The "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 project.

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 memorable day.

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.


Best wishes

Pauline & David Hailwood


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Vee Two Hailwwod


Technical Specification

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 course.
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 TT.

Windscreen – Hailwood replica ER screen by ZeroGravity

Paint – Genuine Sports Motorcycles ‘Castrol’ scheme with all original’s decals supplied by Obermann Designs.

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, slick

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 12v battery

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 shocks

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 caliper
Front: 120/70-18 Dunlop on 2.50 Marvic Campagnolo replica 5 spoke.
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

Sales Contact:
Europe: John Keogh +44 7531 468221
USA: Paul Taylor, Vee Two USA +1 818 781 8123


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