The Ducati 750 Bi­ble

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR -

By Ian Fal­loon Pa­per­back 160 pages. ISBN: 978-1-787114-46-3 Pub­lished by Ve­loce 2019 Con­tact: [email protected]­­ Price: £29.99 UK Con­tact Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions (02) 9695 7055­ for date of Aus­tralian availabili­ty The 750 was Ducati’s ri­poste in the Su­per­bike boom of the 1970s, but it was like no other on the mar­ket, be­ing the sole V-twin, cre­ated by the leg­endary Fabio Taglioni. It was make or break for Ducati, which up till this point had re­lied on an in­creas­ingly dated range of sin­gles, but it worked. Vin­di­ca­tion of Ducati’s faith in Taglioni’s de­sign came at Imola in 1972, with the fa­mous 1-2 by Paul Smart and Bruno Spag­giari in the pres­ti­gious 200 Mile race. Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor, only 6159 round-case 750s were built from 1971-1978, ac­count­ing for the rar­ity and value of the mod­els to­day. This book cov­ers the 750GT, 750 Sport and Su­per Sport from 1971 to 1978, analysing each on a year-by-year ba­sis, as well as pro­vid­ing an in-depth his­tory of the com­pany it­self. There are many rare pho­tos in­cluded, from prototypes and early pro­duc­tion mod­els through to rac­ing shots that in­clude the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Ducati legend by Aus­tralian rac­ers of the pe­riod.

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