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Nice looking Guzzi. O.C.M.A. Devil was an Italian motorcycle builder in the mid 50's. Did a Google search and came up with lots of info on the company but not on that bike. Where did you get the pic from?
On closer inspection of the tank I notice the OCMA Devil sticker is just taped temporarily to the tank, so it is probably not a real one.
 

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I'm trying to figure out where they hid the battery but then again it doesn't look finished. Plug wires are missing, front brakes not hooked up, no tail/brake light or plate holder. Not often that you see a loopframe guzzi modded like that, usually its the later Tonti frame bikes.
 

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I noticed the missing battery also, but also noted it's permanent mounting stand and realized it was an "art bike" on display and probably doesn't run.
 

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I noticed the missing battery also, but also noted it's permanent mounting stand and realized it was an "art bike" on display and probably doesn't run.

Which is just sad. :(
 

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Ceriani forks, grimeca brake, and I think the tank is off a late 50's sportster or a k model flattie. Bike would have to have been built at least in the 70's based on the parts. I'm guessing its a newly built project.
 

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If you ask me that is just a lot of awesome parts wasted on a loop frame. While the loop frame bikes make for excellent crusiers and tourers (and a few nice minimalist choppers over the years) they aren't road race frames. When Guzzi decided they wanted a performance bike they looked at the loop frame, seriously considered it, and then had Lino Tonti design them a new frame that used the same powerplants. There is about as much real roadracer in that bike as there is drag racer in the average 49 merc ledsled. At least with the merc you can look at it and know it isn't fast and its fuck off attitude is what makes it cool.

This is like guys who use big twins to build "cafe racers" - It sounds great in theory, and sometimes they aren't half bad looking, but at the end of the day it is a custom bike for the sake of being a custom bike and they are just kidding themselves.
 

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I like how it looks. I am making no claims about it's performance or validity as a racer.
 

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I'd like some more info on this one. I did a quick search, found a few more pix but no info.

Yes, loopframes are heavy cruiser/tourer bikes. Not a whole lot of custom ones out there but they are a lot of fun. This bike has Dellorto PHM carbs which are much larger (39-40mm) than stock loop carbs (29-30mm vhbs). It is very difficult to get that large a carb to run right with that motor so either a. the builder slapped on some carbs for show or b. the motor has been gone through.

Some interesting choices made on the bike - the big heavy drum on the front does not make sense. It is relatively easy to put 70s tech dual disc brembos on the bike and for a few dollars more - modern brembos - including floating discs. Also, there is an alternator conversion that gets rid of the heavy generator and a smaller lightweight starter. The seat is very cool - never seen one like on it a loop. The ikon shocks are awesome, tank is cool, custom battery tray.

So some performance pieces, some probably for aesthetics. Overall, piqued my interest and I would like to know more.

Ritmo Sereno from Japan has built some cool high performance loops (which have some of the parts I mentioned above):
Ritmo Sereno Moto Guzzi V7 Ambassador
Ritmo Sereno street legal Guzzi ~ Return of the Cafe Racers
 

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I agree it's pretty, but it is supposed to be pretty. It's well built too. I just happen to like bikes built for other reasons than just to be pretty.
I think it just needs to be finished and be a functional motorcycle and for all I know, it is now.
 

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I think it was one of those what if bikes.....like what if a 50's rocker built a cafe racer guzzi using all the best period correct speed parts. You see it all the time in the car world like what if Pontiac/olds/Buick had their own version of the elcamino or what if dodge/Plymouth built wing cars into the 1971 season. Usually all you end up with is a vehicle nobody wants but the owner/builder

some what ifs can be great, like what if ford built a cobra style roadster using the pintostang platform, but here I am just not buying the concept. I just would rather see all those fancy speed parts on a first year v7 sport.
 

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I don't think anyone would do that to a first year v7 sport. A better start would be a less valuable tonti frame like an 850T. The carb upgrade is standard. I do question if the front end would be an improvement.
 

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I don't think anyone would do that to a first year v7 sport. A better start would be a less valuable tonti frame like an 850T. The carb upgrade is standard. I do question if the front end would be an improvement.
You think the Ceriani GP forks are inferior to the 1970 MG forks?
 

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...and I'm over here like "damn i wish i could afford a guzzi..."
 

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On some bikes 1970s MG forks were made by Ceriani. I was referring more to the brakes (giant drum vs modern disc) but to be completely honest - I'm not sure. I only speak from personal experience (unlike some) and I am not that familiar with Ceriani GP front ends. By the 70s, guzzi had upgraded to a cartridge style front end. Not sure what's inside the Ceriani.
 

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I'm not convinced that it's a motorcycle. I think it's an art piece where the choices of components are just about a Bad Ass look. Whether it was ever supposed to run, I have no idea but I doubt it. It's more like a museum/art house piece.
 
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