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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.

Audi Acquires Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

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Press Release
April 18, 2012

Audi AG is acquiring from Investindustrial Group the tradition-steeped Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., which has its registered office in Bologna. The transaction will be completed as quickly as possible once authorized by the competition authorities. The Supervisory... Read more »

Ducati 1199 Panigale Unveiled in Hollywood

Ducati 1199 Unveiling in Vegas

Rider Magazine
November 22, 2011

Fashion-forward, image-conscious Ducati has a thing for Hollywood. Its bikes have been in enough movies to earn Screen Actors Guild union cards for every model in the lineup. Slick and trick Ducatis have made cameos in recent films like “Tron Legacy,” “Wall Street 2,” “The Expendables,” “Inception,”... Read more »

More 2012 Ducatis

Multistrada 1200 S Touring

Press Release
October 6, 2011

  In addition to the new Streetfighter 848, Ducati will offer new versions of two of its popular bikes. The Ducati Multistrada enters 2012 as the company’s top-selling family, which includes the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Sport Pikes Peak Special Edition and 1200 S Touring. In addition to the currently... Read more »

Ducati Reveals 2012 Streetfighter 848

2012 Ducati Streetfighter 848

Rider Magazine
September 12, 2011

Ducati’s first new-bike entry for 2012 is the Streetfighter 848, a brand-new addition to the Italian manufacturer’s naked sportbike family. Details are few so far, but Ducati says the lil’ Streetfighter is based upon a new 848 Testastretta 11° engine and chassis with revised ergonomics... Read more »

2011 Ducati Diavel Carbon Road Test

2011 Diavel Carbon tank

Greg Drevenstedt
June 9, 2011

  According to Ducati, the new Diavel Carbon is “built by people who have earned the right to change the rules.” Common are inflated claims about the groundbreaking nature of new motorcycles, regardless of their actual originality. To Ducati’s credit, it hasn’t burdened... Read more »

2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison

Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F 800 R action

Rider Magazine
June 7, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Left to right: Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F800R in action. Gathered around the shiny, all-knowing... Read more »

2010 Ducati Streetfighter S Road Test

2010 Ducati Streetfighter S Studio

Rider Magazine
July 19, 2010

photography by Milagro [This 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S Road Test was originally published in the July 2009 issue of Rider magazine] The 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S The Ducati Streetfighter S is a sexy, expensive machine. It’s like Tyler Durden in Fight Club: not a real bare-knuckles pugilist,... Read more »

2010 Ducati Multistrada S Touring Road Test

2010 Ducati Multistrada S Touring

Mark Tuttle
May 5, 2010

  When Ducati introduced the Multistrada 1000 for 2003, it was really launching the Italian company’s first street supermoto bike, but no one was associating larger, twin-cylinder street-worthy bikes with the concept behind the grassroots supermoto singles just yet. Declaring it equally at home... Read more »

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Road Test

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796

Rider Magazine
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 »

2009 Ducati Monster 696 Road Test

2009 Ducati Monster 696

Rider Magazine
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 »

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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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