This wonderfully minimal Moto Guzzi ‘Airtail’ was built by Death Machines of London – a company with a refreshingly no-nonsense approach to building custom motorcycles. Death Machines of London are a small workshop that focus on crafting bespoke motorbikes that are engineered to the highest standards and offer impeccable style and visual appeal. This is the company’s first custom bike. It’s based on a 1981 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk2, and has been built with ‘clutter reduction’ firmly in mind. After forensic inspection of the entire motorcycle, warts and all, it was rebuilt utilising a raft of custom features including a new aviation-inspired instrument binnacle with the main switch from a Spitfire, and a lightened, polished and balanced engine. Most distinctive is the ‘airtail’ – essentially a skeleton tail section adorned only by a single rear light, taken from a Land Rover Defender, no less. Coupled with a de-lugged frame and drastically reduced switchgear, the bike’s overall character is one of minimal elegance, yet retains the poise and purpose of a classic Guzzi.