As we've explained before, we have a soft spot for small, funky motorcycles. We've expressed our admiration for cafe racers and their culture, and while those modded bikes are extremely cool, we may have just discovered another niche of even more interesting two-wheeled contraptions, thanks to the team at Petrolicious.

On this week's video, there's a visit with Hugo Gallina, the owner of Vintage Italian Restoration in southern California. Gallina specializes not in the traditional Italian motorcycles - Ducati, Moto Guzzi or MV Agusta - but in the smaller, seriously vintage (think 1950s) single-cylinder bikes from little known or long forgotten brands like Benelli, Gilera, or even Maserati (yes, that Maserati). These tiny bikes are kind of like the Honda Grom of their day.

Really, if you're interested in a different era of motoring (or even motorcycling, as it were), this latest Petrolicious video is really worth a watch. Check it out by scrolling down.


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      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      That makes me nostalgic for my old 73 Harley Sprint 350 (made by Aermachi). I guess I'll go ride my Honda...
      David Wales
      • 1 Year Ago
      My very first motorcycle was a 125 cc Gilera, in the early '60s. It took me all over the midwest ( I lived in Chicago), until the almost inevitable accident that put me into the hospital and left the bike too badly damaged to repair. I have had lots of others, but that little Italian machine has a special place in my heart.