About Occhio Lungo
This site exists to help get more people excited about early machines. They can be very reliable and loads of fun when used as intended. And they are not as expensive as you might think. Working on them is fun, somewhat simple and very rewarding. Ride an old bike. More Smiles Per Mile ™
“occhio lungo” was described to me by an Italian friend. Directly translated it means ‘long eye’, but indirectly it means something like: ‘a person who has seen things, and who might use that information to mess with you.’
About me: My name is Pete. I’m just a guy who likes old technology. Old motorbikes and cars had very inventive ways to move people down the road, and some vehicles did it better than others. New bikes are interesting too, but for me, the exciting stuff was done 100 years ago. The list of 100 year old tech is long, but it includes things like disc brakes, telescoping forks and monoshock rear suspensions, electric starters, clutches, gearboxes, water cooled two strokes, steam power, electric vehicles, even hybrids. They were all in existence 100 years ago.
To view the articles of various subjects, you can use the Table of Contents page just underneath the header photo of my dirty hands.
You can also use the SEARCH box on the bottom right to type in whatever you are looking for. It will search all the articles on all the pages of this site, but will not search the entire internet.
I write articles sporadically as time permits. If you would like to receive an email each time something new is created, just click the button on the right of this page titled “Sign Me Up!” Or you can follow OL on Facebook by clicking on that other button. The Facebook page has a lot of random photos, images, notes and comments that are not written into the longer form articles on these pages. The Instagram feed is just photos of old junk without much text.
All text and images copyrighted Pete Young 2010-2014, except where noted. Please ask if you would like permission to use this content. Larger format images are usually available for your use, but are troublesome to post full size on this site.