Protecting Your Ducati From The Elements

Whether you have the latest 1299 Panigale or one of Ducati’s older Terblanche-designed models, you should still consider yourself a very lucky rider. Many people dream of owning one of Italy’s hottest sportbikes, but, judging from how few we actually see on the roads, not very many riders get to achieve that goal.

Protecting Your Ducati from the Elements

Ducati’s are special and should be treated as such. Given the proper care and maintenance, they will last a lifetime and become a cherished heirloom to be passed down to the next generation.

How can we protect them and keep them looking beautiful so the next generation will truly appreciate these spectacular bikes? Two words, paint protection.

Protecting your Ducati’s paint is an important part of motorcycle ownership if you want your prized ride to look as good as the day it was built. The roadways have different ideas for your paint and to avoid your paint looking old before its time, you have to understand what you are up against.

First off, you have stone chips

Every day that you ride your motorcycle down the road, you are subjecting it to tiny chips in its paint from stones thrown up off of the road. Take a close look at the lower portion of your Ducati’s bodywork and you might seem some stone chips already.

A good paint protection film will protect your painted surfaces from these chips which will cause your paint to flake and the underlying material to corrode.

Next up, scratches and scuffs

These can come from almost anywhere; your riding boots, a dropped set of keys or just brushing up against something in the garage. With nothing to protect the paint, these scratches and scuffs will show up leaving your paint job looking pretty beat up. Using paint protection film will give your Ducati and extra layer of “skin” that will take the scratches and almost heal itself to keep your paint looking shiny and new again.

Finally, we have road tar

That black “goop” that seems to stick to everything and is a bear to remove. No matter where you live, there is always going to be road construction and, in many places, they use a lot of tar to patch potholes, pavement cracks and any other damage to the roadways.

When fresh, this tar will stick to your Ducati’s paint causing fading, flaking and corrosion; not a pretty site. Again, paint protection film to the rescue. The film will act as a protective barrier keeping tar away from your paint and saving you hundred’s, even thousands, over the price of a new paint job.

The best way to protect yourself from all of these elements is to buy a paint protection film kit for your bike, available at the store.

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