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Ducati January 26, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e

This Featured Listing is part of the The Edinger Ducati Collection. Thank you for supporting the site, David! -dc

A viral internet sensation, the Ducati MH900e (Mike Hailwood evoluzione) was launched online and sold online – and was an instant hit. Designed by oft-derided South African visionary Pierre Terblanche (also known for the Supermono and 888, as well as the 999 series), the MHe was intended to be a conceptual update to the original Mike Hailwood replica. By all counts Terblance knocked this one out of the park; from all angles – in photos as well as in person – the MHe is an impressive motorcycle. One can get lost all day in the details; from the tank to the abbreviated tail, the waspish waist, the huge shotgun exhausts, the intricacy of the single-sided swing arm to the simplicity of the center-dominated tach – some of the details are clever and downright devilish.

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e

The MHe was built around a standard Pantah-based Supersport engine and transmission. The venerable air-cooled, two valve motor is well known for producing gobs of torque and the sort of wonderful noises you would expect from a Ducati. But with unique touches such as a remodeled oil sump that was designed as a nod to the older style of bevel drive Ducatis and a model-specific oil cooler, the MHe engine stands out as a unique entity and a critical design element of the motorcycle. Throw in some retro touches such as the round, chrome-ringed headlight and you have something very interesting that seems to exist both in the past as well as the present at the same time.

From the seller:
2002 Ducati MH900e
This rare collectable Ducati is 1807 of 2000 and is loaded with goodies. I purchased the bike in 2010. This bike comes with:
The owners’ plaque showing that the bike is number 1807 of 2000, pit bull stand, manual, and 2 keys.

Additionally this bike has a full Ohlins suspension including FG 845 titanium nitride forks specifically calibrated by Kyle Racing. Ohlins shock and Ohlins steering dampener. The upgraded suspension has transformed the bike and it tracks beautifully. ($4,000 + upgrade)

Full Staintune header/exhaust system. This bike was used to spearhead the header development by getting enough MH owners together with a group buy to put deposits on headers, and then a generous MH owner in Australia donated his bike for the R&D. Great improvement in throttle response, sound and looks. ($1,600 upgrade)

Ducati Performance clutch pressure plate (Red) $199
Ducati Performance clutch cover $175
Ducati Performance turn signals $175
Ducati Performance timing belt covers $350
Ducati Performance chrome valve covers $250
Ducati Performance bar end mirrors $250
Cycle Cat adjustable bar risers (way more comfortable)
California Cycleworks 5.1 gallon endurance fuel tank (not the battery tank) $899
Ducati performance bike cover $75

I also have all the original stock parts (except for the rear fender)

Asking Price: $20,000

Contact: David Edinger (Edinger.david@gmail.com) +1-317-908-2573

History clearly shows that the MHe was a success. Offered for sale just after midnight New Year’s day of the year 2000, the entire planned production line sold out before the day was even half out. Over the next couple of years, despite some ramp up and production issues, Ducati eventually built 2000 examples of the model (which was more than expected). Ducati initially planned to farm out production of this hand-built motorcycle to fellow Italian constructor Bimota, but when the Rimini firm fell into bankruptcy Ducati created a new assembly area and started to build the bike themselves. It took a couple of years for all of the MHe models to be produced, but even by late 2002 the fanfare generated by this enthralling machine had not abated.

Today’s Featured Listing is a 2002 MH900e serial number 1807. The year and number place it towards the end of production, but as there were virtually no changes throughout the model run it can be considered the same as an early bike. This particular bike has seen some very tasty upgrades, including a shift to full Ohlins suspension (original bikes had either Paioli or Sachs units in the rear). It also has a very expensive and rare Staintune exhaust, and a litany of Ducati Performance goodies. Nearly all of the stock pieces are available with the bike, so those fearing mods need not fret. Unlike some garage queens this one has been ridden, and shows 7,462 on the clock. The asking price is very much inline with current market values, and given the scarcity of these models interested parties should reach out and connect with David quickly. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2002 Ducati MH900e
Ducati June 18, 2016 posted by

Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098

Ford GT-40’s circa 1970 and this year’s Porsche 991 RSR’s wear the Gulf powder blue and orange to the race on the longest Saturday of the year.  This ’07 Ducati 1098 also has classic Gulf livery, a commemorative  of the 2008 Ducati Endurance Racing Team.

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2007 Ducati 1098 for sale on eBay

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20160618 2007 ducati 1098 gulf dash

Not quite the 1098R prepared for the 24 Hours Moto, even a plain vanilla 1098 is a willing ride.  The Testastretta EVO engine throws 160 hp at the issue, along with 90 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Styling revisions returned the bike to a now-classic Ducati look, along with single-sided swingarm and separate dual exhaust.  Showa provides the fully adjustable forks and monoshock, and Brembo makes the radially mounted monoblock brakes.  The track-oriented LCD dash has multiple logging functions.

