Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cool Bike -1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica

Seen at the Vintage Show at Biker Rags, this immaculate 1983 Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica reminded me of the first time I saw one in 1984 at the AMA Roadraces at Mid Ohio. These bikes were built by Ducati as a tribute to Ducati Racer Mike Hailwood, and are coveted by Ducati collectors

George first found this bike on E-bay years ago, only to let it be won by another bidder who was willing to dig deeper in his pockets. So the bike went from nearby Virginia to a new owner in Oregon. A few years later the same bike came up for auction again, and this time George made sure he had the correct change. Of course now he had the added expense of getting the bike across country! The message here:#1 Don't give up on that ride you want. #2 Sometimes its cheaper to pay more.

The only non-stock parts on the bike are a set of Conti Exhaust and a clear site glass in the head that lets you see the bevel drive camshafts.  If you are a "Gear head" yourself, you can't help but love that. As you can see in the picture the bike won its class at the show. Cool Ride George!

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