A brief history of the Ducati 860 GT and GTE, manufactured from 1974-1975.
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Ducati vs. Ducati vs. BMW vs. Ducati – a 1979 Comparison. Posted 6/15/2015 During my short AMA Superbike career I raced Dale Newton’s Ducatis in 1977 and 1978 with some success. In 1979 Dale could ...
Some pretty interesting historical Ducati content here. If you haven't read Paul's book, "Racing With The Gods" it's really worth a read...
Novegro is one of the largest Italian motorcycle swap meets held every year AND it's the same week as the Milan motorcycle show. I hadn't been in a couple of years so I headed over with some friends to check it out. Biggest difference? The Ducati stuff we never used to see was here in droves. That's a good thing. I have included a ton of photos this gallery because, well, it's acres and acres and you almost never see the same thing twice. So go get a beverage and join me for a walk around one of the coolest places a motorcycle lover could ever want to visit.
Photos and captions: Vicki Smith/Ducati.net
Lots of photos, SO much rare Ducati stuff this year!
1958 Ducati 200 Elite For Sale
I know I featured a couple of these just a few days ago, but this Elite is an absolute gem. The Ducati 200 Elite was the Italian firm’s largest-displacement bike when it was introduced – a whopping 204cc when they bored out the popular 175cc engine.
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To go directly to the eBay auction click HERE
Video Report on the complete renovation of a Ducati Mark3 450cm ³.
It starts out as a Mark3 and ends as a Scrambler but it's a cool video set in a great old shop, even if it's movie magic...
#sunrise beauties this morning for @caferacertv at the crack! It's pretty inspiring to wake to the sound and feel of this rolling museum piece
Repost of my friend Bryan Fuller's shot of our bike at the beach this morning for a Cafe Racer TV shoot...
The 1970’s Ducati Super Sport defined a new era and a new line of thinking for Ducati. A philosophy that would lead to the creation of the modern Superbike. Only around 430 to 450 have been produced and custom builder Bryan Fuller is one of many who, a few years back, fell in love with the 1974 green frame after admiring one at The Barber Motorsports Museum. He told me: “The torque and rumble is similar to a Harley but with smoothness and the ability to spin up the RRR’s! They are comfortable enough to ride all day, yet sporting enough to handle the hills or track. Hell, I even used mine to run errands! The 1971- 1974 Ducatis are for me some of the finest motorcycles ever made. They have it all: style, grace and power…” - See more at:
Nice job Bryan, it came out great!
Alan Cathcart rides Mike Hailwood’s Moreparts Ducati 750SS, which Mike and Jim Scaysbrook rode in the 1977 Castrol Six hour.
On June 3, 1978, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood made a fairy tale return to racing when he rode to victory at record speed in the Isle of Man Formula 1 TT aboard his Sports Motorcycles Ducati 900 V-twin. Conventional wisdom says his legendary comeback came 11 years after he last raced in the Island and seven since he last rode a bike in international competition. True on the first count, but the Moreparts Ducati 750SS on permanent display in the Motorcycling Australia Museum proves otherwise on the second.
Read more: http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-italian-motorcycles/moreparts-ducati-750ss-zmcz13jazbea.aspx#ixzz2e2AeAJpo
I love badass old racers. This one fits the bill nicely...
The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company.
Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early ’70s and, in the typical Italian way, the government stepped in to save the company. The new board, a governing body made up of gentlemen in Brioni suits, knew little about the realities of motorized two wheelers.
Although Ducati had made its reputation on singles, the board decided to phase them out after 1974…and replace them with 350 and 500 parallel twins. The idea of a 350cc bike was sensible, as the government provided a huge tax break for motorcycles under that size. And building a 500 version would be inexpensive, as all the hard work would have gone into the 350.
Worst Ducati ever? (We still like them)
A field of 18 rare and significant Ducati’s will appear at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 10, 2013, led by the seminal “Cucciolo” that, in 1946, began Ducati’s rise to the pinnacle of motorcycle excellence and success. Ducati is the fourth motorcycle marque to be honored by “The Amelia” with a one class display on the concours field of The Golf Club at Summer Beach.
This event takes place March 10th during the first weekend of Daytona bike week just over an hour North of Daytona Beach. It's a beautiful event and a perfect start for Daytona Bike Week for anyone who appreciates Ducati Unobtanium...
Cool use of Google StreetView technology by submitting a walk around the MotoCorsa showroom during it's month long vintage Ducati display. The display will be open January 8th through 31st. Tuesday through Saturday. 10am – 6pm.
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With an engine note as moving as an opera by Verdi, and curves as beguiling as Sophia Loren’s, the legendary Ducati 750 Super Sport is an all-time favourite among Ducatisti..
Classic. The very definition of Ducati Iconic. But more like twice the price + they mention for real ones with correct numbers in good condition....
From pioneering performance to groundbreaking design and innovation that brought motorcycles to the masses, check out these top picks for the most influential motorcycles ever built.
Every motorcycle aficionado has ideas when it comes to naming the most important bikes ever built, and Somer Hooker is no exception. Hooker is a vintage bike broker with over 25 years in the business and he is also Chief Judge at the Celebration of the Motorcycle event in Del Mar, California. The HVA worked with Hooker to modify the current Preservation Award judging criteria to recognize preservation-class motorcycles...
The HVA Motorcycle Preservation Award will be presented at two shows in 2013. Click here to check out the list of judging criteria. But before you do, take a look at Hooker’s shortlist of the five most important motorcycles from the last 70 years.
We like this list and think it's a pretty fair evaluation. Click HERE for the story on the HVA website
A woman was killed after a British motorbiker ploughed into a crowd of fans watching a nostalgic motorbike rally on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Fuschertörl, Austria on Saturday.
The British Ducati driver according to local police lost control of his bike in a left curve and hit a pavement before ploughing into a group of fans watching the race.
31-year-old Christina S. from Lower Austria died at the scene. Her father and another fan were also hit but escaped with minor injuries.
The motorbiker who was competing for the Glockner Trophy was propelled thirty metres through the air before landing in a serious condition.
How do you make a classic Ducati look any better than it already does? Convert it into a functional and highly desirable Cafe Racer.
What could possibly be better than owning a brand new Ducati? How about owning a classic one; or better still a custom '78 900GTS Cafe Racer like this beauty owned by Nick Huber. Nick purchased the bike 5 years ago with only 13,000kms on the clock, it was to be his daily rider so when it came time to add some custom touches, function would have to come before form...but you'd never know by looking at it
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This picture was taken May 20th, 1964 at Santa Fe Park, professional 1/4 Mile Track, on the South side of Chicago, Illinois……I won 1st place in the Consolation race – I was always much better off if I missed the finals in the heat races because I could usually win the consolation race & take home $15 to $25. If I made the Grand Final I would be lucky if I made anything at all! Expert, Amateur & Novice classes all ran together at the Santa Fe Park quarter mile track and I was a novice at that time. I earned enough points to advance to Amateur on the 250cc Diana that summer. Most of the experts, the “Hot Shoes” , were riding Harley Davidson Sprints, (which were made in Italy) or Parilla’s. I could out run almost all of them on the straights, but could not then handle the corners as well as those with more experience. I remember one rider in particular, George Roeder, was actually able to just stick his front wheel into my left side even as our leathers were flapping on the inside guard posts and just push me out of the way....http://www.ducati.net/2012/05/my-25-00-ducati-summer/