This gorgeous custom Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 café racer was built by Katsu Motorworks

Renowned Japanese custom builder Katsu Motorworks has built this stunningly gorgeous Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 café racer.

  • Katsu Motorworks is at it again, this time with a specially-commissioned custom café racer.

  • The build is based off the Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 roadster, with both form and speed in mind.

  • This build was commissioned by a friend of Katsumoto-san with both a café racer and streetfighter obsession plus a penchant for speed.

Kenji “Katsu” Katsumoto already established a reputation for himself and his Katsu Motorworks label in recent years. Besides Harley-Davidsons, he’s also renowned for his non-HD builds, including a custom Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Scura build that earned him a ‘Best Café Racer Award’ from the Mooneyes show/

Obviously, Katsumoto-san is one who’s always one to better himself with every creation, and his latest work is a testament to that. What you see here is a custom café racer based off the Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 that was commissioned by a personal friend of Katsumoto-san.

Unlike his past creations, this latest effort sees Katsumoto-san, a native of Fukuoka, take on a very different approach. The commission decreed for a customer who an avid café racer and streetfighter afficionado with a penchant for speed.

Katsu kept the silhouette slim and sleek, opting for origami-style aluminium bodywork and minimal embellishments. The client had also directed Katsu not to paint the body panels, which emphasises the builder’s beautiful hand-shaped metalwork better.

With the paint, Katsumoto-san instructed The House of Kolor to paint the frame and wheels in a rich candy burgundy hue. Notably, there’s a fully-adjustable Griso 1200 inverted front end, Brembo calipers with Pro Brake rotors, clip-ons, and Michelin Power GP tires present.

Elsewhere, there also a Motogadget dash and stacked dual headlights, the latter adding both function and design flavour.

Initially, Katsumoto-san had no intention to fiddle with the engine internals. Instead, the best way to gain speed was to reduce the Griso’s 505-pound (229kg) claimed dry weight. Besides that, there’s a custom stainless-steel exhaust system that snakes around the left side, leaving the longitudinal V-twin and shaft drive fully exposed on right.

Are you folks digging this exquisite build by Katsu Motorworks yet? aims to bring you the latest motorcycle news reviews videos and entertainment for everything related to motorcycles from around the world.

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