A leading name in superbike manufacturing with humble beginnings as a family company from the heart of Italy…
In 1926 three brothers, Adriano, Marcello and Bruno Ducati, founded a company in Bologna, Italy manufacturing electrical components. After being taken over by the Italian Government during the Second World War, the company started developing motorcycles.
In 1946 Ducati developed a 50cc clip-on engine for bicycles, a process that soon led to the production of small capacity motorcycles, the first of which was the 100cc Marianna Colleda. This was followed by the Desmo, which won many races and extended into a range including 250cc, 350cc and 450cc engines. In the mid 1960’s the 200cc Mach 1 was developed and, like the Desmo before it, won many races due to its lightweight frame and superb handling.
In the 1970’s Ducati produced the 900ss – the most naked, barely legal super bike on the market, it also released the 750GT, followed by the 750 Sport.
In 1985 Ducati was bought by Cagiva, who introduced the 851 Strada. The Strada engine was later enlarged to 888cc and then 916cc and the bike became the highly successful 916 – putting the Ducati brand firmly at the forefront of the super bike scene. Compare insurance quotes with The Bike Insurer to find a great insurance deal whatever your Ducati model, including:
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