This Heavily Reworked 1989 Moto Guzzi 1000SP III Looks Absolutely Superb

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The unique beauty you’re seeing here is the result of a remarkable collaboration between Italy’s beloved Imbarcadero 14 and the Japanese moto doctors over at Nagoya’s An-Bu. A few years ago, these revered enterprises joined forces to create a majestic superstar that revolves around a 1989 model from Moto Guzzi’s 1000SP III range.

Within its frame, Mandello del Lario’s tourer packs a longitudinally mounted 90-degree V-twin engine that brings about a displacement of no less than 949cc. The air-cooled powerplant will be more than happy to deliver as much as 67 hp at 6,700 revs, along with 53 pound-feet (72 Nm) of torque at approximately 5,750 rpm.

This force travels to a shaft final drive by means of a five-speed gearbox, allowing the Italian brute to reach a respectable top speed of 122 mph (196 kph), as claimed by the manufacturer at the time of its release. As soon as An-Bu's Fujita Koichi landed on Italian soil, Maurizio Carraro’s crew wasted no time welcoming him into their workshop to discuss what was to come.

The customization process itself began with the removal of each and every last factory bodywork item, with the exception of 1000SP’s fuel tank. Next, Koichi was tasked with fabricating an array of custom garments to replace the stock components, including a graceful tail section and a retro-style front fairing that houses an eccentric headlight setup. Meanwhile, Carraro busied himself with installing LED turn signals and trimming the bike’s subframe to accommodate the new tail.

After replacing the airbox with free-flowing filters, the pros went about fitting a complete stainless-steel exhaust system they’ve crafted in-house. A brushed texture was applied to the machine’s gas chamber, while its frame and wheels received a stealthy layer of satin black paintwork. You will also find a pair of clip-on handlebars, accompanied by rear-mounted foot pegs on the opposite end.

Last but not least, a suede leather saddle can be seen atop the Guzzi's seat pan, joined by a studded pad on the rear end of the gas tank. To round it all out, the one-off bodywork units were enveloped in a satin green finish that keeps things looking tasty.


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