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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – April 2, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – March 14, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – February 28, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – February 28, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – February 21, 2014

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The V7 Stone seemed to do it all … but a little better

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Isaac Hattem grew up in a family that loves motorcycles and scooters. His father first fell in love with a Vespa in the 1970s and it became his main means of transportation around New York City at the time. Then, in 2009, his dad bought a white V7 Classic. Having watched his father ride motorcycles since a young age while growing up in Westchester, NY, Isaac inherited the same passion as his dad and decided to ride as well. He works in New York City for a digital media valuation company but enjoys anything with a motor such as cars, Vespas, bikes and even chainsaws. During his spare time he can be found playing softball, exploring all Manhattan has to offer with his girlfriend, or cruisin' on his vintage Vespa.

This weekend Isaac took a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone to upstate New York to “The Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet,” a motorcycle exhibit and meet-up. We hope you enjoy his story:

After 5 minutes on the V7 Stone, one thing is clear, this is a new bike. I have spent thousands of miles on the family V7 Classic and am very happy with the improvements Moto Guzzi has made. Twist the throttle and you are rewarded with a low rumble, release the clutch and you can see what all the fuss is about. The V7 Stone pulls hard off the line and doesn't let up until you do. People have been talking about the engine upgrades and the praise is well-deserved.

The riding position, like the V7 Classic, is perfect, upright, and eyes ahead. This was especially important during my romps around New York City. When riding around the city, I found the V7 Stone is well-balanced and agile, which comes in handy when dodging taxis and novice bicycle riders on the city’s new Citi Bikes. Another upgrade, which was evident after the first pothole I hit, was the upgraded suspension. The front end handled the rough city streets with ease.

Perhaps the greatest thing the V7 Stone offers is dashing good looks. Like the Classic, the Stone demands a second glace. Multiple times I was stopped at a light and asked, “What kind of bike is that? It looks awesome!” That coupled with the various thumbs ups and I got, reinforced my belief that THIS BIKE IS COOL!

The coolness and good looks factors were tested further this past Saturday with perhaps the most demanding audience--other bikers. On one of the few gorgeous days of a wet NY spring day, I headed out of the City towards Rhinebeck, N.Y., to meet my father, who rides a V7 Classic. We then rode to The Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet. I shared the road with all kinds of bikes and riders on the historic Taconic Parkway and learned early in the journey that the V7 Stone was well regarded. At one point during the ride, I led a pack of about 20 Harleys, until I exited and they continued on checking out the V7 Stone and commenting with the universal silent sign of approval--a series of head nods. I might add the V7 Stone performed very well on this first open road test, effortless reaching and holding speed and smoothly negotiating the many turns of the Parkway.

We pulled into the Fairgrounds and were taken back about the sheer number of riders. We parked the Guzzis together, but it didn't take long before people started coming up to us to ask questions and talk about bikes. Perhaps the best part of the show was the parking lot. Aisle after aisle of Harleys and other cruisers such as Triumphs, BMWs, Ducatis and other Japanese bikes scattered throughout. The day was perfect and I decided to hit the road again, this time taking a winding two lane road to the Berkshires. I have to say that this is where the V7 Stone performed best and did everything I asked it to do. No surprise here as I have ridden my father's V7 Classic many times on these same roads and have loved every minute.

The main difference with the V7 Stone is that it seemed to do it all … but a little better. The weekend ended in a dash back to NYC as I tried to beat the rain. I am very happy I made it back in time as I did not have rain gear and I am not much of a fan of riding in nasty weather anyway. All in all, the bike was perfect and handled everything I could throw at it. The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is a fantastic all-around bike and I’d love to get my hands on one for a permanent basis.

Written by Isaac Hattem, follow him @ihattem.

Photos by Isaac Hattem.

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JUN
EXOVault & Their design process for creating sculptural wooden iphone cases

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iPhones are ubiquitous and communicate something to the world about the user. Equally ubiquitous is the iPhone case. While many are used to reduce damage, quite a few more are utilized more as a fashion or personality statement.

We talked with designers Jonathan Schipper and Amelia Biewald of Brooklyn New York-based EXOVault, whose line of iPhone cases has captured both the functional reason to purchase a case and also the emotional reason. These beautiful one-of-a-kind cases are designed, manufactured and assembled by hand.

They used their artist background and preference for the sculpture and art on display at the MET for their inspiration “The materials we chose, they’re not just surface finishes, they tend to be materials that have depth,” said Schipper. Watch the designers talk about their inspiration and design process:

EXOvault interview from THE CREATIVE INFLUENCE .net on Vimeo.

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AUG
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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All the way to Vermont on a California 1400 Touring

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Isaac Hattem grew up in a family that loves motorcycles and scooters. His father first fell in love with a Vespa in the 1970s and it became his main means of transportation around New York City at the time. Then, in 2009, his dad bought a white V7 Classic. Having watched his father ride motorcycles since a young age while growing up in Westchester, NY, Isaac inherited the same passion as his dad and decided to ride as well. He works in New York City for a digital media valuation company but enjoys anything with a motor such as cars, Vespas, bikes and even chainsaws. During his spare time he can be found playing softball, exploring all Manhattan has to offer with his girlfriend, or cruisin' on his vintage Vespa.

This weekend Isaac took a Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring to Woodstock, Vermont. We hope you enjoy his story:

With a destination in mind, we set off north on route 22 to Woodstock, Vermont. I rode the bike everyone is talking about, the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring. Designed by Miguel Galluzzi, the California is as amazing to ride as it is to look at. I personally have stared at this bike's brother, the California 1400 Custom, on my desktop wallpaper for days. Needless to say, I was very excited for this past weekend's father-son trip for quite some time.

