Turquoise green. From the sea to the racetrack.

Ducati's race colours were the same that were utilized in the production of both onboard and offboard nautical engines

The yellow-earth colour was also used to portray the mechanical parts of the offboard Ducati engine


The presentation of the new SportClassic family to motorcycle enthusiasts in 2005 turned the clock back to Ducati traditions in the beginning of the seventies when the company of Borgo Panigale launched the first twin-cylinder bikes created by Fabio Taglioni.

The SportClassics again bear the same colours of the old 750 Supersport Desmo and the 750 Sport, but many people are curious as to what the idea was behind this particular colour scheme.

We can't forget that in the seventies, the bike sector, as well as the auto sector, utilized colours and combinations of colours very similar to the hippie style of the time, rather than those geared towards marketing. In fact, the snazzy colours of this period like yellow, orange and red, came to dominate the time and were the very first metallicised shades that expanded the options of how to "personalize" vehicles.


Many times it was the catchy graphic on a bike or a car that caught a person's eye, which is why long black or white bands or combinations of particular colours that went well with the plating appeared on vehicles in true racing style.

Ducati also followed the fashions of the time, although, at the end of the fifties, it was trying to identify a product with a colour, rather than something else. In 1958, when the Ducati Corse team decided to officially participate in the world championship on the track in the 125 Class with the 125 Desmo, the company decided not to identify the bike with the red colour of the Motogiro bike, but rather with a silver coat with the frame a metallicised blue. Who chose this combination is not known, but the fact remains that those similar colours remained fashionable in Ducati until 1973, the year that the company of Borgo Panigale participated in the 200 Miles, won by the mourned Jarno Saarinen.


Looking back, we have been sure of one thing for a long time: Ducati's race colours on the track did not originate from some graphic arts studio. These shades were the same that were utilized in the production of diesel engines and both onboard and offboard nautical engines and the yellow-earth colour of the 750 Sport and the 750 Supersport used by Franco Uncini, exhibited at the Ducati Museum. This was also a colour used to portray the mechanical parts of the offboard Ducati engine.