Builder Interview x Jeremy Cupp

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Moto Guzzi Originals Interview: Builder Jeremy Cupp

Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications was one of the builders featured at Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show displayed to the world custom builds and unique artistic installations when artists mold and build machinery. See the exclusive interview with Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications below.

Moto Guzzi Originals: When was the first time you ever rode a motorcycle or scooter? How old were you and can you tell us a bit about the experience?
Jeremy Cupp: I was somewhere around nine years old....1979 xr80. My grandmother’s, neighbor’s, kid broke his arm riding it, and mom was selling "that awful thing." I mowed lawns all summer and by the time the corn was cut leaving the fields open for dirt biking....that baby was mine!

Moto Guzzi Originals: When did you design your first motorcycle? How did you customize it?
Jeremy Cupp: I designed my first motorcycle in 2005. I wanted a Harley Davidson (for whatever ridiculous reason) but couldn't afford one. I was already working as a fabricator, so I bought a used up engine and went to work, basically a low, drop seat rigid bobber thing....man I thought that bike was cool, although looking back I’m not sure why!

Moto Guzzi Originals: What’s your favorite motorcycle that you've ever designed and built? Tell us about the project.
Jeremy Cupp: Panster, hands down. It was only my second build, but my first attempt at really stretching my skill set. It started when I found a NOS pair of Ron Trock shovster cylinders and after learning a bit about the history behind them decided that a panster was in order (because shovsters had been done before). I even got to talk shop with Ron Himself just before his passing.

Moto Guzzi Originals: Can you lead us through your process of building bikes?
Jeremy Cupp: I usually start with an interesting engine, or concept of an engine, and try to build a suitable bike to carry it. I like weird overly mechanical things, stuff that hasn't been done before. Generally some sort of concept or vision of the general style of the bike will work its way into my thoughts, after which I’ll do a rough mock-up of engine, wheels, and neck tube on the table and move everything around until it looks good a work geometrically. I’ve found that you can't really force and idea, no matter how great you thought it was, to work on a particular bike. You really have to be open and let the bike show you what it wants to be.

Moto Guzzi Originals: What’s your favorite part of customizing motorcycles?
Jeremy Cupp: The day when you tighten the last bolt and add all the fluids...you can literally feel the love of your labor well up in you as you look at the last few months’ worth of ideas, emotions, triumphs(no pun) and tragedies materialized right in front of you. I think you can see the man in every bike, even get a general feel for his demeanor, location, influences etc.

Moto Guzzi Originals: What part of the motorcycle fascinates you most and inspires your creativity?
Jeremy Cupp: Back to the engine of course...just a bunch of parts, nothing so complicated about any one of them, but with some sort of magic happening in there.

Moto Guzzi Originals: Are there any odd design ideas you've been dying to try, but haven’t had a chance to?
Jeremy Cupp: Ha....yes plenty. I suppose the most recent weird thing that’s still in the thought stage is a square-four RD350. An RD700!

Moto Guzzi Originals: Where is your favorite place to ride in the world?
Jeremy Cupp: Hands down Blue ridge mountains...through this crazy motorcycle thing I've been blessed with a lot of opportunities to travel, and although there are some nice places out there, I’m always ready to come back home.

Moto Guzzi Originals: If you were not a motorcycle builder, what would you do with all of your extra time and money?
Jeremy Cupp: Honestly, probably build trucks, or hot rods, furniture.....as long as it’s made of metal. I seem to have a need to just dig a big hole and throw all of my earnings into it. But then at the end of the day.....if we work so hard to get money, to buy.....I don’t know, motorcycles......why do you need any money when you can make it yourself?

Moto Guzzi Originals: What’s the dumbest thing you've ever done to, or on, a motorcycle?
Jeremy Cupp: Probably taking it apart in the first place!
Moto Guzzi Presents The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

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Builder Interview - Stephen Pate
Stephen Pate is our next Moto Guzzi Originals featured builder. With many years of experience he still enjoys the process of learning, taking inspiration from different industries such as aerospace. Read the full interview with Stephen below.

1. When was the first time you ever rode a motorcycle or scooter? How old were you and can you tell us a bit about the experience?

The first time I ever rode a sort-of-motorcycle by myself was around the mid-1970s, at about 4-5 years old. My grandfather found one of those mini-bike frames that came from Montgomery Wards in the 1960s that you put a Briggs & Stratton type engine in. It had front and rear "suspension" and a rub-brake on the rear tire. Fancy! We were constantly modifying it and putting on other parts we would find at flea markets. It was way too fast for what it was! I rode that thing thousands and thousands of miles around my grandparents place for years... I had a two acre circuit that I would time myself on. It was all downhill from there, as they say.