My father joined me on this trip and rode his Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, and my sister who has been a fan of two-wheeled vehicles for as long as I can remember sat on the back of my California 1400 Touring. Since the California is a touring model, I thought it might be great to get a passenger's perspective of the bike and spend a little family quality time together. To make the trip even more complete, we convinced my mother to drive the "support vehicle." The only family member who didn’t tag along was my brother who is itching to get his motorcycle license and am sure he will make the next trip.

As I fired up the California, I was greeted with a familiar rumble. The side mounted 1380cc V-Twin has 98hp on tap and revs to about 6500rpms. Its modern engine features three riding modes - Veloce (sport), Turismo (touring) and Pioggia (rain). The California moves very well for a 750lb bike. I took a similar ride last year on a Harley fat boy and found this year's ride much more enjoyable in every aspect. The California reminds me of an old muscle car with an upgraded suspension--it moved with lots of guts and style. Indeed, I anxiously awaited every red light to get an opportunity to experience lift off. Even when riding with a passenger, I found the power to be more than sufficient.

Unlike the muscle cars of old, however, the California is incredibly nimble for such a large bike and moves well around the many turns of our country road journey. Having the ability to hit almost 50 mph in 1st gear, allowed for minimal shifting in traffic. Speaking of shifting ... the California has one of the more refined transmissions of any vehicle I have had the pleasure to drive. As we carved through Route 4 West, I was able to keep the bike in the same gear for the majority of the ride, while confidently accelerating through the turns. However, maneuvering it in tight spaces is not quite as easy and feels a bit like I imagine navigating a cruise ship through the NY harbor would be--a slow and steady pace needed. Also, stopping this big of a bike is no casual task. Luckily, the California is equipped with dual four-piston 320mm Brembo disk brakes upfront.

After the first pit stop, I asked my sister what her first impressions were she said, "I love that I am able to see ahead while remaining comfortable in the back. The ride is much less bumpy than I imagined."

The ride to Vermont was perfect. There was minimal traffic, gorgeous roads and clear skies--optimal riding conditions. The bike gets a lot of attention on the road too. Drivers in passing cars would often offer a second glance. And we can't forget about the occasional thumps up! We reached our destination, Woodstock, Vermont in midday. After a quick lunch, we decided more riding was in order. The bike is incredibly comfortable and the riding position is ideal. It's the type of bike that makes you want to pack a bag and ride with no destination in mind.

The final leg of the trip took me from western Massachusetts into midtown Manhattan. In Brewster, I refueled at a gas station and was approached by three fellow riders asking what kind of bike I was riding. The answer was simple - a Moto Guzzi.

After hitting traffic on I -95, I cruised to the Hank Hudson towards the West Side Highway, riding into the city with the sun setting. What could possible better than this?

Written by Isaac Hattem, follow him on Instagram @ihattem.
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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – August 23rd, 2013

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Instagram user @motoguru shared this photo of the Eldorado 850 with a side car. Such a rare beauty, we love it!

Thanks for sharing!

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – August 30th, 2013

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Instagram user @jasonedwardphotography shared this photo of his Moto Guzzi bike with custom crg mirrors.

Thanks for sharing Jason!

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – September 13th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – September 20th, 2013

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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.
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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – September 27th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – October 11th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – October 18th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – November 8th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – November 15th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – November 22nd, 2013 -

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – November 27th, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – December 6, 2013

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – December 13, 2013

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This week’s Photo of the Week comes from Lario Rasomi. Visit Facebook.com/MotoGuzziUSA to submit a photo to our inbox and we may feature you in the future.
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DEC
Revival Cycles – Handcrafted Moto Guzzi Masterpiece

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Revival Cycles down in Austin, Texas completed another custom Moto Guzzi. You can find more images of this handcrafted masterpiece here.
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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – December 20, 2013

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This week’s Photo of the Week comes from Brian Knilans. Visit Facebook.com/MotoGuzziUSA to submit a photo to our inbox and we may feature you in the future.
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DEC
Guzzisti Photo of the Week – December 29, 2013

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This week’s Guzzisti of the Week comes from Rami Halawani. Visit Facebook.com/MotoGuzziUSA to submit a photo to our inbox and we may feature you in the future.
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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – January 3, 2014

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This week’s Guzzisti of the Week comes from Lee Hibschweiler. Visit Facebook.com/MotoGuzziUSA to submit a photo to our inbox and we may feature you in the future.
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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – January 10, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – January 17, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – January 24, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – January 31, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – February 7, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – February 14, 2014

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Guzzisti Photo of the Week – April 14, 2014

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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.
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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?

Racetrack.

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

I'd probably end up doing something design related.

24
MAR
Moto Guzzi and Photographer Bal Deo

Posted by: Moto Guzzi Americas | Categories: Guzzi Bikes, The "Originals" Lifestyle
Photographer Bal Deo did a great job bringing the Moto Guzzi V7 Special to life. Moto Guzzi and art always make a great team. You can see the full gallery from Bal Deo here. Credits: Photographer: Bal Deo Model: Ericka Virk
7
MAR
Guzzisti Photo of the Week – March 7, 2014

Posted by: Moto Guzzi Americas | Categories: Guzzi Bikes, Guzzi Diaries, Guzzisti Photo of the Week


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