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MOTODESIGN
NEWS
MAGAZINE
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GIVI MAGAZINE - Issue 4 - June 2012
www.givi.it
Behind the scenes
of the MOTOGP
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GIVI TRUCK: Show room on wheels
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TOURISM: Having fun on two wheels!
THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
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REDMAG: Information becomes
the show
MOTODESIGN
NEWS
MAGAZINE
GIVI MAGAZINE
June 2012
Issue 4
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THE OTHER SIDE OF MOTOGP
08
TOURISM
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BOOKS & VIDEOS
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SHOW ROOM ON WHEELS
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STATION WAGON
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MOTO SHOP
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GIVI NEWS
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REDMAG
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HOW TRIPS ARE PREPARED
Behind the scenes at a Grand Prix
Having fun on two wheels
Stories on two wheels
The GIVI truck
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The DUERUOTE test
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Editor-in-chief
Giampaolo Meda
Collaborators:
Francesco Bernoni
Michele Losito
Elisa Pavan
Rossella Rosciano
Graphic design:
Communications Department
Small gadgets for great travellers
News from the inside
Information becomes the show
Australia on a motorcycle
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Hendrika Visenzi
EDITORIAL
UNITY IS STRENGTH!
The crisis in our industry is relentless. The political class and
We are all a little disoriented and no one has a magic wand. But
the trade associations do not seem interested in implementing
we must roll up our sleeves. On our part there is full readiness to
initiatives to change this situation. But scooters would solve the
support retailers who want to get out of their shops to implement
endemic problems of traffic in major cities and connecting roads,
anti-crisis initiatives aimed at re-awakening the passion for two-
stressed by smog and traffic already over the limit. A very recent
wheelers of those who put it in stand-by. We must attract the
report says that the average traffic speed in Italian urban areas is
attention of new users, demonstrating that two wheels in the city
comparable to that of horse-drawn carriages two centuries ago
are the winning solution from all points of view.
(15 km/h).
The initiatives must increase radically. Demo-rides, open
The truth is that the ratio of vehicles/inhabitants in Italy is the
doors, good promotions, meetings with pilots, agreements with
highest in Europe, 60 vehicles per 100 inhabitants. At stake is our
insurance companies, interest-free formulas, and especially
health and quality of life.
greater competition.
Thousands of motorists are tired of spending hours at the wheel,
We have initiated the operation GIVI POINT to which the
in a queue or moving at a snail’s pace... but the easy solution
magazine has devoted an article in this issue. GIVI POINTS
of switching to a vehicle with two wheels like a motorcycle or a
are exhibition spaces that put the entire GIVI collection at the
scooter does not seem to be of interest.
disposition of users. Right now there are just two exhibition
The real reasons for this are not easy to understand. No
points open but in 2012 that figure will grow.
studies have been done on this matter by ANCMA (National
So far, the year has also been marred by weather conditions
Cycle, Motorcycle and Accessories Association) or even by the
that have not helped the sector. We trust that the second part
municipalities.
of the spring and summer will be warmer and more inviting. I
If we want answers we need to look for them by ourselves.
ask all our partners to look forward, to look outside the box, to
We must create synergies between non-competing companies
do extraordinary things because what we have done is clearly
(manufacturers of vehicles and accessories) and the relationship
insufficient.
with dealers must be reassessed, making the relationship less
Unity is strength!
flexible changing certain unilateral powers.
Hendrika Visenzi
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By Elisa Pavan
CURIOUS NEWS
THE OTHER SIDE
OF MOTOGP
CONFIDENT THAT ENTHUSIASTS WILL FIND
IT A VERY INTERESTING TOPIC, WE ASKED
THE SPOKESPERSON FOR TEAM LCR, ELISA
PAVAN, TO TELL US ABOUT THE “BEHIND
THE SCENES” OF A GRAND PRIX AND SHE
ACCEPTED ENTHUSIASTICALLY. HERE IS
HER POINT OF VIEW, EXCLUSIVELY FOR GIVI
MAGAZINE.
Hello Elisa. Tell us about those things that normally are not explained
circuit on Tuesday evening, so if we take, as an example, the Grand Prix at
in running commentaries.
Jerez, vehicles depart from our place the Friday before. When the races are
“The racing structure of Lucio Cecchinello was created in 1996 and it
consecutive (like Jerez and Estoril) the team is out for about twenty days”.
follows the MotoGP with a group of 26 experts. They are all veterans of
Once the equipment and personnel is on site, what happens? And who
the environment, from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Japan, Austria, New
does what?
Zealand, and Germany, who travel around the world with Team LCR
“The pit stall structure is assembled on Wednesday afternoon with the awning
(which has its administrative headquarters in Monaco and operational
and fittings of the technical truck. All vehicles on the track (from trucks to the
headquarters in San Marino).
pilot’s motor homes) must be washed by regulation. At the conclusion of the
The TEAM mobile system includes 3 trucks, each 13.50 m long, two of
setup the technicians dedicate themselves to the development of the RC213V
which are used for the Hospitality structure and the third to transport the
bikes and technical material. Normally, vehicles and drivers must be at the
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Continued on page 7
Behind the show that fans enjoy on TV there is a real town that moves: 2,500
workers, including technicians, cooks, truck drivers, journalists, cameramen,
doctors, and press officers.... The country in question is called Paddock.
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THE HOSPITALITY OF TEAM LCR
by Elena Cecchinello
The
the
enters the circuit with the vehicles
The structure consists of two
Grand Prix race, the dismantling
hospitality industry are generally
staff
who
work
in
on the Tuesday before each GP
trailers where the “tent structure”
and loading of the vehicles phase
very versatile people. The duties
and
is
the
begins. Work must be completed
involved are in fact many: truck
installation and assembly of the
restaurant area with about 50-60
by Monday morning to start the
drivers,
starts
the
assembled:
it
houses
facility
structure and then takes care of
seats, a relaxation area, the VIP
next trip or to return home for a
assemblers, waiters or chefs, and
the supplies needed in the nearby
area and a coffee bar. The
few days.
even maintenance personnel for
supermarkets and stores. Much of
structure
Once the season is finished and
all the equipment.
the long shelf life food is bought
processing area and an area for
some
All of them welcome guests with
wholesale before each trip.
professionalism and kindness to
The
allow visitors to feel at ease. The
operational
visitor must enjoy the days spent
in the paddock with confidence
and serenity.
Normally
hospitality
immediately
the
hospitality
staff
also
includes
a
arrangements
are
the umbrella girls.
established with collaborators for
is
The industrial type kitchen is
the next season, some others
“insiders”
enclosed in a trailer and includes a
continue to work even during the
starting Wednesday evening and
refrigerator, freezer, oven, mixer,
winter occasionally dealing with
becomes fully operational starting
kettle, 5 stoves and other catering
the
Friday morning when the first
equipment.
specialized
guests arrive.
On Sunday evening after each
maintenance.
hospitality
for
service
the
transfer
of
vehicles
workshops
to
for
The organization
and hospitality
management
structure is currently
entrusted to eight
people: a manager
(Elena Cecchinello),
a coordinator and
truck driver (Roberto
Canazza), a chef
and truck driver, a
cook, 2 waiters and
truck drivers, and 2
helpers.
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Elisa said that “We are like a family. We live together almost 9 months of the year.
Sometimes a disagreement arises, it is inevitable, but what matters is that we respect and help each other. Always. This ability to be united was immediately noticed
and appreciated by the new Team LCR pilot Stefan Bradl”.
Continued from page 4
and the various technical meetings with the leaders of Honda HRC on the
“For appointments overseas we use the MotoGP (SEL) official courier for the
track. Meanwhile our rider (Stefan Bradl) must organise his racing equipment
transport of technical equipment such as motorcycles, parts, wheels, the
(helmet, gloves, overalls) and do some physical training sessions like running
structure of the pit stall, etc. Our Hospitality service is not expected outside
or bicycling. Of course Stefan comes to the track on Wednesday afternoon
of Europe. Our staff is supported by the official structure of Honda, which
with the technicians and me. Lucio Cecchinello usually arrives on Thursday.”
provides lunches for all Honda teams and pilots. That way we can even eat a
When you get to the first day of practice, what happens “behind the
good plate of pasta in Japan or Malaysia”.
“On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we are busy with the practice/race sessions,
carving out a few hours for yourself for short sightseeing tours?
technical meetings, guest management, media services, catering, etc. In a
“We do not have much time to go sightseeing because a MotoGP Team needs
season we host nearly 1,000 guests at the 18 Grand Prix on the calendar. A
continuous attention and the highest professionalism. The work day starts at
good number of them are at the races at Mugello and Misano.
8 am and on average ends at 10 pm. Sometimes we give ourselves the gift of
We usually leave again on Monday morning. Unless there is a post-race test
dinner at some local restaurant. Of course in the GPs out of Europe we have
session planned”.
some more time available: in Australia we go to see kangaroos and koalas, in
For events taking place outside Europe, how are you organized in terms
Malaysia we go to see the famous Petronas Towers, in the US there is always
scenes”?
of logistics?
You have made multiple trips around the world with Team LCR. Are you
something to do”.
