Posts by tag: MH900e

Ducati March 19, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Italian bikes are sometimes accused of putting style before function, but I think it's more accurate to say that they prioritize performance and style over comfort and practicality... But in the case of the Ducati MH900e, style was far and away the most important priority, and everything else came after. Penned by Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e was meant to evoke Mike "The Bike" Hailwood's race-winning Isle of Man TT NCR-prepped machine and the replica MHRs that followed. The "e" at the end of the name was for "Evoluzione" as the bike is the spiritual successor of those storied machines.

The MH900e's concept bike looks are wild and impractical, but its beating heart is Ducati's long-serving oil and air-cooled two-valve L-twin. Displacing 904cc, the twin pumps out an honest 75hp at the rear wheel along with respectable midrange torque. It's obviously not a powerhouse, but the 410lb machine has Ducati's race-bred frame geometry and quality suspension at both ends. The riding position is committed, with a long reach to low bars over the tank, high rearsets, and a tall seat that requires long legs if you want to put your feet flat at traffic lights.

Frankly, there are just two things really stopping the bike from being a great back-road bike like the later Sport Classics: the brutal ergonomics and the insane, Harley Sportster-sized fuel tank. The ergonomics you can justify, but the tiny, 2.2 gallon tank means about 90 miles between stops, even with the two-valve twin's surprisingly decent mileage. It's a little shocking, since the bike looks like it'd have a generously-sized fuel cell, but most of what you're looking at is apparently an airbox.

Luckily, California Cycleworks makes a much larger 4.6 gallon unit that doesn't require any permanent modifications to the bike to install. It appears to still be available and would make the bike much more practical. With just 2,000 produced between 2001 and 2002, they're rare and valuable enough that most seemed doomed to a life as display pieces, but that's a shame, considering the excellent handling, solid reliability, and easy-to-service engine.

From the Seller: 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Ultra Rare 2002 Ducati MH900e for sale

Limited production 1812 of 2000
Mileage: 4,500 Miles
US bike from Oregon
Clean title like new condition
Price: $19,600 USD

Factory upgraded Ducati Performance carbon fiber bodywork and tasteful parts including:

  • DP Clutch Cover
  • DP Slave Clutch Cylinder
  • DP Signals
  • Speedy Moto Pressure Plate & Basket
  • Rizoma Handle Bar Grips
  • Rizoma Mirrors
  • Staintune Slip-on Exhausts

Bike comes with:

  • Owner plaque
  • T-Shirt
  • Rear stand

All services done. Timing belts changed in 2017. New tires. Needs nothing. Bike is as is and does not come with additional parts.

Bike is located in Vancouver BC Canada. Serious inquiries only. No PayPal. Wire or cash only. The bike can be easily exported back to the US because it is an US bike. Shipping can be arranged at buyer’s cost.

Price in USD

Contact Jacky by email with your interest:

It is unfortunate that the original bodywork and other parts don't seem to be included, but the Ducati Performance panels are obviously an appropriate modification and look great, even if exposed carbon fiber reduces the visual ties to the red and silver of the original NCR bikes. The bike also includes a set of Staintune exhausts that look very similar to the stock system but let the bike sound more appropriately Ducati-ish. Considering the prices of Sport Classics these days, the $19,800 asking price seems pretty reasonable, and is in line with other examples of the MH900e that we've seen lately.


Featured Listing: Carbon-Bodied 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale
Ducati February 6, 2018 posted by

178 Miler: 2002 Ducati MH900e

I know it is early in the year, but I'm going to go out on a limb and proclaim this advert as one of the top 5 worst presentations of 2018. Fortunately, the bike is a MH900e - the Terblanche-designed internet wunderbike that put Ducati collectables on the map. Sold in limited numbers and online only, the Y2K re-interpretation of the Mike Hailwood replica classic is a little bit of eye candy artwork, a little bit of a modern torture rack and a little bit of a parts bin special. It is also a great investment vehicle for those who don't like to ride.

