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Brief History of Capriolo Motorcycles

In 1947 Aero-Caproni turned to motorcycle production, beginning with a 48cc ciclomotore two-stroke. By 1951 they were producing sophisticated and elegant little four speed 75cc fourstrokes with pressed steel chassis, later enlarged to 100cc and 125cc. Their more interesting machines included a horizontally opposed 149cc twin of 1955, and competition machines with 75cc engines using the Küchen desmodromic system of the 1920s.

From 1953 to 1959 they also produced NSU engined machines named Caproni-Vizzola with models named Cavilux and Cavimax, the latter based on the NSU Max engine. At one time the range also included a face-cam OHV single, and they also built a range of three-wheelers. In 1958 the Capriolo company name was changed to Aeromere, which ceased production in 1964. The parent company, Aero-Caproni, continued to build aircraft some of which were very advanced. Their jet-powered glider remains one of the most extraordinary sailplanes ever constructed.

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Caproni Trento



Wed Feb 12 2014
leepmullins at hotmail.co.uk
Capriolos
Capriolo 75cc
I had a 1960 Capriolo 75cc in 1962 when I was 16. Are there still any left in the UK?
Wilstead



Sun Jul 21 2013

tracy<at>boatparkandride.com
capriola 100 cc
capriola 100cc
Hello I have been given a Capriola 100cc motorcycle to restore for a friend. Does any one know of the name of the red paint work or a colour code so I can have the correct paint for this little bike.
Clacton on sea UK


Tue May 08 2012
robin.wendy<at>btinternetimg
part wanted
capriolo 1962  delux 125
WANTED KICKSTART LEVER (the only thing missing from my machine)
nottingham england


Mon Jul 04 2011
misterbill<at>collinscom.net
capriolo motorcycles
capriolo 125CC
I found this capriolo motorcycle in a guys boneyard here in newcastle, wyoming USA, I bought it from him just for the novelty as he had no idea what it was, and neither did I until I got it home and found your site, thought I would share it with you, feel free to post the pics on your site and if anybody needs it for parts, it wouldn't take much to aquire it.  cheers...bill
Wyoming, USA

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Tue Apr 19 2011
myparts<at>netzero.net
Capriolo 100 motorcycle
Capriolo 100
I am in the US there is an auction I am going to this week. it has a capriolo 100 in the auction it is a complete but unrestored can you give me a value for this bike unrestored and restored. I understand you can be exact because you cannot see the bike but any direction will be of help  thanks  Mike
Ks


Mon May 31 2010
fahr-ersing<at>gmx.de
bike
capriolo 125 caproni
we need cmplettly parts-book about this model
stuttgart

Motomachi mention having a book: Motorcycle Manuals

Tue Feb 24 2009
knh246imgyahooimg
1965 capriolo
my friend has one thats still original.he has the title which states it`s a 65, but people are saying they quit makeing them in 58. whats up with that?
pa

As Cosmopolitan were advertising that model in 1964, it may well have been sold in 1965. This one appears identical to one displayed in the gallery as a circa 1964 model. Capriolo_1965c_125cc_1.jpg posted 0902


Sat Dec 13 2008
cmoscam1imgyahooimg
Listing Error
Capriolo 125 ISDT
Hi,
I posted the message & pictures Oct 18,2007 on the Capriolo 125cc ISDT bikes. I purchased them from Cosmo in 1969, but these bikes were competing in 1958. You have them as 1969 models, impossible since Capriolo went out of business in 1963. Cosmopolitan bought the entire factory, and had it shipped the the USA to sell off the assets (bikes). The listing of my discussion and the pictures should show them as 1958 bikes, not 1969. Great Capriolo site!


Sun Aug 31 2008
slarsonroyimgl2speed.net
Capriolo 125
I bought a Capriolo 125 at a swap meet this weekend in Davenort Iowa. Nice little complete machine, but very dirty. Anyone out there familiar with these bikes? I also bought a MDS 70, also made in Italy. Google comes up with nothing on that little bike.
Iowa/USA

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Wed Apr 09 2008
tidyplukimghotmailimg
motorcycles spares
Capriolo 75  1959
I have had a Capriolo since 1964 and need a petrol tap or a new washer for it. My old one leaks badly and I uld end up firing the engine up in the wrong way.Does anyone know of any spares PLEASE. I will swap it for money
somerset


Wed Dec 26 2007
franciscoleivahimghotmailimg
Motorcycle capriolo
capriolo 100
italian motorcycles 1960 aprox
Traiguen 9ª ,Chile

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Capriolo_100_1960c


Tue Nov 13 2007
Naselroad67imgaolimg
Capriolo motorcycle
1965 125cc dark red
While looking on the net. It suprised me to find this page. My first bike was a 125 cc Capriolo.

