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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.

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 »

2009 Ducati GT1000 Touring Motorcycle Road Test

The Ducati GT1000 is fun in the twisty bits

Greg Drevenstedt
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 »

2009 Ducati Monster 1100 Road Test

The omens were good because the 1100 shares its frame and styling with the 696, adding REVISED longer travel suspension to raise it from the ground…and of course it’s fitted with a larger, air-cooled engine.

Kevin Ash
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 »

Retrospective: Ducati Paso 750: 1986-1988

1988 Ducati Paso 750.

Clement Salvadori
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 »

2007 BMW R1200R vs. Ducati Monster S2R1000 Motorcycle Comparison

2007 Ducati Monster S2R1000 by water

Bill Stermer
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 »

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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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