Death Machines, a London-based band, have created something special from a priceless fragment of automotive history. This modified cafe racer, which goes by the name Mk II Airforce, was based on a 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans.
It was constructed as a tribute to Giovanni Ravelli, the inventor of Moto Guzzi and a motorbike racer. The custom-built vehicle is striking from every aspect because of the way its design flows from front to back like wind.
Although the engine could still be driven, Death Machines went ahead and replaced the seals, bearing, and totally restored cylinder heads. All of the body panels for the Airforce have brushed aluminium finishes and are hand polished. Two 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors were added to the powerful V-Twin motor for optimal performance and fuel efficiency.
The original swing-arm was replaced owing to stylistic difficulties with a Moto Guzzi swing-arm that was sourced from California and carefully modified to get a perfect fit here. For increased contrast, Death Machines even used a cantilevered rear monoshock and painted the swing-arm and rear rim Grey.
Since there is no see-through rim on the model, the back wheel has a special design. For retro appeal, the design and finish of the front disc brakes were retained closer to drum brake even after Brembo callipers were used. Every every component of the motorcycle, including the grips, inverted lever, and clips, are all manufactured by hand.
For clarity, a fully customised instrument console with digital readings was employed. Furthermore, manual illumination control is available! Although the price of this motorcycle hasn’t been disclosed, it wouldn’t be a bad assumption to assume that it will sell for a high price at auction given the unusual parts and history it has. Through the Motoplex outlets of the Piaggio group, Moto Guzzi is offered in India.