Classic Italian Motorcycles

The Aermacchi Project, Part 1: Lift On!

Motorcycle Classics writer Margie Siegal gets her hands on a 1973 Harley-Davidson Sprint and begins the journey to bring it back to riding condition.

Stylish Simplicity: 1964 Lambretta TV 175 Model III

A perfectly restored 1964 Lambretta TV 175 takes us back to simpler times when Italy needed inexpensive, reliable transportation that also happened to be stylish.

Guardian Angel: 1957 Mondial 250 GP Bialbero

Architect John Goldman’s painstakingly restored ex-Tarquinio Provini 1957 Mondial 250 GP race bike.

Rare Air: Moto Parilla 175 MSDS F3

The factory race version of the regular production MSDS, the F3 was built in extremely small numbers.

Shoulda Been a Champion: Bimota YB4EI-R

Alan Cathcart rides the Yamaha-powered Bimota YB4EI-R Superbike.

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What Might Have Been: The Lambretta GP Racer

In the early 1950s, scooter maker Lambretta crafted this amazing 250cc V-twin GP racer.

On Wings of Green and Gold: Aermacchi Ala Verde

Found at a shop in Illinois, this Aermacchi Ala Verde is something special.

King of Cool: Bimota HB1 Tribute

Enthusiast Rob Phillips builds a stunning tribute to the legendary first Bimota HB1.

Devilishly Clever: 1955 Devil Lusso Extra

A tiny motorcycle propelled by a 160cc 2-stroke, the Devil Lusso Extra looks more toy than transportation.

Small-Wheel Wonder: 1977-1982 Vespa P150X

A Vespa P150X may not be considered a "real" motorcycle by many motorcycle enthusiasts, but they sure are fun.

1974 Condor

This 1974 Condor was one of hundreds of classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

1957 Bianchi Tonale 175

A 1957 Bianchi Tonale 175 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Italy’s Golden Age: 1957 Mondial Bialbero

The golden age of motorcycle road racing in the 1950s brought many makes to prominence, and none achieved world supremacy so quickly as the Italian marque FB Mondial.

1956 Gilera B300 Twin

A 1956 Gilera B300 Twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Different by Design: 1957 Aermacchi Chimera

Sleek, chic and packaged in jazzy space age design, the Aermacchi Chimera was definitely different, but being different didn’t guarantee success.

The Flying Saucer: 1954 MV Agusta 175 CSS Disco Volante

The MV Agusta 175 CSS Disco Volante just might be one of the most memorable of the marque, and a favorite in moto giros.

Italy's Museo Scooter & Lambretta

Italy’s Museo Scooter & Lambretta celebrates Lambretta scooter history.

Counting to Eight: Moto Guzzi 500 V8 History

The history of Moto Guzzi’s 500 V8 Grand Prix racer.

Rare Ceccato Racer Takes Best of Show at 2013 The Meet at the LeMay

An ultra rare circa 1955 single overhead cam 75cc Ceccato racer took Best of Show at The Meet at the LeMay museum in Tacoma, Wash., beating out some 300 bikes for the top honor at the August 24 show. The Ceccato’s jewel-like 75cc engine was designed by famed Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni while studying for his doctorate at the University of Bologna.

1957 Motobi Catria Lusso

A 1957 Motobi Catria Lusso 175 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

The Motobi Story

The story of Giuseppe Benelli’s Motobi

Motobi 125: When Small Is Better

The charm of riding small Italian singles becomes clear in the 205-pound Motobi 125.

Jim Scaysbrook: Desert Racing

Jim Scaysbrook reflects on his time racing with Mike Hailwood.

1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso

A 1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso on display with other classic motorcycles at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175

A 1957 Aermacchi Chimera 175 on display with other classic Italian motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica

A 1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.

1957 F.B. Mondial TV175

A 1957 F.B. Mondial TV175 at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Italian Classics on Display

The California Oil Museum has opened a new exhibit, “Italian Motorcycles: Incredible Classics to Modern Marvels” running now through Sept. 27, 2009. The exhibit is a collaboration of two collectors, Guy Webster and Daniel Shoenewald. Picked from their extensive collections are classic beauties such as a 1959 Moto Morini Corsa, a 1956 Mondial, a 1955 Ducati Silverstone Super, a 1954 Bianchi Tonale, and a 1953 MV Augusta. In the modern selection we will be displaying a ’97 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS, a Ducati 999 Fila, a Donna Karen special ’98 Ducati 748L as well as many others.


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