MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 – intensely enjoyable

 

It’s been a very busy few weeks with a few bike launches, including that of the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 in the South of France. It was one of most tiring, intense day’s motorcycling I’ve done for a long time as we rode at what felt like a manic pace (as is the Italian way on these things) with the roads rising up higher and higher above Nice, and the corners getting tighter and tighter. We ended up negotiating tunnels hewn from solid rock, Alpine melt water dripping off onto the road surface, and trying to get shots done with a procession of motorhomes, cyclists and other tourists dashing past.

The MV is a fine motorcycle, and did exactly what its name suggests, touring very quickly, with the added fun of using a quickshifter that works well and a slipper clutch too – we’ll have a full review in the next Issue 8 of the mag.

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Issue 7 of ITALIAN MOTOR on its way..

Finally, after various delays and problems, we’re pleased and somewhat relieved to say that Issue 7 of the mag is on its way. Should be back from the printers tomorrow, then posted out to all our subscribers in the next few days.

Sorry the blog has been quiet of late, not for lack of material but just been busy trying to get the mag sorted and doing other work to make a living. We hope to soon start a new website and blog which will be much more contemporary and easier to use and interact with, for us, and for you.

Onwards and upwards!!

Another piece of Italian motorcycling history gone: Franco Farnè

It’s very sad to see that the multi-faceted and historic ‘personaggio’ at Ducati that was Franco Farnè has died aged 81. We published a fascinating interview with him in Issue 5 of the magazine, and his passion for motorcycling, and for Ducati, was in his every bone and sinew.
There’s a heartfelt piece by Livio Lodi, curator of the Ducati museum, on Farnè’s passing here.

Here are a few images from our article with Franco Farnè.

Franco Farnè interview - ITALIAN MOTOR magazine

Franco Farnè interview - ITALIAN MOTOR magazine

Franco Farnè interview - ITALIAN MOTOR magazine

Franco Farnè interview - ITALIAN MOTOR magazine

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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

Smashing Speedometer Stories

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



Back in 2004, I was living in Italy, in Tuscany. Bit of a long story, but I ended up lending my S3 to an American to take part in the Moto Giro that was taking place in Sicily that year -on the strict understanding that if he crashed it, he’d have to pay for it. Three days after he left for Sicily, I got a phone call. American drawl on the other end of the line. “I’m in a hospital in Palermo, with a broken collar bone, arm in plaster and severe bruising. Sorry. It was a hairpin, and I took it too quickly. Ended up going straight on and over the bank the other side of the bend. The bike flipped over a couple of times. It’s badly damaged, and the speedometer has just disappeared…”

The important thing is that he was okay, just about, and to be fair, he paid out for me to get the bike to how it was before his mishap. He discovered that Guzzis are not made for taking fast, tight hairpin bends. So, the S3’s original kmh speedometer that was on the bike when I bought it, and was showing approximately 45,000km was last seen just before flying off into a grassy meadow somewhere near Marsala, Sicily, Italy. It’s probably still there.

The end of the story is that I bought a replacement 160mph speedo in excellent condition and with just around 2,000 miles on the clock from Motorworks UK, who in those days sold Guzzi spares. It read fine for a few years, until it decided three years ago that its needle would sit at 25mph at standstill. Now that’s been sorted, finally.