Posts by tag: bevel

Ducati October 9, 2019 posted by

Well Presented: 1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica

There is nothing quite like finding a rare and totally collection-worthy bike to post for RSBFS. This is made all the better when the seller actually takes the time to give a detailed account of the bike in question – in both words and photos. This is one such example which I think readers will enjoy. Originally released in 1979 as a commemoration of Mike Hailwood’s miracle win at the Isle of Man TT in 1978, the MHR would play to the tune of an estimated 7,000 units before production was shut down in early 1986. This beautiful 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica is the last and the best of the bevel-drive Ducatis of the era, and a wonderful collector piece. Read on!

1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1983 Ducati 900 Desmo Mike Hailwood Replica
Frame Number: 900R1 906468
Engine Number: 905728
905 Original Miles
DGM Homologation Number: 51147OM
Production: 687 MHR Electric Start Machines

When the great road racer Mike Hailwood came out of semi-retirement at the age of 38 to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula One race on an NCR Ducati, Ducati was presented with another opportunity to market a race replica. Although it was more than 12 months before a production Mike Hailwood Replica appeared, when it did so, it was basically a cosmetic alteration of a 900 Super Sport. But the MHR had a certain appeal. It was very distinctive machine and was destined to become Ducati’s most popular model in the early 1980s.

More from the seller:
Everything on this motorcycle is original, with exception of the tires. The paint, finishes, and chrome are totally original, as is the seat, with all of the factory stitching intact.

As you can see from the photos in the photo section as well as the body of the description, the machine has had absolutely no restoration performed to any part of it. The condition is exactly what it looks like in the photos.

The fairings have no cracks or damage and have had no paint work. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time.

More from the seller:
The Hailwood runs and rides the way you expect a machine with this type of mileage to run. All of the mechanical components have been checked over to ensure they work properly including the clutch and brakes. The carburetors have also been re-built and function perfectly.

If you’d like any additional photos of any particular part of the motorcycle, please let me know. I’m happy to email or text it to you. And if you would like to inspect the bike or ask any questions, please email or contact me by phone or text at 630-430-3855 anytime.

I have a motorcycle collection made up of Italian, American, German, and Japanese big bore motorcycles some of which I will be selling soon. If you have specific questions, just want to learn more, or are looking for something in particular, please let me know. I’m also always looking for other vintage motorcycles to add to my collection, so if you have something interesting to share, please contact me at 630-430-3855.

This bike is looking pretty nice for going on 36 years – and the design has certainly held up well. The bodywork looks to be in better than fair condition, and there are no wild mods or other tomfoolery going on here. There are fewer than 1,000 miles on the Nippon Denso speedo / odo (yes, that was a stock item on this Italian steed), and as a result damage is not really to be found in the photos. Speaking of photos, there are a ton of pics to drool over (even more in the advert), and they all pop with the vivid red color of the frame and fairing. There appears to be some oil or other fluid staining on the right side swing arm, but other than that everything looks as it should. This is a beautiful bevel, and if historic prices are correct, should fetch many times over the current bid of $6k. There is a reserve in place, so this one will be a fun one to watch. Check it out here, and let your inner bevel geek fly. Good Luck!!

MI

Well Presented:  1983 Ducati 900SS Mike Hailwood Replica
Ducati April 18, 2018 posted by

1986 Ducati MHR Mille with 397 Miles !

Quite possibly the ultimate bevel-drive Ducati, the Mike Hailwood Replica started out as a lightweight homolagation special, but finished as a 973cc superbike.  This fine example has some shelf wear but has logged only a few hundred miles.

1986 Ducati MHR Mille for sale on eBay

The late MHR had 76 torquey hp, and the big fairing in commemorative red and green livery with monoposto seat.  Trellis frame peeks out behind beefy air-cooled cylinders.  The 40 mm Dell’Orto carbs, five-speed and smallish Brembo brakes made for a dynamic package.

Hidden away in Dixie, this MHR appears complete and original with just a single faux pas at the windshield and the deteriorated turn signal stalks.  A comprehensive going over will be required to return it to riding status or the show circuit.  From the eBay auction:

nice original paint bike, with only 397 miles on it. the clear windshield is cracked on the left (see pics) and the turn signal stems are made of some plastic that just crumbled from age, turn signals are included.

