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INDICE

1 - PRODUCTION (6F V.I.N. serie)
2 - MOTOVI' THE BRAZILIAN HD SS 125
3 - THE FRIEZES
4 - TANK DESIGN
5 - THE DOCUMENTATION
6 - THE 100.000th CAGIVA 125
7 - BASKET: CAGIVA VARESE
8 - IN MEMORY OF CLAUDIO CASTIGLIONI
9 - HD-CAGIVA V.I.N.

10 - CAGIVA AT THE MOVIE AND TV

 


1 - PRODUCTION (6F V.I.N. serie)

First of all, big thanks to Mr Enrico Minazzi of Aermacchi historical register http://www.aermacchimoto.com that provided informations about models produced by the brand AMF-HD. Below is shown a table that quantifies the units produced per year. The table is related to the series 6F (SS 125 - 125 SST) and has been divided into two parts to show separately the AMF-HD brand and the Cagiva brand. Unfortunately, the data are only partial because some registry has been lost throught the years. In addition to these data should be added the 6F mtorcycles manufactured for the American market, which had some characteristics different from those of the Italian and European markets. Update in progress.

Serie 

Model  Year  V.I.N. start  V.I.N. last  Units 

6F

Brand AMF - Harley Davidson        
SS 125 1975 6F-60001 H5 6F-61802 H5 1802
SS 125 1976 6F-60001 H6 6F-62900 H6 2900
SS 125 1977 6F-60001 H7 6F-65419 H7 5419
SST 125 1978 6F-60001 H8 6F-65481 H8 (1) 5481
Total       15602
         
Brand Cagiva        
SST 125 HD 1978-1979 6F-80001 H8 6F-84122 4122
SST 125 1980 6F-84123 6F-91523 7401
SST 125 1981 6F-91524 6F-104023 12500
SST 125 1982 6F-104024 6F-119023 15000
SST 125 C Low Rider 1983 6F-119024 6F-121024 2001
SST 125 Aletta / SST 125 Aletta Official 1983-1984 6F-121025 6F-124532 (2) 3508
Total       44532
         
TOTAL MANUFACTURED UNITS 60134

(1) Last number recorded into official registers is 6F-61552 H8 (incomplete data); most recent number detected is 6F-65481 H8
(2) Most recent number detected is 6F-124532


2 - MOTOVI': THE BRAZILIAN HD SS 125

The Harley Davidson SS 125 was sold in Brazil also. The brand name was Motovi SS 125. The bike was assembled in Manaus to circumvent Brazilian law era that banned the importation of cars from abroad in order to revive its economy. Below: a picture of Motovi SS 125 and a test drive reported in the Brazilian magazine "4 Rodas" No. 205, August 1977.

   

Other Cagiva motorcycles were manufactured in Brazil under the brand Agrale. These are mainly Elefant and enduro models in general.


3 - THE FRIEZES

Below are shown friezes of AMF-HD SS 125 and SST 125, an eagle with US flag colors. Brand Cagiva modified this frieze with his elephant and italian flag colors. 

   

 


4 - TANK DESIGN

First of all many thanks to mister Sven Döhler the owner of http://www.aermacchi-world.de site, to giving me the authorization to publish pictures of Harley Davidson tanks. Below is shown the evolution of design tanks, referred to 6F SERIE (Harley Davidson / Cagiva) from year 1975 to year 1984.

1    2    3

4

5    6   7

Starting from left, above:
1) SS 125 year 1975
2) SST 125 year 1978 (SST 250 since year 1976)
3) SST 125 year 1979, first series, during brand change from HD to Cagiva
4) SST 125 from year 1980, to year 1983
5) SST 125 year 1983, Low Rider
6) SST 125 year 1983, Aletta serie
7) SST 125 year 1984, Official, last series.

 


5 - THE DOCUMENTATION

With the purchase of the bike were provided the owner's manual,the booklet of coupons, the motorcycle warranty and the battery warranty.

