1978 Moto Guzzi Spada Cafe Racer

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Clive Roberts, Sand­hurst, Berk­shire Owned for: 11 months

What’s the story? I found this Spada on ebay af­ter a three year search for a late ’70s Guzzi, suit­able for a cafe racer project. A lot of work was al­ready done by the pre­vi­ous owner be­fore the project stalled 20 years ago. It has a Raceco mod­i­fied en­gine, light­ened crank, twin spark head, sump ex­ten­sion and in­ter­nal work, but it’s never run since be­ing mod­i­fied. Up front it’s got GSX-R1100 up­side down forks. Fuel tank is an alu­minium CB1100R item adapted for the frame. The wheels are Cal­i­for­nia 1100 spoked hubs onto what were new Akront rims.

Progress so far? Hav­ing been stored in a damp shed for 20 years ev­ery­thing needs re­fur­bish­ment, in­clud­ing what were new parts. The de­sign is nearly com­plete – I’ve spent a lot of time sourc­ing parts and mock­ing up the de­sign. Now I need just a few more big ticket items: Zard ex­haust, Öh­lins shocks.

What’s next? Now I’ve nailed the look and spec, the re­ally hard work starts. I’m work­ing on the seat at the mo­ment and reckon I’m prob­a­bly two years away from hear­ing it fire up. I think it’ll be worth it.

White-faced Vague-lias – all very pretty

No short­age of high-en

(20 ago) In the for­ma­tive years

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