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