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george dockray’s custom guzzi cafe

i was introduced to george dockray when he sent me a few bucks to fix my broken laptop last week. he also sent me some photos of his tasty moto guzzi cafe that i posted yesterday in friday’s post of cool stuff .

i emailed and asked for more because it looked pretty custom.

It became kind of a classic case of “what happens when you heat the garage.” The project was acquired piece by piece, built and assembled over about 2 1/2 years. The idea was to have a cafe-come-70′s-endurance-racer with some reasonable up-dates and conveniences.

Most of the metal fabrication I did myself.

Paint, welding and fiberglass fabrication I left to others. My fabrication experience is from aircraft so that’s reflected in the way it’s built. Much of what most people would have welded, I riveted together.

It generally makes a lighter structure. The electrical system was built from scratch and incorporates a Valentine 1 radar detector and “Blinder” police laser jammer .


The engine is far from radical – ’79 1000SP cases, Megacycle X10 cam, 40mm dellorto carbs, V11 Sport flywheel, 1977 LeMans 1 heads (dual-plugged ported by Mike Rich ), 850T cylinders bored to give a 917cc displacement, Nikasil by Millenium and pistons by JE (CR 10.5:1). Home-built headers using Burns Stainless Tube and ‘Y’ with modified “Scorpion” megaphone muffler from a GSXR1000.

The gearbox is a stock-as-a-stove Guzzi 5-speed coupled to a 1000SP final drive both overhauled and tweaked by Charley Cole. Ignition and voltage regulator from Sachse. The horn is a 139 db Stebel, all lights except for the headlight are LED’s with Kisan headlight taillight modulators. The shocks are from YSS racing suspensions with front forks and triple clamps from a 1995 Guzzi Sport 1100 with internals modified by Cogent Dynamics .

The steering angle was reduced from the stock 28 degrees to 25.5 degrees. Front forks and triple clamps from a ’95 Sport 1100 giving 3.94 inches (100mm) of trail. The rims are Excel the hubs came from a ’76 T3.

The machine’s tires are Dunlop AM23 “street compounds.” I got the tank seat are “Guzzi Motobox ” from Manel Segarra in Terragona, Spain and painted V11 “Tenni” green matte finish.

Moto Guzzi V 7 Spezial

Kombi tach-speedo from (now defunct) Moto Spezial, Germany. The finished unit weighs about 425 lbs (173kg) with 1/4 tank of fuel. Horsepower is about 80 at the rear wheel at 8000 RPM.

This motorcycle is a brute and there is nothing subtle about it. It’s kinda loud but in a good way, or as Tom Waits put it, “like the ghost of Gene Krupa with glass-packs.” A true hooligan machine.

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without a doubt, george. thanks for sharing your beautiful build with us.

the photos of the bike were taken at the harbour air maintenance shop hangar at vancouver international airport, where mr. d used to fly one of these puddle jumpers:

harbour helps george out every once in a while with a little aluminum and the use of their equipment. that’s very cool of them.

with that, i’ll leave you with an old photo of george on a trump he raced in atlanta in 1973:

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