Without a doubt, top-tier motorcycles are expensive. Typically, this asking price is based on market demand, technological updates, and quality of parts. However, not all motorcycle manufacturers follow this standard way of doing business.
For example, a company can try to convince customers that a product is high-quality when in fact it is not. Taking this into consideration, one may be wondering if Ducati motorcycles are priced based on traditional value evaluating methods, or if it is based on something else.
The Ducati Brand
In case you are not familiar, Ducati is an Italian brand that started in 1926 when Mr. Ducati and his sons went into business, selling radio components, condensers, and vacuum tubes. 24 years later, Ducati entered a collaboration with Societa Italiana per Applicazioni Tecniche Auto-Aviatorie, or SIATA, manufacturer of the Cucciolo engine.
With their skills combined, the group was able to produce high-quality motorcycles. By 1954, the popularity of the vehicle raised demand so high government assistance was needed to meet consumer expectations.
Since then, ownership of the Ducati name has bounced around. As of date, it is owned by Volkswagen, or VW, and considering luxury brands, such as the Lamborghini, have flourished under the company’s leadership, this is a pretty good place for the brand to be.
Some of the Fastest
Although Ducati has produced super fast motorcycles, the brand has yet been able to achieve the current record of 0 to 60 mph in 2.35 seconds. However, the motorcycle manufacturer does have two models capable of achieving 2.5 seconds, the 2012 Diavel Carbon and the 2019 Diavel 1260 S. That said, there are less expensive motorcycles with similar speeds.
- Suzuki has two models that accelerate faster at 2.35
- Yamaha offers two motorcycles that go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds
- Kawasaki has actually manufactured four models over the past two decades capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds
Based on this information, if speed is the only thing you look for in a used motorcycle consider getting a less expensive model.
Built to Last
Going fast is fantastic, however, the real test is longevity. To ensure Ducati motorcycles withstand aggressive rides for years to come, the manufacturer pulls no punches when it comes to parts. Most newer Ducatis feature the following.
- Large-capacity, four-stroke, 90 degree V-twin engines
- Desmodromic valve design
If you are unsure as to what a desmodromic valve design is, here’s the scoop. The system uses two cameras and two actuators to monitor valve status. Thanks to the engenious design, the valves in Decauti engines are able to open and close at an accelerated rate without risking a loss of power, which is typically seen in traditional set ups.
To aptly supplement this, Ducati uses dry clutches. By doing so, power loss from oil viscosity friction is eliminated, thus leading to a longer engine life on average. Taking this into consideration, one can easily see why Ducatis are more expensive than Suzukis, Yamahas, Harley Davidsons, Kawasakis, and other well-known brands.
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