Words & Photography: JPMedia P/L
Mike Soderland restored this 1982 Ducati MHR after the bike was offered along with cash to pay for restoration of the owner’s other bike.
Sound too good to be true? Well, apparently the MHR was quite the basket case originally and is a restoration from the ground up, with a true collector’s touch behind the work done – returning the bike to pristine condition while staying as close to stock as possible.
Featuring the 864cc stock Desmo bevel drive V-Twin engine, which Mike had to rebuild himself, the 1982 model also benefits from 40mm Dellorto carburettors and exhales through genuine Conti mufflers.
The frame is stock and remains the iconic red – a major consideration for Mike, who felt this amazing machine should display as much of the frame and engine as possible, “I wanted to show off the carbon bodywork, so I knew it would really stand out over the red frame.” Mike explains.
“The idea is that you have your original Hailwood bodywork but don’t want to get it stone chipped.
“But you want to enjoy your bike, so you have this spare set of bodywork for everyday riding, while the originals go on the bike for Concourse time – show days.”
The new bodywork is impressive, including a carbon-fibre supersport fairing, carbon-fibre Imola 22L tank and carbon-fibre supersport side covers, solo tail unit and mudguards.
The paint was taken care of by Crow’s Custom paint, while Dan Murdoch of MotoGraphix took care of the decals. The gold is certainly an eye-catching detail over the magnificent carbon-fibre.
The front forks are the stock 38mm Marzocchis, while the shocks have been upgraded with Ikon offerings – which Gowanloch Ducati stock for a variety of models. Brembo takes care of the braking with 280mm rotors front and rear. P08 Brembo callipers do the stopping in subtle style.
Stock wheels in the original gold also maintain the appearance and are Foundry Pedrini Siena offerings, of the alloy variety –replacing the magnesium wheels on the earlier models, which proved too fragile. Avon AM26 100/90x18 tyres take care of traction.
Mike got a bit cagey about the hours that went into this project exclaiming, “Who cares, it’s a labour of love!” Hard to argue with that…
If he had to do it again Mike would consider going for spoked wheels but is looking towards the future now, “It’s time to move onto the next bike, this is an addiction remember and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
ENGINE: 964cc Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
WEIGHT: 202kg dry
FRAME: Trellis frame
BODYWORK: Supersport Carbon Fibre, original MHR fairings.
SUSPENSION: Marzocchi 38mm forks, Ikon rear shocks
BRAKES: Brembo P08 callipers, 280mm rotors