There is no doubt that Ducati is one of the most prolific motorcycle manufacturers of the last century, but now we have further proof.
Ian Falloon has just published an updated edition of The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles to showcase all Italian nameplate production through 2022. The heavyweight hardcover details the humble beginnings of the Bologna-based brand, which began by selling basic motorized bicycles in post-war Italy before to become the supplier of high-performance sports motorcycles that it is today.
Presented chronologically and in encyclopedic form, the second edition presents all the models from Ducati’s rich history, from 1946 to this year. Brimming with gorgeous photography and insights from the Ducati Falloon expert, the 280-page tome allows readers to fully appreciate the craftsmanship, power and beauty of every ride.
The book kicks off with the iconic single-cylinder bikes of the 50s and 60s, before moving on to two-wheelers like the 750 racer that won the Imola 200 in ’72 to go down in Ducati history. It also covers the revolutionary 750 Supersport Desmo which was launched at the Milan Motor Show in November 1973. This model, which marked the debut of the Desmodromic valve operation system on a V-twin engine, could produce 72 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and thus ushered in a new era of performance.
Go ahead to find the 916 and Monster innovations which were both launched in the 90s. According to Falloon, the 916 influenced motorcycle design throughout the next decade and beyond, while the Monster established a new niche that would spawn a cult of personalization.
Of course, today’s Ducatis are also well represented. You can expect a section on the highly successful Scrambler and the formidable Panigale superbike. The book ends with a section dedicated to the new 108 hp off-road model known as DesertX.
Indispensable for any motorcycle enthusiast, The Complete Ducati Book, Second Edition, will cost you $60. Not bad for a 2D Ducatis collection.
Buy now: $60