Motorcycle News - Jean Genie: A Moto Guzzi Le Mans for Vanguard Clothing
For three years running, Vanguard Clothing has commissioned a custom Moto Guzzi every season to accompany its range. This 1981 Le Mans Mk III is the latest, and it’s an absolute jaw-dropper.
Ulfert wanted to pay homage to the legendary Le Mans series and Moto Guzzi’s racing heritage. The project was dubbed ‘Master of Endurance’—going for an 80s endurance racer with a futuristic vibe.
The builders commissioned to bring Ulfert’s vision to life were Joost and Take from Wrench Kings in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. And that meant countless hours of manipulating metal to get it spot-on.
There are a ton of interesting details flowing through this Le Mans—starting with the nose. The bubble fairing itself is an aftermarket part, but the headlight arrangement is pretty unique. Inside the eye-catching bubble is a 7” bucket with modified lights, including two halogen spots.
In total it took about 30 attempts to get it right!”
The vestigial paint on the bodywork is intentional. “We wanted to get the bike to look as if it could have been a Le Mans racer,” the guys tell us. “With really rough aluminum and bright shiny red, for the perfect contrast.”
All the lines and logos are hand-painted, using templates as a guide. Compare the lines on the side of the tank to the ‘V850’ jeans, and you’ll notice that they mimic the stitching. There were at least three failed attempts before the team got it just perfect.
More elements from the jeans tie in here—like the stitching style, rivets and even the zipper on the small stash pocket, on the side of the seat.
The motor itself was in good nick, so they simply serviced it and overhauled the carbs. They then soda blasted the V-twin engine and gearbox, and polished up the heads. Lurking under the fairing is a full stainless steel exhaust system that “will scare little children and make men spontaneously grow chest hair if they ride it!”
Most of the OEM Brembo braking system was kept, but the team installed new master cylinders all around, which has reportedly made a tangible difference. The foot controls are from Tarozzi, but they’re mounted on one-off plates that were laser-cut from stainless steel.
The clip-ons are still the original Le Mans items. “They were on the bike and we loved them,” the Wrench Kings tell us. “Only Italians can make a design like that!”
For now, the Master of Endurance will be on display in select Vanguard stockists. But fear not—it’ll also be taking to the streets for this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.
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July 20, 2018 at 12:07PM