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By Michele Losito and Rossella Rosciano
TOURISM
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Our Yamaha is in front of the piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste. It is the
largest square in Europe overlooking the sea. On the right, there is the
aerial view of the beach of Lignano Sabbiadoro and the skyline of the
Friulian Dolomites.
THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
HAVING FUN ON TWO WHEELS!
AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY THROUGH CITIES OF ART, BEACHES, LAKES, SPECTACULAR
MOUNTAINS... AND THOUSANDS OF BIKERS
With the heat, finally the desire to ride a motorcycle and travel comes back.
THE JOURNEY
So, after a winter that lasted too long, there is nothing better than starting
After the colourful “Biker Fest”, we went along the large lagoon toward
the motorcycle season by losing oneself in a “DOC” rally. The opportunity
Marano Lagunare, a small Veneto enclave in the territory of Friuli, a small
arrived in mid-May, the date for the 26th Biker Fest, this year (and for the
village with gentle outlines, small streets and fish traps in the harbour.
first time) held in Lignano Sabbiadoro. It is a festival obviously dedicated
Marano is situated in a territory that stretches between the sea and land,
to the myth and more generally the custom of American motorcycles, as
an area of 16,000 hectares, where there are still the “casoni”: simple
well as everything surrounding this world: “mirror” finishing, airbrushing,
shelters used by lagoon fishermen in the past. The landscape is flat with
radical technical solutions with different styles like the legendary 1950’s
an unobstructed view. So perfect for the spirit of a custom biker which,
classic.
rather than speed or curves, prefers a more relaxed pace, a cruiser driving
Our journey starts here: our partner, a Yamaha XVS 950 Midnight Star 950.
position and a goal to be reached at sunset. Our destination is Villa Manin
It was prepared as a real and true tourer for this occasion. It was equipped
in Passariano, the last residence of the doges of Venice in the Friuli region.
with a full set of “Classics” bags by GIVI and some accessories designed
Today it houses a contemporary art project while in years past it was a great
just for custom bikes of all brands, such as the comfortable backrest for
place for great exhibitions (Tiepolo, Sebastiano Ricci, etc.) of ancient art,
the passenger or the windshield with polished supports. Ernest Hemingway
antique shows and other events. Once away from the coast, a wonderful
defined Lignano Sabbiadoro as the little Florida of Italy, and today, without
uphill road leads to Spilimbergo, the capital of mosaic. With gentle curves
a shadow of a doubt it is the summer capital of entertainment in the
Northeast.
Continued on page 12
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THE BIKER FEST AT A
GLANCE
Freestyle, stunt, off-road,
monobike, car reunion ... and
much more: we saw all this
at Biker Fest 2012. There
were tattoos and American
cars a lot like the TV series
The Dukes of Hazard, or the
streets of California and its
ineffable Chips. Obviously
there was a lot more to
see: the Terrazza a Mare in
Lignano hosted a hundred
Special bikes, created by
international preparers for
the final stage and the grand
finale of the Italian Motorcycle
Championship, as well as
the only Italian stage of the
AMD World Championship,
which rewards the best
customizers in the world. At
Biker Fest we also met the
great mototravellers, like
those who, riding a Honda
Goldwing did the transSiberian starting from Salento
to the extreme tip of China ...
and back!
In the photos are the
parking area and the
Bike in Show area at
the event. And then,
the great MOTO GUZZI
arch mounted in piazza
Marcello D’Olivo and two
performances.
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WHAT THEY ARE
SAYING ABOUT THE
CLASSICS
The new GIVI luggage set is the
first designed for bikes that are
inspired by the American style
and for those with classic styles
(such as Triumph). Thanks to the
use of a backrest, it is possible
to set up a custom bike with up
to 5 bags, for a total capacity
similar to a true tourer. The
Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star
used for this trip, and equipped
in this manner, was appreciated
by many bikers at the rally in
Lignano Sabbiadoro. Here are
some of the comments:
Aldo. “I have attended different editions
of the Biker Fest, because I organize
concerts with my American semitrailer.
The GIVI bags that I see mounted
on the Yamaha are a great idea and
provide plenty of space. The idea of
mounting one on the front is not bad ...
as long as there is a way not to scratch
the fender. I am very careful about the
finish on my bike!”
Lello (harleysta). “I’m curious
about everything new, but if we’re
talking about my Harley, the look
must always be right! I prefer my
bags with fringe, much closer to
my way of being. I’m not denying
that these bags are really nice, but
I’ll go anywhere with two leather
saddlebags and a good cargo net...”
Fabio (harleysta). “I have a GIVI
helmet and these bags really intrigued
me. They really seem to have a large
capacity. And they also seem very
practical to mount, dismount and carry
around.”
Daniele and Ilaria. “Of course we
know GIVI, we are from Rovato, and
these bags are really nice.” Ilaria is a
fashionable girl who loves custom, she
smiles: “I can put lots more clothes in
there. The backrest is a dream of mine
so I could travel more comfortably
and safely. The seat of my boyfriend’s
Sportster is really skinny.”
Marco, Lucio, Stefano.
Marco: “I have a custom Yamaha, too.
These bags are very nice, but the back
bag does not seem to be extendable. It
would be useful for longer trips. “ Lucio:
“That’s an interesting idea to combine
fabric with leather. Of course, our world
would like everything to be leather, but
that way they seem less delicate to me.
“ Stefano: “I don’t have a custom, and
when I travel with my friends in the end
I have to bring their stuff too ... This
luggage set solves the problem: I could
travel lighter and then maybe finally
find room for the luggage of a girl!”
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TRAVEL IDEAS
Friuli Venezia Giulia has many places to visit for those seeking alternative routes and solutions to travel on two wheels, for those who love
the cities of art and those who love nature. Here are some ideas:
• Literary routes on the roads and in places that inspired the great works of Italo Svevo, Umberto Saba and James Joyce.
Routes from among the classic Trieste Cafés of the central European tradition.
• The not-to-be-missed ride on the Opicina Tramway, the historic hybrid funicular and tramway cars established in 1902.
Visit the Grotta Gigante di Sgonico, the largest tourist cave in Europe.
• The itinerary which from Palmanova, Aquileia and Grado arrives in Trieste, to discover the coastal karst. This is a long and winding route
along the coast where you can enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking the sea.
• Visit Palmanova, Aquileia and Grado which we left behind us quickly to go directly to Trieste. Here we find the wild nature of the karstic
coastline, a long and winding path along the coast, ending in Trieste in a breathtaking panorama.
Left, A facade in “Mudejar” style (Arabic-influenced Gothic) of Spilimbergo, the capital of mosaic.
Next to it the Miramare Castle in Trieste.
Continued from page 9
you will be amazed by the Dolomites.
depopulation due to emigration between 1800 and 1900, until the age of
industrialization. The trend was halted after the earthquake of 1976, also
HEADED TO VAL RESIA PASSING THROUGH SLOVENIA
following a flurry of “reconstruction”, many fine examples of which can be
Continuing on towards the mountains of Friuli, we take a route that from
seen in the area. The route is extremely varied and winds among woods,
Gemona leads us to beautiful natural parks and to Slovenia for a stretch
streams, lakes and natural sites. If you decide to follow this route do not
of road beyond the border. The same road then returns to Italy and brings
forget to bring a heavy jacket, even in summer the temperatures are quite
us to Gorizia and Trieste, before turning back. Gemona stands out in front
cool here, especially in the evening. Our Midnight Star in this situation
of the Julian Alps and in the surrounding area you will be enchanted by
proves an excellent long distance traveller, while there are no loading
Lake Cavazzo (or the “Tre Comuni” - Three Towns), with hiking trails and
problems: The bags in the GIVI Classics line are easy to fill and especially
beaches, which are the basis for various water sports. From Tarcento, “the
convenient to remove from the motorcycle when you arrive at the hotel at
pearl of Friuli” (with a beautiful trip on the River Torre [Tower], a picturesque
night.
trail to the Cròsis waterfall, Art Nouveau villas and historic palaces with art
exhibitions), we plunge quickly into Val Resia, populated by a community
TOWARD THE ULTIMATE GOAL ... AT THE RHYTHM OF THE CLASSICS!
with Slavic language and unique traditions. This is the main entrance to
The road climbs and leads to Chiusaforte, a beautiful sunny village with
the Julian Prealps Nature Park. The route is attractive because it allows
704 inhabitants, which is also the ideal gateway to the Sella Nevea district.
you to visit the so-called “hidden valleys”, those areas characterized by
In winter this area offers over 30 km of ski slopes, some of which end in
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A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
This region was an area of great battles during the two World Wars because it was a border area. Here then is a
route where we cannot forget our history:
• The theme park of the Great War of Monfalcone, an outdoor museum on the conflict.
• Osoppo and the Museum of the Great War of Ragogna: great for the truly knowledgeable. Free with FVG Card
• The Sacrario di Redipuglia (military grave), a huge monument that represents a deployment of troops with the
commander at the head. It holds the remains of 100,000 soldiers who died in the conflict.
• The Risiera di San Sabba, the Nazi concentration camp in the city of Trieste declared a national monument.
