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Ducati Motorcycle

Post by ganahsokmo on Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:13 pm

Ducati Motorcycles

Known at first for its sporty line of lightweight
single-cylinder bikes, Ducati hit its stride in the early 1970s with its
V-Twin sportbikes that were the pinnacle in their era. Ducati currently
produces several desirable racing-inspired motorcycles. It also has a
rich racing history with particular dominance in World Superbike
competitions. Ducati offers sophisticated bikes in various distinct
market segments: Superbike, Supersport, Monster, Multistrada,
SportClassic and Hypermotard.

  • 1926

    Societa Radio Brevetti Ducati is established, though not as a
    motorcycle manufacturer. The company makes radio equipment.

  • 1944

    The Ducati factory was destroyed in the war. After the bombing,
    Ducati looks to build other products, and with the encouragement of the
    Italian government, the company focuses on a motorized bicycle.

  • 1946

    The 50cc Cucciolo (“pup”) motor is introduced. The motor is not a
    Ducati design; it was created by Aldo Farinelli. The purchaser has to
    attach it to his own bicycle. Over the next few years, Ducati will
    improve the Cucciolo, which will grow to 60, 65, 98, and finally 125cc.

  • 1950

    The 65cc sport edition is released. It’s a proper little motorcycle,
    with swingarm and telescopic fork.

  • 1952

    The 175cc Cruiser was introduced, featuring an automatic
    transmission and electric starter. Also released that year was the
    Ducati 98 as a bare-bones performance model.

  • 1953

    The very economical Spartan 98cc bike was introduced.

  • 1954

    Fabio Taglioni, an engineer, is hired to design a much
    higher-performance line of bikes. He gets to work on 100 and 125cc

  • 1955

    The popular Ducati Gran Sport is released.

  • 1956

    Taglioni designs a desmodromic 125cc Grand Prix racer. He didn’t
    invent the “desmo” valve operating system, which uses a second cam – not
    springs – to close the valves. The system was patented by Daimler-Benz
    years earlier. But the relatively primitive metallurgy of the time meant
    that valve springs were a “weak link” in racing motors.
    The desmo Ducati is reliable up to a then-shocking 15,000 rpm. Gianni
    Degli Antoni laps the field at the Swedish GP but is killed before the
    next race. His death is a setback to the Ducati racing effort.

  • 1957

    Ducati debuts the Tourist 274, a four-stroke motorcycle.

  • 1958

    Ducatis finish second and third in the 125cc World Championship;
    only an injury to Bruno Spaggiari allowed Carlo Ubbiali to win again on
    the MV Agusta. The Elite 200 is released.

  • 1960

    The popular twin-cylinder 250cc is released and is basically a
    fusion of two 125 “Grand Prix” motors – this is the “Grand Prix” model
    production bike, with spring valves we’re talking about here, not the
    works racer.

  • 1961

    The Scrambler is released. It’s largely intended for the American
    market and was produced at the insistence of the Berliner brothers, the
    U.S. importers.

  • 1963

    Again at the insistence of the Americans, Taglioni designs the
    “Harley beater” Apollo. It features a huge 1,257cc V-Four engine, but no
    tires can handle the power and torque. The Apollo is never launched.

  • 1965

    The classic Mark 1 250 is released. It features a rare five-speed
    gearbox and plenty of sporty features.

  • 1968

    The Mark 3 series was unleashed in 250cc, 350cc and 450cc
    variations. Also that year, the 250cc and 350cc versions of the
    Scrambler appear with their wide-casing engines.

  • 1969

    The 450 Single appears, and production models are available with
    Desmo valve actuation.

  • 1970

    Taglioni grafts two 250cc top ends together to create a 90-degree
    V-Twin 500cc Grand Prix racer.

  • 1971

    The Ducati 750 GT (Gran Turismo) makes its debut in June. The bike
    featured a twin-cylinder engine with a 90-degree configuration known as
    an ‘L-Twin’. A sixth speed was added to the gearbox to help optimize the
    engine, but the gearbox and electrical equipment were troublesome.

  • 1972

    Paul Smart wins the Imola 200-mile race on a Desmo version of the

  • 1974

    The 750 SS is released; a road-going version of Smart’s racer.

  • 1978

    The 900 SS (Supersport) is released. Mike Hailwood comes out of
    retirement and rides it to victory in the TT F1 class at the Isle of

  • 1979

    The 900 MHR is released; a replica of Hailwood’s 900 SS. Ducati
    builds it for hardcore riders and the bike is not even fitted with an
    electric starter.

  • 1980

    Ducati releases the Pantah 500 at the start of the new decade and it
    proves to be one of the most successful bikes in Ducati production
    history. This marks the beginning of belt-driven (as opposed to
    bevel-driven) camshafts – a major simplification.

