1979 Ducati 950 F1

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1979 Ducati 950 F1

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled 4-stroke 90-degree V-twin
Ignition: Electronic
Power rating: 90bhp @ 8,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 86mm x 74mm
Displacement: 950cc
Valves: Single overhead cam, driven by shaft and bevel gears, desmodromic valve operation
Fuel system: Two Dell’Orto 40mm carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear Brembo discs
Weight: 425lb
Top speed: 170mph

This modified 900SS is the actual machine raced by World Champion Mike Hailwood in the 1979 Isle of Man TT race. Unable to repeat his 1978 victory, he settled for fifth place after suffering a battery cable problem late in the race. The success of both bike and rider resulted in the production of the “Mike Hailwood Replica,” or MHR, the following year.

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