As with any custom project, this project wasn’t without its challenges. In this case, however, it was the bike itself that proved problematic. “There’s a reason why there aren’t many custom V7 III out there!” says Paul Brauchart. “The Moto Guzzi V7 isn’t the perfect base to be built on.” Their unfavourable experience with the V7 III was due to something many builders encounter with modern motorcycles. Overly complicated electrical systems result in a lot of wiring and componentry that can be difficult to conceal. Luckily Paul and Phillip and experts at uncluttered out a build and while the process meant a slower overall build time the result speaks for itself.
Vagabund’s concept for their Moto Guzzi V7 III was to create a street destined scrambler with aspirations of off-road antics. This meant the bike had to be completely street legal as well as wearing dual-purpose rubber and offer an appropriate riding position for tackling unsealed surfaces. The donor delivered to their workshop by an eager customer was a 2019 Moto Guzzi V7 III. With a strictly fixed budget to work with Vagabund spent plenty of time planning things out.
Those familiar with Moto Guzzi’s V7 III will recognise the fuel tank as the standard unit, but Vagabund has made a few modifications to meet their design requirements. For a more streamlined finish, the standard filler cap has been replaced by a pop-up alloy item. The Guzzi eagle emblem has also been dispensed with in favour of a cast alloy Vagabond badge. But it’s what’s happening at the rear of the tank that is most interesting. Vagabunds goal was to split the bike into separate sections to create a balanced composition. To do this the rear of the tank has been modified and fitted with a cover that follows the line of the frame beneath. The result is an eye-catching split in the tank which has been achieved without affecting the tanks capacity.
Vagabund’s ability to build impossibly uncluttered bikes is one of their most impressive abilities. Along with integrating essential running gear into their bespoke bodywork, they have a knack for tucking things out of sight. On the V7 III, this is exemplified by the clutter-free cockpit, made capable by relocating the stock gauge to the side of the bike. The choice of exhaust for the bike also helps to keep the beefy V7 II looking svelte. The 2-into-1 system utilises a modified R100R pre-silencer which they tucked neatly beneath the engine. Vagabund then ceramic coated it black and is stashed away behind a hand-made alloy shroud.
As for aftermarket additions the list is short and sweet. LSL footpegs have been added to optimise the upright riding position, the rubber is Pirelli’s on/off road MT-60 and Bitubo shocks add a touch more height and improved ability to the rear end. To round things out Vagabund custom made a saddle which has been wrapped in Alcantara.
Diehard fans of the Moto Guzzi V7 III series may not appreciate this radical transformation but in our opinion, it’s a fresh take on the somewhat long in the tooth Italian. Perhaps the folks at Mandello del Lario will follow Vagabunds lead and add a scrambler to their offering? We certainly hope so.
Photography by Stefan Leitner