A Brief History of the Marque
Difazio produced around 50 hub-centre steering motorcycles.
Archive of the history of the marque from the now defunct http://difazio.co.uk.
On 23/01/2014 12:10 PM, Tim Tucker wrote:
Hi again, Tim.
It must have been 1981 or possibly 1982 that I bought the bike, as that shop was not in that location til then - 69 Wentworth Ave, Sydney. I think it was sold in 82 or 83, no later. The engine I just cannot recall, but I think it was 100/7 - I didn't get to ride it as much as I would have liked as I was extremely busy with my business.
I'm sorry, I have no recollection of where the bike went, and I don't recall any feedback from the new owner.
I've expanded the Difazio section on the site and hopefully it will get more attention, so someone may contact one of us.
I have not found an image of the bike but I have bought a professional scanner so I'm actually a little closer to getting on to that task.
Fri Apr 01 2011
Difazio Hub-steering Motorcycle
Wondered if anything was known about this bike that was built for me by Jack Difazio in the 1970s. It used a Suzuki 325cc engine, that had originally been destined for a racer. The registration number I have unfortunately forgotten, but the year letter was P.
It must be a year or so we last chatted about your old HS bike. I wondered whether any other memories or photos have come to light as we are still searching for that bike.
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Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 8:48 PM
Subject: Difazio BMW
Thank you for replying.
I attach another picture of the BMW (UK Reg OXB 75P). Its sister bike was a Suzuki 500 which i built also, was for a couple in 1976 who lived in Adelaide Australia and took both bikes out there soon afterwards.
I wonder whether you took any pictures of this bike as i would like any copies if possible to add to the records.
If there is anything else that you can recall about this bike i would be very grateful.
I bought the yellow BMW from a chap in about 1981, and fitted it with a 1000cc BMW engine. I sold it a year or two later, in Sydney.
I don't recall the name of the fellow I bought it from, but I rather thought he was from Victoria rather than SA. I do very vaguely recall mention of a T500. I promised the previous owner that I'd contact him if I sold the bike, but when I did so there was no answer. It turned out he'd been overseas, or had moved perhaps - he was upset that I'd sold it, anyway. Interesting chap, collector of Aboriginal art long before there was any recognition of it by the general art world.
I do have photos, I believe, but they are buried well and truly and there is only the remotest chance that I will find them.
The engine I used was something like an R100RT 1979 with square tappet covers. Nothing wrong with the R75 (or was it an R60/5), just wanted more grunt.
It was the best handling boxer twin I ever owned, by far, until the 259 series came along. The R1100GS felt quite familiar after having ridden the Difazio.