"Vee Two Hailwood"
Last year we were approached
by John Keogh Design and Vee Two Australia with the idea
of producing twelve ‘true’ copies of Mike’s
famous 1978 TT winning bike. Twelve because that was the
number on the bike, and because there has never been a ‘true’
copy made, as it was when Mike crossed the winning line.
There have been ‘replicas’ and ‘tributes’
but never a true copy, so this sounded exciting.
Vee Two Australia are specialist engineers
in this field and now own the rights to the original NCR
engine. So with their expertise, John Keogh’s persistence
for the correctness of each and every detail, and the help
and guidance of the man that made it all happen in the first
place, Steve Wynne, we were very happy to co-operate with
The first bike will be launched at this year’s
Isle of Man, Classic Races on Saturday 25th August. It is
planned that Dave will ride the new bike in a tribute lap,
which will also include the amazing John McGuinness riding
Mike’s orginal bike. So it’s going to be a truly
It will be a real tribute for this 40th Anniversary
of Mike’s legendary win. The Hailwood family, Steve
Wynne, and many of those who were present in 1978 will be
there to make more magic, and with various events organised
over the weekend, it sounds like one not to be missed. We
look forward to seeing you there.
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NOTES: Based directly upon
Ducati NCR 900 F1 1978 as modified by NCR and Sports Motorcycles
Manchester, in turn based on the NCR Endurance racer developed
in conjunction with Ducati R&D (Franco Farne)
1978 TT: Formula 1 3rd June 6 laps of 37 ¾ mile
Time racing: 2 hrs 5 mins 10.2 sec (av. Speed of 108.51mph)
Fastest lap: 110.62mph average.
Bodywork – Vee Two Hailwood 900F1 replica bodywork
in glass-fibre identical to as raced by Mike at the 1978
Windscreen – Hailwood replica ER screen by ZeroGravity
Paint – Genuine Sports Motorcycles ‘Castrol’
scheme with all original’s decals supplied by Obermann
Wheels and Tyres – front: 18” x 2. 50”,
rear: 18” x 3.5”. Campagnolo replicas by Marvic.
Tyres are Dunlop – 120/70 front, treaded, 130/55 rear,
Suspension and Brakes – Front: Marzocchi 38mm forks
originally supplied on the NCR Ducati, with Brembo callipers
operated by Brembo RCS 19 master cylinder. Rear: Girling
“black” “gas-shock” twin shocks
and P34 twin piston caliper.
Electronics – individual points and condensers on
each cylinder as per 1978 race bike.
“VEE TWO HAILWOOD” – Technical Specification
Engine: Air-cooled sohc desmodromic 90-degree V-twin four-stroke
with two valves per cylinder and bevel-gear camshaft drive
Dimensions: 88 x 74.4 mm VeeTwo forged pistons and rings.
Capacity: 905 cc
Output: 89 bhp at 8,500 rpm (at rear wheel)
Compression ratio: 11: 1
Carburation: 2 x 40 mm Dell’Orto PHM
Ignition: Individual Points and condensers each Cylinder
Gearbox: Vee Two 5-speed Close Ratio
Clutch: Vee Two Dry Multi-plate
Chassis: Tubular steel open cradle DASPA replica spaceframe
with engine as semi-stressed member.
Front: 38 mm Marzocchi telescopic fork
Rear: Tubular steel swingarm with 2 x Girling-replica gas
Head angle/trail: 25 degrees/99 mm
Wheelbase: 1450 mm
Weight: 163 kg with oil, no fuel
Front: 2 x 280mm Brembo cast-iron discs with 2 x two-piston
forged aluminium Brembo calipers
Rear: 1 x 280mm Brembo cast-iron disc with two-piston Brembo
Front: 120/70-18 Dunlop on 2.50 Marvic Campagnolo replica
Rear: 130/55-18 Dunlop slick on 3.50 in. Marvic Campagnolo
replica 5 spoke.
Manufacturer: Engine: Vee Two Australia, P.O. Box 296,
Nannup, Western Australia 6275 Chassis & Bodywork: Vee
Two USA, Van Nuys CA 91406 +1 818 781 8123
Europe: John Keogh +44 7531 468221 email@example.com
USA: Paul Taylor, Vee Two USA +1 818 781 8123 firstname.lastname@example.org
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