Motoguzzi California. V1000.

Retrofit – Cafe Racer.

Customer. Mr. Dave Gregory


The Following works entailed. The reworking of the above motorcycle in both form and function. An alternative swingarm has been used , shortening the wheelbase by 3”. The rake angle is decreased by 3 degrees and overall weight has been reduced by 100 lb.

The original plodding California has been turned into a sleek, nimble cafe racer.


Motorcycle: Moto Guzzi V1000 California.

Reg: 710EFD

VIN: VW13853


Components purchased by Metal Malarkey


M Unit Motogadget

Battery Varta Mike Pearse

Headlamp Discovolante

Indicators Bike IT

Handlebar switch gear. St/ st buttons Zodiac

Idiot lights

Wiring materials Vehicle wiring

Wiring Phil James

Front wheel Borrani. WM 3/2.15 1840. Ebay

Rear wheel Borrani. WM 3/2.15 1840. Ebay

Front tyre Pirelli. Sport demon. 110/80 18 Cambrian Tyres

Rear tyre Pirelli. Sport demon 110/80 18 Cambrian Tyres

Inner tube Cambrian Tyres

St/st Mudguards. Front and Rear. Wassell

Handlebar grips Wassell

Throttle ass'y. Tommaselli. Veuhill

Speedo. Veglia. Replica. Discovolante

Petrol Tank. Manx short circuit. Aluma craft

Tank cap. Monza. Merlin

Tailpiece. Imola style. Metal Malarkey stock

Seat vinyl. Meadspeed

Swingarm. Motoguzzi M Rumball

Shock absorbers. Hagon

Rear seats. Tarozzi. Discovolante

No Plate First plate

No plate surround Metal Malarkey

Exhaust system Metal Malarkey

Braided hose H&L

Hose fittings St/ st Custom fasteners

Fasteners St/ st Custom fasteners

Air filters Custom fasteners

Petrol taps Wassell

Petrol hose Vehicle wiring

Replacement Bearings throughout Bearing man

Brake discs to suit. M. Rumball





Chassis – Frame. Cut out, blend. Bracketry under seat.

Fabricate gear box stays.

Reposition Battery – utilise centre stand brackets.

Reposition sidestand – utilise centre stand brackets

Rework subframe. Fit tailpiece, mudguard, shock top mounts and seat.
Rework mainframe. Fit petrol tank and electrical components under tank.


Petrol tank mounts, steady and top bosses.

Rework top bottom yokes, headlight brackets, fork brace, footrest hangers, rear master cylinder position.


Exhaust system Metal malarkey

Rework front wheel ass'y to fit Borrani wheel

Rework rear wheel ass'y, torque arm to fit Borrani wheel.

Speedo bracket Metal Malarkey No. plate surround Metal Malarkey


Powder coat satin black

Frame, swingarm, bottom yoke.


Spray satin black.

Exhaust roses, Disc inner



Top Yoke, speedo bracket, headlamp brackets.

Front wheel hub outers, Petrol tank.

Rocker covers, footrest hanger, exhaust system, Rear wheel bevel drive, torque arm.

Wheel rims, No. plate surround.



Complete re-wire incorporating M unit, Metal Malarkey switchgear - Phil James.



Full assembly.

Try out.

Dyno set up.

Final test runs.