Gianni Min­isini

Old Bike Australasia - - • ISLAND CLASSIC • STAMPS • PEUGEOT • -

The mo­tor­cy­cles that have been beau­ti­fully re­stored by GIANNI MIN­ISINI have been fea­tured of­ten in the pages of this mag­a­zine, most re­cently in our last is­sue with his 250cc Ser­tum. Just days be­fore we went to press with that story, Gianni passed away sud­denly. He was 65 years old. Born in 1952 in Pag­nacco, Prov­ince of Fri­uli, Italy; Gianni and his fam­ily im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia when he was 15 and set­tled in Ade­laide. Work­ing hard since very young, noth­ing was too dif­fi­cult or be­neath him. If he didn’t know how to do some­thing, he taught him­self. Gianni of­ten thought of him­self as aca­dem­i­cally in­fe­rior due to lack of school­ing, how­ever his tech­ni­cal and log­i­cal knowl­edge was in a league of his own. Restor­ing ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles came as se­cond na­ture, ma­chin­ing un­ob­tain­able parts on a lathe, paint­ing tanks and parts and weld­ing alu­minium were just some of his end­less tal­ents. Work­ing as a me­chanic through­out his life, Gianni opened his own busi­ness in 1985 to­gether with his wife, Vivien, spe­cial­is­ing in ser­vic­ing Hon­das. Cars may have been his busi­ness, how­ever, mo­tor­cy­cles were his pas­sion. A cou­ple of trips back to his birth­place in the early 1990s re­sulted in ac­quir­ing ex­am­ples of some fa­mous Ital­ian mar­ques; Gil­era, Moto Guzzi, Ser­tum, MV Agusta and Bianchi – all of which he metic­u­lously re­stored to as-new con­di­tion. Gianni’s work­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail was se­cond to none, but he was an in­tensely pri­vate and hum­ble man and was al­most em­bar­rassed by the at­ten­tion he re­ceived when­ever he trot­ted out one of his bikes. He and Vivien were also keen mo­tor­cy­clists on a va­ri­ety of mod­ern ma­chines in­clud­ing Tri­umphs and Har­leys, and of­ten rode to Phillip Is­land for Moto GP. To Vivien, daugh­ter Gi­u­lia and son-in-law Pe­dro, we ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies.

Foot­note: Our files still con­tain two more of Gianni’s restora­tions, and you will see those in fu­ture is­sues.

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