• The Foiba di Basovizza (cave), a national monument and symbol of all the atrocities committed at the end of
World War II and by Tito’s armies in later years.
• The imposing defensive line of the Medio Tagliamento scattered with ruins and forts.
• Alpe Adria Militaria, exhibition of military objects (second weekend in June and October).
From left to right: Palmanova, the walled city seen from above, Villa Manin in Codroipo, and the Fontanon of Goriuda.
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Slovenia.
The SP76 road crosses the Altopiano del Montasio (Montasio plateau) to
reach Bovec running along the shores of Lake Predil. It is a high mountain
environment with the inevitable Montasio PDO cheese.
From Bovec, travelling along the river beside the main road SS206, we return
toward Pulfero and Cividale del Friuli, capital of the Lombard duchy and leader
of the interregional project for the inclusion of the Lombard sites of Italy in the
UNESCO World Heritage List. Here we discover the Friuli salami flavoured
with garlic, ham cooked in vinegar with onion, and gubana, a traditional sweet
filled with nuts, candied fruit and spices. At this point our route runs along the
border and we encounter two major cities: Gorizia and Trieste. Gorizia or Nuova
Gorica is the frontier town, the “Nice of Friuli” because of its palaces, villas and
melting pot of cultures that make it unique and unrepeatable. In contrast Trieste
is a rather old acquaintance (already visited in another trip), but its refined and
composed image, its multiethnic spirit and its gaze looking out towards the sea,
make it the perfect landing place for this slow and tasteful trip ... Classics!
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Thanks to the Friuli Venezia-Giulia
tourist board for its hospitality.
Agenzia Turismo Friuli Venezia Giulia
Villa Chiozza, via Carso 3
33052 Cervignano del Friuli (UD)
Tel. +39 0431 387130
Tel +39 0431 387111
Fax +39 0431 387199
[email protected]
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By Giampaolo Meda
Stories on two wheels
MARCO’S VICTORY and the wild dinosaur dream: Heroes, do not annihilate yourselves/ Editore Fucina, Author:
Claudio Marcello Costa / 400 p. / Price: 30 Euros.
Divided into two parts, the book was initially created as a reinterpretation of the legendary exploits of various pilots and
sportspeople united by the desire to push themselves to find their limits (Mick Doohan, Loris Capirossi, Wayne Rainey, Alex
Zanardi, Shoya Tomizawa, Marco Pantani and, last but not least, Simoncelli himself). A week after the delivery of the manuscript to the editor, Marco died. As a result Claudio Costa took the manuscript back, added over a hundred pages, and
changed the title. The second part of this publication recounts times spent with the pilot, his family and the people close to the
champion who died. The book can be purchased from the site of the Mobile Clinic.
ONE MAN CARAVAN / Editore Elliot, author Robert Edison Fulton Jr. / 288 p. / Price: 18 Euros.
The reviews say it is one of the best motorcycle travel books ever written. We agree. The trip takes place in the 1930’s riding
a Douglas through 22 countries, from London to New York, passing through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Eighteen
months of cultures which are different, hidden and at the mercy of the unexpected. The plot in brief: The 23 year old Roberto,
to impress a girl, announces “I want to go around the world on a motorcycle.” Little did he know that a table away sat a
representative of the historic British brand Douglas, who immediately said he was willing to finance the enterprise. Thus this
stunning novel begins by chance. The book is hot off the press and a must read.
STEVE MCQUEEN: IMAGES OF A LIFETIME / Editore Gribaudo, author Yann-Brice Dherbier / 192 p. / Price: 45
Euros.
This is not really a new book. The choice to include it in this selection is due to its content. A journey in pictures (very
beautiful), which traces the fate of an out-of-the-ordinary man. Through its pages you will discover the life of this
extraordinary actor loved by motorcyclists around the world. The text is in Italian and Dutch, hardback cover, the format is
26x30 cm with 180 black and white and colour photos. It is the story that begins in a reformatory and ends on the big
screen, from the occasional odd jobs to the status of highest paid actor in Hollywood, to the car racing circuit at Le Mans...
THE MANUAL OF MOTORCYCLE SAFETY / Giorgio Nada Editore, author Claudio Angeletti /
240 p. / Price: 20 Euros.
Safety is a topic that is increasingly taken seriously. This useful publication, which reveals how to deal with road hazards
joins the many inputs for bikers coming from many different directions. The author, Angeletti, put his personal experience
on paper and shows, through the use of graphics, photos, practical tips, etc., those strategies to implement when you
climb aboard. For both beginners and experts, the book clearly explains the characteristics of the motorcycle and
equipment, driving techniques and strategies to adopt when facing traffic on two wheels.
100 YEARS OF ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE / Giorgio Nada Editore, various authors / 312 p. / Price 48 Euros.
This is a great book, and even “full-bodied” given the number of pages, images (550) and the large format (26x25
cm.). The subtitle says: A CENTURY OF HISTORY, TECHNOLOGY AND SPORT and is based on a list of 100 bikes
for 100 years. The book was published last year on the occasion of an important anniversary: the 100th anniversary
of the establishment of the Italian Motorcycle Federation. The pages intertwine unforgettable moments of sport and
companies: Italian motorcycles are indeed the absolute stars of the volume which contains many images and text by
various authors (all very competent).
ENDURO SCHOOL DVD / Mondocorse / duration: 80 min. / Price: 14.90 euro.
A training DVD produced in Val Brembana to present the enduro riders, beginners and amateurs, with driving techniques.
Tullio Pellegrinelli, World Champion and Italian Champion 14 times, offers his experience as federation instructor to explain
the correct driving position for all types of obstacles. Mika Ahola, champion pilot, offers his contribution revealing the
secrets that led him to become one of the most titled champions of the world scene. The course is fun, instructive, and
enables viewers to learn many things.
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from the pioneers of motodesign
AIRSTARS
BACKRESTS
AND SISSY BAR
X.05 HELMET
A collection of solutions developed for the new
expectations, the Classic Series: find it out on www.givi.it
GP101
MODULAR
SADDLE / SISSY BAR BAG
GP103
PAIR OF SIDE BAGS
GP100
MODULAR
SADDLE / SISSY BAR BAG
GP102
MODULAR
SADDLE / SISSY BAR BAG
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By Giampaolo Meda
TRUCK GIVI
SHOW ROOM ON WHEELS
THE GIVI TRUCK HAS TAKEN
ON STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE.
INAUGURATED IN 2005, THE
GIVI TRUCK TRAVELS ALL
AROUND EUROPE TO FAIRS AND
MOTORCYCLE EVENTS. THE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR DRIVING
IT AND KEEPING IT IN SHAPE
IS ENTRUSTED TO CRISTIAN
VARIANTI.
When looking at it closely, from bottom to top, in the company’s yard in
Flero, you can’t help but feel admiration. Its size is impressive. It looks
like a sleeping giant, waiting to put its wheels on the road. GIVI ordered it
from Race Project of Brescia (belonging to the Maccarinelli group), which
constructs special equipment for the track world (many “motor homes” of
MOTOGP and F1 teams are built by them) and exhibition use.
It is driven by one person: Cristian Varianti, driver/handyman who enjoys the
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The GIVI mobile SHOW ROOM
travels thousands of kilometres
every year to participate in events
and trade shows in Italy and
Europe.
In recent months the truck made
a great impression at the MOTOR
BIKE EXPO in Verona and
MOTODAYS in Rome.
respect and confidence of the management and fellow workers.
“There is a living-room with kitchen, shower, cabinets, etc. and then there is
Cristian is 36 years old, loves his work (and never loses an opportunity to
a large storage area for all the material necessary to assemble the showroom
charm his female colleagues), and the possibility of travelling makes him feel
structure. The load also includes a retractable tent along the length of the
privileged. We interviewed him.
truck which is essential for outdoor events”.
Hello Cristian. Tell us briefly what you do at GIVI.
By the way, what events has the truck participated in over the last six
“I’m basically a driver ... with expanded duties. I transport goods and
months for example?
people, depending on the needs. I also pick up the motorcycles from
“Those of the motorcycle industry. Initially we were on the MotoGP and
the dealerships, for the installation of the accessories; I participate in
SBK tracks. Then the management decided to participate mainly in trade
coordinating the logistics for events and shows the company takes part in. I
fairs. We have participated in those kinds of events for a number of years
am also responsible for GIVI’s truck. I am the only one who can drive it”.
now. Lately, fans have seen the truck at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona and
Tell us the figures....
MOTODAYS in Rome. Last year we also went to Lyon and Paris and this
What kind of figures?
year we will be at Intermot in Cologne”.
The figures related to the “beast” of course. Come on, let us dream.
When you get there, is your work finished?
“Ah, I see. Let’s see ... the truck is driven by an IVECO engine featuring
“In this case there are no rules either. I get there at least two days before
a displacement of 17,500 cc, 430 hp, and a consumption of 1 litre per 3
the event and help my colleagues (who have arrived by other means in the
kilometres. It is 18 metres in length. The axles are fitted with a total of 14
meantime) to assemble the structure and then I leave the day following the
wheels. The engine is supported by a 12-speed gearbox. Is that enough?
closing of the event. If the event lasts a couple of days then I stay, otherwise
No. We want to know what licence you must have to drive it.
when the duration is longer I usually go back to the company until it is time
“I need an C+E license “ (semi-trailer truck or B-Train).
to go get the truck”.
