The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that the 2012 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days rally - the country's grandest celebration of old bikes and the people who love them - will highlight the classic "Rockers and Mods" two-wheeled subculture that is presently undergoing a popular resurgence in America.
I would finally get the opportunity to walk through the factory gates and step into motorcycling history that started back in 1917 during the First World War. At the time, three young Italian pilots were fighting for their country in the Italian Air force: Carlo Guzzi, Giorgio Ripamonti and a well-known racer of the day, Giovanni Ravelli.
By any estimation, Giancarlo Morbidelli dreamed in epic proportions. A self-made businessman with a passion for motorcycles, he used his entrepreneurial spoils to finance a race team and achieved impressive results: His race bikes won three consecutive 125cc world titles in the mid-1970s, a coveted 250cc title in 1977, and another 125cc championship the following year.