2001 Ducati MHe900
Lot 338
2001 Ducati MH900e
Frame no. ZDM1LA3N31B000299
Sold for US$ 18,400 inc. premium

Lot Details
2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900 2001 Ducati MHe900
2001 Ducati MH900e

Frame no. ZDM1LA3N31B000299

• Number 62 of 2000 built

Concept bikes rarely make it to production. When Ducati's controversial chief designer Pierre Terblanche came up with a showbike homage to Mike 'The Bike' Hailwood's 1978 Isle of Man TT-winning Ducati, he knew it would be a lightning rod in terms of reaction. "The people it's aimed at understand it, and I don't care about the ones who don't," he told the press. The bike was a combination of old and new: Retro-looking half-fairing and 75bhp air-cooled motor with faux finned oil sump to recall the SS models of the 1970s, but equipped with monster brakes, zoomy tailsection, upside-down forks, single-sided swingarm and wide, sticky tires.

Well, enough people understood the MH900e – for Mike Hailwood evoluzione – that it was put into limited production. Sales were undertaken in a unique way. To make sure everybody who wanted one had a fair shot at buying it, the Hailwood replica was sold on the Internet, straight from the factory, no waiting lists, no dealer markups. Offered at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000, the first 1000 sold out within hours, prompting Ducati to double the production run. Deposit down, buyers then waited a year, sometimes more, for their bikes to be built and delivered. Of the 2000 constructed, it's believed that approximately 500 were sent to America.

This MH900e, part of the Guy Webster Collection, has covered less than 5,000 miles since new. Tasteful deviations from 100% stock include removal of the rear turnsignal assembly, with the lenses now cleverly relocated to the faux muffler tips, fitment of a dry-clutch kit, and the addition of polished cam-drive covers with cutouts to allow a view of the belts and cogs whirring away inside – much like the accessory inspection windows often seen on old SS bevel-drive towers.
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