Revival Cycles Turns a 1970s Moto Guzzi into an Alloy-Bodied Moto Masterpiece

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After its inception in 2008, Revival Cycles spent the next decade firmly establishing itself as one of the world’s premier custom bike builders with a laundry list of museum-grade showstoppers. Never one to rest on its laurels, the Austin-based outfit has in recent times returned to some of its most iconic builds to deliver evolved, second-generation takes on some of the shop’s most cherished two-wheelers. And after previously delivering a follow-up build to its famous Ducati-based J63 project, Revival has now turned to its nine-year-old “Beto” Moto Guzzi build, breathing new life into another 1975 Guzzi donor to deliver an even more impressive one-off work.

Appropriately christened the “Alloy Guzzi,” Revival’s latest build started out as a 1975 Moto Guzzi 850 T3, though, like most of the shop’s works, very little of the original donor remains in play. The donor has been treated to a one-off chassis crafted from 4130 Steel DOM tubing that includes a mono-shock conversion, a lower frame rail delete, chassis reinforcements, a custom-machined transmission mount, and custom electrical component brackets. The new frame has been paired with a fully-adjustable Cafe Racer Suspension fork slotted in custom triples, and a Le Mans 1000 swing arm mated to a RaceTech G3S shock. The project’s biggest highlight is undoubtedly its bodywork, consisting of a modified aluminum Evan Wilcox Le Mans replica tank, a custom matching tail section and bikini fairing, a hand-formed front fender, and a multi-piece belly-pan.

The stock 850cc twin has also been gifted an 88MM Big Bore kit, bumping displacement up to 950ccs before bestowing the mill with longer Carrillo con-rods, bespoke Ross forged pistons, a polished and chamfered crankshaft, custom velocity stack-fed Dellorto PHM40 carbs, and a custom two-into-one titanium exhaust culminating in a titanium muffler that sits flush with the belly pan. Other noteworthy elements include a Veglia mechanical tach, top-shelf Brembo braking hardware and levers, Tarrozzi rear sets, fully-adjustable Tommaselli Condor Clubman-style bars, Italian-made 18” Borrani wheels shod in Continental Road Attack 2 rubber, and a silver and green paint scheme directly inspired by the race liveries worn by Guzzi’s dustbin-equipped racers of the 1950s.

Revival’s Alloy Guzzi build will also make its official public debut at the upcoming Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, Texas over the weekend of April 8th — the same weekend MotoGP races at COTA in Austin.

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