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Although manufactured for only one year - 1974 - the Ducati 750 Super Sport was immediately touted as a future classic. It was a pioneer motorcycle - expensive and rare, and produced by Ducati's race department to celebrate victory in the 1972 Imola 200 Formula 750 race. Much of the mystique centred on the 750 SS is a result of this rarity and uniqueness. The 750 round-case Ducati engine was only produced for four years, and was discontinued primarily because it was extremely expensive to manufacture. Only one variant of the 750 was fitted with desmodromic valve gear - the Super Sport. It was also the only Ducati ever hand-assembled in the race shop with special engine components. Although built in small numbers (401), this motorcycle is hailed as the ancestor of Ducati's current World Championship Desmosedici. As a result, the 750 SS has become extremely valuable and desirable, fetching prices beyond the most expensive contemporary Ducati; for Ducatisti, the 750 SS is the Holy Grail. This title includes features such as: full description of the model's development; analysis of the 750 Desmo round case engine; a look at the 750 SS prototypes; racing history that led to the creation of the myth; tips on riding and maintaining a 750SS; register of known engine and frame numbers; guide to authenticity; and, complete appendices of technical specifications and full parts list. Models covered include: Ducati 750SS (Super Sport) 1974.
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Table of Contents

1 The 750 GT and Imola 2 The 1972 and 1973 750 super sport prototypes and pre-production 3 The production 750 super sport 1974 4 Engine 5 Frame, suspension, wheels, and brakes 6 Bodywork, instruments, electrics, and controls 7 Living with a 750 super sport 8 750 Super sport racing history Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Index

About the Author

Ian Falloon was born in New Zealand in 1952 and studied engineering and music at Victoria University, Wellington. After a career as a symphony orchestra oboist was brought to an end by a motorcycle accident he began writing articles on motorcycles for magazines. His first book, the Ducati Story, was published in 1996 and in now in five editions and has been published in three languages. The success of the Ducati Story led to a series of Ducati books and histories of Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, and Moto Guzzi motorcycles. He has now written 30 books on motorcycles, mostly historical but also restoration guides. With an interest and passion spanning forty years he now concentrates on collecting and restoring older Italian motorcycles, particularly Ducati, MV Agusta, Laverda, and Moto Guzzi. Ian Falloon lives in Australia, and is ably supported in his projects by his wife Miriam and sons Ben and Tim.

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"An in-depth study - adding to the appeal for the restorer or buyer is a full original parts list and a plethora of drawings, detailed photographs and technical specifications." - British Dealer News "Like all his twenty previous books, it is hard to find fault with the content, or writing style, which is always informative and accurate - " - inter-bike.co.uk

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