Anybody with an e-mail tackle is aware of that the web is rife with scammers. It’s simple to get hoodwinked in the event you’re not vigilant—however fortunately this specific story has a cheerful ending. It begins with a rip-off, and ends with a shocking Moto Guzzi road tracker from one of many UK’s greatest customized builders.
Earlier than this Guzzi’s proprietor commissioned it, he was trawling eBay for a brand new whip, and stumbled upon a Moto Guzzi V65 that Tom Simpson at Foundry Bike had constructed. However one thing felt off, so he reached out to Tom to confirm that the advert was legit. It wasn’t.
The cellphone name wasn’t a complete waste, and the fellows ended up connecting. “I let him know that I had plenty of the substances to make a really comparable bike ready within the donor bike-slash-parts cabinet,” says Tom. “A couple of calls later and the construct was signed off.”
Tom used the older Foundry construct from the fraudulent advert as a template, however took this bike in a brisker course. He used a unique donor for starters: a 1994 Moto Guzzi 750 XPA. In the event you don’t realize it, it’s a modified model of Moto Guzzi’s NTX 750 journey bike, utilized by the Italian police.
Working from his workshop in West Sussex, Tom tore the bike all the way down to its rolling chassis, and eliminated “all traces of Italian wiring.” He stripped the wheels down too, then had the hubs painted in Midnight Blue, earlier than sending them off to Wheel in Movement. They got here again laced to a pair of 18” Morad rims, and wrapped in dual-sport Heidenau K60 tires.
The body was de-tabbed earlier than Tom constructed a set of customized mounts to relocate the bike’s important electronics to underneath the tank. Out again, he fabricated a kicked-up subframe, with a Frenched LED taillight and new shock mounts.
Then it was time to dive into the components bin. “It’s uncommon that I don’t have a set of Biltwell Inc. Tracker bars on the shelf,” says Tom, “and I’d not lengthy beforehand purchased a Kawasaki KH250 gas tank for precisely this function.”
A brand new entrance finish was cobbled collectively from a mixture of leftover Guzzi components. “It allowed me to run a single 320mm Brembo disc and caliper mixture, whereas being a bit shorter than the unique Marzocchi setup.” New YSS shocks do obligation out again.
Subsequent, Tom constructed an aluminum electrics field to sit down underneath the customized seat. It homes a Magnetti Marelli Lithium battery, an Electronik Sasche digital ignition module, and a Motogadget mo.unit blue controller and mo.lock keyless ignition. It additionally doubles up as a help for a two-into-one air consumption of his personal design.
Up entrance, the yokes had been cleaned up and modded to accommodate a tiny Motogadget speedo. Tom fitted the Biltwell bars with Honda CBR600RR controls, Motone push buttons and Kellerman bar-end flip alerts.
Lots of thought went into the exhaust system too. “Although the pipes I’d made for the earlier V65 had been successful, I wanted to do one thing to make sure the bikes remained particular person,” he explains. The reply was a stainless-steel two-into-one system, with a silencer underneath the transmission that exits through a slotted aluminum cowl.
“I additionally fitted a lambda boss for simpler tuning. This setup additionally provides a improbable sound—relatively than a small block Guzzi, the best way this sounds you’d count on to see a V8 supercar coming down the street. I delight myself on attempting to create exhausts that sound nice relatively than simply being loud.”
Tom’s background is in blacksmithing, so Foundry builds are inclined to characteristic not less than one sand forged aluminum half. He tried one thing new this time round although, by utilizing a 3D-printed mould to forged a brand new entrance engine cowl. It turned out nice—so Tom is more likely to provide these on the market quickly.
The seat was additionally created utilizing a brand new approach—Tom used a two-part pourable foam that he says is remarkably snug, but in addition tedious to work with. Trim Deluxe took care of the upholstery.
Tom completed the Guzzi off with adjustable rear-sets and detachable pillion pegs, then tore every little thing down for remaining prep. The engine, transmission and drive shaft housing had been blasted and Cerakote-painted in Burnt Bronze, earlier than Moto Euro helped rebuild them with new sundries.
S Jago Designs dealt with the Midnight Blue paint, whereas Tom put some hours into making the aluminum bits shine. “I believed, for therapeutic causes, I’d do all of the sharpening myself this time,” he says. “By no means once more. It could be tremendous satisfying however it’s manner too messy for me.”
As common, Tom’s created one thing compact and unfussy, whereas nonetheless including a handful of actually suave touches. And it reportedly rides nearly as good because it appears to be like too.
“The Guzzi is a big quantity of enjoyable to journey,” he confirms. “With its trials-style gearing it’s positively a motorbike for the city atmosphere and windy roads relatively than the motorways, however with a well-sorted 750 cc motor and weighing in at solely 148 kg [326 lbs] moist, it is vitally able to delivering a giant smile.”
What might have ended up as a cautionary story of an empty checking account and an empty storage, turned out as a customized bike fairy story as a substitute. And in the event you’d like a slice of that happiness for your self, there’s excellent news: Tom is at the moment gathering small block Guzzis to construct a couple of extra customs on this type.