Capriolo

With Phil Aynsley

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Capriolo 75

Capriolo was the motorcycle division of the famous Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni (and named after the local alpine deer).

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The Capriolo 75 was produced when the Italian firm was banned from aircraft production following WW2

When Italy was barred from producing aircraft after WW II, Count Caproni turned to motorcycles (as did Aermacchi). In fact among their first projects was producing the frame for the first Ducati motorcycle, the 60.

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The brand actually produced a frame for the Ducati 60

The 75 was introduced in 1951 and production continued until 1958.

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The Capriolo 75 Normale had a distinctive frame

This 75 Normale is the second version (circa. 1957) of the 75, which featured revised engine parts (mainly the clutch) and hydraulic rear shocks in place of the earlier friction damper types. The front forks were also updated.

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This later version (a 1957) featured updated suspension and clutch

The motor was unusual in having a longitudinally mounted crankshaft with the flywheel at the front. To complete the weirdness a face-cam system was used instead of a normal lobe cam.

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Capriolo 75 engine cut-out

Output was 3.5hp at 6000rpm and a pressed steel frame which encompassed the tank was yet another unusual feature.

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Capriolo 75 engine cut-out

With Count Caproni’s death in 1957 the company was reorganised and renamed Aeromere (Areo Meccanica Regionale).

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The brand was later renamed Areo Meccanica Regionale

A new line of bikes was then designed including a new 75. Capriolo was taken over by Laverda in 1964.

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Capriolo 75

Being an Italian company, of course a 75 Sport was soon introduced (1952). It made 4.5hp at 7,500rpm.

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo was taken over by Laverda in 1964

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75 ‘Sport’

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo 75

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Capriolo With Phil Aynsley Capriolo was the motorcycle division of the famous Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni (and named after the local alpine deer). When Italy was barred...