In the late 1970s, the Moto Guzzi Le Mans was the closest you could
get to a factory café racer. Bereft of chrome and frippery, it would hit
130 mph and recorded over 70 hp at the back wheel. It was the ultimate
low-tech superbike, essentially agricultural, but also possessing a
The uncomplicated mechanicals of the Le Mans have helped it to
endure, and it’s a machine that engenders remarkable affection from its
owners. Today, the chunky Guzzi is an anachronism, but it’s also one of
the most highly sought-after platforms for customizers: easy to work on,
reliable, and easily upgraded.
So here are five of the best Le Mans customs from the world’s top builders. I’d happily put any one of them in my garage.