Henry Lambourn’s 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans MK5


Well, here’s my bike. It’s taken me almost a year to get to this point and the project is still ongoing. Look closely and you’ll see grinding marks still on the frame! She’s actually my first bike as I only passed my test recently, but it was the dream of riding a café racer with an open face helmet to the soundtrack of an Italian twin that spurred me on to get my license. To me there’s nothing cooler. Seriously. And its true what they say about money not being able to buy you style, a real café racer can only be created in the garage. It’s crazy how much attention this bike gets me. Sadly only the male kind but you can’t have everything.

So my bike is…..or was a 1990 LeMans MK5. For a bike of this year it’s surprisingly old fashioned and kinda crude actually when compared to say my friends Kawasaki of the same age. But crudeness aside there’s a certain romanticism that just doesn’t come with a Japanese bike. I guess that’s why people kept buying them.

When I bought it as the 12th owner, she was in the perfect condition for the conversion…very bad condition! But the engine and frame were fine and that was all I cared about.

The project itself was inspired by the classic British café racer styling, stripped out and low slung. Combined with the racing modifications of the Deccla racing Guzzi’s. Particularly the stressed engine frame modifications. This exposes the already massive engine even more. Dominating the silhouette of the bike….lovely!

Other alterations done include restyled tachometer, relocating all the electronics to under the seat, upgraded brakes, custom rearsets, biturbo suspension front and rear, repositioned tank, Vespa indicators, 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust and Ducati 900ss mufflers.

Jobs for this winter are triangulating the frame, gearbox rebuilding/re-shimming. Nearly there!


Henry Lambourn