Rich in history, Ducati’s factory in Bologna has become the highlight of many motorcycling enthusiasts’ trip to Italy. Though the original Ducati factory was destroyed in WWII on October 12, restoration was underway in May 1945 and the assembly lines were once again rolling out motorcycles in March 1946.
Factory tours are available and a few forum members were lucky enough to take said tour, though photography of any kind is banned. According to Dany65, visitors had to take out all electronics so that the tour guide may apply an adhesive on every lens. Unfortunately, that meant those who can’t make the journey to Bologna will have to make do with an old video from National Geographic.
Luckily, Motorcycle News was given access to Ducati’s factory and they were allowed to take a few pictures of the assembly line. Reading MCN’s walk around, one gets a sense of just how massive the Ducati factory really is.
There’s a training center for those lucky enough to win a two-year scholarship to either Ducati or Lamborghini. Next to it is an area where raw items are finished by milling machines and then placed in the Ducati ‘supermarket.’ Aptly named as workers visit this storage facility to grab whatever bits and bob they need for specific areas in the production line.
Then you have the motor pre-assembly area, engine production lines, and motorcycle assembly lines. Each completed motorcycle is then tested before moving to a storage facility awaiting shipping.
Worth a read if you have the time.