The Capriolo Cento 50 flat twin
With Phil Aynsley
The previous column talked about the Capriolo 75. This week an even more unusual Capriolo is featured.
The Cento 50 (150) was debuted at the Milan Show in 1953 and is a rare example of a non-BMW influenced flat twin and also the smallest capacity such design to make production.
The pressed steel frame was very similar to the 75’s and the motor also carried over some features, such as usage of face-cams. The pressed steel Earles fork of the prototype was replaced by a normal telescopic fork for production.
Notable advanced features included indicators within the tail light and a neutral indicator light. A single carburettor was used, partially housed within the rear of the engine unit for a very clean appearance. Output was 8 hp and top speed was 95 km/h.
Two versions were produced, with the later (coming in 1955) being easily distinguished by the full width brakes.
Production ceased in 1956. Only some 500 were built making this sophisticated motorcycle highly collectable.