Ducati Motor Holding

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Ducati Motor Holding (NYSE: DMH) is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer located in Bologna.

Ducati motorcycles have long been known for their excellence in design and performance. From the first post-war bicycle-like low-displacement motorbikes Ducati has grown over the years into a racing giant that is consistently competitive in both the racing arena and the world motorcycle marketplace.

In the 1960s, Ducati earned its place in motorcycling history by producing the fastest 250cc road bike available, the Mach 1. In the 1970s Ducati began producing large-displacement L-twin motorcycles and in 1973 released a L-twin with the trademark desmodromic valve design. In 1985, Cagiva bought Ducati. In 1996, Texas Pacific Group bought 51% of the company for $325 million and renamed the company Ducati Motor SpA. In December 2005 Ducati went back into Italian hands with the sale of Texas Pacific's stake to Investindustrial Holdings, the investment fund of Carlo and Andrea Bonomi. Ducati is best known for high performance motorcycles characterized by trellis-style frames and large capacity four-stroke, 90-degree L-twin engines featuring a desmodromic valve design. Modern Ducatis remain among the dominant performance motorcycles available today despite the aging technology of Desmo engine, which is nearing its 50th year in production. (Desmodromic valves are those which are positively closed by a leverage system, rather than relying on the more conventional springs to close the valves). While most other manufacturers have adopted wet-clutches (with the spinning parts bathed in oil) Ducati uses dry clutches in most of its motorcycles. This eliminates the power loss from oil viscosity drag on the engine even though the engagement may not be as smooth as the oiled versions. Although the exorbitant cost of servicing the Ducati's finicky engine can shock some owners, most will still agree that the improved ride quality, performance, and styling of Ducatis is worth the extra cost.

Product History

The chief designer of Ducati motorcycles was the late Fabio Taglioni (1920-2001). He introduced the Pantah 500 in 1979; its engine was updated in the 1990s in the supersport series. [1] In 1993, Miguel Angel Galuzzi introduced the Ducati Monster, a naked bike with exposed trellis and engine. Today the Monster accounts for almost half of the company's worldwide sales. The Monster, which has been out since 1994, has undergone the most changed of any motorcycle that Ducati has ever produced. After more than a decade of manufacturing, Ducati continues to create innovative changes to this classic motorcycle.

In 1995, the company introduced the Ducati 916 model designed by Massimo Tamburini, a water-cooled version that allowed for higher output levels and a striking new bodywork that featured aggressive lines, underseat exhausts, and a single-sided swingarm. Ducati has since ceased production of what many called the bike of the 1990s, supplanting it with the 749 and 999. Ducati now manufactures several lines of motorcycles, from the nakeds Ducati Monster, to the supersport 600, 750, 900 Sport and Supersport, superbike 749 and 999, adventure-tourer Multistrada 600 and 1000 and tourer ST3S.

Racing History

The company has enjoyed nine World Superbike championships in recent years. The company also races its motorcycles in MotoGP where it returns from a hiatus of over 30 years.


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The company also races its motorcycles in MotoGP where it returns from a hiatus of over 30 years. As a result, Sheridan battled ([[3]]) media speculation that she had undergone extensive plastic surgery. The company has enjoyed nine World Superbike championships in recent years. Between the time of Knots Landing and Desperate Housewives, Sheridan's appearance underwent a (see [[2]]) noticeable change. Ducati now manufactures several lines of motorcycles, from the nakeds Ducati Monster, to the supersport 600, 750, 900 Sport and Supersport, superbike 749 and 999, adventure-tourer Multistrada 600 and 1000 and tourer ST3S. In January, 2005, Sheridan announced her engagement to Swedish actor, Nicklas Soderblom, but the engagement was called off in October, 2005. Ducati has since ceased production of what many called the bike of the 1990s, supplanting it with the 749 and 999. Many years later, Sheridan was involved in an unsuccessful attempt to get Garrett off of drugs.

In 1995, the company introduced the Ducati 916 model designed by Massimo Tamburini, a water-cooled version that allowed for higher output levels and a striking new bodywork that featured aggressive lines, underseat exhausts, and a single-sided swingarm. Her longest relationship was a six-year involvement (1979 - 1985) with teen idol Leif Garrett; she met him when she was fifteen years old and for a time lived with him in his mother's home. After more than a decade of manufacturing, Ducati continues to create innovative changes to this classic motorcycle. Sheridan was married to actor Harry Hamlin from 1991 through 1993, and dated singer Michael Bolton for a time, with whom she has again been linked (as of 2006). The Monster, which has been out since 1994, has undergone the most changed of any motorcycle that Ducati has ever produced. The skit -- which showed Sheridan in just a towel, which she dropped to attract Owens' attention -- was widely condemned as being sexually suggestive (see video[[1]]) and ABC was forced to apologize for airing it. Today the Monster accounts for almost half of the company's worldwide sales. The citation was later dropped on March 14, 2005.

[1] In 1993, Miguel Angel Galuzzi introduced the Ducati Monster, a naked bike with exposed trellis and engine. On November 15, 2004, Sheridan was cited by the FCC for the introductory skit which opened that evening's Monday Night Football telecast, in which Terrell Owens and the Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. He introduced the Pantah 500 in 1979; its engine was updated in the 1990s in the supersport series. Blackwell in 2004. The chief designer of Ducati motorcycles was the late Fabio Taglioni (1920-2001). Sheridan was recognized by a "worst dressed" accolade from Mr. . She was also the step-daughter of the late actor Telly Savalas during the length of her mother's marriage to Savalas, by whom she has a half-brother, troubled actor Nick Savalas.

Although the exorbitant cost of servicing the Ducati's finicky engine can shock some owners, most will still agree that the improved ride quality, performance, and styling of Ducatis is worth the extra cost. She is not, however, the grand-daughter of the venerated British actress Dinah Sheridan as has been wrongly asserted in the past. This eliminates the power loss from oil viscosity drag on the engine even though the engagement may not be as smooth as the oiled versions. Sally Sheridan), but her father has never been identified. While most other manufacturers have adopted wet-clutches (with the spinning parts bathed in oil) Ducati uses dry clutches in most of its motorcycles. She is the daughter of British actress Sally Adams (a.k.a. (Desmodromic valves are those which are positively closed by a leverage system, rather than relying on the more conventional springs to close the valves). In 1990 she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time" for that role; the following year she won in the "Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time" category.

Modern Ducatis remain among the dominant performance motorcycles available today despite the aging technology of Desmo engine, which is nearing its 50th year in production. Sheridan's greatest fame has come from primetime drama: she debuted in 1984's Paper Dolls and was very popular as "Paige Matheson" on the CBS night-time soap Knots Landing. Ducati is best known for high performance motorcycles characterized by trellis-style frames and large capacity four-stroke, 90-degree L-twin engines featuring a desmodromic valve design. Nicollette Sheridan (born November 21, 1963, in Worthing, Sussex, England) is a British actress who is probably best known for her role as "Edie Britt" on the primetime dramedy Desperate Housewives. In December 2005 Ducati went back into Italian hands with the sale of Texas Pacific's stake to Investindustrial Holdings, the investment fund of Carlo and Andrea Bonomi. Desperate Housewives (2004-present). In 1996, Texas Pacific Group bought 51% of the company for $325 million and renamed the company Ducati Motor SpA. Deadly Visions (2004).

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