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Ducati Story: Road and Racing Motorcycles from 1945 to the Present Day [Hardcover]

Ian Falloon
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Book Description

5 May 2011
Ian Falloon's authoritative marque history covers every Ducati racing and production motorcycle, from the cheap post-war Cucciolo right through to model years 2010 and 2011 and celebrating the fabulous Desmosedici, Hypermotard, Streetfighter and 1200 Multistrada. "The Daily Express" rated this peerless and competitively priced guide to the world's most charismatic motorcycle make as 'wonderful' with 'brilliant detail'. The fifth edition brings the story fully up to date.

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 5th edition edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330123
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, was published in 1996 and in now in five 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. He has now written 30 books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning forty years he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.

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About the Author

Author of a number of successful Haynes titles including Ducati Super Sport, Ducati 916 and Ducati Racers, Ian Falloon is a freelance motorcycle journalist and photographer, and contributes to magazines in the UK and his native Australia. He has a long association with Ducati motorcycles and owns several models.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the 'Ducatisti'. 27 Sep 2011
By Lazarus
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A thoroughly enjoyable and educational read. The photographs are beautiful and serve as a reminder as to why those of us who own a Ducati are less likely to ever fall back into the mainstream.
This is a 'must have' for your bookcase if you are in any way a 'Desmo' fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for Hubby 17 May 2013
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Bought as a present for Hubby who is very impressed with the book and would recommend it to all Ducati owners
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take the 4th edition, add updated Ducati info, slap on a photo of Rossi and the GP11: This is the 5th edition. 23 Sep 2011
By Gearhead Mania - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ducati Story - Fifth Edition (2011)

The picture of Valentino Rossi on the Ducati Desmosedici GP11 is very alluring for Ducati fans. For those with previous editions, you might find the earlier sections to be repetitive. I purchased the Fifth Edition mainly because I am interested in the newer Ducati motorcycles, probably right after they entered MotoGP in 2003. The older models and designs weren't as appealing to me, and I know many diehard Ducati enthusiasts will probably berate this review for that comment. However, it took me well over 10 years to really get into motorcycles because I felt all of the designs, styling, and technology was either boring, unappealing, or antiquated (carburetors in the late 1990s while every car was MPFI) or a combination of each.

As a result, I skimmed the earlier history of Ducati but took note of the early design cues and elements, especially when the Desmodromic valve system was deployed. I had already learned a great deal about the Desmosedici GP3-GP10 by reading the MotoGP Technology book, but I was curious about some of the production models. The Ducati Story does go into great detail about production models, and the various changes from year to year, but this could also be found on the Internet at various websites or forums. The photographs add depth to the story because the evolution of the Monster (as an example) is evident from the first model to the latest 1100 EVO.

To objectively summarize this book, it would make a great addition to your coffee table but it is far from being a truly comprehensive reference for Ducati. I don't believe the author's intent was to make it comprehensive, and as is, I'd highly recommend the book for anyone that is interested in Ducati.

Overall: 4/5 stars, highly recommended if you want to see some of the history behind the newer production Ducati motorcycles. For Desmosedici GP9-11 or GP11.1/GP12 info, I'd recommend waiting for an update to the MotoGP Technology book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same old thing... repackaged 24 Oct 2011
By Ducatisti - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the first review. If you already have a Ducati history book, this one merely adds some updated images and text. I liken it to today's textbook editions, which are cranked out periodically to provide a revenue stream for the authors. That being said, the layout is nice and the pictures are pretty. However, I would have rather saved my money, and spent it on a tank of gas in my Ducati.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Very Nice 9 Feb 2014
By Jody Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful big and heavy coffeetable edition with some gorgeous pictures and great information on Ducati motorcycles. This was a Christmas gift for my nephew who was enthralled and engrossed in this book for the rest of the weekend. This book is a must for any Ducati enthusiast or any bike fan in general.
4.0 out of 5 stars great book 16 Oct 2013
By Tony Seipelt - Published on Amazon.com
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Many hours of interesting reading in this Ducati book with interesting facts about the road racing of ducati. Well worth the purchase.
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection 26 Aug 2013
By David Cheng - Published on Amazon.com
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This is part of my Ducati literature hard cover collection since Rossi move to Ducati, nice pictorial to complement the reading
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