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Know Your History: 1983 Mike Hailwood Replica MHR for Sale

1983 Ducati MHR R Side

If this machine looks vaguely familiar, it should: our banner image at this site includes the silhouette of Mike Hailwood’s original race bike, the machine he used to win the 1978 Isle of Man TT.

1983 Ducati MHR L Side Tank

Born Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood ranks up there with Agostini as one of the all-time motorcycling greats. He won multiple world titles during a ten-year career that stretched between 1957 and 1968, riding for Honda and MV Agusta. After retiring from motorcycle racing, he moved on to Formula 1 in the early 1970’s, once of very few to make that transition successfully.

In 1978, he returned to motorcycle racing at the Isle of Man TT, then and now the most dangerous event in the world, riding an unlikely machine from Ducati. Against all odds, he won, and cemented his place in Ducati’s racing history.

1983 Ducati MHR L Side Rear

He also got a bike named after him: the MHR or “Mike Hailwood Replica” bikes were basically full-fairings slapped on a largely-stock 900SS. Powered by the “square-case” version of Ducat’s 864cc v-twin and making about 72hp, the bike could hit almost 140mph. Although a cosmetic update to a long-in-the-tooth product at the time it was conceived, these have become very collectable.

1983 Ducati MHR R Side Detail

This particular example is no garage-queen and has covered a tick over 14,000 miles. To me, this is a good thing: nice bikes deserve to be ridden, instead of being condemned to slow decay in a museum or in someone’s garage under a tarp.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Mike Hailwood Replica MHR

This is a Japanese edition built in late 1983 and purchased by a US military employee in Tokyo in 1984. We purchased from him last year. This is arguably one of the nicest 83 Hailwoods on the planet. Runs as nice as it looks. Comes with all paperwork and repair records back to the purchase from Muriyama Motors in Tokyo.

Tank and all bodywork in outstanding shape. Beautiful paint. All bright work looks incredible ( see photos).

New this year: Pirellis front and rear, new brakes, new cush drives, new battery hold down, tank hold down, battery tray. New rebuild on the rear master cylinder. New fuel lines (correct green) and clamps. New alternator harness. New steering head bearings. New turn signals. Petcocks reworked. Carbs looked over at Ducati Phoenix. The carbs were rebuilt by the Woods Bros in Cal in an earlier workup. Conti pipes.  All services just completed EFX clipons installed. Have original ones. This bike has the optional factory big cams.

There has been no engine work except for looking over and dialing in the carbs, oil change (Castrol GTX) and alternator harness replacement.  Factory seal on the cases still intact. We have put only 30 kilometers on the bike in the last 14 mos.

The seller also includes several videos of the bike, including a walkaround and a ride-by.

1983 Ducati MHR L Side Detail

Interestingly, the paint on the MHR was not intended to mimic the Italian flag. It was patterned after primary sponsor Castrol’s corporate color scheme. There are still several days left on this auction, and this looks to be a great bike for someone who wants to ride their acquisition!


1983 Ducati MHR L Side

1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica Mille

This bike should be at least a bit familiar to anyone visiting CSBFS.  Take a look at the top of the page.  See that sticker-encrusted bike above “Classic Sport Bikes For Sale”?  The silhouette should look similar to the bike shown here: it’s the Ducati race bike used by Mike “The Bike” Hailwood to win the 1978 Isle of Man TT.

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood is considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers ever to turn a wheel.  With a career in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and in Formula One, he’s also one of very few people to participate at the top level of competition in both disciplines.

Between 1957 and 1968, he rode for both Honda and MV Agusta, winning multiple world titles in various Grand Prix classes. He retired from motorcycle racing in 1968 and raced cars in Formula One until 1974, when he was injured in a racing accident.

In 1978, after 11 years away from competitive motorcycle racing, he returned to the Isle of Man TT where he managed a sensational win on what many considered an uncompetitive machine from a small, quirky manufacturer.

The MHR bikes, designed to celebrate Mike Hailwood’s TT win, were really a cosmetic upgrade to the 900SS that had become a bit dated.

While Mike won on an 864cc race bike assembled on a shoestring budget by NCR, the heart of the bike shown here is the later square-case, desmo V-Twin (or “L-Twin” if you want to get picky) bored out a bit to earn the “Mille” moniker.

From the seller:

Up for auction is a 1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica Mille. This is a very clean motorcycle that I am selling for my Dad who is selling his collection. He is the second owner of this one and it has 924 Kilometers (574 Miles) on the odometer.

This is the exact bike pictured on page 121 in Ian Falloons book titled “Original Ducati Sport & Super Sport”. The condition is fantastic and does come with a free and clear title.

1985 Ducati Hailwood Replica For Sale on eBay

The ad doesn’t have a ton of detail, but I’d expect most people shopping for these are familiar with the history of this model, and the photos are clear and numerous.  Interestingly, most of the MHR bikes have a dual exhaust, and this one appears to have a single pipe on the left side

Also note the sight-glass on the rear cylinder.  I actually want to own a bevel-drive Ducati just so I can install one of these: it lets you see the spring-less desmodromic valvetrain in all its glory.

The “Buy It Now” price is set at $24k and there are still a few days to snap this bike up.  A classic race replica with the looks of a competition machine and proven mechanicals, these represent a very rideable investment.


Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica

Traditionally motorcycles have been given numbers as names, like Triumph’s T100,or BMW’s R69S.  Later they were given names to celebrate accomplishments or victory like land speed racing at Bonneville, or race circuits like Thruxton. As the riders became the stars, factories started to sell the public replica bikes of their favorite riders.

One of the best known Rider Replicas is the 1979-1985 MHR by Ducati. It was a celebration of Mike “The Bike” Hailwood and his return to motorcycle racing. Before retiring in 1968, Mike had won 9 World Championships, 76 Grand Prix and 14 Isle of Man Tourist Trophies. He had been awarded the British Empire Medal and The George Medal for bravery when pulling a fellow competitor out of a burning vehicle. But he was not given the honor of the replica for his resume; he was immortalized for returning after 11 years off the bike and winning at the Isle of Man.

The bike known as the MHR has an . 40mm Dellorto PHM feed air and fuel in to 864cc by way of 86mm x 74.4 mm bore/stroke, 9.5:1 CR gives 80hp at 7500rpm turning the Desmodromic valve. 5 speeds gives a top speed of 133.5 mph with a ¼ mile time of 12.5 sec at 109mph. The fairing covers an open skeletal frame which used the engine as a stress member.

Bonham’s has one going across their auction block on April 24th in Stafford England.

From the catalogue

This early example has covered 75,568 miles from new. Described by the vendor as in generally excellent original condition and said to run well, the machine is offered with Swansea V5.


There is another one is advertised for sale in Stowmarket, offers a few more pictures, and a few more words

A lovely example of this early MHR, 21300 miles with one owner for the last 26 years, stainless steel Conti’s, just been through our workshop and had new tyres, battery, carb rebuilds balance, oil filter and it will be sold with a years MOT so all ready to go for a hot summers riding. (we live in hope)