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The Magic of Mechanical Contraptions – the Ducati 48

Posted by Vicki Smith on July 7th, 2014 at 11:35 am

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About ten years ago I went on a buying spree, and no shopping malls were involved.  At that time a lot of old Ducati memorabilia, electronics, early motorcycles and Cucciolos (the first Ducati “motorcycle” was actually a bicycle with a clip on motor, the design sourced from Siata, an Italian car company).  It was pretty clear that the pipeline for these items was seriously limited, so whenever we came across an item of interest we bought it, or made certain someone like minded (by which I mean, willing to show it to the public on occasion) had a chance to.  This is one of the little bikes we brought back from Italy. By today’s standards they are crude. It’s hard to imagine this bike is the DNA of an 1199 Panigale, but it is.

The patina of a well lived life

The patina of a well lived life

This one is called a Ducati 48. It’s the first Cucciolo to not have pedals which makes it technically speaking, Ducati’s first motorcycle. It’s all original, runs like a top and if there was ever an argument for why mechanical contraptions are magical, one spin around the block will put a grin on your face that will completely eliminate any need for further explanation. Even better, this little Ducati, built in 1952, started and ran (perfectly I might add) with some gas, a new sparkplug and less than a handful of kicks.  Not bad for a 62 year old gal…

 

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