This Moto Guzzi popped up on my radar a few days ago while looking for something else and it just stopped me in my tracks. It's a Moto Guzzi Daytona that's been highly modified and the work that's been done gives it a completely different look, nothing like the Italian sport bike appearance of the original. Digging for more info, I see it was written up on BikeEXIF where we get a few more details.
Jasper Mulder, the owner and builder of this beauty, bought a 1993 Daytona but didn't care much for the handling and braking. He did, however, really like the looks of the engine, so with those things in mind, the project began.
The fairing was removed and the tail section was replaced with a custom subframe mounting a seat from a Honda RS125 racer. The front forks were sourced from MV Agusta. A custom steering head decreases rake 2 degrees and a new swingarm shortens the wheelbase 42mm for the sharper handling he was after.
The engine work is what I really like. He removed the stock Weber Marelli ignition and fuel injection replacing it with two Mikuni HSR42 flatslides, usually used on Harley Davidsons, and a Volker Sachse digital ignition. Custom built pipes and mufflers from eBay top off the power plant.
The overall result is a truly imposing beast, the engine is visually front and center right where it should be. There's no glossy paint and shiny chrome, it's all muscle and pure function, but it looks absolutely superb. In this day of restoring every vintage bike to pristine original condition, I really like the fact that Jasper made this bike completely his own, there are enough perfect bikes around, try this one on for size.
It's no secret I'm a big fan of these Guzzis, my own Centauro shares the same 4 valve engine with the Daytona and I think it's one of the best looking engines Moto Guzzi has ever built. One thing though, the
video below (offline) shows Jasper warming the beast up and when he hits it a few times, the sound is definitely different than what I hear from mine. Geez, I like this bike!