Fine Writing and Riding Instruments
There are certainly worse fates than to be lost in Italy on a Moto Guzzi. I’ve learned to not get too concerned about finding my way in foreign places. It always seems to work itself out.
After all, it was mid-day and twilight was far off. I was safe in the knowledge that a hotel room was reserved in my name somewhere along the base of the great Monte Grappa, presently coming into view.
I figured so long as I didn’t cross a border, I knew I was somewhere in Italy.
The Theme of the Trip
I was riding a Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel, en route to Bassano del Grappa to visit the Montegrappa pen factory. Riding one Italian icon to visit another. Two revered brands with illustrious histories and iconic statures, sharing a common trait—each was founded over 100 years ago and are still operating out of their original facilities.
Motorcycle & Gear
2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel
Helmet: Arai XD4
Jacket & Pants: Dainese Leather Touring 2-Piece
Gloves: Racer Gloves Rally
Boots: Sidi Aria GORE-TEX
My relationship with Montegrappa goes back many years to when I was introduced to the company’s CEO, Giuseppe Aquila. Personally, I am a proponent of the romantic and tactile aspect of pens. Virtually everything I write, regardless of what format it ends up in, begins with a pen.
As a writer, nothing feels as organic to me as having a quality pen in my hand, gliding over good paper in a direct link to the imagination. Ever since Giuseppe gifted me a Montegrappa, I have been a fan of the brand.