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• Full description of the model development
• Analysis of the singles by each Model Year
• All models covered, from 100 to 450cc
• Unravels a myriad of different models and changes
• Complete Appendices of technical specifications
• The ultimate source book for Ducati single information
With a 20 year production run, Ducati's overhead camshaft singles established Ducati's current reputation for building exceptional sporting motorcycles.
The overhead camshaft single provided the DNA for Ducati motorcycles but with little accurate documentation and information available before now they can be difficult to restore and authenticate. This is the first book to provide an authoritative description of the complete range of Ducati OHC singles.
When Fabio Taglioni designed his 100cc Gran Sport Marianna back in 1954, it was unlikely he expected this engine to have such a long and lingering influence on Ducati design. Over the next 20 years, the single was developed into a myriad of different types, in capacities up to 436cc, and was the first production engine to utilise desmodromic valves. Incorporating features that continue to this day, the overhead camshaft single would become one of the most important designs in Ducati history. Years of research have resulted in this, the first book to document in detail all the types of Ducati overhead valve singles, making this book an invaluable resource to the collector, restorer, and enthusiasts of these magnificent motorcycles.
this book is an invaluable tool to make sure you know what you are getting or building.
In fact, you should not even think Ducati singles (or for that matter Ducati to understand its DNA) without having this book to hand!
It’s an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in older Ducatis, but this book would be invaluable for buyers, owners or restorers.
Bike Rider Magazine
[An] excellent [piece of] reference work ... its presence ices a most remarkable cake.
… as a reference to restoring an overhead cam Ducati singles, it’s essential.
The Book of Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles 1955-1974 is an encyclopedia for any true-blue Ducati fan and an essential for anyone seriously into this line of historic motorcycles for restoring or collecting.
From this point onwards in the book, a succession of brilliant colour pictures of the legendary Ducati lightweights, accompanied by Ian’s painstakingly-researched words, will keep you riveted for hours, and you’ll want to pick it up time and time again to feast your eyes on such sheer mechanical beaut
Old Bike Mart
Covers all 100, 125, 160, 175, 200, 250, 350, 450 OHC singles from 1955-1974