'Another excellent work in the Bible series by Ian Falloon and published by Veloce whose quality motorcycle list continues to grow at a very respectable pace. 'Using the same format of excellent period colour and black and white plates mixed with modern photography, the 160 pages detail several of the historic Italian firm's iconic machines. In this case there seems to be so much information to impart that each page is crammed with text and pictures. 'By the end of the book you really do feel that you know every nut and bolt of these models as well as everything there is to know about them.' This will please the owner as will the excellent technical information at the rear. Racing fans will also love the last chapter on racing these bikes. Like all in this excellent series it is also a good general read as well as being for the enthusiast and the whole series in building towards a useful history of (at the moment) Italian motorcycling. Priced at £29.99, like the others, it easily justifies its price by being a quality publication in both look and feel, as well as content. --Review by Ian Kerr for inter-bike.co.uk, 2008:
Ian Falloon … is an excellent journalist whose research is proven by the amount of precise detail in this book … if you own one of the '70s sports 750 Guzzis, or any Le Mans, you'll want this book.- Italian Motor.
Same format, different subject, again from lan Falloon. This one looks at the heavyweight transverse V-twins, from the staid looking V7 through to the wonderful Le Mans, right through to the retro-styled 1000S of 1993. Each chapter sees the styling and performance change until the various marques of Le Mans set the standard in style. There's a chapter on racing success, especially with the Dr John Wittner prepared machines of the 80s. Add to this all the detail changes to each model throughout its life span, plus the technical specifications, and this is an obligatory read for any Guzzi fan. --Classic Bike Guide - September 2008
Author Falloon, in his intro, describes Guzzis as being just as beautiful at rest as they are on the move. The Moto Guzzi bible is the product of Falloon's 30-year relationship with Moto Guzzi bikes first as a besotted fan and since as an owner and researcher. 'The book's focus is on the Tonti-frame-sporting Moto Guzzi twins from 1971 until 1993. It also covers the find retro 1000S version. 'Falloon credits his consultations with Ivan de Gier. whose family has a three-generation link with the Moto Guzzi company, for the inclusion of a lot of new information and period photographs. There's plenty of technical data, even down to part number variations for differing versions of the Guzzis' componentry. 'As with most of the classic motorcycle marques. Moto Guzzi's culture and design, development is interwoven with its participation in road racing. Guzzi's racing is well covered, with detailed information about race-bike design and preparation. Rider names include familiar ones from the era, like Hailwood, Agostini and Brambilla. Aussie stars like Ken Kavanagh and Keith Campbell in the '50s and Jack Findlay in the '70s also helped to swell Guzzi's trophy collection. 'Think Moto Guzzi racing and its 500cc V8 from the mid-'50s automatically comes to mind. This machine gets good coverage. I was also attracted to the section on the legendary 'Doctor John' era of Guzzi endurance rams. These tough looking Le Mans 1000 AMA-series racehikes were successful in the mid '80s. Distinguished by its hump-back fuel tank and unique two-into-one exhaust, a 'Doctor John' racer as covered by Falloon, is a bike to lift the reader's pulse rate. 'Summing up: it's a great read if you're really into Guzzis. Rating: 5 stars lotsa Guzzi, well done.' --Review from Motorcycle Trader, November 2007:
About the Author
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.