Machine 19 Guzzi 850T basis, 1000ccm, 76hp, 187kg by Kaffemachine Custom Motorcycles.
Clear, classic and with the special elegance of technical perfection: Machine 19 once again demonstrates the great expertise of Axel Budde alias coffee maker from Hamburg.
Machine 19 is a motorcycle from the home coffee machine. Behind this is the Hamburg-based Axel Budde, who has been setting up brilliant Moto Guzzi-Café Racer for several years and is regarded as a great master of his guild. Budde's motorcycles are always very puristic, which is not the pure move, is taken away. Everything else, be it the frame, the brakes, armatures, bowden cables, power supply and so on, goes through a meticulous test to see if and how it can be improved. This is not simply about function or lightweight construction. The aesthetics play a decisive role in all coffee machines!
This bike has built Budde for himself. It is not, as usual, based on a "Le Mans", but from a large number of parts of the large Moto Guzzi kit. The frame comes from a 850 T, engine and transmission from a 1000 SP, swingarm from a Le Mans III, front brake from a V7 850 GT and so on. The result is a surprisingly elegant and straightforward motorcycle. With its classic Tourer silhouette, the slim tank, the nostalgic headlights, the drum brakes and the old Volvo Amazon varnish "Skiffer blå" machine 19 could come straight from the 1960s. And indeed the motorbike reminds very strongly of the vehicles that the artist Hergé drew in his immortal Tintin comics. The "Ligne claire", as the drawing style of the genius Belgian, is also found in the character of this Moto Guzzi: uniqueness in the construction, absolute accuracy in detail, precise contours and a flat monochrome coloration. Oh yes, Hergé would have liked this bike with certainty.
The details are not the details
"The details are not the details. They make the design! "The maxim of the designer Charles Eames must also be the model of the Hamburg screwdriver, as can be seen by the example of the brakes for machine 19 alone. The use of the two duplex drums is reminiscent of the V7 Sport, but it has not been given in this combination at any Moto Guzzi. For this purpose, the lever mechanism of the rear brake of Axel Budde was turned upside down, so that the low carbon Bowden cable could be laid as far as possible invisible. The (too) tight Le Mans II fork had to be reworked for the thick drum once again. And then the newly installed electrics, the self-made tank, new light switch, new handlebar andandundund ... In summa an irrwitziger, but unavoidable effort, because: "The details are not the details."
The metallic surfaces of the motorcycle are really bewitching. From the radiant chrome of the fork tubes to the silky shimmer of the rear mirror housing to the matt silver gray of the drum brakes and the crankcase, the entire gloss spectrum appears to be found on the unpainted components. Bud's use of this surface finish was enormous. Stainless steel parts were pre-nickel plated and then blasted with glass beads. Aluminum was blasted first with glass beads, then with VA balls and finally polished. But the effort was undoubtedly worth it. Machine 19 comes with a sturdy understatement and does not seem to be "over-polished" like so many restored bikes. The naturalness of its metal surfaces makes the motorcycle come alive and has a great deal of its special magic and elegance.