1 of 5 – Venier Customs “Diabola” Moto Guzzi V65C

In America, Custom, Italy by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Venier build did not meet reserve with 20 bids up to $5,500.

Since first opening in 2012, Venier Customs has quickly built a name for itself, churning out high-end customs for clients all over the world. The shop’s work is routinely featured on elite customs sites like BikeExif and Pipeburn, and has graced the cover of several moto-magazines. Though Venier’s founder, namesake, and head honcho, Stefano Venier, has worked with a variety of donors — most of which are Italian — the Brooklyn-based outfit has a knack for Moto Guzzis. Starting in around 2012/2013, the shop began producing the “Diabola” — a limited run of just five custom 1980s Guzzis. This particular Diabola example was featured on the cover of the #2 issue of Iron and Air, as well as BikeExif, and (according to the seller) 50 other publications.

“The Diabola is not a ‘high performance’ motorcycle,” explains Venier. “It’s a restoration that accentuates the shapes and forms of the original, with a complete mechanical overhaul. We completely redesigned the concept of the bike giving it a new soul and style.”

Each of the five V65C builds (the extra “C” denotes “custom”) starts with a complete engine rebuild, exclusively using genuine NOS parts. Next Stefano moves on to the electrical components before overhauling the braking hardware. By the time he is ready for the cosmetic phase of the project, almost every component on the bike has been replaced or restored. The rest of the parts are aftermarket units or OEM pieces custom modified by Stefano, who strongly prefers using vintage components whenever possible.

Some of the build’s highlights include front progressive springs, Koni shocks, Tommaselli Condor clubman-style bars capped off with bar-end mirrors, adjustable brake and clutch levers, relocated instrument cluster with mini tach and restored Veglia speedo, factory mag wheels shod in Firestone Champion rubber, and K&N filters replacing the airbox. A few of the Guzzi’s bespoke elements include custom side-covers, fore and aft fenders, dual chrome one-into-one pipes, handmade black leather saddle, modified tank, lowered headlight ears (paired with a seven inch headlight with Italian bucket), what the ad calls “discreet” LED indicators, and what appears to be a one-off subframe.

Like the rest of Venier’s builds, this Guzzi example is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity — driving home the high-end nature of VC’s wares. As BikeExif pointed out, “this level of quality doesn’t come cheap”, though that probably doesn’t come as a surprise considering the caliber of the build and the pedigree of the shop that produced it.

You can find this Venier Customs 1986 Moto Guzzi V65C Diabola build for sale in Orlando, Florida with an opening bid of $1,000 and the reserve not yet met

For an estimate of what the seller thinks this is worth, this bike is also available on Craigslist with a price of $18,995.

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