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    I've read that these were originally an attempt to sell to the Police across the US. They had 100hp but kept killing tires so they detuned untill there were under 70 hp. Only 1 currently exists (according to what i read).
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    I've read that these were originally an attempt to sell to the Police across the US. They had 100hp but kept killing tires so they detuned untill there were under 70 hp. Only 1 currently exists (according to what i read).
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    Way cool looking engine like the way the cylinders are seperated and the overall look of the motorcycle. Shame no one can own one.
    Weak as wet toilet paper.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducati_Apollo

    In 1959, the Berliner Motor Corporation approached Ducati about creating a rival to the Harley-Davidson to sell to police departments around the U.S. Author Greg Field, based on interviews with Mike Berliner, contends that Berliner went so far as to ship two Harley-Davidsons to Italy as examples (one was for Moto Guzzi), and that Ducati, rather than any Japanese company, was the first Harley-Davidson imitator.[4]
    The Berliner brothers were enthusiastic. Ducati’s government management was not. It was only when Berliner agreed to underwrite a portion of the development costs in 1961, that the project went ahead. They decided to call it the Apollo, in honor of the moon mission series of the time.[5]
    Ducati was to produce two prototypes and two extra engines as spares. Today only one survives.

    Initially it was putting out 100*bhp @ 7000*rpm, and could exceed 120*mph (190*km/h). The Harley of the time made 55*bhp. The first test rider Franco Farne came back from his first ride, and said it “handles like a truck.” Farne normally rode small racers.[7] It soon became evident that even specially made tyres were not up to the power of the engine. A tyre disintegrated at speed on the Autostrada, and the test rider rated his survival “a miracle”. The engine was detuned to give 80*bhp. Tyres continued to disintegrate. The engine was brought down to 65*bhp, and the survival rate of the tyres became acceptable. This was late 1963. (In 1958 Moto Guzzi had used a 20-inch rear tyre on the Grand Prix 500*cc V8, and they had worn rapidly with 78*bhp.)
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    Technically it is possible for someone to own one - the gold and white bike delivered to Berliner during the presentation ceremony is "lost". It could still be out there or it could have been destroyed years ago. Sometimes this stuff resurfaces - look at Von dutch's VW chopper as an example - that was considered lost for a long time.
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    There's one in the national motorcycle museum in Anamosa.

    Read there were around 20 built. Allegedly.
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    There were only 2 built not 20. Plus two spare engines. Either the national MC museum has a) the black one on loan from Ducati b) a replica, c) the lost gold one.
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    T'was black.
    That's like, your opinion, man.

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