The numbers are staggering-76 MotoGP wins, 14 victories at the Isle of Man, 10 World Championships-but the most storied of “Mike The Bike” Hailwood’s achievements may be his 1978 victory in the Formula 1 class at the Isle of Man TT. Ending an 11-year absence from motorcycle racing, the 38-year-old Hailwood stunned the world on a Sports Motorcycles Ducati 900TT1 (read about Alan Cathcart’s ride on the 900TT1 in our Aug/Sept 2007 issue).
To commemorate Hailwood’s astounding triumph, NCR of Bologna, Italy has built a dozen motorcycles in tribute. Endorsed by the Estate of Mike Hailwood, and the Isle of Man Dept. of Tourism and Leisure, the individually numbered NCR Mike Hailwood TTs will be delivered at the 2009 Tourist Trophy event. At least one will be entered in competition.
Not a retro bike, the NCR Mike Hailwood TT features such modern exotica as an 11-pound titanium frame, Öhlins MotoGP-based FGR 900 forks, plus carbon fiber bodywork and wheels. Powering the bike is a Ducati-based 1120cc NCR powerplant with a billet crankshaft, and titanium tapped for the connecting rods, valves and exhaust system. A new NCR-EFI Euro 1 engine management system delivers the air/fuel mixture.
The result is a bike claimed to weigh less than 300 pounds, ably propelled by 130 horsepower at 8700 rpm and nearly 100 ft/lbs of torque at 7000 rpm. Given that Hailwood’s TT-winning Ducati produced a mere 87 horsepower, this is certainly a worthy homage.
|PRICE||$ 130,000.00 US|
|WEIGHT||136 Kg (299 lbs).|
|FRAME||NCR titanium frame weight 5 Kg (11 lbs).|
NCR 1120 cc motor has titanium connecting rods carved out of billet,
high compression forged pistons with single piston ring, custom F1 type
crankshaft from billet with longer stroke, NCR CORSE cams, titanium
valves, ported heads, lightened gearbox, custom dry-type slipper clutch
by APTC-NCR, full racing oil cooler, all fasteners in titanium
|POWER||130 Hp at 8,700 RPM – Torque 13.5 Kgm (98 ft-lbs) at 7,000 RPM|
|FRONT BRAKE||300 mm WAVE Braking-NCR, radial Brembo Racing 4 piston monoblock (108mm version).|
|REAR BRAKE||200 mm WAVE Braking-NCR, Brembo Racng 2 piston monoblock.|
FGR 900 pressurized MotoGP fork tuned by NCR. Triple clamps made from
AL 7075 with adjustable offset from 28 to 36 mm in 1 mm increments.
|REAR SUSPENSION||Ohlins dual shock tuned by NCR.|
|EXHAUST SYSTEM||NCR full titanium exhaust.|
|WHEELS||BST-NCR Carbon fiber wheels|
Corse-EFI, EFI Euro 1, NCR Racing Harness with interface with AMI MXL
PISTA display. NCR-EFI system accepts full mapping capabilities along
with Lambda interface for closed loop mapping control.
|FASTENERS||Completely using Poggipolini Titanium.|
|COLORS||Historical Mike Hailwood NCR colors with a pearl base. All air brushed (no stickers).|
rear sets in AL 7075 and titanium, gas cap assembly in titanium,
clip-ons in AL 7075 with titanium tubes, triple clamps from AL 7075
with adjustable offset from 28 to 36 mm, steering damper with billet
mount, billet oil fill cover, front fairing stay in aluminum.
|Notes:||All parts are developed and produced by NCR.Very limited series of 12 motorcycles.|