Du­cati Stile: A vis­ual his­tory of Du­cati £54.20

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garagae -

Tester Richard New­land Time tested One month What’s good Whether you love or hate Du­catis, it’s hard to argue that they’re not beau­ti­ful – and many, like the 916, have be­come de­sign land­marks. Du­cati de­cided to mark their re­cent 90th birth­day with a pho­to­graphic record, il­lus­trat­ing the at­ten­tion to style and de­sign with which the firm has be­come syn­ony­mous. The re­sult is this book trac­ing the evo­lu­tion of Du­cati de­sign through 19 steps: from the Cuc­ci­olo to the 916 and on to the 1299 Pani­gale S An­niver­sario. It’s a large-for­mat, high qual­ity work of art in it­self, com­pris­ing 336 pages con­tain­ing more than 150 pho­tos by Gio­vanni De San­dre. “Ev­ery one of our bikes must show it has a full share of Du­cati DNA. It must have sports style; it has to ooze adrenalin, power, fluidity and tech­nol­ogy. A de­sign that sends an at-a-glance shiver down the spine, a taste of what’s to come when you ride it,” says An­drea Fer­raresi, the Du­cati De­sign Cen­tre Di­rec­tor. And you cer­tainly get to in­dulge your eye­balls. If, like me, you’re a Du­catisti, there’s plenty to ogle.

What’s not The one thing you can’t re­ally ogle is the ac­tual bloody bikes. While the de­tail shots are lovely, each model is only rep­re­sented by one very dark full-bike shot. The ab­stract de­tails are lovely – while many are a lit­tle too artis­tic or ab­stract – but the in­abil­ity to pore over the whole bike is the equiv­a­lent of re­plac­ing pornog­ra­phy with de­tails shots of eye­balls and ear­lobes. Artis­tic, but frus­trat­ing.

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