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This week’s Top 10 comes to us courtesy of Miguel Galluzzi. Mr. G is best known for designing Ducati’s original Monster and starting the modern naked-bike movement, but before that he also penned Ducati’s early ’90s 900 Supersports. He’s been a busy man ever since, and is currently director for PADC (Piaggio Advanced Design Center), in Pasadena, CA, where he – together with another design team in Noale, Italy – cooks up new Moto Guzzis, Aprilias and other Italian delicacies. —John Burns


I’ll tell you a story, maybe it will help us shorten the list. I grew up in a family that was involved in motorsports in Argentina since my grandfather raced Harleys and Hendersons in the 1920s and 30s. Because of that, my father and uncles were involved in many kinds of racing, from bicycles in the ’40s, motorcycles in the ’50s and ’60s to cars in the ’70s and ’80s. My upbringing was around machines with engines, two wheels or four, it didn’t matter.

  • Goose

    Might disagree about a few (never got the Katana) but Mr. G’s picks are very close to mine. Clearly a man of highly refined taste and a very high intelligence.

  • Old MOron

    He works in Pasadena? No kidding? I bet he lives around there, too. I hope we get more MOronic contributions from Señor Galluzzi.

  • ADB

    Fantastic read. Once again, MO leads. Well done.

    Hoping to get the Norge out this weekend….

  • Gruf Rude

    In my mind’s personal illustrated dictionary, the picture for ‘motorcycle’ is the Norton Manx.

  • JMDonald

    Hard to argue against any bike on this list. All you need to know is what you like.

  • Junker

    Other than the normal news and reviews, this is the kind of content I would like to see.

    • john burns

      me too, thanks for commenting.

  • DickRuble

    In my opinion the Monster design is as mediocre as they come. This discussion of Galluzzi’s favorite “designs” cements that conclusion through his choices and comments. He fails to see the dichotomy of form and function. The Britten is a masterpiece. But it is not a masterpiece of form, it is a masterpiece of function. Intelligent design optimizes function and the resulting form is beautiful. The form follows function everywhere. This is in opposition to the Katana, which has some clearly nonfunctional or far from optimally functioning components. Galluzzi spends his time cutting fairings to show an engine. Britten was building fairings to improve aerodynamics. Britten didn’t cut fairings to show the “beauty” of the engine.

  • Awesome Miguel! You are as brilliant as you are humble. It was a great honor to meet you (when you were working for Aprillia in Noale) and a great pleasure to ride your creations, which are some of my favorite bikes to ride. Cheers!

  • Jon Jones

    Great list!

  • Michael Howard

    Interesting and entertaining list from a legend. Nitpicking the title, though, “favorite” and “world’s most significant” are not the same thing.

    • Kevin Duke

      Fair enough. I just didn’t want to use “favorite” twice in the headline and subhead, and my internal thesaurus ran out of words. 🙂

  • Ricky Lepre

    Very good choices from a man who has inspired many a beautiful works of art,that not only look good standing still but can breath life to both the design and the rider. Thank you Señor Galluzzi for sharing your thoughts and fond memories. The Vincent is…to this day in my eyes the romantic epitome of all classic motorcycles.

  • major tom

    A treat, from his background to his choices. The allure of motorcycles transcends nationality and time.