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The Custom Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer Dreams Are Made Of

The Moto Guzzi engine is a beautiful thing to behold. For obvious reasons, this Italian motorcycle has become a favorite of custom and garage cafe builders.

This example, by brilliant young Swede Adam Nestor, is an elemental and lovely example of the breed and typifies what makes the Guzzi such an excellent platform for a custom build. The lines are exquisite once all the less crucial stock bits are removed, but it’s what Nestor does with what remains (and the parts he custom crafts) that makes this cafe racer such a tour de force.

Nestor, the creator of this delightful bike is in his early 20’s, and if you’re anything like me, that might make you feel like a major underachiever. If you want more cause to get off your ass and get to work building, consider that this is his third custom bike.

Nestor is from Rävlanda in the southern Sweden. That may seem like a far off outpost to most Americans, but if you love custom bikes, expect to hear his name on a much more regular basis as time passes.

Following in the footsteps of his father Bengt, Nestor the Younger says dad was a  capable and patient mentor who helped him build his first bike – based on a Honda CB 125 – when he was just 16 years old. Nestor took full advantage of dad’s well-appointed workshop to hone his skills and get him started on the path to custom bike-building greatness. Nestor, as a result of his experience working on bikes and with his dad, now works full time for a motorcycle company in Sweden.

Based around the 1979 Moto Guzzi SP1000, a favorite of police departments the world over, most of the parts for this gem were hand-made. So what does that list include? Sweet velocity stacks, a hand-made frame, a custom tank, some exceptionally functional bars, a beautiful stainless steel exhaust system and a whole passel of immaculately-detailed small bits. Nestor even designed, though he had some help with the fabrication, small and perfect seat.

Add on some crucial performance parts like a twin SU HS2 carb setup, hubs from Benelli, Avon Speedmaster rubber, a set of Marzocchi forks, and a very sweet Ohlins monoshock rear suspension and you have a rarely-seen perfection of design meeting function.

An entrant in a whole bunch of categories at the 2010 Västervik bike show, Nestor pulled in the check for the top machine in the custom class and trophy for best-in-show.

I can tell you this: the name Adam Nestor is now on my “regularly Google” list from now until the end of time.