Using A Brief History Of Ducati Motorcycles
The history of Ducati Motorcycles starts in the late 1920s. They began with the making of electronic components, manufacturing of radios as well as cameras and were soon considered to be amongst the world leaders.
The Societa Radio Brevetti Ducati was formed by three brothers Marcello, Adriano and Bruno. When the Second World War began, the Italian government took over the company and they were told to begin making motorcycles instead.
After the war many people had to use a bicycle as means of transportation and the brothers bought out the “little pup” which was named because of its noisy exhaust, sounding very much like a dog barking.
An engine could be fitted onto the frame, and very soon they were asked to build frames especially for these small engines. They produced over two hundred thousand of them and over this time the capacity increased from the initial 65cc.
In 1953 they made a 98cc version of a Cruiser that was made a year before by another Italian company and managed to increase its capacity to 125cc. One year later an engineer by the name of Fabio Tagnoli joined the company and proved to be a great asset. With his engineering capabilities, they managed to come up with many different models. He worked on a new system named the desmodromic for three years and was later used by Mike Hailwooda, a famous bike racer at the time.
By 1954 they had increased their daily production by one hundred and twenty bikes and the company decided to split into two separate firms. Meccanica SpA and Ducati Elettronica were formed so that there would be no mix-ups about the electronic side and the motorcycle products. Ducati became very popular in the nineteen sixties and managed to produce the fastest bike of that time, a 250cc.
In the earlier years they had competition with the Japanese bikes that were unfortunately winning in the racing field with single engines. In the early 1970s they bought out a 750 twin engine and successfully won the two hundred mile race at Imola with racer Paul Smart in control. Two years later the Sport 750 came about and instead of a desmodromic it had a helical valve system.
Soon after that the Super Sport 750 made its day-view, and the critics gave it due praise. It had triple disc brakes that made it extremely easy to control as well as new bodywork. As time progressed, people demanded that a higher horsepower, as well as a better capacity, be introduced. This was when the Super Sport 900 was brought out. With its weight of only 196 kilograms, it was able to move at speeds of over 225 kilometres per hour.
Over the next few years the ownership changed hands many times due to financial problems. In 1985 it was bought by Cagiva, in 1998 by Texas Pacific Group and later by Invest Industrial Holdings. The last time it changed was in 2012 and it became a part of the Volkswagen Group. It is now owned by Audi as well as Volkswagen, being the parent company.
The superbike 916, 996 as well as the 998 became known as the sexiest bikes ever to be made. It was exceptional when it came to handling as well as been smooth on the roads. When the 999 appeared, it was even more comfortable and faster but many were not very happy about the style.
The Monster later became one of the best that Ducatis made and was very popular as it was able to be customized. Even though it had an upright seat, it was still very effective for racing as it was light weight with an outstanding chassis. The Supersport 900 was another legend that was made and was very affordable especially if one was unable to afford the Superbike 851.
They have even made a new touring bike, ST2 that is more than capable of handling any twisty roads. It supports a fuel injected liquid cooled two valve motor and has a raised rear suspension. Later the ST4 was bought out. As with both of these just because they are heavier in weight does not mean that they cannot beat the 996 Superbike on a track.