Mean Green Machine…

Salvatore Scalamandre, using Filippo Barbacane’s Officine Rossopuro workspace has created a simple but elegant scrambler out of a 2002 Moto Guzzi Nevada.


Filippo, a friend of Salvatore, is famous for his varied works over the years from sportbikes and cafe racers, to motards and enduros, and had a hand in bringing Salvatore’s scrambler project to life.

Salvatore just wanted something to run on and off-road around his local area of Abruzzo in Italy. The key was to start with something lightweight, mechanically very simple, and reliable. And the 750cc Guzzi is just that.


The engine and chassis remain stock, but from there on, little changes have made a big difference. The tank has been customized, as have the side panels and the seat. The seat is now a flat scrambler style and ends with a mini fender that matches the tank. The rear suspension was replaced with 380mm ‘Retro’ units from Asatek in Italy, as was the exhaust, made by Mass Moto.


Salvatore has used a sleek, black, round headlight with grille, a tiny speedo is all that sits on the triple tree, while the handlebars have been replaced with classic motocross bars. The wheels and brakes remain original, but the tires have been switched out for semi-knobbies more suited to fire roads.


It’s the kind of simple, classic scrambler that you’d like in your own garage. As much as its beautiful to look at, this is a work horse, not a show pony.


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