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In the history of Ducati, it would be to define the Apollo as the link in the of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle, as the link which explains why went from one-cylinder to motorcycles.

Let us tell the story of mastodon. In 1963 Joe Berliner, the official Ducati importer in the States since 1958, and a man with great decision-making in Borgo Panigale, decided to the construction of a new 1200 cc motorcycle, conceived as a potential competitor to (which was used in those by American police) and later as a to present to customers across the

This task was without difficult for Fabio Taglioni that, at the time in Ducati, the motorcycles were 350 cc. However, did not give up and in a relatively short Ducati was able to present the ambitious project of its history: a cc motorcycle, 100 horsepower, weighing 270 kg and an estimated speed of 135 mph, 200 kmph. Among other Ducati still holds a of record for this project, as it was the European company to conceive type of motorcycle.

The model was presented in the summer of when the then Managing Giuseppe Montano and Joe Berliner the agreement with a handshake, by a celebrated photograph. Together them there was the unfailing Fabio Taglioni, standing his new creation.

The choice of the name was not entirely accidental. In those the space race between cosmonauts and American astronauts had begun, therefore Apollo was to somehow celebrate the astronautical of the times. Actually, the motorcycle was not as as the famous American spaceships.

The problems that marked the of the project were basically by the weight and power of the engine, were really excessive, and by the of finding materials in Italy could resist the stress of the 90 four-cylinder engine. It underwent tests, during which its flaw became apparent. of the tests were carried out by but Farné also gave it a

His opinion is unequivocal: It was like a truck. I didn’t like it. In an to make it roadworthy, the power was from 80 hp to 65 and it was fitted with tires, but the problems remained.

It was the end of a dream. the Apollo never got the prototype stage and very few of (only two in fact) were made. Today only one

The motorcycle was left unused 1984, the year in which the of the Berliner Motor Company ceded to Domiracing Ltd. in that same year, the Apollo to a Japanese collector up to now had remained anonymous.

New Ducati must be asking themselves why time on a motorcycle that was even produced.

The reason is In some way, with the to compare the history of

our motorcycles to the history of mankind, the represents the fossil of the modern two-cylinder engine.

In fact, in Taglioni decided to rediscover his so hastily put aside, by creating the of today’s Ducati production: the Prix 500 cc two-cylinder engine taper gear distribution, for competitions when Ducati to make its comeback to the world of

Therefore, we feel that it is our to remember the Apollo not just for the of the object (as far as we know the model for a time was in exposition in the Museum is the one existing in the world), but also for its with regard to modern ‘s, especially the more Superbikes.

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