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Ducati History: A Brief Overview
Founded in 1926 by three brothers, Adriano, Bruno and Marcelo Ducati, in Bologna, Italy, Ducati has grown to become one of the most innovative and performance-focused motorcycle brands in the world.
The company, now based in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, began as a vacuum tube company before launching its first bike in 1944, the Cucciolo (Italian for puppy), a 48cc engine motorized bicycle. Throughout the 1950s, the company continued to experiment with different single-cylinder and V-twin configuration options before hitting its stride with its debut Grand Prix win in 1954.
In the 1980s, Ducati saw some turbulence, which led to new ownership by Italian motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva. Under this new ownership, Ducati released new models like the 851 and 916, which were widely revered for Desmodromic valve technology that produced consistent engine power. The late 90s saw another acquisition, this time by private equity firm Texas Pacific, leading to even greater product expansion with new models across different verticals, including adventure tours and minimalist sports bikes like the Monster.
Today, Ducati is owned directly by the Italian automotive manufacturer Lamborghini, whose German parent company is Audi, itself owned by the Volkswagen Group (yeah, it gets confusing!). Modern Ducati continually pays tribute to its prestigious Italian heritage, leading the charge in terms of innovative technologies such as cornering ABS, electronic “Skyhook” suspension, multiple riding modes, and a wide range of other feature sets that have captivated the hearts of Ducati fans the world over.
Popular Ducati Motorcycle Models
The Panigale V4 is one of Ducati's most popular motorcycles. Its highlights includes a 200+ horsepower 1103cc V4 engine, multiple riding modes, cornering ABS, and hyper-aggressive styling for an instant head turner on the streets.
Whereas the Panigale is the ultimate sport bike, the modern Monster is a minimalist option featuring a 109 horsepower and 69 ft/lbs. of torque 937cc Testastretta Euro5-compliant V-twin with three riding modes—Sport, Touring, and Urban. The Monster is a perfect option for an excellent mix of style and all-around versatility, from urban riding to canyon cruising to even the occasional track day.
The Multistrada, offered in the V4 and V2 series, offers a thrilling mix of on-road comfort and off-road capability, equally suitable for gravel as it is asphalt hairpin turns, and long-distance rides. The V4 model boasts the latest V4 engine with an emphasis on power across the rev range, and long service intervals ( valve maintenance interval of nearly 38,000 miles!). The Multistrada is arguably the best adventure tourer with an upright riding position (versus the street rider Monster and track-oriented Penigale's more aggressive forward-leaning posture for improved handling).
Why Riders Love the Ducati Motorcycle
Ducati motorcycles can be considered engineering marvels, incorporating all the latest engines, responsive braking systems, and cornering ABS technology for optimized braking when leaning into turns for ideal angles and traction. Do not forget Ducati's multiple riding modes (e.g., urban/city and sport) that allow bikers to customize throttle response, traction control, and other parameters for the most comfortable ride possible. And of course there’s that Italian styling.
Ducati's high-performance engines incorporate the latest features, such as desmodromic valve systems to eliminate valve springs, variable valve timing systems for improved rev range performance, and ride-by-wire throttle systems for enhanced throttle control.
Do not forget Ducati's prestigious Italian heritage with past victories in some of the world's most iconic competitions like the MotoGP and World Superbike Championship. Italy's unmatched passion for motorsport reflects in its performance compared to other brands.
Ducati has a dedicated and passionate fan base that extends worldwide. The iconic Italian design and performance create a deep connection with riders of all skill levels. The brand organizes local and multinational events throughout the year, providing opportunities for the most diehard Ducati enthusiasts worldwide to gather and share road stories.
Are Ducati Adventure Bikes Good for Off-Roading?
Yes, Ducati adventure bikes are built for off-roading. With the DesertX and all-new Multistrada V4 Rally, Ducati offers a powerful blend of high horsepower and high torque engines for ripping through rugged terrain. Additionally, both provide long-travel suspension setups with ample ground clearance to help navigate the toughest paths, regardless of weather conditions.
Do not forget the Ducati adventure bike's impressive suite of off-road technology. Lean angle-sensitive ABS (even in the dirt!), improved traction control, and multiple riding modes like Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro fully customize each ride to your preferences. When alternating between straightaways and hairpin turns, every mode counts!
Lastly, we're big fans of Ducati's continued focus on durability, with the bikes boasting longer maintenance intervals and time between oil changes (now recommended for every 9,000 miles). As a result, it's a rugged machine in the truest sense of the word.
Tips for Renting a Ducati Motorcycle
Here are some helpful recommendations on renting a Ducati motorcycle from Riders Share.
Perform a Thorough Inspection
Always perform a thorough inspection before taking any rented motorcycle on the road. Identify potential mechanical issues like worn tires, sluggish brakes, or defective reflectors that could compromise your safety and those of others. Remember to document all pre-existing damages to avoid being held responsible later on.
Find a Bike in Your Price Range
We highly recommend selecting a bike that fits comfortably within your price range. This helps reallocate funds to other trip expenses, avoid excess charges (e.g., high maintenance costs for premium bike models) and enables you to prioritize bike features (e.g., comfortable seating) without breaking the bank.
Analyze Your Rental Agreement
With Riders Share rental contracts between renters and owners, take the time to understand all terms and conditions. Pay attention to insurance requirements, usage limitations (e.g., daily mileage limit), fuel management, late return fees, and other verbiage that will govern your use of the motorcycle throughout the rental period.
Earn Money From Your Ducati Motorcycle
If you own a Ducati motorcycle and looking to earn an average of $150 per booking renting it out to fellow bikers, then Riders Share is the platform for you.
All you need to do is sign up, list one or more bikes on the platform, and await vetting and approval, which can take as little as 12 hours. Once approved, you can set rates and availability and connect with renters to honor all booking requests.
What are you waiting for? Sign up for Riders Share and start earning money today!