I put a battery and gas in it, and it started and ran fine. I didn’t try to ride it, as the brakes will need servicing, and the petcock leaks.

beautiful bike
as far as I can tell, its completely original.

feel free to ask any questions
all of these Ducati’s listed are being sold from an estate, and all have been sitting a few years.

Budget concerns ruled the day and Ducati wasn’t able to follow Hailwood’s 1978 TT victory with a win, but wins in IOM Formula II generated showroom interest that kept shoppers coming in until the new belt-drive desmodues were ready.  The model was continued as a tribute after Hailwood’s death in a road accident, and became the most popular bevel.  A short restoration and a long career behind the velvet ropes await this MHR…

-donn

1986 Ducati MHR Mille with 397 Miles !
Ducati February 19, 2017 posted by

Ride it like Mike: 1980 Ducati 900 MHR

The history of Ducati racing is long and storied. And while many riders have tasted success on the booming twins from Bologna, perhaps none have matched the exploits of Mike “The Bike” Hailwood. In honor of their legendary rider and his comeback success in the 1978 TT (Tourist Trophy), Ducati created the 900 MHR (Mike Hailwood replica) in 1979 – and continued the model through the mid 1980s. Meant to replicate the racer, the 900 MHR edition had everything it needed to go fast, and nothing else. As a prime example of weight savings, Ducati omitted the electric starter and went with the lighter, old-school method of kick starting. Given the TT background, the occasional bump start would likely also be OK.

1980 Ducati 900 MHR for sale on eBay

The MHR series of bikes was the last major evolution of the bevel drive desmo twin before the introduction of the “rubber band” Pantah. It exudes all of the wonderful charismatic noises and idiosyncrasies of these early Ducatis, while offering up a rare and unique ownership experience. These bikes are not exactly plentiful as far as this era of Ducati goes, as Ducati were simply not moving many bikes period. Nor are they particularly powerful; Ducati rated the L-twin desmo at a mere 72 horsepower back in 1980. That is not a lot by today’s standards, nor was it a lot by the Japanese four-cylinder standards of the early 1980s. What the Ducati did have to offer was torque – significant amounts of lower RPM grunt, fed through a dry clutch and 5-speed gearbox. Easier to ride fast through changing conditions than the hyper-strung Japanese multis, it’s no wonder that Ducati dominated the TT (Mike Hailwood might have had something to do with that as well).

From the seller:
Ducati 900 SS MHR original 13700 KM (8600mile).
Motorcycle not Mint condition, Very good Running !.
Has crack original screen.
chips and scratch on original paint.
some surface rust.
Brake good working.
Electric works,
Please see more picture for detail.
Kick only Model.
Very rare to find Vintage Bevel Desmo Twin.

The seller has offered some good pictures on this bike, but not too much by way of information. One little bit of info that is definitely missing is the whereabouts of the factory lowers and side panels. The MHR model came with a full envelope of fiberglass, yet this bike is only listed with the upper fairing and windscreen. I do not believe the original lowers are still available from the factory, meaning that 3rd party lowers would need to be sourced to truly complete the bike. Otherwise, this Southern California-based machine looks to be in pretty good condition for a 37 year old import.

We have seen Ducati prices fluctuate wildly over the years on RSBFS. This bike has been bid to up over $13,000 USD and it looks like it will sell. It would be well-bought at the current figure, but I would expect it to go up as we get closer to the close of auction. We have seen these models listed for double this amount in years past – albeit in more complete condition. Fun Fact: These Mike Hailwood Replica machines are not exactly the Holy Grail of rarity when it comes to Ducatis; and estimated 7,000 MHRs were built between 1979 and 1986, making the MHR model the the most numerous of all the bevel-drive twin models made. Still, owning a Ducati from this period does place you in an exclusive group. It is a fantastic looking machine, and likely to fare well in the future. And it is eminently enjoyable today as something you can ride. What more can you ask for? Check it out here, and let us know what you think!

MI

Ride it like Mike: 1980 Ducati 900 MHR
Ducati June 7, 2015 posted by

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2

While not a critical or sales success, the 1982-84 Ducati 900S2 is still an honest-to-goodness 900cc Desmo-engined Supersport.  Caught up changing in emissions and noise regulations, the air-cooled and carbureted engine was silenced on intake and exhaust, and performance suffered.  With bevel-drive cams and Ducati handling, it’s better than its reputation.  The example here has been a collector bike since new, apparently never registered, titled, or run.