2. When did you design your first motorcycle? How did you customize it?

Because I primarily work with vintage machines so far, my customizations have always been heavily influenced by two things... period performance upgrades and what the factory and/or privateers did when racing. Regardless, I try to keep modifications period specific. It starts there for me. My first bike that could be considered "designed" or customized, looked fairly stock, but had every single thing modified in some way. Super trick! I enjoy the skill and discipline that kind of project takes. I've been doing a lot of historic restoration type of work the last 7-8 years, but even with those projects I try to do every improvement I can, but with no harm done in the process. My business is slowly shifting to vintage custom projects for racing, which is a natural progression and allows for a lot more freedom and experimentation.

3. What’s your favorite motorcycle that you’ve ever designed and built? Tell us about the project.

I always look at anything I've done.... and I just see all the things I would do differently. My favorite one is always the one I'm working on, because that's the process. I'm finishing up a bunch of long term projects right now, so I'm super focused on that stuff... Several custom Vincent engines, a Brough Superior, a custom street-racer Vincent, a 1914 Zenith 500, a couple rare Laverdas... A couple Guzzis and BMWs too. All of them totally different from one another. That variety is what I like the most.

If you are ever completely satisfied or even just happy, with anything you do.... you're just not trying hard enough. Or, maybe you haven't really studied transportation history enough to realize that most likely; your "great idea" has been done before. Never look back to your own work if you can help it.

4. Can you lead us through your process of building bikes?

I've always been a rider... First and Foremost. That's THE thing for me. So, anything I make is dictated by riding, not always so much by aesthetics. Often times, the best bikes to ride are not the best bikes to "look at" and vise-versa. Ideally, they should be both... But very very few people can achieve that. The process is very different for every project I get to do. All my projects start with a unique bike, and a customer with a clear vision. I don't take customers who don't ride actively, so most of them are highly knowledgeable in the history of transportation and know what they want. It's my job to make it all work and focus the ideas to the ones that will be the most appropriate. It's most often the simple ideas that are the best. Coming up with good or even great ideas isn't usually the challenge...the challenge is about editing all the ideas down to only the best and most appropriate ones, then executing them better than you at first thought possible.

5. What’s your favorite part of customizing motorcycles?

The process. The pursuit of craft. I enjoy collaboration. There certainly are a lot of people way smarter and more experienced than I am, from different areas like aerospace, that I get to learn from. It's that learning and collaboration process specifically that keeps me doing it. The end result isn't as important to me, personally. The joy is the work... the process... the doing.

At this point, I really only want to take on projects that are going to make me feel like an idiot on a daily basis. I need to both love and hate it, equally. Ultimately... I know I also have to be prepared to fail. A lot. If I don't see an opportunity to learn new things and improve my process, my craft... I don't want to take on the work. There is only so much time. It takes a very special type of customer to make that kind of project work... and sometimes it just doesn't.

6. What part of the motorcycle fascinates you most and inspires your creativity?

The engine. What else is there? I'm fanatical about Guzzi and Ducati engines. I start with an engine. The heart. It's the only thing that makes sense to me. I've been doing custom engine work as a core concentration for the last 4-5 years... so I have strong opinions in this regard. I don't understand the kind of design process that begins with a tank or a seat, etc. First things first.... fundamentals. What kind of bike are you building and what are you going to do with an engine for that, specifically? What is going to be improved, different or unique mechanically? The majority of engine work results in things that most people aren't ever going to see... the engine internals. So a lot of people either can't or don't want to put in that serious effort on their builds. Probably because there's no chance for that work to get them "glory" at shows and on bike blogs. But it should be the core in every design decision you make, if you're really a motorcycle builder / designer. If you are just making something that "looks cool", you really aren't a designer. You're not solving problems and coming up with new or innovative solutions.... you are an amateur stylist. You're faking it. Sadly, there aren't any new Lino Tontis building custom motorcycles... not right now at least.

7. Are there any odd design ideas you’ve been dying to try, but haven’t had a chance to?

I'm currently building a land speed racer for myself. It's a supercharged Vincent Comet that will run nitro-methane. I'm gonna blow that thing up a bunch, surely! I also really want to build a land speed bike out of a Guzzi 4v engine, if I could ever find the right donor. I just couldn't butcher one that wasn't nearly beyond repair to start with.

