MV Agusta Tasmania
In 1978 Cagiva (an abbreviation of CAstiglioni GIovanni VArese) officially became a motorcycle manufacturer, but the company's origins date back to 1950 when the family business was focused on metalworking. Claudio Castiglioni's passion for racing drove him to create the Cagiva racing team, which competed in the GP 500 World Championship, with Gianfranco Bonera and Marco Lucchinelli as their official riders. Following the takeover of the ailing AMF-Harley-Davidson (formerly Aermacchi) plant, Cagiva motorcycle production began. Following the acquisition, the agreement was that the motorcycles would be produced and sold under the Cagiva-HD brand until 1980.