This was a hobby project using BricsCAD. 

I have a motorbike – a 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans.  This is a lovely bike – simple reliable motor, impeccable handling, classic style.  Although it’s heavy, it’s compact, no bigger than a japanese 350.  Lino Tonti designed the simple frame using mostly straight tubes. 

Over the years, Guzzi ‘improved’ the Le Mans.  I bought a 1984 ‘1000 Le Mans Mk 4’.  It was cheap!  What do you get?

– increased engine capacity of 949 cc

– bigger valves and a compression ratio of 10.2:1,

– 40 mm pumper carbs up from 36 mm.

– the B10 camshaft from the original Le Mans race kit. 

It’s a hot-rod!  But it’s so ugly!

Guzzi then dressed the 1000 with a frame-mounted fairing, a brick-shaped tank, and a redundant belly-pan.  Instead of a cafe racer, it became a land yacht!  The stylists made it very tall at the front and the rear, with the rider sitting in a dip.  A new, high, front mount for the petrol tank looks like it was welded on by the apprentice at 5pm on a Friday night.  The Tonti frame is mostly hidden, but it’s still there!

When I bought this bike, the previous owner had already removed the frame-mounted fairing.  I decided to change other parts.  I bought a big alloy tank, Tarozzi rear-set foot controls, and clip-on handlebars. 

I needed to make a tail-box, so I created a model in BricsCAD. 

The front slope of my tailbox forms a seat-back or ‘bum stop’.  Underneath, the tailbox shape creates a rear mudguard.  Counter-sunk bolt holes provide a mounting point to the frame.  A separate tail-cone part is glued on, and contains the tail-lights and LED turn indicators.  (I made this tail-cone separately because the full tailbox model is a bit too big for my 3d printer.  Also, printing it seperately reduces the amount of temporary ‘scaffolding’ that the printer would need to make. )

The wires and connectors for the lights –  stop, tail and turning indicators, are protected from rain and road dirt inside the box.  A small toolbag can sit in there as well.  A sliding lid closes the top.  The tail-light bracket also holds the license plate. 

Here’s a snap of the CreatBot 3D printing application, ready to print the tail-cone. 

Set FACETRES to 10 for a smoother model!

Well, I don’t think I’ll win any prizes for my design, but this exercise shows what can be done with BricsCAD! 


Client Info

Name: Damian

Date: 17 March 2023

Project type: Multipurpose Design