It is not all about Cagiva, but anyway I start with some pictures from the chairman of the danish Ducati club´s garage. (He makes a lot of different stickers/plaugearts).
After a few pictures there is a few lines about the most common italian motorcycle brands.
The one in the front I have bought now
Aprilia are founded right after second wold war when Cavaliere Alberto
Beggio started a production of bikes in Noale outside Venice. In 1962
the company became a Ltd and in 1968 the son Ivano Beggio parted in
the management. Very soon his interest turned towards motorcycles
and with a few friends he made the first "Aprilia motorcycle"
a 50cubic in gold and blue. It payed some attension and the first
"mopeds" was named "Colibri", "Daniela"
and "Packi", but the model most to Ivano´s sole was
the crossbike "Scarabeo" which was made in different 50
and 125 cubics versions between 1970 and ´79. In 1974 Ivano
became maneger, this was also the year for the first "geniue"
motorcross racer, driven by Maurizio Sgarzani in ther junior class.
With this as background they made the RC125 wich was on display in
Milan. In 1976 and 1977 Aprilia won the italian championchip in motocross.
All this was with engines from "Sachs", "Hiro"
and "Rotax". In 1985 they joint road-race, even here the
results didn´t wait, after two years Loris Reggiani got the
first victory in the 250 class at the San Marino GP. Toalty it ended
with 13 driver championships and nine factory titels.
DucatiDucati was established as a radio factory in 1926, and until the factory was bombed in 1944 about 11.000 were employed. After the war they started a production of engines for the bike "Cucciolo". This was a great succes and in 1950 200.000 Cucciolos were produced.
In 1953 the factory were splitted into "Ducati Elettronica S.p.A." and "Ducati Meccanica S.p.A.".
As early as in 1954 Fabio Taglioni - the father of the desmodromic L-engine which made the brand a legend - started.
Until 1971 Ducati only produced Single cylinder motorbikes. GT750 was the first streetbike with L-engine, this was the base for Poul Smarts victory at the 200 mile run on Imola in 1972, the engine had gear wheels for the camshafts (bevel drive). It also was the base for the legendary 900SS which sow the daylight in 1977. In 1978 the "Pantah" engine came, it had belt drive for the camshafts and started as 500 cubic, since that it´s grown to 750 (the F1 models) and not least to 851 and 888 witch has shown there power several times by winning "superbike WM".
In 1984 the economi broke and "Cagiva group" bought Ducati (justlook at the Elefants and Alazurra with Ducati engines). Under Cagiva a few Ducati models were developed - "Paso" in ´86 and "851" in ´87, and the biggest succes "916" in ´94, it is drawn by Massimo Tamburini and is the first with watercooling. The bike has evolved to beeing the "999".
Beside this Ducati today produces the models "Monster", "SuperSport", the touring bike "ST" and the semi dual purpose bike "Multi Strada". The latest is a few retro models.
Cagiva sold Ducati in 1996 to Texas Pacific Group (TPG), witch still own Ducati. A deeper story can be read at "ducatisuite.com" or "pasomotor.com"
"Laverda Machine Agricole" is established in 1873, producing
farming machinery, which they still do. After world war 2 there were
a lack of transportation and Moto Laverda were established by Francesco
Laverda in 1947 in the city of Breganze. The first model "Laverda
75" war shown in 1950. Untikl the mid sixties only small bikes
were produced, but in ´66 the 650 arrived with 52 hp and a top
speed of180km/h, after a few years the 750 cubics shown up and became
the great breake through on the motorcycle front. In 1973 investments
in a new factory were made, almost at the same time as the tree cylinders
1000s see daylight. And in 1975 the two cylinder 500 with eight valves
Moto Guzzi´s history goes all the way back to 1919, where the
first thoughts to a 500 cubic one cylinder engine with 4 valves and
overhead camshaft runs through the head of Carlo Guzzi. This bike
dèbuted in the run Milano-Naples in 1921, and the first victory
came in Targa Florio same year, after this it triumphed for some years.
It is the backbone of both thei Arione (prewar model) and the Falcone
model (postwar model).
Moto Morini was established in 1946 by Alfonso Morini and have residence
in Bolonga. They have from start made light allterrain motorcycles
with twostroke engines on125 and 175 cubic, which was very populair
at that time. In 1963 they won a GP on a fourstroke 250 cubic dohc
with Tarquinoi Provini as driver, he rode with great succes. A driver
like Giacomo Agustini also started on Morini, before he went to MV.