Ducati is a world-famous design manufacturer of motorbikes. It was founded in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, as a company that made components for radios.
In 1944, it joined forces with a Turinese firm called SIATA, which stands for Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie, and which created the original design for a small motorised engine which was mounted onto a bicycle. This type of engine was called a Cucciolo, or 'puppy', due to the distinctive sound it made when in use.
Ducati developed its own version of the Cucciolo bicycle, and sold these new motorcycles as complete units.
The company is now owned by Audi, through its Lamborghini subsidiary, however, Ducati is still very much an Italian-made product.
Most modern and current Ducati motorbike designs utilise a standard cam-shaft valve, which the timing belt rotates. The timing belt is driven by the motor, and the teeth on the belt keep the drive pulleys indexed inside the cam-shaft.
High-performance Ducati bikes use its innovative 'desmodromic' valve system that enables the power of a 16-valve engine, using two Double L Twin 'ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ or two-stroke engines 'ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ as one. This ensures that there is no loss of power at moments of acceleration, and keeps the number of revs to a reasonable quantity and sound. Ducati's first MotoGP World Championship was won in 2007 with a Desmosedici bike, which utilises this technology.
The Desmosedici GP4 has a top speed of 215.9 mph, which was set by a rider called Loris Capirossi in 2004.
Occasionally, products which have the Ducati logo, such as watches and other jewellery, may become available to buy. Although these may occasionally be commissioned items which are officially branded, they are usually made by third-parties, not Ducati themselves.