"Mike Hailwood 900 evoluzione"
|FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF DUCATI OWNER
|Welcome to the MH900e page. That's right, unfortunately the 998 is no longer mine; I now own the
MH. You may have read a bit about my oil troubles on the 998, and how Ducati purchased the bike
back. I made the hard decision to not chance it again with a rebuild or a different 998, and instead
"reverted" if you will to the 2v 900. And I couldn't be happier. That's not to say the 998 isn't missed,
but things worked out for me and I have to give Kudos to Renato Aime and DNA for making it
The MH900e is a world unto itself.......
|I picked it up at the end of June up at
Ducati Seattle. I wanted to make sure it
didn't get damaged in shipping, so my
brother and I made the trek from Reno and
were on the road for 33 out of 48 hours!
But, Dave Roosevelt up there is such a
class act that the trip was totally worth it.
|The first thing you're thinking is, "What the hell is that? Is it old or new, how fast is it,
how does it handle, how much did it cost?" All in due time my boy!
This is a 2002 MH900e, or "Mike Hailwood 900 Evoluzione". It was a limited edition
bike (I am #1575 of 2,000) sold only over the internet to commemorate Mike Hailwood's
1978 Isle of Man Formula 1 Championship. Customers put in their reservations on the
internet, and then waited a year or more to have them delivered. I fortunately
bypassed that! There were no options or trim levels, just the bike you see here, and
no more will ever be made. About 500 made it to the United States.
|The powerplant is the venerable 900 desmodue air cooled motor. No extra
horsepower was added- it actually has less power, probably due to the unequal
length header on the rear cylinder. Other than that it's a great little powerplant,
more than enough for the street.
|You may be wondering about the suspension, and
how it handles. It has a single sided/single shock
swingarm made specifcally for the bike, and the
front has non-adjustable forks. I don't have any
qualms with it as far as handling goes, the position
is comfortable enough (although the seat is so high
even I have a hard time flat footing it), and it is very
stable. The turn-in is also very quick as are the
transitions left to right. Overall I don't think she
needs any suspension work to make her a good
canyon carver. Track days are another thing, but
then again who wants to take this to a track?
|This is no parts bin bike by any stretch of the imagination though. It has so many pieces that are made specifically
for it- the body obviously, the mufflers, swingarm, sump cover, triple clamp, instrument panel, reservoir covers, and
the list goes on. I could stare at it for hours and still see new details. It truly is a work of art on two wheels. I fear
the day I actually need to order spare parts for it!!!
|The only things I have done to it from stock
(the top picture is completely stock, the day
after I got it home) are:
-Remove the fuel evaporative cannister
-Remove the reflectors
-Add screen to the oil cooler
-And, the most visible mod for the trained
eye is the tail light/reflectors. Small bullet
signals and Corvette tail lens flow perfectly.
|That's all I have planned for now, the bike is great as-is.
For more information about the "coming to be" story of the MH900e, please visit the MH page on Ducati.com.
For more information about Mike "The Bike" Hailwood, visit this link.
|This page is in no way associated with Ducati.com, nor is it an entity of Ducati Motor Holding, S.p.A. All content, information, and views expressed
herein are those of myself and do not reflect those of Ducati or its affiliates. The "DUCATI" logo and "Circle D" are registered trademarks of Ducati
Motor Holding, S.p.A., all other content on this website is copyright 2006, Monster Man Productions.