Many Formula One drivers have a passion for vehicles other than cars. Some of these drivers have serious motorcycles in their personal garages. Guys like Lewis Hamilton, Jensen Button, Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher are all two-wheeled aficionados—and many enjoy customizing their bikes too.
Ayrton Senna da Silva, perhaps one of the most talented Formula One drivers of all time, was also a keen motorcyclist. This year is the 20th anniversary of Senna’s passing at Imola, so the German builder (and motorcycle racer) Marcus Walz has created a stunning limited edition Moto Guzzi Le Mans in his honor.
Marcus Walz is a familiar face in the Formula 1 pit lane. As you can imagine, his work is very much in the premier league—and this Le Mans is no different.
Three Senna tribute bikes have been created, based on 1970s Moto Guzzis from the Le Mans Mark I series. They’re completely rebuilt from the ground up, with custom bodywork finished in colors inspired by Senna’s famous helmet designs, taken from the Brazilian flag and painted by Sid Mosca.
Walz punched the 850cc engine out to 1040cc, and it now delivers an easy 90hp. The bike’s weight was dropped to around 385 lbs. The custom sheet metal is 1.5-millimeter aluminum, including the custom gas tank, seat section and front fender.
Moto Guzzi’s famously sweet-handling frame has been sandblasted, detabbed and powder-coated for an even better than factory finish. Walz upgraded the suspension too, with new fork tubes, internals and progressive springs. Out back are YSS Z-Series shocks with adjustable preload, rebound and length.
The 18” original Le Mans cast wheels are now black powdercoated and fitted with ContiRoadAttack 2 Classic Race rubber: 110/80 at the front, and 130/80 at the back.
Brembo two-piston calipers clamp on drilled stainless steel rotors on both ends. The rearsets are hand-fabricated and fully adjustable, and the clip-on bars are from high-end German specialist LSL.
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