Aus­tralian Du­cati spe­cial­ists re­veal replica of Mike the Bike’s 1978 Tt-win­ning 900

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As­tound­ingly ac­cu­rate replica of Mike’s ’78 TT win­ner. Yours for £110k

Fancy liv­ing out those Mike Hailwood fan­tasies? To cel­e­brate 40 years since the great man’s leg­endary TT come­back in the 1978 F1 race, Vee Two are cre­at­ing repli­cas of his Du­cati NCR 900F1. The pro­to­type was un­veiled at the Clas­sic TT and rid­den on a demon­stra­tion lap by Mike’s son, David. The lim­ited pro­duc­tion run will be re­stricted to just a dozen ex­am­ples – as per the bike’s race num­ber – and can be yours for £110,000.

It’s a sig­nif­i­cant wedge of cash, but it buys more than just a copy­cat paint scheme. As CB re­ported back in the

March is­sue, Vee Two have ac­quired the orig­i­nal fac­tory draw­ings and cast­ing pat­terns for the pro­to­type 883cc V-twin used in Hailwood’s racer. Du­cati in­tended for the engine to power their next se­ries of sports bikes, but a wob­bly fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion saw the bevel-drive lay­out pushed out in favour of the cheaper belt-drive de­sign of the Pan­tah. As one of the world’s lead­ing bevel-drive Du­cati spe­cial­ists, Vee Two have been given man­u­fac­tur­ing rights, mean­ing this fi­nal de­vel­op­ment of the bevel unit is avail­able to the pub­lic for first time.

Mak­ing use of 40 years of de­vel­op­ment in de­sign and ma­te­ri­als, the engine is a fully up­dated ver­sion known as ‘Ri­torno’ (Ital­ian for come­back). The ex­tra

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