Custom Built Moto Guzzi V9 by Revival Cycles Revealed at the Handbuilt Show

A custom-built Moto Guzzi V9 by Revival Cycles was revealed at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas, during the MotoGP weekend

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Revival Cycles, host of the annual Handbuilt Show that takes place each year in Austin, Texas, during the MotoGP race weekend, revealed its brand-commissioned custom Moto Guzzi V9 at this year’s event, alongside other custom V9s.

The Moto Guzzi V9, which has a classic retro signature style due to its chassis proportions, café references, and sit-up rider position, was chosen by Revival Cycles as the base bike for this build that reaches even deeper into 1970’s styling and customizer trends. The Revival Cycles custom features a one-piece tank and seat with painted metallic sunrises that are picked up in the saddle's pleated gold metallic vinyl. The bobbed tail end of the seat and a semi-cone styled muffler add to the classic lines. 

This Moto Guzzi V9 custom’s front suspension is a standout creation of its own that’s not just heavy on aesthetic styling but also engineered for function. The conventional fork legs were completely replaced by a hand-built girder-style front end that sports a miniature damper behind the headlight. 

"I love most things from the ‘70s: cars, music, art, and motorcycles," said Andy James, lead fabricator at Revival Cycles. "This build is an homage to that era with a nod to what was going on in the Southern California chopper scene at the time. The most challenging part of this build was making such a modern bike look the part of a proper ‘70s custom machine."

This bike is a representation of the growing trend that features modified Japanese and European models which are popping up in shows across the States.