Moto Guzzi Custom V65 Cafe Racer — ‘Lil Guz’

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Moto Guzzi V65 Custom

My name is Jon. I live in I have owned many s over the years — Harley’s to Jap stuff. But the bike I most was a Moto Guzzi Mk1 850 In all the years that have since it’s departure, always had a place in my heart.

I can be at

I was looking at the photograph on Google images, of a small Moto Guzzi Cafe — the ‘Opal’’ — by a creative genius called Overweel. Arno hangs out in the and is an artist in the creation of re-imagined The ‘Opal’ however, is very

This perfectly proportioned, detailed and breathtakingly beautiful has — with it’s — entered the world of the of motorcycle design.

The rakish of the Opal is, in my opinion, a breakthrough concept — and it was a Guzzi.

I had to have one.

For more and information on the ‘Opal’ go to


And so the adventure begins.

block Guzzi’s had never high on my radar, but Arno’s made perfect sense.

— petite in fact the small block engine is the centre piece for a project of type.

But the question was what block donor Guzzi I buy?

I wanted to build on vision, so the wheel style and were a given and in choosing the I wanted to be at the grunt end of the small range. A 1982 V65 ticked all the part boxes, so the hunt was on.

Australia has never been to small block Guzzi’s, so 30 on, V65 Guzzi’s are almost non-existant in my of the woods. My search moved to and eventually ended in Cape South Africa, where I my donor bike. Owner, kindly agreed to go through all the hassle, so a big thank you Charles.


While the bike was on the I had had time to think more the project. As beautiful as the ‘Opal’ I hankered for a more traditional Racer look with a approach and with historical to the Moto Guzzi racers of the while still retaining the look that Arno had so achieved and the core proportions make Arno’s bike a standout design. As the bike was to be on public roads, I also had to out how to fit mudguards, mufflers, tail/stop indicators and a rear number

Brian Cowan of the UK had Axel of Kaffeemaschine in Germany build the Le Mans in the picture below. To my the paint scheme on this with it’s white panels, is the quintessential cafe look. I decided that I blend a similar paint with the the Opal’s proportions.

The I delved into the history of Guzzi’s, the more some key features became apparent for my The rear mudguard with the plate was a standout feature on the (and as seen on the latest V7 as was the saddle seat.

See historic Moto Guzzi’s plus modern interpretations below.

500 Biclindrica and 1949 Gambalungino

1955 500 V8 and 1957 500 V8

2010 V7 Racer

Marco Carbon and 2004 V8 Marabese Design

Moto Guzzi V65 Custom
Moto Guzzi V65 Custom


My design includes the necessary streetable historic design cues, a nod to the paint theme, and the Opal’s proportions.

August 2013

The bike arrived in Melbourne at the of August. Once unpacked, was added, the key was turned and presto, she was over like a baby. A ride confirmed the motor was as as gold.

September 2013

In for the build, my son Dean (who be involved in the project ongoing) and I, designed and built a jig table to aid in the process. The table top is an 8mm sheet of steel 2200 x 500 and has a 100mm laser etched into the with 8mm holes at every intersection. The table stands high and rolls easily on caster wheels.

A shelf (not installed in the under the table top completes the The 8mm holes allow us to bolt on 120 x 120mm square plates we can then weld our jigs to. makes it easy to strip the bench for other uses and re-set-up to continue the job.

table allows for the accurate and fabrication of a tube frame

October 2013

With approaching, I have decided to the build for a while and ride the for a few months and enjoy the weather.

In the I have been playing a new design for the Guzzi rev counter I will not be using the donor and I will mount the tacho

Using the existing tacho I will rotate it in the mount so 8000rpm is at the top and replace the standard with the face below. The numbers on the left — 60, 80, 100 indicate the speed when the is in top gear.

to be continued.

Moto Guzzi V65 Custom
Moto Guzzi V65 Custom
Moto Guzzi V65 Custom
Moto Guzzi V65 Custom


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