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Happy Birthday, Dr. Desmo

by adams

Wednesday, September 20,

If you own a Ducati motorcycle there is one you should be glad was born on day in 1920-Fabio Taglioni-the famed Dr. T.

was the absolute driving force Ducati’s engineering department for 40 and his designs and perseverance certainly the company during its darkest (which were not limited to any one or decade, mind you). In Dr. T was a devout racing enthusiast, he being at the track and seeing his in action.

In fact, even Ducati was shunning racing of economic problems, they went racing thanks to Dr. T.

was born in northeast Italy in Lugo, Italy. The first years of his existence were of a normal Italian childhood by a stint at a Bologna university. he turned 20 in 1940 and was sucked WWII, fighting against the before the fall of Mussolini.

most of his generation, WWII was a personal event for Taglioni; he was a mechanic, budding engineer and had mechanical and engineering education, he was assigned to the Italian army’s pool. Like future hot-rodders from California to it was in the war that he was first exposed to piston-powered aircraft engines, an that would change his

Taglioni’s war experience wasn’t all fuel and screaming engines like many Italians of the era he escaped the war with his life and without bloodshed. Taglioni was in the left leg in Sicily; he wore from that incident for the of his life.

After the war, he his education in Italy, graduated both the Bologna University and F. Instituto Magistrale in Imola.

a plethora of little-known details Dr. T-starting with the fact Ducati wasn’t the first company that he worked for completing his education. Taglioni at scooter and motorcycle manufacturers and Mondial in the 1950s-pre-Ducati.

He left in 1952 and then signed on to at Mondial for a little over a before joining with in 1954.

His first day of employment at was May 1, 1954 with Taglioni as designer. He oversaw Ducati’s for most of the next 40 years.

designs and engineering certainly Ducati more times anyone would like to He introduced a huge assortment of from road bikes to racers and even some machines (Ducati made a of scramblers in the 1970s). From to Desmo valvetrains, Taglioni did it he even prototyped the ill-fated 1200cc V4 police bike in

While most feel his was in the Desmo engines, he built modern engines that saw production-including an in-line four 125 conventional valves. There are Ducati engines stashed in all over Bologna, engines were brought to near level development by Taglioni but never produced. Ducati made mopeds (calling scooters would be fighting to Vespa fans) and outboard engines, and Dr.

T had his thin fingers in all of

Taglioni is generally and incorrectly credit for inventing the Desmo-style when, in fact, he was simply the one to get it to work properly on a motorcycle (Norton and others tested it What is Desmo? In a nutshell, an technique to thwart valve so period engines could rev This design was amazing, and its use in and street engines was super-significant when two-valves-per-cylinder street littered the dealership floor.

pre-1970 lineup was made of and wide-case parallel twins-it was who engineered and built the first bevel-driven V-twin in 1970 (in most Ducatis of this as well as today, are more defined as L-twins). Likewise, he the amazing TTF2 belt-drive in the early 1980s, a machine is now viewed as a true classic.

Those who knew Taglioni he was at his peak say he was an archetypical old-world designer: aloof, aristocratic and to his own engineering ideals. Pictures of him at work at his drafting table at in the 1970s, with Dr. T wearing a cape, which should you more of an idea of what he was than mere words can

And he was cut-throat competitive; stories are from his final years at where he fought with designers over engineering or directions-and not just by simply theory with them. had few problems using his fists to get his across.

Away from he was not anything like his workaday Taglioni’s passions were art and his

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It may be hard for newer fans to this, but during the entire years that Taglioni was at the company nearly always an uncertain future; in fact, a on Ducati never really from 1960 to 1975. decades of near-scrapes, Ducati was over by Cagiva in 1983.

is quite ironic, as Ducati then making their popular bike in a decade—a somewhat related to the 999 in your dealership-the 750F1 streetbike; and the TTF2 race bike followed in 1985. These were the last that Dr. T design for Ducati and stand out as bikes in the long history of Also, to many enthusiasts, two bikes were the last of the Ducatis.

Because Ducatis produced this period had Cagiva’s logos on their gas tanks and features that the true fan from the 1970s didn’t appreciate.

Taglioni’s dedication to was like an Italian’s devotion to the He worked there for most of his life, never took a home larger than of the Ducati employees working on the floor, and refused to cash out his accomplishments and reputation certainly some interesting job offers European or Japan. He could signed a two year contract any number of companies and enjoyed an retirement but chose, instead, to with struggling Ducati his final working day, May 30,

While Taglioni may have forgotten for a few years after he from Ducati, in 2000 it was that he was strong enough (he was a smoker and then suffering emphysema and other maladies) to the hospital and make a brief outside the factory at the culmination of Ducati Weekend. Introduced by CEO Federico Minoli, Taglioni out into the concert-like crowd of fans in complete surprise as a of emotional cheering blasted Ducati fans to their Dr.

T after the introduction was made. in his wheelchair, with a light falling, the usually stoic and Taglioni broke down, through tears as his fans their appreciation and adoration for a man who so hard and sacrificed so much for motorcycles.

When the pace of the quickened, Taglioni was whisked but he smiled and waved as he was powered his male attendant had the wheelchair back on its rear wheels, him down the sidewalk. Standing I found that manner of wonderfully appropriate for such a man with the heart of a racer his chest.

A little over a later Taglioni would be He died on July 18, 2001 in (Note: Ducati’s release on his states Taglioni was born on 10; he was actually born Sept

Taglioni built bikes in a when one man could still an entire motorcycle and enjoy complete autocratic control the project. No focus groups, no of current customers to better what will sell, line-up was many times one man’s vision. He was both as he was infamous, but consider the simple that he was well known and is remembered now.

Can you name the man who designed the Kawasaki Z-1 or the 750-4?

While he certainly was out-gunned in terms of design and resources-and most certainly in the Japanese in the 1970s, many of the that Dr. T built in response are classics today.

In 1986, summed up his theology regarding this way to then journalist Anderson: The Japanese motorcycle want to make an easy I want to make a difficult he said.

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