In Italy it seems like there is always a swap meet somewhere. They pop up in town squares and out in fields like the sunflowers that seem to grow everywhere. But the really big ones are something to see, acres and acres of moto "stuff" some so rare you never thought it would be possible, all bracketed by piles of things not worth the benzina to haul them. I love the atmosphere of the dealings, the chatter in Italian, the smell of two stroke oil and sounds of motors being fired up for potential buyers. It's a photo safari as well, everywhere you look there's something to share. Oh, and the food! Best porchetta sandwiches and french fries you can imagine, sugar dipped fried dough and crepes with nutella, it's all integral to the experience. Join me for a walk around Novegro....
Photos and story by Vicki Smith
The action begins in the parking lot. If I saw this in the US it would merit a 10 minute stare. Here I pass with just a glance, it's just an advertisement for the wonders inside the gate.
Once inside there are vendors for acres and acres, as well as a few large buildings full. The merchandise varies widely. Old gas tanks and really expensive brakes might not make sense as a business plan anyplace but here.
Little bikes were an industry in Italy for many years. This 50cc Malagutti, while needing a restoration to display it's full little bike sexiness, is a good example of the sort of gems hidden in the Novegro junk pile
Some bikes, like this Motobi Spring Lastingare rarely seem outside of Italy
Looking for a perfect bike? Try Craig's List. Here the deals look more like this late model Ducati, where the price and the condition are quite a but lower
Repairs are often done on the spot.
It's normal to see things that are impossibly rare
Vintage bicycles are well represented as are the parts and pieces needed to make them shine.
I got my motorcycle license on one of these. It's a 125cc Cagiva Freccia, a 2 stroke Paso wanna be, if I'd seen this in the USA I would have bought it.
This photo cannot begin to do this fully restored beauty justice