Originally Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons founded the Società Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna in 1926 to manufacture radio components such as vacuum tubes. In 1935 they had a factory in Borgo Panigale to increase their production. They made it through WWII despite being a bombing target. Meanwhile, in Turin, Italy, the Società Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie was developing small pushrod engines called Cucciolo or Puppy. These engines connected to motorcycles.
In 1950, Ducati began to produce motorcycles that shared the engine name. The first Ducati motorcycle, the Cucciolo, was a 98-pound marvel, with a top speed of 40 mph and a 15mm (0.59-inch) carburettor giving just under 200-mpg-US. It wasn’t long before the Puppy name was changed to technical names like 65TL. From its incredibly humble beginnings and almost unrelated to radio equipment manufacturing, Ducati was on its way to becoming one of the most famous names in the motorcycle world.
20. 1988 MY Ducati 851 Strada “Kit”
Any Ducati that has “My” in the name is a special edition. We decided to start the list with a classic. The Marzocchi monoshock rear brake is combined with the dual disc brake (with Brembo calipers) at the front, giving the rider exceptional stopping power. The windshield keeps you from getting dirty, and the liquid-cooled 851cc 90-degree desmodromic four-stroke V-Twin engine with fuel injection and a six-speed manual transmission means you can go fast enough to need those breaks. . Every rare 1988 851 Strada kit that remains is part of the original 201 race homologated.
19. 2009-10 MY Ducati Desmosedici RR G8 Special Edition
From a classic special edition to a more modern one, Ducatis are excellent motorcycles. The MY Ducati Desmosedici RR G8 special edition is unique. The livery on the side was suggested by the Italian Prime Minister at the time. The bike was specially built for the 35th G8 summit, which had to be moved due to the L’Aquila earthquake. All Desmosedici RRs are excellent motorcycles, but this one did a good deed too in helping to draw attention to the affected areas.
18. 2014 Ducati 1199/1299 Panigale
This impressive 205 hp Ducati first came out in 2014. Thanks to the incredible Superquadro engine, this was the first time that Ducati was able to produce a motorcycle with more than 200 hp, earning this model its place among the top 20 models. of all times. The Panigale 1199 R and 1299 are equipped with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP size 120 / 70ZR-17 and 200 / 55ZR-17 front and rear tires to handle all that power.
17. 2009 Ducati 1198S
Motorcycle News called the 2009 1198S, “One of those bikes that everyone should be able to ride once in their lifetime.” The engine on this particular Ducati is one of the best around (at the time it was released). Adjustable height and suspension give the rider a completely customizable and incredibly powerful, yet smooth ride. There is minimal vibration, which is surprising given the engine.
16. 2007 Ducati Hypermotard 1100
This Hypermotard 1100 was one of the last bikes Federico Minoli approved as Ducati CEO. It is an excellent motorcycle, just like its predecessors. One of the main differences between this and previous models is the dry clutch. Makes a weight difference that you can feel. What a great way to get off on a high note.
15. 2011 Ducati Diavel Cruiser
The motorcycle that could compete with a Harley in the police market is no small feat. The Diavel Cruiser is that motorcycle. When it debuted in 2010 at just 456 pounds, people were stunned. When Diavel produced 162 hp, with 94 pound-feet of torque, they gasped, and when it went from 0 to 60 mph in the fastest time ever tested by the cycle world, they sold out. Better yet, they keep selling.
14. 2005 Ducati 999
As an award-winning bike, the 2005 Ducati 999 wowed the crowd. In the year in which he debuted, he won the Maxisport category for the prestigious international Master-bike and managed to finish second overall. When it comes to leaving the competition in the dust, there’s nothing like a big win to show off, and this motorcycle has what it takes to win.
13. 1964 Ducati Berliner Apollo 1260 (prototype)
The Berliner Apollo of 1964 was a total disaster. Not that the bike didn’t work, but this was Ducati’s first effort to take on Harley Davidson and win, something they couldn’t achieve …