2002 Ducati MH900e with 178 miles on eBay

Based around the ubiquitous Ducati L-twin, the MH900e started life out as a 900 Supersport. With air cooling, two valve desmodue heads and dry clutch the MH900e exudes all the coarseness of the lower echelon Ducatis. The rest of the bike is pure Terblance, with stylish extremes at every angle. From the front the circular headlamp and fairing calls to mind the late 70s and early 80s Ducatis that were so successful on the track. At the rear the offset rear shock draws the eye to the unique swing arm, the shotgun exhausts and the wheel that seems to hang out in space. Even the splash of colors combine with the chrome accents to stand out. The presence of the bike is amazing, making the MH900e one of the most popular bikes NOT to ride.

From the seller:
Part of a collection. Rare 2002 Ducati MH900e. Well babied from day one. Never raced, abused or even wet for that matter.

Between the lousy pictures and the non-existent text, it does not appear that this advert was created by an enthusiast. It is listed as "Ducati Sport Touring" and the listing has no VIN number. How about one or two pics in focus? It is too hard to actually move the bike to a point where you can take a decent photo? What is the history of the bike? What collection is it part of? Why is the collection being sold off / liquidated? When was the last time this bike ran? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a poor pic simply prompts a thousand questions.

According to the limited info in the advert, this particular example sports but 178 miles. That is closer to being new than many we have seen. However it is interesting in that mileage does not really seem to affect the MH900e values; perhaps it is because so few MH900e models actually accrue road yardage (rumor has it that they are too uncomfortable to ride much), or perhaps it is simply because these are rare bikes that always have a market. Regardless, this example appears to be a well-cared specimen that is looking for a new home. The starting ask is Canadian $18,000 (approx $14.5k USD), which is well-below market value. There is a reserve in place, and you can expect the seller to be looking for somewhere in the $20k USD neighborhood. Check it out here and then let us know if you would like one of these in your collection - and why. Good Luck!!


178 Miler: 2002 Ducati MH900e
Ducati November 29, 2017 posted by

Factory Prototype: 2000 Ducati MH900e for Sale

Ducati built just 1,000 of the stunning MH900e in 2001 and 2,000 the following year, making this one obviously a bit interesting right out of the gate. It's apparently a pre-production prototype, with some clear differences between it and the regular production version, although the original flat-black pre-production bodywork has been replaced with a set of very sexy carbon-fiber Ducati Performance parts as seen in the photos.

Pierre Terblanche's redesign of Ducati's 998 superbike may have been controversial, but he was on-point here with this Mike Hailwood tribute. The styling of the MH900e wraps a modern-ish two-valve v-twin powertrain, stiff trellis frame, and quality suspension in bodywork that manages to be both futuristic and retro at the same time. There are hints of NCR's racebikes, the Ducati Pantah, Hailwood's TT machine, and the undertail exhaust suggests the 998.

Power from the 904cc air and oil-cooled twin was modest, with a claimed 75hp at the rear wheel, although the engine's flexibility and torque mean that there's more performance on tap than meets the eye when pushing the 410lb machine. Ergonomics were pretty cruel and the seat very tall, but at least the tiny stock 2.2 gallon fuel tank meant plenty of chances to stretch when you pause to fill up: even allowing for the Ducati's good fuel mileage, you're still looking at just 90 miles or so between stops.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Ducati MH900e Factory Prototype for Sale

For sale a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire the real factory prototype of the DUCATI MH900e.

Here below a little description of this particular model:

The MH900e began as a concept created by the Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche in homage to Mike Hailwood's 1978 win of the Isle of Man TT. Giving way to the model designation "MH".

In September 1998 the sketch was presented to the general public at the Intermot Show in Munich and met with rave reviews. Due to the enthusiastic response from the press and public, Ducati decided to post a questionnaire on their website to test the true interest of the MH900e fans. 300 Ducatisti responded positively. With this information, Federico Minoli and Massimo Bordi (General Manager of Ducati) decided to take the risk and produce a limited run of two thousand hand-built bikes. The first one thousand bikes would be produced in 2000 and the second thousand would be produced in 2001.

