1986 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica
Mike “the bike” Hailwood had retired from racing for several years and the Isle of Man for over a decade when he returned in 1978 to a rapturous welcome, taking the ex-works NCR Ducati to an astonishing Formula 1 TT race victory. Ducati took no time in developing a Mike Hailwood Replica, developed by in-house designer, Fabio Taglioni.
Like the racebike that inspired it, the MHR was based on the 900SS, it differed with a full fairing finished in the Italian patriotic colors of red, green and white, shrouding a red frame, tank and racing tailpiece. Mechanical changes were lighter wheels, usually by Campagnolo, and improved Brembo brakes. Performance was that of the 900SS at 135mph.
However, Ducati production was in freefall in the early 1980s with vastly superior riding machines coming in from Japan. In 1981 they produced a little shy of 7,000 bikes, but by 1984, that had dropped to less than 2,000. The issue was compounded by a change in ownership of the marque. All these factors make Ducatis of this era quite a rarity.
The motorbike offered
The 1986 Ducati 1000 Mike Hailwood Replica offered here was purchased originally in the ultimate year of production for display in an Italian bike display in a Texas museum. With no more than push kilometers on the odometer, it changed ownership to a Bend, Oregon collector, again for static display. The bike then changed hands again a few years later to our vendor, now with only 16km on the clock. After issues registering the bike for the first time, he set about having it fully re-commissioned, including the spark and fuel systems, as well as all cycle parts. Brakes were overhauled, tires were replaced, suspension was gone through, carbs were rebuilt, and the battery was replaced. The bike runs on gorgeous Conti pipes. The original tires accompany the sale, as do original side panels and various spare parts.
Now, with only 2042 kms (1,266 miles) on the odometer, this investment grade preservation-class Ducati is available to its next custodian’s collection.