When you started working for GIVI had the truck
Do you like your job? We certainly cannot say you are a nine
already been purchased?
to five employee...
“I was hired in 2003 and if I remember correctly
“I like it. And it is true that there is no regular
the truck was purchased in 2005.”
schedule. But when I travel I feel good and I
When you say you are the only person to
never say no. I spend many hours with “the
drive it, does it mean you travel all alone?
boss” too. When we are together in the car we
“Sometimes yes, sometimes a colleague travels
talk about many things, even personal stuff.
with me. There are no rules for that, it depends
It is not always the case in other companies.
on the destination”.
Probably because GIVI has realized that they can trust me”.
Don’t you need a second driver by law?
Are you a biker?
“Not with this vehicle as it falls within the category that includes specialized
“Unfortunately I am not. I’m afraid of motorcycles. I do not feel safe. On
vehicles for travelling shows. It is obvious that if I go to Barcelona for
vacation I might rent a junk scooter to get around ... But honestly, I prefer a
example, I plan an overnight stop along the way”.
closed cabin and a seat belt”.
It seems impossible, for the common driver, to drive a similar vehicle. It
One more question. Tell us about a recent anecdote related to your
is probably enough to cause panic at the first corner anyway...
job...behind the wheel of the truck.
“Oh no,it becomes a habit. It needs just a little extra attention. Once you get
“Let’s see ... ah, some time ago, on the Brenner pass, a group of bikers
used to its measurements, you don’t worry about it anymore”.
came up beside me and with their gestures “forced” me to stop at the next
Maybe, but we do not believe you. And what about driving comfort?
service area. I was with my colleague Alessandro. We spent half an hour
“It is similar to that of a comfortable sedan. The cabin isn’t lacking anything.
with them taking pictures in front of the truck, they asked for catalogues and
It’s got a radio, CD player, air conditioning, small refrigerator, air-adjustable
there was also an exchange of hats ... it was fun”.
seat cushion, and then a priceless view”.
Cruising speed?
“Maximum 90 km per hour.”
How is the GIVI truck structured in the back?
Magazine - June 2012
17
By the editorial staff of DUERUOTE
SHOWROOM
ll
WHO IS
Showroom
TALKING
ABOUT STATION
US
WAGON
Prova
Test
GIVI TREKKER
THE PRESTIGIOUS
MAGAZINE
DUERUOTE
CONDUCTED A FULL
AND EXHAUSTIVE
TEST OF GIVI’S
TREKKER RANGE
OF SUITCASES
AND RELATED
ACCESSORIES.
WITH THE
PERMISSION OF THE
EDITORS, WHOM
WE THANK FOR
THEIR EXPERTISE,
GIVI MAGAZINE
REPRODUCES THE
CONTENTS OF
THIS INTERESTING
ARTICLE.
Something
new
tourer
whoalike
to carico:
travel
Una novità per
glifor
amanti
delfans
turismo
pieno
with
a full load:
Thedal
family
bags with an
la famiglia
di borse
look of
"avventuroso"
si arrichisce
“adventurous” look is enhanced by the big 52-litre
del maxi baule da 52 litri. Lo abbiamo provato
topcase. We tested it in combination with two
in combinazione
con
due valigie laterali da 33 litri
33-litre
side hard
bags.
di Lorenzo
Gigi by
De Gigi
Donato
By
LorenzoCascioli,
Cascioli,foto
photos
De Donato
DATI TECNICI
TECHNICAL DATA
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different
sizes,
33 to 52 litres
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borsebags
and
related
fitting
system:
e relativi attacchi: 920
euro 920 Euros
142" dueruote
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THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
BAULETTI.indd 142
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here are objects that a man carries
porta dietro tutta la vita. I gemelli
for his lifetime; cufflinks for a shirt,
per la camicia, ad esempio. Opforpure
example
or the Givi hard bags, if
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person
is a biker.
quell'uomo that
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frase ad
phrase,
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is the Due
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reasons.
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first
is
that
the
bags
che la giustificano. Il primo è che le valigie
made
by the Brescian
company
are sturdy
dell'azienda
bresciana
sono robuste
e reand well
made.
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correctly,
they
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to seriously
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a collision
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subire
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vehicle.
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many models,
ma bags
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example, con
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perfettamente
compatibile
gli atcompatible
withoggi.
the fittings
made
today.
tacchi prodotti
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conto
che
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into account
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a new
bike,
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thatusayou
do una
nuova
moto,
possono
re le borse di cui si era già in possesso,
can use the bags that you already have,
semplicemente cambiando le staffe. Esijust by changing the fittings. There are
stono anche attacchi universali, da adattaalso universal fittings to adapt to those
re a quei (pochi) esemplari per cui non è
(few)
models that do not have a specific
previsto il kit di supporti dedicati.
fitting system.
WHEN
LITRES
DOESN’T
SEEM LIKE
SE 46 46
LITRI
SEMBRANO
POCHI...
ENOUGH...
E veniamo al punto, al motivo scatenan-
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here
wespinto
comeatoquesto
the point,
motite che
ci ha
test:the
è arrivata
vating
factor that
this
test: there
is a
una new-entry
traled
le to
Givi
Trekker.
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new
entry
in litri"
the GIVI
Trekker
range. It is a
di una
"52
da usare
esclusivamente
“52
litre”
to be posteriore.
used exclusively
rear
come
bauletto
Va ad as
affia
ancarsi
topcase.
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added to
existing
range
a quelle già
(33the
e 46
litri) che
invece possono
esserewhich
montate
sia come
late(33
and 46 litres),
in contrast
can
be
rali, sia come
posteriori,
a piacimento.
mounted
either
as side or
top cases.
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amanti
carico"
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theglilovers
of del
“full"pieno
load” the
maxil'arrivo
del maxiisbaule
è quindi
notizia:
è un
topcase
big news:
it is una
a step
forward
passo avanti
al 46
litri, ritenuto
dacompared
to rispetto
the 46-litre
cases
(considegli incontentabili
un po' piccino
come
red
by some demanding
users as
not baubig
letto, e soprattutto
di contenere
enough)
and above permette
all it is large
enough
due
caschi
di tipo apribile.
to
hold
two integrali,
modular anche
helmets.
A differenza
taglie inferiori,
il
Unlike
the smallerdelle
case models,
the
TRK52N (this
(questo
nome
in codice)
TRK52N
is theil part
number)
doesnon
prevede
sportellino
supplemennot
have l'esclusivo
the exclusive
additional
lid that
tare che agevola
carico
dall'alto
facilitates
access ilfrom
above
whenquando
the
le valigie
vengono montate
sui portaborse
bags
are mounted
on side racks
and
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e facilita
vita quando
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when you
need
to
deresomething
qualcosa al
get
onvolo...
the fly ...
RACKS
I SUPPORTI
The
Trekker range
uses
Per montare
le Trekker
the
Monokey
series
servono
i portavaligie
luggage
rack
available
della serie
Monokey,
for
almost per
all bikes.
disponibili
quasi
On
theleleft,
the plate
tutte
moto.
for
the topcase
(40 per
A sinistra,
la piastra
Euros),
on the
il bauletto
(da right,
40
the
tubular
sidecase
euro),
a destra
le staffe
mounts
(90 le
Euros).
in tubo per
borse
laterali (da 90 euro).
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03/05/12 17.01 BAULETTI.indd 143
Magazine - June 2012
19
03/05/12 17.02
The “DUE
RUOTE”
editorial has
thoroughly
tested our hard
side-cases
and top-cases,
using the
configuration
of TRK52N
top-case and
TRK33N sidecases mounted
on to a Honda
Transalp 700.
ll
Showroom
Givi Trekker
REPORT
PAGELLACARD
GAMMA
RANGE
ADVANTAGES
PREGI
· •Fast
and easy attachment/
Aggiancio/sgancio
release
facile
e veloce
· •Value/price
ratio
· CanRapporto
be mounted on
qualità/prezzo
★★★★★
With tre
three
sizesaavailable
(33, 46
and 52
litres),
Con
misure
disposizione
(33,46
e 52
litri) le
Trekkerssireally
meet davvero
everybody’s
needs.
In addition,
Trekker
adattano
a ogni
esigenza.
Ben
the specific
fitting dedicati
kits for the
fatti
i kit di staffe
pervarious
le variemotorcycles
moto che
match the attachment
points
precision.
coincidono
al millimetro
con with
i punti
di attacco.
TENUTA
ALL'ACQUA
WATER
INGRESS
TEST
different bikes, changing
•only
Possibilità
di
the fittings
montaggio
suofvarie
· Good
capacity
the
moto, cambiando
topcase
solo
gli
attacchi
· Design
• Capacità bauletto
• Design
★★★✩
IlThe
bauletto
tenuta perfettamente
Nelle
topcaseè isa perfectly
waterproof. Thestagna.
side Trekker
bags (like
manyper
offered
by other
may
laterali
(come
molte
rivali),competitors),
sotto acquazzoni
show a limited
entryverificarsi
of water during
violent
downpours.
violenti,
possono
minime
infiltrazioni.
