Custom bike builders Hammarhead Industries has recently revealed their latest creation, the V7 Wayward. If you're not familiar with Hammarhead Industries, they build custom bikes with functionality leading form. Instead of adding various bits and pieces, they tend to strip their machines down to their essence and then add only what is needed to make the bike functional. The results are the motorcycle for the minimalist and the V7 Wayward fits right into that mold. Below are the highlights.
Simplified bodywork – Reduced weight, visually lightening the motorcycle
Performance – High flow K&N air filters, custom exhaust and remapped fuel injection
Suspension – Performance fork springs and rear shocks
Ergonomics – Mid-rise bars and wide footpegs give an upright riding position with plenty of room to move around in the saddle
Design – Classic 7-inch teardrop headlight shell housing a small speedometer; low profile, high visibility LED turn signals and two-inch round brake light
Storage – Wax cotton panniers with internal aluminum frame
Here's what James Hammarhead had to say about the project (via motoguzzioriginals.com)
MGO: Can you explain the process from start to finish?
JH: We began the V7 Wayward project by stripping away layers of the bike to reveal the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic’s essential form. The bodywork was simplified and as a result, the chassis could be freed from excess brackets and mounting tabs. This reduced overall weight and visually lightened the motorcycle. To further reduce the bike, the large stock fenders were replaced with simple alloy units and ancillary components were cleanly repackaged. The engine was not internally modified but performance benefited from high flow K&N air filters, a free breathing custom exhaust and remapped fuel injection. Performance fork springs and rear shocks were fitted and the bike rolls on Avon tires.
Further changes were made to simplify and improve the riding experience. Up front the stock headlight and instrument cluster were replaced with a classic 7-inch teardrop shell that also houses a small speedometer. To achieve a relaxed yet aggressive riding position, mid-rise bars and wide foot pegs were fitted. The rear sub-frame was modified to accept a compact seat. These changes give the rider a comfortable, uncluttered view of the road. In an urban setting a heads up riding position aids navigating through traffic. On the open road, the ergonomics are roomy and allow the rider to shift forward to meet the wind. Low profile, but highly visible LED turn signals, were used and our preferred two-inch round brake light. Finally, inspired by the canvas bags of the 1950s, we created a pair of wax cotton panniers. The compact panniers feature an internal aluminum frame and are capable of swallowing a laptop and rain suit during the weekday hustle, or the bare travel essentials required for a 3-day, 3-week or 3-month ride.