It is a true product of our time through which older generations of Ducatisti can relive the splendor of an age that seems to have disappeared, while younger generations can discover the importance of Ducati’s vast, rich history.

Livio Lodi - Curator
As far back as I can remember I’ve always been in love with Ducati motorcycles. It’s often said that Ducati is the Ferrari of the motorcycle world. I don’t know if I’d agree with that statement but it really doesn’t matter. When it comes to motorcycle manufacturers, Ducati always gets respect. I’ve been fortunate enough to own two of their bikes; one each a Monster 750 and a 999. I am still in love with both of them even though they are both long gone.

Visiting the birthplace of these amazing machines has always been a dream of mine, and I was able to finally visit the Museo Ducati this spring. Taking place in both the factory and the actual museum, it’s well worth the 10 Euro entry fee. Unfortunately you can’t take any photos inside the factory, but it’s allowed in the museum. Every significant Ducati motorcycle ever made is represented here, from the first to the latest and greatest, they are all accounted for.

One thing I found interesting was that Nicky Haydens MotoGP bike wasn’t on the stand with the rest, but rather, it was tucked away by itself in some hallway. No respect for the American Moto GP World Champion, can’t be can it?

Seeing legendary motorcycles,  ridden by legendary riders, to legendary victories,  invigorated my Ducati lust and made me long for the times I spent on my 999 cruising up Big Sur in California. Those days can’t be replicated anytime soon, but it was nice living the dream for a couple of hours.

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