I like to think of this bike as a raised middle finger to Yamaha. At Road America in May 1981, third-place Battle of the Twins Production-class finisher Michael Shilts, riding a Yamaha XV920R, protested the two Ducatis that beat him. Both used illegal ‘kit’ carbs and exhausts. After that, Ducati racers were forced to use U.S.-market pipes and EPA-legal 32mm carbs that killed top-end power. One of those Ducati racers, Madison Cox, knew a stock Moto Guzzi Le Mans would outrun his strangled 900SS, and he knew just where to get one.