1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans V850 Mark III Custom


Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
The Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans ‘Master of Endurance’

Gannet Design and Vanguard have had an ongoing relationship, with their third creation just being unveiled, with the Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans custom, which features design cues from Vanguards clothing style department.

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The Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans ‘Master of Endurance’

This is the third collaboration of a Moto Guzzi custom build based on legendary Le Mans V850 Mark III 1981.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans Rendering
The Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans Design Sketch

This Moto Guzzi, conceived by Gannet Design, pays homage to the legendary Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans and the racing heritage of the brand. The custom racer has numerous details referring to the jeans, and vice versa.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans
Ulfert (Gannet Design)

“The theme is inspired by 80’s long distance racer with a large aluminum fairing, which we left in a rough brushed finish to show the craftsmanship of metal shaping. We designed a new tank with vintage knee pads in quilted leather as well a leather belt to secure the tank in place. The color theme is brushed metal with accents of deep burgundy red of the front fairing and top section of the tank. The custom cafe racer tail section with the signature ‘V’ and two round tail lights underlines the racer style with vintage design language.  The exhaust got integrated into the lower fairing and cooled with some shark gills which gives a reference to early days racing body work out of aluminum. The cockpit got heavily inspired by old fighter planes, with gauges and flip switches. Further we integrated key design elements of the jeans into the bike design.”

For instance the colour and stitches of the seat, the V-shaped cut-out around the taillight, the waistband patch in chocolate, the triple highway stitching, the V-shape above the back pocket, and the quirky zipper at the side of the seat.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

The Wrench Kings from Bilthoven, headed by Joost and Take, brought the ‘Master of Endurance’ to life and they did an amazing job in metal work with complex detailing.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

They dedicated countless hours of metal shaping and created some very special custom parts. The fairing, petrol tank and tail are all completely bespoke and hand made out of aluminium, with custom made tail light lenses from five layers of acrylic with Vanguard logo lasering in it. When you turn on the light the top of the engine is also lit.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

All paint and graphics are done by the Wrench Kings together with Van Marcus. The leather work is all real leather with a vintage feel and finish and was made by Jeroen at Silvermachine.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

Some modifications on the frame has been made, the rear was chopped and altered to make space for the mounting points of the seat. All old supports for electrics were removed and new bolt-on brackets made to be hidden underneath the tank. The battery is placed underneath the transmission within the lower engine fairing.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans tank detail
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

The YSS dampers at the back are fully adjustable and also custom made for the low stance of the bike. YSS helped make them specially for this project.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

The original calipers are used since they are Brembo already and suit the old school style however to improve the braking all master cylinders are changed for modern Brembo.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans motor detail
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

The exhaust is full custom stainless steel pipes and are completely open. It’s loud!

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Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

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The V850 Capsule collection

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
The Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans ‘Master of Endurance’

‘Master of Endurance’ Road Tour

After the press presentation the Vanguard/Moto Guzzi V850 ‘Master of Endurance’ will go on a promo tour. At several Vanguard dealers, customers can have a close look at the bike to check out the references to the new V850 Rider Jeans.

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans inside
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

Also the bike will be displayed at fashion fairs, and it will ride in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in September.

Designed by Gannet Design (link), built by Wrench Kings (link)for Vanguard Clothing (link)

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans Design
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

Vanguard Moto Guzzi V Les Mans motor detail
Vanguard custom Moto Guzzi V850 Le Mans

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Absolutely georgeous.
Any photos of the Instruments as mentioned in the Text?

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Thanks for the pick up Sher, that image has been added in now. Cheers. Trev