More Multistrada:  Ducati is sponsoring a series of long-distance motorcycle rides to demonstrate the versatility of the Multistrada motorcycle over a series of long-distance trips, each of which has a distinct setting that tests the motorcycle on a wide range of road surfaces  |  The Ducati official Multistrada pages  |  Multistrada motorcycle road testand owner comments  |  IOL South Africa road tests …

Ducati Motorcycle Repair and Maintenance   Summary Desmodromic Valve Adjustment: Ducati Desmoquattro Valve Adjustment at Ducati Tech  |  Pictorial guide to adjusting desmodromic valves  |  All sorts of examples of desmo engines from the “desmodromology” site by Henk Cloosterman; check out the list of all sorts of engines(with photos) using desmodromic technology  |  Desmo for Dummies; on the Ducati site  |  History of …

Ducati 750GT Bevelhead Alternator Replacement   Not too long ago I completed a custovation* of my bevelhead 1974 Ducati 750GT.  In every way, this is a marvelous example of early Italian sport bike engineering — except for the battery charging system. It’s weak and does a poor job of charging the battery.  The main fault is …

Ducati Evaporative Emissions Canister   The evaporative emissions canister mounted on modern Ducati motorcycles is, in a word, ugly. I have no idea why they mounted it in such an obvious and noticeable location on the left-hand side of the motorcycle, hanging off the engine in a location that’s as obvious as a wart on …

 Y2K Ducati Women’s Team   A Season Full of Success for the Y1K Ducati Women’s Motorcycle Racing Team After two successful years on the national and international circuits with riders Paola Cazzola andChiara Valentini, the Official Ducati Women’s Team is preparing to continue its tradition of excellent riding and high technical standards that fans have come to …

Fork Guards for the GT1000   Background I received an email a few weeks ago from Paul Smith (no, not that Paul Smith), letting me know about some GT1000 SportClassic fork guards he had for sale. Paul makes the fork guards, which will fit the Ducati Sport 1000, Sport 1000 S and the GT1000. He does not …

Fitting a Monster Fairing to a Ducati GT1000   Background I saw a monster fairing fitted to a Gt1000 at the Corbin seats web site (here) and it looks great. Tried the same with items sourced in Australia. Thought I might pass on these notes in case someone else out there thought of doing the …

Ducati GT1000 Centre Stand   Background Before I get into the fitting of the stand I’d like to pass on a few things that I’ve discovered. There were two centre stand kits available for the Ducati SportClassic range when I purchased mine. One kit is designed to fit the Sport 1000 (bike info) and the Paul Smart 1000 …

The Ducati Riding Experience   Summary For the fifth year in a row, Ducati will be organizing a series of riding courses aimed at those who would like to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their street or track skills. The 2004 edition of Ducati Riding Experience saw a massive influx of attendees, …

Ducati Slipper Clutch – STM Slipper Clutch   Diagram of an STM Slipper Clutch for a Ducati – More info can be found on the STM site; STM slipper clutches can be purchased (if you have a big wallet!) from Hard Racing. (Thank you Chris Edwards and the Mid-Atlantic Ducati club for these diagrams!) STM says : “It’s the only …

Ducati 3D Extreme   Ducati announces the Ducati 3D Extreme and Ducati 2Extreme mobile phone video games! New releases of the best-selling 3D mobile motorcycle racing game capture the action and thrills of the famous Ducati motorcycles. The games are now available for mobile phones.  Producted by Vir2L Studios LLC and Superscape Group PLC, global …

DUCATI 999 MOTORCYCLE   Summary The new Ducati 999 is the motorcycle of the future. It is the most advanced, highest performance production twin-cylinder motorcycle ever produced at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, Italy. Moreover, the Ducati 999 is a powerful symbol that encompasses the history of Ducati racing and represents the evolution …

THE PUPPIES ARE COMING!   Summary The ultimate Italian stuffed animal – the Ducati Cucciolo – a collaboration between Ducati and Accademia creates a collectable animal that celebrates the first Ducati sport motorcycle, the “Cucciolo” of the 1940s and 1950s.  (Available for worldwide purchase at the Ducati shop). Bologna 9th November, 2004: It all started with …

