by Ian Falloon
- First full account of the development of the
- Year-by-year description of each model
- Changes in specification listed by engine
and frame number
- Photos of all detail changes and development
- Complete racing history
- Full description of prototypes
- Brief history of Ducati until the 750
- Complete Appendix of specifications and data
The Ducati 750 was a pivotal model in
the history of Ducati. With the 750 Ducati moved
into the world of Superbikes, and set the stage
for their current strength.
Before the 750, Ducati was a minor manufacturer
known for small capacity single cylinder motorcycles.
They decided to enter the world of Superbikes
in 1970. While there was initially some skepticism,
their stunning victory in the 1972 Imola 200 race
silenced the critics and created a legend.
When Ducati’s great engineer Fabio
Taglioni designed the 750 Ducati in 1970 there
was no way he could comprehend how important this
model would be. His design was unlike any other
before or since; a 90-degree V-twin with single
overhead camshafts driven by a train of bevel
gears. Taglioni soon developed his 750 into a
Formula 750 racer, and in 1972 beat the rest of
what the world had to offer at the Imola 200.
With this victory, the desmodromic 750 became
a legend. Ducati responded by producing a hand-built
limited production desmodromic Super Sport. They
also continued to produce the touring 750 GT and
sporting 750 Sport until legislation killed them
at the end of 1974. Today, this triumvirate of
750s represents the end of an era; the era before
cost accounting and government design requirements.
These were amongst the last pure, unadulterated
sporting motorcycles built and it is not surprising
they have inspired a new generation of retro classics,
the Sport Classic of 2005 and 2006.
Hardback. 160 pages, 163 colour and black and
white pictures, 250mm x 207mm.