SILENZIOSITÀ
NOISE
★★★✩
Trekkers
do not wobble
and do notrumori
emit bothersome
Non
traballano
e non emettono
fastidiosi.
noise. Using le
theborse
inner interne
bags (optional
- 49.01
Euros
Utilizzando
optional
(49,01
euro
each) users
keep their
goods clean
andetidy,
avoiding
l'una)
si mantiene
il bagaglio
pulito
in ordine,
the banging
of rigid
objects. di oggetti rigidi.
evitando
inoltre
sbattimenti
DISADVANTAGES
· DIFETTI
Weight greater than
plasticalle
cases
•traditional
Peso superiore
tradizionali valigie
in plastica
LEGGEREZZA
★★★
LIGHTNESS
Thefinitura
aluminium
finish and ethe
double lid
raises the fanno
La
in alluminio
il doppio
sportellino
weight. The
TRK36N
weighs 5.1
kgbilancia
compared
to the5,1
lievitare
il peso.
La TRK36N
alla
segna
3.2 kg of the E36 (made entirely of plastic).
kg, contro i 3,2 kg della E36 tutta in plastica.
ROBUSTEZZA
★★★★✩
STURDINESS
If used
for a tourer,
they arestradale,
indestructible.
Despite the
Se
utilizzate
per il turismo
sono indistruttibili.
look, the Trekkers
should
not be confused
the
Nonostante
il look,
le Trekker
non vannowith
però
metal “boxes”
specific forinoff-road
on African
confuse
con i "cassoni"
metalloraids
specifici
per i raid
roads.
off-road sulle piste africane.
FUNCTIONALITIES
FUNZIONALITÀ
★★★★★
is one
of the
world.
IlMonokey
Monokey
è uno
deimost
più intuitive
intuitivisystems
sistemiinalthemondo.
The lidlofor
the side bags
useful che
it allows
users easy
Utile
sportellino
perislevery
laterali,
permette
di
access
to
their
waterproof
overalls
for
example.
tenere a portata di mano le tute antiacqua.
MATERIALIAND
E RIFINITURE
MATERIALS
FINISHES
★★★★★
materials
aremolto
very sturdy,
with
IThe
materiali
sono
robusti,well
ogniassembled
assemblaggio
no details
to chance.
The straps
to keep
the
ben
curato,leftnessun
dettaglio
è lasciato
al caso.
bags
open
are
strong
and
the
elastic
to
keep
the
Molto robuste le cinghiette per tenere aperte le
luggage
steady l'elastico
is comfortable
to use.
borse,
comodo
fermabagaglio.
REAR TOPCASE TRK52N
BAULETTO
POSTERIORE
TRK52N
The
52 litre rear
topcase (260
Euros) enables the
Il bauleofdatwo
52 modular
litri (260helmets.
euro) ospita
storage
The due
top caschi,
rack E133
ancheofdisteel
tipo apribile.
Il portapacchi
superiore
made
pipe is optional.
It is mounted
on rubber
E133 (below),
in tubo di
acciaio
optional.
Montato su
seals
and
costsè53.49
Euros.
guarnizioni in gomma (sotto), costa 53,49 euro.
DESIGN
★★★★★
DESIGN
Users
may never
to di
remove
them.
Theyuna
even
Non
verrebbe
maiwant
voglia
toglierle.
Danno
give the
saddest
bikes
look più
of vitality!
botta
di vita
anche
alle amoto
tristi!
CARICO
★★★★✩
LOAD
It provides
space
to go
vacation
C'è
spazio enough
per andare
in due
in on
vacanza
in or
camping for Iltwo
passengers.
The"pozzetto",
TRK52N islargo
a real
campeggio.
TRK52N
è un vero
wide
and squadrata
deep. The di
square
of
e“container”,
profondo. La
forma
tutte shape
le Trekker
all the Trekkers allows the space to be used 100%.
permette di sfruttarle al 100%.
OPTIONAL
★★★★✩
OPTIONALS
Theanelli
ringspermettono
allow external
bags to be attached
Gli
di agganciare
in modo sicuro
securely
(GIVI sells
waterproof
models),
borse
esterne
(Givi various
ha in listino
vari modelli
while the luggage rack seems made to
impermeabili),
mentre il portapacchi sembra fatto
accommodate a tent. In this way you can expand
apposta
per ospitare una tenda. In questo modo si
the already high load capacity.
può ampliare la già ottima capacità di carico.
SICUREZZA
★★★★✩
SAFETY
The security
the attachment
system
infallible and
Infallibile
la of
sicurezza
del sistema
di is
aggancio,
tested for over
25 years.
Like all
plastic
bags
they are
collaudato
da oltre
25 anni.
Come
tutte
le borse
in
not unassailable.
They
are robust, Ma
however,
havee
plastica,
non sono
inattaccabili.
sono and
robuste
very good locks: it is not an easy system for thieves.
hanno serrature valide: dura la vita per i ladri.
★★★✩
PREZZO
COST
TheTrekker
Trekkerssono
are the
most
expensive
in GIVI’s
wideGivi,
Le
le più
care
nell'ampia
gamma
range,
but they
are still less
thandelle
the original
cases
ma
costano
comunque
meno
varie proposte
offered bydelle
the various
originali
Case. motorcycle manufacturers.
★ Insufficiente
Insufficient ★★ Sufficient
Sufficiente
★★★ Discreto
★★★★ Good
Fair
Buono
★★★★★ Ottimo
Vale ½ 1/2
stella
Excellent ✩ Equals
star
OPTIONAL:
THE
OPTIONAL: LO
BACKREST
SCHIENALINO
The
backrest
for the
Morbido
al tatto,
il
passenger
is soft
poggiaschiena
pertoil
the
touch andcosta
costs
passeggero
28.50
The
tabs
28,50Euros.
euro. Di
serie,
toinvece,
securei passanti
any largeper
objects
flat belts are
fissare with
con cinghie
provided.
piatte eventuali oggetti
voluminosi.
THE
CLOSURE
LA CHIUSURA
Above,
are two
Sopra, i there
due pulsanti:
buttons:
the serve
blackper
quello nero
button
is valigia,
used toquello
open
aprire la
the
case;per
thesganciarla
silver
argento
button
releases
from
dal supporto.
A itsinistra,
the
support.
The locks
le chiavi:
a partire
dal
are
onlethe
left: starting
2012
Trekker
sono
in
2012,
the
Trekkers
are
equipaggiate con
equipped
with
safety
serrature di
sicurezza.
locks.
144" dueruote
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The
TRK33Nè has
proven
La TRK33N
ottima
to
be an
excellent
sidecome
laterale,
perché
case
option, at
23 cm
la profondità
dijust
23 cm
wide
the TRK33N
permette
di non will not
detract
from
the look
allargare
troppo
la and
shape
the motorcycle.
sagomaofdella
moto.
The
Trekker cases
Ha comunque
una
make
good
capienza
piùuse
cheof
their
capacity
due
sufficiente, perchéto
la
the
rectangular
shape.
forma
è regolare,
Under
extreme
loading
senza restringimenti.
conditions,
in order
In caso di carico
to
maintain
the life of
pesante,
consigliamo
the
welasuggest
per cases,
favorirne
durata
additional lateral support
di assicurare le valigie
by way of a securing belt.
al portaborse con una
Ensure routine
cinghia a trazione.
maintenance of the
Per la manutenzione
cases by applying a
è utile una spruzzata
single application of
di silicone lubrificante
silicone lubricant to the
sull’aggancio a
latching mechanism
scatto, una volta
periodically.
JUST
CLICK
BASTAAUN
CLICK
We combined
the new
TRK52N
topcase with
Abbiamo
abbinato
il nuovo
bauletto
two 33-litre side bags. In this configuration,
TRK52N,
a due laterali da 33 litri. In questa
the Honda Transalp 700 used for the test is
configurazione,
la Honda Transalp 700 usata per
within the maximum width established by
ilthe
test
rimane entro
larghezza
Highway
Codela(50
cm permax
side,imposta
from
dal
dellaofstrada
(50 cm
per lato,
the codice
centreline
the bike).
Beyond
thedalla
legal
mezzeria
della
moto).
Al di là delle
issues, the
size
is reasonable
andquestioni
enables
driversl'ingombro
to (carefully)
extricate themselves
legali,
è ragionevole
e permette (con
from traffic
something
whichcosa
is
prudenza)
di jams,
districarsi
negli ingorghi,
impossiblemontando
with the 46
litre side
impossibile
le laterali
dabags
46 litri. Nei
mounted. In the first few metres of driving an
primi
metri di guida si percepisce un inevitabile
inevitable increase in weight is perceived in
aumento
di pesoinalany
posteriore,
che comunque
the rear, which
case does
not affect
non
influisce sulla
della the
moto.
