I met this bike at the One Show, that phenomenal and crazy show here in Portland of all kinds of modified, loved, resurrected, or tweaked motorcycles. There I saw this quiet and earnest beauty, a mid-60′s 250cc Parilla modified for racing. Shortened Aermacchi tank, an old fairing from a racing Triumph of some flavor. And a long list of things that will never make it to canvas. Never heard of Parilla? You’re not alone. They have a tortured story you’d expect to read from the 20′s or 30′s, with years of fringe racing success only to succumb to the vagaries of business.

Sixteen
48″ x 24″, Oil on Canvas
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Thank you to Joe Weir for access to the tidy little machine.