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Reserve Met: 565-mile 2000 Ducati MH900e

Sixteen years after Ducati’s original run of bikes celebrating Mike Hailwood’s return to form at the 1978 Isle of Man TT, Bologna kicked out a Pierre Terblanche-penned update to the much-lauded MHR900. The MH900e, where ‘e’ stands for evoluzione, was a much more exclusive machine than the original MHR900, with just 2,000 rolling off the line between 2000 and 2002. Though the bike had a relatively sedate 75-horsepower air-cooled v-twin, the frame, suspension and bodywork were all one-offs, from the gorgeously sculpted bikini fairing, tank, tail and exhaust to the steel trellis frame and swingarm.

2000 Ducati MH900e for sale on eBay

To up the exclusivity, Ducati sold the bikes directly to customers over an Internet order form which opened at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2000. The first 1,000 sold in 31 minutes. By 2000 standards, the idea was dazzlingly futuristic. Especially since half the world still thought the stroke of midnight would mean the world’s computers would meltdown and send us back to the Stone Age.

This 2000 Ducati MH900e has been ridden enough to prove that it does actually run, and just barely enough to have been enjoyed a couple times. Aside from that, it has been a display piece, and has the pristine bodywork to prove it. The seller gives precious few details beyond the pictures.

From the eBay listing:

This motorcycle is For Sale only!!
Its in perfect condition only has 565 miles just serviced all original. Museum Quality and one of a 2,000 made. for more info just leave a message and i will get back to you.

The reserve appears to be met at $15,000, which is what Ducati commanded for the bikes originally. We’re sure that won’t be the end of the line for this rare and special Duc.

13 Comments

  • I don’t think I’m meant to own one of these. It’s the weirdest thing, I’ve tried to buy no less then 4 of them and every seller changed his mind. I’ve heard nothing great about the riding position but I don’t care, I think it’s a really great bike. Granted with miles this low, suspect a belt service and such is due (pretty easy). Nice find….beautiful bike!

  • not surprised it only went 565 miles given the miniscule gas tank on these.

  • I have one and clearly while it’s not a daily rider, it’s not that bad.
    Sure the tank has a 90 mile range, but so does a Harley V-Rod.
    Sure you can’t see out of the mirrors, but you can’t in my Diavel either
    Sure the headlight is a candle, but so is a candle.

    Buy it. Stare at it. Ride it (sometimes).

  • Hey Oliver, can you tell me more about how it rides? Of course I can’t afford it, but I love the bike, and just wanted to know more about it, like how does it handle? Have you taken it out on a long ride? What it’s like to own one?

  • Is it just me or does the eBay ad almost smack of a Craiglist ad? The reserve is too low and there is so little information. It looks like the ad has been updated from when I first saw it yesterday. Yesterday, it just said “Must be picked up, No Shipping”. I just thought that odd… odd enough to run a reverse image search but the photos do seem to be original. I don’t know… maybe I’m just far too used to the typical Craigslist scams. I do want one of these… and the c=gas tank? There’s some company that makes an upgraded tank that increases the size to make it almost usable.

  • I’ve put about 400 miles on mine in a year. Longest ride probably not over 100 miles.
    The ergos are not much different from any sportbike of that era…..clip-ons low, long reach lays you on the tank, rear-sets put your feet high and back. But really not measurably worse that a Sport Classic, or 916.
    In terms of handling – great – considering I’m only riding it 4/10th. Light. Easy to flip left/right. Brakes and throttle predicable. Clutch light.
    You just can’t see bugger all behind you on account of the pointless mirrors.

  • This bike is art. Period. That’s why I bought one and put it in my living room. If you want to do the Iron Butt, buy a Gold Wing and move along.
    This bike is one of the coolest bikes made in the last 20 years. They only made 2000. If you want it, get it. There aren’t many floating around.

  • I agree with all the above comments. It is a nice bike to ride and a great bike to own and look it if the styling suits you. It’s functional art. I have about 4k on mine and still love it. More comfy than my 2004 749r by a long shot. That said, IRS audit may force the sale….

  • OK Tom….the guy that told me he had 5 bikes when we first met and every time we talk, oh yeah, I have one of those too! HAHAHA. Make me a deal on the Ford GT and the MH900…how about a trade for the Vr1000 you like so much? OK fine, I’ll throw in a couple zx7RR’s. Do we have a deal? 🙂 Love ya brother 🙂

  • The comfort of my SportsClassic was transformed with grips on side of tank. Really helped reduce arm pump. Probably work on this too.

  • eBay shows sold for $20k.

    dc

  • Spoke to the guy 10 times, super cool seller. I was going to get it if buyer flaked, offered 19K but snooze you lose. It’s a 20K bike for sure, I’m happy his top bidder was a legit guy, I’ve had the worst trouble with not so legit people on ebay lately… Oh well, next!!

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