Lat­est Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II is an Airforce to be reck­oned with

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It was only a year ago when Death Ma­chines burst onto the scene with a Guzzi build, fol­lowed by a cop­per and wood fin­ished Tri­umph Thrux­ton, which put them firmly on the map. They didn’t dis­ap­point in the slight­est with the lat­est bike to roll out of the work­shop ei­ther with this beautifully made Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II.

It’s named Airforce, in hon­our of Gio­vanni Ravelli – who was a founder of Moto Guzzi.

“He was a World War One fighter pi­lot and tested all the Guzzi en­gines,” says James Hil­ton, Death Ma­chines ‘main man’. “He was killed in an air ac­ci­dent just be­fore Guzzi be­came a com­pany, so this bike is for him and is mod­elled from his WWI bi­plane.”

The work on the Guzzi has been ex­ten­sive to say the least: the front fea­tures a new head­stock and the rake has been in­creased by 15 de­grees while the wheels have been up­sized to 20 inches.

“We’ve put su­per­moto-like forks on the front to take into ac­count the large ra­dius of the wheel. On the back, we’ve taken a swingarm from a Guzzi Cal­i­for­nia, which is a lit­tle bit longer than the orig­i­nal Le Man swingarm. This gives us the ex­tra room for the large wheel on the back and al­lowed us to make it mono-shock.

Stop­ping the bike are solid discs with Brembo calipers and ac­cord­ing to the builders: “There’s no back brake be­cause when do you ever need one?”

Well, who wanted a back brake any­way?

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