The Ducati 750 Bible


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By Ian Fallon


First full account of the development of the Ducati 750
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.

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What a great book, and it's got my idol on the front. Now where's my Christmas list.


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Sorry for being an ignorant @@@@, but is this 750 engine the same (or similar) to the engine thats in my 750 Monster?


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eonan said:
Sorry for being an ignorant @@@@, but is this 750 engine the same (or similar) to the engine thats in my 750 Monster?
No. This is one of the first V-twin Ducatis, with shaft driven camshafts with bevel gears at the top and bottom of the shafts to turn the drive through 90 degrees. They were phenomenal bikes in their time and are worth a mint now. I had a 1978 900 version but it never had quite the charisma of the early round case 750s.


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Between Ian Falloon and Mick Walker I must have bostered their pension funds singlehandedly to an enormous extent. Here we go again! Just received a Xmas card today from M Walker enclosing a list of books available for Xmas delivery!! Wish I had time to read them!


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Santa thankfully brought me this for Xmas. Must say having only had a quick scan through that it seems to cover in depth all the variations and would be an invaluable guide if someone is considering purchasing a 750 especially as engine/frame numbers identify which model and when it was produced. Given the number of bikes "made up" to look like something they were not this could save you thousands of pounds! Only downfall is that the factory records are "sketchy" in some areas and numbers of bikes made doesn't quite match (by a long way) the frame/engine numbers released! Typical Ducati! Overall a factual account of the bikes, the lead up to the launch and the various racing versions.