This book covers all of the landmark square-case Ducatis of the 1970s and 1980s, including the 900 Super Sport and the Mike Hailwood Replica. Illustrated with 200 pictures, and incorporating complete appendices of technical specifications, this book is a must-have for any lover of fine motorcycles.
The bevel-drive 860 and 900 was one of the most significant motorcycles of the late 1970s, providing a unique combination of power and handling that was unequalled by other motorcycles at the time. When Italian car stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the 860GT in 1973, few would have believed it would evolve into one of the greatest Ducati line-ups of all time.
The square-case 860 became the legendary 900 Super Sport, the Darmah, and eventually the Mike Hailwood Replica, built to honour Hailwood’s spectacular comeback victory at the Isle of Man in 1978.
The square-case Ducati engine design continued for more than a decade, sustaining the company through a downturn in the early 1980s.
This book covers every incarnation of this great model, from the first 860 through to the final Mille. Illustrated with 200 pictures, and including complete appendices of technical specifications, this book is a must-have for any lover of fine motorcycles.
- Full description of model development
- Analysis of the 860 and square-case engine
- A look at the first 900 SS
- Racing history that led to the 900 SS and MHR
- Details of all modifications to each model during the entire production run
- All engine and frame numbers by year
- Technical appraisal
- Complete appendices of technical specifications
- Covers the 860 GT, 860 GTS, 750/900 Super Sport, 900 GTS, 900 Darmah, 900 SSD, 900 MHR, 900 S2, Mille MHR and S2, 1974-86
About the author
One of the world’s foremost motorcycle historians, Ian Falloon is the author of more than twenty books on motorcycles. These titles include The Ducati 750 Bible, Ducati Story, Moto Guzzi Story, Honda Story, Kawasaki Story, BMW Story, Moto Guzzi Sport Bible and Laverda Twin and Triple Bible. He has a small collection of classic sporting motorcycles, including a 1975 Ducati 900 Super Sport. A freelance contributor to a number of motorcycle magazines around the world, Ian was born in New Zealand but currently lives in Australia with his wife Miriam, and sons Ben and Tim.
One of the world's foremost motorcycle historians, Ian Falloon is the author of twenty books on motorcycles, including ten on Ducati, including the best-selling Ducati Story, and Ducati Twins Restoration Guide.