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20160618 2007 ducati 1098 gulf right clutch

Built as a show ( not race ) bike and with 9,000 careful miles, this 1098 also has a Werks exhaust, open clutch cover and matching orange levers.  Though it’s missing a few lightweight goodies, the base model was only two thirds the cost of an S.  From the eBay auction:

This your chance to own a very rare Ducati 1098. The design is based off the 1098R Gulf Racing Team Endurance bike. It was built for show-purposes only. This will be a head turner anywhere you take it. Includes WerksUSA exhaust system and other misc upgrades as pictured. This has been a locally owned Utah bike with a clean record and history. It was just recently serviced with new belts, recommended per the Ducati owner manual for under 9k miles.

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20160618 2007 ducati 1098 gulf right front wheel

The two French Ducati dealers who arranged Gulf sponsorship for DERT ran three major endurance races before folding the tent.  Gulf continues to sponsor a wide variety of racing, lately a motorcycle drag team.  The 24 Hours Moto is held in April without much fanfare, but you’ll actually be able to watch most of today’s auto race on cable.  Looking fine in the Gulf colors, the 1098 reviewed widely as too much bike for the road.  But as they say about winning the PowerBall ruining people’s lives, it’d be nice to give it a try…

-donn

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20160618 2007 ducati 1098 gulf left seat

Just in Time for Le Mans – 2007 Ducati 1098
Bimota December 19, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

2004 Bimota VDue L SideThe Bimota VDue was an ambitious project from the start. Of course it incorporated Bimota’s usual jaw-dropping bodwork draped over a stiff, lightweight frame and top-spec suspension components. A 300lb, carbon-fiber dream-machine in patriotic red, white, and green paint. But the real centerpiece was a direct-injected, 500cc two-stroke v-twin of Bimota’s own design, a clean-burning engine that was supposed to save the two-stroke sportbike from extinction.

Instead, it sank the company.

On paper it was the perfect sportbike: featherweight construction, cassette six-speed gearbox, and GP handling. The sophisticated engine management was supposed to allow the normally very smoky two-stroke engine to meet emissions requirements while punching out 110hp and a racebike soundtrack. But that engine is where the trouble began. The bike delivered in the handling department, as you’d expect, but the first batch of bikes was nearly impossible to ride at anything less than full throttle. They were jerky, they hunted, they wouldn’t run smoothly. They seized. Some even ran just fine.

2004 Bimota VDue R Rear

And for a long time, Bimota couldn’t even figure out what was going on: at first, it was thought that there were problems with the new ignition. So bikes went back to the factory to be remapped. Which worked great on individual bikes, but maps wouldn’t work when used on different bikes. Then it was thought that manufacturing differences were causing issues with the port-heights. So the barrels were then replaced, but that didn’t really sort the problem either. And by then, it was all over for Bimota…

2004 Bimota VDue Rear

The potential was obviously still there, and Piero Caronni, one of the engineers originally involved with the bike, continued to develop the VDue after the company folded, fitting a set of carburetors to replace the injection system and selling the bike as a track-only machine. This was obviously not an ideal fix, but his Evoluzione at least ran, even if it wasn’t road-legal.

The problem was traced, years later to something completely unrelated to either the ignition or the barrels: aluminum porosity and casting issues in the engine cases were ultimately determined to be the root of the poor performance, and new castings are available, if you want to turn your display-piece into a runner.

From the original Craigslist post: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

It is time for me to let go one of my V-Due Evoluzione II. Still NEW with only 10 manufactured test miles, No gas in the tank, Battery not hooked up but will prep for the buyer. Not a single imperfection. Comes with new US MSO! You will be the first owner!

This bike is not like any other V-Due that bankrupted Bimota for its defect. You can ride this bike reliably. Not more than 22 2004 Evoluzione 04 and only one is still NEW. The new release of new and improved V-Due were not plan to be street legal, this one is.

The Evo 04 is equipped with much improved DFI (Direct Fuel Injection) and not the cheap carburetor version. Exoticness

Cost me big bucks to bring one here especially that US MSO. Looking to get $32K or trade for something mint and rare.

