Ducati 'Desmo' engine developer dies WEVTU belatedly acknowledges this past July’s passing of oft-overlooked motorcycle engine developer Fabio Taglioni, the engineer responsible for the adoption of desmodromic valve actuation for production motorcycle engines. The unique desmodromic design, one of Ducati’s most enduring brand features, was first installed in a production Ducati in 1957. The system uses camshaft-actuated levers to open and close the valves, eliminating valve springs and ...

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