Von Dutch, famous for his pinstriping skills and the “Flying Eyeball” logo, lent his hand to an incredible number of custom builds and this 1959 Moto Guzzi Falcone is a prime example. Richard H. Cormany bought the Guzzi in 1961 and after a little riding decided to begin customizing it. After a 5000 hour process the bike you see here emerged. Cormany enlisted the aid of Von Dutch for the black paint with gold pinstripes and for creating molds for the headlight nacelle and front fender. Von Dutch also machine turned the flywheel. The frame was cadmium plated.
All of the custom bodywork plays well with the Moto Guzzi mechanics, the finned cylinder and turned flywheel set off the black paint. It’s a gorgeous example of period customizing that won the 1971 Cycle World show for best street custom.
It’s currently for sale and there are lots of large close up shots on the listing. There’s a Moto Guzzi collection somewhere that would really benefit from an addition like this. Pretty cool.
Auction has ended.
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