Most of us are aware of the name Termignoni. The reason for that, more than the brand's presence all over the world, is that we are motorcyclists. And we all know the rad-looking sweet-sounding exhausts that have adorned many Ducatis. We regret to inform that Luigi Termignoni, the man behind Termignoni Exhausts, has passed away.

It all started 50 years ago when Luigi Termignoni took the first step towards leaving his mark in the motorcycling world. In 1969, in the town of Predosa, Alessandria, Italy, Luigi Termignoni opened a motorcycle mechanic’s shop that focused on Ducati, Kawasaki, and Honda bikes. Soon after, he started doing race preparation work on motorcycle engines. In addition to that, he also began to build special parts for 4-stroke engines.

This continued for a while and Termignoni had built quite a name for himself but the best was yet to come. In 1971, he figured out that exhaust systems was the niche where he would make his mark. Such was his passion and dedication for his work that it is said that the very first exhausts from the brand were completely hand-built!

The reason why Luigi Termignoni's name will be etched in the history of motorcycling is not just because of the brand. Even if a motorcycle has an exhaust system from another brand, if it has an aluminium end can or a full-titanium system, we have Termignoni to thank for that. He and his company have always been associated with innovation and consistently looking for ways to improve performance, literal and aural, of motorcycles around the world.

An ode to that is the fact that Termignoni, as a brand, has won 10 MotoGP titles, 16 WSBK titles, 2 Paris-Dakar world titles, and also the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Bikes in MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, WSBK, WSS, SSTK, MX, Enduro, Trials, and Cross-Country Rally series regularly depend on Termignoni exhausts to perform their best.

Today, Termignoni exhaust systems are most readily associated with Ducati but the company has produced top-notch exhaust systems for a wide variety of manufacturers over the years. Luigi Termignoni remained the president of the company until 2015. In recent years, as told by her daughter Anna, he dedicated himself to agriculture... and horses, real ones this time around. He passed away on the 18th of November, 2019, at the age of 75.

We cannot hope to be able to properly state Luigi Termignoni's importance in the world of motorcycling. But we, at xBhp, extend our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family and wish him a high-powered and symphonic journey in the afterlife.