Entro
i
the dynamic
of thedinamica
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03/05/12 17.02
By Giampaolo Meda
Motorcycle
shop
LITTLE GADGETS FOR BIG TRAVELLERS. EXTRAVAGANT AND TECHNOLOGICAL
ACCESSORIES NOT ESSENTIAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE MOTORCYCLIST WHO LOVES
ADVENTURE, BUT USEFUL, AND ABOVE ALL ABLE TO ADD A TOUCH OF EXTRA COMFORT
WITHOUT IMPACTING THE WEIGHT AND SIZE OF LUGGAGE TOO MUCH.
ATC9K ACTION CAM HD.
This small video camera from Oregon Scientific is to be attached to the helmet or the bike, to record a
high definition short video on your own. In addition, the “little” camera takes 5Mpixel pictures too! It has
an LCD display, a small sensor that measures the force of gravity during acceleration, and is waterproof
to a depth of 20 metres without the need for an additional case. It records up to 32 GB on MicroSD. See
the videos on: http://atc.oregonscientific.com. Price: 279.90 Euros.
GORILLAPOD SLR-ZOOM.
Many of you are already familiar with these two-tone (black/gray or black/red) “tripods” which are
able to assume multiple positions and hook on just about everywhere. The SLR model is suitable
to hold a camera or video camera with a zoom lens weighing up to 3 kg. It is great on the road:
lightweight, compact, stable and flexible (it can be transported easily). In low light conditions it
becomes essential. It can be found on the web and in specialized stores (prices ranging from 40 to 50
Euros). To see all models: www.joby.com
GIVI S310 – TREKKER LIGHTS.
This is an additional pair of halogen headlights for motorcycles. These are definitely “cool”
accessories but there is no doubt about their function: they help increase vision (and
make riders more visible) at night. They are mounted on the tubular structures of the maxi
enduros and tourers. They are equipped with a switch to be placed on the handlebar and are
connected to the vehicle battery in a simple and fast manner. Retail price 130 Euros.
SCRATCH MAP.
This map can be found in well-stocked bookshops and of course on the web. What is it? It is basically
a poster to hang up with an extra feature. The world map has a gold layer covering each country. The
mechanism is identical to that of lottery scratch cards. It is an original idea that helps you to have a
quick overview of the places visited and share it with friends who come to visit. Price 27.50 Euros.
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GIVI S950 - UNIVERSAL GPS HOLDER.
This holder is universal and quick release. It can be attached to tubular handlebars with the robust
bracket that comes with the kit (with quick release). It holds a GPS or Smartphone with integrated GPS
system and satellite navigation software and displays horizontally or vertically. There is also access for
external cables.
The outer shell is semi-rigid, and the device is equipped with a practical rain cover (included), which
guarantees an effective barrier to water, without interfering with use. Retail price 50 Euros.
CONTACT 2.
This is a tent “for motorcycles” which is compact, lightweight (38x15 cm closed - 2.6 kg) and
able to accommodate two people plus luggage. It is called Contact 2 and is manufactured
by the Italian company ANDE. The material is treated to protect against UV rays and
has taped seams. It is made of polyester, has a fly, a net and nylon fabric opening, and
duralumin poles. www.ande.it. Price not available
HANDPRESSO.
You can stop wherever you want to stop, even in the middle of nowhere, and prepare yourself a true espresso.
Handpresso is environmentally friendly and does not need gas or electricity. It works like a bicycle pump. It
uses the same coffee pods that home machines use. It is lightweight (460 grams) and compact. The photo
shows the travel pack with thermal carafe and set of 4 cups with a bag. Price 128 Euros. Distributed by Evviva
Company (www.evvivaonline.com).
ECO-FRIENDLY WATER-POWERED CLOCK BLUE.
Produced by Bedol “http://www.bedolwhatsnext.com/bedol-m-85.html”, this alarm clock will be
appreciated by those most attentive to environmental impacts ... because it works with tap water. Just fill
the small tank with water and you’re set for 12-14 weeks of accurate timekeeping; the perfect gadget for
those travelling along the coast. It is very small and costs very little (19 dollars).
Buy it on the web. (www.bedolwhatsnext.com)
TAT7 IPHONE SCUBA CASE.
This is a case that allows you to take Apple’s Smartphone 4/4S even to 30 metres of depth. It is
therefore more than capable of protecting it from rain, dirt, desert sand, moisture, shocks, etc. It is
made of high density polycarbonate and stainless steel by the American company TAT7 and can be
bought on Amazon for about $85 US.
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By Giampaolo Meda
GIVI
News
GIVI POINT - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE SPACE
Created initially in Malaysia, where the company has a production centre for the Southeast Asian markets,
GIVI POINT now lands in Italy. Here users find all the brand’s products in its two existing sites, in Bergamo and
Modena.
GIVI POINT MODENA
The space was set up inside the well-known specialised centre
ORAM. The owner, Mr Mauro Bolognesi, willingly accepted this
new adventure: he has already had a relationship with GIVI for 25
years. He says that “I am in tune with GIVI. GIVI is professional,
precise and attentive to the continuously evolving two-wheel
market. The realization of this maxi-corner, inside of my shop,
has enabled due publicity to be given to GIVI products presenting
them in a tailor-made context”. In fact, the GIVI POINT offers the
customer a rather complete idea of the brand’s current catalogue.
ORAM has become a point of reference for riders not only from
the Modena area. Bolognesi says he has achieved this result
by managing his centre like a business. “We must keep pace
with the times, follow the trends and talk the same language as
customers. Up to 3-4 years ago, everyone wanted leather suits.
Today customers want to dress more fashionably, and seek offers
that are not immediately identifiable such as technical clothing. He
said that the same goes for accessories: as well as being efficient,
they must have a nice design. Communication must also follow
new rules: the Internet cannot be ignored... After-sales service is
also very important: assisting customers over time is my policy.
These are all strategies necessary to develop customer loyalty,
along with special initiatives, technical support and the kindness
of staff”.
Bolognesi’s expertise and his direct and privileged contact
with many customers encouraged us to ask if he has any
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recommendations for GIVI: “Given that we’re talking about one of
the companies that make the rules, with great modesty I would
recommend considering a line based on colours. It is obviously a
matter of taste...”
The owner of ORAM has never stopped riding bikes. We asked
him to tell us an anecdote from his past on two wheels. Here it
is: “I remember during my first motorcycle trip in Corsica with the
famous Yamaha Tènèrè which I had bought used two or three
days before I got a flat in an area far from residential areas. Not
knowing what to do I rummaged in the case and found, to my
surprise, a can of “inflate and repair”. The person who had sold
me the bike, very wisely, had left it there. Thanks to that gesture I
was able to solve the problem and continue. “
The editors would like to thank Mauro Bologna for his hospitality.
He and GIVI POINT await you (via Emilia Est 935 - Modena).
GIVI POINT BERGAMO
This GIVI POINT was inaugurated in April and is an elegant
showroom + workshop for the servicing and assembly of
components. The owner, Yari Astori (owner of the brand
MisterBiker.it), explains how his relationship with GIVI began.
“When I received the GIVI POINT proposal I evaluated the pros
and cons and I concluded that it was worth trying. Usually it is
risky to combine initiatives that lead to working with a single
brand. But in this case I had no problems with the idea. GIVI’s
seriousness and the quality of its after-sales service are not in
The opposite page shows two images of GIVI POINT MODENA, above and below, and a look at GIVI POINT BERGAMO.
question. GIVI was extremely available to us to start up and we are
happy. “ Astori’s “point” got off to a good start. At the moment, the
customers come primarily from the city of Bergamo but the current
and future initiatives will expand the area to the whole province.
“We are currently in the throes of the SCRAPPING HELMETS
campaign. Customers who bring us an old helmet of any brand and
buy a GIVI helmet will receive an attractive discount! This initiative,
which will continue until late spring/early summer, has brought
and will continue to bring many motorcyclists/scooter riders to our
centre.
Unlike other specialized shops, where GIVI is usually present with
just a part of its range, Astori comments that “Those who are
interested in equipping their bikes with quality accessories will
find everything here, even the technical support for installation.
Certainly, a customer might not choose GIVI because he or she
does not like the shape or colour of a product, but not because it is
lacking!”
Soft bags, rigid cases, top cases, helmets, various accessories,
windshields, fittings, technical assistance and assembly ... What is
the ratio between motorcyclists and scooter riders in Bergamo?
GIVI POINT responds that their clientele is mostly city scooter
drivers with some maxienduro owners interested in the elegant
range of TREKKERs and several Harley riders who have already
asked about the new Classics bags.
“If it is of interest” says Astori, “I would add some data on helmets.
The helmet scrapping campaign brought the same percentage
of male and female users into the store. The city riders are in
fact numerous in Bergamo. Customers really like the new GIVI
composite fibre jet helmet (20.5, editor’s note), followed by the X.09
modular and there are great expectations for the technical jet X.03.
Some of my clients have already reserved one.” Astori’s response
to questions on how innovative fastening systems like Easylock
or Tanklock are regarded was interesting. He said “Italian riders
do not like to see a flange mounted on the tank cap. They never
ask for it as the first solution for mounting the bag. We find that we
must explain it well and show it to customers to help them really
understand and appreciate the level of comfort that the system
provides, only then do they come to appreciate and choose it.
