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25th January 2005

The Ducati Story - From AmazonThe Ducati Story by Ian Falloon

I bought this book as I have a love affair with the Ducati singles and this book has some gorgeous pictures and a full history of the same.

The coloured photos make the book worth every penny for me. It also has plenty on the V-twins if they are your thing.

Recommended By Karl Bentley

'The constraints of this book have been such that inevitably there will be exclusions,' says author Ian Falloon.

'There are just too many models for them to be detailed individually, and I have concentrated on the more recent history because the earlier period has been comprehensively covered by other commentators.

Only the motorcycles from Bologna are covered, and the racing bikes are either factory bikes or particularly significant privateer machines.

The plethora of Ducati singles have by necessity been covered only briefly and not exhaustively. I have concentrated on those particular models that I feel are of more historical interest.'

An extensive history of this famous Italian marque, covering every Ducati racing and production motorcycle from the cheap post-war Cucciolo to the world-beating 996.

Foreword by Ing Fabio Taglioni.

Now in its third edition (enlarged and updated from the first printing); covers racing and production models from 1945 to the late 1990s.

Chapters cover origins, desmodromics, OHC narrowcase singles, oddballs, widecase singles, the birth of the V-twins, Imola and desmo 750, Isle of Man, Hailwood replica, Pantah, 750 F1, Cagiva's takeover, the 851, the American buyout. Huge appendix gives basic specs on all models from 1952 to 1998.

Hardback, 270 x 210mm, 200 pages, 174 illustrations - mainly mono with a small colour section detailing:

  • the 1957 125cc GP Bialbero;
  • the 1960 350cc racing twin;
  • the 1962 production 250 Daytona;
  • the 1972 450 Desmo;
  • the 1973 Desmo single;
  • the 1971 750 GT;
  • the 1974 750 Sport;
  • the 1974 production racer Super Sport;
  • the square-case 1975 750 Super Sport;
  • the 1979 900SS;
  • the 1984 900 MHR;
  • the 1984 600SL Pantah;
  • the 1985 TT1 racer;
  • the 1988 F1 limited edition;
  • the 851 and 888 series;
  • the 1992 Superlight;
  • a Supermono racer;
  • the 1994 916;
  • the 1995 748;
  • the Terblanche SS,
  • plus the inevitable Troy Corser and Carl Fogarty action shots.
  • Ducati stuff on

    Published by Haynes, ISBN 1 85960 668 7. Normal price 19.99.
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