We asked to our friend Alessandro, who really loves motorbikes, cars and photography, to realize our first special article about a motorbike. For the first time in fact Car-shooters is shooting some photos at a two wheeler!
Alessandro says that he had always loved the creative possibilities that the American bobbers and English cafè racers offer.
The final choice then, for this first article, felt on a bobber, undoubtedly a very attractive challenge because they are particularly suitable to be photographed.
Let’s first talk about what this kind of motorbike really is: it’s called a bobber a customized, very Spartan and minimalist motorcycle with rigid frame and the distinctive rear fender shortened. Widespread in the 50s, it retains its distinctive aerodynamic line, called for this “the immortal line or timeless.”
Martino, the owner, and his beautiful motorbike are the protagonists of the Alessandro’s shooting in the beautiful village of Travalle, a famous meeting place for many young people from Prato and Florence.
Immersed in the typical countryside of Tuscany, Travalle is situated at the foot of the Calvana and, even today, are visible signs of the history that characterized this zone.
The contrast created between landscape and history is unique and, if you pass near there, a stop is a must.
Inhabited since archaic, the Calvana was also a Roman settlement, the Roman army in fact it settled there at the end of their service.
The whole area has a significant amount of debris from the Roman and medieval period.
The hills surrounding the town of Calenzano (that includes the Travalle’s area) are also particularly suitable for the production of oil. In these areas a cool climate gives in fact a special flavor to the olives.
In this ancient space, barren, without time, we decided to bring the beautiful Martino’s bike.
We reach the location at dusk. The silence of the countryside is raped by the loud exhaust. And we really like it!
But once you put the engine off, you can enjoy a better look at the Harley-Davidson V-Twin engine, and isn’t difficult to understand why this engine has always had this appeal: it shines like a jewel in the center of the bike.
This two wheels comes from the Dyna family, pure incarnation of the spirit of an Harley V-Twin, although it might be difficult to recognize, thanks to the heavy customization on it. The world of custom bikes is fascinating even for this, there are no limits to the imagination of the owner.
Only the engine and the chassis has been left stock. The motorcycle mounts a Springer fork, which is used primarily on custom bike craft, for its undoubtedly fascinating vintage style.
This raw look remember the WLA supplied to the US Army during World War II.
That’s why we decided to use for the first time the black and white editing for Alessandro’s photos, it fits very well with this retro character, in a rural ancient setting.
By: Edoardo Mascalchi, Alessandro Morandi
Photos: Alessandro Morandi