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Earlier this week fellow motorcycle blogger John from 4h10 dropped me an email sharing their latest custom build, the Moto Guzzi Le Mans III “Midnight Crash”. The bike looked awesome and so did the model featured in the shoot so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. John was kind enough to send me a couple more exclusive shots of model (Karoline Buss) with the bike and so here’s this weeks Motorcycle Girl and the story of the 4h10 Midnight Crash Guzzi.
The Midnight Crash started out life as a Guzzi California which had been purchased with a seized motor by a friend of Johns. As luck would have soon after the purchase a 10,000km, 850cc, 80+ horse power Guzzi Le Mans III engine was located and promptly purchased. After a tear down and rebuild the new engine slid straight into the California’s frame and it was back on the road. Soon after this John purchased the bike and again the Guzzi was retired to a workshop as the 4h10 crew began work realising their vision for the bike.
The Guzzi already had plenty of straight line punch so the engine didn’t receive any more attention, it was the look and the ride of the bike John was really aiming to upgrade. Once the bike was apart its frame was cleaned and re-coated in a light bronze schema, the forks and engine covers were polished while other components were blacked out; and a chrome mudguard with matching fork brace went on the front end. The forks were also cut to lower the front end and level out the bikes profile and a set of Tarozzi rear sets, Tomaselli handlebars and a custom seat placed the rider in more aggressive stance.
A yellowed out headlight from a Honda CB750 now sits at the helm and a slightly modified Guzzi 1000SP tank carries all the get up and go juice. To ensure the bike was going to stop when John let of the gas the brake calipers were reconditioned and new lines were added then to ensure everyone knew this Guzzi had the bite to match it’s bark, a Dunstall style reverse megaphone mufflers went on the end of the headers.
And the result?
“In the end, I end up with a noisy bike, uncomfortable as it should, that smells of gasoline, but with torque to spare and a great frame. The true definition of café racer for me!”