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Ducati 60 S

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Claimed power: @ 7,000rpm

Top speed: 120mph

Engine: 1,256cc, air-cooled OHV V4

(dry): 271kg (596lbs)

capacity / MPG: 16ltr / NA

Few motorcycles ever built enjoyed as mythical a reputation as the Apollo, a failed Italian at a Harley-style cruiser for the American

Back in the late 1950s, was one of dozens of small Italian struggling to overcome the success of the 500 minicar, which stopped the boom in Italian biking. collapse in sales forced to focus even more on export markets, particularly the This meant even dependence on its U.S. importer, New Berliner Motor Corporation, was selling roughly 85 percent of total production; brothers Joe and Berliner effectively called the at recession-hit Ducati.

Joe Berliner was convinced of the potential of the police market, especially U.S. anti-trust legislation police departments consider other than Harley-Davidsons. police department specifications increasingly standardized across the favoring the large-capacity Harleys. included an engine capacity of at 1,200cc, a minimum 60-inch and the use of 5 x 16-inch tires.

In 1959, Berliner contacted chief Giuseppe Montano to see if the was interested in producing a machine for market. Montano and Ducati Fabio Taglioni agreed, they could produce a efficient and modern design Berliner could sell at a cost.

But Montano encountered from the government bureaucrats in who controlled Ducati’s finances, and dragged on. A deal was finally in 1961, resulting in a joint

with Berliner underwriting the costs of the new model. In return, would dictate its specifications. from meeting the standardized police regulations, the brothers’ stipulation was that the bike an engine bigger than in Harley’s range, then by the 74ci/1,215cc FL-series Duo Glide MC

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