If you like vintage Moto Guzzis, here’s one to get you smiling, it’s called Cherry O, a 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, very lightly modified and beautifully restored, painted in a dazzling yet classy Candy Apple Red. I came across this bike in the current issue of Motorcycle Classics, and from any angle, if you’re drawn to Guzzis, this one will stop you in your tracks.
Rick Manning and the team from Combined Design, had modified another Moto Guzzi, a ’76 T3 they called Little Red, in a style they imagined might reflect what a current V7 would be. Since the ’73 V7 Sport is a bit rare, not to mention, prized among Guzzi enthusiasts, they wanted to keep it closer to the original. The end result manages to be extremely eye catching and subtle at the same time, it just looks right.
Ever since writing about some Moto Guzzi makeovers a few months ago, my eye and ear have been fine tuned to notice the lines and sound of the Italian V-twins, so much so that I bought a ’97 Centauro for my own garage. If you look at these photos too long, you may find yourself in the market for a Guzzi, as well. If that happens, trust me, I’ll understand.
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