Cafe Desmo October 9

Our Annual Bike Show / Street Party - Sunday, October 9, 2011

Join us for Cafe Desmo, our annual Italian motorcycle bike show, which will be held this October 9 right outside Pro Italia. This year's Cafe Desmo will feature a bike show with custom trophies, displays from cool moto-vendors, tasty gourmet food trucks, free chances to win great prizes and more! Last year well over 1,000 people showed up. This year we expect even more! Every year Cafe Desmo brings together loads of awesome bikes - all the Italian brands and models that you can imagine along with custom rides, high-zoot performance rides, frankenbike projects, 2-strokes, trailies, loads of truly vintage models, '80's new collectibles, rarities, always a few fancy-ass sports cars, barely runners and show winners. Enter in the show and comes spend the day with us!

Register for the Bike Show This year we are expanding from our all-Italian format and are welcoming non-Italian makes to participate by hosting a American Superbike/Buell class, Italian and Japanese Vintage classes (for pre-'87 bikes made before PI opened). Entry for the show is $20 this year. (Updated: forget the entry fee – free entry!) Trophies for Best in Show and First, Second and Third place in each class. We'll have judges from the bike world (currently we're talking to Yoshi from the Garage Company, Miguel Galluzzi, Steve Natt, Eric Buell, Brian Catterson, Tony Marcus and a few others).
Updated 09.10.2011: Guy Webster, owner of one of the finest motorcycle collections anywhere has been confirmed as a judge!

Grab a Cafe Desmo Entry Form.

Enter at the Shop: Present this completed entry form at our shop. Done.
Enter By Mail: Mail your completed form to Pro Italia / Attn: Cafe Desmo 3319 North Verdugo Rd., Glendale, CA 91208.
Enter By Phone: Entrants can also call Rick in Sales (818 249-5707) to enter the show over the telephone.

Show Classes for 2011: Italian Superbikes (all Ducati Superbikes, MV Agusta F4s, Aprilia RSV4, RSV Mille), Italian Sportbikes (Ducati Supersports, Sport Classics), Italian Naked Bikes (Monster, Hypermotard, Streetfighter, Tuono, Shiver, Dorsoduro, Brutale, most current Guzzis), American Superbikes (Buell, Harley-Davidson XR1200), Vintage Japanese (1987 and older)and Vintage Italian (1987 and older)

Schedule for Cafe Desmo:
7:00-9:00AM: Show registration and set-up. 10-12 Noon: Show Judging. 1:30PM: Winners Announced. Trophies Awarded.

Cafe Desmo will run from 10-3PM. Those entering in the show (please do!) should arrive between 7:00-9:00AM to complete registration and set-up your ride and perform last minute spiffing. Judging begins at 10 Sharp.

Coolness To Be On Display
We're rounding up some cool moto vendors to have bikes or gear on display at Cafe Desmo. Currently we've confirmed the Mission R electric superbike and the Erik Buell Racing 1190RS, Yoshi will be bringing a bike or two up from The Garage Company and we've got Deus and Falcon Motorcycles pencilled in to show some of their work. What we really need are you and your bike! Check this space often as details emerge.

Images of Desmos past
What's that? You've never been to a Cafe Desmo? Well, you must be new to Southern California - welcome, and so you know what to expect this year, behold some images from last year's awesome event. We had blocks chock full of cool bikes, we had judges that included a Sex Pistol and the designer of the Ducati Monster and current head of design for Piaggio and, most importantly, we had a great deal of fun.

Check out images from the 2010 event. For more peep our flickr sets Bikes and People of Cafe Desmo 2009 and, for fun, T-shirts seen at the 2010 Cafe Desmo and T-shirts seen at Cafe Desmo 2009 and loads of other pics on our flickr pages.

Directions to Pro Italia
Pro Italia is located at 3319 North Verdugo Rd. Glendale California 91208. We are very close to The Crest and where the 2 North meets the 210.

Heading North on the 2 Freeway:
Exit Verdugo Blvd.
Left on Verdugo Blvd.
Left (South) on Verdugo Road
Cross street is Paloma.

Heading East or West on the 210:
Exit Ocean View Blvd.
Left (South / Downhill) on Ocean View
Right (South) on Verdugo

** 101 West
134 West
2 North
Exit Verdugo Blvd.
Left on Verdugo Blvd.
Left (South) on Verdugo Road