Meet The Godfather Of Custom Ducatis, Harleys, and Moto Guzzis
Deep in the heart of Italy, tucked away in historic, sandwich-ready Bologna, lies one of the more creative bike shops you'll ever find.
Since the early 1970s, Roberto Totti's aptly named Totti Motori Garage has been customizing everything from Hondas to Harleys, with some local manufacturers (Ducati, Guzzi) tossed in for good measure. We recently popped by the legendary customizer with our pals from TUDOR Watches, who commissioned Totti to murder out a spanking new Ducati Diavel, dubbed the "Fastrider."
Caution: serious bike porn ahead.
If you're picturing a middle-aged, bearded, bald Italian guy with a penchant for fast bikes, classic style, and (when not riding) a good Italian wine, you'll be pleased to know that Roberto is exactly who you'd expect.
And the courtyard behind his shop is simply moto heaven. Picture the perfect backyard BBQ spot, only with dozens of classic bikes, all in various states of restoration and customization, all dripping with character.
They're not for show, either. Note the registration and inspection stickers. So long as a bike won't attract undue attention from the polizia, they ride it.
Head inside, though, and you start to see the level of quality Totti deals in. A classic Moto Guzzi stands testament to his skills, and though it's just a simple restoration project, it's done to a beautiful standard.
He's hardly a specialist, with old Harley parts well on their way to beautification.
As well as BMW boxers, Triumphs, etc. Basically if it was ever cool, you can expect to find it here.
And a...Vespa? Hey—it's got two wheels, it's Italian, and it makes for an excellent centerpiece for an office.
The coolest bit, though, is the old brick perches that seem perfectly sized to show off some of Totti's best bikes.
They give the impression that you're less in a garage than you are in a custom bike museum. The way he's blending old and new on some of these bikes really is art.
But make no mistake, the peg boards full of miscellaneous parts and tools let you know you're in a proper shop, and the freaking glass full of wine sitting amongst the parts lets you know you're in an Italian shop.