There is a certain air of quality that comes with classic automotive that stand the test of time—hence them being ‘classics’ of course. And while this rings true for most products, both cars and motorbikes are perhaps the best canvas for admiring the innovation in design and engineering we humans were capable of in yesteryears. And then you have the minds of today and tomorrow, who not only summon concepts that are so out of this world, but also represent new levels of stunning aesthetics (just browse through our garage category to see what we mean).
DMOL took what was unfortunately broken (in terms of parts) and restored it into this bespoke result that’s even more marvelous.
But the two together—a beautiful relic with forward thinking ingenuity—and you’ve got (for the most part) the best of both worlds. This is the case for the “Moto Guzzi Airtail,” a rebuild of the latter of the aforementioned canvases, done by custom bike builders Death Machines of London—or DMOL—which by the way is the best bike builder name we’ve come across so far. The original Italian-made model comes from a 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans MK2, a sports bike dubbed the “Le Mans” after the 24-hour motorcycle endurance race held at Le Mans, France. While the original is surely a thing to marvel at, DMOL took what was unfortunately broken (in terms of parts) and restored it into this bespoke result that’s even more marvelous.
The job required a custom dash that includes 1940 Merlin Spitfire aviation warning lights and main switch. The main frame was then delugged and Airtailed for a minimalistic look, with all cables and innards hidden within. The bike was then fitted with a 950cc engine with lightened crankshaft, and finished with an Italian Red gloss and satin Old English white paint job for the overall result you see before you. Check out the bike’s details above, and more from DMOL here.