The Beauty of Ducati Motorcycles

Do you own a Ducati bike?

How much do you know about your bike? Come on board as we take you through all you need to know about this great machine.

L-twin engine

Ducati bikes are popular for their high-end four-stroke V-twin engines that deliver wonderful performance to their riders. The engine comes with a desmodromic valve design that is called the L-twin engine by their engineers due to the configuration of the engine. The engine has one cylinder placed vertically and the other placed horizontally in the shape of an “L”. this configuration coupled with its desmodromic valve design makes it one of the highest performing motorcycle in the world today. The desmodromic design has been in use for over 40 years now and the configuration has never failed to deliver.

The valves are designed with a different cam lobe that is used to close them. These cam lobes have a dedicated lifter that is different for most conventional valves used in the internal combustion engine of other motorcycles. The dedicated lifter and cam lobe allow the valve to be more efficient. The valve opens and closes faster, causing the engine to have more power. The process also prevents the risk of valve-float which usually leads to the loss of power in a combustion engine.

Unlike most bike manufactures that prefers the use of wet clutches (the moving parts are bathed in lubrication oil), Ducati bikes are designed with multiple dry clutches (with very few exceptions). The use of dry clutch was preferred over wet clutch due to fact that dry clutch prevents power loss due to oil viscosity on the engine of the bike. However, dry clutch does not have smooth engagement when compared to the wet versions and the clutch plate wears faster than the other versions. The company now uses the wet clutch for all their products.

Ducati’s MotoGP

The company extensively makes use of trellis frame across all most all their product lines. The only exception is the Ducati’s MotoGP project that came with the carbon fiber frame used for the Ducati Desmosedici GP9. This design marked a new era in the design of bike frames as most other companies embraced the use of carbon fiber frame.

A Brief History of Ducati Bike

The first chief designer who is responsible for most Ducati motorcycles is the legendary Fabio Taglioni (1920-2001). Some of his achievements are the small single-cylinder motorbikes popular in the Italian “street races” and used for large-capacity twins in the 80s.

Fabio was also responsible for the Pantah which was unveiled by the company in 1979. In the 1990s, the engine of the Pantah was modified for the Ducati SuperSport (SS) series. From here, the Pantah became the base for all other engine design. The company introduced a toothed belt for the engine valves. Fabio became popular when he chose to use the Cavallino Rampante (also used for the Ferrari Brand). Fabio used the emblem in respect to Francesco Baracca, a celebrated war hero.

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