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60 discontinued models

history
The Ducati Company was founded in 1926 by the three Ducati brothers, Bruno, Adriano and Marcello. At first, the company had nothing to do with motorcycles, but managed electrical components. Then the Italian government took over the company during the Second World War and pushed Ducati into making motorcycles. The first motorized attempt on behalf of Ducati was the clip-on 50cc bicycle engine produced in 1946. In the 1950, the Italian company developed its first vehicle, the 1952 Cruiser 175cc, a scooter which had electric starter and automatic transmission. One year later (1953), Ducati came up with a 98cc version of this vehicle and they soon increased its capacity to 125cc. In 1954, engineer Fabio Tagnoli joined the company, thing which would prove to be extremely good for the company as they came up with several spectacular models by the end of 1956. We are talking about the four stroke Tourist 174 and Special and Sport models which could reach up to 135 km/h, a considerable performance for that time. All these models were presented to the public in 1957 at the Milan Salon. Tagnoli worked for three years on a desmodronic system, from 1955 to 1958, system which was adopted on the 250cc bike ordered by a famous English racer Mike Hailwooda, in 1960. Also in 1958, Ducati came up with the 200cc bike called Elite. The first Ducati model which was able to go over 150 km/h came in 1964 and was called Mach 250. They increased the power of their production series bikes in 1968 when they came up with the 450 Mark 3D, series bike which could go over 170 km/h and was the first motorcycle that you could buy which had desmodronic distribution. After registering a large success with the 450 desmodronic bike, Ducati came up with a 750 twin cylinder desmodronic motorcycle and introduced at the Imola 200 Miles race. There were bikes in the race, driven by Bruno Spaggiari and Paul Smart who managed to win the first and the second place. Such a win could not go uncelebrated and unexploited and Ducati developed the 750 Supersport in this regard, bike which was launched in 1972. Mike Hailwooda got once again on a Ducati bike in 1978 and managed to win the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. He drove a Supersport model elevated to 900cc, bike which was later on turned into a limited edition production called 900 SS Mike Hailwooda Replica. 1983 came and Ducati became part of the Cagiva Group as it was purchased by Claudio and Gianfranco Castiglioni. This proved to be a good move for Ducati, as the company got more involved into motosports and also released some new models. In 1993 came the Monster model and in 1994 the 916 model which received the title “Motorcycle of the Year” from a very prestigious bike magazine. Another shift in management came in 1996 when the Italian company was taken over by Texas Pacific Group, an investment company from America. The new management team pulled off some interesting stunts and managed to make the Monster Dark the best selling motorcycle in Italy in 1998 and 1999. In March of 1999, Ducati Motor Holding was one of few automotive companies to listed on the stock market, the Milan Stock Exchanges to be exact. Ducati was the first company to sell a motorcycle exclusively over the Internet and this was the case of the MH900e model, which was delivered to 2,000 Ducati enthusiasts just week in the new millennium. In 2001, a tragic moment for Ducati took place, namely the death of one of its founders, Bruno Cavalieri Ducati.
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production models:
sort:yearname

22 generations

2010 - present

30 generations

2006 - present

19 generations

2011 - 2016

4 generations

2012 - 2016

41 generations

2002 - present

107 generations

1992 - present

12 generations

1962 - present

2 generations

2017 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname

3 generations

1955 - 1966

5 generations

1984 - 2006

10 generations

2006 - 2009

9 generations

2008 - 2011

1 generation

1964 - 1965

15 generations

1955 - 1979

1 generation

1965 - 1971

6 generations

1957 - 1965

2 generations

1959 - 1965

11 generations

1961 - 1973

20 generations

1968 - 1993

9 generations

1985 - 1996

6 generations

1968 - 1974

2 generations

1952 - 1968

1 generation

1966 - 1968

11 generations

1971 - 1983

1 generation

1955 - 1957

2 generations

1949 - 1953

17 generations

1980 - 1997

2 generations

2000 - 2003

2 generations

1952 - 1958

2 generations

1983 - 1988

15 generations

1994 - 2002

13 generations

2002 - 2006

48 generations

1970 - 2001

2 generations

1962 - 1966

2 generations

2002 - 2003

14 generations

2007 - 2014

2 generations

1958 - 1960

8 generations

1988 - 1993

2 generations

1974 - 1976

3 generations

1992 - 1994

45 generations

1975 - 2002

14 generations

1994 - 1999

5 generations

1952 - 1963

8 generations

1999 - 2002

6 generations

2002 - 2005

18 generations

2003 - 2008

1 generation

1963 - 1963

1 generation

1963 - 1967

1 generation

1961 - 1965

1 generation

1952 - 1954

5 generations

1946 - 1954

2 generations

1956 - 1960

4 generations

2005 - 2010

1 generation

1959 - 1965

5 generations

2005 - 2009

1 generation

1963 - 1966

1 generation

1967 - 1975

1 generation

1984 - 1985

1 generation

1979 - 1983

4 generations

1989 - 1992

1 generation

2007 - 2008

2 generations

1961 - 1968

1 generation

1956 - 1956

9 generations

2005 - 2010

18 generations

1996 - 2007

12 generations

2008 - 2015

2 generations

1992 - 2010

4 generations

1980 - 1984