Once the seat of the Catholic Popes, the fortified city of Avignon in southern France is resplendent with stunning Roman and Gothic architecture; but it also has a rich motorsport history. The Circuit de Lédenon is nestled on the opposite bank of the Rhone and F1 legend Jean Alesi’s father once built Monte Carlo winning rally cars here. Now there is a new man in town, tucked away in a small workshop, Matthieu Volpi builds motorcycles to the most exacting of standards. His latest Volpi Motorcycle creation is this stunning 1972 Honda CB350 flat tracker, designed for the learner who wants it all.
Over recent years such has Matthieu’s reputation grown that his small shop is bursting at the seams with customer’s bikes waiting their turn for his magical touch. Inside, everything from the latest BMW S1000RR superbikes to old school cool Kawasaki Z1’s line up to be next in the queue. But his passion is for the custom builds that also allow him to show off his creative flare as well as his meticulous mechanical nous. However for this project he had something unique in mind, a flat tracker for the road, built to a very high standard and for a very particular sector of the market.