Katharina Riedener-Brunner is a Moto Guzzi enthusiast and current resident of Canada. While growing up in Switzerland she discovered her passion for motorcycles while watching her brother ride his first bike. Her is her story:
I grew up in Switzerland and have always had a passion for motorbikes. In 1982, my brother bought his first Moto Guzzi, a year later my husband bought his 1982 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 2. We always rode through the mountains to Italy and France. I started out with a little Laverda then in 1988 bought my 1976 Le Mans 1, which I still ride today.
I fell in love with the design and lightness of the bike. In 1989, I had it rebuilt and tuned by the Swiss Transcontinental, and got back a hot cafe racer.
In 1995, we moved to Canada and I now ride my Guzzi in British Columbia and also in Washington State! I love it as is and never looked at another bike again.
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On Thursday, April 4th, Moto Guzzi USA hosted a party for the North American launch of its new California 1400 Custom and Touring motorcycles at The R&R gallery in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The gallery was transformed into a garage-like space with artwork by artist Grant Ray. The inspiration behind the art were iconic personalities and moments of Californian history through cinema such as Lee Marvin as the leader of the rival Beetles gang in one of motorcycling's most iconic films, The Wild One. Ray stated, “All of these characters and the people who portrayed them are unique, enduring, raw and at times explosive in the critiques of their times. They each helped set new directions in American culture, very much like the Moto Guzzi California.”
The gallery not only had the new California 1400 bikes on display but the vintage ones as well, including an early LAPD-issue Moto Guzzi California Ambassador. The guests enjoyed Guerrilla Tacos, Mionetto Prosecco, PBR, and music by DJ BOC from Eagles of Death Metal.
To view more photos from the party visit the Moto Guzzi Americas Facebook page.
Giles & Brother was founded over a decade ago by siblings Courtney and Philip Crangi with the intent of create jewelry that told their story. “I always liked the idea that we’re making things that are impossible to place in the continuum in the canon of jewelry,” said Philip. Both grew up in Florida and Philip as a kid always looked for pieces that reminded him of pirate’s treasure. When they both moved to New York City to start their line of jewelry, they decided to name it Giles & Brother, Courtney’s nickname growing up was Giles.
In their studio in midtown close to the Garment District, they create various pieces everyday including their signature piece, the railroad spike bracelet, by hand using tools that a metal smith uses such as hammers, molds, fire torches, and different metals. The studio looks like a mini manufacturing space with multiple wooden shelves filled with rare beads, spools with various chains in different shapes and colors, hardware pieces, but the space at the same time is beautifully decorated with books, drawings, vintage radios, and a huge surfboard hanging on the wall. The space’s vibe brings one back in time when technology wasn't so advanced and things were made and perfected by hands.
The fact this type of craftsmanship still exists in such an urban and fast paced city such as New York is a true rarity. The art of making something with hands using basic tools doesn’t only show one’s love for their craft but also defines a true originals lifestyle. “That’s the fun part for me, telling a story. I guess it’s my story,” said Philip.
Moto Guzzi motorcycles have always been great conversation starters and we think Giles & Brother accessories are a perfect example of a timeless piece to own. Already sporting Giles & Brother? Just tweet or Instagram a shot of you and your favorite custom-made cuff or bracelet, along with a #guzzioriginals hash tag so we can feature you here in the Originals Dialogue and Gallery.
To view Giles & Brother full collection including the Railroad Spike bracelet visit GilesandBrother.com.
"The Tonti bike is a 1975 850t chosen specifically because it was the only Guzzi that came with the twin-leading rear drum brake....which made it the least desirable model at the time it was made, but the best for the parts stash I had in the shop to build what is ostensibly my personal dream bike,"said Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles.
Huge thanks to Revival Cycles for creating such beautiful bikes and representing the essence of Moto Guzzi so well.
Watch a video of The One Motorcycle Show here.
Last weekend, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles brought The One Motorcycle Show to Austin, TX, to celebrate motorcycles, art, music, and design. During the 3-day event, the show had a myriad of bikes showcased along with the '21 Helmets Exhibit.'
"Revival Cycles" of Austin, Texas was the hosting shop that put on the show and designed two bikes, a 1975 850t and a 2010 V7 Classic. "However you look at this pair, as either similar or very different, I think the time and grueling hours we spent transforming them was worth it and completing them simultaneously proved to be our biggest challenge yet and I'm pleased to say that we pulled it off. We are all excited about the One Motorcycle Show Austin, but we're even more excited to have finished these in time for the show." said Alan Stulberg of Revival Cycles.
A few of the highlights at the show was the Moto Guzzi V7 Wayward bike which was designed in collaboration with James Hammarhead of Hammarhead Industries, and a beautiful Moto Guzzi V7 Stone designed by Moto Guzzi Austin/AF1 Racing.
For more photos visit the Moto Guzzi Americas Facebook page.