Here they are, the body parts with finished pin striping and some discreet graphics! I went for white stripes – but actually, it is white with some grey and blue tones in it. A 100% white would have screamed: “Look how bright and outstanding I am…!”.
Finding a reduced, but classic pattern for the side covers and tool boxes took quite some time. I did a few sketches by hand in advance and discussed them with artist Uwe Graf. He used thin marking tape to test all ideas and was very supportive bringing them into reality. Actually, the skilled Smith, Sheet Metal Worker and Typographer is a master in combining customer wishes with his experience and professional inspiration. A rare talent that has a price. In my eyes, the final “V7” pattern on each side looks timeless and distinct.
Front and rear fender got some usual stripes, similar to the ones that Guzzi used when the bike left the factory in the early Seventies.
The gas tank received a very simple design that underlines its 3D form but reduces its, ehm…, plumpness. A classic Guzzi logo was painted by hand in a simple red tone, standing out of the overall color scheme. In fact, a white logo would have looked very dull. And, both blue and red have a very similar tonal value so that the contrast between them is quite low. The logo is a small highlight and should correspond well with the red tail light, red/black ignition cables and a brown dizzy cap.
All body parts will be fitted soon in order to complete the paint & design phase of my small overhaul – that actually became a 50% restoration project over the last months. Doesn’t matter, I´m slowly getting there…