If you are a lover of Italian motorcycles you know that historically, this is the week the industry gathers to show off it's best efforts. To the Italian way of thinking all new product introductions of note must be introduced on Italian soil and the Milan show is the big beneficiary of that. The 10,000 pound gorilla of motorcycle shows, EICMA takes place in a series of giant halls that take days of walking to cover. Most booths have warrens of offices in the centers behind closed doors with models making appointments and giant wheels of parmesian and bottles of Prosecco lined up to snack on while you wait for your appointment with a CEO. It's another world, where business, design and horsepower collide. We wouldn't miss it for the world and now you won't either....
Pictures and captions by Vicki Smith
That's a Guzzi powerplant in a custom bike
This is just one of the rooms - there are 10, most are bigger than this one. The most important thing to bring to the Milan show? Comfortable shoes!
Motorcycle Fashion Week relies on models. I figured you might want to see those as well....
That's about a city block of mini motos
Slipper Clutch anyone? This hung over the STM booth. It's bigger than most of the cars you see here!
This is high on the what I would like to bring hone from Milan list - a 500cc single inspired by the Cagiva GP bike, it's a beauty with real hopes of coming to America
Senna Formula cars are MV powered. How perfect.
Giocamo Agostini's personal parking space. He was in the MV booth all day
One more reason to be thankful for Bridgestones