Saturday December 11e The quiet streets of Millthorpe will vibrate with throaty sounds of motorcycles as lovers of all things vintage converge for the inaugural Millthorpe Bike Show.
Organized to celebrate the love of the art of motorcycles, one collector is eager to show off his pride and joy.
Like all collectors, Chris Moloney has had fleeting adventures with bikes all over the world, but his overwhelming love is for an old Italian brand that has left its first love, a British BSA B50, recorded in the history books.
“I always had English bikes, but I always fixed them,” he said.
“My BSA would break my heart every week,” he said. “In the ’70s, I would go for a walk every week and as soon as I turned to come home, it broke down.”
I always had English bikes, but I still fixed them.
“Then I would have to get him home somehow where he would sulk in the shed for a few weeks while I tinkered with him before he miraculously starts over and the whole process repeats itself.”
“I was frustrated because when everyone was out I was in the garage fixing it.”
It was during this period of constant repairs that Mr. Moloney discovered the Laverda line of high performance Italian motorcycles and his love story for Italian style and engineering began.
“They just have that magic,” he said, “They’re sultry.”
Designed by two brothers and an engineer from a family that designed tractors, Mr. Moloney’s Laverda motorcycle is a rude but refined motorcycle whose engine note has a reassuring confidence.
“As manufacturers of agricultural machinery, they had this design genius and a mindset where it shouldn’t break down,” he said.
Like all collectors, once you own something, disease, as Moloney describes it, sets in.
“It’s like porcelain or anything really where you see its intrinsic beauty and the aspiration of designers doing something without a designer committee,” he said.
“These are just three people working together to share an idea and raise it as high as possible.”
Mr. Moloney rides his Laverda whenever the opportunity arises and explains the allure of hopping on his cafe racer and giving it a ride.
“When you ride a motorcycle, it’s all about balance,” he said. “This is the only time in your life when you are balanced and there is a lot going on to unbalance you.”
“It’s a bodily experience in which your butt speaks to you, your back and legs speak to you. It’s all about synchronicity on an intuitive level.”
The Millthorpe Bike Show will be held at Station Square outside Millthorpe Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday 11 December. All bicycles and cyclists are welcome.
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