Rumi 125 Sport
'Rumi is a significant name in Italian motorcycling, although, ironically, it’s probably still best known for the Rumi race team that prepared the Honda RC30s on which Californian ace Fred Merkel won the first two World Superbike Championships in 1988 and
A significant name in Italian motorcycling that dared to be different
THE RIDE BACK TO the workshop is the best of the day by far. This is my last chance for a thrash on the little Rumi, and I have no intention of wasting it. I'm revving the little two-stroke twin to its red-line through the gears, its engine is screaming, the high-pitched exhaust note is bouncing back off the farmhouses and roadside stone walls.
I'm trying hard in the corners, too: leaving my braking late, flicking the bike aggressively into bends despite the bouncy feel from the under-damped rear end. Through one familiar dip and bend in the road I just about find the courage to keep the little bike flat out, missing a large patch of mud on the road by millimetres, then putting my chin on the tank to gain every last possible bit of speed on the following straight…
Finally, after 15 or more minutes of this frenetic and very enjoyable action, I reach a built-up area and slow down. Entering a village moments later, I glance behind me — to see photographer Oli right behind in his elderly Mercedes estate car, apparently having kept up with me effortlessly all the way.
Well, perhaps, I should not have been surprised that, although I