Unless you are a Swiss army conscript or a military enthusiast, you almost certainly have not learned of Condor-Werke AG. It is one of Europe’s sleeper marques, and began assembling bikes for the Swiss military in 1893. (Yes, that is a year before Hildebrand & Wolfmuller launched the first generation bike to authentic.) The machine is a Condor A580. It is possessed by a collector who wants to stay anonymous, but is happy to share a little history as well as pictures.

This Ducati Darmah was constructed from scratch in 2015 by the Dutch workshop Back To Classics, using original components. Whether this Ducati Darmah seems as good as new, that is because it practically is. It is a ground-up build from the Dutch restoration experts at Back To Classics, one of Europe’s top Ducati specialists. There is a story behind this bike, and one we can all really relate to. “We were contacted by a man who had recently sold his company, and was getting prepared for retirement,” says store owner Harne Heuvelman.

In the drowsy English country town of Stowmarket you will locate one of the world’s top Ducati specialists: Made In Italy Bikes. For thirty years John Fallon restoring Ducatis and has been buying, selling –and we have eventually snared a group of pictures that reveal the unbelievable quality of his work. It is a greatly customised 860 GT Super Sport machines. The guy in charge of the metallurgy is Fallon’s workshop guru Neil Ridgewell, who is additionally a qualified Ferrari, Bentley and Maserati tech.