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KaiWE 06-24-2010 06:01 PM

The Espresso Fetcher (Guzzi 850 Project)
 
After a few years with Beemers, i thought it was due time to get back to an Italian ride. So I listed my Gulf-BMW R75/6 Cafe Racer on the norwegian equivalent of craigslist and the next day a guy called and wondered if a swap with a Guzzi-project would be interesting.

Well - after a couple of days and some money exchanged (in my favour :D ) the BMW left, and this one arrived:

http://www.gleng.org/kai/pics/PICT1381.jpg

A stripped mid-eighties T5 with a lot of goodies on the side.
Most noticeably a 43mm Showa USD off a 1999 Suzuki GSX-R1000 with accompanying 17 inch rims. I was originally thinking of doing a classic cafe racer again, but I felt that with the modern fork and rims, it would end up a bit to far from my vision of a classic cafe racer. So after a while, i decided to go for a more modern variety, but still very much inspired of the cafe racer style.

After I posted a picture of the project in the Cafe Racer tread, Lornce came up with the term "Espresso Fetcher" - hence the name of the project.

When ready, the T5 will be transformed to "the Espresso Fetcher"

First ting, the Rental bar sitting on the bike went straight off, and back on with clip-ons. Since I've already had decided to leave the narrow road ( to the cafe :evil ), I went for some street-fighter inspired styling elements - Dual round headlights, with a small fly-screen ( never been a big fan of 'fighters, but I think that in this setting it will work)...

I found a Ducati 916-style seat/tail in one of the boxes of parts, and after some tinkering to find the right angle, I decided that it would fit my vision:

http://jernbane.co.uk/cr/guzzi1.jpg

I like to decide on colors/design of the bike quite early in the project(kind of helps me focused) - thought for a while of going for all orange, but could not bring my self to paint that beautiful aluminum tank ( from the Tank Shop in UK), so after some fiddling with photoshop, this is the color scheme I'm going for:

http://jernbane.co.uk/cr/guzzi6.jpg

Well, thats kind of the story so far - I'll keep you posted as the project moves on (if anyone bothers to listen :D )

to be continued...

Bloodweiser 06-24-2010 06:28 PM

i need a tonti.

more please mr.

Hawk Medicine 06-24-2010 06:58 PM

Hey.... Just for s**ts and giggles, how about posting a photo of the bike that you traded for this one? I'm curious about what you gave up in exchange for this pile of creative problems and long nights in the garage:lol3 .

That G-Bike is one hell-of-a-start to a finished product!

s10rat 06-24-2010 09:32 PM

interesting project...:clap
How do you fit the rear suzuki rim to the rear guzzi drive?

Lornce 06-24-2010 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KaiWE


That looks terrific!

:thumb :thumb

KaiWE 06-25-2010 12:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mymindsok
Hey.... Just for s**ts and giggles, how about posting a photo of the bike that you traded for this one? I'm curious about what you gave up in exchange for this pile of creative problems and long nights in the garage:lol3 .

That G-Bike is one hell-of-a-start to a finished product!

http://jernbane.co.uk/cr/cr_1.jpg

Here's the one who went away...

Hawk Medicine 06-25-2010 01:33 AM

I think you got the best of that deal! :evil

farmer fred 06-25-2010 04:37 AM

Great looking Guzzi! Needs more carb!

This guy must be channeling your color scheme:

http://fredsgarage.smugmug.com/photo...3_4gyku-XL.jpg

KaiWE 06-25-2010 05:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s10rat
interesting project...:clap
How do you fit the rear suzuki rim to the rear guzzi drive?

Courtesy of a german company called Guzziladen (www.guzziladen.de) - they sell the fork/rim ready for the Guzzi...

princess jamaica 06-25-2010 07:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KaiWE
http://jernbane.co.uk/cr/cr_1.jpg

Here's the one who went away...

HOT DAMN to both of them!!:clap

G2mk3 06-25-2010 08:09 AM

I am in love with your gas tank :evil

Is it dented in on the right side?

blaine.hale 06-25-2010 11:14 AM

TAG Heuer (and gulf) color scheme on that BMW makes me all kinds of happy. Love it!

http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/...cQueen_Special

Photog 06-25-2010 11:26 AM

drool bump.

:tb

Love the look of the USD forks. Heck, love the look of the whole thing.

Lornce 06-25-2010 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by farmer fred
Great looking Guzzi! Needs more carb!

This guy must be channeling your color scheme:


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KaiWE 06-25-2010 04:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by G2mk3
I am in love with your gas tank :evil

Is it dented in on the right side?

Nope, looks good in real life - probably some odd reflections when I took the photo...


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