A brief history of Ducati motorcycles
Ducati was founded by three brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno Ducati in 1926. Originally, the company was known as Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati, and produced vacuum tubes, condensers and other components for radio transmission.
After World War II, the Cucciolo was developed – a small auxiliary motor for bicycles. In 1950, after more than 200,000 Cucciolos had been sold in collaboration with SIATA, a small Turinese company, Ducati began producing its own Cucciolo-based motorcycle. The debut Ducati motorcycle was a 60cc bike with a top speed of 40mph.
Ducati responded to a changing market in the Fifties with the introduction of its 65TS motorcycle and Cruiser (a four-stroke motor scooter) at the 1952 Milan show. However, the Cruiser model was not popular and only a few thousand were made during a two-year period. In the 1960s, Ducati developed the fastest 250cc road bike available, the Mach 1.
In 1967, Ducati revolutionised its engines, introducing the Desmodromic system which, until then, had only been used on its race bikes. Despite not being able to officially compete in racing, Ducati developed the Mach 250, which was capable of exceeding 150km/h.
In 1983, Ducati was purchased by Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni – becoming part of the Cagiva Group. Under their management, the company expanded its share of the motorcycle market, introducing new models, increasing the supply of its large displacement motorcycles and focussing more on racing.
In 1993, Ducati launched its Monster, a bike that is still the manufacturer’s biggest commercial success, followed in 1994 by the 916. However, despite its success in the road bike sector, Ducati was unable to avoid a downturn in sales and was saved by American investment fund, Texas Pacific Group, in 1996.
The new management team overhauled the company, strengthening Ducati to become one of the strongest motorcycle brands on the market. However in 2005, it returned to Italian ownership with the sale of Texas Pacific's stake to the investment fund of Carlo and Andrea Bonomi.
2007 will be forever remembered as the year that Ducati took its first MotoGP World title. It was won by Casey Stoner and the Desmosedici GP07 at the Motegi track in Japan.
Ducati was purchased by the Volkswagen Group's Audi subsidiary in 2012.
Ducati’s range of motorcycles
The Ducati Diavel cruiser-inspired range comes with a 162hp adrenaline rush that can be controlled by three riding modes. The Diavel, Diavel Cromo and Diavel Carbon have achieved real cult status, while the Diavel AMG Special Edition is the epitome of exclusivity and performance.
Ducati’s Hypermotard range is designed to thrill! With aggressive styling and sports bike technology, the 796, 1100EVO and 1100EVO SP models bring unrivalled twin-cylinder power and big-bore acceleration to the street.
Ducati’s iconic Monster was first produced in 1993, but there have been several variants of the naked machine over the years. The current range includes the 696, 796, 1100EVO and Monster Diesel models.
The Multistrada is a real all-rounder, combining sports bike technology with long-distance touring and road enduro. The current range includes the 1200, 1200S Sport, 1200S Touring and 1200S Pikes Peak.
The aggressive Streetfighter features everything that has made Ducati Superbikes legendary. Today, the Streetfighter family comprises the 848 and Streetfighter S models.
Ducati’s most recent Superbike – the 1199 Panigale – was launched in 2011 and had the world’s most powerful production twin-cylinder engine. Other models in the high-performance range include the 848 EVO and the 848 EVO Corse SE.
For the current range of Ducati models, please visit the Ducati website
How Bennetts provides motorcycle insurance for Ducati owners
We specialise in providing competitive insurance quotes for motorcycle owners. We work closely with a panel of eight insurers to make sure that you get the best policy to suit your requirements – whether you ride a Diavel or a Monster.
As part of your motorcycle insurance policy, we can arrange a number of additional benefits. These include cover when riding other motorcycles, 90-day European Union insurance as standard and RAC Breakdown cover for added peace of mind.
Whether you’re looking for comprehensive, third party fire and theft or third party-only cover for your Ducati motorcycle, you’ll want to know that you choose an insurer you can trust. That’s why we’re the UK’s No.1 brand for bike insurance.
How to get a quote for your Ducati motorcycle
Getting an insurance quote for your Ducati motorcycle couldn’t be easier. You can get a quote online 24 hours a day, seven days a week., Or call us on 0800 107 7990 to speak to ourUK-based team of advisors. They have more than 30 years experience in sourcing the best possible Ducati motorcycle insurance quotes, and can tailor your policy to your specific needs.
Sources of interest for Ducati owners and fans
Ducati Official Website – all the usual features including history of the brand, racing news, information about its models, links to an online store and dealer services.
Ducati Owners Club – affiliated to the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) and organises ride-outs, attends national and regional events and track days.
UK Monsters Owners Club – celebrating everything about the Ducati Monster. Formed by Terry Herbert and Grant Carr in 2001 as a forum-based club, its aim is to unite a group of like-minded individuals who enjoy riding their Monsters to the max.