Lord of the Bikes: Charlotte

Flat track racing Moto Guzzi Griso from Cafe Racer Napoli

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'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi

What do you call a stripped down 1151cc tracker that can pull speeds of almost 150mph and weighs less than 400lbs?

Charlotte.

This bike was named after the flat track in Charlotte, North Carolina, and if you watch the video you'll notice very quickly that this isn't some clapped out Sporty made to look like it could maybe do some laps. No, this is the real deal. The weight, the balance, the proportion, and the power. The team at Cafe Racer Napoli outdid themselves on this one, and we love it.

Tracker treatment always starts with one thing: 19-inch wheels. After that, they fabricated this gnarly custom exhaust system that comes up between the heads and finishes out the tail section. Wrapped in matte exhaust wrap, it contrasts the flake and paint of the bike beautifully.

When extending the swingarm on most bikes, you just get a longer chain and you're all set. On a shaft-driven bike like the Griso, you have a bit more work to do. You have to extend the transmission shaft and make all sorts of adapters to make it work. Yes, it looks clean enough to have rolled off of the factory showroom this way- but don't be fooled by their fine craftsmanship.

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'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi

The thick tubing on the frame contrasts the lightweight and wispy look of the bike. All of the open areas make it look like it could blow away in the wind. It looks absolutely stupid fast when its parked. It's all engine and drivetrain. It looks mean as hell. It's so good.

Moto Guzzi Griso tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi Griso Tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi Griso Tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi Griso Tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi Tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi

It's so brutally functional, but still has a certain class to it. The lines are still smooth and sleek, but it's also made to get dirty. It's a perfect juxtaposition of elegance in design and brutality in performance.

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Moto Guzzi Griso Tracker
'Charlotte' Moto Guzzi Griso by Cafe Racer NapoliMoto Guzzi