The coolest motorcycles at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

For the sixth year running, a separate competition was held at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este devoted to classic motorcycles. BMW also paid tribute to the legendary R 5, with a new 80th anniversary version. Here are our favourites from the 2016 Concorso di Motociclette…

The two-wheeled machines that competed against each other in the park of the nearby Villa Erba on Sunday’s Concorso were all built between 1911 and 1979. Classic Driver dealer Tobias Aichele was on hand once again – he brought a wonderful 1967 MV Agusta 600, a luxurious touring machine with racing technology. Other bikes included a streamlined 1937 Gnome et Rhône Type X sidecar, the distinctly shaped 1949 Vespa Sport Velocita and dirt machines from Triumph, Husqvarna and Ducati designed specifically for the Californian Outback. 

Meanwhile, BMW took centre stage at the Villa Erba with its 80th birthday celebration for the R 5, its design department – headed by chief designer Ola Stenegård – revealing a Concept bike inspired by its legendary predecessor. 

Photos: Rémi Dargegen for Classic Driver @ 2016

On 21 and 22 May 2016, the glitterati of the international classic car scene convenes on the shores of Lake Como once again for the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. Classic Driver will be reporting live from the event in partnership with A. Lange & Söhne, the official watch partner of the world-class automotive beauty pageant.