The sale of the MH900e was as unique as the bike itself. Ducati made the decision to sell the new bike directly to the consumer exclusively via the Internet in a form of e-commerce known as B-2-C (Business to Consumer). This was a first for any motorcycle manufacturer. It was a risky move, but the result could not have been any better

The Ducati website opened for orders on January 1, 2000 at 00:01am GMT at a price of 15,000. The first 1000 units were sold out in 31 short minutes. The remaining bikes were sold over the next few weeks. Individuals made purchases from 20 different countries. The estimated breakdown of the sales was 30% from Europe, 30% from the US and 39% from Japan.

This particular bike was used by Ducati Experience Department to control all assemblies, parts and components, to make sure everything was fitting and operating properly before production started. Many components are "one-off", and many were pre-production pieces. the battery holding frame is unique, showing a different position of the battery with respect of the production bikes. also the front fairing frame is a bit different than production ones. All of these parts were carefully kept to maintain the originality of the bike, and to show the real spirit of this amazing prototype. like the top fork tee which was left raw instead of being polished like the production ones.

On the gas tank there are signatures and dates, possibly showing various stages of testing and different phases of assembly. every single piece on this bike is authentic and original Ducati for this model, nothing has been altered or manufactured to complete it.

The bike was acquired from Ducati with a non-production plastic body, painted flat black like the rest of the bike, including frame and swingarm. the exhaust was also custom-made, clearly an assembly try-out, yet perfectly working.

We did a "conservative" restoration on the bike, taking it completely apart, making sure every original bit and piece was kept and restored to obtain this amazing piece. we also decide to maintain the black look that sported when we got it, just upgraded it a bit with proper carbon body and custom-made graphics (Ducati made them for us).

the frame and swingarm are pre-production original and authentic DUCATI MH900E, with correct ZDM homologation number, properly and correctly stamped on the neck, with frame serial number being 0000001. everything legit and correct. fully documented with invoice showing frame and motor number.

Some minor parts like clutch, oil tank, and front brake tank aluminum holders, or the steering damper, are not installed but will be in a short time. Everything works perfectly as it should on this amazing piece. A solid investment for any collector or Ducati aficionados, this is the kind of bike that, few years down the line, will be popping up at auctions. Don't loose the opportunity.

Shipping worldwide properly crated. Bike is located in Modena, Italy.

There are no takers yet at the $50,000 starting bid, but there's plenty of time left on the listing. Regular production bikes already command prices of just under $20,000 or so, so I expect that the right collector would pay more for this museum piece. Certainly, it'd be criminal to run it on the road, considering its historical value, even if you could legally register it for road use...


Factory Prototype: 2000 Ducati MH900e for Sale
Ducati August 18, 2017 posted by

Coffee Table Bike: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale

One of the most strikingly-styled bikes of the modern era, the Ducati MH900e looked backwards and forwards at the same time, celebrating their racing history and interpreting classic design cues in a very modern way. Looking at it, it's almost hard to tell exactly when it was first sketched by noted and occasionally infamous stylist Pierre Terblanche: the overall colors and shapes clearly recall the NCR racebikes of the 1980s and the chrome bezeled, white-faced gauge and the "Mike Hailwood" reference in the name are very 1970s, while the undertail exhausts, 17" wheels, and swooping curves are much more 2000. But the bigger question is whether or not this is more an art object, or a functional motorcycle.

Obviously, looking at the heart of the MH900e, you could be forgiven for thinking it's an actual motorcycle: that elegant tubular trellis frame surrounds one of the great street powerplants of the modern era: Ducati's air-cooled, two-valve v-twin. It's no powerhouse, with just 75hp at the rear wheel, but makes plenty of torque and sounds terrific, more emotive than Ducati's four-valve, liquid-cooled engines. The suspension is top-shelf and the overall package is lightweight so the bike has excellent handling, should you ever decide to venture out on a racetrack or backroad on one.

