Old Bike Australasia

Italian flair still lives

- Paul Xavier Hancock South Australia

Thanks to you and your devoted team for another year of putting together Aust’s best bike mag. The recent Bayliss segment is brilliant. When I see/read about some of our top riders I think how lucky I was to have been a Baby Boomer as the ‘sixties and early ‘seventies were magic. Seeing these heroes made my days. Special nights at Rowley Park Speedway watching the Aussies fight it out with the British Lions. Bob ‘Two Gun’ Tattersall and the best Aussie speedcar drivers smack wheels on the dirt oval. Mallala for black top racing was the other draw card. Oh well I am reminiscin­g too much, but it was bloody good.

Re OBA 97, what a great pic on the cover (Rob Elliott’s Moto Guzzi v7 Sport) and flicking through as I do when I get OBA, I came across sanity in motorcycli­ng on page 16. Yes, there is still someone that knows how to design a beautiful bike, classy lines, fabulous colours and looks like one could ride it all day. Tons of torque, comfortabl­e and not too high for us oldies to throw the leg over. It’s the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello. Yes, I said! No black ugly motors, no black wheels, no black spokes. Yes, Italian flair still lives. What a pity I am 73 next year as it is too late to sample these beautiful looking machines. These bikes brought back good memories of my Yamaha Diversion and BMW for touring. I still enjoy the Trumpy Bonnie for flicking through the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula with its ‘IOM’ roads.

 ?? ?? The Purple Postie on duty in the Mt Isa Distinguis­hed Gentlemen’s Ride.
The Dnepr K-750. All the way from Ukraine.
The Purple Postie on duty in the Mt Isa Distinguis­hed Gentlemen’s Ride. The Dnepr K-750. All the way from Ukraine.

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