NCR unveils Mike Hailwood TT

Limited edition bike commemorates legendary Isle of Man victory

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 03, 2008
Among the many beautiful bikes being unveiled at the 2008 EICMA show in Milan this week is the NCR Mike Hailwood TT.

This custom built motorcycle is based upon the Ducati 900 NCR Mike Hailwood rode in 1978 to win the World Championship at the Isle of Man TT or what NCR refers to as “the most famous motorcycle victory of the millennium”. Since 1967 NCR has been building racing bikes from stock Ducati production motorcycles including the one ridden by Hailwood in 1978.

According to NCR, the titanium frame weighs only 11 lbs contributing to a total curb weight of 299 lbs. The Ducati NCR Only 12 NCR Mike Hailwood TT bikes will be produced, matching the number Hailwood rode under in the 1978 Isle of Man TT.1120cc motor has been upgraded with titanium connecting rods, high compression forged pistons, F1-type crankshaft with a longer stroke, NCR Corse cams, titanium valves, ported heads, lighter gearbox, APTC-NCT dry slipper clutch, racing oil cooler, Wave discs and Brembo pistons, Ohlins shocks, Carbon fiber bodywork, titanium exhaust and NCR Corse EFI and electronics with full mapping capabilities.

While choosing one particular victory as the most famous of the millennium is debatable, the legendary win was Ducati’s first world title. What better way to commemorate that legendary victory 30 years later than to build this bike and have race it once again in next year’s Tourist Trophy race at the Isle of Man?

Only 12 of the special edition bikes will be produced at a price of …wait for it … $130,000.