In short, it takes time. Something that is not always possible in
multi-brand stores”. As we did with Bolognesi at ORAM, we also
asked Astori to formulate a request for GIVI, taking into account
his experience in the field. “I’d say I’d like to see a helmet in the
range dedicated to younger riders. Currently there are no colours
that deviate much from the classic colours and lines. Surely I’m not
saying anything new. I imagine GIVI has already thought of this... “
We send good wishes to Yari Astori and we invite you to visit him in
via San Bernardino, 67 in Bergamo.
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By Giampaolo Meda
GIVI
News
THE DOUBLE LIFE OF THE ... TOP CASE!
We met Silvano Levantini, owner of the famous ALL MOTORCYCLE RACING store in Rome. We were struck
by the Trekker top cases, used as containers for helmets, positioned in front of his new space dedicated to
motorcyclists: TMR Village
Mr Levantini, you are pretty well known among Roman
motorcyclists. Would you talk about your relationship with
the motorcycle world, but as an enthusiast, not as a dealer?
We understand that you have had a history in racing. Is it
true?
“I really can’t define my relationship with the motorcycle world
except to say that I feel an integral part of it. I have always been
part of it and have lived it intensely. I cannot focus my point
of view as an enthusiast, however, since there are historical
roots reaching back to before I was born. And even my racing
past follows the same route: first through the experiences of
my family and then in person, as a pilot, giving me lots of little
satisfactions.”
We understand that you are not the type who likes to have
idle hands. What project are you working on? A place for
motorcyclists? Is there a move in the air?
“You have learned about the recent opening of the TMR VILLAGE
right? It is a thematic space, dedicated to engines. Currently
the work is in progress. When it is completed it will include, in
addition to H24 Drink&Food, an important sales component
including parts and accessories for bikers and more.
Rather than “moving” I would speak of innovation and I would
like to stop there. I have many ideas to develop and today it
would be premature and simplistic to reveal them. Maybe later
...”
through its products. If there is just no way to avoid the question
I would encourage R&D to increase their attention to the range
of helmets where I see potential for growth”.
Rome is a city with a really large number of motorcycles
and scooters in comparison with Milan. Has this somewhat
mitigated the crisis in the sector?
“No! Or rather, until last year the crisis we are currently
experiencing had not alarmed me. Since the beginning of 2012,
Rome and its huge fleet have been hit by the recession and this
is reflected in all related businesses”.
We thank Silvano Levantini for his enthusiasm and his desire
to always go forward with new projects ... even when the signs
say to stop. Maybe he’s got just the right recipe. We send him
greetings and wish him “acqua alle corde” (a Roman saying of
encouragement in the face of adversity dating to 1586, literally
“water on the ropes” that we believe fits like a glove).
Talking about ideas: How did you come to use the GIVI
Trekker top cases as “containers” for the helmets,
positioning them in front of H24 Drink&Food?
“There is a saying that says ‘make a virtue of necessity’.” I
followed that. I thought it was a good idea don’t you? If you too
noticed...”
For how long have you collaborated with GIVI? What ideas
have you formed about this company?
“I have been collaborating with GIVI for about 10 years ... but
I’ve always known GIVI. Quality, organization and simplicity are
the elements that have made it solid and a leader in the sector of
bags and cases for motorcycles.
We understand, you do not want to compromise yourself”.
As a user, as well as a reseller, have you got any criticism for
or requests to make of GIVI? Maybe some interesting ideas?
“It’s hard to criticize GIVI, let alone give advice given its
positioning and the great experience that it has always shown
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The TMR VILLAGE is located in
Guidonia M. (Rome), in Via Tiburtina
km. 20, corner of via Lago Dei
Tartari. It is a good 6,500 square
metre reference point for all those
who share the passion for two
wheels.
HOW TO DRESS THE BRAND
Sweatshirts, polo shirts and t-shirts, ideal for leisure wear, and other useful
accessories like hats, key chains and sunglasses.
This is the GIVI merchandising clothing line.
Presented to Italian retailers in 2012, this line
actually represents the evolution of clothes
and accessories made by GIVI for the
Malaysian market.
Malaysia is home to the GIVI manufacturing
hub for South-East Asia. The weight of this
presence (this is the first Italian company
of importance in this country) is such that
over the years a real collective phenomenon
has been created around the brand. Actors,
anchormen, singers, professionals, in short,
many of the people who matter and who
drive a motorcycle or scooter on the streets
of Kuala Lumpur recognize the appeal of
“Made in Italy” in GIVI products. This interest
led the Italo/Malaysian management to create
a line of clothing and products which identify
the brand some time ago.
In Italy, a similar level of fanaticism toward the
merchandising of a corporate brand (even the
most noble) would never exist. And indeed
it is not with this spirit that GIVI has decided
to introduce some clothing and accessories
based only on their brand in the Italian
market.
The arrival of this line should be viewed
in a wider context, composed of actions
that are intended to give more visibility
to GIVI products in the store, to aim for a
different service with respect to competitors.
Merchandising is an activity which since time
immemorial has been part of the cultural
baggage of those who manage a store,
starting with the Greek emporiums. Today
the competition is such that to defend one’s
identity various promotional activities must be
pursued.
It is therefore a line of products destined for
dealers, for the staff of their shops, who by
wearing them will create an active and not
passive presentation of a GIVI product.
And the motorcyclists/scooter riders
interested in becoming an owner of a t-shirt,
a sweatshirt, a polo shirt, or a pair of glasses?
Well, for them the only road is to “bribe” their
dealer.
Moreover, this line has its strengths: it has a
fashionable cut that reflects Italian style, is
made with excellent materials, has sizes for
men and women and offers the added value
of being “just for a few”. The GIVI logo is
displayed prominently on the sweatshirt and
more discreetly on the t-shirts. The colours
are those used by the company.
THE NEW GIVI MERCHANDISING COLLECTION.
The sizes of the clothing are custom for men and women. The sunglasses have
polarized lenses, fit under a helmet, and are equipped with a top case shaped case.
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By Giampaolo Meda
REDMAG
INFORMATION BECOMES
THE SHOW
THE MOST INTERACTIVE DIGITAL MAGAZINE DEDICATED TO TWO
AND FOUR WHEELS IN THE WORLD IS ITALIAN. IT’S CALLED
REDMAG AND CAN CURRENTLY BE READ ON THE IPAD.
The world changes, and so does communication, particularly specialized
each page is a surprise. The approach with the content is new and to the
communication which adds new channels to the print media to reach
charm of a traditional magazine combines the usability that only a strong
enthusiasts with innovative tools. REDMAG is a unique experiment in the
interaction of text, images, video and advertising can give.
Italian scene: it is not a classic browsable “digital newspaper”. Inside,
To download it you must download the free APP, currently available in
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THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
The new editorial initiative REDMAG
also involves GIVI. Currently only
downloadable on the iPad, the digital
magazine will soon be available for other
tablets.
Apple App Store. The version for Android Market will be released shortly.
WHO’S BEHIND THE PROJECT
At the time of writing the second issue of REDMAG was released. And we at
To achieve these results, besides the technology needed to produce the
GIVI did not miss the opportunity to be present in it. If you own an iPad you
interactive content (so far seen only in foreign publications: Wired in the USA,
should download it. Every page hides secrets. For example, simply rotate the
for example), an editorial staff that is “able to think ahead” is necessary.
tablet to see other content appear. And then there are the arrows that open
Particularly in the sense of planning a feature depending on the result which
boxes, buttons that animate images, full screen videos, further elaboration of
is desired.
text, hidden photo galleries ... in short, a feast for the eyes. It is not a product
In fact, REDMAG is produced by an editorial staff that is very unconventional
only for those who love 2 or 4 wheeled engines. Even the advertisements are
compared to the traditional standards. All are competent journalists ... but
transformed because there is no physical limit of the page. The advertising
come from different areas of communication: television, the Internet and print
becomes an integral part of the publication since the advertising itself is
media.
highly interactive. The advertising can scroll down, contain music, interviews,
The “hard core” consists of Stefano Cordara, managing director, Marco
videos, moving images, direct links to other pages...
Selvetti and Edoardo Margiotta. Behind them is a series of capable staff,
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From left to right: Marco Selvetti, Stefano Cordara and Edoardo Margiotta. They are the founders of the website www.red-live.it and the digital
magazine REDMAG (below is the icon that you will find at the Apple Store).
photographers, workers and video editors.
the help of the editors, the videographer and photographer, who take care
Marco Selvetti comments that “We’ve known each other for years and
of video and graphic editing of the final result. If the subject is a vehicle, a
often found ourselves together at press conferences. For about a year we
storyboard is created thinking of all the variables which could be inserted at
have fantasized about the possibility of creating a publishing project of our
an interactive level. In this work the manufacturer of the vehicle being tested
own that goes beyond the normal channels, synergistically leveraging our
is also involved: if the manufacturer has interesting video contributions, we
respective experiences in the field. At some point we decided to try this
insert them adapting the video to optimize the timing and content as a fun-
company, aware of the risks we would encounter. The idea for the magazine
ction of REDMAG”. Congratulations to the staff of REDMAG. In a moment of
that we had in mind could only come to life on a tablet support, in particular
great crisis like this, all new initiatives (in this case editorial) able to focus on
the iPad. The screen size and quality, the perfect management of the touch
issues of the sector should be welcomed and made known.
screen and the high number of users who own it was a guarantee. “
At the moment RED MAG is only available for the Apple tablet and in Italian.
