There was a spring in Paul's step today. We planned to visit Moto Borgotaro but we had also been told that the owner is a grumpy-bum and the shop is rarely opened to the public. We went anyway. We caught the subway to Brooklyn Metro and immediately felt the difference compared to the Manhatten side of the river. We strutted our stuff walking many blocks past gorgeous old buildings, only two to three stories high. There was a lovely sense of peace and calmness about the place. I was also soaking up the environment thinking of the 3xtimes great grandparents perhaps walking the same streets.
We finally got to Union Street and walked towards the docks. It's a very industrial area that's being turned in to the latest trendy area to live. We spotted the shop just as the roller door was going down. Paul actually was almost on his knees trying to attract the owners attention before the door closed completely. He succeeded with only inches to go.
We introduced ourselves as being from Australia and that we'd came all this way to see his shop. He had no choice but to let us in. And to our surprise Peter was a really lovely fellow and we spent two hours chatting about all things to do with old Italian motorcycles. That is all he works on. He had some quite rare bikes in there including two SFC Laverda's, one being completely original and unchanged since the day it was built. The media had recently taken many photo's of it to do a glossy magazine feature about the bike.
Following on from that wonderful visit we went to the shop next door - Union Garage - and checked out their selection of bike accessories. One thing of interest in that shop was a JANUS.