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Old March 4th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #1
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Who Makes Ducati?

With this weather I forgot what my bike looks like! I leave it covered to keep dust off it and don't bother to uncover it or I'll end up putting another coat of wax on it for no damn reason, it already has five coats of wax on it and is very shiny already.

I feel like a non-rider, knowing nothing about my bike as I ponder more snow coming tomorrow. "Who makes Ducati"? is what I often hear from these people at the gas pump.

Next time I'll just say...."The 999 Motor Company from Italy"! LOL

The first chance I get I'm planning on running my bikes until the gas tanks are empty!
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:53 PM   #2
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It will change soon in some models, lol. Your answer will be "Some person named Khompak Kalakhap in Thailand."
I used the K and Kh bc they use those letters frequently when my friend speaks to his Mom.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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Today, Ducati is a design and assembly firm first and foremost. Almost all the components are manufactured by other companies and delivered as incomplete casts or completed assemblies. When talking specifically about the Superbikes and Panigale, here is how things are done.

Things like the frame, swing arm, suspension, wheels, electronics, lights, plastics/wind screen and mirrors are delivered to Ducati as partially assembled unit's, ready to be installed.

Much of the engine components are subbed out as well. Individual parts arrive to the assembly plant either cleaned and ready to be installed or rough castings. Ducati has mills internally to machine those cast bits and of course preps them for installation. Engine components are setup on a prep table and then assembled by a single person. Finished engines run through volley of tests before installing into a frame. The bikes themselves, are assembled with an assembly line like most manufacturers today. They use specialized machines to hold complete components in place whilst they screw things together using high-tech electronic torque wrenches. The final assembled bikes are then tested using a dyno. Rumor has it, the ECU's are programmed right there on the spot as well.

Most of the components are made by Italian manufacturers, with a hand-full of them coming from other countries in Europe and Asia. Ducati does take pride in using Italian designers and Italian manufacturing firms to make their bikes a reality.

Here is a fun video of the process behind making your 999!

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Old March 5th, 2015, 07:32 AM   #5
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Hyosung??
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Say Aprilia....guarantee you if they haven't heard of Ducati, they haven't head of Aprilia, so they'll ask you about that next

Hyosung would be a good choice too...you can tell them Ducati is Hyosung's luxury brand...sort of like Lexus is to Toyota
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Old March 12th, 2015, 06:56 AM   #7
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Everyone has heard of a Ducati, not so much about Aprilias, EBRs or MVs unless a person is into racing/riding. My first bike was a Ninja 650r and I was more of a casual rider, getting my feet wet. I didn't hear about those three until later in the game.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 03:19 AM   #9
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Sorry for the necro but, technically ducati is owned by VW, who owns Audi, who owns the subsidery we all know as Lamborghini... Who VW instructed to purchase Ducati back in 2012 under the Lamborghini Holding Company.

So, just tell people its a lamborghini. Its technically true!

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I'll tell them I do. Guarantee I put more blood, sweat, and tears into my bike than the designers and mechanics. So what if I'm not a professional and it takes me 10x longer to do something with two hands and a manual then they can blindfolded?
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Old April 27th, 2016, 12:30 PM   #11
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Had one of my first runs out a few weeks age , UK here , stopped for a bite , little old lady of about 85 ---90 ish walks past my bike as I'm about to get on

" nice bike , that's a Ducati I've heard of those they race them don't they "

What can I say
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