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Ducati

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Ducati was founded in by Adriano and Marcello Ducati. founded the company in Bologna to electrical components. After the world war, the factory was badly damaged and was taken by the government in exchange for their

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History

From first post-Second World War low-displacement motorbikes Ducati has prominence in motorcycle racing and in the industry.

When Ducati manufacturing motorcycles, they single cylinder engines. produced single cylinder from 1950 to 1974. Engineer Fabio Taglioni a desmodromic valve system in years, a system that and closes the valves using the without the need for valve

This valve system has a trademark feature of Ducati

In the 1960s, Ducati earned its in motorcycling history by producing the fastest 250cc road available, the Mach 1.In the Ducati began producing L-twin (i.e. a 90° V-twin) and in 1973 released an L-twin the trademarked desmodromic valve In 1985, Cagiva bought and planned to rebadge Ducati with the lesser-known Cagiva (at least outside of Italy).

By the the purchase was completed, Cagiva the Ducati name on its motorcycles. In Texas Pacific Group for US$325 million a 51% stake in the and in 1998, bought the remaining 49% and the sole owner of Ducati. In TPG issued an IPO of Ducati stock and the company Ducati Motor SpA. TPG sold over 65% of its in Ducati.

In December 2005 Ducati to Italian ownership with the of Texas Pacific’s stake one share) to Investindustrial Holdings, the fund of Carlo and Andrea

Ducati Company history

In three brothers Adriano, and Bruno Ducati founded Scientifica Radio Brevetti in Bologna. The company produced condensers and other radio The cornerstone of a new factory in Borgo was laid in 1935. During the the factory was a target for Allied Although badly hit more once, production was maintained.

this time Aldo began working with the Turinese firm SIATA Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche with the idea of developing a engine that could be on a bicycle. The noise of the engine’s stubby exhaust inspired the Cucciolo (Italian: little

Barely one month after the liberation of Italy, SIATA their intention to sell engines to the public; it was the first new design to appear in postwar The first Cucciolos were only as a motor to be attached by the to a normal bicycle. Some bought the little engines in installed them in frames and these complete units for

By 1950, with 200,000 already sold, Ducati offered its own complete motorcycle on the successful little pushrod The collaboration with SIATA in a well designed little 60 cc This first Ducati weighed 98 pounds and had a top speed of 40 mph (64 Its 15 mm carburetor gave a little 200 mpg.

In the 1950s, Ducati officially the Cucciolo name, replacing it 55M or 65TL.

The market was moving bigger motorcycles though, and IRI management felt diversification was the answer. Ducati made an at the early 1952 Milan introducing the Ducati 65 TS cycle and the a four-… motor scooter. being described as the most new machine at the 1952 show, the was not a great success.

A couple were made over a two period before being from production.

In 1953, decided to split the operation two separate entities, Ducati SpA, and Ducati Elettronica, separate management. (Ducati became Ducati Energia SpA in the

Dr. Giuseppe Montano took as head of Ducati Meccanica SpA and the old Panigale factory was modernized government assistance. By 1954, Meccanica SpA was producing 120 bikes a but cheap cars were the market, and sales for many manufacturers would decline.

the 1960s to the 1990s the Spanish MotoTrans licensed Ducati and produced motorcycles that recognizably Ducati derived, incorporating many subtle MotoTrans’ most notable was the 250 cc 24 Horas (Spanish: 24 hours), a version that won the Barcelona hour race at the Montjuic for three consecutive years, to 1958.

Ducati Motorcycle designs

is best known for high motorcycles characterized by large four-…, 90-degree L-twin featuring a desmodromic valve Modern Ducati’s remain the dominant performance motorcycles today partly because of the valve design, which is its 50th year of use. valves are closed with a dedicated cam lobe and lifter of the conventional valve springs in most internal combustion

This allows the cams to a more radical profile, opening and closing the valves quickly without the risk of which is likely when a passive closing mechanisms the same conditions.

While other manufacturers utilize (with the spinning parts in oil) Ducati uses dry clutches in many of their motorcycles. The dry clutch eliminates the loss from oil viscosity on the engine even though the may not be as smooth as the oil bath versions, and the plates can wear more

Ducati Product history

The designer of Ducati motorcycles the 1950s was the late Fabio (1920-2001). He designed most during this period, from the small single machines that were in the Italian ‘street races’ up to the capacity twins of the 80s. introduced the Pantah in 1979; its was updated in the 1990s in the Ducati (SS) series.

All modern Ducati engines are of the Pantah, which uses a belt to actuate the engine’s Taglioni used the Cavallino (identified with the Ferrari on his Ducati motorbikes, Taglioni this emblem of courage and as a sign of respect and admiration for Baracca, a heroic World War I pilot that died an air raid in 1918.

1970s

In Ducati also commemorated its win at the Imola 200 with the production green frame Ducati 750

(In 2006 the retro styled PaulSmart1000LE, which shares cues with the 1973 750 (itself a production replica of Smart’s 1972 race 750 Imola Desmo) was released, as one of a series representing the 750 GT, 750 Sport, and 750 Ducati motorcycles.)

1980s

liquid-cooled multi-valve V twins from 1985 on are known as (four-valve). These include the 916 and 999 and a few predecessors and derivatives.

1990s

In Miguel Angel Galuzzi the Ducati Monster, a … with exposed trellis and Today the Monster accounts for half of the company’s worldwide The Monster, which has been out 1994, has undergone the most of any motorcycle that Ducati has produced.

After more than a of manufacturing, Ducati continues to innovative changes to this motorcycle.

In 1993. Pierre Massimo Bordi and Claudio designed the Ducati Supermono. A single cylinder light Catalog Racer. Only 67 built between 1993-1997.

In the company introduced the Ducati 916 designed by Massimo Tamburini, a version that allowed for output levels and a striking new that featured aggressive underseat exhausts, and a single-sided Ducati has since ceased of what many called the of the 1990s, supplanting it with the 749 and

Motorcycle design history

(in its various incarnations) has produced styles of motorcycle engines, varying the number of cylinders, of valve actuation and fuel Ducati is best known for its motor which is the power in the majority of Ducati-marqued motorcycles.

has also manufactured engines one, two, three or cylinders; operated by pull rod and push rod valves; single, and triple overhead camshafts; two and even at one stage manufactured a diesel engine, many of were used as emergency (e.g for fire fighting). Ducati makes no other except for its motorcycles.

On current motors except for the Desmosedici, the are actuated by a standard valve cam which is rotated by a timing driven by the motor directly. The on the belt keep the camshaft pulleys indexed. On older motors, prior to 1981, was by solid shaft that to the camshaft through bevel-cut

This method of valve was used on many of Ducati’s single cylinder motorcycles the shaft tube is visible on the of the cylinder.

Ducati is also for using the desmodromic valve championed by engineer and designer Taglioni though they also used engines use valve springs to close valves. In the early days, reserved the desmodromic valve for its higher performance bikes and its bikes. These valves do not from valve float at engine speeds, thus a engine is capable of far higher than a similarly configured with traditional spring-valve

In the 1960s and ’70s Ducati a wide range of small bikes, mainly sub-100cc Large quantities of some were exported to the U.S.

Ducati 65 S
Ducati 65 S
Ducati 65 S
Ducati 65 S


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