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 right

1983 Ducati 900 S2

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 kickstarter

Hanging on though they were at the time, Ducati still built a fine machine, with beautiful half faring, 18-inch cast wheels, triple disk brakes, and adjustable suspension.  Putting out a respectable 80 hp, the neat bevel drive engine now has a vintage look.  The red frame stands out, complementing the stripes on the black faring.  The cockpit is completed by sweet teardrop mirrors and nice instrument cluster.  Distinctively, this is a kick-start Ducati, one of the last models without a starter.

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 binnacle

Evidently on display since new, this is a zero-mile, no fluids, and no chain bike.  Never registered, the owner provides the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin as documentation.  Looking better than a neglected museum bike, this one seems to have been cared for and detailed.

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 tank  20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 left engine

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 under seat  20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 right front wheel

A lot of information in the eBay auction, here is a short excerpt:

This is a rare chance to own a VERY PURE zero miles vintage Ducati .  Might be the only one in the world in such well preserved condition .  Bike looks brand new like the day it came from the factory. Brakes functions correctly without any fluid leakage or damage.  Front tire rotated frequently to avoid flat spots . Petcocks knobs turns freely. Cylinders are lubed and kicks over with great compression. All settings remains factory.  It should start up and ready to ride with gas , fresh oil, and recommend using sealed battery. These bevel twins are bullet proof with much more refined electrical for reliability than early Bevels .  Bevel Ducati sounds very exciting , rides smooth and responsive in corners. 

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 front  20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 left rear wheel

20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 seat  20150605 1983 ducati 900 s2 rear

The S2 was the 900SS’s kid brother, and never got the development it deserved.  Around the corner were the belt-driven cam engines and cool as they were, the bevels were history.  This amazing collector bike could be put back on the road, but more likely will be on display again, showing all the classic Ducati beauty without divulging its foibles…

-donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2
Ducati September 14, 2014 posted by

Mama Mia! 1986 Ducati Bevel Twin racer

Ducati_BOTT_2

Today’s eye candy is brought to you by the letter “B” and the number “2.” That would be “B” as in Battle and “2” as in Twins. Straight from the The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) website: “The Battle of Twins concept was born in the late 1980s as modern Superbike racing became increasingly dominated by inline four-cylinder machines. BoT racing kept alive the thunderous roar of twin-cylinder machines from British, European and American manufacturers.” Indeed the BOT concept has provided some very interesting racing across many different manufacturers (you do remember the HD entry “Lucifer’s Hammer” don’t you?), and was the proving ground of some great riders. This particular bike was prepared for Jimmy Adamo – a racer we sadly lost in 1993 at the Daytona 200. Fortunately the machinery lives on, which brings us to this gorgeously prepared Ducati racebike.

Ducati_BOTT_9

1986 Ducati racer ex Jimmy Adamo for sale

Ducati_BOTT_5

From the seller:
This amazing Ducati Mille BOTT racer has quite a history. Legendary Ducati tuner Reno Leoni built this machine for the late Jimmy Adamo to replace the Daspa-framed machine that he had been campaigning for many years. Using a rare, limited production endurance frame & swing arm, Tecnomagnesio wheels, a Double System air shock, Marzicchi M1Rs, and the team’s seriously modified ’86 Mille engine, the machine was tested by Adamo – but he elected to stay with the Daspa package.

Ducati_BOTT_4

Reno Leoni is a tuner with racing in his blood. He has worked with Jimmy Adamo, Mike Baldwin and Freddie Spencer just to name a few. He started his career back with NSU before becoming involved with Ducati and Moto Guzzi. If there is speed to be had, Reno could always find it; hit bikes had the highest trap speeds at Daytona year after year. This looks to be a pretty interesting piece of history. Toss out the history, and this looks to be one very cool Ducati bevel racer with excellent pedigree. Check it out here, and don’t get too lost in the pictures!

MI

Mama Mia!  1986 Ducati Bevel Twin racer
Ducati June 19, 2013 posted by

Is it Oktoberfest yet? 1983 Ducati 900 MHR in Germany

900MHR_14

Located in Cologne, Germany is this 650 mile example of a 1983 Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood replica. The seller tells a pretty good story (in two languages, no less), and I have lifted his text directly. There are plenty of photos and a couple of videos to help move this tale along. Enjoy!

