Illustration of Ducati's MH900e.
Bike number 159 of 2000 worldwide production, 2001 model.
The first "internet" bike, was only available thru the Ducati website at midnight at the turn of the century.
Came with a limited edition T-shirt, a commemorative medallion in a case, a Limited Edition Maisto 1:18 Diecast model, the numbered front and back of the shipping crate and a rear stand.
Notes from Ducati.
the MH900evoluzione is a truly hand-built, limited-production motorcycle. In the next two years, only one thousand per year will be crafted. I was originally scheduled for September delivery, but it will probably come later. Bimota was contracted to build the bikes, but they are currently undergoing a restruccturing and a new schedule has not been released.
The production schedule will allow for delivery to begin in 2000. True to the original concept, the Pierre Terblanche design is "neo-classical," focusing on the essential elements of traditional motorcycle beauty and clean lines, recalling the renaissance period of Italian and English motorcycle design. Each individual component of the bike is elegant and in harmony with the rest of the machine.
But the bike is also modern, utilising our latest computer controlled engine management system and chassis dynamics data acquired on the World SuperBike circuits. Key to re-creating that feeling of the classic sport bike is allowing the engine to take centre stage. The heart of the MH900e is the Ducati Desmo Twin, an engine design that has defined Ducati since the 70's when a pair of prototype Ducati 750 SuperSports stunned the motorcycle world with first and second places at the Imola race circuit. Completely exposed, the engine seems to float in mid-air, suspending the rest of the bike above it. The signature Ducati Desmo twin cylinder engine, with its inherently narrow profile, low centre of gravity and ample linear power delivery is the ideal design for a motorcycle. Fuel injection and computer-controlled engine management ensure the Desmo twin continues to lead the way. Of course, the distinctive pulse raising exhaust sound, unique to the Ducati Desmo Twin, is standard issue with the MH900e.
Framing the Desmo Twin is the legendary Ducati Trellis frame. Painted in red, and formed in Chrome Moly steel, it has specifications similar to those of the Ducati flagship 996SUPERBIKE, the undisputed "king of the curves." Complimenting the frame is a unique tubular, bridged single-sided swingarm, pivoting directly in the engine. Many have commented that the swingarm itself is a work of art. The trellis frame and swingarm combine to lend a light and airy look to the bike.
Completing the picture is the stunning, curvaceous body. Styling cues are drawn from the original #12 Ducati 900 on display at the Ducati Museum in Bologna Italy, the very same bike that Mike Hailwood piloted to victory in the 1978 Isle of Man TT. Painted in red with silver accents the MH900e reminds us of the race bikes of the period. The eye is encouraged to follow the body's sweeping lines as they emerge out of the narrow front fairing, then slide up and over the original Giugaro logo from the 70's on the fuel tank, then across the solo seat, to finally settle by the abbreviated, sculpted tailpiece.
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