In our fourth installment this week of November’s 2016’s Ride of the Month nominations, we feature the 2002 Ducati MH900e presented by nominee Steve Biehl. Here is some general information about the motorcycle.
Note: This is not information about the actual motorcycle nominated for November’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the ride itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual motorcycles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
Almost universally hailed as one of the greatest motorcyclists in history, the inspiring and ultimately tragic story of Mike “The Bike” Hailwood is familiar territory to most motorcycle enthusiasts. Hailwood enjoyed virtually unparalleled success over a career that spanned decades, and the 2002 Ducati MH900e was conceived as an homage to the legendary racer. In particular, the bike draws inspiration from his triumphant return to claim victory in the 1978 Isle of Man TT after 11 years away from the sport.
Over the decades, Ducati has earned a sterling reputation among riders and collectors alike. The 2002 MH900e certainly lives up to that reputation, as its performance is pure Ducati in every way. Pairing the air-cooled 904cc V-twin engine used in the popular 900SS with the lower gearing of Ducati’s Monster 900, the MH900e is delightfully torquey and provides a very satisfying snappiness despite its modest power output. The bike is every bit as exceptionally stable and balanced as riders have come to expect from Ducati, and although it has developed a reputation as a collector’s piece, it’s tremendous fun to ride as well.
The MH900e is a thoroughly modern motorcycle, but its styling also takes cues from the Ducati bikes of the ’70s that propelled Hailwood to his memorable late-career heroics. The well-proportioned bike features an abundance of voluptuous curves, accentuated by the beautifully intricate engine suspended from Ducati’s striking red trellis frame. The aesthetic is topped off by seductive high-rise exhausts in the rear and a dashboard that combines a classic white-faced tachometer with a modern digital speedometer display. It’s an appropriate juxtaposition for a bike that aspires to blend past and present.
2002 Ducati MH900e and its Piece of History
With rich ties to one of the premier figures in motorcycle racing history and a limited production run of just 2,000 bikes, the Ducati MH900e became the talk of the motorcycling world almost immediately upon its introduction. The first 1,000 bikes were snatched up within just half an hour of hitting the market, and the remaining units were claimed shortly thereafter. It has understandably remained a fiercely sought-after collector bike in the years since, and as with the racer to whom it pays homage, the MH900e has etched its own indelible mark in motorcycle history.
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