Ducati Motorcycle Road Tests
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Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Audi AG and headquartered in Bologna, Italy, has been designing and manufacturing motorcycles and motorbikes since 1950, starting with the Cucciolo (“puppy”) motorized bicycle. Ducati motorcycle guides praise the company’s 90-degree L-twin engines with desmodromic valve actuation and motorcycles that emphasize performance and style. Ducati currently produces the Monster (696, 796 and 1100EVO) and Streetfighter (848 and S) sport standards, Diavel power cruiser, Hypermotard (796 and 1100 EVO SP) supermotos, Multistrada adventure tourer and 848 and 1199 Panigale superbikes. Due to excellent Ducati motorcycle road tests and reviews, the company won Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year in 1998 with the ST2 sport tourer.
November 16, 2009
photography by Milagro [This 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Road Test was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Ducatis tend to come in two sizes: small and large. You select the one that suits your appetite, like lunch- and dinner-sized entrées.... Read more »
July 9, 2009
[This 2009 Ducati Monster 696 Road Test was originally published in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Ducati’s Monsters, or Mostri, are the Italian maker’s naked sport-standards with L-twin engines. In the USA for 2008, they range from the air-cooled 695 and S2R1000 with two valves... Read more »
March 17, 2009
[This 2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring Motorcycle Road Test originally appeared in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] “Whew! That was close….” As soon as my mind punctuated that thought, the Ducati GT1000 and I were on our sides skidding down the road. It was Sunday night on Labor Day... Read more »
February 4, 2009
[This 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Road Test first appeared in the March 2009 issue of Rider magazine] In April 2008 Ducati held its collective breath as it released the new Monster 696 to the press in Barcelona. This was the first complete reworking of the 1993 Monster platform on which the company’s... Read more »
May 25, 2008
(This Retrospective article appeared in the May 2008 issue of Rider Magazine.) STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLEMENT SALVADORI You just bought a famous motorcycle company, and you want to make a splash, a big to-do at the annual motorcycle show. No time to do anything really new technically, but maybe a stylish... Read more »
April 10, 2007
[This 2007 BMW R1200R vs. Ducati Monster S2R1000 Motorcycle Comparison was originally published in the April 2007 issue of Rider magazine] The 2007 Ducati Monster S2R1000 If you’ve ever had the pleasure of riding in Europe, you may have become familiar with the national traits of certain brands... Read more »
Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 5, 2007
When Ducati unveiled its three retro Sport Classics at the Long Beach, California, motorcycle show in 2004, naturally its emphasis was on the two that would be ready soonest and of which the line’s designer, Pierre Terblanche, was most proud. In fine Ducati sporting tradition, the Paul Smart 1000LE’s... Read more »
February 3, 2005
Just about every engine that Ducati produces seems to find its way into the tried-and-true Monster series eventually-and that’s a good thing! By coupling the relatively new DS1000 dual-spark engine with the popular and long-running Monster chassis, Ducati produced the Monster 1000 i.e. for 2004,... Read more »
Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 28, 2002
(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers... Read more »
Mark Tuttle Jr.
December 1, 2000
The article The Stars of 2001 was published in the December 2000 issue of Rider magazine.) by Mark Tuttle Jr. Ready? Cue Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the theme from 2001, A Space Odyssey. Now, open the pod bay doors please, HAL—the new street motorcycle models rocketing their way to the U.S. for ’01 are... Read more »