Tag: Italy

  • 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 »

  • Marco Lugato Moto Guzzi

    Marco Lugato Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If there’s one class of bike that gets my motor running faster than any other, it’s a Moto Guzzi cafe racer. This machine comes courtesy of the Italian publication Special Mag—the bike is owned by Francesco Venturi, a young architect, and was built by Marco… Read more »

  • Bimota DB3 Mantra

    Bimota DB3 Mantra

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Over the last three decades, Bimota has consistently produced the most outrageously styled motorcycles of any contemporary manufacturer. The DB3 Mantra was the Rimini company’s attempt at a ‘naked bike’, and was styled by Frenchman Sacha Lakic. It was built in two versions—the first in… Read more »

  • Ducati GT 1000 custom

    Ducati GT 1000 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always liked Ducati’s SportClassic GT 1000. Of all the retro bikes, it has the most contemporary performance—and also a rarity factor. (Unfortunately, it’s going to become even more rare, because the model was discontinued last year.) Okay, the air-cooled 992cc engine is a little… Read more »

  • Mr Martini Shorty

    Mr Martini Shorty

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of Italy’s most prolific custom builders is Verona-based Nicola Martini, better known as Mr Martini. He specializes in Triumph customs, and his Super Cooper—which we featured two years ago—is one of my favorite bikes of all time. ‘Shorty’ is the latest machine from the… Read more »

  • Icon TiFighter

    Icon TiFighter

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    It’s hard to believe that Icon Motosports has only been around since 2002; in a few short years, they’ve created a stable of oddball, off-the-wall customs that perfectly evoke the company’s rebellious spirit. The TiFighter is the latest bike to join that stable, and it’s… Read more »

  • Ducati Hypermotard custom

    Ducati Hypermotard custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Of all the bikes we’ve featured over the past couple of years, I reckon this would be one of the best for flinging down a twisty road. It’s owned by Michel Vis, who bought the Hypermotard in 2008 after its first owner low-sided it with… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 GT

    Ducati 750 GT

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought the early 70s Ducati 750 GT was a looker. That silver frame, the flat seat, the hint of metalflake in the paint and the upswept exhausts: it’s the archetype of the classic retro style so popular today. The ‘round case’ GT was… Read more »

  • MV Agusta Grand Prix Replica

    MV Agusta Grand Prix Replica

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Specials don’t come any more special than this lovely MV Agusta. And it has an immaculate pedigree, too—it was built by Primo Felotti, the stylist and bodywork fabricator employed by MV Agusta from the 1950s onwards. The bike is based on a 1977 Ipotesi, a… Read more »

  • Taimoshan Super Cafe Racer

    Taimoshan Super Cafe Racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most café racers are built by stripping down a stock bike and “adding lightness”. This one, however, was built from the ground up and designed around an Aprilia RSV motor. It’s from Taimoshan Cycle Works, a Welsh company run by John Pellew. He focuses on… Read more »

  • BMW R45 cafe racer

    BMW R45 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s something about the compact, muscular stance of 70s-vintage BMWs that makes them prime candidates for customization. This cafe racer comes from leading glass artist Francesco Pagnin of Treviso in Italy, who calls his motorcycle workshop ‘Franz Garage’. It’s based on a BMW R45, the… Read more »

  • Von Dutch Falcone

    Von Dutch Falcone

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m not convinced about the looks of this bike, but there’s no denying its place in motorcycling history. It’s a 1959 Moto Guzzi Falcone that was worked on by Kenny Howard—better known as Von Dutch. Howard was contracted by the owner, a guy called Richard… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V7 custom

    Moto Guzzi V7 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Ritmo Sereno’s work is nothing less than automotive art. The latest special edition to roll out of the Tokyo workshop is this lovely custom Moto Guzzi V7 — based on a US-spec Ambassador imported into Japan and then torn down and rebuilt to Ritmo’s customary… Read more »

  • Pierobon F042 hstreet

    Pierobon F042 hstreet

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Pierobon is an Italian frame-builder that has been supplying components for race bikes for over 50 years. It’s a familiar name around the MotoGP paddock and since the company is based in Bologna, it’s especially associated with Ducati. In 2006, Pierobon created the track-only F042… Read more »

  • Lamborghini Design

    Lamborghini Design

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,,

    In the 1980s, the troubled supercar maker Lamborghini was taken over by the French Mimran brothers. Patrick Mimran discovered he could sell engines to powerboat makers, so he decided to try his luck further—and put Kawasaki engines into Lamborghini-branded motorbikes. The result was the Lamborghini… Read more »

  • MV Agusta 750 Sport

    MV Agusta 750 Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    MV Agusta is firmly ensconced in the motorcycling psyche as a maker of superbikes. But it wasn’t always so. The first road-legal, big-capacity motorcycle from Meccanica Verghera Agusta was this stunning 750 Sport. It was loaded with the top-notch componentry of the day, including Borrani… Read more »

  • Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

    Vintage Moto Guzzi Corsa 2V

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,

    EXCLUSIVE Barn finds don’t get much rarer or more exciting than this: here’s a privateer racing motorcycle built to order in 1928 by Moto Guzzi, just seven years after the company began manufacturing. The story comes from Adam Bolton of Italian Motor Magazine, and you… Read more »

  • Ducati 350 cafe racer

    Ducati 350 cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Christian Klein is a skilled lathe operator and a craftsman engineer. He’s also a Ducati fan, and rides a red 900 GTS. In the cold German evenings, he drifts towards his workshop, inhabiting what he calls his ‘parallel world’. And it was in here, a… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro TTre

    Officine RossoPuro TTre

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    This lovely Moto Guzzi 1000 SP custom is the latest creation from prolific Italian custom shop Officine RossoPuro. It’s called the TTre—a reference to Guzzi’s classic T3 nomenclature and the Isle of Man TT. As an SP, this bike sported a large windshield and a… Read more »

  • MV Agusta F3

    MV Agusta F3

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    Is this the most beautiful production motorcycle you can buy today? At the EICMA exhibition in Milan, the MV Agusta F3 has just won the poll to find ‘The Most Beautiful Bike of the Show’. More than 12,000 votes were cast, and the F3 captured… Read more »

  • Roberto Rossi “Rivale”

    Roberto Rossi “Rivale”

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Roberto Rossi is a custom motorcycle builder well-known in his native Italy, and little known outside. He’s based in the small Lombardy town of Roncoferraro Mantua, a two-hour ride east of Milan. This is his latest bike: called “Rivale”, it’s first in a planned series… Read more »

  • Ducati Diavel

    Ducati Diavel

  • Chris Hunter Production Motorcycles ,

    In 1964, Ducati dipped a toe into the large cruiser market with the mighty Apollo, a 1,256cc vee-four heavyweight designed to take on Harley-Davidson in the police market. The Apollo never made it into production, but 46 years later, its spiritual successor has appeared.