Less than 500 of these little jewels exist and the seller’s asking price for what he claims is a rideable motorcycle seems pretty much par for the course. I’d like to say that this 10-mile example is unusual, but many have spent more time on display than on the road. That’s a tragedy, but at least they make very nice display pieces: the VDue really is a gorgeous motorcycle, one of the best-looking bikes of the era. Fortunately, with a bit of work, it could also be one of the best-riding bikes of any era…

-tad

2004 Bimota VDue L Front

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale
Mondial February 23, 2015 posted by

Unobtanium Alert! Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!

mondial black 1

pieggablue1

Here are two (2!) of the ultra rare Mondial Piega models, both from the same seller.

For anyone not familiar with these bikes from previous RSBFS posts, FB Mondial was a small motorcycle manufacturer that had racing success in the 1940’s and 50’s but couldn’t translate that success into a long term successful business model.  Mondial produced highly successful race bikes, many with the distinctive Dustbin fairings.  These bikes are considered to be some of the most beautiful bikes ever made and are now highly valued by collectors.  For example, the 1957 Mondial 125cc Grand Prix DOHC ‘Dustbin’ pictured below was recently offered for sale by Bonhams for over 110,000 USD (click the pic for more details).

1957 Mondial 125, Bonhams auction

Mondial Racebike

The Monidal bikes were so successful and so highly regarded that back in the 50’s Soichiro Honda himself approached Mondial about purchasing their 125cc race bikes to help his company get up to speed (no pun intended).  When Honda won the 125cc and 250cc championships in 1961 the badges said Honda but the technology was Mondial.  FYI – This is why today, when you enter Honda’s museum at its race track at Motegi, Japan, the first bike you see on display is a 125 Mondial.

By the mid 1960’s Mondial was starting to struggle and in an interesting reversal, the company worked out an agreement with Honda to offer their bikes with Honda power. The Mondial brand continued on until the late 1970’s but eventually it shutdown and fell into disuse.

In 2000, entrepreneur Roberto Zileti bought the dormant Mondial name from the original owner family and using his considerable wealth had a new Mondial designed.  The new bike was designed to compete in World Superbike racing and was to be powered by a Suzuki TL1000 V-twin engine but just before it was due to be launched Suzuki withdrew.  Ziletti then managed to convince Honda to supply the reborn Mondial with Honda SP-1 engines and the new Mondial Piega was born.

piega tank

While European bikes designed around Japanese engines have been known to promise more than they deliver (Im looking at you, Bimota), the Piega isn’t one of those.  Mondial’s engine modifications were small, consisting of a new intake and exhaust system and a reworking of the fuel injection mapping which bumped out the power a bit.  The major change was to weight; due to the extensive use of carbon-fiber,, the Piega is 45lb lighter than the SP-1.

Reviewers were quite enthusiastic over the bike, stating:

“the bike also feels faster than the latest Honda SP and the handling is at least as good. The SP-1 felt awkward and at times unstable with an especially flighty front end. The Piega is better, with great stability.”

“The main development rider for the Piega was a 250cc race champion and it shows in the results…the Piega somehow manages to feel like a much smaller machine…it can be flicked into a corner and re-positioned mid-turn.  Also the very high quality race-based suspension gives the bike a tactile quality.”

“You don’t have to ride the Piega fast to savor the sensations it offers, because it’s enormously rewarding at most speeds, but when you do it responds with a top-level ability. Of course the bike is also great to look at in its traditional blue and silver livery, although the combination of hard edges and curves occasionally clashes and the droop of the tail plate unit detracts from the bike’s aggression.”

2003? Blue and White Piega for sale on ebay UK

Here is the first one, a year isnt specified but it looks to be one of the early edition bikes, possibly a 2003.  Mileage is listed as Zero/new.  Asking price is 17,000 GBP which comes out to about 26,000 USD.

mondial 1 front

modial 1 side

While normally I am wary anytime someone says Zero/o miles for a bike, this one does look absolutely clean.  NOTE:  There have also been comments on previous RSBFS Piega posts that 11 of these bikes were “taken” by employees who didn’t receive their paychecks after the company went bankrupt and that these are considered stolen.


Now here is the second one, an EF/Finale Edition version in lovely black and carbon fiber.

mondial black 1

2008? Mondial Piega EF/Final Edition

piega black side 2

The build history on the Final Edition/EF versions is a bit vague and the only info I can find is a brief mention of them being launched in 2008.   It seems like the EF version was produced out of Piega backstock with different carbon based bodywork similar to that from the Mondial GP bike.   The seller indicates this 1 of 10 EF versions which may account for its higher asking price of 22,500 GBP/35,000 USD.

modianl black back

Now, the question is, what are these bikes worth?  The Mondial Piega is certainly a rare sportbike based on the listed production numbers and finding one let alone two in brand new condition is pretty amazing.  Even so, I think the price for these may be a bit high.  Previous postings on RSBFS  went for quite a bit less than the asking price but those posts were for US bikes, the bikes weren’t 0 miles bikes and occurred while the financial crisis was still ongoing.  Perhaps someone can work out a package deal for both…?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Note:  This seller appears to have quite a few high end bikes for sale, including a Bimota VDue Evoluzione, which is the upgraded version equipped with carburetors.

