- Ducati Cucciolo
48 cc single
40 miles per hour (64 km/h)
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)
Ducati Elite 200cc
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.
24 hp (18 kW) @ 8500 rpm
5 speed, wet clutch type.
Single, open cradle frame in tubular steel
Front: Telescopic forks, rear: Swinging arm rear suspension with twin, 3-way adjustable shocks.
Front: 180 mm (7.1 in) drum type, rear: 160 mm (6.3 in) drum type
Front: 2.50 x 18”; Rear: 2.75 x 18”
1350 mm (53.15")
L 2000 mm (78.75")
W 590 mm (23.25")
760 mm (29.9")
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
199 cc 4-stroke, 2 valve, air cooled, SOHC
5-speed, automatic clutch
Front: 5.9" Telescopic fork, Rear: 4.7" Single Shock Swing Arm
Front and rear drum
264 lbs (dry)
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.
"Big Wheel Showdown - Yamaha BW200ES vs. Honda TR200 Fat Cat". Dirt Bike Magazine. http://yamaha.itgo.com/BW200review/1.htm. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- 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.
Type: 399 cc, V4, 16valve, 4-stroke
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
Front Tire: 100/90-16
Rear Tire: 110/90-18
Front Brakes: Single inboard ventilated disc
Rear Brakes: Single inboard ventilated disc
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)
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- Honda CG125
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)
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- 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...]