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Wheelwise Engineering supplies wheels for UK “Milano-Taranto” team



Wheelwise Engineering is pleased to be supplying wheels for a British team taking part in this year’s “Milano-Taranto”.

So what is the “Milano Taranto”?

“Milano-Taranto” is a six-leg challenge on classic bikes to discover the best of Italy’s villages and countryside (as well as good food and, maybe, a little wine!). It commemorates one of the longest, most exciting, back-breaking motorcycle marathons, which ran until 1956. The 31st commemorative event (the first was in 1987) will be held from 2 to 8 July 2017 and at least 230 riders from around the world will take part.

The route goes along minor roads through Tuscany, Lazio and Puglia (and touches on Umbria and Abruzzo). The total distance is around two thousand kilometres, just to ensure eight to ten hours in the saddle each day for the courageous competitors.


Team Motori Di Marino

Entering as a British team under the Motori Di Marino name, Jan-Willem, Les, Bjørn and John are busy preparing their bikes, ready for their summer adventure. The man in charge is Pietro Di Marino, the owner of one of the leading Italian bike specialists in the South (visit their website at for more information).

Motori Di Marino Team. Top left: Jan Willem Labeij (1955 Moto Morini 175 Settebello); top right: Leslie Hampton (1950 Moto Guzzi 500 Astore); bottom left: Bjorn Christiansen (1953 Moto Guzzi 250 Airone); bottom right: John Watson (1955 Gilera 500 Saturno Sport)


For more information and photos, visit their blog at:

Yamaha TDR250

We have just received this photo of an immaculate Yamaha TDR250, fitted with Excel rims, and added it to the gallery.

Another great before and after story

This 1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 was bought in July 2015.


1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 in its original condition


After a lot of loving care and attention and hard work, its transformation is almost complete……….


1955 Francis Barnett Falcon 70 after renovation in October 2016

Kawasaki A1 High Piper


We have just added a photo of a Kawasaki A1 High Piper to our gallery, which has been restored by one of our longstanding clients to Showroom standard (with, of course, support from Wheelwise Engineering).

Here are some before and after photos which show the magnitude of the project.


One Sixteen

One Sixteen BMW R nineT

Inspired by the cafe racer culture of Britain in the 50/60’s, Chandlers BMW Motorrad of Brighton have created the One.Sixteen which uniquely showcases its interpretation of the BMW R nineT as a period club racer. They approached Wheelwise Engineering for the supply of the custom-built wheels and, despite the tight timescales, we were pleased to be involved in this very exciting project.

Chanders displayed the bike on the ‘Bikes at the Festival’ stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2016, next to World Superbikes, MotoGP bikes and other manufacturers’ custom bikes. The One.Sixteen was by far the most photographed bike on the stand and BMW UK was extremely pleased with the result.

One Sixteen Wheel

FCL Aermacchi 350

A new addition to the Gallery – an Aermacchi 350 prepared by FCL Racing in Cranleigh and ridden by nine times Manx Grand Prix winner, Bill Swallow. The photo is reproduced by courtesy of Dick Linton, FCL Racing.

FCL Aermacchi 350