A 349lb (158kg) street tracker, commissioned by Moto Guzzi USA
UMC started by stripping the Guzzi down to the running chassis – frame motor, and wheels- to reveal the V9’s Tonti-style tubular frame. “The rear of the frame, where it supports the engine, suggested the outline of a racing number plate, and that’s where the idea for a fat-wheeled flattracker, aka FAT TRACKER, started,” says Hugo of UMC San Francisco.
UMC extensively cleaned and de-tabbed the V9 frame, removing brackets from the now-removed stock battery, airbox, and ABS. The rear suspension mounts were moved forward an inch (25mm) to accommodate longer Hagon 16.5″ (420mm) shocks, and UMC added a custom rear hoop to continue the flow of the frame and create the seat bump stop.
The V9 Bobber 16″ cast alloy wheels were retained and identical, and interchangeable, 140/70-16 Heidenau K66 tyres are fitted front and rear.
Taking cues from the lines of the Guzzi frame, UMC designed a chopped-down, super-slim monobody that contrasts with the width of the transverse motor’s cylinders, creating a tension between the large motor and the small body perched on top. A dry break receiver atop the fuel tank completes the flat track race look.
The fuel tank / seat monobody is topped with a narrow vinyl-upholstered seat that visually integrates with matching grey paint on the tank. Aluminium heat shields, designed as part of the bodywork, protect the rider’s legs from the custom-built high exhaust system. Perforated exhaust tips mimic the heat shield’s hole pattern.
The iconic Guzzi v-twin motor has been kept in its factory-spec matt black and all mechanical and control elements are finished in various black textures to create a visual separation from the metallic green bodywork: “We really wanted to specify a colour that’s both modern and uniquely ‘Guzzi’ so that, inevitably, led us to the iconic 1971 V7 Sport with the metallic ‘Verde Legnano’ lime green tank” says Hugo. It’s a bespoke paint that constantly shifts from metallic yellow to metallic green.
UMC designed and prototyped an LED-illuminated DTRA-inspired front number plate with integrated turn signals and a pair of 500-lumen spotlights that perform as hi/lo-beams.
Up front, the controls are completely custom including switchgear by Posh Factory, wired inside the handlebars which are modifed Suzuki GSXR clipons, mount upside down and backwards, paired with Oury grips and Magura HC1 radial masters. The stock top bracket was retained but modified with a prominent start button filling the original ignition block mount, and a tiny Motogadget LED display machined into the top surface. A Motogadget M-unit, house under the seat operates a keyless RFID module built into the seat.
It’s a less-is-more approach that been applied to the whole build and that’s evident in the result: a pared-down, minimalist take on the Guzzi V9 that is 86lbs lighter, and almost unrecognisable from, the original bike.