Unobtanium Alert!  Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!
Ducati May 7, 2013 posted by

Zero Mile Hailwood: 2001 Ducati MH900e Evoluzione

Graphic Warning! The bike depicted in the pictures that follow has NEVER been ridden. The seller claims it never had fluids, has zero miles and has never been started. If you can deal with that type of motorcycle abuse, read on.

2001 Ducati MH900e For Sale on eBay

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The Ducati MHe (Mike Hailwood evoluzione) is one of those love it / hate it kind of bikes. So many of them were purchased with no intention of being ridden. This is one of those many bikes. With a production run of 2000 units, the MHe was unique in styling as well as the sales model: the bike sold via the internet and all build slots sold out in a single day.

MHe_4

From the seller:


2001 Ducati MH900evoluzione MH900
RARE
NEVER BEEN RIDDEN OR STARTED
SHOWROOM PIECE
#164 OF ONLY 2000 PRODUCED
HAND BUILT
NEVER FILLED WITH FLUIDS
2-KEYS
ORIGINAL BATTERIES
OWNER’S MANUALS
ORIGINAL DUCATI PLAQUE
MATCHING RED STAND

This 2001 Ducati MH900E is impeccable and extraordinary both mechanically, and cosmetically. This collectors bike is a rare piece of art; an absolute showstopper in excellent condition. With a master mechanics attention to every detail, this bike was built to be beautiful, ridable and, dependable. Extraordinary attention was paid to every detail of design and construction.

The original owner of this rare superbike never filled it with fluids or rode it; the rear tire still has the original sticker too! This bike has been an exquisite piece of showroom art from day one that was displayed in his living room for guests to admire!

MHe_6

Zero mile anything brings big bucks these days. So if you are thinking about giving this one a new home, bring your wallet. This particular bike is being sold by a dealer in Texas, and the current bid is over the $20k mark in relatively serious bidding. Doesn’t look like there is any reserve at this stage, so if you have been looking for an MHe then this might be your best chance at a “new” one. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check out the tons of high-res pictures. Good Luck!!

MHe_2

MI

Ducati March 26, 2013 posted by

Blimey! 2000 Ducati MH 900 Evoluzione with 2000 miles in the U.K.

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Born of the internet at the turn of the century, the Ducati MH900e was a revolutionary bike and sales concept. Offered in limited numbers via the internet only and sold out in a single day, the bike offered a modern outlook on the earlier Mike Hailwood tribute machines. This is a very unique motorcycle, and prices have been on the rise for many years.

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This particular bike has what you would expect from a collector; low miles and a Termi exhaust (check out those welds!). It looks pretty; find a room and park it. Other than that, what do you do with this type of artwork? It’s not really a track day bike (although likely performs adequately), it is certainly not a touring rig, and while fully capable in the sportbike role why wouldn’t you utlize a less rare, less expensive mount for your canyon fun? This bike seems to exist in between two worlds, without being fully in either.

MHe_4

From the seller:
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A VERY COLLECTABLE DUCATI
DUCATI MH 900 EVOLUZIONE DONE 0NLY 2000 MILES
COMES WITH A FULL TERMIGNONI EXHAUST SYSTEM APPROX COST $3500 PLUS STANDARD EXHAUSTS
BIKE COVER AND STAND
ALL BOOKS AND KEYS
LTD EDITION PLAQUE
A TRULY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE READY FOR ANY COLLECTION
PX WELCOME
THE BIKE IS IN THE UK
I CAN HELP WITH SHIPPING AT CUSTOMER COST

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This MHe is located in the UK, which may be a bit far for our US-based readers. The price might be a bit of a roadblock as well – the seller is looking for a full $21,000 OBO for this example. Click the link to check out all of the pictures and details. This is a great looking example of a great looking bike – and possibly a great investment for somebody. Good Luck!

MI

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale March 10, 2011 posted by

Italian Connection: Rare bike collection for sale in Italy!

For Sale: Ducati TT1 F1 NCR 900ss 998R NCR Evoluzione 888 916 Honda 250GP CBX RC45 Lambretta

RSBFS was recently contacted by an Italian entreprenuer who was putting his collection of rare racebikes and streetbikes up for sale. And what a collection! Above witness a Honda 250 GP racer (left) as prepped by HRC and ridden by Stefano Caracchi, a Ducati 888 NCR Superbike (middle) also raced by Stefano Caracchi, and a Ducati 916 that won the 1995 San Marino GP in Monza with Pier Francesco Chili aboard! And that is just the start of this amazing private museum.

