Italy

  • Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

    Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A stern test for established custom builders is how they handle the ‘budget’ job. Can they capture the flavor of the mega-buck builds at half the cost? The English workshop Spirit of The Seventies has just taken this test, and passed with flying colors. Tim… Read more »

  • SWM 320TL trials

    SWM 320TL trials

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    One of the delights of running Bike EXIF is the occasional stumble across obscure vintage motorcycle brands. Like this machine: it’s an SWM, an Italian factory that built trials, enduro and motocross bikes from the early 70s to the mid 80s. This is a 320TL… Read more »

  • Ghezzi-Brian Motard V-Twin

    Ghezzi-Brian Motard V-Twin

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The Moto Guzzi Griso is one of the most distinctive motorcycles on the road today, with styling that polarizes opinions. And now the tuners Ghezzi-Brian, long associated with the Mandello del Lario factory, have created a kit for the Griso that’s just as controversial. It… Read more »

  • JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

    JvB-moto Ducati Pantah

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto‘s Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.

  • 1973 Ducati 750 Sport

    1973 Ducati 750 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    Every now and then, it’s good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, that’s an immaculate classic motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer. Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport. It’s just been restored by Harné… Read more »

  • SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster

    SCM 1.0 Ducati Monster

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    I’m not quite sure what to make of this bike, but it’s certainly thought-provoking. Months ago, Simone Conti of Italy sent through some blurry, tentative snaps. And now the bike has just been professionally shot for an Italian magazine. This is 24-year-old Conti’s first custom… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati Monster 1100

    Radical Ducati Monster 1100

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Spain is a hotbed of custom motorcycle building at the moment, and Radical Ducati is at the forefront of the performance-oriented scene. Wildcat is the latest creation from Pepo Rosell and Reyes Ramon. It’s built around a blueprinted Monster 1100 Evo engine with a carbon… Read more »

  • Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Custom Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Last month’s Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz was a barometer of custom motorcycle taste in Europe. I was struck by the amount of attention attracted by older Moto Guzzis, especially those with a raw cafe racer look. This bike wasn’t at the festival, but… Read more »

  • Bimota DB1R works racer

    Bimota DB1R works racer

  • Chris Hunter Motorcycles For Sale ,,

    There are few motorcycles more exotic than a Bimota. And this machine, which has just gone up for sale, is one of the most covetable Bimotas of all—the 1986 DB1R racer. Built in conjunction with Ducati, it’s one of the four factory bikes campaigned by… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

    Moto Guzzi by Kaffeemaschine

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde builds the cleanest, coolest Moto Guzzi cafe racers around. This is his sixth build and the best yet, fresh out of his workshop in Hamburg. Kaffeemaschine #6 is based on a 1980 Le Mans frame and was commissioned by the British motorcycle racer… Read more »

  • Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

    Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Modern race bikes leave me cold, but vintage machinery gets my motor running. It’s mostly because you can actually see the bike with older machines, rather than a garish mish-mash of graphics fighting for your attention. This clean, sharp-looking Yamaha YZ250 flat tracker is a… Read more »

  • Moto Morini Settebello

    Moto Morini Settebello

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    In Italian, “Settebello” is idiom for “seven of diamonds”. And this little 175cc Moto Morini is a real diamond, packing a surprising punch from its four-stroke single motor. This was during happier days for Moto Morini, when it enjoyed huge competition success after WWII.

