Custom: Hammarhead Wayward

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“The goal of the V7 Wayward was to create a bike that could take on the urban commute with appropriate functionality, then break free for fast and light travel, describes James Hammarhead of his latest creation. Based on a Moto Guzzi V7, the Wayward has been lightened, simplified and improved.

The Hammarhead teams spends literally days obsessing over seemingly minute details like frame tabs and wiring and proportion. The work may not pay off with in-your-face features, but it results in incredibly clean bikes that seem to better realize the original purpose of the donor machines.

In the case of Wayward, note how the frame is exposed, highlighting the parallel lines of the diagonal elements. Together with the muscular, forward-emphasis lent by the abbreviated, under-engine exhaust, the bike now exudes performance in way that’s still friendly and acceptable. Just like the V7, only more so.

The shape of the tank is also really emphasized by paring it down to the bare steel. A wax finish will keep the elements at bay.

Complete work includes:
- Simplified bodywork – Reduced weight, visually lightening the motorcycle
- Performance – High flow K&N air filters, custom exhaust and remapped fuel injection
- Suspension – Performance fork springs and rear shocks
- Ergonomics – Mid-rise bars and wide footpegs give an upright riding position with plenty of room to move around in the saddle
- Design – Classic 7-inch teardrop headlight shell housing a small speedometer; low profile, high visibility LED turn signals and two-inch round brake light
- Storage – Wax cotton panniers with internal aluminum frame

  • Isambard

    The Jack Pine was awesome but this is a little bit too tasteful for my taste.

  • JB

    They should have moved that battery into a space under the gas tank or into one of the saddlebags. Leaving the space under the seat hollow would’ve given a tidier finish.

  • CTGuzzi

    V7 owner – I have been considering similar modifications to my bike (especially clearing out of the stock electronics / battery area) to clean up the look – am very curious where they placed all of the wiring to leave the battery there alone

  • Eduard

    If you like the style, check out, they do a very similar thing to old BMW’s and Guzzis’

  • Nathan Wiley

    Stance looks wrong. Forks need to be dropped a bit….looks like it’s riding high in the front. The wax cotton doesn’t come across too well in pictures….looks cheapish. Maybe something in a distressed brown leather would look nicer. Agree with JB, battery looks wrong. I give this effort a solid C……we’re grading right?

    • Tony Strippoli

      Totally, totally agree and that battery? WTF? They called have used a much smaller lithium one and made some kind of battery box.

    • Kr Tong

      Yep. 7k for springs, pod filters, and exhaust… Took off the airbox and couldn’t even hide the battery. Hipster gods are displeased.

    • Corey Cook

      Dear Cafe racer enthusiasts, changing the “stance” of a motorcycle by lowering the forks in triple trees is not done here for a reason. Doing so will adversely affect (bye bye high speed handling) the bikes geometry (Trail) that was meticulously calculated by someone called an Engineer. Hammarhead makes functional motorcycles, not just pretty ones…

      • Justin McClintock

        For $7K, they could make some new tripple trees that wouldn’t screw up the geometry, yet would make the bike looks like it’s sitting right.

      • yipY

        You are wrong about this stance setup.By fitting flat bars he has moved the weight bias rearwards compared to the stock setup with clipons and it may affect high speed stability.The stability of this bike would be improved by lowering the forks in the trees by 1 to 1 1/2″and not just for cool looking stance purposes.Engineers design stock production bikes and real world motorcycle chassis experts perfect the ride.

        • Ricardo Gozinya

          The stock V7 Classic does not have clip ons. Also, the stock bike puts out under 50bhp, so high speed stability really is not a concern.

          • yipY

            My comment about weight distribution is still valid.Any speed over 60mph is “high speed”as far as stability is concerned.Try running out of a tank slap at any kind of speed off a bike like a skateboard.

      • Bryan Woody Wood

        This frame looks to have about 30 degrees of rake to the front end, plus not much offset between the steering stem and the fork legs, plus forks with the axle at the bottom (not leading) lead me to thing this bike has plenty of rake, trail and stability. Likely dropping the forks 1″ would quicken up the steering and maybe result in about 28 degrees of rake. Likely you wouldn’t notice any stability issues until you got down to 25 or so.

        • yipY

          The stock setup is rake:27°50’ / Trail:4.29 in.So it’s a lot closer to that 25 degrees than you may think.I don’t think ‘ead really knows what he wants apart from impressing hipster tragics and pushing his “brand” of cool to design addicts.Watch the Vimeo here:

    • Ricardo Gozinya

      The bike’s stance looks perfect for what it is. It’s not a sportbike, it’s not intended to be a sportbike, or a cafe racer. It’s a standard. And given the bike’s power output, trying to turn it into a cafe racer would just be stupid. Then again, the modern cafe racer scene is stupid. The guys doing it back in the day were looking for more performance, more speed, they weren’t doing it to make a fashion statement. Their modern equivalent would be closer to those New York’s Fastest guys, not the twits putting clip ons and rear sets on old UJMs.

      • yipY

        The current stance is ungainly,for handling stability.The stance is also not correct for fashion bike purposes either.

    • stever

      BAN A-KO

  • Charlie

    Great looking bike…and only $15.5k on the website? Seems awfully reasonable…or does that exclude the donor bike?

  • Shaun9lives

    Some great details but the front to rear balance seems off to me. I want to see what it looks like with a rider on it.

  • Paul Redican

    Nope. not for me a Guzzi should be long and low this looks stubby. Bugs me that frame is angled upwards like the forks need to go through the triple tree an inch and a half. Battery should be mounted under the engine at back as per numerous LM customs. I love the ‘jack pine’ but this looks a bit amature by comparison.

  • karlInSanDiego

    “a wax finish will keep the elements at bay” on a steel tank? Either that’s the bombshell of this story, or it’s patently false. Please tell us more about this mythical wax finish that does what no one else has discovered.

  • John Ashman

    What’s with the altar to the lousy 70s sound? I don’t know if I’d buy a motorcycle from someone who thinks that the 70s was a good time for speaker design.

  • John Ashman

    Oh, I forgot to mention, the bike is absolutely hideous as well.

  • Kerry Swartz

    Urban commute with two wax bags large enough to hold a pair of gloves?

  • John Ashman

    I have to say it a different way because this bike pisses me off.

    To call this thing home brew would be an insult to home brewed motorcycles everywhere. I’ve seen bikes on Craig’s List that look cooler than this. The black light sucks, the muffler sucks, the seat sucks, the tank looks like it was done with sand paper, the fender looks like it’s off a bicycle, the bags don’t match the bike at all, the see through battery area looks like unfinished business and the black and gray appearance isn’t doing it any favors. Gray only looks good on products with excellent design and this is the opposite of that.

    • yipY