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.
Never owned, never ridden, but would lurve a diFazio front end, exquisite engineering, a Tinkerer's Treasure. Stuff doing things the easy way!
Classic Motorcycles. I had a Difazio BMW. Swapped the R75/5 engine for an R100. Went like a cut cat and handled rather like an R1100.
Not THAT ugly. I like the functional Earles geometry setting for the purely functional hub-centre ingenuity. Granny's drying rack at the back, I'd check for structural necessity, do an Occam's Razor job on it: Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate, and at least spray that silver pick-up-sticks conglomerate a nice forget-this-mess matt black.
Thank you for reminding me why I hate Keats.
Classic Motorcycles. "I loved the way she winced in heavy traffic, delicately clamping her eyes shut overtaking a powerless peasant or crossing a crowded intersection." Chortle. I do hope you store these wandering thoughts for posterity.
Lamia, born deadly serpent, turned luscious lady. Surprised me in my youth that Freud never named a Lamia Complex. Within Woman, the Cobra, the Fury envied by all Hell's tacticians.
Scorn her at your peril.
I nurtured this quality in Memsahib-at-the-wheel. Picture her driving our serious large Landrover homewards from The Show thru Dandenong. Traffic clears at long-blocked intersection, lovely Lamia proceeds. To her left a big black gleaming Galaxy, Bourgeois Bastard in control, in this small pond fat fish indeed, Class-entitled to push through a pretty Proletarian's path, no peril. Memsahib's beautiful brow knits in grim determination.
"Go for it!" sez I. "Brace for it." sez she.
Pretty foot leaves loud pedal. Clever caress of brakes flashes a red "At-least-I-tried" to witnesses behind, leaving a delicate driver's-door-destroying momentum. He stops, slack-jawed, wide-eyed, door irreparably rooted. She reverses, firm-jawed, grim-gazing, fangs down, set to strike again. "Get out of my way!" she hisses, selects First, revs to 3000. Fatfuk, undies filled, flees back expensively into bullbar of an F100. Proudly I lean right and, laughing, loving, kiss the Lamian cheek. What's not to
I tip's me lid to you and your Lamian.
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. image above
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.