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These interesting documents concerning the declaration of conformity and the approval of the HD 125 SX (Cagiva SXT 125 forerunner). The documents were released by Direzione Generale of M.C.T.C. on November 14, 1974. Thanks to Mr. Nichola Rizzo for the material supplied.

 


6 - THE 100.000th CAGIVA 125

In this short article Cagiva announced it has pulled down from the assembly lines the 100,000th SST 125. It happened on September 9th, 1981. The article is actually misleading because it looks like Cagiva has produced 100,000 units. More precisely, the article refers to the Cagiva SST 125 with chassis number 6F-100000; in terms of units produced it is the Cagiva SST 125 number 20.000. In the image below we see immortalized next to torpedo Cagiva equipped with engine 125, record holder launched of speed. In short, two important milestones that underscore how the house was at the forefront in terms of production and in sport in general. In the background there are several Cagiva SST 125 parked in the square about to be loaded on the truck that will distribute throughout Italy.

Image taken from Motociclismo magazine, n. 10, October 1981.


7 - BASKET: CAGIVA VARESE

The Cagiva company was present in the world of basketball, both as a sponsor and as owner of the Pallacanestro Varese. In 1981 sponsor of the team that took the name of Cagiva Varese, until the year 1983, when it passed the sponsor to the food company Star. In the 1982-83 season shining star Kevin Magee (Gary, September 24, 1959 - Amite City, October 23, 2003), scorer with 887 points. Magee will lend his figure for advertising Cagiva motorcycles.
The Castiglioni family became owner of the team, keeping it from 2000 to 2010 with mixed results.

Image: the athletic jump of Kevin Magee


8 - IN MEMORY OF CLAUDIO CASTIGLIONI

Claudio Castiglioni (Varese, 1947 to 17 August 2011) was an Italian businessman. In 1978, with his brother Gianfranco, he took over the premises of Harley Davidson Schiranna (Varese). It was in that year that the house of Milwaukee decided to abandon the production of lighter bikes in Europe (production began in 1960 with the Aermacchi and then with the American Machine Foundry). The production of AMF-HD motorbikes ceased on 31 July 1978. On 30 September 1978, the company was put into liquidation. On 20 October 1978, the Cagiva adventure begins, having Castiglioni brothers acquired the settlement and continued, with a brilliant marketing operation, the production of models already HD branded, so that the same motorcycles became much in demand to become true icons of the 80s. Everything is born thanks to the passion of the two brothers for the world of motorsport and racing. Cagiva debut from the start in the world of competitions, both in motocross with its WMX and in the circuits of the Paris-Dakar and Rally. They have been part of the team riders like Edi Orioli, Alessandro "Ciro" De Petri, Corrado Maddii, Pekka Vehkonen, Dave Strijbos, Eddie Lawson. In the second half of the 80s Cagiva will acquire the brands Husqvarna, Moto Morini and Ducati in order to deal with larger market shares. It was thanks to Claudio Castiglioni and his staff of engineers and designers that Ducati raised its chances, producing historical motorcycles such as the Monster and 916. The dream of Claudio Castiglioni, however, was to revive the brand MV Agusta that was acquired by the company in 1991. The Cagiva company will send the brands Ducati, Moto Morini and then Husqvarna. In 2008 Claudio Castiglioni will sell the company Cagiva to Harley Davidson and after only 14 months, the same Harley Davidoson will sell to Castiglioni again, bringing the brand in Italy. Claudio Castiglioni died prematurely at the age of 64, leaving the helm of the company to his son John, who has continued motorcycle production under brand MV Agusta. A Claudio Castiglioni we must acknowledge that he was a brave man and multifaceted, having invested much of its resources, not only economic, in the world of bikes. Reviving the HD market was definitely not an easy task, but the trump card was to be able to welcome the passion of all motorcyclists, in particular he has been able to hit the target the needs and dreams of the young riders of the time, making them passionate about the world of two wheels so as to bring the company Cagiva at the highest levels of Italian motorcycle market. The approximately 45.000 motorcycles SST 125 produced as brand Cagiva are a record still unbeaten. Claudio Castiglioni is acknowledged to have been able to transform what was "American Style" in "Made in Italy".

