We have reproduced a fantastic poster that we’ve had in our collection for years. It’s from Italy, the late 60s/early 70s, and shows 40 very eclectic different Italian motorcycles, from Guazzoni to Guzzi, Mondial to Morini, Gilera to Benelli – their spec, and price, all in Italian. Cool for your workshop wall, door, or frame and put inside your house or office. You won’t find this anywhere else. £12.00 + £4.00 shipping in a cardboard tube to anywhere in the world. More details and buy securely online here: http://italianmotor.bigcartel.com/product/poster-40-italian-motorcycles
I recently decided I’d had enough of my Guzzi S3’s Veglia blue-faced speedometer reading at least 25 miles per hour over what it should at standstill, let alone at speed, and sent it to Andy Barraclough at Speedy Cables (www.speedycables.com) to get it overhauled properly – and what a fabulous job they did – see the pics below.
Speedy Cables sent it back fully stripped, overhauled, recalibrated at 1600 revs/mile, mileage set to what it was when it went in, and has been treated to a new bezel, glass and speed cup. In fact, the beautiful restoration even looks a bit too smart compared to the scruffier rev counter next to it, but doubtless once the bike racks up some more miles it’ll start to weather a bit. I’d never bothered too much about the speed because I’ve always ridden it just getting a feel with the revs from the motor and the gear I was in, but after using a sat nav on the bike a month or so ago (report soon..), I realised it was actually useful to know what speed you’re going at, some of the time.
There’s a story behind the low mileage though….see further down the page
Anyway, here a few pics to give you a flavour, mostly Italian stuff and other bikes too.
As you may remember, our journalist colleague, and all-round nice bloke Kevin Ash was tragically killed last year on a BMW launch doing the work he did so well, and left behind his wife Caroline and three daughters.
The Telegraph newspaper, for whom he worked for 15 years and for whom he was reporting when I met him on several new bike launches, set up the Kevin Ash Fund – a fund in memory of their motorcycling correspondent of 15 years. Proceeds will assist with the continuing education of his daughters. Caroline has started to sell various bits of kit that Kevin owned to help wit the fund, including a BMW K1100 that he used and wrote about. You can bid for it on Ebay HERE
So people, bid high and bid often – check the other listings for jackets and spares.
The Filo Rosso, or the Red Line, is the symbolic thread that has always run through Magni’s work, starting with his learning from Piero Remor in the early 1950s, to being the all-round inspiration behind MV Agusta’s multiple world championships, and then going on with son Giovanni to create hand-built machines with individuality, handling prowess and charisma.
This one is no different. Ok, so it looks like an MV race bike you may say. Yes, but that’s not a bad thing, is it? And this one is powered by the MV Agusta Brutale’s rev-happy 798cc triple cylinder motor that needs a 13.000rpm red line.
Not often we want to just jump on a bike we’ve been sent pics of and just ride the bollocks off it, but this is one of those occasions. Bravo, Magni!
In Issue 6 of the mag, we published a great article that was contributed by Dave our mate from Australia all about his Ducati Cucciolos. Dave has since sent us a video clip that gives the impression of what it’s like to ride one of these machines at speed – and it’s a bit scary. Ignore the sketchy soundtrack and imagine what it’s like to sit on an old pushbike, with pushbike brakes and tyres, and a small Italian motor lashed onto the frame tube, and go as fast as you can. In fact, we reckon the wind noise is covering up Dave’s screams of terror as he bowls along at an impressive turn of speed considering he’s a big Aussie bloke!
The full article on Dave’s passion for the Ducati Cucciolo and in particular its fascinating place as a sales success in Australia is in Issue Six. Not got a copy? Buy it here: http://italianmotor.bigcartel.com/category/magazines
What an idea! Buy up a historic but mothballed RAF base, then turn it into a motoring heritage destination for cars, bikes and planes – brilliant! We’re lucky that ITALIAN MOTOR H.Q. seems to be close to so many fascinating and excellent places and events of petrolhead pleasure, and today was great – old planes mixing it with Ford Capris, Yank cars, old bikes, historic and important Bentleys, Porsches, and Jags, old blokes dressed as Home Guard, steam engines, old biplanes, engines, bacon rolls, and other very pleasurable stuff. The RAF architecture is fascinating and the before and after restorations of the countless sheds, hangars and engine fitting rooms are incredible and beautiful. Even the toilet blocks are retro! The owners should be congratulated on their vision, and it’s easy to see that it’ll become a premier motoring destination in the UK.