Owner: Giuseppe Natalini, Rome, Italy
I started to update my '85 RD500 many years ago, and at the time I didn't have an end target in mind. The sportbikes available in the market at that time were big, heavy, ugly and "four-stroke." I was looking for something "special," a 500GP replica two-stroke!
After tons of early modifications, two years ago I finally understood (better late than never) the best way to build up my RD500 was to have a clear target in mind. And that target was: just enough engine power to not compromise reliability but still have plenty of bottom and middle rpm thrust. Ultimate handling, and lightness as much as possible, too.
I use my RD on racetracks only. Everyone who has tried their street motorcycle on a racetrack knows that's a hard test for a bike. Everything must work at 100% - engine, carburetion, gears and suspension. Well, after finishing my project, I can say only one thing about my bike - this machine is absolutely wonderful!