Hogs in the ‘hood: Moto Guzzi Rat Bike

This Moto Guzzi is not a show bike, it's meant for riding...

This Moto Guzzi is not a show bike, it’s meant for riding…

We have to admit that slowly, we have been won over to the unique Moto Guzzi style.  It’s an acquired taste, but one we have grown to love, especially after seeing our friend Stephano put some custom touches to them…

A Moto Guzzi can be a daily rider too:

This Moto Guzzi is raw, and free of collector's trimmings...

This Moto Guzzi is raw, and free of collector’s trimmings…

While we love what Stephano and other Moto Guzzi lovers are doing to these classic Italian motorcycles, we often wish there was a bit more patina, a little bit of the bike left raw.  Then we stumbled upon this one on the northside of Williamsburg.  Clearly the owner was not looking for a museum piece, and this bike strikes a pose different from what we’ve become accustomed to.  Too often, the Guzzi’s we see are done up to near perfection, glossy paint and all the trimmings.

This Moto Guzzi rat bike (we mean this in the best possible way!) is a refreshing change of pace.  Left on the bike are the spots of rust, the faded paint and the fingerprints from wrenching.

Not exactly a "clean" triangle...

Not exactly a “clean” triangle…

Often, the first thing addressed when making a custom bike, especially a Cafe Racer, is to clean and clear out the triangle in front of the rear wheel.  This was done on this Moto Guzzi, but it’s not quite complete.  The ancient electrics were left, as well as a nice new Anti-Gravity battery, looking dwarfed by the stock battery box.  Close, but maybe needs a little work.  Screw it!  We love this bike anyway…

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