Taipei and La Dolce Vita

To Western consumers, “Made in Taiwan” was once a byword for spurious quality, even though the Asian Tiger eventually built a whole new economy with manufacturing as its foundation.

These days, the narrow backstreets of Taipei, the country’s capital city, are where you can find the new generation of makers. For example: friends Maru Shen and Jeffrey Chen, who share a passion for Italian motorcycles, and who originally lost touch with one another only to discover later they’d both chosen to make a living using Haas CNC machine tools.

Now, when they’re not organizing ride-outs on gleaming Ducatis, MV Agustas, and Vespas, they’re designing and making aftermarket parts for a growing band of fellow appassionati.