1982 Ducati MHR — Classic Italian Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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on eBay: 1978 Ducati

Years produced:  1979-1985

produced:  7,169

Claimed  63hp @ 7,400rpm (1982)

Top  130mph (est.)

Engine  864cc desmodromic SOHC air-cooled

Weight (dry):  463lb

Price then:  $6,400

Price now:  $8,000-$20,000

 40-50 (est.)

Hollywood never have written a script. And who knows — with the of The World’s Fastest Indian . might just make the of “Mike the Bike” Hailwood and his Isle of Man TT comeback triumph. If at least the Ducati MHR allows you a little like Hailwood you’re crusing down the

Mike Hailwood, one of the most racers of all time, was effectively out of top-level motorcycle racing in when Honda ended its in GP and then enforced a no-compete in Hailwood’s contract to make he didn’t ride for anyone

So “Mike the Bike” became a car racing in 4-wheeled Formula One for Reg John Surtees and Bruce He quit in 1974 after injuring a foot in a crash at the In 1978, then living in New and bored with retirement, let it be known he might ride

But why would any racing team, the small-time Sports Motor operation based in Manchester, want to hire a superannuated with a gammy foot and a paunch who hadn’t twisted a competitively in 11 years? Good

Read Alan Cathcart’s of road testing Mike original Ducati 900TT1

Michael Bailey Hailwood was in 1940 into a motorcycle His father was a partner in a successful of motorcycle stores and was himself a rider — though he chose to cars instead. Young started on bikes early, and his first race at age 17.

And though his deep pockets meant he lacked for machines to ride, precocious talent was obvious the start. In his first visit to the of Man in 1958, he entered in all four classes: the Ultra-Lightweight (125cc), (250cc), Junior (350cc) and (500cc). His worst finish was in the Senior, and he finished third in the race behind Carlo and Tarquino Provini.

By the end of the season, was British champion in three fourth in the world 250cc and sixth in the 350cc class. won 74 races and set 38 new lap or race records. He was 18 old.

1961 was a banner year. At the of Man he won the 125cc and 250cc races on (Honda’s first-ever Isle of Man then rode a Manx to first place in the 500cc By year’s end he was 250cc World on the Honda four. Hailwood with MV Agusta in 1962, four straight 500cc championships.

Returning to Honda, he won the and 350cc world championships in 1966 and 1967.

But it was probably outstanding success on the Island won him his comeback seat in the 1978 One race. As well as the 1961 hat Hailwood won nine more TT the 1962 Junior; 1963, and 1965 Senior;1966 Lightweight and and in 1967 he swept the Lightweight, and Senior.

The 1978 Isle of Man TT

Hailwood had been away motorcycle racing for 11 years, he was “Mike the Bike,” a living Within hours of the news in 1978 that The Master was to a Ducati on the Island that every room rental and berth was booked. An estimated people — the most ever, and since — would be on the Island to on their hero.

Hailwood was on the row, 50 seconds behind Read. He caught and passed Tom who had also started ahead of and then set off after Read, him on the third lap.

They together, but the Ducati was slower and it wasn’t until Ballacraine, a with a very fast and walls on both sides, Hailwood caught Read this time passing Read’s Honda died to keep up, and he recorded a DNF. It too good to be true: Our hero, from the Great Contest 11 before, returns from the and vanquishes all — on a long-shot steed a solid pedigree and a big heart.

It was an unlikely victory, but the kind never want to bet against.

The Hailwood Replica

In 1978, needed some good Squeezed out of the U.S. market by barriers, the company sold 4,436 machines that Ownership passed from one body to another, and new proprietors VM had little interest in motorcycles.

ruled, and racing was considered an eccentricity. It seems impossible, Ducati’s present business but racing development inside the effectively ceased.

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But that’s not the way. Chief racing Franco Farné teamed up ex-factory race mechanics Nepoti and Rino Caracchi of NCR to create what was effectively a race shop outside the The NCR bikes used little the production 900SS, and were based on the earlier round-case engine.

In NCR trim, weight was down to around 325 pounds, and the made between 90-105hp on capacity and specification.

After modification by Steve Wynne at Motor Cycles, Hailwood’s NCR emerged with Lucas-RITA 11:1 Venolia pistons, cams and a new transmission. The resulting turned the scales at 365 pounds and 87hp at the rear wheel.

So Hailwood’s miracle victory little to the production 900SS of but it formed the basis of the Mike Replica. First shown at the motorcycle show in September the Ducati MHR was mostly a Ducati but fitted with a 1-piece fiberglass gas tank with fill-level stripe and a …-stop Side panels were and the bike wore Hailwood’s colors over a red frame.

the “production” Replica arrived in the glass gas tank had become a cover over a steel and the seat had a removable cowl. The cylinder exhaust was tucked in so to the engine, the header had to come off to the oil level. Minor suspension, and equipment changes differentiated the MHR the 900SS, as did 40mm Dell’Orto and Conti pipes.

Detail occurred from 1980-1982, MHRs wearing side and a 2-piece fairing, and the fragile alloy wheels were with aluminum. By 1982, the MHR was much a 900SS with a gas tank, extra bodywork and carbs.

In 1983, the MHR was updated, as was the with an electric-start engine and a new but the new bikes were heavier and no powerful, so performance was under by the standards of the day. The last of the MHR story was the 1,000cc (actually Mille of 1984, which a big-bore version of the 900cc engine with 90mm bores, a plain-bearing big end and full oil filtration via a spin-on filter.

The final version weighed in at 529 (versus 444 pounds for the first MHR), but with just it was badly outclassed in the performance Production of all the bevel-drive twins with Cagiva’s takeover of in 1985, and the last MHRs out of the factory in early 1986.

Spelvin’s Ducati MHR

George’s MHR is a 1982 model; but like Ducatis of the late government-ownership the specification became something of a target — actual machines necessarily match what was in the brochure. The 1982 MHR should the 2-piece fairing and side which it does. As a Canadian it has the optional Conti mufflers loud for the U.S.) but with side reflectors on the turn

FPS aluminum wheels are correct having replaced the earlier or Campagnolo magnesium alloy

With red and green paint the red frame, and gold wheels, the makes a stunning sight, and if you don’t see it first, the bellow the Conti pipes announces its well in advance.

Riding bevel twin is a unique the riding position is uncompromising, a long reach over the to the clip-ons, and high foot set way back below the solid The cable clutch is he-man but the gear shift is quick and Accelerating through the gears a concerto of sound, the eager of the 40mm open intakes set the boom of the Conti pipes.

Feedback through the firm and rigid frame is direct, and to steering inputs instant, requiring firm pressure.

The loves to lope through sweepers, holding its line in spite of surface imperfections, and remarkably stable in a straight And while its gearing gives it legs, the engine loves to too. Just as well, that booming, on-song sound becomes addictive.

a motorcycle that responds to and assertive piloting, and rewards the with a feeling of being involved. This is a true motorcycle — I’ve never anything else quite it.

Sadly, Hailwood didn’t as long as the bike he gave his to. On March 21, 1981, driving his daughter and son near his home in a truck made an illegal into his path. His daughter, was … instantly. Mike in hospital two days later.

He was 40.


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