The Mike Hailwood Replica (MHR) owes its existence to Mike’s legendary Isle of Man TT comeback victory in the 1978 Production Race riding an ex-works NCR bike entered and prepared by Manchester-based Ducati dealer, Sports Motor Cycles.
Out of top-flight bike racing for seven years and away from the Island for eleven, Mike took on and beat the might of the Honda works team to win the Formula 1 TT at record speed. Ducati lost little time in capitalising on this outstanding success, launching a road-going replica the following year.
This was one of the two most important races in the building of the Ducati V-twin legend, along with Paul Smart’s win in the 1972 Imola 200.
Like the race-bike, the MHR was based on the production 900SS, but – inevitably – had much more in common with the latter than the former. Most obvious difference was the full fairing finished in red, green and white, complemented by a glassfibre tank and racing seat. In fact, on the very earliest examples the ‘tank’ hid a steel fuel reservoir, glassfibre being illegal in the UK for tanks. Mechanical changes were confined to lighter wheels, usually by Campagnolo, and improved Brembo brakes, while the MHR’s performance was pretty much the same as that of the 900SS: around 135mph flat-out.
The Hailwood Replica would remain in production through early 1986.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This example is first registered in 1983 900cc production, and has a one-piece fairing, the traditional kick-start crank, black fenders, forward-mounted Brembo brakes and gold tone PBS wheels.
This absolutely original and properly maintained example displays a total of 36,930 Kilometres and provides an opportunity to own one of the most popular Ducati models of its era.
Its extraordinary period styling and subtle upgrades set it apart from other Ducati V-twin models of the period.