Revival Cycles chief Alan Stulberg specifically chose this 1975 850t because it was the only Guzzi that came with the twin-leading rear drum brake. “This made it the least desirable 850 model at the time it was made, but the best for the Guzzi parts stash I had in the shop to build what is ostensibly my personal dream bike; specifically the authentic OEM Yamaha TZ front dual twin-leading shoe or four-leading shoe drum brake that I’d been dying to put on something a little different. The brake inspired the entire build.”
The garage found a donor 850T model in Tennessee that was in poor shape, so immediately decided to add an inverted 2007 Suzuki GSXR front fork set-up to the drum brake, fully knowing this illogical combination would be ludicrous to most, but utterly simple in its intention to combine the best brake of this bike’s period this bike with some of the finest suspension technology of modern machines.
Other notable modifications were focused around the frame, with the removal of the lower frame rail, a gusseted rear swingarm and the addition of Ohlins rear shock and springs. Revival Cycles then decided that a handmade one-off integrated unibody alloy tank, seat and tail would lead the style cues and take precedence from there. The aluminum handmade pieces and detailing were all hand-formed from scratch and can be found all over this bike – headlight cowl, the headlight brackets, front brake linkage, footpegs, shifter, brake pedal, intake manifolds and exhaust. The bike also received custom 18″ alloy wheels, and a handmade seat by New Church Moto.
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