The doom and gloom keeps rolling in from Italy, but there’s one piece of good news in the midst of the misery: Ducati’s opened its factory museum to the public, as long as you have an Internet connection.
When the shutdowns started hitting the Italian motorcycle production industry, Ducati announced cautionary measures, and the shutdown of its factory museum was one of the first changes. Located in its Bologna plant, the museum is one of the most-visited in the city, and for good reason. It’s a treasure trove of some of Ducati’s most interesting and historic street models, as well as many significant racing bikes as well. There’s also other memorabilia from the company’s history on display. It’s not a terribly long visit, but that’s all the better for those of us with short attention spans …
But for now, the public just can’t visit, as a precaution. So Ducati’s instead posted a tour of the museum to Google Maps. Click here, and you can check out the displays from the comfort of your quarantined living room. Once you’re at the Google Maps site, scroll down on the left-hand side of the page, and click on the Photos section. From there, you can view the museum in all its 360-degree glory. You can also use the mobile version of Google Maps to explore the facility, although the functionality may be different, depending what version of the app and what OS you’re using.
Most of the bikes in the museum lean towards the sporty side, and certainly worth checking out, but there are a few adventure bikes or scramblers that are definitely worth seeing, particularly from the days of Cagiva. Click the link, see for yourself!