Ducati Indiana: Not as cool as the Jones (or the motorcycle you never knew they made)

The 80’s… what can be said about them? I grew up during them and really have nothing from the besides my dad’s old Honda 350 as a motorcycle memory. The best that can be said is at least they weren’t the 70’s. True for nearly everything, especially motorcycles. Looking back at the motorcycles of that era, it was a big period of change, where motorcycles slowly became the highly specialized bikes we know now, and less just a “motorcycle”. In the middle of this Ducati was struggling to find a profitable niche they did this:

 

Never imagined a Ducati looking like this...

Never imagined a Ducati looking like this…

Clearly everyone was a bit lost in the 1980’s. Ducati thought the cruiser market needed an Italian offering, (besides MotoGuzzi) and well there is a reason you probably don’t think of this when you hear Indiana. Hopefully you think of the State or this guy (also started in the 80’s but a bit cooler):

Much cooler.

Much cooler.

Apparently the Ducati Indiana was ill handling and, typical for Ducati of that era, unreliable. Which of course means it flopped. Thank goodness it did, because who knows what would have happened to Ducati if the Indiana did what the Monster ended up doing almost 10 years later.

The Ducati Indiana

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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