All Blue: An SP1000 to celebrate the centenary of Moto Guzzi

There is not much motorcycle manufacturers that have been around for a hundred years. Especially if you ignore brand revivals or foreign company takeovers.

Last year, Moto Guzzi celebrated a century of continuous motorcycle production. It was a surprisingly low-key affair, but at least one custom shop decided to mark the event – Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles of the Czech Republic.

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
The Prague workshop is over 500 miles northeast of the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello del Lario, but this SP1000-based machine is Italian at heart. Called “All Blue”, it highlights the 90-degree V-twin engine that the brand is famous for.

“All Blue is our idea of ​​what a ‘100th anniversary Moto Guzzi’ should look like,” says store founder Matěj Sysel. “We received the commission from a client who is a huge Moto Guzzi fan.”

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
Gas & Oil started the procedure by dismantling the 948cc engine. It’s an old-school, air-cooled mill with just two valves per cylinder, but it delivers a decent 62 lb-ft of torque just after 5,000 rpm, and once idle it’s smooth and powerful.

After refurbishing and reassembling the engine, Matěj and his team repainted the crankcases and installed a pair of beautiful new Dell’Orto PHF carburettors with accelerator pumps.

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
The engine is now pressed into a restored and refinished frame from a California – a machine renowned for its good handling, despite its touring experience.

The rear of the frame was neatly truncated to suit a classic cafe “hump,” but Gas & Oil retained and restored the original California forks.

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
The hump behind the pristine tuck-and-roll leather seat is a classic, but not easily identifiable, Yamaha component. It is part of an SR gas tank, with a circular brake light built into the rear.

New YSS shocks maintain handling and are flanked by megaphone-style mufflers from Czech manufacturer Sharon. They are hooked up to custom stainless steel exhaust manifolds, which run under the Tarozzi footpegs.

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
The 18-inch alloy wheels have been treated to the same finish as the engine and are shod in Bridgestone Battlax BT46 rubber, a modern production tire with a vintage-style tread.

Brembo brakes are completely rebuilt, with new rotors included. “In addition to that, we used a Cerakote coating for the stirrups,” says Matěj. “It is very resistant to high temperatures, as well as to the chemical effects of brake fluid.”

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
The slightly heavy styling of the original SP1000 has been lightened with inspired construction. The tank is low and square, and started life as a Yamaha RD unit; it is now dominated by a fast-acting racing fuel intake on top.

Brilliant blue paint – a nod to Italian sport colors – extends to the bespoke bars, which have been outfitted with classic toggle switches in 3D-printed housings.

Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles
Directly ahead is a compact MST Speedster analog gauge from Motogadget. The German outfit also supplied the mo.blaze bar-end turn signals, which are probably the most advanced elements of this otherwise ultra-classic build.

‘All Blue’ gets a big tick from us because it encapsulates everything great about classic Guzzis, with the striking V-twin as its centerpiece. The custom scene may be embracing fancy technology at a breakneck pace… but builds like this prove there’s still a place for old-school cool.

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Moto Guzzi SP1000 by Gas & Oil Bespoke Motorcycles

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