Well, I hoped that the existence of that damn bananas' laws didn't got known outside our borders, but... damn.
Yes, it is a stupid law. Yes, it gives any cop a valid pretext to take away your bike forever
. But let's put things in perspective: it just doesn't *really* happen. Here's a case in which our "common sense" (ahem...) in applying the laws is actually positive.
The "instant impounding" is the penalty for some "malpractices" such as wheelies, dragracing on public roads, wearing non-regular helmets and even stupid ones, like pulling a hand away from the bars. Do you really risk to have your bike impounded for that? Not really, unless you're riding like a madman in a high-theft, heavy-traffic, high-accident rate city like Rome, Naples or such. Believe me, as long as you ride with a minimum of common sense in the big cities, there won't be any problem.
I still do ride single-handed and no cop has ever pulled me over - the law has been valid since august. FIM (the Italian Motorcycling Association) is fighting against the darn law (gee, many thanks, mr. Berlusconi...), but it's election time and I guess we'll have to wait until April to see it abrogated.