8. Where is your favorite place to ride in the world?

I'm fanatical about most any riding, but I enjoy dual sport / off-road the most. I did the continental divide a while back... the primarily off road route, about ninety percent dirt. That was incredible. For road riding, I really don't think you can beat the south and south east... West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina.... Absolutely incredible. I've got fantastic riding right out my door... But I don't get out enough lately. I used to average 30,000 miles a year, mostly on my Guzzis, but the business owns me now, rather than me owning it.

9. If you were not a motorcycle builder, what would you do with all of your extra time and money?

I'd like to go on a more expansive world-wide motorcycle trip. I've done a lot of moto travel, but I haven't been able to make the time to do a dedicated world trip. Not working on motorcycles...that's not an option for me. It took too long and too many sacrifices to get here. It's been about a decade, and really... I feel like I'm just getting started.
Moto Guzzi Presents The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

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Builder Interview: Walt Siegl
In a world where items are built in mass production it is rare to come across anything that is hand built. When Moto Guzzi was presented with an opportunity to partner with the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in 2014, it was a no brainer. Moto Guzzi prides itself on classic Italian design with superior quality. The Handbuilt Motorcycle show celebrates artists that design vehicles and build awe inspiring machines.

Our first designer, Walt Siegl, is a native of Austria. His passion for culture and art fused with machinery. The result is an amazing portfolio of beautiful custom builds. Read the full interview below with Walt Siegl below.

When was the first time you ever rode a motorcycle or scooter?

As a six year old, on a sky blue Puch Mofa that belonged to a brick layer that worked on my Dad's house. I crashed it instantly because he forgot to show me where the rear brakes were, and the front brake lever was too stiff for my hand.

How has growing up riding influence you to create custom motorcycles today?

To strive to build a better bike. I always wanted better functioning motorcycles.

When did you design your first motorcycle? How did you customize it?

I started drawing motorcycles as a little boy, but didn't scratch build one until I was 24. I made it as light as possible.

What’s your favorite motorcycle that you ever designed?

Always the project I'm working on currently.

What’s the design process like? Do you sketch first and then put into Photoshop or vice versa?

I get the donor for the project into my workshop as soon as possible to keep it in my peripheral while I'm completing other projects. Living with the donor bikes for a while helps me find answers before I start actively working on them. I sometimes sketch details for parts, but I have them in my head before I sketch them.

What’s your favorite aspect about customizing motorcycles?

To turn them into better bikes.

What part of the motorcycle do you enjoy customizing the most?

Same as 7.

What’s your favorite place to ride?


If you were not customizing motorcycles what would you be doing?

I'd probably end up doing something design related.

Andrea Livio’s Travel Diary: Two and a half years around the world with my bike.

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Andrea Livio is a filmmaker born in northern Italy who has traveled the world and lived in many cities including Milan and Bogota. In 2010, he decided to leave his typical work routine behind and embark on a journey of a lifetime: a motorcycle trip across the world. He would leave from Stelvio, Italy and end the trip back at the same place; he titled his journey “Stelvio to Stelvio.” Read about his epic road trip on his Moto Guzzi Stelvio:

I have traveled more than 62k miles in the last two years across 37 countries. I’ve spent about two and a half years around the world with my bike.

I just got back home and I don’t think I’m yet able to express what I experienced.

The hardest part about the process was... starting. I did everything in a hurry before I could change my mind. During the trip I had no plans, no maps, no expectations, and was constantly discovering new things. It was a different lifestyle.

I started the trip at the Stelvio Pass, not far from my house. From there I went to the north of France, where I boarded on a cargo ship that took more than 30 days of navigation to get to South America.

Then I went from the southernmost point of Argentina, Ushuaia, to the northernmost point of Canada, Inuvik.

I missed an appointment in Alaska to get over to Japan so I decided I’d go south, to Peru, and from there I went to Korea.

Once in Russia, I crossed the Siberian region all the way up to Turkey. Then through Central Europe, I went back to the Stelvio Pass, where it all began.

During the whole trip I tried not to use main roads, but follow alternative routes. For that reason, I got lost many times.

I used 80 octane gasoline diluted with water while riding through the amazon jungle, and I drove at more than 16,500 feet of altitude. My bike always performed well throughout the trip.

I met guzzisti in every part of the world. In Seoul, Korea, I was stopped in the middle of the street by a manager in a suit and tie who wanted to take a picture with me. He spoke Korean, but I was able to understand that he was the owner of a Guzzi Breva.