Ducati Fast Throttle Cam   The Electraeon Fast Throttle Cam for Ducati motorcycles allows the throttle to reach full open with 75% rotation of the hand grip compared to the stock throttle cam. Reducing the amount of hand grip rotation provides greater control and comfort by allowing the throttle to reach the full open quicker …

Ducati Monster by Peg Pérego   Ducati motorcycle for children aged 3 and up. Peg Pérego, in close cooperation with Ducati, has reproduced a faithful scale model of one of Ducati’s most successful motorcycles, the Ducati Monster. Peg Pérego is somewhat familiar in the U.S.A. as a maker of carriages. The company was started in Italy …

PUMA Ducati Sneakers   Ducati and Puma Announce Panigale Footwear Inspired by PUMA’s motorsports tradition, the two iconic brands invent the “Moto Lifestyle”.  The first fruits of the PUMA – Ducati collaboration — the Panigale — arrive in stores this April. The shoe is specifically designed by Puma with creative insights from the Ducati Design …

Ducati Multistrada 620 Hugger   Background It took me just about one year to get this hugger installed on my Multistrada 620.   Hopefully you can do it in about 1/52 of that time. The story starts on March 15 of 2008, when I ordered the “official” Ducati carbon fiber hugger for the Multistrada 620 from …

Shell Advance and Ducati   Shell Advance Ultra 4’s tailored blend of lubricant plays a key role for Ducati in lubricating the engine’s rotating and oscillating parts and the constantly moving components of the gearbox. Shell says that the oil has been optimized to deliver maximum performance and liberate new power, while maintaining its protection …

Ducati GT 1000 Saddlebags   Summary:  Tight tolerances make this job more difficult than it should be.  The bags can interfere with the frame and the saddle.  And watch out for soft aluminum threads, which strip all to easily! I bought the GT1000 back in August of 2006, ordering a set of Ducati saddlebags and windscreen …

Ducati Case Guard – Chain Guard   The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a rather appropriate description of this small item.  However the word “pound” should be replaced with “a couple hundred pounds and a fistful of cash”!!!  This little item can literally save you that much. …

Ducati Substitute Oil Filters and a Multistrada 620 Oil and Filter Change   Editor’s Note:  Most of the information you’ll need to change the oil and filter on a Ducati Multistrada can be found in my Ducati Oil and Filter Change article. After a year or so of ownership, I had changed the oil and filter on …

GT1000 ECU Replacement   Background To make a long story even longer, my GT 1000 has been popping and backfiring on the overrun since it was brand new. But lately it’s been stalling when I come to a quick stop, especially when the engine temperature is under 180 degrees F. I thought the popping sounded …

Ducati GT 1000 Throttle Cable Adjustment   I’ve been noodling on the possible reasons for the GT1000’s super-sensitive throttle.  It could be anything from a too-light flywheel to fuel injection and probably is amplified by the abundance of torque from the 1000DS engine at low RPMs. But something Chris told me about similar problems with …

Ducati GT1000   New GT1000 Project Bike! Our Triumph Tiger served its purpose during the last 18 months or so as the webBikeWorld “hack” bike. It was time to look for something different. Burn usually has 6-8 motorcycles in his garage at any given time, but there always seems to be more parts on the …

Ducati Sport Classics Parts & Accessories   We’re starting to collect lots of information on parts and accessories for the GT1000 and the Ducati Sport Classics, so we’ll list them all here. If you’d like to add something or if you’d like to write an article about installing an accessory or a repair or maintenance …

Desmosedici V-4 Racing Replica Street Bike: Another Ducati Dream Comes True   Ducati gives the go-ahead for the MotoGP replica bike. The announcement was made at WDW2004 in front of thousands of Ducati fans. Misano Adriatico (RN) 22 May 2004 – In the magical atmosphere of the WDW (World Ducati Week, the giant bi-annual meeting …

Ducati SportClassics Technical Features   Chassis The SportClassic models all take advantage of the signature Ducati ALS 450 steel tubular trellis frame, specifically engineered to give the bikes precise and confident handling. The frame’s high torsional rigidity ensures gratifying, sure-footed road manners even when pushed to the limit. This trellis frame is used on all …

