Ducati News

1/20/16

Ducati Announces Record Sales in 2015!

9/30/14

The Scrambler has been officially revealed! http://scramblerducati.com

8/1/14

Join us for the premiere of the newest member of the Monster family, the Ducati Monster 821! We will have the 821 available to view, Ducati demo rides, free food and drinks, music, and a free gift while supplies last.

5/31/14

Ducati announces new Monster 821, available July 2014.

4/26/14

Ducati announces world’s first production motorcycle wirelessly integrated with airbag riding jackets - The Multistrada D-Air® (Press Release)

9/10/13

Ducati 899 surprise reveal

Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali revealed the new 899 Panigale to a surprised audience at the VW Group Night in Frankfurt Germany. The "Supermid" has been presented as a way for the world to access Ducati Superbikes - designed to provide the thrill of the new generation flagship model with the refined character of an everyday streetbike. Learn more about the 899 at the website www.899panigale.ducati.com
(via Ducati.com)

8/1/13

Crutchlow signs a 2-year deal with Ducati

Calvin "Cal" Crutchlow, former British Supersport champion and British Superbike race winner, and the 2009 Supersport World Champion, has signed a two-year deal to ride in MotoGP for the factory Ducati team in 2014 and 2015.The deal, to be announced on Friday, will see the British rider in a factory team for the first time in MotoGP.

There are only three full factory teams in MotoGP - at Ducati, Yamaha and Repsol Honda. These six bikes benefit from updates and higher spec machinery before the other teams, who lease their bikes from the factories. The last British riders in a MotoGP factory team were Jeremy McWilliams and Shane Byrne with Aprilia Racing in 2004. (read more at BBC news, click here)

7/18/13

Hayden not coming back to Ducati

The 2006 MotoGP world champion Nick Hayden stated in the Laguna Seca MotoGP press conference that he will not be on the 2014 Ducati MotoGP team. "It's not an easy moment," Hayden said. "I'm not coming back to Ducati MotoGP. They chose to go in a different way."

"I really don't know my future to be honest," Hayden said. "I have a couple of things going, some interesting stuff."

"I still love racing bikes and think I have a lot to give," Hayden said.

4/18/13

Ducati announces new CEO

Claudio Domenicali, currently General Manager and Member of the Board of Directors at Ducati Motor Holding, has been named as the successor to CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, who will leave the company to take up new professional challenges.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ducati Motor Holding, praised the successful work of Gabriele Del Torchio, who has spent six years at the top of the premium brand: "Del Torchio guided Ducati out of an economically difficult phase, back to a successful growth path and to the top of the worldwide segment of premium performance motorcycles. For that achievement, we express our gratitude on behalf of all Audi and Ducati employees and wish him all the best in his future tasks." "I look back on six intensive, exciting and successful years," commented Gabriele Del Torchio in response to Rupert Stadler's best wishes in his farewell speech to the company. "It was an intense experience which will remain an unforgettable memory. I leave Ducati in the knowledge that I have helped to place the company on a path of growth and strength."

The new Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, joined Ducati as a project leader in 1991. He had previously studied mechanical engineering at Università degli Studi di Bologna. After passing through various management positions, he was promoted to Managing Director of Ducati Corse in 1999. In 2005, he took over as R&D Director and in 2009 was appointed General Manager Operations and Product Development.
In 2012, he was confirmed as a member of the newly formed Board of Directors after the sale of Ducati Motor Holding to AUDI AG. "Domenicali knows Ducati and the motorcycle business more than anyone. He embodies continuity and Ducati's values in an exceptional manner," stated Audi CEO Stadler.

9/8/12

JVB-Moto Ducati Pantah

It's always fascinating to see the personal rides of well-known custom motorcycle builders. Rough Crafts' Winston Yeh, for example, rides a tiny PGO 125cc scooter. This Ducati Pantah belongs to JvB-moto's Jens vom Brauck, and prowls the roads around Cologne in Germany.

"I wanted it to look like it was found in a shed in Bologna, "says vom Brauck. "A futuristic design study for a 1981 motor show, but never displayed...the work of a designer who was a cafe racer fan, but could not convince the Ducati factory."

Vom Brauck has aimed for a mix of styles, materials and parts from the last 30 years. The wheels and tires are deliberately narrow in profile, to retain a retro look. A smattering of carbon fiber provides contrast. Vom Brauck cut down the Pantah's rear subframe and heavily modified the tank, adding oil pressure and electrical warning lights. 

The exhaust was built from parts Vom Brauck had lying around, including bits from an obscure MZ 1000S. "It has a nice, aggressive sound, but not too loud. And no, the butt doesn't get too hot!" Performance is good: the Pantah weighs just 170 kg in this trim.

And before you ask, Vom Brauck has no plans to create another Pantah, or offer the parts for sale. For him, the Ducati has been a very personal endeavor, created over three years. A shame, but at least we can enjoy the images.

Courtesy of Bike Exi


9/6/12

Cycle World: Honorable Mentions 2012

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

An unbelievable, 174-horsepower V-Twin engine, 403 pounds dry, knockout styling and the leading electronics package offered on a super bike, including electronically adjustable suspension? All for $24K? Not cheap, but so much for the money! An amazing achievement from what is really just a small Italian company.

Ducati Multistrada S Touring

The Multistrada does so much well. The S Sport took Best Open-Class Streetbike honors for the last two years, and the S Touring impressed us once again with mega-wide performance capabilities. For the street-biased adventure traveler who intends to avoid truly gnarly dirt trails, there isn't a better choice.

Courtesy of Cycle World


8/31/12

1973 Ducati 750 Sport

Every now and then, it's good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, an immaculate classical motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer.

Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport. It's just been restored by Harne Heuvelman of Holland, who runs the Ducati specialists Back To Classics.

"We bought the Ducati parts from a guy in Italy a few years ago," says Heuvelman. "He'd started making a custom bike out of it, painting the original fuel tank in baby blue - with a brush! But the seat and fenders were the only missing parts."

Luckily for Heuvelman, the owner abandoned the rebuild before too much damage was done. "We sorted out the parts, and found that most of the bike was in good condition." Straight away, Heuvelman rebuilt the engine to standard factory specifications, using new pistons and valves.

Next was the bodywork. "We did a lot of research to get the paintwork right. The yellow was taken from a set of NOS side panels we had lying around. The outer engine and front fork have been returned to the original wrinkle finish."

The Ducati was sold during the restoration process, and some of the new owner's wishes were incorporated into the restoration. The original Scarab brakes were set aside - even though they had the optional second front disc. "This bike is going to be used on the open road, so we fitted Grimeca brake calipers. The quality of original Scarabs is very bad, even after refurbishing," Heuvelman notes.

The 750 Sport is also fitted with a concealed electronic ignition system, again to make it better for regular road use. Everything else is refurbished, including the original Aprilia headlight, the Borrani wheels (fitted with new Dunlop TT100 tires) and the Conti exhaust. Even the original nuts and bolts have been refurbished and pressed back into service.

Perfection on two wheels, wouldn't you say?

Courtesy of BikeExif


8/29/12

Best Middleweight Streetbike: Ducati 848 Streetfighter

In keeping up with the evolving motorcycle market, the time had to come for us to reassess the definition of a middleweight motorcycle. The fled has recently grown much larger, not only in displacement but in the vast number of worthy candidates. This required us to consider all sorts of supersport, standard, adventure, and cruiser models before we ultimately decided on the Ducati 848 Streetfighter. Essentially an 848 EVO with streetwise ergonomics and no fairing, the Streetfighter pulls no performance punches in either its chassis or engine, and it includes traction control, to boot. This deliciously fun sport naked V-Twin stimulates the senses and ignites one's playful spirit better than any middleweight we've tested this year.

Courtesy of Cycle World


8/28/12

Best Cruiser: Ducati Diavel Carbon

The Diavel definitely stretches the definition of "cruiser." Luckily, it stretches it in the preferred direction, with a wickedly fast yet perfectly tractable "11-degree" Testastretta Ducati V-Twin housed in a chassis that nicely splits the difference between laid-back and poised-for-action, and that doesn't bow and scrape for mercy at the first sign of Earth curvature. This one's bipolar: You can cruise or you can cruise; the Diavel is there for you either way. It's so fresh that we're only worried it might be a long time before any new cruiser steps up to depose it. A definite shock to the system that the system needed. For the second year in a row.

Courtesy of Cycle World


8/10/12

Ducati Motorcycles Pictured and Filmed with Audi Sport-Liveried RS5

Less than 24 hours before the official reveal on the sidelines of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Audi released a first set of photos and a video teaser of its "mystery" RS5 project, which as you can see, is somehow connected to the automaker's recent acquisition of Italian sports motorcycle maker Ducati.

The photos show an Audi Sport-themed RS5 Coupe with no other visible differences from the standard production model posing together in one picture with a Ducati motorcycle, while the Italian maker's Pikes Peak competitors are featured alone.

Here's what the brand with the four rings said: "Audi and Ducati are teaming up at Pikes Peak to celebrate their common heritage at this iconic mountain.

Read more about it here.

Courtesy of Car Scoop


8/7/12

Interview: Ducati's Gabriele del Torchio

Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio has had a busy few months on both the retail and racing sides of the company. The tall, urbane Italian was at the center of Audi's acquisition of Ducati and is now in the process of ensuring a smooth transition. And on the racing side, del Torchio (pronounced 'TORkio') has been personally negotiating with Valentino Rossi to persuade him to stay on the Ducati Marlboro MotoGP team.

Del Torchio has shepherded Ducati through their most successful and profitable period, with record motorcycle sales and revenue. Normally when a company is acquired, the CEO is given golden handshake, but Audi was sufficiently impressed with del Torchio to make him the CEO for at least the next three years.

With his own job security out of the way, del Torchio could concentrate on securing the services of Rossi for another year. (He'd earlier agreed to a one-year contract with Nicki Hayden.) Rumors in the Italian media that del Torchio had sweetened his offer to Rossi to 17 million euros, over $20 million, were forcefully refuted by Rossi, who said he was, in fact, taking a pay cut which he felt ws justified by both the current economic climate and his results.

Cycle News spoke to del Torchio on Ducati Island, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the morning of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Read more about it here.

Courtesy of Cycle News


8/4/12

A record-breaking 65,000 enthusiastic visitors celebrated at WDW2012

As the seventh edition of World Ducati Week comes to a close, the famous Italian motorcycle manufacturer prepares to return to its Bologna base having enjoyed an incredibly successful event which broke all previous WDW records. Held at the World Misano Circuit in Italy, the massive WDW2012 gathering entitled The Planet of the Champions, ran from Thursday to Sunday, 21-24 June and attracted thousands of passionate Ducati owners from all over the world.

With an incredible 65,000 visitors over four days, WDW2012 has been the biggest ever. Approximately 30% were international visitors from the likes of USA, Europe, Australia, Russia, India, Brazil, China and Malaysia and with countries such as Gabon, Iceland and Nepal in addition, the event further highlighted the global power and appeal of the Ducati brand and the truly global passion for its motorcycles.

Courtesy of Ducati.com