Now I have friends in every part of the world. I keep using my bike here in Italy. Yesterday I passed through the center of Milan during Milan Fashion Week and was surrounded by fashionistas. As I stood there I looked at my Stelvio and smiled. It was my companion through rivers, deserts and dangers...

Written by Andrea Livio.
Q&A: Stefano Venier of Venier Customs

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Venier Customs designs are created through the art direction of Stefano Venier and builds are brought into reality through the hands of master mechanics. All the parts like seats, paints, leavers and others come from artisans from Italian shops and companies. Stefano Venier the owner and head designer of the company started to modify and drive motorcycles from an early age, always customizing whatever motorcycle or moped he was driving. We interviewed him to find out more about how it all started and why customizing bikes to him is like Christmas time.

1. When was the first time you ever rode a motorcycle or scooter?

I was 8 years old, my dad used to take me around on a Vespa 50 Special and let me ride it. After riding a few mopeds I think that the actual first motorcycle that I rode was a KTM 250CC when I was 13 years old. It was real fun.

2. How has growing up riding scooters influence you to create custom motorcycles today?

I wouldn't do what I do today if I didn't start customizing motorcycles myself at an early age. My friends and I were creating mopeds that would go as fast as missiles on the country side in the Friuli area in Italy and then we moved on to the dirt bikes. That’s where it all started for real.

Diabola V35C, Venier's first ever custom bike.

3. When did you design your first motorcycle? How did you customize it?

My first designs are dated way back to my moped days, but my first custom special bike was created just one year ago, and it made the cover of Iron & Air right away. It was a Diabola V35C. My friend Dario bought a Moto Guzzi 1000SP from Barbacane, a beautiful bike, when the Diabola came out it was everywhere. Not what I expected at all.

4. How has your production design degree help you with your work ethic and creation process?

Well, my product design degree helped me a lot. It helped me understand proportions, shapes, and colors. I’m applying what I learned and trying to build the perfect motorcycle.

Front view of the Diabola V35C. Originally a Moto Guzzi 350cc.

5. What’s your favorite motorcycle that you ever designed?

This is something that is hard to admit but you never forget your first love, so I’d say the Diabola V35C.

6. What’s the design process like? Do you sketch first and then put into Photoshop or vice versa?

I first decide what type of bike I want to build. Then, I look for a bike in the market so I can make it happen. When I buy the bike, I start to deconstruct it by removing fenders, tank, etc. I leave the forks, motor and frame, basically a naked bike. Then I take a few photos, print them, and then start sketching by hand. After that, I start making Photoshop renderings to see the actual result. I decide on the colors and final shapes. I start to make CAD files for the tanks if needed and then send them to production. Once I buy all the parts I need, I start to build the bike. When we have the mock ups we can start shaping the bike and this is when the design concept comes to life and becomes the bikes you see.

7. What’s your favorite aspect about customizing motorcycles?

When I customize bikes I feel like Giotto Bizzarrini or a kid in a toy room, every custom work is like Christmas time. This is the best way I can make you understand how I feel when we build and when I see the bike complete for the first time.

8. What part of the motorcycle do you enjoy customizing the most?

The tank is the biggest challenge and is what makes the difference.

The Corsaiola, originally a Moto Guzzi V75 (1989)

9. What’s your favorite place to ride?

The Italian country side for sure, it’s a magic place. From north to south, east to west.

10. What do you sell in your shop in Italy?

Right now the bike shop is just a place where we prepare the bikes; we have a partnership with the Icons Store in the heart of Treviso in the Veneto area.

The Tractor V75, originally a Moto Guzzi NTX 750cc.

11. How is it to live and work in Brooklyn?

It’s really cool, I often miss my country though, but I get a lot of inspiration from Williamsburg. I think that the area is going through a magical moment.

12. If you weren’t customizing motorcycles what would you be doing?

Actually, my main company is Minimal USA, we do high-end custom furniture. I can’t think of any other jobs I could do besides the furniture and custom bikes. I’m really lucky because I love what I do.

For more about Venier Customs and Stefano Venier click here.

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Brian Kirhagis makes art with golf balls

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Creating art is not an easy feat, and creating art that sells is even harder. Artist Brian Kirhagis was able to become a full-time artist in 2007, two years after he got a B.F.A degree in Graphic Design. His persistence to work on his craft eventually paid off as he launched his own company and started to work for corporate brands such as Sony Music Group, Steiner Sports, The New York Yankees, MTV, and Hurley.

