January 22nd, 2013
Simplification seemed to be the goal of James Hammarhead's Moto Guzzi V7 customization. The stripped-down and lightened Guzzi dubbed the Wayward has clean lines and an uncomplicated appeal.
The silver of the paint-free fuel tank contrasting with the black frame, headlight, and lower forks is the first striking feature of the motorcycle. A tough wax finish on the tank keeps the rust away, but seems to be labor-intensive to maintain.
Hammarhead explains, “The goal of the V7 Wayward was to create a bike that could take on the urban commute with appropriate functionality, then break free for fast and light travel.”
Most of the bodywork has been removed to provide a simple look and reduce weight. The fork springs and rear shocks have been replaced with higher-performance ones than stock. The foot pegs have been widened a bit and mid-rise handlebars maintain the upright riding position.
The instrument cluster, mounted in the headlight case, is very minimal compared to the information overload in some modern motorcycle instrumentation. The custom under-slung exhaust system keeps with the minimalist design.
As a finishing touch, wax cotton saddlebags with internal aluminum frames provide a bit of storage.
The Wayward V7 retails for $15,500.
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4 comments on "Hammarhead builds the V7 Wayward"
Lose the bags, put covers over the battery, paint the tins
flat black, lay on some subtle old school pin striping. Then
give the bike to me!
I would take it, but put a clear coat on the tank and fenders. If it is supposed to be a commuter, you do not want something that is so labor intensive for upkeep, and that would really hate the rain.
I don't see the value over the standard V7 Stone, which has an MSRP of $8,390.
The only thing wayward is the price. $7,000 to remove the side tins and bead blast the tank? Really?
For that much you could fly to Italy ride all over the country and ship it home! The original looks ok to me.
Better link to a V7 Stone picture. http://www.lerepairedesmotards.com/i...7-stone_hd.jpg