Found on eBay: 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom



This week we decided to look for bike that's ready to ride. We didn't want a project or a bike that's ready for display in some concours show. We wanted to look for a bike that we'd like to bid on, buy and ride. What did we find? A hot rod Moto Guzzi 850T.

This 1975 Moto Guzzi started life as a stock 850T before it was rebuilt with a host of high-performance upgrades. According to the auction, this matching-numbers bike was rebuilt with new pistons and rings, a LeMans flywheel and final drive, lifetime fork seals and more at 17,000 miles. The bike now shows 48,000 miles and wears an unusual "preying mantis"-style fairing along with a Sargent seat and twin-disc front Brembos. The frame has been powdercoated, while the bodywork carries the original brown and gold paint.

While it may not fit everyone's taste, the bike is an unusual example of a workhorse of a bike with thoughtful performance upgrades and a bit of hooligan styling. It's bold (and brown and gold), but we like it.

To check out the auction for this custom 850T, go here. 


3/26/2009 6:14:56 PM

Hey that's my bike! MOTOGROTTO here creator of the 75 Moto Guzzi custom 850T cafe bike on ebay.I worked on this idea all winter and a lot of people shook their heads and didn't understand what the deal was here,but others saw the same vision I had when I decided to make it all happen.This is a really fun bike to ride and works very well.Thanx for your interest in my work,I am a semi-retired machinist primarily into BMW cycles 1950-1984 but every now and then I get a hankerin' for some "strange" if you know what I am saying and this Guzzi fit the bill.The bike has met its reserve and is scheduled to auctions end tonite at 10 when someone will win what I imagined to be a pretty cool ride...and remember,this bike is not for know who you are...

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