November 24, 2019 at 8:17 am #31980EddiebKeymaster
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The man who brought us the sweet sounds of motorcycle performance, most notably associated with Ducati motorcycles has died aged 75.
Luigi Termignoni in 1969 opens his first Ducati, Kawasaki and Honda mechanic’s workshop and dealership. Drove immediately from his insatiable passion for motorcycles and speed, he becomes a recognized racing engines preparer, building for 20 years special parts for 4 stroke engines, working with suppliers from all over Italy.
In 1971 by pioneer he buys the first dyno bench on which he tries and develops all his creations and insights. Around the middle of the ‘70 Luigi Termignoni realizes the deficiency in dedicated exhaust systems market and starts creating the first exhausts, in particular on Kawasaki forward 4 cylinders. The first pieces produced are completely handmade, from bending to welding to the color and devoid of any silencer.
In 1976 begins its marriage with Bimota of which he becomes supervisor for the mechanical motor, and with whom will develop different systems. At the end of ’70 with the advent of modern exhaust systems with silencer, which significantly reduced the decibel produced, Termignoni creates the first aluminum silencers combining lightness and strength.
In the ’80 after a further expansion of the company, Termignoni started the development and the production of the first exhaust system for Ducati, a synergic collaboration which is still going on. In the mean time, the company works with Honda, specifically during the Le Mans 24h, where Termignoni has the change to be in charge of the production of the 80% of the exhausts system dedicated to the racing moto.
In 1988 Fred Merkel won the World Superbike with his Honda RC30, bringing in Termignoni the fist success for the company. Since then, Termignoni has won 16 World Superbike, 10 MotoGP, 2 Paris Dakar and Rally Raid World Championship.
In the early ’90 thanks a great insight of Luigi Termignoni, the company starts the production of the first exhaust system in titanium.
Since 2002 we boast a lot of fruitfull partnership in MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, SBK, SS, SSTK, MX, Enduro, Trial e Rally Raid con Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, MV Agusta, Montesa, Ossa e Beta.
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