Freedom & Youth…

Lorenzo Buratti had a vision for his daughter and himself. A bike the 17-year-old could learn to ride on and something that he could scramble in the woods with. He took a SWM 320TL trials bike and turned it into not only something beautiful, but something quite capable to escape the world with.

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SWM, Speedy Working Motors, was a Milan-based motorcycle manufacturer in the ’70s and ’80s that used small Sachs engines and then later Rotax engines off-road machines.

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The 320TL is a trials machine with a 280cc Rotax engine. Buratti decided to keep the frame and engine with its original patina, but refurbished and painted the exhaust. The tank comes from a Motobecane Enduro bike that he found at a swap meet. In true Italian style, the air filter cover was fashioned from an old tomato can.

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The rear fender comes from the front of a Kawasaki Z900 that Buratti has cut and shaped with a hand grinder. The forks were polished and like the gas tank, The front fender, handlebar, grips, levers and lights were all finds at swap meets.

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As he owned the bike originally, and used whatever parts were available to him, it was a cheap and relatively easy creation to put together. But what he created is something both easy enough for a beginner to ride, and utilitarian enough to strap a pack to and escape into the woods with.

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