Moto Guzzi 850T3 Cafe Racer ~ Return of the Cafe Racers

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Moto Guzzi 850 T
Moto Guzzi 850 T

Moto Guzzi 850T3 Racer

I had been dreaming of an old Italian bike – a Ducati, MV, However, it was clear to me that if I could get my hands on one of those, I likely butcher the project or get in over my head financially. The Guzzi 850T3, on the other seemed like a great option for a rebuild. There plenty of them still they have stone-age are easy to upgrade and best of all spares are available on ebay.

much hesitation I bid, massively, won and found myself a very beat up, non-running Moto Guzzi 850T3. at home, I immediately started the down. I had been told the bike sat in a barn for 15 years but the state indicated that it sat outside.

I wasn’t feeling too bad until I the jugs – chrome peeling off in light rust on everything inside the engine, black tar of engine oil, wire completely torn apart by owners, one fork leg stuck, the so badly corroded that had to be completely replaced, etc. Under these conditions was out of the question, but a Café Racer rebuild suited my taste better anyway.

Not to be beaten by this less desirable start to his dream Helge looked to the websites of Germans Axelino and Guzziladen for and advice. A decision was made to the Guzzi’s skinny standard and as many old parts as possible, but to the motorcycles performance and looks USD forks purchased from and rebuilt 4 piston Suzuki calipers.

All parts that still usable were blasted and new parts were worldwide: tank (Italy), Gilardonis (Germany). The frame was detabbed frame and powder along with the swing arm and rims. Helge states during this time his had to suffer quite a bit as all parts came back from the blaster went through of cleaning in our tub and then the engine was on the their kitchen counter.

The latter turned out to be a bit of a mistake as the engine was completed it remained on the counter for a month while waited for a strong friend to and help him relocate it! The result of inconvenience to Helge’s was that a had to be made.

she wanted to pillion. If you look at the Café Racers from 70s they often had two seats (of How else would you get your to the Ace??).

These days seems to be pretty rare on a single seater you don’t about seat base as much, gain room for electrics, can shorten the frame, Luckily for me, the father and son team at Machine and Welding were to help out. The Guzzi was painted and Helge was able to the bike out and add some miles to the

Handling was satisfactory but performance the bikes stock 70’s V-Twin was not great, however as most projects this still not finished. Improvements to the charging system, a newly cam, PHF carbs, ported and NOS are all on the books and we can wait to hear the result.

Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer


Moto Guzzi 850 T

Frame detabbed, new brackets for sport tank

— aluminum twin seat

944cc Gilardoni piston and

— All bearings replaced

Suzuki USD and front brakes

Brembo rear caliper custom bracket and repositioned cylinder

— Stainless brake hoses


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