 

   

Images:
Left, above: a SST 250/350 and Claudio Castiglioni riding an RR 250 prototype, (photo: Cagiva museum).
Riight, above: Castiglioni Bros; Gianfranco at left side, Claudio at right side (photo: Cagiva museum).
Center, below: Claudio Castiglioni and his son Giovanni (photo: from internet).


9 - HD-CAGIVA V.I.N.

V.I.N. Model Technical
name
Brands Start End
1AA-TLZ1 ROADSTER 125 521 Cagiva 1994 2001
1B ELEFANT 900 i.e.   Cagiva 1990 1992
1BE ELEFANT 900 i.e. GT   Cagiva 1991 1993
1F RR 250/350 DSST HD / Cagiva 1979 1979
1N ELEFANT 650   Cagiva 1985 1989
2B FRECCIA C12 SP 125   Cagiva 1990 1990
2D X 90   HD 1973 1975
2F SUPER CITY 125   Cagiva 1991 1996
2FN ROADSTER 200   Cagiva 1996 1997
2G W16 600   Cagiva 1994 2001
2L ALETTA ELECTRA 125   Cagiva 1984 1985
2M ALAZZURRA 350   Cagiva 1984 1985
2N T4 350 R [E]   Cagiva 1987 1991
 W12 350   Cagiva 1993 1996
3C SX 350 (4 stroke)   HD 1971 1974
3D Z 90   HD 1973 1975
3F SXT 125   HD 1975 1978
3G RIVER 600   Cagiva 1995 1998
3H WMX 125/3   Cagiva    
WRX 125   Cagiva    
3L ALA ROSSA 350   Cagiva 1983 1988
3M ALAZZURRA 650   Cagiva 1984 1986
4B PRIMA 75   Cagiva 1993 1995
4F SS 175   HD 1975 1978
4G RX 250   Cagiva 1978 1978
4L DG 350 TR Cagiva    
4N WMX 125   Cagiva    
4P
CRUISER 125   Cagiva 1987 1988
TAMANACO 125   Cagiva 1988 1991
N90 125   Cagiva 1990 1991
5B ELEFANT 900 E AC   Cagiva 1993 1997
5C SHORTSTER 65 MC-65 HD 1972 1972
5D SX 175   HD 1974 1978
5F1 SUPER CITY 50   Cagiva 1991 1995
5G CANYON 600   Cagiva 1995 1998
5P FRECCIA C9 125   Cagiva 1987 1987
FRECCIA C10 R 125   Cagiva 1988 1988
5PE FRECCIA C12 R 125   Cagiva 1989 1989
6A SS 350 (4 stroke)   HD 1973 1974
6B ELEFANT 750 E   Cagiva 1994 1997
6C BAJA SR 100   HD 1972 1974
6D SX 250 (2 stroke)   HD 1974 1978
6F SS 125 6F SS HD 1975 1978
SST 125 6F SS HD / Cagiva 1978 1983
LOW RIDER 125 6F SS Cagiva 1983 1983
ALETTA 125 6F SS Cagiva 1983 1984
ALETTA OFFICIAL 125 6F SS Cagiva 1984 1984
6L ALETTA ROSSA 125 WSXT Cagiva 1983 1984
ELEFANT 125 WSXT Cagiva 1984 1985
DAKAR 125 WSXT Cagiva 1986 1987
6LE ELEFANT 2 125   Cagiva 1985 1986
ELEFANTRE 125   Cagiva 1986 1988
6N ELEFANT 350   Cagiva 1985 1989
ELEFANT 750   Cagiva 1987 1990
6P BLUES 125   Cagiva 1987 1993
7A RAPIDO MLS 125   HD 1970 1972
TX 125   HD 1973 1973
SX 125   HD 1974 1975
7B ERS 350   HD 1972 1972
7D MX 250   HD 1977 1978
7F PRIMA 50   Cagiva 1992 1995
7H SX 250   Cagiva 1981 1983
7N T4 500 R [E]   Cagiva 1987 1990
7T SST 250   HD / Cagiva 1976 1983
ALA VERDE 250   Cagiva 1984 1985
ALA BLU 250   Cagiva 1983 1985
