July 1, 2022

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Riders and followers of Moto Guzzi ought to listing the Cathedral of Moto Guzzi at Yea, Victoria, simply 1.5 hours north of Melbourne, on their must-see listing.

The cathedral within the stunning rolling hills of the Yarra Valley homes the most important assortment of the Italian marque’s bikes within the Southern Hemisphere.

Moto Guzzi Cathedral

It was assembled over 5 years by a small group of passionate Moto Guzzi fans.

It options the personal assortment of greater than 170 Moto Guzzi bikes owned by Moto Guzzi doyen, Teo Lamers, who describes himself as a “motorcycle-racist”.

Teo Lamers of the Moto Guzzi Cathedral

“There are lots of higher bikes nevertheless you wish to take a look at it, however, to me, a Moto Guzzi is greater than only a bike,” he says.

“I do know the individuals who make them. I do know the village the place they stay. I do know the eating places. I’ve been going there for thus lengthy. I understand how essential the manufacturing facility has been for Italy, for Mandello, to outlive after the warfare.

“It’s the Italian tradition, the language, the meals, it’s the entire package deal. Italians are warm-blooded. They’ve this ardour.

“I purchased my first Moto Guzzi – a second-hand V700 from 1967 – on the age of about 19. I nonetheless keep in mind after I began it up and feeling the engine go ‘increase, increase, increase, increase’. I rode it residence and simply fell in love with Moto Guzzi the model from there.

“Using a Moto Guzzi is a very totally different feeling. The DNA of 100 years is in in the present day’s vary. The bikes are nonetheless unique. In the event you journey one, it attracts folks’s consideration. You don’t get that with different manufacturers.”

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The Cathedral’s show is about over three ranges with bikes grouped by mannequin semblance to spotlight the mechanical evolution. They’re additionally growing a library and bar/café.

The Cathedral is open to the general public for guided excursions by appointment.

An official opening of the Cathedral was to be held in the course of the inaugural Pageant of Moto Guzzi in March 2022, but it surely has now been postponed to 2023 “as a result of unexpected circumstances”.

Ticket gross sales are being totally refunded.