The Ducati Bible (Hardcover)

860, 900 & Mille All models 1975 to 1986

By Ian Falloon

Veloce Publishing, 9781845841218, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2008

List Price: 60.00*
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The bevel-drive 860 and 900 was one of the most significant motorcycles of the late 1970s, providing a unique combination of power and handling that was unequalled by other motorcycles at the time. When Italian car stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the 860GT in 1973, few would have believed it would evolve into one of the greatest Ducati line-ups of all time.

The square-case 860 became the legendary 900 Super Sport, the Darmah, and eventually the Mike Hailwood Replica, built to honour Hailwood’s spectacular comeback victory at the Isle of Man in 1978. The square-case Ducati engine design continued for more than a decade, sustaining the company through a downturn in the early 1980s.

The Ducati Bible covers every incarnation of this great model, from the first 860 through to the final Mille. Illustrated with 200 pictures, and including complete appendices of technical specifications, this book is a must-have for any lover of fine motorcycles.

Ian Falloon brings a wealth of experience to this book; he is the author of numerous publications on motorcycles, many of them Ducati, including The Ducati 750 Bible, The Ducati Monster Bible, Ducati 916, and The Ducati Story. He has a small collection of classic sporting motorcycles, including a 1975 Ducati 900 Super Sport.

About the Author

Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a motorcycle accident brought an end to his career as a symphony orchestra oboist, he began writing articles about motorcycles for magazines including Classic Bike, Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Two Wheels, Motorcycle Sport, and Australian Motorcycle News. His first book, The Ducati Story, has run to several editions and has been published in three languages. The success of The Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles including Motorbooks titles The Complete Book of Ducati, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi, The Complete Book of Triumph Motorcycles, and The Art of Ducati. With an interest and passion spanning decades, Ian now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his family.

Praise For The Ducati Bible: 860, 900 & Mille All models 1975 to 1986

Rapid Bikes, November 2008 Australian magazine There is a certain amount of romance that surrounds Ducati and this was never more prevalent than in the '70s. Ian Falloon takes the reader through the 860, 900 and Mille models. Each model has a special story behind it like the time Mike Hailwood ground the exhaust header pipe almost to dust during his stint on the Moreparts 750SS that he shared with Jim Scaysbrook during the 1977 Castrol 6 Hour. The book also takes an in-depth look at the early to mid '80s Ducatis like the Mille 1000 S2 with its unique color scheme and bright red fork legs. Ian has laced the pages with engine blueprints as well as individual model specs. If you have Ducati blood in your veins, 'The Ducati Bible,' by Ian Falloon is the book for you!

"Books like this are tremendously important to motorcycling. On behalf of Ducati owners and motorcycling generally, thanks Ian." – Motorcycle Trader

"Square-case bevel heads get excited! Ian Falloon, master of the Ducati Bible series has done it again ... it truly is a bible ... It also has complete appendices of technical specifications making it an absolute must-have for any serious ducatisti." – Two Wheels