Gray Goose: A Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport from San Francisco

One of many great issues about customization is that it could actually breathe new life into in any other case unloved bikes. Want proof? Simply have a look at the variety of superb Honda CX500s and Yamaha Viragos on the scene. This Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport is one other poster baby for realized potential. The unique wasn’t the ugliest or slowest bike Moto Guzzi ever made, however regardless of having 90 horsepower on faucet, it was porky and never very thrilling. MCN was notably harsh; “Observe days typically finish in tears,” they mentioned. This explicit 1100 Sport has completed a full 180, because of the outstanding abilities of part-time builder Adam Grosser. It not solely seems sharper than the unique, but additionally goes rather a lot higher too—with a bored-out engine and massive suspension upgrades. Adam works in personal fairness by day, however maintains his sanity by utilizing his downtime to construct issues in a 10,000 sq. foot area within the San Francisco Bay Space. Airplanes and boats are his ordinary fare (sure, actually) however he’s additionally constructed 5 customized bikes. He makes use of the tongue-in-cheek ‘NeldaFast’ moniker—’Nelda’ being his mother-in-law’s identify. Considered one of his earlier tasks was a Moto Guzzi V65 cafe racer. He loved the quirkiness of the Guzzi a lot, that he determined to construct one other one as a ‘keeper.’ Adam appreciated the motor and gas tank of the 1100 Sport. So he sourced a 1996-model particularly for this venture: “Purchased it off a Guzzi discussion board from somebody who can be devastated by what I did to it,” he jokes. The donor bike was fairly worn out, so Adam began by rebuilding the motor—bumping it as much as 1,200 cc and turning it right into a wall-of-torque monster. Many of the engine work was completed in his store, excluding some machining work on the circumstances. Subsequent up was the chassis. Adam sourced the entrance finish off a crashed 2006-model Suzuki GSX-R1000—utilizing its wheel, forks and decrease triple clamp. He then modified the steering stem to suit the Moto Guzzi’s headstock, then machined up a prime triple to match. This could greater than repair the gradual steering of the stocker. The brakes are from a more recent GSX-R, upgraded with aftermarket rotors. Adam additionally put in a brand new shock from Matris out again, however left the inventory Guzzi rear wheel in place. (We reckon it’s an ideal visible match for the Suzuki entrance). For the bodywork, Adam has hand-shaped a brand new fairing and tail part out of carbon fiber. He began by shaping the kinds out of froth, earlier than laying up the carbon and ending all of it off. He then satisfied the famed hot-rod upholsterer Sid Chavers to wrap up the seat. There’s a definite retro sportbike vibe to the tail part, however the entrance finish takes inspiration from an uncommon supply. “The entrance mild remedy is a nod to the previous streamlined locomotives of the 1930s,” Adam tells us. Two deeply sunken headlights mild the best way, and there’s an LED strip neatly built-in into the tail out again. Adam CNC-machined each final mounting bracket in his personal workshop, and edited the subframe to suit the tail. The exhaust headers are his handiwork too; they’re hand-bent from chrome steel tubing, and designed to hug the body. The tip cans are a pair of contemporary Yoshimura mufflers, initially supposed for a 450 cc motocrosser. And the airbox has been ditched for a pair of velocity stacks. Ending equipment features a set of salvaged clip-ons, and a bunch of Motogadget cockpit bits, together with grips, flip alerts, switches and a speedo. Adam additionally rewired the bike round Motogadget’s ubiquitous m.unit management field. It’s an aesthetic bike with a good classier paint job, because of John Bisson at Ending Contact in Monterey, CA. “John has painted all of my bikes and his work is flawless,” says Adam. “I had by no means seen a gray and bronze bike earlier than, and I wished to tie within the anodized fork tubes to the general scheme.” Adam says that is his most formidable construct to this point, as a result of it’s the furthest he’s distanced a motorcycle from its unique componentry. Moto Guzzi conversions appear to draw a few of the sharpest minds (and abilities) within the enterprise, however this one could be very particular certainly. We’d put it within the EXIF storage in a heartbeat. Would you discover a area for it in yours? Adam Grosser Instagram | Photographs by Courtney Cutchen