- Ducati Cucciolo

Cucciolo Manufacturer Ducati Engine 48 cc single Top speed 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) Weight 98 pounds (44 kg) (dry) The Ducati Cucciolo was a 4-stroke clip-on engine conceived during and shortly after World War II by a Turin lawyer, Aldo Farinelli, and developed with a self-taught engineer, Aldo Leoni. During the war, Aldo Farinelli began working with the small Turinese firm Siata (Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie) with the idea of developing a small engine that could be mounted on a bicycle. Farinelli’s and Leone’s first prototype was running on the streets of Turin in Autumn of 1944. The yapping sound of the engine's short stubby exhaust inspired the name Cucciolo ("little puppy") for the motor. Weighing a little over 17 pounds (7.7 kg) and giving 180 miles per US gallon (77 km/l) when installed in a bicycle. On July 26, barely one month after the official liberation of the country, Siata announced their intention to sell [read more...]

- Ducati Mach 1

1965 Mach 1 (Concept version) Manufacturer Ducati Meccanica Production 1965-1969 Predecessor Ducati Elite 200cc Class Standard Engine 4-stroke single-cylinder, 248.5 cc, 10:1 compression, 74 mm x 57.8 mm, contact breaker igntion with a single Dell'Orto SS29 carburettor. Power 24 hp (18 kW) @ 8500 rpm Transmission 5 speed, wet clutch type. Frame type Single, open cradle frame in tubular steel Suspension Front: Telescopic forks, rear: Swinging arm rear suspension with twin, 3-way adjustable shocks. Brakes Front: 180 mm (7.1 in) drum type, rear: 160 mm (6.3 in) drum type Tires Front: 2.50 x 18”; Rear: 2.75 x 18” Wheelbase 1350 mm (53.15") Dimensions L 2000 mm (78.75") W 590 mm (23.25") Seat height 760 mm (29.9") Weight 116 kg (255.2 lbs) (dry) The Ducati Mach 1 motorcycle was a milestone in Ducati's history. The Mach 1, with its 250cc single cylinder engine, was the fastest 250 road bike at the time. It was capable of just over 100 mph (160 [read more...]

- Honda TR200

TR200 "Fatcat" Manufacturer Honda Production 1986-1987 Engine 199 cc 4-stroke, 2 valve, air cooled, SOHC Transmission 5-speed, automatic clutch Suspension Front: 5.9" Telescopic fork, Rear: 4.7" Single Shock Swing Arm Brakes Front and rear drum Tires Rear: 23.7x8.00-11 Wheelbase 53.7" Dimensions L 79.5" W 32.3" Seat height 29.7" Weight 264 lbs (dry) Fuel capacity 1.9 gal The Honda TR200 series of bikes was produced only in 1986 and 1987. One color was available: Shasta White with blue. The engine was a 199cc 4-stroke OHC single linked to a 5-speed transmission and automatic clutch. This bike was unique in that it used two ATV-type tires. Sources http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_TR200 "Big Wheel Showdown - Yamaha BW200ES vs. Honda TR200 Fat Cat". Dirt Bike Magazine. http://yamaha.itgo.com/BW200review/1.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2010.  [read more...]

- Honda VF400F

The first model of the Honda VF400F (NC13) was a "Naked style" motorcycle with bikini-cowling which looked like a MVX250. It had a 400 cc V4 engine and was produced in 1982 and 1983. Notable features were the inboard ventilated disc brakes, Honda's TRAC (torque reactive anti dive control) system and air assisted front & rear suspension. Engine Type: 399 cc, V4, 16valve, 4-stroke Cooling: Liquid Bore x Stroke: 55 mm x 42 mm Compression Ratio: 11:1 Power: 55.5 hp (41.4 kW) @ 12500 rpm Torque: 35.5 Nm (26.2 ft·lbf) @ 10500 rpm Transmission: 6 speed Wheels Front Tire: 100/90-16 Rear Tire: 110/90-18 Front Brakes: Single inboard ventilated disc Rear Brakes: Single inboard ventilated disc Dimensions Length: 2060 mm (81.1 inches) Width: 750 mm (29.5 inches) Height: 1160 (45.7 inches) Seat Height: 780 mm (30.7 inches) Wheelbase: 1415 mm (55.7 inches) Ground Clearance: 160 mm (6.3 inches) Fuel Capacity: 17 L (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal) Dry Weight: 173 kg (381.4 pounds) Colours [read more...]

- Honda CG125

CG125 Manufacturer Honda Production 1976-2008 Engine 124 cc 4-stroke OHV single The Honda CG125 is a commuter motorcycle that was made by Honda of Japan. It was in production from 1976 to 2008 and was originally manufactured in Japan, but source for European market was eventually moved to Brazil in 1985 and also Turkey for the W model. Over its lifetime, the CG125 has received numerous enhancements and tweaks: The electrics were upgraded from 6 V to 12 V (1985 in UK) The old contact breakers were replaced by electronic ignition (1998 in UK). An electric start was added in 2001, originally alongside the original kick start and replacing it completely in 2004 (in the European Market). 2004 saw a number of further changes in the European market: The front drum brake was replaced by a disc brake A new instrument cluster, including a fuel gauge for the first time, replaced the old square unit. The fuel capacity was increased to 13 litres (2.9 imp gal; 3.4 US gal) The [read more...]

- Ducati Desmoquattro motorcycles

The Ducati Desmoquattro are water-cooled, four valve engines from Ducati. They have been produced since 1985 in capacities from 748 cc to 1198 cc. The Early Desmoquattro (851 - 996S) The water cooled Ducati Desmoquattro engine that has dominated World Superbike racing was introduced in 1985 in Ducati 851 form, and despite subtle changes and increases in capacity, from 851, to 888, 916, and then 996 cc, remains true to the 851 motor designed by Massimo Bordi. That 851 was the first successful adaptation of Ducati’s desmodromic valve actuation to a four valves per cylinder engine, and began production with a 40 degree included valve angle. This was also the introduction of liquid cooling and computerised fuel injection to the V-twin range. Taglioni had experimented with four valve heads, but had stuck to his 80 degree included valve angle, not realising that a much lower included valve angle was needed for the benefits of the layout to become apparent. In 1991 Ducati increased [read more...]

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