His signature paintings have his unique technique of weaving together double images and hidden elements that make his work a one-of-a-kind piece of art. He recently became the creative director and official artist for OnCore Golf, a company that developed the world’s first and only patented hollow-metal core golf ball, and he uses a golf ball as a paintbrush to create art for the brand’s packaging, apparel, etc.

See below one of Kirhagis' art work on a hat for OnCore Golf.

For more about Brian Kirhagis click here.
Contributor Post: 1000+ days later and a Guzzi V7 is the stead choice to the Cloisters

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Ted Gushue, Managing Editor at GrandLife Hotels and society editor at SCENE magazine, took a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer on a very special adventure on June 1st and decided to share the experience with us. Gushue grew up watching his dad ride motorcycles and by the age of nine he was already a big fan. During his college years he rode a Vespa and now he’s testing his motorcycle skills on a Moto Guzzi. We hope you enjoy his post:

Funded by a generous endowment from John D. Rockefeller Jr., The Cloisters were built in the 1930’s out of parts from five French cloistered abbeys. Buildings at Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint,Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefort-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville were painstakingly deconstructed in France and shipped brick by brick oversea to Fort Tryon Park for reassembly. It’s a remarkable feat that seems delightfully ludicrous without the funding and gall of an early 20th century robber baron.

From my apartment in Union Square the structure that houses some of the most important medieval artwork in the world is 11 miles away. There hasn’t been a weekend I’ve spent in my three years living in Manhattan where a trip up there wasn’t on my to-do list, and yet for 1000+ consecutive days, I’ve failed to make it.

Then I met the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer.

At the turn of a key and a twist of the throttle my city shrank tenfold. Gridlocked arteries opened up to the purr of my engine. Distances dissolved. An hour-long trek to meet friends for brunch in Williamsburg transformed into a brisk 15-minute buzz over the bridge. The satisfying stroke of the V7’s 750ccs rang out in unison with the heartbeat of the city I love.

Having this newfound freedom at my disposal I chose Saturday June 1st as the day I would finally realize my ambition to visit The Cloisters. It was a remarkably hot day. Well into the 90’s, wind NNW at a pathetic 2 mph. The word “stagnant” comes to mind. However none of this applied to me as I flew up the West Side Highway with a 50 mph breeze to keep me cool.

The V7’s remarkably nimble handling allowed me to dip and dodge my way northward, but it was the stout engine that kept me ahead of the pack. I have to note that it almost shocked me how comfortable the bike felt at highway speed, when not two hours prior I had the thing zipping through the cobblestone streets of SoHo with aplomb.

Arriving at Fort Tryon Park I dialed it down to second gear and meandered my way through the landscape, on the left through the trees I could spot the Hudson River, ahead the silhouette of a medieval castle. A series of signs informed me that I had finally made it to The Cloisters, and I can only wish that you had been there to see the smile on my face.

Written by Ted Gushue, follow him @tedgushue.

Photos by Ted Gushue.

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Conversation-Starting Accessories For Guzzisti

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Giles & Brother was founded over a decade ago by siblings Courtney and Philip Crangi with the intent of create jewelry that told their story. “I always liked the idea that we’re making things that are impossible to place in the continuum in the canon of jewelry,” said Philip. Both grew up in Florida and Philip as a kid always looked for pieces that reminded him of pirate’s treasure. When they both moved to New York City to start their line of jewelry, they decided to name it Giles & Brother, Courtney’s nickname growing up was Giles.

In their studio in midtown close to the Garment District, they create various pieces everyday including their signature piece, the railroad spike bracelet, by hand using tools that a metal smith uses such as hammers, molds, fire torches, and different metals. The studio looks like a mini manufacturing space with multiple wooden shelves filled with rare beads, spools with various chains in different shapes and colors, hardware pieces, but the space at the same time is beautifully decorated with books, drawings, vintage radios, and a huge surfboard hanging on the wall. The space’s vibe brings one back in time when technology wasn't so advanced and things were made and perfected by hands.

The fact this type of craftsmanship still exists in such an urban and fast paced city such as New York is a true rarity. The art of making something with hands using basic tools doesn’t only show one’s love for their craft but also defines a true originals lifestyle. “That’s the fun part for me, telling a story. I guess it’s my story,” said Philip.