But the riding position is brutal, and clearly dictated by style as opposed to function. It does handle well, but plenty of great-handling roadbikes have reasonably humane ergonomics. Perhaps it's just as well then that the bike has an almost impossibly tiny gas tank that holds just 2.2 gallons. Oh you thought that huge thing behind the fairing held fuel? Surprise! It's an airbox! A larger tank is available from California Cycleworks but, unless you've got one of those, the stock unit wasn't good for much, even considering the twin's relatively good fuel economy. Maybe take a page out of the Harley guys that run peanut tanks on their bikes and sling a bit of gas in a thermos over your shoulder in case you run out before reaching the next gas stop.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale

I purchased 0037/2000 five years ago and it has been on display in my office in Los Angeles for that entire time. My understanding is that the original owner lives in Colorado. The second owner lives in Florida and I believe he owned the bike for only a year or two and is the one that put the mileage on the bike. I am the third owner and bought the bike in 2012 with 1204 miles on the odometer. To the best of my knowledge this bike is complete, original and unmodified. Sale includes all manuals plus a workshop manual with binder, the boxed plaque, T-Shirt, and two keys with key code.

The following items are included but are not attached to the bike: mirrors, kick-stand, and steering damper all of which are in excellent condition (see photos).

The bike is now 16 years old; rubber and some plastic parts are beginning to deteriorate (as they do on all vehicles). Several small plastic wire clips are missing. As a display bike I did not get any service work done and was reluctant to start it for fear of the timing belt breaking or other such issues. The cylinders have been oiled with a spray and the engine rotates freely.  If you are planning on riding 0037 it is going to need comprehensive service and new tires.

The final four photos show the flaws. A leak at the petcock allowed gas to seep down the cylinder and on to the engine cases. The gas stained the paint and in trying to remove the stain I removed some paint (see photo). I have read on several forums that there are products that will remove these stains. Small dark spots show on the bottom castings. Since taking the shots I have able to remove or lighten most of them. The foam piece on the rear shock rod is broken. And finally the rear tire has been cut in places. I have no idea when or how this happened. This may have gone unnoticed when I took delivery of the bike. The stand is also badly scratched from raising and lowering the bike over the years and owners.

The batteries were removed and will need to be replaced. Clear California Title.

It's a shame all that the available performance is wasted in this case, since the bike hasn't turned a wheel in years, but not really a surprise, since many of these limited-production machines were snapped up by collectors and are only occasionally ridden. If you do plan to ride your investment, this will obviously need some work, but the hard parts of the MH900e should be simple to restore, since that same engine found its way into plenty of Monsters and SuperSports and parts to maintain, repair, or upgrade them are readily available. Or maybe even track down one of those larger fuel tanks, fit a later 1100cc DualSpark engine to create a faster, more usable machine, and put the original engine on display in your office!


Coffee Table Bike: 2001 Ducati MH900e for Sale
Sport Bikes For Sale January 31, 2017 posted by

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap

While I've known about the Mecum and Bohmans auctions in Las Vegas for several years now, this was my first chance to go. We found a great package for the Bellagio and decided to make a quick trip of the event. Unfortunately we were only able to make it to the Bonhams sale but as a first taste of live auction action, we were not disappointed. Not to mention they had dozens of bikes that fit the RSBFS niche. I've highlighted a handful below with some shaky videos and quick snapshots.

Many thanks to Nick and Jared at Bonhams who graciously gave me the nickel tour just minutes before the auction began. I look forward to returning someday soon as a registered bidder!


RSBFS notable sales:

This 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR, one Owner with 1,500 miles sold for just $36,000 before premium!

Here is a 1985 Honda VF1000R with 4 Miles that sold for $11,500 before premium.

And an RSBFS favorite, a 1985 Yamaha RD500LC with 1,279 Miles sold for $20,500 before premium.

But this 2003 MV Agusta F4 750 Series Oro with 0 miles didn't sell at $40k bid.

