By: Uli Cloesen
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-845843-94-6 Publisher: Veloce Publishing Publication Date: March 2013
128 Pages. 260 Photos. 250 mm x 250 mm List Price: $39.95; £25.00
Italian customs I can understand. After all, Ducati owners have been doing it all along; Ducatis are basically made for customizing.
But Italian choppers? I hadn’t considered that…much less Italian trikes and quads.
But guess what? They do exist. And there are some pretty awesome examples out there!
In fact, when you think about it, the iconic 90-degree Ducati V-Twin is just right for customizing…and done right, it looks at home in a raked and chopped chassis.
Italian Custom Motorcycles is focused more on the street/stunt/café part of the custom scene, but you’ll find it all in here. This is “Part 3” of what is now the four-part “Custom” series by author Uli Cloesen and Veloce Publishing. Only Veloce has the guts to bring us something as off-beat as this series, so big props to them for having the guts to do it.
Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Laverda owners will surely want a copy of this one. It has everything from a Fantic (ever hear of ’em?) Italian 50 cc chopper (you read that right) to the Motocarro Gilera Mercurio three-wheeler of 1944 to the modern Fuoco Gilera 500 cc three-wheeler (two in front) and more.
How about a Laverda trike to go with that — are you ready? — Laverda chopper! Or maybe a ‘Guzzi board track racer!
My favorite has to be the bike on the cover, the Moto Guzzi Bobber Red Devil by Bari in Southern Italy. It is everything a custom should be, and the fact that it’s also a Goose makes it all the sweeter.
There are some beautiful photos in here and if this book doesn’t perk up your interest and expand your horizons on what a custom or chopper can be, then it’s time to give up the hobby. Can’t wait to see “Japanese Custom Motorcycles”, number four of the series…