What started with a minor fine-tune became a project in itself: I strictly wanted to get rid of the reflector mounting holes in the fenders – and spontaneously closed them with some WIG welds a few months ago. I generally love the simple and discreet looks of Guzzi´s V7 models, but these unnecessary holes were attacking my visual perception of the clean bike over years…
But welding the fenders (and not being a huge fan of white) meant I had to respray parts of it – at least… Usually, color considerations like this waste a huge amount of my brain activity (no final decision on the future color of my MGB since years…). It was exactly the same with my Guzzi! But I had to hurry – aiming for spring 2016, being back on the road.
This is when I started photoshopping an old picture of my bike. I also included whitewall tires into my mind game, pimping the retro look of the bike. The final results were interesting: Blue colors and the original V7 700 cc color (dark red body, silver fenders) became my favorites, contrasting perfectly with white sidewalls on the rubber.
Making a long story short:
(1) Whitewall tires are not available for the Guzzi in Europe. Coker´s 4.00×18” wheels have a rating for max. 150 km/h. And the Guzzi is a fast beast, reaching more than 170 in theory (eat this, Harley-Davidson!). So I would never be able to use these (brilliantly looking) tires legally. A no-go in Germany, sadly…
(2) The blue color tone stole my sleep for weeks. I found inspirations at BMW, Renault, Audi and Nissan, tending towards a Mediterranean look with metallic effects. Thanks to a lucky incident in front of a bakery store, I finally went for “Vignale Blue Metallic” (Code: 6DPE, T), an original color option of the mid-2000s Ford Focus Cabriolet. A very similar BMW tone, “Maldive Blue Metallic”, lost against the oval paint due to a certain affection towards Ford (thanks, Dad!).
So this is where we are: The body parts are cleaned and stripped down as much as possible. The paint shop will now do the work, leaving room for a pin stripe artist at the end of the process.