“Sunrace” Is a Vintage Moto Guzzi V35 Disguised in High-Grade Custom Goodies

This little devil isn’t what you’d refer to as a beast, but it does look phenomenal.
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The unique showstopper we feature today goes by the name of “Sunrace” and it's a delicious two-wheeled machine crafted by the ambitious moto architects over at Matteucci Garage. In the past, the Italian workshop’s tastefully reworked Suzuki GS550 has adorned autoevolution pages with its bespoke grace.

It goes without saying these fellows aren’t exactly strangers to the art of motorcycle customization. For a clear demonstration of their abilities, let’s have a quick look at what they’ve managed to accomplish on a classic V35 from Mandello del Lario’s small-displacement lineup.

In stock form, Moto Guzzi’s creature is put in motion by an air-cooled V-twin powerplant, which packs a humble displacement of 346cc. At approximately 7,900 rpm, this bad boy is good for up to 33 ponies, along with 20 pound-feet (27 Nm) of twist at 6,200 revs. The engine’s force is fed to a shaft final drive by means of a five-speed transmission.

When this fiend landed on their doorstep, Matteucci’s surgeons kicked things off by installing a new fuel tank with cafe racer vibes, while the stock subframe has been cut to make room for the crew’s very own loop-style counterpart. It supports a unique single-seater saddle that keeps things looking rad, as well as a pair of LED turn signals and an aftermarket taillight.

At the other end, the V35’s cockpit received a clubman handlebar and a Daytona gauge for a clutter-free aesthetic. Suspension duties are taken good care of by refurbished forks up front and top-shelf Ohlins shock absorbers at the rear. Furthermore, Italy’s specialists proceeded to envelop the Guzzi’s stock hoops in retro-style rubber on both ends.

In the powertrain department, the mill’s Dell’Orto carburetors were honored with a state-of-the-art K&N air filter. A set of reverse megaphone mufflers have been fitted onto the bike’s exhaust pipes to bring about a pleasing soundtrack for a more exciting ride. Finally, the gas chamber was blessed with a majestic orange finish hailing from Lamborghini’s color palette.


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