Borile, tiny purveyor of exquisite hand made Italian motorcycle essence, is working on a new model for the first time in well over ten years. Umberto Borile’s new model will be a scrambler in honor of his son Richard, who died last year.
In what is undoubtedly the saddest and most beautiful press release in recent motorcycling history, Umberto Borile explains why he decided to build a new model:
I wanted to inform you that I am setting up a new motorcycle model, called B 500 Ricki in honor of my son Richard, who died July 31 last year at the age of twenty.
Initially I did not want to know anything, a great emptiness takes hold of you and nothing has value anymore. Fortunately, in the great misfortune you realize you have friends that you never thought so close and sensitive. My wife and I have never been abandoned a minute, and they spurred us to resist and continue to live.
From there sprang the desire to do something tangible for my son. A scrambler would have liked him. A four-stroke 500cc bike with 21″ and 18″ wheels. Strictly classical and strictly all made by hand, we want to see my sweat on every motorcycle I make.
Now I leave and start to work.
Borile B 500 T
Borile started in the late ’80s with a futuristic offroader, before making waves at the 1997 EICMA exhibition with the retro-looking B 500 T. Two years later Borile presented the B 500 CR, a more modern take on the cafe racer theme. With some developments along the way, this is still Borile’s “production” model, along with the supermotard B 500 MT, both of them using Borile’s own retro-looking engine, based on a modern GM speedway motor. The 487cc single-cylinder produces around 60bhp in speedway trim. The number is probably lower in the Borile version, but the B 500 CR weighs only 250lbs (117kg) — dry and with kick-starter only.
Borile doesn’t sell many bikes (about 50 total per year), but according to their website, that’s never been the plan:
We never wondered about how many we will sell of them but we only wanted to build them just the way they are, by hand, piece by piece, using only the best materials available on the market with a maniacal attention to particulars, and proving a great satisfaction for each assembled piece. We like our work and we like our bikes.