Standing out from the crowd
Individuality and uniqueness are two core values of the Moto Guzzi brand, and these values shape the motorcycles that provide the perfect platform for custom builders. With this sentiment in mind, in 2017 Moto Guzzi USA launched their V9 Pro Build Project, which invited some of the world’s most renowned custom motorcycle builders that have a love for the brand to create their own V9s.
While we shared Craig Rodsmith’s V9 Pro Build already, the first to be unveiled was actually Untitled Motorcycles’ “Fat Tracker.” Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles began with a base stock V9 Bobber, and let his creativity take over. The finished piece, now know as the Fat Tracker, is a slim-bodied fat-wheeled street tracker powered by Moto Guzzi’s torquey V9 motor with a high-mounted straight-through 2-into-2 exhaust system. But getting to that point was no easy task.
Eccles spent endless nights on the V9 Fat Tracker, first stripping it down to the bare necessities and building it up Untitled style. Eccles removed all plastic parts and panels, the stock air box, the ABS system, and the air injectors, and cut 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 the mounting the first things to go.
“High pipes” are an understatement here, with the exhaust routing above the cylinder heads. Perforated aluminum heatshields are attached to a custom unibody painted in a stunning metallic green referencing the ‘Verde Legnano’ color of the iconic 1971 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.
Up front, shortened forks hold an illuminated number plate with integrated hi/lo spotlights.
After spending a considerable amount of time debating rubber, Eccles opted for a set of interchangeable Heidenau K66 140/70-16 tires for the front and rear. The stock front and rear wheels and Brembo brake calipers will be retained.
Next steps included 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 were also completed.
Finally, the bike’s character was finished with the addition of a custom rear frame hoop, shorter forks, a fork brace, longer rear shocks, custom handlebars, custom controls, custom tank and seat unit, custom seat, custom metallic green, new bespoke graphics, custom two-into-two exhaust system, custom triple clamps, and custom head and taillight with integrated turn signals.
The end result of the UMC-052 Fat Tracker is a striking and undeniably unique Moto Guzzi. Being so paired down, the motor appropriately get’s its time in the limelight and with that ‘Verde Legnano’ paint, it’s is sure to turn some heads.
And the gorilla graphic on the tank? Eccles was inspired by Magilla Gorilla; the fictional gorilla and the star of The Magilla Gorilla Show by Hanna-Barbera that aired in the mid-sixties due to his broad upper body and tiny lower body.
Length: 80” / 203cm
Width: 28” / 71cm
Height: 41” / 104cm
Seat: 31” / 78cm
Weight: 349lbs / 158kg (86lbs/39kg lighter than stock)
Fuel: 2.6 gallons / 9.8 litres (estimated)
• Custom-designed, hand-fabricated steel monobody
• OEM fuel pump
• Custom seat, upholstered in grip vinyl, UMC tag
• Dry break racing fuel filler cap
• Kustom Kolor “Verde Legnano” candy paint, custom graphics
FRAME & SUSPENSION
• Moto Guzzi V9 frame, modified and braced
• Hagon 420-80STR Boxer shocks, 80mm travel
• Moto Guzzi V7 Marzocchi forks, 130mm travel
• Moto Guzzi 4.00 x 16” cast aluminum rear wheel, shaft drive
• single 320mm floating front disc with Brembo 4-pot caliper
• Moto Guzzi 3.50 x 16” cast aluminum front wheel
• 260mm rear disc and Brembo 2-pot caliper
• 140/70-16 Heidenau K66 tires front and rear
• 853cc air-cooled 90º transverse V-twin motor, shaft drive
• Custom 16GA stainless steel exhaust system, perforated tips
• Titanium exhaust wrap
• Custom-fabricated brushed aluminium heat shields
• Moto Guzzi V9 top bracket, modified
• Suzuki GSXR clip-on bars, modified
• Oury grips
• Posh Factory switches, internal wiring
• Magura HC1 brake and clutch radial masters
• Goodridge Sniper brake and clutch lines
• Race start button, integrated into top bracket
• Motogadget Motoscope Mini LED display, machined into top bracket
• Agostini rearsets, anodised to match frame
• Motogadget m-Unit
• Motogadget m-Button
• Motogadget m-Lock keyless RFID ignition, integrated into seat
• Antigravity XPS SC-1 lithium ion battery
• Magneti MarelliMIU-G3 single-body EFI unit with filter pod
• ABS removed
• O2 sensors removed
• Motobox custom-built LED tail light array with integrated turn signals
• Motobox custom-built illuminated headlight panel with integrated turn signals
• Twin Vision X Mini-Solo 500 lumen hi/lo spotlights
Patrick Flynn, Piaggio USA | Jessica Raya | Nate, Diepenbroek Fabrications | Simon Waterfall | Emil Lindstrom, E’SE Engineering | Peter, Magura USA | Jay Abate, motojrefinish | Josh Alvarez, Motobox | Turk, Turk’s Shop | Sean & John, Goodridge USA | Dan Acker, Acker Leatherworks | Victor Wilkens | Felicia, Heidenau USA | Chad, Sudco Int’l | Stefan, Radical Guzzi | Dana, SPD Exhausts | Hagon Suspension | Elliot, Champion Powdercoaters