CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

An Italian romance: Hertford’s scooter mad grandad

PUBLISHED: 09:38 20 February 2018

Terry with his three bikes, which he's owned since the early 60s (photo: Adrian Flux, Forever Bikes)

Terry with his three bikes, which he's owned since the early 60s (photo: Adrian Flux, Forever Bikes)

Adrian Flux, Forever Bikes

Meet the Hertford grandad who bought a rare Italian scooter 58 years ago and still rides it today

They say true love never waivers. For Terry Bedford, who fell in love with his Moto Rumi scooter 58 years ago and continues to ride his pride and joy to this day, that certainly stands true.

The grandfather bought his first Moto Rumi because he appreciated its radical design created not by an engineer but by Italian sculptor Donnino Rumi. The purchase kick-started an enduring passion for the troubled Italian maker.

Terry with his 'Little Ant' Moto Rumi Formichino (photo: Adrian Flux, Forever Bikes)Terry with his 'Little Ant' Moto Rumi Formichino (photo: Adrian Flux, Forever Bikes)

Even for the most ardent of motorcycle fans, Moto Rumi scooters (and indeed its beautiful, sleek and futuristic motorbikes) remain something of an underground secret. Consequently, Terry often finds himself the talk of any motorbike or scooter events he attends.

‘At shows, people who have never seen one before are quite fascinated by it,’ he laughs.

Moto Rumi promotional poster (image courtesy of Moto Rumi Club)Moto Rumi promotional poster (image courtesy of Moto Rumi Club)

After his first Moto Rumi purchase in 1960, Terry loved it so much he bought two more within a couple of years. He still has all three in sparkling condition at his Hertford home. The first Rumi model was a 125cc 1959 Tipo Sport, and it was love at first sight. However, he made the purchase with some trepidation as he knew the company had gone into liquidation. But the look and engineering of the bike captured him. The body, with the exception of the forks, crash rails and leg shields, was produced in cast aluminium with the front and rear castings bolted to the engine to form a monocoque. This resulted in a light and rigid construction. The rear swinging arm, chain case and silencer box were also constructed in cast aluminium.

Terry, who is married with two and children and two grandchildren, says his family ‘can’t quite understand’ his infatuation with the Rumi, despite the bikes being vauled at up to £8,500 each.

Racing the Rumi. In 1957, 1958 and 1960, the company won the Bol d'Or 24-hour races at Montlhery in France (courtesy of Moto Rumi Club)Racing the Rumi. In 1957, 1958 and 1960, the company won the Bol d'Or 24-hour races at Montlhery in France (courtesy of Moto Rumi Club)

‘They think I’m nuts. I’m sure they like them though. I’ve had my Moto Rumi for such a very long time, but it’s really been worth it. It’s a relationship which has endured the test of time.

‘I only ever ride them at shows nowadays so it’s pretty easy keeping up the maintenance and keeping it in good running order.’

Moto Rumi service signMoto Rumi service sign

The Moto Rumi Club has only around 100 members globally, including Terry of course, but they are fanatical about their pride and joys. 
‘A lot of these guys have had their bikes since new. They are truly devoted,’ Terry explains. ‘The chairman, Paul Stokes for example, went to the trouble of tracking down and buying back the Rumi he owned years ago. Incredible!’

But despite these passionate owners, Terry is concerned by a lack of young riders taking up the mantle. ‘I really feel we need to get knowledge of the Moto Rumi out into the wider biking community. We have no new people getting involved and there is a real danger that the Moto Rumis that still exist will end up as dusty old, unused and unloved museum pieces before too long. I fear the Moto Rumi will die off with their rather ageing owners, and that would be incredibly sad.’

Terry’s bike featured in Bikesure’s Forever Bikes blog, the personal stories of motorbike enthusiasts who have owned their vehicles for 30 years or more. Read more stories at

Want to know more about Moto Rumi?

The Moto Rumi Club is a resource for everything associated with the company. Go to


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Friday, December 7, 2018

Devon Life received this heartfelt letter from Mr Michael Thompson, of Torbay, which is felt particularly poignant to share with our website audience at this time of year

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

The actor Anthony Head talks to Bernard Bale about his love of animals and wildlife, and the countryside around his Somerset home

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

Talented singer brings home prestigious title after top performance

Read more
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hanna Miraftab, newest star of hit TV series The Real Housewives of Cheshire, shares some insight into her life

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bursting with festive inspiration, KATE WILLIAMS seeks out the best presents for a perfect Devon Christmas

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ballroom star and world class judge Gary Edwards has enjoyed an incredible career in dance, claiming 30 dance titles across the globe, followed by a stint as advisor to the Royal family of Brunei. Now a presenter on hit American show Dancing with the Stars, Denise Marshall caught up with the Romford-born star for the inside word on Strictly 2018!

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

As we mark the centenary of the end of world War I, Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals a unique insight into life at war during this bleak time | Words: Hannah Salisbury

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We asked our very own Snowman to reveal his top cultural picks

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We peek inside wildlife painter Catherine Ingleby’s Shurlock Row home, which she has transformed from a dated 70s relic into a colourful hive of creativity

Read more

Celebrating the centenary of women being allowed to vote in a UK General Election, we look at leading Kent ladies, then and now

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search