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Ducati Apollo v4


Yes Feejer knew and quickly. It is a DUCATI APOLLO.

The had a 1260cc engine with 2 valve, pushrod controlled The carburetors were, as Auzolay found out, Dellorto 32 mm carburetors with separate chambers. The gearbox was 5-speed and the was heavy 270 kg. Initially the engine had at 7000 rpm compared to Harley Norton:s, Triumph:s, BSA:s hp at that time. Quite a difference at that time.

The had 12 V electrical system and it even had an starter.

The Berliner brothers, in the US, requested shaft drive, but chief engineer Taglioni trust shaft drive so he put a chain as transmission.

The specifications of the could even stand a with bikes today.

The performance was also the biggest Pirelli couldn’t manufacture that could handle the After a huge high crash on the Autostrada because of an tire, the power was reduced to by fitting smaller 24mm

Since the bike still the tires, the power was further to 65 hp. The tire problem was partly by the US police bike specifications stipulated that the tires be 16 Inch. I also wonder how the was to drive.

Look at the “huge” brakes and the suspension and image 100

The “Berliner” tag came from the importers name Berliner Corporation. The company was owned by two Hungarian born Jewish who where Auschwitz prisoners but because the Nazis needed to repair their trucks and the were very good In US they started to distribute and when they needed bikes they started to Ducati one cylinders.

On the request of Berliner Motors developed the Apollo (the name taken from the space program) mainly to have the police to buy them. The was allowed to buy other bikes Harley but the government made were “tailored” for Harley.

the Ducati interest in the project was and at the same time Berliner had taken up the import of Moto At the Moto Guzzi factory in Del Lario, the Berliner brothers saw a were Moto Guzzi to fit a V-twin vertically in a motorcycle The engine was originally developed for the for a three wheeler jeep and the the engine was put in a motorcycle frame and the was mentioned for the army/police.

Anyhow the Berliner brothers Moto Guzzi to make version and they intended to this bike to the American This Berliner brothers’ was what Moto Guzzi to go further with the project and in way it gave birth to the Moto brand, known for their fitted V-twins, that we today. The Berlin brothers the US market and thus the total Industry, in many ways.

Ducati models, for example the Scramblers were made on request, most of the first V2 Guzzis up to the 850 Le Mans had designs by the Berliner Brothers, Norton like the 750 Atlas was a “Berliner” as was many Matcheless models. The Motor Corporation went out of in 1984 leaving behind a ruthless and money minded

The Apollo project was buried and two prototypes were manufactured. only one still remains in the of a Japanese collector. Anyhow I it is the only one since there are modern pictures of the bike in two different color/versions.

Ducati Apollo v4
Ducati Apollo v4

Even if the Apollo project was for Ducati it, gave birth to the Brand we know today. halved the Apollo engine and to make V-Twins. The engineer the Apollo was Taglioni, later the most of the revolutionary technical from Ducati up to recent

His last project was a 998 V4 capable of up to 135 hp carbs and he planned to fit fuel on it. And all this a few years before presented their V4 range and BMW and introduced fuel injection on bikes.

Taglioni was during his whole a few steps ahead of the Japanese and thought that, by copying the the European manufacturers will survive. Unfortunally his voice was not heard at the government owned head office. Anyhow stayed at the company until 1984, some rumours that he left the company as a 1989. His engineering heritage is by his formers faithful pupils and Gianluigi Mengoli and Massimo

From the trestle frame to the systems, from the two-cylinder to the bevel gear pair and timing system and belt – Ducati’s technological heritage is based on the work of Fabio

So the failed APOLLO project did birth to two legendary Italian Ducati and Moto Guzzi. I think that an updated of the Apollo could compete, not with the Honda 1200V4 but as a version maybe…

If you want more information the Apolloproject and the History of Ducati and pls go to

http://www.ducati.com/heritage/anni60/a. ollo.jhtml (http://www.ducati.com/heritage/anni60/apollo/apollo.jhtml)

Ps. Maybe David move thread to the Ducati thread he opens it….

Ducati Apollo v4
Ducati Apollo v4


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