If you like the racebike them but are more intereseted in street legal machinery, then how about this flawless Honda RC45 – better known as a RVF750R to some. Developed by Honda as a homologation bike to qualify for the Superbike World Championship, the European versions were good for a reported 118 horsepower!

If Ducati is more your speed (pun intended), how about this NCR Ducati 998R. According to the seller, this bike was the number 1 996R. It was used by Ducati for internal testing and media events. It was then sent to NCR, and was transformed into the original and unique 998R NCR Evoluzione.

What collection would be complete without the iconic Ducati 900ss? This particular bevel twin was prepped by NCR specifically for endurance racing and includes bigger valves, bigger carbs, a Conti silencer and Campagnolo alloy wheels.

According to the seller, only 7 of these Ducati TT1 F1 NCR exist! These were first produced for Mike Hailwood, and the initial 2 bikes were delivered directly to Hailwood (to commemorate his Isle of Man TT victory and the World title). This particular bike is the third one built by NCR.

In a collection of this caliber, this CBX looks positively pedestrian – although it is certainly a rare and desirable bike. This bike just does not quite have the same racing history as the others in the collection. It is in fully original condition and looks perfect.

And if all of the above beasts are too much bike for you, then here is a wonderful little Lambretta Innocenti Li125. This 4-speed scooter was introduced as a 1959 model.

From the seller:
My business activities require my full commitment and I have very little time to dedicate to my passion and to take care of my unique collection. In addition, my family does not share my same passion for motorsports and has other interests. Therefore, in order to avoid the risk of having to witness the slow but inexorable decline of my “creatures”, I have decided to sell my collection. I hope that you will take care of my “precious” masterpieces.

Contacts:
Tel. +39 0731 245999
Mobile +39 348 3962712 (only in italian)
mail: rossano.compagnucci@compagnucci.it

For more information and tons of pictures of these fabulous bikes, please visit the seller’s website (available in both Italian and English). Good luck to the seller – these beautiful bikes certainly deserve a good home. If you are interested in any of the bikes you see here, please contact the seller at the above address and tell him you saw it on RSBFS!

MI

Ducati January 20, 2011 posted by

Seeing Double: TWO Ducati MH900e zero mile bikes!

For Sale: 2002 Ducati MH900e with zero miles!

OK Ducati fans: What we have here is not one but TWO ’02 Ducati MH900e limited edition collector bikes. The interesting thing is that these bikes are from different sellers and not part of the same collection, yet both are in pristine, un-ridden condition.

For those of you not in the know, the MH900e (as in Mike Hailwood, 900cc Evoluzione) was a major marketing coup for Ducati. Shared with the waiting public in tantilizing web photos, the MHE was sold exclusively via the internet. These limited edition sculptures sold out faster than you can say “I want one.”

The first bike comes to us from Michigan, and has a reported single (one) mile.

From the seller:
New never started stored in heated building. #1931 comes with plack, stand, hand book, and spair keys.Buyer is responsable for shipping.

Pricing for this bike is currently at $10,255, with the reserve BIN price set at $15,000. Notes in the auction indicate that the reserve is in the $13k range. To view the auction, . Good Luck!

The second bike is located in Arizona, and looks to be in equally good condition. This bike has a reported zero miles.

From the seller:
Up for auction, is this mint Ducati MH900e, number 1666 of 2000, with 0 miles. It has been garaged in a smoke-free environment since arrival from Europe. This bike comes with the medallion in a case, rear stand, owner’s manual, rear signal lights, and the tool kit. These bikes rarely come up for auction. This bike needs nothing but a new owner.

This motorcycle was hand-built. These motorcycles began production in 2001 and ended in 2002. Only 2,000 of these bikes were built. Orders started to be taken, solely online, on January 1, 2000. Within 31 minutes, all 2,000 bikes were spoken for. Customers who put in their reservations on the internet then waited a year or more to have them delivered.

The first “internet” bike was only available through the Ducati website at midnight at the turn of the century. Designed by Pierre Terblanche in 1998 on a passionate impulse, the MH900e was built to celebrate the legendary Ducati racer Mike Hailwood.

Time Magazine placed this very limited production motorcycle among the ten best examples of design for the year 2000.

The pricing on this second bike is similar to the first. The bidding starts at $10k, with the reserve in place. The BIN price is set at $16,000. To jump to the auction, .

Good luck to both sellers. If you are in the market for a MH900e, this is your golden opportunity!

MI