In Falloon’s latest book, he builds on his interest and experience with Ducati, which began in 1972 with the release of the 750 GT. Falloon provides the full Ducati story that goes back a century. The Ducati brothers—Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno—started a company building radio communications equipment, cameras, and lenses in the 1920s.World War II almost ended the Ducati enterprise. However, it managed to resume production of cameras, lenses, and a tiny, clip-on engine for bicycles—the Cucciolo T1. By 1950, the Ducati went from being an engine lashed to a bicycle to a real motorcycle with a single-cylinder engine, front and rear suspension, and a pressed steel frame.Falloon tracks the spectacular history of innovation and development of the Ducati product from there, model-by-model, all the way to 2022. Things really started to pop for the company with the arrival of a 33-year-old engineer—Fabio Taglioni. Taglioni designed the first desmodromic valve train engines for Ducati in 1955. He was a force in the company’s motorcycle product designs for 35 years.Racing has always been a big part of the Ducati story, and Falloon does that story justice. He recalls the heroes of Ducati racing from Gianni Degli Antoni of the 1950s and Mike Hailwood in the ’60s and ’70s, plus Paul Smart, Ben Bostrom, Loris Capirossi, James Toseland, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Chaz Davies, Troy Bayliss, Casey Stoner, and many others. Falloon tells the story of the technical development of the racing bikes and, later, the follow-on street models with remarkable detail and precision.Whether you are a dedicated Ducatisti, a race-centric fan, a motorcycle history buff, or simply an enthusiast, The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles – Every Model Since 1946 – 2nd Edition tells a sweeping history of a company that started from very humble beginnings, survived and overcome adversity to become a powerhouse in the motorcycle industry. Ian Falloon tells the story in clear, concise detail.The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles – Every Model Since 1946 – 2nd Edition Fast Facts
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena goes to the Yamaha MT-10 launch. I have to say, the R1-derived MT-10 is one of my all time favorite street bikes. It’s the perfect balance of instant, usable power, crammed into an agile yet stable chassis. All that is built into an incredibly easy-to-ride package. And I’m not even going to mention it’s ability to wheelie… The latest MT-10 has had some upgrades, so I’m very curious to hear what Nic thinks.
For our second segment this week I chat with Paul Jayson—aka The Motorcycle Broker. Paul has been restoring, collecting, and selling investment grade motorcycles and cars for several decades, and his knowledge and passion for the art of motorcycling seems pretty much unrivaled.
Paul’s quest for total authenticity and insistence on a breathtaking level of detail is incredible. Actually, one of his restorations—a classic MV Agusta—won recently at Salon Privé.
Paul’s take on how the motorcycle market developed globally, and where it’s going, I found fascinating. You can visit Paul’s website at TheMotorcycleBroker.co.uk.
From all of here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!