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Discussion in 'Vintage' started by Rob, Mar 21, 2012.
You must be very pleased, I’d imagine?
That's odd because it has a series one seat ? and the fairing looks one piece ? the second batch had a one piece seat with a pad on the hump
What frame number are you? I'm #283. Did you get a build certificate to confirm your build or did you figure that out from Bevel Heaven?
That was my thought, and the tank looked like it might have been the glassfibre cover over the steel tank... I couldn't see the filler. I'm intrigued now.
Not #315 then
I just sold engine 298/ frame 348 and that was later seat and tank
As we all know, in those days at the factory a batch of engines was installed in a batch of frames at random, but individual engine and frame numbers did not precisely correspond; they were within the same series.
After the 200 original first series MHRs made in 1979, the 547 second series MHRs made through 1980 had frame numbers between DM860SS*900201* and *900750*. The engine numbers were between DM860*089900* and *091400* approx. My example has both numbers within the right range for a second series bike built in 1980 (probably autumn). It was registered in the UK in early 1981.
The fairing is the highly impractical one-piece type fitted to all first and second series MHRs. The seat is of the first series type, rarely fitted to second series bikes - currently the solo pad is on the bike, and I have the separate dual seat stored in my garage. The tank is not a Ducati part, but an aluminium alloy replica made by Newton Equipment in the 1990s, with Newton Equipment filler and breather - it's superbly made and a really nice one but could do with a repaint.
The red piggy-back alloy Marzocchi shocks are 1980 parts fitted as OEM to Pantahs at the time, but actually MHRs only had rather cheaper silver non-piggy-back Marzocchis. Should I leave these on, or try to downgrade to standard parts?
[P.S. I am relying on Ian Falloon for this data].
Piggybacks look good, I'd leave them on
Today (Saturday) I got my Hailwood Rep back on the road at last. Luckily the roads were dry and fine. I have done 40 miles so far, but still have to do some running-in of the new bores and bearings. It looks OK, sounds wonderful, and feels great to ride even at half-throttle. Still so it should be great, given that it's cost me a fortune.
Many thanks to Ray Petty and his guys (Max and George) for all their efforts. I have given them a bottle of Barbados rum as a present, to show appreciation. This is George:
You must be delighted, it looks magnificent!
Supernice! Congrats and enjoy...
Looking very nice indeed
For anyone who doesn't have one but is thinking about it heres something to consider. 158mph -not too shabby!
A beauty, congratulations.
Somewhere in my basement I have one of those (but very scruffy) race bike tank/seat units. It came second hand from Sports Motorcycles years ago and needless to say, is reputed to have been taken from one of the Hailwood bikes, as almost everything sold by them for years after was claimed to be! Nevertheless, one never knows!
To you sir only £110,000. And then it's still a replica, not a genuine 1978 piece, and for the racetrack only not the road. I am happy to settle for the one I've got, thanks.
@Pete1950 Art in motion and beats any impressionists canvas works handsdown.
They make a cracking team. That’s a really lovely bike Pete.
Nice bike mister, can I have a go?