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Ducati Apollo v4

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47 Later, Honda Builds a Apollo

After many of waiting, Honda have built a new, 1200cc V4 Tourer. Dripping in (unnecessary) the new bike is eagerly awaited by who have loved all previous V4′s. Despite being the and greatest, the VFR has something in common another V4 that Ducati so put into production almost 50 ago, the Ducati Apollo.

in the early 1960′s, Ducati was a Italian company that made a motorcycle larger a 350cc single. These the days when a 500 was a big bike! The US Berliner Motor Corporation, was fully 85% of Ducatis production and so had influence over the factory.

Berliner was convinced the US police market was a target worth for but this would require a of at least 1200cc.

The solution was – build a large V4.

Apart meeting U.S. police the brothers’ only stipulation was the bike have an engine than anything in Harley’s which was then topped by the FL-series models. The remainder of the specifications were left to who decided on a 90-degree V-four perfect primary balance a counterbalancer, even with crank throws (each of pistons rising and falling and separate, differentially finned cylinders. The two valves per cylinder operated via pushrods and rockers screw-type adjusters, while the split wet-sump engine a single crank running in a support, with each of con-rods sharing a single roller-bearing big end.

The new Honda VFR and the Ducati Apollo more than just a V4 and around 1200cc capacity. the shares with the Duke the approach of mounting the rear two inboard of the front pair. makes the engine narrower where the riders’ legs sit. This choice for more expense, since the and rear cylinder heads are no interchangeable.

In a conventional V4, the front cylinder is staggered to one side of the rear, the cylinders in each bank spaced. The left pair of share one crankpin while the pair share another, the front connecting rods to the same side of the rear This makes the amount of between the banks the width of one rod.

On the VFR1200, the rear cylinders’ rods are both mounted of the front cylinders’ rods.

Stop Watch – Sport March 2010

Ducati Apollo v4

The Taglioni 1256cc V4 produced a claimed at 7,000rpm, a whole bunch of for 1964 and almost twice the 74 inch Harley. The power turn out to be the problem since technology of the day simply could not A combination of the power and weight the 16″ tires and the engine was progressively back to 65bhp.

In this knee capped the business model was not as attractive and Berliner preparing a sales and demonstrating the Apollo to good to police departments, Ducati funding and the project was terminated.

2 prototypes were built and survive and are pretty much On the other hand the Honda will be much more and readily available!


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