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-Editors pointed out this MH900e had been on RSBFS back in 2019, with new location and new pictures, worth a new post. – donn
Polished in places most bikes don’t give a second thought, Ducati’s Mike Hailwood tribute was way more show than go. Except for aftermarket grips, this D.C. example is startlingly original.
Looking futuristic and retro at the same time, Pierre Terblanche’s late 20th century design used Ducati’s 904cc air-cooled engine, tuned for 75 hp. The cam belt covers have a passing resemblance to the bevel-drive shaft covers on Hailwood’s race bike, and perforated chrome guards the exhaust on its way by. It was only natural to design a red trellis frame, with modern forks and one of the most sculptural single-sided swingarms ever. No sense messing with anything but up-to-date Brembo brakes, inside the bespoke cast rims. The monoposto cockpit is protected by a generously sized fairing which flows to the tank cover almost seamlessly.
Like so many MH900e’s this one is barely broken and for being almost 20 years old, is in breathtaking condition. It has the rarely seen factory clutch cover plus stock exhaust. The mirror delete makes sense for display and grips are of course the at rider’s discretion. Some belts and tires might be in order in the unlikely event this was to be ridden extensively. Comments from the eBay auction:
Dated July 2001 and number 552 of 2,000 built during the two-year production run. It shows approximately 1,100 miles. Designed by Pierre Terblanche as a tribute to Mike Hailwood’s 1978 Isle of Man TT-winning NCR 900, the Evoluzione is powered by a fuel-injected 904cc L-twin paired with a six-speed gearbox. It features a steel trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, Brembo brakes, and Marchesini wheels. This one-owner example was sold new at a major DC area Ducati dealer. Recent service includes fluid change and new batteries in preparation for the sale. Reversible Mods: The original mirrors and handgrips are removed, and are included in the sale. The license plate carrier has been tailored to fit the smaller US size plate. This MH900e is now being offered with an owner’s manual, seat housing tool kit, and a clean Maine title. There are no scrapes, dents, or cracks, only the slightest evidence of wear based on the very low mileage. The plexiglass fairing screen has two half inch long surface abrasion marks from road sand or similar.
Maybe Ducati’s corporate overlords weren’t impressed with the MH900e, but riders and collectors were. Evidently Terblanche did some of the test riding since it helped to be tall to reach over the long tank. The edition of 1,000 was extended to 2,000 after the first grouping sold out in hours, on the internet of all things. Since then, they’ve led a private life, on display, ridden only occasionally, as part of a larger stable.