Pit Lane News — Ducati Factory Museum

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The Ducati Museum is centered a round rotunda located on the top of the front office building of the factory complex. Together a factory store, and a factory it is open to visitors year except for the holiday closure all the of August. Here is the modern exhibit with all the World winning bike’s from the

A Visit to the Ducati Museum

and Photos by Jim Gianatsis

The Ducati is located in the city Bolognain the of Borgo Pamigale just off the A-14 Autostrada (not too far the Ferrari factory at Modena) and is to pubic tours throughout the There are no set times for factory as visitors may vary at different of the year, so tour guides may be away from their office duties at the factory as Also know that European companies like close in August for summer

Visitors do need to check in the security guard at the front of the factory, and it probably is a good to phone ahead just to sure you are coming at a good The Ducati factory with its public tour of the motorcycle line, the Ducati Musuem, and the to dine in the Employee Cafeteria and in the DucatiStore and Close-Out Apparel are open to all visitors free of Only my visit to the Corse Shop was a private by invitation to, which you can see and read HERE .

A very compact and modern table radio from Ducati was a world leader in technology from before War II. Note the plastic knobs and panel.

Ducati was origionally by the 3 Ducati brothers, Marcello, and Bruno back in 1926 in Italy, who were pioneers in design. The began by manufacturing and other radio components around the world, expanding lenses and cameras up until amid World War II when signed an Armistice with the However the Germans looted the of much of its machinery at that and a year later the factory was by allied bombing.

The bothers to rebuild after the war, but bannkrupt in 1947. Because of the importance of the company to Italy’s the company was rescured financially by the government, and for the next 40 year’s in be affected by good and bad political

During the 1980’s Ducati was the control of the private inustrial VM but was run poorly and never proved to be In 1984 the VM Group entered a joint venture with motorcycles in an attempt to increase In 1985 Cagiva, owned by the brothers Claudio and Gianfranco, over Ducati altogther and to produce both brands of sharing some components.

ran well for about 10 years, but in the mid suppliers were not being and bike production dripped 21,000 in 1995 to 12,500 in In 1996 a joint venture the Texas pacific group and investers created the publicly company Ducati Motor which is what runs the very successfully today. production has increased in 2004 to an all historial high of 40,000 a year.

Ducati’s first engine was the 4-… Cucciolo with vales, origionally produced in as a bolt-on bicycle kitengine to affordable and fuel efficient transportation after World War II. museum example of the T2 model in has it installed from the factory in a bicycle with working suspension and drum brakes.

motorcycle history began the ‘Cuucciolo’ (puppy) an inexpensice engine designed for Siata of during World war II by a layer Aldo Farieello. the end of the war in 1945 to be a very opportune time to such a montor which be installed in a bicycle frame to very inexpensive transportation to the who were recovering from the war much money or work. the Ducati factory picked up the to produce these engines. The and resulting bikes became so as to become the cornerstrone of Ducati’s

The Ducati Museum cronicals the history from just World War II from the very of it’s motorcycle histroy the little 48cc Cucciolo right up to the presnet day World winning 999F Superbikes. involvement with racing almost immediately in 1950 a Cucciolo powered motorcycle is on display in the Museum, and racing has been the focal point of the for self promotion and new production developemnt. The Ducati Museum this in that the majority of on display are factory racing from 1950 until

The tiney Cucciolo bicycle evolved into a full motorcycle in 1948 with its own featuring a sprung girder forks, racing seat, and a motorcycle fuel tank. The head now had enclosed valves.

Our guide for the factory and museum was a young girl with an going personality who loved to questions, knew almost about everything from assembly to production numbers, and to joke and kid around with us.

The Gran Sport introduced in was a very successful racing producing 14hp and winning the d’Italia roadrace in 1956. It was a of the first overhead cam bevel engine developed in 1955 by a hired company engineer Fabio Taglioni. It was Taglionoi who introduce desmodronics to Ducati and some 10 years later.

first overhead cam bevel production bike was this Sport of 1975.

Our tour day included a special private of the Ducati Corse Race hosted by Superbike Press and freind Jullian Thomas. to the Race Shop is not a regular of the Factory Tour, and is off limits to the visiting Ducati dealers, and other Ducati employees.

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It’s not because the Race has many secrets to hide, but for all the expensive parts and equipment around in the open and the mechanics’ to be able to concentrate on the important of the race bikes without The special relationship that shares with Ducati in featuring their bikes in the the fact Pit Lane News the web’s best coverage of roadracing, and loaning them our Calendar girls to be the official Corse umbrella girls at Seca each year was allowed me and my group into the shop. You can follow our Ducati race shop visit .

Marco Lucchinelli’s 1988 Superbike, the 851cc Desmo stuffed into a 750F1 chassis saw 200 examples built to it for the new World Superbike Championship year. The initial protype to bike won the Daytona battle of the race in 1987. Power was

The beginning of the 916 generation of World winning Ducati Superbikes Carl Fogarty’s World winning #9 of 1994 (actually to Troy Corser’sWorld Championship #2 of 1966 (actual 996cc).

The end of the line of Ducati’s World winning Superbikes runs Carl Fogarty’s runner-up in 1997 to the new generation 999F03 of Hodgson in 2003. By now, Toseland’s 2004 winning has also been added at the far No doubt, the mueum will to be expandedvery soon.

The Ducati Museum offered a few new like this prototype DOHC superbike motor the early 90’s.Note the quick cassette transmission cover to the of the engine. And the very compact head / engine combining the and cylinders in one casting.

Our morning of the factory ended just in to join many of the factory and management in the Ducati factory for lunch. The cafeteria is a beautiful new facility with a hi-tech and Ducati racing murals the ceiling. The menu included cooked pasta dishes, and a beverage choice of just Italian water, wine or

Which made us think the time to plan for our next new motorcycle to get built is in late when production is slower, and in the before lunch.

Joining us for at our cafeteria bench table was other than Ducati president Carlo Biaggio and motorcycle designer Pierre We felt like an important of the Ducati extended family, a here and thoughout Italy. in the week back at Misano, and Pierre and much of Ducati would be serving dinner to of enthusiastsfrom around the world at Ducati Week.

On our way out of the cafeteria lunch, just across the is the Ducati clearance store yuou can by close out Ducati at low discount prices. This is most of the Ducati factory shop Ihink, becausealmost all the workers wear Ducati ed and jeans. Where as all Ducati and office employs ware white dress shirts black slacks.

The Ducati factory cafeteria: see. I’ll take the with a beer, or maybe a It doesn’t take a program to visitors in blue, factory in red, and office workers or in white shirts.

If you are a hard Ducati collector primarily in the company’s history of street bikes, the Museum will not you as it does not have room for a big of stock production bikes. it does do a good job of focusing on the most historically significant bikes, which is what any core sportbike fan would

Bike Ducati 125 Aurea
Bike Ducati 125 Aurea
Bike Ducati 125 Aurea
Bike Ducati 125 Aurea

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