Built from a 1981 Lemans Mk II, this Death Machines of London Moto Guzzi Airtail Motorcycle is an original work of functional minimalism. The process began with the complete disassembly of the donor bike, which was then blasted to remove any dirt or debris. As it was rebuilt, the bike's 950cc engine gained a new crankshaft, heads, vales, and carbs, while the frame holding it was delugged and airtailed at the suggestion of its new owner. The original, restored gauges sit in a new dash with 1940 Merlin Spitfire aviation warning lights and switch, and it's finished with a glossy Italian Red frame, satin Old English white on the front, and exposed metal on the rear of the tank.
Although it's just a running prototype — production models aren't expected to roll off the line until 2018 — the Vanguard Roadster Motorcycle is worth getting excited about. The engine serves a dual purpose by both powering the bike and serving as its frame, giving the bike a novel look that's helped along by the integrated exhaust and low-slung, boxy tank. It also has a unitized crankcase, a tablet-like digital dash with a rear-view camera, and will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.