Return of the Cafe Racers - Ducati MH900E custom creation

Ducati MH900E custom creation

"An instant classic". That statement is such a cliche that's been thrown around and overused so much that it's lost it's effect. Commercials stating that their latest family wagon, all beef patty or teenage vampire flick is an "instant classic" do nothing to help the situation and frankly I tend to avoid…


An instant classic“. That statement is such a cliche that’s been thrown around and overused so much that it’s lost it’s effect. Commercials stating that their latest family wagon, all beef patty or teenage vampire flick is an “instant classic” do nothing to help the situation and frankly I tend to avoid using the phrase altogether. That is until now. The Ducati MH900E was an “instant classic”, there I said it. Everything about the bike from it’s design to the method in which Ducati sold was unique and today it’s no wonder they are already fetching good money. Ducati only made 2000 units of the MH900E and they sold like hot cakes. Many of them went straight into storage or into personal collections so to see a customised one is a rare treat. 

This bike which is number 1434 of 2000. Bike builder and enthusiast Sammy purchased the 2001 Ducati MH900E and owned it for several years, clocking up 11,000 miles on it before deciding it was time to add some personal touches. “I had always loved the MH and I think it is the ultimate modern day Café Racer with its single seat, great exhaust, great sound and aggressive stance. I thought that it had too many little details that made the bike not flow properly, so I started with complete disassembly and drew up a sketch with my own modifications and colour combination”.

Sammy then had the frame, subframe and some of the engine panels covers off to be powder coated black. To balance the rear end he swapped the long stock mufflers for a pair of shortened Staintune axhaust with carbon sleeves, tucking them in nicely beneath the bikes unique tail section. To streamline the body he removed the mirrors from the cowl and added bar end units from Motogadget in Germany. The stock indicators were also replaced with inconspicuous fork leg LEDs to really streamline the bodywork.

Next the bodywork was stripped back and repainted in a naval blue/grey scheme and the original contrasting decals recreated using carbon decals before a full clear coat. The bikes wheels were also given a coat of grey to match the bodywork before being treated to some fresh Dunlop rubber. While the bike was apart the engine was also given a freshen up with new belts and filters and it’ carbs were tuned to suit the new Staintune exhaust system.

“I love the details on the MH and the smooth aluminium pieces on the dash. It’s a true masterpiece. I don’t call myself a bike builder but rather a customiser and take pride in turning goofy looking bikes, like the Kawasaki  650 KLR and turning them into unique pieces of machinery.”

If you love this bike enough to want to own it, go grab your cheque book because you can buy it here.

Can you believe all that lovely polished and details alloy was stock from the factory!

Ducati’s MH900E started out as a sketch by Pierre Terblanche. His design was a homage to Mike Hailwood’s Isle of Man TT winning Ducati 900SS. Unveiled at the ’98 Intermot Show in Germany it received overwhelming great reviews from punters and the media encouraging Ducati to research it’s production further. After surveying interest with customers it was decided to produce a limited run of 2000 units (1000 per year in 2000/2001) offered directly to customers via online sales. Each bike was individually numbered, came with front and rear wheel stands, a commemorative plaque and even a tshirt for the modest price of 15,000 Euro. When online sales were opened it took just 31 minutes for the first 1000 to sell out. The second thousand lasted only weeks before they too were gone in 2001.

Powered by the same ninety degree v-twin found in the 900SS the MH900E boasted 74bhp and was capableof speeds a touch over 220kmh. While it certainly looks amazing the MH900E was also reviewed as a good all round performer adding even more credibility to its name. Good looks, great performance. The MH900E was and will always be an “instant classic”… there I said it again.

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