Vee Two sells Ducati parts to the Italians

A MALAGA-based manufacturer is helping motorcycle enthusiasts around the world to keep their Ducatis running.

Vee Two manufactures parts for all Ducati models and also does performance rebuilds on whole Ducati engines for customers in Europe, the US, Australia and Japan. The company has a distribution office in Germany to service the European market.

The Ducati factory only manufactures parts for its bikes that are up to 10 years old. Anyone with an older bike has to turn to a company such as Vee Two if it needs parts.

The company also manufactures its own line of motorcycles.

Vee Two managing director Brook Henry said the company produced two models of motorcycles, both of which were made largely for promotional reasons.

It made its Alchemy range from 1988 to 1995 and sold about 100.

The company has sold 30 of its second model, Squalo, which retails for about $35,000 as a road bike.

Ducatis have a special place in motorcycle lore. As a race bike, Ducati has kept a stranglehold on the Superbike class for the past decade.

To many motorcycle enthusiasts Ducatis are considered the Ferraris of the bike world. A top line road bike can sell for up to $50,000.

Mr Henry believes the marque’s popularity has been due to the designers the company has had.

“They’re one sexy motorcycle,” he said.

Mr Henry said he was drawn to Ducatis while growing up in his native New Zealand.

His two older brothers were the first importers of Ducatis into New Zealand.

“I spent a big chunk of my youth around those bikes,” Mr Henry said.

“I did an engineering apprenticeship in mould and toolmaking and set up my own mould and toolmaking business. But I eventually gave that up and went into motorcycles.

“There are not too many people doing what I am doing.

“The fun thing about what we do is in improving on what’s already there.”

Mr Henry said his company did some research and development.

“Every time a new bike comes out we get hold of it and pull it apart to find out where we can improve it,” he said.

Mr Henry said the bravest business decision he ever made was to set up the German distribution office.

“I did it two years ago when the German economy was probably at its lowest point for years,” he said.

“We’d always had a distributor there and, in hindsight, I should have looked for a better distributor. But if we get over these 12 months we should be fine.”

Mr Henry said the business had been based in Perth mainly due to circumstance but it was not the most ideal location for it.

“This is where I happened to be when I started the business but the isolation factor makes it hard to get materials,” he said.

However, Mr Henry said it would be too hard to relocate the business.

“It’s hard enough moving the business but moving the people is even harder,” he said.

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