8A LEGGERO 65 M-65S HD 1970 1972
8B BAJA MSR 100   HD 1970 1972
8F SST 350   HD / Cagiva 1978 1983
ALA VERDE 350   Cagiva 1984 1986
8H SXT 125   Cagiva 1978 1983
8L ELEFANT 200        
 ELEFANT 2 200   Cagiva 1985 1986
8M ALETTA ORO 125 WSST Cagiva 1985 1987
8P MITO 125 - MITO Evolution 125   Cagiva 1990 1998
9E SS 250   HD 1975 1978
9F SX 350 (2 stroke)   HD 1977 1978
SX 350   Cagiva 1979 1983
ALA BLU 350   Cagiva 1983 1985
9H WRX 250   Cagiva    
9PE W8 125   Cagiva 1991 1995
ZCG-3G01AA RIVER 500   Cagiva 1997 2002
ZCG-8P00AA MITO 125 Evolution 7 speed   Cagiva 1999 1999
ZCG-8P00AB MITO 125 Evolution 6 speed   Cagiva 2000 2000
ZCG-M100 CANYON 500   Cagiva 1997 2002
ZCG-M200 RAPTOR 1000   Cagiva 2000 2006
ZCG-M201 V-RAPTOR 1000
X-TRA RAPTOR 1000
  Cagiva 2001 2004
ZCG-M210 RAPTOR 650   Cagiva 2001 2007
ZCG-M211 V-RAPTOR 650   Cagiva 2001 2005
ZCG-M300 GRAN CANYON 900   Cagiva 1995 2000
ZCG-M400 CUCCIOLO 125   Cagiva    
NUVOLA 125   Cagiva    
ZCG-M500 NAVIGATOR 1000   Cagiva 2000 2005
ZCG-N100 PLANET 125 N1 Cagiva 1997 2003
ZCG-N200 SUPER CITY EV 125   Cagiva 1997 2001
ZCG-N300 MITO 125   Cagiva 2001 2007
MITO SP525 125   Cagiva 2008 2012
ZCG-N301 RAPTOR 125   Cagiva 2003 2015
ZCG-P100 PROGRESS 50   Cagiva 1997 1999
ZCG-P200 MITO 50   Cagiva 1997 2002
ZCG-P300 CUCCIOLO 50   Cagiva    

 


10 - CAGIVA AT THE MOVIE AND TV

A short list of the various Cagiva models appearances in films and television.

Fantozzi contro tutti (1980)
Comedy with Paolo Villaggio (Ugo Fantozzi) and directed by Neri Parenti. In the Conte Cobram episode (the cyclism race), you see appear for several times four Cagiva SST 250 drived by the bodyguards of Count.

     

Ragazzi Fuori (1990)
Dramatic film directed by Dino Risi. Film about youth problems, set in Palermo. In the scene below the guys are running on board of their vehicles including a Cagiva SST 250. In the images we recognize a Piaggio Ciao and a Piaggio Vespa.

     

Goldeneye (1995)
Spy story, with Pierce Brosnan (James Bond). In the early stages, agent 007 is the star of a sensational escape. In the images below, starting from left: Two Russian soldiers aboard two Cagiva W16 600 launched in 007 capture, a soldier in the act of shooting, a foreground of the motorcycle few moments before it is collected by Bond to jump into the plane that will take him safe. The scenes were shot in Switzerland at the Verzasca dam, located a few kilometers from the province of Varese (Italy).

     


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