April 20, 2014

Rare Italian Vintage Delights

Another year, another visit to my hometown in the north of Italy, where my dear brother has a very reputable collection of mainly Italian stallions.

The latest addition to his collection is an adorable Ducati Elite with its characteristically shaped "jelly bean" tank. The tank has those dents to accommodate the knees and elbows when the riders squats down in racing position.

Next, we decided it was time to start up that lovely Laverda SFC, that's been patiently sitting for the past 3 months, awaiting for Spring to arrive. We took off the fiberglass tank and used a homemade "IV bottle" to revive the beast.

According to my brother, the Guzzi LeMans 850 is the best all rounder in his collection: good for the city, good for the hills and on long trips, always with a smooth and steady power release.

A beautiful sculpture...
As if all that Italian goodness wasn't enough, a few other delicatessen could be spotted in niches and under covers. Here's a Moto Morini Corsarino 50cc.

The terrible twins, Malanca&Milani, two 50cc 2 stroke screamers!

Love this 'turnip' silencer...and aftermarket part that had to be fitted when unrestricted pipes became outlawed.

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