The Bike Shed Arnie’s Guzzi

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Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept

Arnie’s Guzzi

Guzzi racers always seem to out just-right. They’re built for kinda conversion with low lines, a flat top-frame and one of the bike engines out there. they do seem to come out all the same, but this shed-built from Arnie, is a little

Arnie lives near in the US and has been riding bikes for 30 years, working his way though Triumphs, a Beemer, and on to Guzzis. All his get taken apart and assessed for and over the years he’s his way up the welding evolutionary ladder torch to mig and tig. This build is his most involved and him to break in the new tig welder, as he needed the gas to be just right too.

The started out as a fairly modern Moto Guzzi Centauro, he now describes as part cafe (on the top) and part street (on the bottom). It wears all kind of parts from other including a Suzuki tank, fender, custom rear etc, but most importantly prettier, lighter (by over 50 and better to ride.

“I’ve been riding a Moto Guzzi Eldorado for 15 or so, incessantly tweaking it, adding the one jugs, a B-10 cam, 40mm pumper Dellorto RAM low inertia clutch, and had tuned the to perfection using a wide oxygen sensor and palm bungeed to the speedometer to acquire and data.  This took me a of a summer, but after rejetting the multiple times, the old Eldo just about as smoothly and as any old Guzzi out there.”

“My concept was to a modern Guzzi and turn it a retro café racer.  The was going to be a Sport 1100 or preferably a Centauro, with the 4 high cam engine. This is nearly identical to the mythical Guzzi’s first 4 valve very cool looking, and expensive if you can find one.”

“The previous owner was a known and respected local guy with a barn full of but he really liked this even sold it once and re-bought it. He made me promise the was going to a good home. that was true, but I didn’t the heart to tell him I was going to it down to the bones and Frankenstein

“The first day I had it I started the fairing, chin spoiler, cowling, anything that come off and the bike still Replaced the air boxes, which double as the HVAC system for a building, with KN pod filters, and some other recommended (replacing the ceramic temp with a brass one, a transil diode to protect the replacing all the relays which prone to failure).

Rode it around like for a while, just to get the feel of the It’s very fast to the Eldo, lighter, and excellent (compared to drums).  It came the adjustable swan neck ons, which are awesome.”

knew he wanted a bullet headlight, and found a 6” bucket on from a Guzzi Stornello.  The fender came from a 650 which he shortened. Making the was difficult because the bike has down forks, so it had to mount to the

Arnie finally arrived at the obtrusive solution by replacing two of the brake bolts with ones and making these the mounts.

The rear subframe was out of band iron and steel relocating all the electronics, ECU, and fuse block. This quite a bit of  trial and error, welding and grinding.  Arnie wanted the subframe, tank, and exhaust to all be parallel to the ground, no up-swept angles, but couldn’t it off on the subframe without compromising suspension travel, seat or and exhaust clearance.

“The pipes are from in China, via eBay. Very but appear serviceable. I try to avoid type of product, but couldn’t up the price, half that of exhausts.

Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept

The metal and carbon is very thin, the welds They are light. I just the 12 year old girl who made did so at the beginning of her 14 hour shift, not the

The tank is from a 1980’s GS 1000.  Arnie chopped off the mounts, made and welded new to get the position right, and shimmed out the rubber donuts on the frame.  He welded NPT bungs on both 3/8″ on the left to the fuel and 1/4″ on the right to the pressure

“I cut out the side panels and welded in metal for the knee cutouts.  I the hammering method, but don’t the way those look.  This dozens of hours, tig welding at 20 barely enough to trip on the welding helmet, but plenty to through occasionally. Also spent nearly a day testing and fixing pinholes.

  The (another eBay gem) was rusty, even came to me a locked cap and no key.  Had it boiled out and at a local radiator shop.”

The is from Dime City and Arnie describes it as light as a and very cheap, although a asymmetrical, and taking quite a bit of to get it on straight. Arnie’s favourite of the seat unit is that the Centauro tail light, upside down, is an almost fit under the rear part of the stop.

The turn signals are the old bar-end from Emgo. The instrument is an computer, with speedo, clock, and indicator lights and in a 2.5” diameter gauge. It a fuel level gauge connects to an Acewell sender Arnie welded on the Suzuki mounting plate.

We think a superb job and right up our street at the You can follow Arnies’ own blog more detail on the build .

Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept
Moto Guzzi V12 X Concept

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