Italian exotica on show, two wheels and four

CAPTION: Two wheels and four, modern and classic, rare and, er, rarer.

2017 Moto Italiano Expo

SOME of Western Australia’s most exotic auto machinery — two wheels and four — was on display at the 2017 Moto Italiano Expo in Bayswater today.

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With the Ducati Owners’ Group’s Moto Italiane Ovest and several other West Aussie bike shows in an off-year, it’s been pretty slim pickings for opportunities to drool over unobtainable and unaffordable moto-toys during 2017.

But today’s show presented plenty of drooling opportunities – MV Agusta, Ducati, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, Vespa, Ferrari, De Tomaso, Alfa Romeo, Fiat … some oldies and plenty of modern machinery.

We put the trusty Nikon to use; here’s a selection of our shots.

CAPTION: Top-spec Ducatis dominated the show, as you’d expect, and attracted attention aplenty.

 

CAPTION: Mario Poggioli of Thunderbikes fame rolled out a selection of bikes from his collection.

 

CAPTION: Lovely Moto Guzzi 1000 looked good as new.

 

CAPTION: From the ‘bet-you’ve-never-seen-one-of-these-before’ file, Mario’s rare-as Gilera Saturno Bialbero Anniversary. The Saturno was a late ’80s cafe/sports, originally aimed at Japan but later expanded to other markets. It was super high-spec, with Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes and a huge 40mm Dellorto carb feeding the 500cc twin-cam single-cylinder engine. The bike pumped out 44 horses and was supposedly good for 180kmh. Nice.

CAPTION: If Ducati is the Ferrari of motorcycles, MV Augusta is Lamborghini. Stunning.

 

CAPTION: Another MV, this one a Dragster 800 triple. Might be the best looking bike I have ever seen.

 

CAPTION: Yes, there were cars. Ford 351 V8-powered De Tomaso Pantera was stunning.

 

CAPTION: Pantera warrants two pics. Elvis Presley owned one, you know …

 

CAPTION: Still the top of many mid-life-crisis bucket lists.

 

CAPTION: Made in Italy. Bellisimo.

CAPTION: Carbon fibre, anyone?

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