Venier’s Moto Guzzi V65c – The Diabola

The “Diabola” Takes This Moto Guzzi V65 To New Dimensions!

Updated August 8, 2018

Custom Moto Guzzis don’t usually turn out like this. The usual search results produce giant windshields, enormous handlebars and ugly stepped seats. Stefano Venier’s custom V65C includes nont of the above. It’s a painstaking work of restoration, refurbished for the modern world in terms of reliability as well as aesthetics.

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Based in Brooklyn, Stefano Venier and his crew of professional motorcycle mechanics and builders have spent years working on Moto Guzzis, always adhering to their strict mandate: ‘[our] motorcycles are restored, redesigned and rebuilt using top quality parts, while keeping the structure of the bike intact.’ When they build a bike, it can always be returned to its original form. As for parts? They only add modern parts when reconditioning and updating old or stock is out of the question. And of course, a little burst of artistic license here and there bring their builds together. It’s a tough mandate but this is where custom built and restoration come together as one.

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The “Diabola” Moto Guzzi V65c!

This particular custom restoration, known as the Diabola or V65 ’C’, is based on the 1984 Moto Guzzi V65c. The V65 was a fairly solid machine back in the day, sporting that iconic longitudinally mounted 643cc, V twin engine that kicks out 54hp. As with all Venier builds, the bike was completely stripped down and rebuilt –that means everything from the electrical system to the drive train.

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After a thorough rebuild, the real work begins. Venier painstakingly restores every single part back to ‘new’, either through laborious reconditioning or by buying in proper OEM parts. If it’s not original or directly associated with the build, then it ain’t on the list. Stefano has even been known to source original factory parts that are still boxed and in mint condition. Now that’s dedication.

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Almost everything on this particular build has been restored, with few exceptions. The more modern upgrades include the Tommaselli clubman bars and the mufflers. Apart from that, everything is as it should be; even the rear sets are slightly modified originals rather than modern replacements.

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The dedication to keeping the Guzzi as original as possible is more than just admirable, it comes through and makes the whole design shine. Everything has been updated to suit the modern rider without compromising the vintage appeal. Take a closer look at the instrumentation and you’ll see the original face of the Veglia Borletti speedo, ever so slightly updated for the 21st century.

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It’s this attention to detail that makes Venier’s restorations some of the best in the world.

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If you’re looking for a classic motorcycle that is a genuine and undiluted classic that doesn’t come with oil leaks and an endless cycle of Sunday maintenance, then perhaps you should start saving your pennies and pence for one of these machines.


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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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