  • 1984

    Ducati releases the minimalist 750 F1, which proves to be a highly
    sought-after model.

  • 1985

    The Cagiva Group buys Ducati.

  • 1986

    Two years after the release of the 750 F1, three ‘special’ versions
    of the bike are released: 750 F1 Montjuich, 750 F1 Laguna Seca and 750
    F1 Santamonica.
    Also in 1986, the 750 Paso hits the market. It’s named after Renzo
    Pasolini, a rider killed at Monza. The bike is designed by Massimo

  • 1987

    The liquid-cooled, four-valve 851 hits the market, just in time for
    the rise of World Superbike competition. The new motor is designed by
    Massimo Bordi. His choice of four valves and a much tighter included
    valve angle reinvigorates the now-traditional Ducati Desmo design. This
    will establish a pattern for Ducati Superbikes that will hold for almost
    20 years.

  • 1989

    Taglioni steps down as technical director.

  • 1990

    Raymond Roche wins the World Superbike Championship.

  • 1991

    The 888 is released. Doug Polen uses it to win the World Superbike

  • 1992

    SBK: Polen, again.
    At the Cologne Motor Show in the fall, a Monster is born. Ducati
    displayed its Monster 900 for the first time. The bike includes the
    trellis frame from the 851/888 series and the 904cc air/oil cooled
    engine from the Supersport range.

  • 1993

    The 4-stroke Single Supermono was released. It featured liquid
    cooling, electronic injection and twin con-rods.

  • 1994

    Carl Fogarty wins the World Superbike Championship on the
    then-severely-limited-production Massimo Tamburini-designed 916.

  • 1995

    The public gets to buy the 916 in reasonable quantities, and
    Tamburini’s design is already seen as a classic. Fogarty repeats.

  • 1996

    The Texas-Pacific Group buys 49% of the company, providing a much
    needed injection of cash.
    SBK: Troy Corser wins another title for Ducati.

  • 1998

    TPG buys most of the remaining shares.
    SBK: Fogarty, on the now venerable 916, proves he can still set
    things on fire just by looking at them.

  • 1999

    TPG takes the company public, selling 65% of the shares in the IPO.
    The company is renamed Ducati Motor Holding SpA.
    SBK: Fogarty, 996.

    The 996 SBK replaced the 916 SBK. Like the
    916, the 999 featured a desmodromic double camshaft, L-Twin cylinder
    engine and a trellis frame. New on the bike were lighter three-spoke
    wheels and an improved Brembo braking system.

  • 2000

    The MH900e, a retro-classic tribute to Mike Hailwood, becomes the
    first motorcycle to be sold exclusively on the Internet. It is the first
    of what becomes known as the SportClassic line.

  • 2001

    SBK: Another Troy from Australia. This time, it’s Bayliss.
    Taglioni dies.

  • 2002

    Ducati unveils its much talked about 999 to rave reviews. They’re
    raving about it, alright. But in largely negative terms. The truth is,
    chief designer Pierre Terblanche had an impossible assignment when he
    was faced with redesigning the iconic 916/996/998. Nothing could
    possibly have satisfied the Ducatisti.

  • 2003

    The question on everyone’s mind last year was, “Could Ducati develop
    the Desmosedici MotoGP V-Four and still keep momentum up in the World
    Superbike Championship?” The answer comes a resounding “yes,” with
    Hodgson winning the SBK title and Loris Capirossi immediately
    competitive in MotoGP.
    The ugly-duckling Multistrada is launched. (Luckily for Ducati, it’s
    only ugly until it’s been ridden.)

  • 2004

    SBK: James Toseland.

  • 2005

    TPG sells its remaining stake in the company to Investindustrial
    Holdings, an Italian investment company.

  • 2006

    SBK: Troy Bayliss wins on the 999, but the bike’s a lame duck.
    Ducati is committed to a larger-than-1000cc displacement for their
    flagship. The company lobbies the championship’s organizers to increase
    the displacement for Twins to 1200cc.

  • 2007

    The 1098 supercedes the unloved 999 as the flagship superbike. It
    evokes the Tamburini 916 again; all is right in the world of the
    Ducatisti… and to prove it, Casey Stoner dominates in the MotoGP World
    Championship. Ducati wins its first-ever title in the premier class.
    The Multistrada begets the Hypermotard.
    MotoGP: Casey Stoner wins the World Championship! It all comes
    together for Ducati in the first year of the new 800cc formula. The
    Desmosedici gets great fuel mileage, allowing it to make more power when
    it’s needed. Stoner is the rider who adapts best to the Magneti Marelli
    traction-control system. It’s decisive.

  • 2008

    The 1098 gets a baby brother, the 848.


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