The next step will be the English version and the implementation on other
tablets.
HOW DOES A FEATURE ON REDMAG COME TO LIFE?
Stefano Cordara responds that “It is created and planned carefully with
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THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
introducing 2012 range
Shell in Techno polymer
Double visor
Micrometric quick release strap
Sizes from XS to XL
Security Lock
for the chin guard
in open position
Shell in Techno polymer
Double homolagation
Double visor
Micrometric quick release strap
Sizes from XS to XL
Removable chin guard
Text and photos by Francesco Bernoni
TOURISM
HOW TO PREPARE A
GREAT JOURNEY
FRANCESCO BERNONI IS A FEARLESS MOTORCYCLE TRAVELLER. IN MARCH HE LEFT
TO TOUR AUSTRALIA FAR AND WIDE FOR ABOUT A YEAR, RIDING A MOTORCYCLE
PURCHASED ON SITE AND SPECIALLY EQUIPPED WITH GIVI ACCESSORIES SUPPLIED BY
THE LOCAL IMPORTER.
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THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
When you go on an adventure this
challenging the preparation phase is
critical. Francesco (right in a photo of
a recent European trip) told us about
the course he followed.
Distances do not count. When the eyes start dreaming it is too late, the dice
is already rolling. Every rider is a traveller, a dreamer, an adventurer. The
motorcycle is an instrument of freedom and using it is a duty. The incentives
to embark on a great journey are many and they hook you even before
anything has been structured with the aid of books, stories, documentaries
set in faraway lands, photographs, stories of friends ... In short, all those
inputs, which together form the matrix of what your project will be and that
silently establish themselves within you until you can no longer contain
them.
I never really liked studying, I was never totally satisfied. The feeling
has always been to get information but not the real key to use it. After
completing a scientific high school and graduating university with a degree
in economics, I was in the office one day in January when suddenly all
the pieces shifted into the right place in my mind. Almost without realizing
it, I began visiting embassy websites, first the US and then Australia, to
check out what kind of visa I could apply for. Then I found out that there is
a reciprocal agreement on health care services between Italy and Australia,
and more...
BACK TO THE ROOTS
The reasons that led me to start this project are numerous and reside in
the depths of the soul. Personally, I believe that curiosity is the main reason
FACING THE BUREAUCRATIC ISSUES AND PLOTTING OUT THE WAY
for going on a big trip, the atavistic attraction to the new, towards new
After outlining the dream of my trip and after realizing that I could not help but
frontiers. If I had to find an image that summarizes the historical origins of
move forward, I had to set my goals. The conditions were: a year of residence
the “On the Oz” project, I would indicate the orange “Overland” trucks,
and the ability to work to support myself along the way. The US does not
the Italian geographic expedition which departed from Rome in 1996 that
allow such a possibility, while Australia foresees it through the “Working
I used to follow with great passion together with my grandfather when I
Holiday Visa”. While digging through my memory looking for news heard on
was ten. Once in the saddle, the largest part was already done: from the
the radio about Southern travellers, I had already booked an appointment at
reconnaissance of the neighbourhood on my bicycle to that of the province
the police station to get my passport.
with my first 2-stroke 125cc moto. From there the leaps were short, with
The collection of information must be carried out through every possible
the passing of the years, increasing experience and displacements, the
channel starting from family, friends, friends of friends, colleagues, everything
range of the rides extended. It does not really matter where you are headed,
is useful. Each concept must be verified by official sources like Embassy
as someone said: “The prize is the journey itself”. That means that the
websites, Immigration and Health Departments, etc., mostly by internet. In
multitude of emotions you feel travelling across an area are the very reason
addition, a Lonely Planet guidebook is a must at this stage, as well as during
for being there. The air is a fluid and the bike goes through it violently, it
the journey. It is necessary to start in the best possible health conditions also:
rips it to make its way and after its passage the fluid is turbulent. The same
who would want to have a wisdom tooth removed in the Andes? Certainly
happens to us after the scent of the earth that is our home has infiltrated
not me, I had it removed the prior December, when I did not even know that I
our nostrils.
was leaving! There are no compulsory vaccinations for Australia, so much the
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HOW DO YOU BUY A BIKE
IN AUSTRALIA?
Once you find the model, you
must of course pay the seller
to receive the document that is
necessary for the subsequent
bureaucratic procedures. This is
a printed sheet in WORD with the
vehicle information and the Safety
Certificate (in Queensland).
With this simple documentation
you go to the Department of
Transport for the Registration (called
Regio), which includes: the plates
(provided on the spot), personal
injury insurance (CTP, mandatory),
and the Stamp Duty (a 3% tax on
the value of the vehicle). Francesco
spent a total of $500 Australian and
for a year he does not need to worry
about anything else!
Francesco, posing with
the Yamaha Ténéré purchased upon his arrival in
Australia.
better, but I took a good supply of medicines with me.
dunes or through a rain forest by a local guide. Once I was able to verify
Once the bureaucratic stage was done, I focused on matters like “security”.
that I could buy one, I do not hide that I thought about a “VAN” alternative,
Australians are a friendly people, the laws are respected and enforced, and
which is a small camper fairly widespread in Australia. By consulting the
the country offers space and work for anyone and is so extensive that it has
maps, however, I discovered that many areas that I was absolutely planning
all kinds of weather. .. What are the main dangers of the country? The waters
to visit were marked for 4WD ONLY. No van then but a nice enduro which,
in tropical areas populated by large box jellyfish of up to three metres in size,
after purchasing it, I would carefully accessorise thanks to the support of
and rivers and lakes, where one could encounter a marine crocodile that
GIVI! Heck, it’s in my nature, it is in my blood, there’s no way I could go a year
has moved upstream, and then sharks? There are all species, as there are
without a ride on two wheels! To complete the preparations, a friend who
snakes as well, second only to the dangerousness of those in Africa. Finally,
works in a driving school helped me with the application for an international
even the spiders can be troublesome because of their surprising size and
driving licence that I had to convert as soon as I arrived in Australia.
poisonousness. That said, it should be noted that the risk of having accidents
While all these phases and processes continued along, I made a list of every
with these species is statistically very low and it would be easier to get lost
place that attracted my attention, until I was able to prepare a list divided into
in the desert. Sun protection is very important. The government has devoted
States (Australia has eight). My list included UNESCO sites, tourist resorts, the
an entire section of its very complete meteorological service website to solar
MotoGP at Phillip Island, the Bathurst 1000, concerts, festivals, etc.
radiation (“http://www.bom.gov.au” www.bom.gov.au): the UV alert is almost
Choosing what to pack was a very delicate phase, to which I devoted
daily in certain seasons. Australians also have guides on how to behave
much time changing my mind several times. In short, it consisted of a back
before, during and after hurricanes and floods. That eventuality is not remote
protector, gloves, balaclava, waterproof overalls, jeans, t-shirts, a tool kit,
in the northern areas of the country. Once all the practical information was
pyjamas, a toothbrush and appropriate footwear. Whatever I could not fit in
collected, it was time to focus on the most important thing: the bike. Yeah,
the bag I bought at the destination.
because I like to “run” my own journey and not be taken up and down the
Time to go!
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THE ITALIAN SIGN OF MOTODESIGN
On a visit to the Royal
Flying Doctor Service,
the Australian Flying
Doctors!
The marine crocodiles
sometimes swim
upstream in rivers,
reaching the inland
lakes. For this reason
it is always important
to pay attention to the
signs before bathing.
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First days on Australian soil
In Cairns the weather was inclement, with oppressive humidity. I visited Bits
for Bikes, and there I found a 1997 blue Yamaha Ténéré that seemed perfect.
After converting the driving license I test drove it and negotiated the price by
including the helmet, brake pads and new front tire in the grand total. Then I
communicated the model to GIVI for the fittings, bags and cases.
Gasoline costs about $1.50 and even more in the Outback (the distant, remote,
arid area of Australia) and not 60 cents as someone had sworn to me! The next
step will be THE TOP, Cape York!
This peninsula is one of the most remote parts of the world and the
Government has not succeeded in populating it. Just think that only 30% of the
main road is paved!
Once the GIVI material is available I will buy a camping stove, water purification
tablets, spare tires, etc.
I’m officially a rider on the road, indeed, on the Oz!
After receiving the necessary information about Francesco’s
motorcycle, GIVI prepared and sent the components to
be mounted on the Yamaha to the Australian importer: the
bike-specific fittings, 2 46-litre Trekker cases equipped to be
installed on the side, a 52-litre Trekker top case with a top rack
and finally a T475 tank bag from the Xstream line.
You can read Francesco’s blog at www.ontheoz.blogspot.com.au
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not just a top case
SPECIFIC
REMOTE CONTROL
(OPTIONAL)
CAPACITY 47 Lt
INTERNAL SOFT BAG (OPTIONAL)
it can hold two
modular helmets
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