The story of Enrico Piaggio, the ingenious industrialist who in the immediate post-war period believed in the design of a means of transport suitable for everyone to drive. Thus was born the Vespa, the best-selling and best-known scooter in the world, a symbol of Italian creative dynamism in its most successful expression. Since then the history of the Piaggio company has changed its course but today, after more than seventy years from that historical intuition, the brand remains tied in the collective imagination of each of us to a carefree lifestyle and still capable of looking with hope for the future.
With mythical models, such as the 750 SFC, endurance champion in the early 1970s, or the 1000 V6, the only racing motorcycle with a V6 engine, the Italian brand Laverda finally established itself as one of the motorcycle constructors of exception. His creations were spectacular, the result of the passion of the members of this small family company, which, in a unique way, immediately stood out for the personality and character of its motorcycles and the quality of the relationships within the company.
Since hitting the road in 1946, eighteen million Vespa motor scooters have buzzed the Earth.
Vespa's success lies in the uniqueness of its design -- in the unmistakable sheet metal skin that, over the span of decades, has defined the concept of "motor scooter."
The book celebrates all aspects of the scooters and the thriving culture that surrounds them. Since Vespa is affordable and in high-style, the life Vespa encompasses all walks of life, from street urchins to celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, and Brad Pitt.
Part of Motorbooks’ “Life” series, The Life Vespa melds machine and culture to immerse you in la bella vita.
The secrets of Ducati L-twins with belt-driven cams finally explained in a single DIY-mechanic-friendly manual.
This is a comprehensive service manual for you and your Ducati, that will help you to perform all maintenance and repair operations in your own home workshop. From basic servicing to the most complex repair and adjustment operations, everything is covered.
The bikes covered in this book range from the first 1980 ‘Pantah’ to the ‘Testastretta Evoluzione’ models, and it spans 30 years of Ducati models.
Within these pages you will discover the secrets of your pride and joy, and be enabled to enjoy making repairs or carrying out maintenance in your workshop or garage.
This book is the incredibly comprehensive practical manual you have been waiting for!
Paolo Prosperi, a retired doctor from Pesaro, fond of cars and motorcycles since his youth and founding partner in 1989 of the Benelli Historical Register, in this volume has collected 26 original letters from the missing archive of Giuseppe Benelli. It is a correspondence that the protagonists of the story exchanged between 1946 and 1952.