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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.

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 »

2006 Ducati Sport Classic GT1000 Road Test

Here is a bike that turns heads and carries you back to the ’70s, but doesn’t have breaker points, anti-stop brakes or suspension by the Marquis de Sade.

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 »

2004 Ducati Monster M1000 Road Test

2004 Ducati Monster 1000S i.e.

Ken Freund
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 »

2003 Model Year Bike Reviews

Radial front brakes, a titanium-nitride Ohlins fork and close-ratio six-speed tranny have been added to the 2003 Aprilia RSV Mille R.

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 »

2001 Model Year Bike Reviews

The 2001 Aprilla Pegaso 650 I.E. features new Sagem EFI and a lower seat.

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 »

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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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