Manufactured by Industrias Cieletas Solo SA, Barcelona 1954-1988
The company built mopeds and motorcycles with their own 49cc1 two-stroke engines, and were well-represented in competition. A Ducson 50 engine was used in the Sheene Special2, raced on the Isle of Man and elsewhere by none other than Bill Ivy.
The story began in 1925 when Vicenç Solá and his brother-in-law Simeó Rabasa established a bicycle workshop in Mollet del Vallés. The two separated in 1929, with Rabasa establishing his own business which went on to become Derbi.
Around 1950 Solá formed a company in his own name, and in 1957 it was renamed Industria Ciclista Solá SA (ICSSA). He retired in 1962 and management passed to his sons.
In the early 50s the firm built bicycle and motorcycle components before, in 1954, launching their own motorycle, the Ducson, initially with a Mosquito engine and the following year with a 49cc Setter. 1958 saw the introduction of rear suspension.
The Ducson Repris 49cc appeared in 1960, which proved one of the fastest in its class and very popular, and a new chassis arrived in '62 for the "49" and "49 Sport" models.
These were followed by a host of new models with mostly very minor differences - road models S8, S9, S10, S12, S15 and S16, and competition machines S20, S21 and S30.
Demand for such machines had diminished dramatically by the '70s and the firm returned to component manufacture.
The firm made another move into the motorcycle sector in 1981 with lightweights powered by Franco Morini engines, the Ducson City and the off-road XL50.
Motorcycle production was discontinued in 1988.
Ducson S-8 49cc, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
Ducson S-81 49cc, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
Ducson S-9 49cc, 3 speed.
Ducson S-10 49cc, 1969, 1970, 1971
Ducson S-12 Especial. 49cc, 4 speed.
Ducson S-100 49cc, 1969, 1970, 1971
Ducson S-20 Todo Terreno. 49cc, 4 speed.
1. "The first rider to achieve a victory for Ducson was Ricardo Fargas in Tarragona in August 1958, winning in 50 and 100cc in this second category with almost absolute safety with a Ducson 65cc." So certainly they built 65cc racers, and a 65cc twin cylinder racer exists, but there is no evidence that models other than 49cc entered production.
2. Frank Sheene was Barry's father.
Fri Sep 06 2013
Can you help me, I have a Duscon s12 which is in very good (restored) condition. Can you give me a guide on its value please. Many Thanks Tim Bates
This page on valuations may be of assistance. Ed.
Wed Jan 17 2007
tsrf24 at tsrfcars dot com
1965 SS Competition
I raced a Ducson at the 1965 French GP. It was a works 50cc with fairing, supposedly producing 8HP. It was too slow to qualify for the race. Do you have any info on such a machine? I also have in my files (I believe) a picture of the 3 Ducson GP brought by Jacques Roca at Monthlery in late 1962.
Newport Beach, CA. USA
Tue May 30 2006
jkprs2 at freeler.nl
In 1961 on the 15th October in Spain, Saragozza, a 50cc Ducson finished 6th in a 50cc FIM Eurocup race. The rider used the pseudonym "PUMA". Does anyone know the real name of this rider.