There are a lot of good bikes coming out of Austin these days, and none are finer than the consistently brilliant bikes the guys at Revival are putting out. Now, they've topped themselves with this Moto Guzzi V7 Classiccustom.
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Like all bikes by Revival, everything's been hand-formed, delicately combining aluminum and an otherwise undressed frame to make this bike so light, they're calling it "the best-handling lightweight Guzzi in existence. Period."
It started out life as a factory fresh, bone-stock 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic that was promptly stripped down until it was little more than a naked chassis with an engine. Unlike their historically unreliable older brothers, the new bikes coming out of Guzzi's factory are actually bulletproof — hence why it wasn't messed with on this build.
Keeping a modern engine in a vintage-styled bike isn't as easy as it sounds, though, so the Revival guys had to get creative. They basically reconfigured the entire fuel tank so that they could hide more mechanical bits inside, allowing for a complex, but simple looking instrument cluster.
The leather seat? Hand-sewn by a woman named Ginger at New Church Moto. The suspension's not exactly off-the-shelf, either; it was built specifically for this bike by a noted California suspension house.
From just about every angle, this might just be Revival's most beautiful bike to date.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's a little obsessed, but not in a sitting-outside-the-dealership-at-3a-with-binoculars sort of way. He undergoes track withdrawal symptoms on a regular basis and writes about cars as a salve, and you can follow him on Twitter @aaron_m_miller.