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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.

2014 Ducati Diavel Strada vs. 2014 Star Vmax Comparison Road Test

2014 Ducati Diavel Strada and Star Vmax

Greg Drevenstedt
March 3, 2014

Power tripping on the 2014 Ducati Diavel Strada and Star Vmax. Without a doubt, the Ducati Diavel and Star Vmax are two of the meanest, most rambunctious motorcycles in production. Sure, most liter-class sportbikes send as much or more horsepower to the rear wheel (though only one—Kawasaki’s Ninja... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S

Ducati Monster 1200 S

Greg Drevenstedt
February 21, 2014

Gone is the Monster 1100EVO’s air-cooled engine, replaced by a version of the liquid-cooled, 1,198cc Testastretta 11° L-twin found in the Multistrada and Diavel that has been tuned for more low-end power and torque. Now in its early twenties, the Ducati Monster is truly in the prime of its life. Like... Read more »

2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 6, 2013

The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 S makes a claimed 145 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque. For the past 20 years, Monsters have been roaming the streets, striking fear in the hearts of commonfolk and stoking lusty fires in the hearts of Ducatisti. To kick off the Monster line’s third decade, Ducati has... Read more »

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale – First Look

The 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale in Arctic white with red wheels ($15,295).

Greg Drevenstedt
September 9, 2013

The 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale in Arctic white with red wheels ($15,295). Two years ago Ducati unveiled the 1199 Panigale superbike, a technological tour de force featuring the all-new Superquadro L-twin engine (claimed 195 horsepower at the crank), an aluminum monocoque chassis with the steering head... Read more »

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo Road Test

The new-for-2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 has a revised front fairing, a larger windscreen and LED low-beam and position lights. The S Granturismo version gets an even larger windscreen, as well as LED auxiliary lights, engine protection bars, larger saddlebag lids and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2013

If, as the saying goes, four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul, then the Ducati Multistrada 1200—a snarling, sexy, technological tour de force—gives my soul whiplash. Among the hundreds of motorcycles I’ve ridden over the past few years, it’s one of a select few endowed with a... Read more »

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada – First Ride

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

Greg Drevenstedt
June 9, 2013

Three new-for-2013 Ducatis have strada, the Italian word for “road,” in their model names, each offering a different take on high-performance touring. The Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer, the Diavel Strada muscle cruiser and the Hyperstrada, a new touring version of the Hypermotard supermoto, differ... Read more »

Retrospective: Ducati Sport Desmo 500: 1977-1982

1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500.

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2013

The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company. Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early... Read more »

2013 Ducati Monster 696 ABS: Ridden & Rated

Like an Italian greyhound, the Ducati Monster 696 is slender, fast and low to the ground, with a standard seat height of 30.3 inches. The factory accessory low seat drops it to 29.5 inches.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

All of these bikes have at least some claim to icon status, in terms of both styling and longevity. The first Triumph Bonneville dates back to 1959, the first Moto Guzzi V7 to 1967, and the first BMW GS to 1980. The Ducati Monster, which debuted in 1993, is the baby of the bunch. Ducati’s popular line... Read more »

Ducati Expands Its Lineup for 2013

2013 Ducati Hyperstrada

Greg Drevenstedt
November 14, 2012

At the EICMA show in Milan, not far from Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the company unveiled a slate of new-for-2013 models. The success of the Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer in growing its customer base (Rider, January 2013) seems to have motivated Ducati to put more emphasis on touring-ready... Read more »

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring – First Ride

Few motorcycles attack corners as well as the Ducati Multistrada 1200.

Greg Drevenstedt
October 25, 2012

Since its 2010 revamp, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 has been busy. It became king of Pikes Peak (spawning an eponymous model version), it helped keep the lights on during the economic downturn (thanks to sales of 20,500 units) and it grew the ranks of Ducatisti. Four out of five Multistrada buyers are... Read more »

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Ducati Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Ducati offers street-legal motorcycles and motorbikes with an emphasis on performance, including the Monster and Streetfighter sport standards, Diavel power cruiser, Hypermotard supermotos, Multistrada adventure tourer and 848 and 1199 Panigale superbikes.


Ducati Motorcycle Standouts

Ducati motorcycle reviews Ducati motorcycle guides emphasize the V-twin engines with desmodromic valve actuation, though this design was first produced in the early 1970s–two decades after the company began building motorcycles. Legendary engineer Fabio Taglioni first developed a 750cc desmodromic V-twin for racing, and the production 750 SuperSport was unveiled in 1973. In 1993, Ducati introduced the M900 Monster, a lightweight “naked” sport standard powered by a 900 SuperSport V-twin. The model proved to be very popular and its variations have been Ducati’s best sellers, several of which are in the current lineup. In 1995, Ducati introduced the 916, a superbike designed by Massimo Tamburini with aggressive styling, underseat exhausts and a single-sided swingarm. The 916, widely considered one of the most beautiful motorcycles ever built, heavily influenced sportbike design for years afterward.

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