In your new book, Dreams Road - Viaggi per spiriti liberi, you’ve chosen to recount seven itineraries that touch five continents. We know that Australia and Chile are trips that meant a lot to you, but we’d like to hear some anecdotes. If you were to choose one particularly difficult trip and one of your favourites (which you’d like to re-live a thousand times over), which would they be?
V: In all these years we’ve had some truly incredible experiences. Once we rode to the home of the President of the Republic of Uruguay on our two "red horses". Travelling by motorcycle has always made it easy for us to meet people on the road, which for us was the most important thing, the most precious! Everyone asks us which was the best trip of our lives, but to be honest it’s a hard question to answer. One that has remained particularly close to my heart is certainly the humanitarian trip that we made after buying Dr Costa's Mobile Clinic, taking it all the way to Senegal. It was a complicated journey because Mauritania was going through a very hot and very dangerous time, and we crossed it all with a truck followed by two Jeeps and our Multistrada 1100 bikes. It was definitely the best trip and project of my life..
E: And who can forget the day we met the Dalai Lama for the first time in Leh, Ladakh. He was fascinated by the fact that we were going to visit him on a motorcycle, and he went crazy because the bike was the same colour as his clothes. Aside from the interview, he wanted to ride the motorcycle at all costs.
Even though we’ve met the Dalai Lama many times, he never remembers my name. For him I’m not Emerson, I’m MOTORCYCLE!