Tag: Italy

  • Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

    Officine RossoPuro Motociclone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Moto Guzzi customs, and Officine RossoPuro builds in particular. This is the latest machine from Filippo Barbacane’s workshop in Pescara: it’s called Motociclone, which means ‘Cyclone bike’ (as you’ve probably guessed). It’s… Read more »

  • Ducati Muletto

    Ducati Muletto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Ducati is not renowned for making practical vehicles, with the possible exception of the Multistrada. But in the 1950s, the Bologna company aped its rival Piaggio by making three-wheeled utility vehicles. There was a tiny 48cc 2-stroke called the Fattorino, and then the bigger Muletto.… Read more »

  • Abnormal Cycles Union

    Abnormal Cycles Union

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    This is one of the more unusual motorcycles that appeared in the recent AMD Championship. Unusual because it’s perfectly rideable, and also because it was the first time a sidecar outfit has competed in Sturgis. ‘Union’ was built by Abnormal Cycles of Italy, a workshop… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster S2R

    Radical Ducati Monster S2R

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m a fan of the Spanish tuner Radical Ducati: their bikes are invariably well engineered and good looking. And they seem to know what to change and what to leave alone. This latest bike is nicknamed ‘Rad to Hell’, and it’s based on the Monster… Read more »

  • Moto Morini 3½

    Moto Morini 3½

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    I get a lot of requests to feature certain classic motorcycles, and the same bikes tend to pop up. Top of the list, believe it or not, is the Moto Morini 3½. So it looks like the Bologna-built machines have a very solid fan base… Read more »

  • Villa V4 Replica

    Villa V4 Replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles

    If you’ve never heard of the Villa V4, it’s not surprising: this racing motorcycle never turned a wheel in anger. The lovely machine here is an immaculate replica of Francesco Villa’s planned 1969 GP racer—a bike that was killed overnight by an FIM edict limiting… Read more »

  • Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

    Kaffeemaschine Guzzi California

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in Germany and hanker after a custom Moto Guzzi, the man to speak to is Axel Budde of Kaffeemaschine. His latest bike is this café racer, based on the T3 California—and to my eyes it looks much better than Moto Guzzi’s own… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V8

    Moto Guzzi V8

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    The Moto Guzzi V8 ‘Otto Cilindri’ is widely regarded as one of the ten greatest motorcycle designs of all time. Yet it only won three Grands Prix. So what makes it so great? Mostly the engine, which gave the bike incredible performance. In the mid… Read more »

  • FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

    FB-Mondial 250 Bialbero

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’m always looking for an excuse to feature a racing motorcycle with a dustbin fairing. These new shots are from Australian photographer Phil Aynsley, and were taken recently in Florence. They show an exquisite 1956 FB-Mondial: the very machine that took Tarquinio Provini to second… Read more »

  • Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma

    Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    We don’t see many Suzukis here. Of the Japanese big four, Suzuki is probably the least represented in the custom motorcycle world. But this classy machine shows what can be done with a bread-and-butter model—in this case, the GSX750 ‘Inazuma’ of the late 90s. At… Read more »

  • Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

    Wrenchmonkees Guzzi 850 T

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE The Wrenchmonkees have just released a new machine into the wild. It’s a rebuilt 1974 Moto Guzzi 850 T and the lucky owner is a Norwegian called Pål, from Oslo. When he dropped off his Guzzi at the Wrenchmonkees’ workshop in Copenhagen it was… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

    Officine RossoPuro Black Jack

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian Moto Guzzi guru Filippo Barbacane has just finished a new custom, ‘Black Jack’. Simple and understated in silver and black, it’s based on the 1000 SP—a somewhat ungainly tourer built between 1977 and 1985. Barbacane has transformed the machine with his usual painstaking attention… Read more »

  • Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

    Ducati TT2 racing motorcycle

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In 1981, Ducati unveiled a gorgeous racing twin based on the successful Pantah. The TT2 used a Verlicchi-designed frame with a steel cantilever swing-arm, Marzocchi 35 mm forks and 18” magnesium wheels. The machine we’ve got here is even better: a thorough upgrade built for… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 860 GTS

    Custom Ducati 860 GTS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The 860 series is one of the most maligned of all Ducatis. Styled by auto designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was ahead of its time and sales were poor. But it’s also one of those bikes that has aged gracefully, and 35 years later, this lightly… Read more »

  • Laverda Jota

    Laverda Jota

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    One of the great tragedies of modern motorcycling is the death of the Laverda name. The brand was bought by Aprilia at the turn of the century—along with Moto Guzzi—but the familiar ‘SFC Orange’ has yet to reappear in showrooms. To my eyes, that lovely… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

    Radical Ducati Corsa Evo

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Radical Ducati is in the business of making good sportbikes great. The Spanish company produces top-drawer accessories and go-faster kits for most of the Ducati range, and the RAD 02 Corsa Evo is its latest release. The ‘02’ moniker means that it’s configured as a… Read more »

  • Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

    Cagiva Elefant 906 SP

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the Cagiva Elefant was the coolest Dakar motorcycle of all time. And this one, naked in white and straight off the factory floor, is off the scale. It’d look at home racing across the plains of Tatooine with an Imperial Stormtrooper standing… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 600: the ‘Black Pig’

    MV Agusta 600: the ‘Black Pig’

