Dramatically styled, minimalist in stature, yet bristling with innovative engineering, the 900 Monster created a new niche market. This book provides a guide through the maze of Monsters produced over the past 18 years.
Ducati is the gold standard of motorcycles, and fans of the brand will enjoy this full-throttle tour of the company's most elite models. Known for its high price points and even higher standards of refinement and quality, Ducati stands for prestige and class. From the high-tech Hypermotard to the hyper-horsepower Streetfighter, readers get a virtual ride on some of the coolest bikes ever built while learning about their torque, transmission type, turning radius, and other specs, details only a true gearhead could love.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 40. Chapters: Ducati V-twin motorcycles, Ducati Monster, Ducati Desmosedici, Ducati singles, Ducati 1098, Ducati Apollo, Ducati 848, Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati SuperSport, Ducati 916, Ducati 98, Ducati SportClassic, Ducati Bronco, Ducati 999, Ducati 1198, Ducati Desmosedici RR, Ducati ST3, Ducati Aurea, Ducati ST4s, Ducati 750 Imola Desmo, Ducati Desmoquattro motorcycles, Ducati Multistrada, Ducati 996, Ducati 748, Ducati Pantah, Ducati Paso, Ducati 851, Ducati Multistrada 1200, Ducati 998, Ducati 800SS, Ducati 749, Ducati Supermono, Ducati 60, Ducati Diavel, Multistrada 620 and 1000DS, Ducati Cucciolo, Ducati PaulSmart1000LE, Ducati ST series, Ducati Streetfighter, Ducati 125 TV, Ducati ST2, Ducati Monster 696, Ducati 65T, Ducati Mach 1, Ducati 888, Ducati 750 GT, Ducati 900GTS. Excerpt: The next new Ducati engine to appear after the Ducati Apollo was the 90 V twin, initial Grand Prix racing versions being 500 cc, and the production bikes were 750 cc. There was also the Ducati 750 Imola Desmo that won at Imola in 1972. These engines had bevel gear shaft drive to the overhead camshaft, and were produced in round, square, and Mille crankcases. In the 1980s these gave way to the belt drive camshaft engines that have continued to this day, in air and liquid cooled form. The Mille used a plain bearing crank, like the belt models. Generally, any two-cylinder motorcycle engine with its two cylinders at an equidistant opposite angles from the center rotation of the crankshaft is referred to as a V-twin. The Ducati V-twin is unique in that the "V" is tilted forward so the front cylider is nearly parallel to the ground, leading many to refer to it as an "L-Twin" engine instead. Either usage is correct since a "V-twin" engine is not designated by a specific angle. L-twin refers, in fact, to a configuration with a 90 degree angle between...
A definitive account of the popular Ducati Desmodue - the reliable, affordable, high-performance motorcycle range that boasts one of the most successful Italian motorcycles of all time, the Ducati Monster, and is still in development today. Including full production histories, comprehensive specification details and owners' experiences, this new book covers the history of Ducati and the rise of the brand in the 1970s and Grand Prix racing with Fabio Taglioni's desmodromic valve engine design. The world-beating TT2 and TT1 racers are covered along with the best-selling Ducati Monster, the Desmodue 900SS and the SportClassic range. With the Scrambler, and new Ducati factories in Thailand and Brazil, the Desmodue story is brought right up to date - a story based a wonderful corner of Italy, some very special motorcycles and the astonishing people who made it all happen. Fully illustrated with 211 colour photographs.
The Pantah Desmodue brought Ducati into the modern world of motorcycles. They were immediately more reliable than the earlier bevels, and established a blueprint that continues today. The proliferation of models is such that it can be difficult to determine the exact specification of an example. This book provides a guide to all of the individual models, their attributes and pitfalls, and what to look for when purchasing. When new, the Ducati Desmodue twins provided state-of-the-art handling and performance, and they still can.
'Betts offers young adult fiction at its best, successfully engaging a poetic literary aesthetic' Australian Book Review.... Living alone with his silent father and the shadow cast by his long-dead mother, Dustin waits. All he wants is to slip under the radar and survive what's left of high school; get through his work at the photo lab, get by. Beyond that lies real life. Then one Sunday, a single photo gets stuck in the processor and it changes everything. The bike in the picture is decent, for once, a Ducati Monster 620, cherry red. The woman beside it is striking too. What begins then as an innocent curiosity in Terri Pavish, her photography, her freedom, her speed, becomes something else, and the past swings full-circle to haunt him.
KILL BILL meets DEXTER via THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, WOMAN OF THE DEAD is a wild ride of a thriller where the first stage of grief is revenge. And revenge is a dish best served bloody. How far would you go to avenge the one you love? Blum has a secret buried deep in her past. She thought she'd left the past behind. But then Mark, the man she loves, dies. His death looks like a hit-and-run. It isn't a hit-and-run. Mark has been killed by the men he was investigating. And then, suddenly, Blum rediscovers what she's capable of... 'An ironclad guarantee of sleepless nights' Barry Forshaw, Independent 'Fast, edgy and gripping ... full of quirks, with a conflicted heroine as killer at its heart. Do not miss it' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
It’s no wonder descriptions of riding often resemble the words of Asian mystics and Jedi knights: The ride causes your senses to open completely. You experience only the present, the now. Readers who prefer revving a Harley to meditating in a Zen garden know that biking is just as contemplative as chanting in the lotus position. Here, philosopher-bikers explore this seeming dichotomy, expounding on intriguing questions such as: Why are the motorcycles the real stars of Easy Rider? What would Marx and Foucault say about Harley riders’ tight leather garb? What’s it like to live a dual life as a philosophy professor who wrenches his own 1965 Electra Glide? Would Jesus hang out in a biker bar or a coffeehouse? And more importantly, would He ride a Harley or a Honda? These witty, provocative essays give readers and riders a new appreciation of what it means to become one with the road.