” It’s quite common to see manufacturers getting into bed with custom builders these days. We’ve seen BMW hooking up with Roland Sands for the Concept 90, and Yamaha has joined forces with the Wrenchmonkees and Deus Ex Machina for a series of ‘Yard Built Specials’.
Until recently, this sort of thing was hush-hush. But an interesting story has just come to light regarding Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro, Italy’s leading Moto Guzzi customizer. And the postscript is this rather intriguing Bellagio-based custom.
Moto Guzzi’s star is firmly in the ascendant these days: The Piaggio-funded V7 roadster and California cruiser are attracting a new generation of fans to the marque. But ten years ago, Europe’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer was in serious trouble. It was then owned by Aprilia, which dragged the factory into the 21st century but failed to recreate the glory days of the 60s and 70s. ”
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