There's nothing better being able to look great while you're winning; just look at Muhammad Ali, Roger Dorn, and Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, who while you were reading this, actually managed to dodge a fight with Roger Dorn. Displaying a rare collection of some of Italy's sexiest competitive motorbikes, Passione Italiana.
Coinciding with the new midtown MODA, Passione's a three-month showcase of gorgeous vintage Italian motorcycles that've dominated race courses over the past five decades, curated by Joe Remling of local design firm ai3, Inc., who at the grand opening'll talk about technological advancements while exposing designers' and riders' "raw passion", though not explaining why they hate on SmackDown. Bikes range from the 1964 Moto Morini Settebello 250, the first US-sold model of the competition-crushing bike (winning in long distance, climb, on track...), to more recent guys like the limited-to-300 1998 MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro with gold-anodized side plates, swingarm, and wheels, and the 1997 Bimota V-Due, the first EPA-approved two-stroker, which provides a quick but very jerky ride. They'll be shown alongside quotes (Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi: "Riding a race bike is an art, a thing you do because you feel something inside"), stories of the cycles' histories/design intent, and an illuminated timeline of each bike's creation, like how the 180mph 2007 Ducati 1098 S Tricolore arrived the same year as the Italian Opera Festival Verdi, where it was discovered that a great ride is never over as long as the fat lady clings.
The grand opening party'll include free cocktails & hors d'oeuvres with your tix, plus an Italian-themed silent auction for stuff like a private wine tasting and a ride on the racetrack at the Barber Vintage Sports Museum, which should be a-Dorned with all sorts of balls, although not the ones Tom Berenger threatened to cut off.