Ducati’s Steampunk ‘Cucciolo’ Looks Like It Fell Off a Bicycle Truck

They don't make 'em like this anymore. But someone does ...

October 12, 2017 9:00 am

Loud, powerful and faster than your daughter’s boyfriend when Dad’s car pulls in  — that’s what comes to mind when we think Ducati.

What we don’t think of: Puppies. But maybe we should.

In the days after World War II, the first Ducati product to leave the plant was a trim two-wheeler named the Cucciolo, Italian for puppy. Named for the high-pitched bark of its exhaust, the Cucciolo could get 60 miles to the quarter-gallon in ideal conditions. Weighing in at 98 pounds, 200,000 Cucciolos left the factory by 1952, though few survive today.

Luckily for bike fans, one of the remaining models ended up in the hands of a collector with six decades of Ducati builds in his garage. So he brought its 49cc engine — along with a 1930s Iver Johnson bicycle frame, modern front fork and vintage leather seat — over to Analog Motorcycles.

Ducati Puppy (5 images)

Under the watchful eye of Analog’s Tony Prust, those pieces were merged with refitted components like a Biltwell Whiskey twist throttle, dual-pull brakes and a handmade tank. The he decked it out in the same Kingfisher Blue paint Ducati used in the 1960s.

Now back in the hands of its owner, the bike is “loved, ridden and enjoyed,” Prust told BikeExif.

To give this puppy an in-person pet, consider a trip to Analog’s open house later this month.

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