The Moto Guzzi V7 series has been around since the 1970s, offering that signature transverse V-twin introduced by Italian engineer Lino Tonti. In 2008, the company re-introduced a new version of the V7, which blended the traditional design and layout with a modernized chassis and electronics. As Julien Demaugé-Bost of French workshop BAAK says:
The original Moto Guzzi V7 is a real toy, but it’s full of plastic and doesn’t sound great.
Julien and crew stepped in to make this V7 look and sound better, without sacrificing any functionality.
BAAK is a creative workshop based in Lyon (France) that was founded in 2012 by Rémi Reguin. The 5-person company designs, manufactures, and sells plug & play parts for Triumph, Moto Guzzi and Royal Enfield motorcycles (headlights, handlebars, mudguard, leather seats, exhaust lines…). The team also creates bespoke builds based on customer motorcycles and started to work on cars last year (Land Rover Defender / Austin Mini). All the parts they offer are designed and handcrafted by the team of craftsmen at their workshop in France, and are shipped all over the world every day.
In 2017, BAAK will reveal its first full custom projects over the BMW NineT Scrambler and the Triumph Bonneville T120, and plans to open a new concept store in Lyon. Below, we get the full story from Julien on this V7 scrambler.
Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler: In the Builder’s Words
(Words by BAAK. Highlights by us.)
We created this build at our workshop. We are professional motorcycles and parts creator based in France. The original Moto Guzzi V7 is a real toy, but it’s full of plastic and doesn’t sound great. We turned it into a much more skillful and attractive toy by handcrafting specific parts and adding chic details to this build.
We paid attention to the chassis, we removed the right shock absorber and developed a mono shock absorber to fit our Scrambler exhaust line (stainless steel manifolds and aluminium mufflers). We created custom leather parts at our workshop (flat seat, leather fork gaiters, side saddlebag, tank strap).
We brushed the gas tank and applied a satin varnish over it. We also brushed the cylinder heads. We designed a wide scrambler-type handlebar with a crossbar, it has much pullback to the driver and is very comfortable to ride.
The removed the rear fender and replaced it with an homemade small license plate support with taillight and plate lightning. The mini front mudguard was handcrafted by our team.
We replaced the original headlight by a Bates style one, and the speedometer by a Tiny Motogadget one that enables to keep all the features of the original one. The Heidenau K60 tires we used are great to ride and doesn’t create much vibrations.
That’s a unique motorcycle we’re really proud of, really pleasant to ride and look at. We hope your thoughts are the same!
(Note: go here to see many of the Moto Guzzi V7 custom parts used on this build.)