  • Interview: Massimo Bordi

    Interview: Massimo Bordi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews

    Massimo Bordi is one of the most illustrious engineers in motorcycling history. He developed the 4-valve Ducati Desmo engine in the mid-80s, designed the Ducati 851, worked with Tamburini on the 916, and created the racing department Ducati Corse. After a stint as CEO of… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

    Radical Ducati ‘Pantahstica’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a sweet spot in custom motorcycle building—a point where performance and beautiful aesthetics collide. Spain’s Radical Ducati hit this spot time after time, and they’ve done it again with ‘Pantahstica’. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s a Ducati Pantah, given the color scheme,… Read more »

  • Ducati Road 350

    Ducati Road 350

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Building motorcycles is an art as well as a science. While some builders take it very seriously, others have a sense of irreverence. The lighter touch often seems to come from mainland Europe; the French outfit Blitz springs to mind, and another is Spain’s El… Read more »

  • Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

    Ducati Multistrada “Biuta”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    The first incarnation of the Multistrada was an awkward machine. But this unusual custom has transformed Ducati’s ugly duckling into a swan. It’s called “Biuta” and it was created by Carlo Roscio of Pavi, a town in Lombardy some 35 kilometers south of Milan. With… Read more »

  • Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

    Harley Sportster “Stellalpina”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by… Read more »

  • Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

    Interview: Miguel Galluzzi

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,,

    Miguel Galluzzi is the man who created the Ducati Monster, a bike that started life as a “parts bin special”. It’s now one of the biggest sales hits of the past twenty years. Galluzzi’s signature is also on the Aprilia RSV4 and several Husqvarna bikes,… Read more »

  • Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

    Ritmo Sereno Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    Shiro Nakajima, the CEO of leading Japanese custom workshop Ritmo Sereno, is a keen vintage racer. He’s been campaigning his Moto Guzzi Ambassador for a couple of years now, and felt it was time for a refresh. In its original incarnation—which we revealed just over… Read more »

  • 1966 Aermacchi Sprint

    1966 Aermacchi Sprint

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Aermacchi was a fabricator of aircraft for Italy’s war machine during the Second World War. After the defeat of the Axis powers, the company turned its efforts to the production of motorcycles and bikes. In collaboration with Harley-Davidson, many Aermacchi motorcycles found their way to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

    Moto Guzzi Griso “Ipothesys”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Here’s a first look at the latest bike designed by Filippo Barbacane of Officine Rossopuro. He’s best known for his classic Moto Guzzi cafe racers, so this Griso, the debut build from a new boutique brand called Ipothesys, is something of a departure for… Read more »

  • 1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

    1974 Ducati 750SS Corsa

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    Carlo Saltarelli has Ducati blood in his veins. He’s a former racer, test rider and dealership owner, and over the years, he’s built up a 100-bike collection of classic Ducatis. In May, this collection goes under the hammer in Monaco. For us, the highlight is… Read more »

  • Radical Yamaha XT600

    Radical Yamaha XT600

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Yamaha XT600 is one of those iconic enduro bikes that refuses to die—in more ways than one. The virtually bulletproof 595cc single was first released in 1983 and was the first “Ténéré” model, capitalizing on Yamaha’s profile in desert rallies. The early XT600s are… Read more »

  • Magni Arturo 1000

    Magni Arturo 1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Arturo Magni is best known for his racing exploits with MV Agusta. While managing MV’s racing department, the team won a remarkable 75 world championships and over 3,000 races in several classes. After MV retired from racing in the late 70s, Magni and his sons… Read more »

  • Zaeta 530 DT

    Zaeta 530 DT

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    One of the most exciting limited production bikes is the Zaeta 530 DT from Italy. So far, it’s been confined to the dirt track—but it will soon be available in road-legal scrambler and café racer configurations. Powered by a DOHC single built by TM, the… Read more »

  • Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

    Ghezzi Brian Super Twin

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    If Ducati has NCR, Moto Guzzi has Ghezzi Brian. Based in the lakes region of northern Italy, the company builds small runs of Guzzi-based sport bikes and created the MGS-01 superbike for the Mandello factory. (The odd name, in case you’re wondering, refers to the… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

    Moto Guzzi V50, Brat Style

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The mainstream of Japanese custom bike building has a very specific look—largely created by the hugely influential Tokyo builder Brat Style. And the bikes themselves tend to be quite specific too, mostly based on Yamaha SRs and XS650s, the Kawasaki W650, and Harley-Davidson Sportsters. So… Read more »