It is now hard to believe that this manufacturer of famous racing motorcycles was originally engaged in electronics. The history of the company dates back to 1926, when the Ducati brothers founded it on July 4th. In the best Italian tradition, there was a crowd of brothers. Not as big as in the case of Maserati, but three people is also not enough. Bruno, Marcello and Adriano (Bruno, Marcello and Adriano Ducati) were well versed in radio engineering, which allowed them to found Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati. It took place in Bologna (Bologna), where the head office is located to this day. Ducati. Its factories assembled various components, such as vacuum tubes and electrolytic capacitors, as well as finished products. Ten years later, at an enterprise of 200 sq. meters already as many as 100 people worked.
The company successfully developed and rebuilt new factories that did not stop their work even under the Allied air strikes during the Second World War. But after the war it was hard. In a devastated country, few people needed radios and radio tubes. And the government, under whose control the company passed, decided to retrain production for more urgent tasks. For example, to adapt it for the production of inexpensive motorized vehicles, the need for which was very high. So in factories Ducati began to collect motorized bicycles Cucciolo ("puppy"). A model on which a low-power but efficient engine was developed by engineer Aldo Farinelli, owner of SIATA. The capacity of this company was clearly not enough to meet the demand of a gradually growing market, and Aldo sold the license to manufacture his engine Ducati.
Cucciolo, capable of speeds up to 60 km / h, was such a successful design that in a couple of years it became the most common motorized bicycle in Italy. Success in a new field and determined the future of the former manufacturer of radio tubes. In 1952, the first motorcycle appears - the Cruiser model.
1954 was a landmark year for the company - Fabio Taglioni became its chief engineer. Thanks to his development Ducati became not just a manufacturer of motorcycles, but also conquered the pinnacle of sports Olympus. In those years, the company was already producing up to 120 motorcycles a day. Production grew relentlessly, as did engine sizes and horsepower.
In 1985, Cagiva, another Italian motorcycle manufacturer, takes over Ducati, while maintaining the brand that has already become quite well-known (albeit after hesitating beforehand). In 1998, the company was bought by an American investment firm. Texas Pacific Group (now TPG Capital), after which in 1999 appears Ducati Motor Holding SpA. By 2005 Ducati becomes Italian again - now this brand belongs to Performance Motorcycles SpA. And starting from April 2012, it is bought by the German Audi.
To date, motorcycles Ducati not just famous, they are legendary. The company produces several tens of thousands of them a year, and they are all sold while still in the process of being assembled.