Our weekly roundup is back with a bang for 2018. We’ve got a cafe’d R nineT from Italy, a Dakar-worthy Honda XL600R scrambler from England, and a Yamaha XS650 bobber from Bulgaria. Choose your poison.
Moto Guzzi V9 by Craig Rodsmith There’s just something about turbo Guzzis and Craig Rodsmith. We saw the last one up close and personal at the Handbuilt Show in Austin and featured its dustbin-faired perfection on these pages.
Now Rodsmith’s gone and done it again. But this time around, the Windy City-based Aussie wasn’t starting from scratch. Working with a new V9 and a factory endorsement, Rodsmith has transformed the civilized modern classic into a gorgeous high-powered sprinter.
Speed comes in the form of a Garrett T15 turbocharger, with expert engine remapping from the Guzzi Doctor.…