Household Wagon: A four-up Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig from Madrid


Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
The Moto Guzzi V7 platform is well-known to us right here at Bike EXIF. Since its re-release in 2008, the sensible fashionable traditional has graced the garages of a number of Bike EXIF writers, together with our founder, Chris Hunter. However regardless of its reputation, we don’t see that many really wild Moto Guzzi V7 customs.

That’s as a result of the Moto Guzzi V7 appears to be like ok when it leaves the Mandello del Lario manufacturing unit that the majority homeowners solely make minor changes over time. However when Efraon Triana at UFO Storage in Madrid, Spain, was tasked with constructing a family-friendly Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig, he knew that he and his staff must go all out.

Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
The client, Mike, already owned one UFO Storage bike and wished one other to benefit from the Swiss countryside with. However there was a catch—Mike has two daughters and a spouse who all wish to be a part of the enjoyable. So not solely did UFO Storage have so as to add a sidecar to the Guzzi, however they needed to construct it with two seats.

Efraon and his crew began by constructing the sidecar’s tubular metal body by hand, including an 18” wheel to match the V7. The wheel makes use of an aluminum rim on a CNC-machined hub—and should you peek by the spokes, you’ll spot the sidecar’s suspension system.

Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
For the capsule itself, metal sheets have been shaped by hand into the murals you see right here. The main points are as beautiful as they’re quite a few—from the government-approved little one automobile seats, upholstered in vegetable-tanned leather-based, to the sidecar headlight and wood-trimmed sidestep. A modified windshield from an early Kawasaki GSX-R, and a flowing aspect fender, shield the ladies from the weather.

The V7’s body was modified to just accept the sidecar and its subframe was chopped and looped. The completed body, rocker covers, and alternator cowl have been then despatched off for chrome plating. The inventory seat was reshaped and coated in the identical vegetable-tanned leather-based because the sidecar’s inside, whereas new warmth shields have been fabricated and added to the mufflers decrease down.

Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
As with the overwhelming majority of sidecar hacks, it’s not simply the sidecar that acquired particular consideration. The distinctly totally different dealing with traits of this rig necessitated using an Earles fork—a kind of leading-link entrance finish the place the pivot level is behind the entrance wheel. Efraon constructed the entrance suspension himself, basing his design on a BMW R69 and including a steering damper for stability.

The entrance fender can also be a {custom} merchandise, held in place by elegant handmade mounting brackets. The headlight bucket was 3D-printed; it’s additionally based mostly on early BMW designs, with the manufacturing unit Moto Guzzi speedo embedded into it. Motogadget LED flip alerts sit simply in entrance of the headlight brackets up entrance, and simply behind the shock mounts on the again.

Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
The remainder of the trim consists of Renthal handlebars, leather-wrapped grips, and Motone switches. The V7 and its sidecar put on matching taillights too, and the latter sports activities a custom-made roll bar on the again.

For the paint job, UFO selected a three-layer sweet apple purple from Home of Kolor and completely nailed it. Coupled with simply the correct amount of chrome, this sidecar rig provides off a robust classic scorching rod vibe that we like.

Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage
“To be sincere, this venture was enjoyable and tough in equal measure,” Efraon tells us. “Because it was the primary time I had constructed a bike with a sidecar, it was a problem—however I’m positive it will likely be the focus on the attractive Swiss roads.”

We’re positive Mike and his ladies will get a lifetime’s price of reminiscences out of this attractive Moto Guzzi V7 household wagon. And if that’s not what motorcycling is all about, we don’t know what’s.

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Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig by UFO Garage