|Ducati Motor S.p.a|
|Address:||Via C. Ducati 3, 40132 Bologna, Italy|
|Parents:||Texas Pacific Group (51%)|
Ducati Motor S.p.a, a subsidiary of the Texas Pacific Group, is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer.
Ducati motorcycles have long been known for their excellence in design and performance. From the first post-war bicycle-like low-displacement motorbikes Ducati has grown over the years into a racing giant that is consistently competitive in both the racing arena and the world motorcycle marketplace
Ducati is best known for high performance motorcycles characterized by trellis-style frames and large capacity four-stroke, 90-degree v-twin engines featuring a desmodromic valve design.
Modern Ducatis remain among the dominant performance motorcycles available today despite the aging technology of the Desmo engine, which is nearing its 50th year in production. Desmodromic valves are those which are positively closed by a leverage system, rather than relying on the more conventional springs to close the valves.
While most other manufacturers have adopted wet-clutches (with the spinning parts bathed in oil) Ducati prefers to use dry clutches that eliminate the oil viscosity drag on the engine even though the engagement may not be as smooth as the oiled versions. Some Ducati motorcycles use wet (oil bath) clutches.
In 1926 the Ducati family and other Bolognese investors founded the Società Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna. The company initially produced industrial components for the growing field of radio transmissions, based on the patents of Adriano Ducati.
In the 1960s Ducati earned its place in motorcycling history by producing the fastest 250cc road bike available, the Mach 1.
In the 1970s Ducati began producing large-displacement v-twin motorcycles and in 1973 released a v-twin with the trademark desmodromic valve design.
In 1985, Cagiva bought Ducati.
In 1996, Texas Pacific Group bought 51% of the company for $325 million and renamed the company Ducati Motor SpA.