900MHR_9

900MHR_4

From the seller:
The DUCATI was driven only 650 miles in dry weather and undervery accurate observance of the running-in recommendations. The DUC had been handled very carefully and always was stored in a warm and good ventilated garage: No rust, best condition of varnished and metallic surfaces, of plastic- and rubber-parts. Therefore the machine is in an absolute top state and has masterfully passed the German TÜV (Technical inspection agency) check without slightest flaw: TÜV safety standards authority till May, 2015.

From the seller:
History: December 1983: Collection of the MHR from dealer in Cologne / June 1984: The first registration / September 1984: 1,000-km inspection (at 1,010 km) / December 1985: Cancellation of registration at 1,034 km / May 1986 Reregistration because of upcoming TÜV appointment and trial trip before TÜV. On this occasion, unfortunately slide on rough asphalt and damage of fairing, headllight, dashboard and speedometer / Cancellation of registration at 1,040 km / Duc was parked in the garage and prepaired for prolonged inactivity.

1988 Repair of the Duc: Assembling with the original fairing windshield and blinkers of the 900 S2, first version / New dashboard with single, more logically arranged LED pilot lights / New speedometer and new BOSCH-headlight / Removable silk screen-marked cover sheet from anodized aluminium.

900MHR_2

900MHR_7

From the seller:
Please, follow: The miles achievement of this DUC is – as given on top – guaranteed only 650 miles (with carried out 1,000-km inspection) and therefore corresponds only to one third of the running-in distance.

The DUCATI was driven by myself only in sunny weather under exact attention to the running-in recommendations of the manual (Warm run phase! Speed! Kind of the load!). He, who does not acquire the DUC as a collector’s item but wants to drive the DUCATI, should drive on exactly in accordance to the running-in values. For safety reason, however, absolutely on new tyres! The reward is pure “Forza Italia”.

900MHR_18

So, while this bike may not be totally stock and free from damage history, it is a low mileage machine that presents very well in its repaired form. The pictures tell a pretty compelling story, and I cannot imagine someone not drooling over something this gorgeous. But then again, there is a catch. Well, there are 30,000 catches. The starting bid for this pristine work of art begins at $30,000 USD. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out (including all of the hi-res photos)!

MI

Ducati June 13, 2013 posted by

Pasta Run! 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport

900SS_1

31 years away from being new, this 1982 Ducati is a classic bike that still looks great. Reported as original paint and sitting just shy of 24,000 miles, this bike offers traditional cafe racer styling with loads of collector bike appeal. With an air cooled, desmo L-twin engine, this model was one of the last of the bevels ahead of the stunning Pantah.

900SS_4

From the seller:
Classic extreme machine! original paint has some body scuffing on the tank and light nicking along the inside edge of the front fender, otherwise for 30 year old paint its awsome! this machine dont look 5 years old!.runs drives like new. prestine collectors bike. near showroom condition.

letting the pics do the talking,,,,,,

900SS_2

This bike is available right now in Massachusetts. Since winter is finally over and the time to ride has come, why not ride something cool and different? This beautiful 900SS certainly fits the bill. Bidders are slowly turning out for this one, with the current bid at $12,600, no reserve in place, and several days left to play. Click the link and check it out here. Good Luck!

MI

Ducati April 29, 2013 posted by

Darwinism? 1978 Ducati 750 Super Sport

Located in Darwin, Australia, this 1978 Ducati 750 Super Sport is looking for a new home. While not the famed green-frame model – nor the desired later year 900cc machine – this bike looks good from the single picture offered by the seller. If you are in the market and know what you want, this could be your opportunity. For North American-based readers, this bike is a long, long way from home.

750_SS

From the seller:

Stored for 7 years, will require fluids flushed and replaced, tyres, battery and general maintenance and servicing as one would expect for any vehicle sitting for this period of time, it gets turned over weekly.

Stainless spokes, Koni shocks, have original shocks. V2 big end, motor is re-sleeved with original bores when rebuilt, the motor was also balanced. Spares include, manual, original aluminium velocity stacks, original rear sets, original air filter canisters, tail light, blinkers, cables, cogs ect. Also included, fibreglass Imola tank and front and rear guard moulds.

These bevel Ducks have become very collectible machines over the last decade, but history and documentation is what will ultimately bring the big bucks from speculators. Not much info on this one other than the picture and a starting bid of $35,000 USD. No takers yet, but things can happen quickly at auction. Check it out here, and let us know what you think.

MI