Cagiva Logo – Cagiva is an Italian manufacturer of motorcycles based in Schiranna, a suburb of Varese near Milan. The firm was founded in 1950 with Giovanni Castiglioni. Cagiva means Castiglioni Giovanni Varese elsewhere. Originally manufactured Cagiva metal parts. But Castiglioni was an avid motorcycle racing. He decided to create a team with two motorcycles designed by the factory, led by Gianfranco Bonera and Marco Lucchinelli.
And then the desire to put his passion and his profession took shape in common. It bought the plant AMF Harley-Davidson of Schiranna debauched and engineers at Aermacchi and MV Agusta. Until 1980, production will have the HD logo Cagiva. In 1983, an agreement was signed with Ducati to supply engines. This is the beginning of a long agreement between the two marks. Cagiva, whose production is doing well, would buy a large number of Italian brands. Ducati, MV Agusta, Moto Morini, Husqvarna are or have been part of the family Cagiva.
In 1997, the business of manufacturing of motorcycles Cagiva Group became MV Agusta Group (MV Agusta Spa). The latter group then contains the MV Agusta, Cagiva and Husqvarna. Successive owners of Cagiva is becoming those of MV Agusta. Other activities of the Cagiva Group (stamping plates, foundries, energy, construction, hotels) being transferred to the holding Casti Group (Casti Spa). This holding company is headed by Gianfranco Castiglioni, brother Claudio that he served as managing director. In 1999, a new plant is open to Cassinetta Biandronno di (Varese). Then the group has 500 employees, including 150 in Research & Development. In 2003, production had ceased, resumed in February with the support of Banca Intesa.