Stefano Venier achieved a few milestones on his latest motorcycle build, the Tractor 02. To begin with, it’s the first project the Italian-born custom builder has completed entirely inside the United States, plus it’s also the first brand-new motorcycle he’s modified. Based on a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone, the Tractor 02 is inspired by one of Venier’s previous projects, the V75, in which he transformed a ‘90’s era Italian police-force NTX 750 into a militarily-styled scrambler.
The Tractor 02 sports a more aggressive, off-road worthy look compared to the V75 thanks to a pair of Continental dual-sport knobbies wrapped around the wire-spoked wheels of a V7 Racer. Venier shortened a set of Renthal handlebars for the 02 and fit a Legendary-Motorcycles GPS Speedometer and small, black LSL headlight.
Venier’s New York-based client wanted the Tractor 02 to be comfortable for a rider and passenger, so he lengthened the rear frame and hand-made a custom seat slightly longer than stock. The tank is the same Venier designed for the V75, a set-up that incorporates the fuel-pump and which Venier describes as “my ideal Moto Guzzi Scrambler tank.” The minimal front fender and tail section resemble those used on the V75, though the 02’s front piece sits much closer to the tire, creating an almost seamless union of smooth and coarse textures.
He ditched the stock valve covers for a set with a more vintage look. At the end of the dual exhaust system are Norton Commando Megatons, which Venier feels “give some elegance to the build, I find the opposition of knobby tires with the Commando Megatons very interesting, elegance against roughness.”
In terms of aesthetics, Venier is decidedly anti-flash. He decided to go with a combination of two glossy greys, separated by a gold pinstripe to accent the gold Venier Customs logo - one of the boldest uses of color on any of his builds to date.
Venier’s love for Moto Guzzi runs deep, and there’s no shortage of projects in the works. The 03 Scrambler, based on a V7 Classic, is currently in the build process and will feature many of the same aspects as the 02, though with some subtle differences. The California 1400 café project continues to move forward as well, though Venier says he’s keen to move away from that vein of customization in order to not “follow the flow.”
His work on various Guzzis over the years has attracted the attention of the Italian marque, and Venier is now slated to help provide input for new design ideas at the company’s home base, Mandello del Lario, this summer.