Ducati Gian Luigi Capellino

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Ducati Cucciolo

Gian Luigi Capellino

after the Second World War owners took over a that was originally created by the based company, Siata: the The project was a mini-motorcycle commonly as the Cucciolo (Puppy in Italian).The was one of the first mini-motorcycles sold in and the only small cc four-… on its own, to be attached to a regular

The Cucciolo is a totally different than what the Società Radio Brevetti (alias was used to making. Up until the this Borgo Panigale made radio-electronic-optical-mechanical products, of which were used in After the Second World the company worked to salvage they could of their and to figure out what direction should move in.

The Cucciolo at just the right moment, Ducati its first experience motorcycles and the reason to move from war-related products. The was a great idea in post-war with the country undergoing reconstruction, the Cucciolo provided Italians a simple, efficient, and versatile means of transportation.

Few details are known about in the post-war years because of the changes and the lack of written One of the famous names and faces of in that period was defenitely Luigi Capellino, the man from who invented the innovative frame and

Gian Luigi Capellino is for the creation of the first real motorcycle. Between the two World he worked as an accountant for Shell in its based offices. Seeing his for and familiarity with machines, soon moved up in the company and the Technical Director.

In order to the Technical Director it was necessary to passion; in addition to passion, for it was a real calling. The experienced in this position at Shell him towards his first patents. At the of WWII, it was no longer safe for family to remain in Genoa the city was constantly being

Capellino sent his family to the town of Ormea (Cn), in the mountains, 200 kilometres from Since he couldn’t leave his job at Capellino stayed in Genoa and to see his family as often as possible. The to Ormea was much more than it is today and Capellino’s means of transportation was an old-fashioned This was not a very comfortable for 200 km of mountain roads (some even paved!).

Capellino have to think twice to his situation; he began developing a frame to ease the trip. In the Shell was forced to close. To ends meet, Capellino to produce and sell his spring bicycle.

He made a great from the bikes, (he made and 11 bikes) and continued working to an updated version that he patented.

In 1945, Capellino got his on one of the first versions of the Siata and began working on combining the engine with his spring The combination made it both and fast to climb up steep roads. With it’s located engine, Capellino’s was beginning to look like a motorcycle!

In the fall of 1945, Capellino was a complete and functioning prototype he completed on his own. He took his to Siata in Turin where he met with Farinelli. As legend has it, took Capellino’s bike out for a ride; an hour later, his back at Siata were that something horrible had to him.

Farinelli came with a big smile and confessed he was just having too much fun to back! Capellino opened a workshop where he continued to build and patent new spring frames. In the summer of 1946, one of innovative frames entered production at Aero Caproni (an factory near Trento began producing motorcycles WWII through 1964) a modern telescopic fork.

The spring frame was also on the Borgo Panigale factory Thanks to Capellino, the Cucciolo the perfect frame and it became a mini-motorcycle, well known in as a Cucciolo CCC (Cicli Capellino

After his …, Capellino his relatives with many documents and letters from his of inventing. One of these was a letter of from Ducati sent in 1949 in which Ducati was to learn about the relationship Capellino and Caproni, with the to eventually produce Capellino from within the Borgo factory.

Ducati Cucciolo

In the late 1940s, always a volcanic inventor, to come up with new ingenious based on the Ducati 60 cc. Some of ideas included a number of (some even with a trailer) and a great scooter a tubular frame and rear absorber installed under the

It was this very scooter Ducati was interested in. They sent a couple of engineers to to check out and test the prototype of new scooter. The above-mentioned letter was October 11, 1949, and it approved of Capellino’s scooter. Unfortunately, didn’t go exactly as planned.

Instead, in 1952, the Ducati 175 was released. The Cruiser was incredibly for its time but, it was also and expensive and the market wasn’t The Cruiser was the first real in Ducati’s motorcycling history. if Ducati had produced Capellino’s 60 cc both simple and economical, would have come out

The world will never

From here, Ducati and the man from Genoa each their own separate paths. continued to produce the Ducati 60 the Capellino’s frame. In May 1950, also stopped collaborating Aero Caproni.

Although no with Ducati, Capellino to design motorcycles on his own, now the engine too! This was one of the daring and ambitious ideas of his and resulted in the Baio, a motorcycle engine and frame were by Capellino’s patents. For two years, the IMN Meccaniche Napoletane) built the

Like Ducati, IMN had also bought out by the IRI (Istituto per la Ricostruzione When the IMN factory closed, the disappeared prematurely. Capellino on to design a new frame for Siata was used on the popular light-motorcycle Capellino continued studying, and building until he was 79 years

In fact, his last patent out in 1991.

Without a doubt, ingenious creations have him a fundamental part of the beginning of motorcycle history.


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