I bought it from our local BSA dealership in 1965 when i was 15 yrs old in Ind, U.S.A.
I didnt keep it very long because the bike was a nightmare.
I bought it because I thought the 125cc would out run the Honda 90, boy was I wrong,the dealer said it would run close to 60 mph, but about 48-49 was tops.
the very first week I had it the clutch cable broke and the shop tried to solder it rather than replace it. Thus it broke all the time I owned it. I dont think I ever made it out of town without failure, sometimes I couldnt even make it home. But I learned to shift without clutch. ha!.

At about 2300 miles and still in the 90 day warrenty the risk pin keeper came off and seized the piston to the cyl. the dealership told me that the piston was not covered in the warrenty.... After my dad talked to them I ended up paying only labor.. Running again but still slow.
Dealership said it had old jets in carb and they ordered new ones, after about 2 weeks he said we need to send in my jets so they could match which carb I had.
Two more weeks and now the distribter called saying they lost my jets and now needed me to send in the whole carb so they can match my jets.. "I dont think so." I can just see my two month old bike sitting there without a carb " Thinking they might lose it also...
So my dad took off a day of work and went to Washbash Ind. 1 1/2 hrs away. where the local distrubter was, they not only give him the right jets but also a new cam for the engine.
When I got home from school that day dad had the bike running with new parts installed.
I took it out that night and it topped out at 60+ mph. really made me happy till the clutch cable and the throtle cable both broke. ha!!! Idled home without a clutch...
I took it to the Honda shop after fixing and traded it in for a new 305 Super Hawk.. Now that was a great bike...

So my brother always said to me. They made two Capriolo's, the first one they junked and the second one I bought..ha.

This brings back a lot of GOOD old memories that happened 43 yrs ago.
I am still riding at 58 so the Capriolo did start my love of riding.
I've had 7 honda's and two Harleys since then. the latest being a 07 Heritage.which is the most enjoyable of all the bikes I've owned...

Thanks bt
Ind, U.S.A.

Yours must have been a Friday bike!


Thu Oct 18 2007
cmoscam1imgyahooimg
Capriolo 125cc ISDT

Hello,

I owned the two Capriolo 125cc ISDT machines for 20 years, here in the US. I bought them from Cosmopolitan Motors ~1969. We rode on the trails in US for some years, then I broke a gear. I stored them for many years.

In 1999, I was asked to show one at the Italian Concours in Laguna Seca raceway. I restored one to the condition you see here, and showed at the concours. I had the decals for the re-painted tanks, but did not know how to apply them. This one had the Ceriani forks, the other one has the Capriolo forks. These had 5 speed transmissions, dual coils, were very strong (and heavy)!

Pictures were taken for the Italian press, and within 1 year I received a message that one of the original Capriolo ISDT riders saw the pictures, and sent his nephew to the US to purchase the machines. We made a deal, he air shipped the machines to Venice.

This is good, these historic machines belong in Italy.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

NOTE:  Cosmopolitan Motors sold all the remaining spares to Domi Racer. They will have anything that is left.

Ciao,
Chuck Koehler
CA, USA

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Thu Aug 16 2007
homebrewer_02imgyahooimg
Fond Memories
1964 Capriolo 125
I went looking for anything on Capriolo motorcycles and came across your site by chance. I had a 1964, 125 c.c. Blue Capriolo and I ran the wheels of that little bike. Even if it were only 125 c.c., it would run almost 60 MPH and for that era of small bikes, it was a little scat cat. Rode it for almost a year and a half then I traded up to a real beast. Norton 750, no comparison in speed or ride. The little 125 was pretty smooth, but that nasty Norton was one of the most uncomfortable motorcycles I ever had the pleasure of riding, but it was a real beast on the road and not very many bikes back them would keep up with it.
Now, I wish that I had both of those motorcycles back.
Ray Roberts
Indianapolis, IN. USA


Fri Jun 22 2007
alan.ha1imgtalktalk.net
Capriolo
Capriolo 125 de luxe
I bought a new Capriolo 125 de luxe in 1961, I believe it cost me £171 at the time. It was a lovely little bike to ride but on 2 occasions I was stopped by traffic police because they thought it made too much noise from the exhaust. I had not touched the exhaust it was as original from the factory. The only part I recall having to buy was a rocker arm because the tappet adjuster had seized solid and I had to travel to Croydon where Capriolo were in England. The elecrics, I recall were the weakest part of the bike. The bike was very nippy for a 125cc engine but with 2 up it was a different story. I traded the bike in for a new Norton Navigator in 1963 and received £104 for it. The Norton was absolute rubbish but I ran it for about 3 years before succumbing to the urge to buy a car. All in all I was very pleased with this bike.
London


Fri Jun 15 2007
WarchildimgDJWarcild.Com
Capriolo

Hello,

My grandparents just gave me a bike thats been sitting in their basement since the early 60's. When I looked at the book for the bike, it had Cosmopolitan Motors listed on the book. I was wondering what parts for these bikes were avalible, and exactly how to identify it.  I believe it's a 125cc model, and the paint resembles that of the Gazelle.  Below are the numbers I've been able to find on various parts of the bike.

