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 myriad 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 The Book of Ducati Overhead Camshaft Singles – 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. Author Ian Falloon is one of the world’s leading motorcycle historians. He has written numerous motorcycle books, including the The Ducati 750 Bible, Ducati 900 Bible, Ducati Story, Moto Guzzi Story, Honda Story, and Laverda Twin and Triple Bible. He has a small collection of classic sporting motorcycles, including a Ducati 750 Super Sport, which he has owned since 1976.
Ian Falloon is one of the world’s foremost motorcycle historians. In his career as an author, he has penned more than forty-five books on motorcycles. His titles include The Ducati Story (6 editions), Ducati 750 Bible, The Art of Ducati, Ducati 900 Bible, The Moto Guzzi Story, The Complete Book of Moto Guzzi, BMW Story, The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles, and Triumph Bonneville 60 Years. He has a small collection of classic sporting motorcycles, including a 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport, which he has owned since 1976. Ian has contributed to many motorcycle magazines around the world, including Motorcycle Classics, Classic Bike, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, Cycle World, and Motorcyclist. As an acknowledged expert, he has also authenticated motorcycles for collectors in the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. Ian was born in New Zealand, but currently lives in Australia.