In truth the frame of the Spada Royale, with its wafer thin original matt paint, should be given a bare-metal respray. But it’s spring already! – I want to ride her, not strip her – so we will have to make do with a touch-up and a tidy up. That said things are looking pretty neat back there now. And the crowning glory is a pair of new shock absorbers from Agostini Mandello. Made by Oram in Italy, they use Ohlins technology inside. Beautiful. Once I’m certain they work as good as they look, they’ll be available from us here.