2015 Ducati Diavel Information and Specifications   We first reported on the introduction of the Ducati Diavel during the live event from the 2010 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The 2015 Diavel sport cruiser is a modest update to the original design. Ducati said that the engine and exhaust system is new, designed to provide a somewhat more refined …

Ducati Announces the Sport 1000 Biposto   In the 1970s, the most sports-oriented motorcyclists used to modify their road bikes according to what they saw on the track, including clip-ons handlebars, rear set footrests and aggressive colours. The aim was not just to make your bike look better but to enhance its performance too. And …

Ducati Announces the Sport 1000S   Following the 1970s trend for uncompromising individualism and enhanced performance, Ducati introduces the Sport 1000 S with a classic aerodynamic upper fairing which takes its styling cues directly from the “Race” models of the era. More Sportclassics on wBW:  Paul Smart 1000  |  GT 1000  |  GT1000 Blog and Maintenance  |  Sportclassic Parts and …

Ducati Paul Smart 1000   Ducati Announces Paul Smart LE (Limited Edition): Only 2,000 examples to be made (see below). More:  Paul Smart 1000  |  GT 1000  |  Sport 1000  |  Concept Bikes Home More:  Here’s a photo and story of the original1972 Ducati motorcycle as ridden by Paul Smart at Imola. Photos and text courtesy of Ducati Motor S.p.A. More:  Sport …

Ducati and MV Agusta Photos   I went to the Duc Pond Motorsports Ducati open house during the summer and took some photos, and finally got around to posting them here.  Duc Pond sells Ducati and is also the newest MV Agusta dealer in the area. You’ll notice the photo of the black Multistrada 620; this is where …

2006 Ducati 999R Xerox and Ducati ST3 ABS Preview   In the run-up to the presentation of its complete Model Year 2006 range at EICMA in Milan from 15 to 20 November, Ducati chose the prestigious Motorcycle and Scooter Show in Birmingham (UK) to preview two of its new models due out next year. The …

Ducati “Black Dogo” Mon   Ennio Capasa has designed the most powerful custom Monster ever, based on the Ducati S4RS. Taking his inspiration from the American dirt-track bikes of the 1970s and 80s and their spectacular performance in rough conditions, Capasa has designed a completely unique motorcycle beast. Assisted by Simone Falcetta, a design specialist, …

Ducati 848   Ducati Announces the 848 Superbike! The Ducati Superbike family for 2008 features two important changes: the introduction of the light and nimble 848 and for all those who demand the maximum performance, the 1098 R that will take part in the 2008 World Superbike Championship. The priority in every step of the new Ducati …

2006 Ducati Monster S4Rs   Ducati Announces New Monster S4Rs NEW!  2008 Ducati Monster S4RS Tricolore photos below! The Monster S4Rs is a bike without compromise, a true superbike in every way.  Only the full fairing has been removed.  Nothing else has been sacrificed. All the legendary Superbike power and character of the potent desmodromic …

Ducati Announces the Monster 696!   The new Ducati Monster 696 represents the next generation and what Ducati calls “the final word in urban excitement”.  The Monster 696 looks like it would be fun either on your favorite downtown routes or unleashed, where it should deliver more performance than ever before. Design Refined style and …

Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP Street Engine   DESMOSEDICI RR: START YOUR ENGINES! Ducati reports progress on the development and testing of the exclusive V4 engine for the upcoming street version of the Desmosedici MotoGP motorcycle. Officially presented to the “Ducati tribe” in May at World Ducati Week 2004, the development of the Desmosedici RR project continues …

Ducati 999R   An evolution of power, aerodynamics and style, for a dream Ducati which is more competitive and powerful than ever. Based on the motorcycle representing Ducati in this year’s American Superbike Championship (AMA), the 999R has been significantly upgraded for the American market.  A new front fairing, new rear swing arm and suspension, …

Ducati Monster S4R   The Ducati Monster S4R Official Press Release The first true production Ducati “cafè racer”, it is an evolution of Italy’s – and the world’s – best loved racing motorcycles from Ducati. The basic design that has made the Ducati Monster such a huge year-after-year success has been retained, but now – …