Welcome to a Portal Into Eric Bergman’s Reality

Some years ago I was thinking about launching an on-line community for people in the Colorado region who appreciate old Italian motorcycles. The density of such is just not great enough to support a traditional club, but I thought maybe a website would be amusing (I launched the Norton Colorado website over 20 years ago). I came up with a fun domain name (MotoVICE = Moto Vintage Italian, Colorado Enthusiasts) but I lost momentum and never created the website. Now, thanks to Jerry Doe (impresario of dev2host.com), something is happening but I’m not too sure what it will be. It will still have a major focus on Italian motorcycles (and other motorcycles that interest me) but I no longer want to try to start another “club” so the domain should probably now be interpreted as “Moto Vintage Italian, a Colorado Enthusiast”. I will try to stay away from commentary on my other interests or the state of the world. My professional activities are covered at the Global Seismological Services website.

Laverda SFC Restoration

Posted on December 1, 2021
I’m very excited about observing the full restoration of a Laverda SFC by someone who knows what they are doing, namely, Scott Potter. I’m sorry to say the SFC doesn’t belong to me but it could belong to you when it’s finished. Scott and I have agreed that this is a golden opportunity to document what makes an SFC different from a standard production Laverda so we’re going to try to record the process very

Moto Morini 175 GT Top End Inspection

Posted on September 15, 2021
I’ve finished the initial assessment of top end components of the Moto Morini 175 GT, and found a couple surprises. After some to-ing and fro-ing I think I’ve worked out what I want to do with these bits. Of course once the metal chips start flying plans can change!

The Old Bike Ride

Posted on September 11, 2021
I’m still hurting over the death of my friend Bob Ohman a couple days ago after a long illness, especially with his beloved Old Bike Ride happening tomorrow. He had not been able to lead the ride in the past few years, due to declining health, and sometimes he was too ill to even attend the gathering and take-off, but we always knew he was anxiously awaiting news of how many people showed up and
I’ve posted three new pages with details about the disassembly and reassembly of the engine of my 1957 Moto Morini 175 Gran Turismo. One is about taking apart the top end (head and cylinder) and the other two are concerned with the gearbox, one on disassembly and one on reassembly.

1971 Laverda 750SF

Posted on September 4, 2021
Today I added a page introducing my 1971 Laverda 750SF, a bike I owned and rode in France for 14 years before bringing it the U.S.

1981 Moto Morini 400

Posted on August 31, 2021
<p>Today I started a page for the Moto Morini cafe racer originally built by Andi Seiler, which is being re-united with its original engine, but punched out to 400cc.</p>

Moto Morini 175 engine teardown complete

Posted on August 31, 2021
Over the past few days I have completed the disassembly of the engine of the Moto Morini 175GT. Now I’m cleaning things up, inspecting parts and planning what to replace or refurbish. I’ve added a lot of material to the page on that process and created a new page that goes through the details of disassembling the right side. I intend to do these pages for all parts of the engine, but I was not

Starting the build

Posted on August 27, 2021
I’m starting to lay out the structure of the website, and learning how to do basic tasks in WordPress. You won’t find much content yet, but I have added some info about my Ural sidecar rig, the Moto Morini 175GT, my history with Nortons and the amazing Vetter-Wilcox Suzuki project I call “Tsubame”.

Hello world!

Posted on December 9, 2020
If you’ve ever studied a programming language you probably wrote a “Hello world!” program. I’ve written a lot of things in a variety of formats but this is my first blog post, so I’m getting it out of the way. Now that I’ve written it, though, it strikes me that “Hello world!” is a very 1970s sort of sentiment (for good reason) and maybe a more timely introductory phrase would be something like “Fake News!”.


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