Styled by the controversial, but undeniably talented Pierre Terblanche, the MH900e used a modern incarnation of their air and oil-cooled, two-valve 904cc L-twin engine, a beautiful trellis frame, and a tubular single-sided swingarm, with quality forks and shock. The look is intended to evoke race-winning NCR Ducatis and the name is a reference to Mike Hailwood, the unlikely winner of the 1978 Isle of Mann TT riding a Ducati. That win spawned the original Mike Hailwood Replica bikes and this represents the spiritual Evoluzione of those machines.
The MH900E was first revealed as a sketch at the Intermot show in Munich in Septeber 1998 and met with rave reviews with the press and public alike. Due to the enthusiastic response Ducati decided to post a questionnaire on their website to get a true idea of the interest in the MH900E and got a positive response from 300 people and decided to put the bike into limited production. Ducati decided on a limited run of 2000 machines and produced 1000 in 2001 and a further 1000 in 2002.
As far as living room objet d’art items go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more striking modern motorcycle. Sure, a classic Vincent or Brough has more polished brass, steampunk detailing, and a retired racebike might have more historic value, but the bodywork on the MH900e really does look both forwards and backwards in the best way possible.
This fantastic example has just been imported from Japan and has covered a mere 5946 kms or 3717 miles from new. The bike is number 0967 of 2000 examples made. Registration is underway and the bike has an MOT certificate valid through 08/01/2018. Otherwise standard the battery has been converted from a double to a single item. There are K & N filters, carbon fibre billet wing mirrors and the wheels have been anodised gold rather than silver.