. And the motorino was also what allowed them to set off on their first great adventure: armed with a backpack, willpower, and, if they were lucky, some good travelling companions, kids from German Switzerland, barely 15-years-old, would climb into the saddle and clock up hundreds of kilometres to reach Ticino over the Gotthard or St Bernard passes. Some with more nutritious supplies than others, they faced unpredictable weather, breakdowns and fatigue. It was their first great adventure, their first holiday on their own, the first story they would be able to tell their friends about. And they would carry on talking about it for years and years, even to their children, remembering a time when the world was not so accessible and it was not so common or easy to pick a spot on a map at random and jump on a plane.