End Of An Era: The Ducati Desmoquattro

Alan Cathcart | October 13, 2011

A page will soon be turned in motorcycle history, with the debut at the Milan Show in November of the Ducati 1199. Powered by the Italian company’s all-new superquadra ultra short-stroke motor, the new Ducati will owe nothing to previous Ducati Superbike engine designs – other than its overall 90-degree V-twin desmo architecture. And it will even be fitted in a minimalist monocoque chassis design – again an important departure from previous Ducati V-twin motorcycles that have all employed the company’s trademark tubular steel trellis frame.Yet at the same time, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the legendary Ducati desmoquattro V-twin, a powerplant whose days are numbered…

For the complete feature on the 25 years of the desmoquattro, visit this week’s Cycle News at the following link…http://cyclenews.coverleaf.com/cyclenews/20111011/#pg39

Alan Cathcart | European Editor

Cathcart has ridden practically every road racer and streetbike ever built and written about them in Cycle News. They don’t call him Sir Alan for nothing.