Raduno Mondiale breganze 1997

In 1997, there was another 'big one', a rally was organised by the Moto Club Breganze in close cooperation with the factory to celebrate Moto Laverda's 50th anniversary of motorcycle production. As far as I know, this should have taken place in 1999 but who is counting?

Gathering at the factory. There was a most beautiful display of all relevant models ever produced by Moto Laverda from 1949 - 1997.

Countless Laverdisti from all over the world came to Breganze to be part of this magic event which included touring, eating, shows, cultural events etc. Everything was well organised by the hard working people of the Moto Club Breganze.

Thomas Burkhardt ready to 'take off' with his gorgeous SFC # 8256. The man in the white shirt is Mr. Piero Laverda.

The weather was mostly sunny but we had the odd thunderstorm as well. The hail storm we encountered while visiting a wineyard damaged many bikes, and their riders... This was no fun at all and it ruined the grape crop in the area as well... The local shops had a lot of work fitting new fairing screens, tail light lenses, clocks etc..

The Austrians show that you can turn a triple into quite a spectacular street fighter. Look at that massive rear tire!

This 750 tank was a work ofart with the cover photo of the 1973 factory brochure paint brushed on it. Now what to do with the tank badge???

Laverda 650s are a rare sight. This French one is 100% original too!

In the streets of Breganze. Start of the tour through the mountains .

That's me passing the village 'Laverda'. Is that special or what? This is where the family's roots are.