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1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

Jon emailed me a few days ago about his Guzzi cafe racer and unfortunately I was swamped this weekend. So with 17 hours remaining, please

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

More details from Jon’s listing:

And now we present a 1975 Moto Guzzi cafe racer designed and built by the legendary Steve Bolvari.

This spectacular cafe racer started life as a Moto Guzzi 850T, before it was hand built by Bolvari. A “cafe racer” is a motorcycle genre that had its start in London with the famous Ace Cafe “rockers” (the original name for bikers in the UK) of the early 1960s. It is very unusual to find early 1970s Moto Guzzis converted into a cafe racer.

The Moto Guzzi 850T has an 844 ccm V2 four-stroke engine. In unmodified form it made 55 HP at 6100 RPM. It has a 5 speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It originally weighed 562 lbs wet, yet could reach 112mph. Naturally, this cafe racer is much lighter and has had some performance modifications made that are befitting of the genre.


This cafe racer was built by Steve Bolvari of MOTO CUSTOMZ INC. Steve has built a number of show winning bikes. Perhaps, the most notorious is the Moto Guzzi chopper that took People’s Choice award two years in a row at the 2005 and 2006 IMOC Rally.

This bike was modified from a 1975 850T Moto Guzzi. Lots of custom made parts were installed. Straight intake manifolds matched to intake transfer with 38mm Mikuni carburetors. It has an increased diameter two into one exhaust that is characteristically wrapped with heat wrap. The frame has had some modifications with the front dropped 1 1/4 inches. A pair of 13 1/2″ Marzocchi air shocks have been installed. Wide clip on handlebars are used but retain the older controls for the authentic old school look. The paint is very fresh and includes the original Bolvari “Cafe” logo and his signatory checkered-flag motif. A custom seat has been built.

This is a nice reminder that we’d like to do more classic sport bike listings and here’s a great example that I think fits our niche. Sorry for the delay Jon,


[AffomaticEbay]Moto Guzzi Custom[/AffomaticEbay]


  • This thing is way cool-

    Good luck with the sale Jon!

  • Fantastico! Italian SEX for cheap money!


  • Love the work done on this bike, HATE the chequers everywhere and the tank graphics, sorry. The classic M-G logo would’ve looked way better.


  • I shared this bike with some riding buddies and from the guys that are Guzzi riders I got these responses:
    “Yea don’t get your hopes up that thing is a bit of a mess. Steve “the builder” is the guy who built that hideous Guzzi chopper at IMOC which somehow wins peoples choice awards. I think that bubble tail is an old football helmet, its a bit rough but a good project.”
    “I met this guy a few times. He is out there. In my opinion his stuff is terrible. I would stay clear of him and his “creations”. ”

    None of them good and also his Guzzi chopper is also out on ebay for sale.:http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Moto-Guzzi-1975-MOTO-GUZZI-Old-school-Chopper-Customs-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem4151188ed0QQitemZ280533438160QQptZUSQ5fmotorcycles

    These guys are big time Guzzi riders and I really do trust their opinions when it comes to anything Guzzi …. so I gues my only real comment would be Buyer Beware, and know what you are getting yourself into.

  • I agree with you Dallas about the checkers. The bike is well-sorted but I’d rather see a more classic paint job. But if you know Steve Bolvari’s work, he tends to lean towards the unexpected. His chopper is a wild and crazy rolling piece of art. I’ve seen it and it’s wild. Amazing stuff.

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