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Throughout the MV Agusta community, the 600 is affectionately known as ‘The Black Pig’. It’s one of the ugliest bikes ever made, but perhaps so ugly that it transcends style and fashion. Only 127 were built, between 1967 and the early 1970s, and this one… Read more »

  • Ducati 900SS racer

    Ducati 900SS racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    In Australia, Tony Hannagan of BevelTech is the man to call if you need help with a classic Ducati. And this sleek black-and-red beauty is his latest build. ‘Vern R‘ is a Ducati 900SS-based racer designed for the BEARS series—meaning “British, European, American Racing and… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 750S

    MV Agusta 750S

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There are maybe ten bikes in my dream garage, and the MV Agusta 750S is one of them. Like the Ducati 750SS we featured two weeks ago, this one is owned by English motorcycle enthusiast Peter Bullard. It’s one of the very early models, built… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Honda XM

    Mr Martini Honda XM

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nicola Martini is not afraid to experiment. Although he’s best known for his work with Triumph motorcycles, he pushes the boundaries with styling—and occasionally throws a complete curve ball into the mix. This is one of those curve balls: a Honda XL600-based tracker called the… Read more »

  • Ducati 750SS

    Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If you had to make a list of the most desirable sporting motorcycles of the 1970s, the Ducati 750SS would be near the top. It was built by Ducati’s racing department to mark its victory in the 1972 Imola 200, and the accepted knowledge is… Read more »

  • Ducati 125 Grand Prix

    Ducati 125 Grand Prix

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    I’ve often thought that the appeal of racing motorcycles is in their sculptural qualities. And despite the charmless name, there are few things more elegant than a ‘dustbin’ fairing from the 1950s. This one is an exceptionally beautiful example, and a testament to the metalworker’s… Read more »

  • Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Machine: Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Matt at Machine is one of Australia’s top custom motorcycle builders. So when a new bike rolls out of his workshop in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, it’s an event. For his latest bike, Matt wanted a “reliable, fast Italian cafe racer suitable… Read more »

  • Triumph Thruxton by Mr Martini

    Triumph Thruxton by Mr Martini

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Nicola Martini is Italy’s foremost custom Triumph specialist, and he’s not afraid to throw a curve ball into the mix now and then. “T-Type” is based on a Triumph Thruxton, and has a characteristically experimental look. It’s no show pony though; the motor is fitted… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Daytona cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi Daytona cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The 4-valve Guzzi motor has to be one of the most imposing powerplants of all time. And Jasper Mulder, a marine contractor currently working in Nigeria, was so smitten he chose his 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona on the strength of that motor alone. “After a… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 Imola replica

    Ducati 750 Imola replica

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Perhaps the most famous racing Ducati of all time is the 750 that took Englishman Paul Smart to victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race. And with a machine as iconic as that, you’re going to get people wanting to copy it. One such man… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

    Moto Guzzi motorcycle with supercharger

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Words and images by Ian Considine for Italian Motor Magazine. It took Leo de Hollander from The Netherlands five years to gradually complete this magnificent supercharged motorcycle. On the 18th of July 2009, after 34 kicks and a wounded right leg, she finally coughed. Ten… Read more »

  • Laverda Jota

    Laverda Jota

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    The Laverda Jota sticks in my mind as the ultimate seventies superbike: it’s the two-wheeled equivalent of the iconic Lamborghini Muira. This 1977 Jota is owned by Alex Ozzard-Low, and after digging around, I was surprised to find that the Jota was not a true… Read more »

  • Zaeta by Kustom Garage

    Zaeta by Kustom Garage

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The past couple of years have not been good for most motorcycle manufacturers. So it’s reassuring to see new brands appearing, however small. Zaeta is one of those new brands, and it’s inextricably linked to the resurgent sport of flat track racing. The Italian company’s… Read more »

  • Renard Grand Tourer

    Renard Grand Tourer

  • Chris Hunter Concept Motorcycles ,,

    In 1938, Estonian entrepreneur J. Laan founded a motorized bicycle manufacturer in the capital city of Tallinn, and called it Renard Cycles. Renard is French for ‘fox’, and a fox’s head formed the original Renard logo. But in March 1944, the factory was hit by… Read more »

  • McDeeb W400 TT

    McDeeb W400 TT

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fabrizio Di Bella runs Classic Farm Motorcycles, a custom workshop in a village in the mountains near the Italian city of Brescia. His obsession with classic British motorcycles gave him the Anglicized nickname of ‘McDeeb’, and that’s the brand he now markets his machines under.… Read more »

  • Harley-Davidson Sprint

    Harley-Davidson Sprint

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,,,

    It’s almost impossible to quantify the proportions of a motorcycle. Sure, there are relationships between wheel sizes, fuel tank and seat unit, and of course the engine and frame. But some machines have that indefinable ‘something’, a quirk of aesthetics that catches your eye. For… Read more »

  • Ducati 350 Scrambler

    Ducati 350 Scrambler

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    The ‘scrambler’ look is getting more and more popular by the day, with high pipes and heavily treaded tires becoming de rigeur for many custom motorcycle builders, especially in Europe. I’ve always attributed the look to vintage British bikes, but the appearance of this Ducati… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville flat tracker

    Triumph Bonneville flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Italy seems to be full of workshops making stylish, rideable customs, but Ggarage is one I haven’t heard of before. The company specializes in bikes from the 1970s onwards, and operates just outside Rome. This is their latest build, a simple but very effective flat… Read more »