Untitled Motorcycles Moto Guzzi V9 Customer Builder Project
Untitled Motorcycles—founded in London in 2010, and having a location San Francisco—builds custom bikes designed for everyday use with individual styling and quality mechanics. Simply check out the UMC website; their work more than speaks for itself.
Whether building a modern bike platform, a modern retro, or a true vintage classic, UMC creates finished products that have the lean, purposeful look of a bike built to take care of business—day in and day out. At present, there are 27 customs displayed on the company’s website, with builds based on BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Triumph, Royal Enfield, and Moto Guzzi, to name but a few.
Hugo Eccles, originally from London, is one of the design/build geniuses at Untitled Motorcycles’ shop in San Francisco. Beyond the shop, he is an industrial designer for companies like TAG Heuer, Nike, Peugeot, and Ford. His industrial design background meshes with creativity and innovation in the UMC shop’s creations.
Eccles again has his creativity flowing on UMC’s latest build for Moto Guzzi’s V9 Customer Builder Project. The mission is to turn Moto Guzzi’s 850cc V9 into a “fat tracker”—well, maybe fat flat tracker—titled Project UMC 054.
They share the same big 90° transversely mounted air/oil-cooled 850cc V-twin with aluminum cylinder heads, cylinders, pistons, and one-piece Marelli electronic fuel injection system, as well as a six-speed transmission and shaft final drive.
In a recent communique from UMC, the present state of the project was summarized in terms of what was removed, modified, kept and added to (or from) the stock V9.
Paring the V9 down to its essence is the first step, with removal of plastic parts and panels, the stock air box, the ABS system, the air injectors and cutting away the top of the stock fuel tank while retaining the OEM tank’s base and fuel pump. The initial chassis modifications were next, with mounting tabs being cut off.
Additions completed to date include addition of new 16” tires and temporary addition of foam and Bondo prototype tank top and bodywork for design study. The stock front and rear wheels and Brembo brake calipers will be retained.
Next steps include removal of exhaust system mounts and tabs, and the rear frame tubes. Modification of the lower frame rail, removal of the stock footpeg mounts, modification of ECU mapping and revamping the side stand for the new configuration are also ahead.
Finally, the bike’s character will be finished up with addition of a custom rear frame hoop, shorter forks—possibly from a Moto Guzzi V7, addition of a fork brace, longer rear shocks, custom handlebars, custom controls (perhaps Posh or Motogadget), custom tank and seat unit, which may be monocoque, custom seat, custom metallic green with red frame, new bespoke graphics, custom two-into-two exhaust system, custom triple clamps, and custom head and taillight with integrated turn signals.
Of course, the creative process is in play at every step of a custom build, so these specifications may change without notice. Stay tuned.