Motorcycle News - Ciao, Wildays! Three Days of Italian Moto Celebration
Ground zero was a top class race circuit: the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti just outside Varano de’ Melegari, accessible via a bridge over the Ceno. The Wildays crew packed the paddock area full of custom bike builders, gear and apparel vendors and food trucks.
Hookie Co.’s ‘Wolf’ CB750 also drew stares on our stand, and over on their own stand they had Nico’s H-D flat tracker (which he rolled three times), and a rough-and-ready Honda Dominator, decked out for touring.
A handful of manufacturers were present too; Yamaha Italy were running test rides all weekend, and Fantic had their Caballero flat trackers and scramblers out. And since the track was open every day, the sound of four- and two-strokes flying by quickly became part of the ambience.
I spent the weekend getting around on foot, on motorcycle, on the back of another motorcycle, on a monkey bike, in the Anvil van, and hanging out the back of an SUV. Mopeds and monkeys were by far the most popular form of transport, and there was even an original Honda Cub EZ 90 zipping around the event.
The campsite was stacked with 200 tents and 13 ‘glamping’ tents—but many folks also stayed in nearby hotels and guesthouses, or simply slept wherever they could.
It’s moments like those that defined Wildays for me. And also unexpectedly running into Maarten from Berlin’s Berham Customs, and sharing quality American bourbon from a secret stash in his saddlebag. And seeing how far I could ride into the Italian countryside on Fantic’s mighty little Caballero Flat Track 125, or chasing Jacinta of Moto Doll fame through the twisties, on Yamaha’s splendid XSR700.
I shared meals with the core Wildays team, who by the end of the weekend had become family. And then I missed the drag racing—because taking your time (and losing track of it) is the Wildays way.
I’m already itching to go back.
With thanks to: Organizers Alessandro ‘Phonz’ Fontanesi and Marco Filios, and their partners in crime, Gian Maria Montacchini and Anastasia Fontanesi; deBolex Engineering, NorthEast Custom, Freeride Motos, Hookie Co., Rough Crafts and Yamaha Motor Europe for bringing their bikes down; Fantic and Yamaha Italy for hooking me up with transport; and papá Phonz for adopting me.
via Bike EXIF http://www.bikeexif.com
June 10, 2018 at 12:11PM