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KAFFEEMASCHINE’s Latest Cafe Racer Was Inspired by an Iconic Alfa Romeo

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Founded and headed up by Axel Budde, KAFFEEMASCHINE Motorcycles is a lauded German customs shop that specializes in turning vintage Moto Guzzi bikes into its ultra-clean cafe racers. And while KAFFEEMASCHINE undeniably has a well-established signature style and formula, it nonetheless keeps finding ways to put a new spin on its MO, with the shop most recently delivering one of its hallmark cafe’d Guzzis and cloaking it in a livery borrowed from an iconic Italian car.

Representing KAFFEEMASCHINE’s 37th project to date, the build — which has been christened the “Maschine 37” — began life as a 1981 Moto Guzzi SP1000 though is now a far cry from its former self. After being stripped down to the frame, Budde built the bike back up, treating it to a custom suite of carbon-kevlar bodywork comprised of a one-off tank, monoposto tail section, and bikini fairing. Though KM37’s bodywork looks very similar to KAFFEEMASCHINE’s earlier Le Mans Mark III-based KM23, Axel’s personal proclivity for 1960s and ‘70s-era Alfa Romeos has led to the build receiving a particularly interesting livery.

Directly inspired by the paint digs used on Alfa’s Giulia GTA 1300 Stradale, KM37 wears a Biancospino white paint job that’s been decorated in the Italian automaker’s man-eating crowned serpent logo. The inside of the build’s fairing has also been treated to a pair of Alfa Romeo’s classic Quadrifoglio (Italian for “four-leaf clover”) logos — a badge reserved for Alfa’s most high-performance offerings. What’s more, not only does the completed build weigh roughly 150lbs less than the stock donor, but the shop has also treated its longitudinal crank V-Twin to a plethora of upgrades that allow it to squeeze out 30% more horsepower — changes that together make for a markedly more spirited experience in the saddle.

Despite being headquartered out of Hamburg, KAFFEEMASCHINE has partnered with Brooklyn-based vintage European moto dealer Moto Borgotaro to sell the German shop’s cafe racers on U.S. shores — including the Maschine 37 which is available for sale at the New York shop now. For more information or details on pricing, interested parties can reach out to KAFFEEMASCHINE or Moto Borgotaro. The sale also includes a tool kit and a custom bike cover.

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