Moto Guzzi motorcycles have always been great conversation starters and we think Giles & Brother accessories are a perfect example of a timeless piece to own. Already sporting Giles & Brother? Just tweet or Instagram a shot of you and your favorite custom-made cuff or bracelet, along with a #guzzioriginals hash tag so we can feature you here in the Originals Dialogue and Gallery.

To view Giles & Brother full collection including the Railroad Spike bracelet visit GilesandBrother.com.

The One Motorcycle Show Recap

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Last weekend, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles brought The One Motorcycle Show to Austin, TX, to celebrate motorcycles, art, music, and design. During the 3-day event, the show had a myriad of bikes showcased along with the '21 Helmets Exhibit.'

"Revival Cycles" of Austin, Texas was the hosting shop that put on the show and designed two bikes, a 1975 850t and a 2010 V7 Classic. "However you look at this pair, as either similar or very different, I think the time and grueling hours we spent transforming them was worth it and completing them simultaneously proved to be our biggest challenge yet and I'm pleased to say that we pulled it off. We are all excited about the One Motorcycle Show Austin, but we're even more excited to have finished these in time for the show." said Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles.

A few of the highlights at the show was the Moto Guzzi V7 Wayward bike which was designed in collaboration with James Hammarhead of Hammarhead Industries, and a beautiful Moto Guzzi V7 Stone designed by Moto Guzzi Austin/AF1 Racing.

Photo credit: Chris Logsdon, GodSpeed Co. and Sasha Valentine of Cafe Racer XXX.

For more photos visit the Moto Guzzi Americas Facebook page.

Q&A: Miguel Galluzzi, Head of Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center

Posted by: Moto Guzzi Americas | Categories: Guzzi Bikes, Innovations, Personalities, Why Moto Guzzi?

Miguel Galluzzi in the historical Moto Guzzi motorcycle wind tunnel in Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi created the first ever motorcycle wind tunnel in 1950 which enabled racers to mimic real-life riding conditions and optimize their seating and body position at varying racing speeds – an unprecedented advantage for racing and production motorcycles.

Do the two California 1400 Touring and Custom models best represent Moto Guzzi tradition or its future?

The California 1400 is a balancing point between tradition and the future. The design was intended to be reminiscent of the traditional California design, with the sleek lines of the fuel tank, the curved handlebar, the chromium passenger grab handle on the Touring, and the long mudguards. At the same time the new 1400 is more modern, more comfortable, more hospitable, richer and more sumptuous than the previous model. The style was born, I believe in a balanced way, based on tradition which we did not want to forget on one hand, and on the other it brings innovation and an advanced spirit that a modern day Moto Guzzi must have if it aims for the top. The center of the bike strongly recalls tradition as the lines of the tank and saddle converges there, forming that imaginary "cross" which is so typical of previous models. On the other hand, there is no lack of a certain innovative style, provided by the wide rear tire and the front headlight assembly. In fact, the characteristics of the lights are ultra-modern, the front light has full LED illumination like those on high end and elite cars. It is really as if it wants to illuminate the road that opens up before Moto Guzzi, in a new light, brighter and clearer.

What was the primary goal in designing the California 1400?

Exploiting the lines of its engine. It is the only one of its kind in the world and it deserves to be left as visible as possible. The engine, which is such a signature of Moto Guzzi, became a true aspect of design. Its brand new lines represent the character and power that this 90° V twin is capable of doing. This explains why we decided to trim back the tank side fairings, in order for them to not cover the cylinder heads. Its most attractive view is from behind, the two cylinders can be seen emerging, better yet, exploding from the fuel tank. This is a clear representation of the bike's character, an ultra-modern cruiser, splendid to ride at low speeds, but also ready for a bold and fun ride at a moment's notice.

What sets it apart from the competition?

First and foremost the brand on the tank. It is 100% Moto Guzzi, all built by hand in the Mandello del Lario plant. On a dynamic level, it stands out for its features of handling and riding pleasure, which is unique in its category. On a design level, it catches the eye with its powerful engine which bulges from under the fuel tank, as well as its refined details and the style of some of its solutions such as the light assemblies and the instrument panel. The California 1400 is one of the few bikes that manage to convey the impression of craftsmanship and truly exceptional attention to detail.

What is the aspect that a Moto Guzzi will always have?

Personality, style and character of a 'made in Italy' bike. The new California is the only custom that rides like a normal bike, with a high potential for fun in turns, in addition to comfort and protection from the winds at the highest levels. It is an example of an excellent combination of design and function.

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