Tag: Italy

  • 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 high standards.… 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.

  • Walt Siegl Ducati custom

    Walt Siegl Ducati custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If there’s a middle ground between the reliability of a modern bike and the charisma of a classic motorcycle, it’s occupied by guys like Walt Siegl. Walt is a master craftsman who gives vintage machinery a new lease of life, and if something isn’t quite… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 9½

    Radical Ducati 9½

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Madrid-based Radical Ducati is on a roll at the moment, raiding Ducati parts bins from the past twenty years to produce a steady supply of jaw-dropping customs. This latest bike is inspired by racing Ducatis from the 1970s and the ‘monocilindrica’ 450cc. The starting point… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi café racer

    Moto Guzzi café racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian Motor Magazine is carving a name for itself as a chronicler of very classy vintage and custom machinery. This Moto Guzzi is the star of issue #2, which has just been released. The owner is mysteriously referred to only as ‘John W’. “I got… Read more »

  • Interview: Diego Sgorbati

    Interview: Diego Sgorbati

  • Chris Hunter Interviews ,

    For the last three years, Diego Sgorbati has been sitting in one of the hottest seats in the motorcycling industry: he oversees the global marketing of Ducati motorcycles. For this 40-year-old northern Italian native, it’s the latest step in a career that’s included stints at… Read more »

  • Steve Jones’ Ducati Hypermotard

    Steve Jones’ Ducati Hypermotard

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    EXCLUSIVE—If you live in L.A., you’ll probably remember Steve Jones from his Indie 103.1 radio show, Jonesy’s Jukebox. If you live elsewhere, you’ll know him best as guitarist and founding member of the Sex Pistols. These days, however, Jonesy’s big passion is motorcycles—and this trick… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V1000 by Officine RossoPuro

    Moto Guzzi V1000 by Officine RossoPuro

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    For me, a new bike from Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is An Event. And this latest Moto Guzzi custom doesn’t disappoint. Called ‘Idro’—Hydro, or water in English—it’s based on the V1000 Idroconvert, one of Moto Guzzi’s lesser-known motorcycles. The bike originally got its name… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Axel Budde is an interesting guy. He’s a ‘precision driver’ for the film and TV industry: a guy who can take the exact same line in a car or truck, time after time, at high speed, until the cameraman gets The Shot. And when Axel… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport 1000

    Ducati Sport 1000

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Most of the motorcycles we feature here are beyond the realms of the average rider (self included). So it’s good to occasionally drop a ‘real world’ bike into the mix—a machine that could be bought secondhand for a reasonable price, and remain a daily driver… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 850 T5

    Moto Guzzi 850 T5

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Of all the Moto Guzzis of the 70s and 80s, the T5 has perhaps the worst reputation. Yes, it had that wonderful V-twin motor, but it was also a parts bin special. Components from the T3, T4, Le Mans and V75 were scattered around, and… Read more »

  • Triumph Bonneville by Drags & Racing

    Triumph Bonneville by Drags & Racing

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Drags & Racing is an Italian custom shop owned by the flamboyant Dino Romano, and he’s been putting out a steady stream of custom Triumphs and Harleys for twenty years now. Dino’s latest creation is this Bonneville, and he’s done a remarkable job in giving… Read more »

  • Bimota KB1

    Bimota KB1

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    For a brand as iconic as Bimota, it’s surprisingly hard to find good images of their motorcycles. So this isn’t a real KB1—it’s a replica created using parts from the Japanese Doremi Collection custom outfitter. The original Bimota fairing is obviously gone, but the underlying… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi racer

    Moto Guzzi racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    It’s a shame not to see Moto Guzzi competing at the top level in motorsport—especially given the marque’s illustrious racing history. And a MotoGP Guzzi roaring down the never-ending Mugello straight would sound like the proverbial Lancaster bomber taking off. But despite Mandello’s official disinterest,… Read more »

  • Moto Morini custom

    Moto Morini custom

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,

    One of the saddest stories of recent times is the demise of Moto Morini. The Scrambler remains one of my all-time favorite bikes, but the factory is now in liquidation and remaining stock is for sale at a discount. So it felt appropriate to travel… Read more »

  • Ducati 750SS custom

    Ducati 750SS custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’ve always thought that the best-looking Ducatis are often those that aren’t red. (The Gulf 1098R being a great example.) So I’m pleased to see another Duc in an unfamiliar color scheme: this time, a 750SS. In the early 90s, the 750SS was Ducati’s entry-level… Read more »