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Ducati Cucciolo engine-assisted bicycle / autocycle
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: Ducati Cucciolo engine-assisted bicycle / autocycle Reply with quote

The peace and tranquility of home life at OCC HQ was shattered recently, upon the impromptu arrival of a friend on his Ducati Cucciolo ("little puppy") motor-assisted bicycle, its 48cc engine puttering away merrily to itself within the frame of a post-war Raleigh. He owns a pair of these intriguing machines, this one has recently returned to active service while the other it still awaiting final prep.

Prior to producing mopeds and motorcycles, Ducati produced these engine conversions and designed them to be fitted to pedal cycles, introduced shortly after WW2. Interest in these bolt-on engine conversions, and lightweight autocycles in general, is gaining momentum, and by all accounts the Cucciolo is one of the more sought-after designs now. I can certainly see the appeal.







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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very neat and much better than the front wheel drive Solex solution that adds its weight at a higher level.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
peter scott wrote:
That's very neat and much better than the front wheel drive Solex solution that adds its weight at a higher level.

Peter


It always seemed to be the French which went FWD, one I remember was the PowerPak which was a high mounted RWD.
A friend at school had an, in the rear wheel, Raleigh Cyclemotor.

There is a variety on here mixed with some mopeds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmDrZ47DQfM
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the racing vesions.

http://www.classic50racingclub.co.uk/britax-hurricane.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great links; thanks
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 2:41 am    Post subject: Re: Ducati Cucciolo engine-assisted bicycle / autocycle Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
The peace and tranquility ... was shattered...


this is a great looking bike; thanks for starting this thread.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: Ducati Cucciolo engine-assisted bicycle / autocycle Reply with quote

s.e.charles wrote:
Rick wrote:
The peace and tranquility ... was shattered...


this is a great looking bike; thanks for starting this thread.


Glad you find it of interest. The machine's owner advises that I should really refer to it as a cyclemotor, as opposed to an autocycle, something to do with the latter usually having larger engines than the former.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a mate had one in the 80s and I rode it a few times around the block, went ok much better than his C5 Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a mate had one in the 80s and I rode it a few times around the block, went ok much better than his C5 Laughing
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