Frame: 61435
Engine: 61239  and also 3603M

On the front fender:  Cenlo 25

Headlight Lens:  4-10-1955

Aoromere Trento

As for the motor, I believe it is a Capriolo R_ Dagger 125 Engine.  This is from reading up on it from some other pages.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. I know right off the bat that it will need a new headlight assembly, tail light cover, and possibly a magneto.
 

Thanks,

Rich Bolduc
Clearwater, FL  USA


Fri Mar 02 2007
patrickimguden-mediaimg
Aero Caproni
Capriolo Trento
I have a mint Aero Caproni Capriolo 75. It arrived in the UK as a small 'makewieght' in a container of larger Italian machines for restoration ordered by Steve Lilley, owner  of European Motorcyles in Shepperton.  It was given to me by Steve and I had it restored by James Tennant-Eyles, although it was in fairly good and complete condition. The colours and components are absolutely original or as original except for leather rather than oilcloth on the saddles, and a speedometer (mounted in the headlamp) which Italian law did not require. Once restored it featured in Classic Bike magazine and was ridden by its editor of the time.  The only components in unsalvagable condition were the tyres, but I found an original set of corect sized Pirellis and tubes at the San Marino autojumble (recommended for hard to find parts). The machine is currently 'off the road' in warm dry storage.
london


Sat Feb 03 2007
slotspotimghotmailimg
Capriolo
125 De Luxe
Hi, glad to find your web site, last time I looked for information on Capriolo motorcycles on the web there was absolutely nothing and I thought I must have remembered the name incorrectly. Anyway, this might sound like sacrilege today, but when a few friends and I managed to purchase a rather battered 125 Capriolo De Luxe for very little money in Hampshire, England in the early 1970s. We decided it would be the ideal vehicle to use to develop our budding trials riding careers - Bultaco's and Montesa's being somewhat out of our league. The poor old Capriolo wasn't bad right up until the frame snapped under the strain. Without any welding gear to fix it, we then adapted the front forks to fit a pushbike frame (an early attempt at mountain biking), which you'll no doubt be surprised to learn even less resilient than the Capriolo. No idea what happened to all the bits but its wonderful to see what they should look like! Of course if I had one today I'd be much more careful with
it and only use it for motorcross.
Hampshire UK


Sat Feb 03 2007
gnome69666imgyahooimg
Parts
capriolo75cc
Hi i have a 75cc capriolo year unknown and i was looking to restore it any help to find parts would be greatly appreciated
Wisconsin


Sun Jan 28 2007
bill.oconnor2imgbtinternetimg
Capriolo for sale
Capriolo 75
I have been a long term admirer of these beautiful machines. Does any one have one for sale? Preferably one in reasonably good nick
Cambridge


Fri Nov 10 2006
msdimgiae.nl
capriolo corsa speciale
corsa

Image of superbly restored racing bike courtesy Toon van den Dungen
 

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Capriolo Speciale Corsa


Tue Oct 31 2006
joanne.west7imgntlworldimg
Capriolo's
hello,
I have several Capriolo's which I have rebuilt. I can answer most questions you may have. I am curently looking for spares. If you know of anywhere, where I can get spares. Please let me know.
The picture that I have attached is from 1997 Classic Motorcycle Magazine. They did an article on me. Thanks Roy Dagger
UK
 

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Capriolos Roy Dagger


Sat Aug 19 2006
simonstanboroughimgmywayimg
Capriolo For Sale
75cc Four Stroke 1959
FOR SALE
Dorset England
 

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Capriolo 75cc 1959


Tue May 16 2006
isolde_zillmannimgfreenet.de
Cylinder head
Aeromere Capriolo 125 Gran Turismo
I need the cylinder head of the Capriolo 125 from 1959. Can s/o help me or is´interested in the restaured parts?
Germany, Stuttgart
 

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Capriolo 125 Gran Turismo Stuttgart


Tue May 16 2006
johnandloraimgyahooimg
Capriola 125 Spares availabillity
I have recently contacted a seller of a 125 machine and wondered what the spares situation is like to restore this machine?. When restored what sort of price would it be worth?
England

Try this page for motorcycle valuations. Ed.


