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Moto Guzzi frankenstein and a crazy journey around the world.
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John Smith
05 Jun 2021

Moto Guzzi frankenstein and a crazy journey around the world.

Kev and Karen Browne have travelled to places as diverse as the wilting Kazakhstan at 40°C and the icy Blue Mountains with a wind chill of -6°C on their round-the-world adventure.

The 1979 Moto Guzzi Spada was selected for its old-school simplicity and Kevin’s familiarity with the marque, as he had been riding and repairing them for more than 20 years.

Their bike is equipped with everything needed to be self-sufficient along the road and the attentive add-ons mean the Browne’s Guzzi is the snazziest going, with a roof, winch, windscreen wiper and racks which turn into seats.

As Kev himself says: “The bike really stands out and we have completely non-motorbike-type-people stop us and say how amazing it is and ask where we are going and where we have been.”

A lot of ppl asks or wonders, “How can they afford this?” The couple shared a common dream. They met shortly after Karen, a capable motorcycle rider and gearhead in her own right, had just finished restoring a Mini. Once married, they decided to live frugally for the next 10 years and save as much as possible to self-finance the trip. They decided to take one motorcycle rather than two, as it would save money by only having to transport and maintain one machine; besides, Karen was equally at home on the pillion as she was at the handlebars.

For more information head to http://www.guzzioverland.co.uk/

With a pannier removed, the suspended custom seats, square tubular subframe, passenger foot board and metal sand mats are visible.

The small wheels are removed from their rear-mounted position and each attaches on one side to the subframe, becoming outriggers for sand and snow. Brilliant!

Kevin custom made the leading-link front end to support the 1,200-pound weight. The big box above the wheel is a refrigerator, which is partially powered by solar panels on the canopy.

#guzzi #adventure

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  • Steve 06 Jun 2021
    that is bad ass
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