiculousness and shiny components on customs, our minds have a hard time recognizing plain old shape, form and subtlety. Spend a couple of minutes pouring over the details, however, and you’ll see something else entirely.
Instead of raiding parts catalogs for spiderweb clutch covers and USD
Öhlins, the Wrenchmonkees — a collective of Copenhagen-based motorcycle
enthusiasts – use found, modified and adapted parts. It’s a more
difficult approach than unpack and bolt on, but look at the results.

All the elements that make classic Guzzis great are still here – that
straight frame tube across the top, the triangle under the seat, the
forward thrusting profile — but they’re adapted and emphasized by the
simplified lines. The seat and tail are slimmed down, the underseat
clutter is hidden, the cockpit is minimized and the exhaust made less
obtrusive; all while preserving the patina of age by using the original
components. What’s new — the shocks, the tires, the clip-ons, the
handmade seat, the hand-painted take — works to emphasize rather than
detract from the original. The result is the kind of bike our
rose-tinted memories suggest that Guzzi should have made all along.


  • http://www.selfedge.com kiya

    Wrenchmonkees are still my favorite Euro crew, they have an aesthetic which is original and timeless and they do it all with extreme precision.

  • jwinter

    This sort of simplicity and understatedness is really pleasing.
    Contrast this to the touring monstrosity that was on here a couple days ago, just on pure aesthetics.

    • modchen

      well put.

  • http://sr500project.blogspot.com/ Anders

    Love it. So sophisticated, this is a bike I could live with for years.

  • Ceolwulf

    This is the sort of bike that renews my resolve to build a cafe racer … simply beautiful and beautifully simple.

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    • http://www.mc-addict.com HansPS

      Hell yeah! :-)

  • Ryan

    This is SO much better looking than that waste of space chanel POS that was featured last week.

    For me, the best of the cafe racer production has to go to deus ex machina’s SR400 grievous angel.

    There’s just something about it. The combination of new tech and old looks does it for me..

  • http://tanshanomi.com Tanshanomi

    “…the handmade seat…”

    Well, yea. I was with you until I got to the seat. It certainly looks handmade — like a plank with naugahyde stapled to it. It ruins the bike.

  • Telekom

    That’s a very nice bike.