Fri Mar 17 2006
rures2005imgaolimg
Capriolo 75cc
If anyone has any information on a 75cc Capriolo I would love them to contact me as i'm in the processes of restoring one. Many thanks
N.Ireland
 

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Capriolo 75cc


Thu Mar 09 2006
donaldimgsellars69.freeserve.co.uk
Capriolo Motorcycle
I've adnired these motorcycles since the early 60's, when a friend of nmine converted a 125 for racing. Now I'm in my dotage, I'd love to lay my hands on one again, so if anyone knows where there is one available, please e-mail me on donaldimgsellars69.freeserve.co.uk
Lancs, England


Thu Feb 02 2006
steveimglilleyfamilyimg
Wanted
Does anyone have a c1961 125 Sport for sale in the UK. It was my first bike and I would love to get another one. Condition is fairly unimportant but must at least be complete. Thanks, Steve
Nr. Heathrow


Wed Jan 11 2006
cora1965imgmsnimg
Carburator for a Capriolo
Hello, we just purchased a Capriolo and it is missing the carburator. We are not sure what year this is, it may be 100cc, we are not sure about that either, we do have the VIN#. It seems in good condition, we would like to have it restored with all original parts or as close as we can.  Can you tell us the name of the manufacture to purchase a carborator or a place to get a used one. We have found little info on this, some history, very interesting. Thanks, sure hope you can help us in some way.

Mon May 01 2006
Capriolo/Still unsure, would like input.
I stated in an earlier e-mail that we needed a carberator, well we found one and it will ship out this week. I have pictures now, without the carberator of course.
The frame number is 40028  and the engine number is 36890.
If anyone can help with the Year and size, feel free to contact us,

Thanks, Cora and Danny
Kansas
 

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Capriolo c1964 blue-white

Hello again, We found a carberator, my husband got it put on, got a little gas to it and it fired right up, sounded so good... We are now in the process of cleaning out the gas tank, he put 2400 BB's in the tank and he has been shaking it around all night. There must be a better way. Anyway, next we are going to purchase tires. Wish us luck, and by the way, we took the headlamp housing apart and found some more numbers on the bottom of the Odometer/Speedometer.     My husband thinks this may be a date. 964 Z60/67 . If you have answers, this is all a mystery to us, Thanks a bunch, you've been great!!
                                        Sincerely, Cora and Danny Murray

There are a number of products designed to seal rusty fuel tanks. It's usually a three stage process, one of which involves an acid. The acid etches out all the rust prior to coating with with plastic in solution. The product I'm most familiar with is Kream or Kreem. I'm sure the acid will be available separately.

I believe the numbers on the speedo are to do with ratios, not the date. Ed.


Sat Nov 26 2005
simonstanboroughimgmywayimg
capriolo 75
I have a 1959 sale can you advise of any clubs etc that would be interested.


Wed Nov 16 2005
tedburn.motor.servicesimgbtinternetimg
Capriolo 1963
My father in law passed away a few months ago. Upon finally sorting through his garage we have found a 1964 Capriolo. It's tax disc ran out in 1965!!!!! Any ideas atall on its value or range of values??  Obviously it has not been on the road for some time!
many thanks
......
Please find attached 5 photos of the Capriolo. It's a 125cc.  According to the tacometer it has done 2000 miles. Obviously we have not started it up!!!!!

I have trawled through the related google web sites and cannot find any capriolos for sale to compare it with so any advise you can give us on a sale value in its current state would be much appreciated

Many thanks

Linda Cann
 

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Capriolo 125cc 1964


Caproni-Vizzola built motorcycles with NSU engines from 1953 to 1959
www.schouwer-online.de/

CAPRIOLO WEBSITE


Wed Jun 01 2005
duranjlimgnetzero.net
Motor year and size?
Can you tell me what size this Capriolo motor is and what year it is? The motor number is 39305
John
 

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Capriolo Engine


January 23rd 2005
subject: caprioni trento capriolo motocycle
Email: barry.crosby at btopenworldimg
message: hi i have a capriolo bike age unknown but approx 1947 to 1952 ?. it is approx 75 to 125 cc ?? . can you supply any info in any form to help in rebuild. ?.
(and...)
... the eng no is 06916 & frame no 06900& it is 75 cc i believe .?.
its colour is a greeny / grey shade & its one of the early models ?. pre shock absorber rear suspension type. i cant get a picture on e/mail yet, but will keep trying .the bike is totally original but well wethered !. i would welcome any comments as to its value as it stands. regards barry crosby.
 

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Capriolo Trento



 
 

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