DU­CATI SCRAM­BLER BE­COMES MIKE’S BIKE

Du­cati Thai­land join Hail­wood fam­ily to cre­ate lim­ited edi­tion

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ben Purvis

his Du­cati Scram­bler has been built by Du­cati Thai­land as a trib­ute to the leg­endary racer Mike Hail­wood, with his son David on hand to see the first ex­am­ple of just 58 be­ing built.

The Hail­wood spe­cial edi­tion has been built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Hail­wood fam­ily and cel­e­brates 58 years since the first time Mike ‘The Bike’ Hail­wood rode for Du­cati; hence just 58 ex­am­ples be­ing built.

The most strik­ing part of the bike is the Hail­wood trib­ute paint scheme

Twhich is based on that of the Du­cati 900SS Hail­wood rode to a fa­mous vic­tory on his re­turn to road rac­ing at the Isle of Man TT in 1978. The of­fi­cial lim­ited-edi­tion model costs 699,000 Thai Bhat, which would equate to a fairly painful £14,029 if it were avail­able in the UK – which it isn’t. MCN un­der­stands that around half the 58-bike pro­duc­tion run has al­ready been sold, and it’s set to join pre­vi­ous Mike Hail­wood repli­cas as an in­stant col­lec­tor’s item.

While the price tag is de­cid­edly strong when com­pared to a stan­dard Scram­bler, there have been a de­cent raft of changes to the bike, in­clud­ing new cast al­loy gold painted wheels, an Öh­lins rear shock, Ter­mignoni ex­haust sys­tem, cus­tom sin­gle seat unit, LED in­di­ca­tors, new Pirelli An­gel GT tyres, a cus­tom head­light cowl­ing and var­i­ous other Du­cati Per­for­mance parts. The Hail­wood Scram­bler Hail­wood also boasts a beau­ti­ful paint job that pays homage to the one on his 1978 Du­cati 900SS, the bike that saw him make a stun­ning re­turn to the Isle of Man, and to claim vic­tory against all ex­pec­ta­tion. It’s one of the most fa­mous come­back rides of all time, and the Steve Wynned Sports Mo­tor Cy­cles 900SS be­came an in­stant icon, spawn­ing an of­fi­cial 900SS Mike Hail­wood Replica. You can see more about this spe­cial edi­tion at www.scram­bler­hail­wood.com.

‘The spe­cial edi­tion cel­e­brates 58 years since Mike ‘The Bike’ Hail­wood first rode for Du­cati’

All aboard Par­rish’s dou­ble-decker racer Hail­wood’s widow Pauline and son David (cen­tre left) were in­volved with the Du­cati Thai­land project Ex­pect to see the pro­duc­tion CRF250 Rally later this year

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