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Check out this absolutely gorgeous Moto Guzzi Le Mans – the first bike to come out of the newly formed Death Machines Of London workshop.

The name for the company comes from owner James Hilton’s father who, after a young James went for a motorcycle ride with his Uncle some thirty years ago, said to his son that: “Motorcycles are death machines, son.”

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The phrase stuck and now we’ve got DMOL, and this is their first build.

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It looks like a stunningly-well put together motorcycle and that’s probably got something to do with Hilton’s background. He co-founded AKQA which is an agency that works on diverse projects like the Mortal Kombat video game and Rolls Royce’s website.

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In terms of physical changes to the 1981 Le Mans Mark 2, there’s not a huge amount to tell you about other than the motor being taken out to 950cc with polished and balanced crankshaft, gas-flowed heads and new valves.

The engine gets a pair of 40mm Dell’Orto carbs with accelerator pumps and a lightweight clutch and flywheel. The exhaust is custom made and includes Moto Guzzi’s 1100 down pipes. The suspension is re-worked and re-valved, too.

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We love the details on the clocks, nestled behind the custom-made fairing and seated just in front of the bespoke petrol tank. The dials are original (but refreshed) and are accompanied by an on-off switch from a 1940 Merlon Spitfire. Oh man…

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To find out more about DMOL click HERE – and take a look at their ‘Up Yours Copper’ Thruxton. This stuff kicks arse.

 

 

Tony Carter

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