Museo Ducati book, £25.99
Tester: Richard Newland
Time tested: One month
What’s good? If you’re a Ducatisti, or simply love race bikes, beautiful engineering, and having a great coffee table book collection – this is for you. The photography is sumptuously evocative, and every image is accompanied by concise and engaging information to ramp up your anorak status. Every passage of text is written in English and Italian, too. The 144-page book profiles 25 of the historic motorcycles from Ducati's Bologna museum – which is open to the public, if ever you’re passing. The lavish focus starts with the 1947 Cucciolo, and concludes with Nicky Hayden’s Desmosedici GP10. But for me the real highlights are Paul Smart’s iconic Imola-winning 750 Desmo, Hailwood’s 1978 900SS Isle of Man TT-winning bike and the 2001 996 ridden by Bayliss in the World Superbike Championship. Roche’s 851, Polen’s 888, and the exquisite Supermono also leave me contemplating bank robbery, followed by lavish offers to buy them all from Ducati’s collection.
What’s not? Nothing, so long as you like Ducatis, motorcycle pornography, words and photos.
Contact: Your local Ducati dealer (www.ducatiuk.com), or www.amazon.co.uk
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5