I love going to Italy. I like the country, the food and the people, especially since they’re pretty fond of motorcycles. Whether it’s the thousands of scooters and abused daily beaters in the cities or the mad Wannabe-Rossis wearing shorts and thongs on the winding roads of Tuscany: bikes are everywhere in Italy. But with so many motorcycles around, there have to be some sort of two-wheeled casualties. Pretty often, that role comes to the Piaggio Ciao. You’ll find bent specimens chained to a Florence street light just as you’ll see dissected skeletons rotting in Apulian backyards. The Ciao is the young Italian hotspur’s favorite victim.
But that doesn’t apply to this Ciao, built by Marco and Mario from OMT Garage. Founded in 1978 by their dad Gaetano, OMT Workshop gained a certain reputation since the two sons took over the reins. Winning the 2016 finals of reality-TV show 'Lord of the Bikes' finally made the workshop famous. And since Marco and Mario once were young Italian hotspurs themselves and have some Ciao-skeletons in their own closet, they decided to build a tribute to that poor thing.
OMT Garage stretched and lowered the chassis to obtain a low-slung racer look. They left the distinctive lower part of the frame untouched since it is the most unique part of the Ciao. The low profile of the bike is emphasized by the handmade gas tank, the aluminum fairing as well as the tail section. The minimalistic cork seat poses a certain risk to any male rider’s crown jewels. But the masterpiece of this Silhouette named Piaggio Ciao is undoubtedly the front fork. It took Marco and Mario more than 40 hours of work to get the desired result.
We all know that no serious moped customization can exist without crazy engine upgrades so Marco and Mario upped the displacement from 50cc to 75cc and added a 19mm carb, an electronic ignition, a handmade exhaust as well as a lightened flywheel to the mix. Combined with the slick tires mounted to the Piaggio, this makes for a mean green machine.
The sole brake on the Ciao works on the rear wheel and is operated by a lever on the left side of the bars. The lever on the opposite side works as a throttle. The Silhouette was built as OMT Garage’s contribution to the Deus Bike Build-Off which it won promptly.
With their Piaggio Ciao, Marco and Mario from OMT Garage built a duly tribute to the many beaten, tortured and forgotten Piaggio Ciaos out therein only two weeks.