The Du­cati 860, 900 & Mille Bi­ble

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Ian Fal­loon ISBN: 978-1-845-841218 Pub­lished by Ve­loce 160 pages hard cover RRP: $79.99 For the died-in-the­wool Du­catisti, it was a sad day when the company’s trade­mark – bevel driven over­head camshafts – gave way to the char­ac­ter­less but highly ef­fi­cient toothed rub­ber belt. But at least the vee twin (or L-twin) in true Du­cati par­lance, has stayed with us, ever since 1973. Trac­ing the nu­mer­ous vari­a­tions, pro­to­types, and pro­duc­tion mod­els is what this book is all about, and there are many more than you’d think. For the re­storer there is im­por­tant data as to switchgear, lights and other in­for­ma­tion as to what fits what. There are sev­eral rac­ing sec­tions, in­clud­ing a tilt to the ‘nearly man’ of the Cas­trol Six Hour Race, John War­rian, who almost won the 1975 race un­til the en­gine of his 900SS ex­pired. The Ap­pen­dix sup­plies not just spec­i­fi­ca­tions on the 860, 900 and 1000cc mod­els, but colour charts and pro­duc­tion run fig­ures.

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