Aprilia

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notanumber
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Aprilia

Post by notanumber » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:15 am

Hello

I hope this is not an ignorant question (Google has so far failed me!) ... can someone confirm whether Aprilia (as a current manufacturer of bikes) is the same company that made the lighting systems/switches etc) on Ducatis back in the day, or is it a different company entirely?

Happy to hear from anyone who can inform me!

Thanks

TDF
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Re: Aprilia

Post by TDF » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:06 pm

I can't recall where I read it. (it might come to me at some point) Seems to me it was a book or magazine article about old Ducati's and their electrics, but from what I recall reading they are not related to each other. Somebody will be along with more proof than my faulty memory though I hope.

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1966 Ducati 350 Sebring
1965 Ducati Bronco 125
1958 MDS Super Dart
2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
2002 MV Agusta F4 750
Plus a whole herd of non-Italian motorcycles.

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Craig in France
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Re: Aprilia

Post by Craig in France » Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:22 pm

That's about as much as I know too, but I've never managed to find any supporting documentary evidence. It seems that Aprilia the electrical equipment supplier disappeared - went bust/got taken over? - around 1974 or 75. I don't even know where the company was based. This product catalogue is currently on sale in Italy:

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Aprilia the motorcycle manufacture started as a bicycle maker after the war and it wasn't until 1968 that the company produced its first powered machines, using bought-in engines (Sachs, Morini, Hiro), mopeds first and then off-roaders.

This is the Daniela
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This a Colibri
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This is a Scarabeo
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More photos here:
http://www.dropbears.com/a/aprilia/aprilia_history.htm

tobaccoblender
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Re: Aprilia

Post by tobaccoblender » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:10 am

Hi Craig
What a shame that catalog isn't from the mid or late 70's instead of '70. None the lass I'm half temped to buy it just for the fun of browsing through it!

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Craig in France
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Re: Aprilia

Post by Craig in France » Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:36 pm

Go for it, Paddy! I can't believe there will be many people interested in it, so you may be able to negotiate a bit (perhaps ... :-D )

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