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Ducati in the Mountains - The stars were aligned for a ride into the mountains today. Perfect biking weather, and nobody on the roads. The only worries were deer when on the road, and bears when stopped.
The current 'collection'. - Hardly Jay Leno's level, but it's a start. For the moment, I'm only interested in Italian bikes. Anyone got a Laverda they'd like to sell?
1969 Moto Guzzi Ambassador & 1972 V7 Sport - Loop frame Ambassador (V7 Special in Europe) and Tonti-designed V7 Sport are worlds apart.
Ambo & V7 Sport - At home in the sun.
2008 Ducati Multistrada 1100S - Having worked on the design with Pierre Terblanche (not that I influenced it much) got me a generous discount on a new Multistrada. Here it is on day one, before I fitted the hand guards and luggage.
V7 Sport in action - The Tonti-designed V7 Sport was Guzzi's first sporting V-twin. Performance and handling are way ahead of the Ambassador, even though both bikes are essentially similar 750s, and built only three years apart.
Exercising the Ambo' - The Ambo' gets regular exercise, although it's not the fastest thing on two wheels.
1959(?) Moto Parilla - This eminently restorable Parilla 100 Olimpus was for sale when I took the Guzzi Ambassador to a local vintage bike meeting. My wife didn't yell at me too much when I brought it home.
Other interests - I also enjoy fiddling around with old Jaguars. There are three in the garage at the moment - this is a '67 series 1 E-type. Believe me, bikes are less trouble, even Italian ones.
1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk.1 - My second Le Mans, the first being a Mk.2 I'd got as a swap for an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Bertone I'd restored as a student. This one was missing the small headlamp fairing, but was otherwise perfect and ran really well. Great sound from the competition pipes too.
1979 Ducati 900 SS Desmo - These are going for silly money now, but I got this as a swap for a lovely Fiat 124 Spider. But that was thirty years ago...
1938 Victoria KR200 Luxus & 1959 Moto Guzzi Falcone Sport - Two bikes I owned while working for BMW in Munich. The Victoria was road registered, and would run for exactly 55 minutes, then seize from the heat. Bump-starting was futile, so I learned to look for a good bar every 45 minutes while it cooled. I imported the Falcone from Italy, but never got it past the German TUV for registration. I borrowed some trade plates for a memorable 2-hour run through the Alps though. Probably the bike I most regret selling, but when you're freelance...
1982 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica - Great bike - always fired up on the first kick, but most times I ended up pushing it home for some reason. Sold for the move to France in 1995, but another bike I wished I'd kept.
Man, dog and field - My third LeMans, another Mk.1 with 10,000 miles on the clock. Should have shipped it to the US, but made the mistake of selling it instead. The dog, Shelley, and three acres of Bordeaux ex-vineyard are long gone too.
1925 SanSouPap & 1929 Thomann - Two old French bikes from the 1920s I owned while living in France. Both sold in 2006 for the move to California.
Bandit 1200S - My old Bandit 1200S alongside the Le Mans. This Suzuki was my daily ride for four years before I left France. Not an exciting bike to own, but a terrific workhorse and big-chested all-rounder. Great value too. When my ST2 spat me off into a ditch in '01, it was cheaper to trade in the remains against a new Bandit than to repair the Ducati, even though the damage was minimal.
Evaluating a loaned Harley T-Sport for Motorcycle Consumer News magazine in October 2000. The bike packed a decent punch, but weaved all over the road above 70mph. Okay, done - now can I have my Ducati back please? Backdrop is Roy's Motel on Route 66 - the location of many famous photographs.
On a remote mountain pass near the Albanian border, 1983. For around 100 miles, this WAS the road. The dog appeared from nowhere. Despite appearances, he's actually begging for a biscuit, not humping my leg.
Around this time, Albanians were know to take pot shots at anyone approaching their territory. So there were few stops - the trick was to present a moving target.
No thanks, Dad - I don't really want to swap it for your Maestro. Doing a family stop-over in Wales on my way to the Isle of Man TT with the works FZR in the late eighties. Starting at the Yamaha HQ outside Amsterdam, I covered four countries in four hours, and that included catching the hovercraft to England. Such was 160bhp on roads before fixed speed cameras.
My own TDM, fitted with forward-mounted Nonfango bags for solo touring. The location helped centralize the masses, and made for a more rigid structure.
Start 'em young! My son gets to grips with his Yamaha PW alongside his dad's Supertenere (another project I did with Yamaha). Note the appropriate footwear! The PW was a terrific starting point for kids, with no gears and shaft drive. Just to date the photo, Douggie will be 26 next month.
Just in case my daughter thinks she's saved from the archives, here's Heather on my new 600 Tenere back in '87. She was 3 years old back then, so you can do the math...
Stablemates
What I did on my Saturday. Old vehicles need a lot of TLC.
Getting the inside rear wheel light in my 911S on a terrific road in the Austrian Alps ca. 1984. I can't believe how much these early Porsches are fetching now.
Driving above the clouds on the Big Sur in Club Sportiva's Ferrari F-355.
More stablemates - 1966 Americana vs. 1969 American influence.
One more for the 'stablemates' series. Okay, so the Alfa is officially my wife's. And yes, before we can add any more, we probably need to sell something. '66 Coupe de Ville anyone?
Early days. Age 30, with my Merak SS - as published in Car Styling.
Time to add some new bikes to the collection. It's amazing how many you can fit into the vacated space of a '66 Cadillac.
Daily driver update. 390hp. Oh yes!
Try this if your name is 'Steve' or 'Dave'.
At the 2014 Sacramento 'Distinguished Gentleman's Ride'.
The full collection - right before the two old Guzzis on the left departed for a new owner in Australia. MV Brutale anyone?
2015 DGR - doing my bit for prostate cancer research.
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Own Bikes & Cars

Here are some of my own bikes & cars from the past 30+ years, plus a couple of borrowed ones that I also somehow managed not to kill myself on.

Comments (2)
  • Great motorbikes!!;-D

    8 years ago

  • Hi Glynn, I understand you, my ST4s had a problem to distribuition and I decided to sell the components cause to fix the problem would have cost the same as the bike value.

    9 years ago

  • Hi Glynn, I understand you, my ST4s had a problem to distribuition and I decided to sell the components cause to fix the problem would have cost the same as the bike value.

    9 years ago

  • Great motorbikes!!;-D

    8 years ago

Glynn Kerr
Independent Motorcycle Designer Loomis, CA