This morning I found myself doing my own thing Car scrolls on a regular website when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. At first glance, it seemed that people were offering a wooden cage to Bring a Trailer for $ 35,000. Then he hit me, this is not just a cage. Behind these wooden walls is an unassembled 2002 Ducati MH900e, one of the hottest Ducati ever released.
Ducati is known for creating functional pieces of art and choosing just one better a strenuous exercise. Some Ducati fans point to the 916 as the most beautiful of the manufacturer. Others may throw the Panigale V4 out there. But if you want your heart to melt, a Ducati stands above all: the MH900e.
Here, let me make your heart jump like someone madly in love:
Now that I have your attention, you are probably wondering why this early machine seems to have sprung up in time since the 1970s.
The MH900e began its life as a sketch presented at the Internet Motorcycle Exhibition (INTERMOT) in 1998. As mentionted from Silodrome, designer Pierre Terblanche was inspired by the 900SS that led to the victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1978. This racing bike was ridden in an unexpected victory by none other than Mike Hailwood, a famous runner who had retired from mainstream racing for 11 years at the time. The MH900e pays homage to Hailwood 900SS and does it with impeccable style.
Ducati decided to measure its interest in the motorcycle by posting a questionnaire on its website. Remember, it was in the late 1990’s when Internet users heard the great sounds of modems over the phone and heard “you have mail!” just got on the internet. A questionnaire then was something different.
The public loved the MH900e and wanted its own, so Ducati decided to put the bike into production, limiting it to just 2,000 units. In another departure from the rule, the MH900e was also sold online through the Ducati website. Orders were placed live on January 1, 2000, one minute after midnight. Despite being in its infancy on the Internet, the bike ran out in just 31 minutes.
One of them was packed in a cage and shipped to Rockville Harley-Davidson in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
If you’re wondering how a new Ducati ends up in a Harley dealership, you are not alone. The dealership is part of the Battley Cycles, which includes BMW and Ducati.
The motorcycle has been left in its crate and unsold ever since. Looking at the photos in the Bring a Trailer registrationthis MH900e is still covered with the plastic with which it was wrapped in the factory.
Buried somewhere in this crate is an air-cooled Ducati 904cc 90-degree L-twin. This engine is good for 74 hp and 56 lb-ft of torque. It is screwed to a pergola frame that uses the engine as stress. The registration says that this motorcycle has not been prepared for delivery in any way. In fact, the mileage on the odometer is not even known since no one bothered to turn it on.
If the buyer ever chooses to open the box and build the motorcycle, he will first find what appears to be a small friction damage to the paint.
That would be nothing compared to dealing with a 20-year-old idle engine. You will be dealing with all kinds of old rubber, from belts to all kinds of seals and hoses. And hopefully the engine itself is not stuck.
The MH900 Evoluzione cost about $ 18,000 when it was new or $ 30,829 today. A 1,400 mile MH900e sold by the seller this month was available $ 41,000 while one for sale with just 2 miles $ 43,224. The price to get another new one in his cage? At the moment it is $ 35,000 with six days for the Bring a Trailer.