This 1984 Ducati 748cc TT1 Road Racer was a featured bike at Bonhams but failed to sell at $80k.

I was curious about this extensively upgraded 1997 Ducati 900SS/SP, which sold for $6,800 before premium. The description states there is a history files documenting $20k in work!

The MH900e market seems stable with this example showing under 5,000 miles and reaching a sale at $18,400 before premium.

This Laverda RGS1000 was bid up to $9k but did not sell.

I didn't get to see this one, but this Bimota YB8 Furano is shown as sold at $13,000 before premium.

I also wasn't able to see this Ducati 851 Tricolore with the race kit. It doesn't show a sale price. Did anyone catch what the final bid was?

Out of sheer curiosity, this Cagiva Gran Canyon sold for a mere $3,450 including premium. Nice buy!

For all the sale results, check out the results on the Bonhams website.

My snapshot gallery:

Bonhams Las Vegas 2017 Recap
Ducati September 13, 2016 posted by

Never Been Kissed: Zero-Mileage 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale


Ducati is a company with one foot in the past and another in the future, and that philosophy is clearly embodied by the MH900e. That may seem like the norm these days, with seemingly every manufacturer on the “modern classic” bandwagon, but Ducati’s been playing the game a lot longer than most of the other manufacturers. If you want to get people to shell out premium dollars for a product that performs no better than one from a competitor, you need to tug on those emotional heartstrings, and callbacks to past glories are certainly one way to do that.


Styled by the controversial, but undeniably talented Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e used a modern incarnation of their air and oil-cooled, two-valve 904cc L-twin engine, a beautiful trellis frame, and a tubular single-sided swingarm, with quality forks and shock. The look is intended to evoke race-winning NCR Ducatis and the name is a reference to Mike Hailwood, the unlikely winner of the 1978 Isle of Mann TT riding a Ducati. That win spawned the original Mike Hailwood Replica bikes and this represents the spiritual Evolutzione of those machines.


With just 75 rear-wheel horses pushing around 400lbs, straight-line performance is fairly tame, although cornering is excellent. Unfortunately, even though the bike is certainly entertaining to ride, it seems like it was always meant more as a functional collectible than a real-world motorcycle: the seat is very tall and unless you’re over six feet tall, you won’t be putting your feet flat at lights, performance is modest overall, and most of what looks like a fuel tank is really an airbox: the actual fuel cell is just 2.2 gallons, so it’s good the engine is pretty frugal.

In addition to the looks, collectability is increased by the fact that just 1,000 were built in 2001 and another 1,000 in 2002. Production was originally outsourced to Bimota, but they were unable to build the bikes as they filed for bankruptcy, so Ducati built them in-house.


In this case, all the superlatives you can level at the engine and chassis are irrelevant since any buyer is likely to keep that odometer reading "0": there are plenty of riders out there, and this one is meant for the collectors.

From the original eBay listing: Zero Mileage 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale

2002 Ducati MHe (Mike Hailwood Evoluzione) Museum quality with zero miles, never started, never had fuel in tank, never had battery installed. Here is the rare of the rare. One of 2000 sold directly from the factory to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mike Hailwood winning the Isle of Man TT for Ducati. There might be another zero mile example but you would be hard pressed to find it this clean and at an opening bid, with NO RESERVE and well below market value.


As far as living room objet d’art items go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more striking modern motorcycle. Sure, a classic Vincent or Brough has more polished brass, steampunk detailing, and a retired racebike might have more historic value, but the bodywork on the MH900e really does look both forwards and backwards in the best way possible.

There are no takers yet at the $15,000 starting bid, but it's early and there is still plenty of time left on the auction. It’s a shame that this example may never run considering that, aside from the ridiculously small standard fuel tank and committed riding position, the Evoluzione is a very good motorcycle, with a fun, flexible engine and sharp handling.



Never Been Kissed: Zero-Mileage 2002 Ducati MH900e for Sale