Custom Moto Guzzi V50 “Beretta” Celebrates 100 Years of Mandello-Bred Elegance

Having survived changes in ownership, multiple recessions and World War II, the Moto Guzzi brand is an absolute juggernaut. It all started on March 15, 1921, when two brothers named Giorgio and Angelo Parodi joined forces with Carlo Guzzi to found the Società Anonima Moto Guzzi. Legally speaking, this company was headquartered in Genoa, but its manufacturing operations have always been in Mandello del Lario, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Como.

This legendary company was not only the very first motorcycle manufacturer to equip their factory with a wind tunnel, but they also created the first iteration of a center stand. When it comes to Moto Guzzi’s two-wheeled efforts, the company’s most notable developments include the 850 Le Mans and V7 Special, as well as the purebred Otto Cilindri – an eight-cylinder monster that could reach speed. top 177 mph (285 km / h).

In addition, the House of Mandello del Lario has many conquests in the world of motorsport, with no less than 14 Grand Prix championships and 11 Isle of Man TT victories to its name. However, despite these incredible achievements, financial difficulties forced the company to withdraw from racing after the 1957 season. A few years later, Giulio Cesare Carcano presented the iconic 90-degree V-twin engine, which would become the symbol. engineering prowess from Moto Guzzi.

As we move rapidly into the 21st century, we find the sustainable manufacturer celebrating its centenary under the ownership of Piaggio. While the Italians have announced that they will be presenting the special edition V100 Mandello at EICMA, motorcycle customization workshops have been busy creating their own bespoke tributes to honor the occasion. One of these entities hails from the Japanese branch of Deus Ex Machina, and we are truly amazed at what they managed to accomplish!

Without further ado, here’s how the amazing Moto Guzzi V50 “Beretta” was born. For starters, a close inspection of the longitudinally-mounted 490cc mill revealed that it was still in perfect condition, so powertrain modifications were limited to the intake and exhaust. You’ll spot a pair of Keihin FCR36 carburetors replacing the original Dell’Orto units, while a brilliant exhaust system takes pride of place at the other end of the combustion cycle.

In terms of footwear, the 18 inch roll bars of the V50 have been treated with Firestone Champion Deluxe tires from the Coker range. Deus has reduced the Guzzi’s standard forks by 40 mm (1.6 inches) with these elements installed to bring a harsher riding posture. At the rear, suspension tasks are well taken care of thanks to aftermarket premium shocks, on which you’ll find a unique tubular steel subframe with integrated dual-function LEDs.

The hand-shaped skeleton is responsible for supporting a slim tan leather saddle and a sleek tail that has been crafted in-house using aluminum. Additionally, the Deus team removed the original fuel tank to make way for the reused module from a Yamaha SRV 250, which was modified to fit the creature’s main frame like a glove.

To the north, we’re greeted by a single Motogadget gauge and clip-on handlebars from Tommaselli, along with a tinted windshield, Hella fog lights and premium LED headlight. To top it off, Machina’s motorcycle medics applied a shiny coat of teal paint to Beretta’s frame and parts of her gas chamber. The beautiful finish is appropriately complemented by silver accents, gold stripes and a few cartoonish Deus emblems.

All things considered, it’s no exaggeration to say that we’ve just reviewed one of the grooviest custom V50s around. Judging by the appearance of their wallet, we’re inclined to think that the pros at Deus Ex Machina won’t come up with a lackluster feat anytime soon!

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