Nick is Le Mans
“I started with a Moto Guzzi Le Mans engine and frame, everything else was sourced new or custom made for the bike,” says Nick Sharp from Bedfordshire, the man behind this understated Guzzi.
“My inspiration comes from the Bike Shed shows I’ve attended and the bike was built over two years. I wanted to achieve a good-looking café racer with some modern refinements. The chassis has been modified to give a neater look. This means the front frame has to be modified and new engine mounts made, and new rear gearbox mounts made.
“The engine has been fully rebuilt and blueprinted with a modern electronic ignition.
“The aluminium bodywork – seat unit, front guard, engine breather box, rear guard are all designed by me, and handmade. The bike has turned out as I wanted, an old-style cafe racer more than able to be reliably ridden on modern roads and is brilliant fun to ride as well as being good to look at.”
Q Ace Builds is a competition run by the team behind Motorcycle Live. It’s open to all exhibiting maker brands and models – the only criteria being that the bike is road legal, UK built, is owned by the entrant and is a one-off.
For more information, visit acebuilds.motorcyclelive. co.uk
Simple but stylish Guzzi Le Mans
Nick Sharp’s Guzzi custom