1992 2012 Ducati Sports Motorcycles 900cc TT944 (see text) For Sale by Auction
Hand-built with the blessing of Steve Wynne
Certificate of Authenticity confirming it as no. 1
Road legal Whilst Grands Prix were being taken over by Japanese two-strokes, Ducati had discovered their niche in larger capacity Formula and endurance races. Famously, with Mike Hailwood on board, Steve Wynne's Sports Motorcycles team took the 1978 Formula I Championship. Under Steve Wynne, Sports Motorcycles had graduated from dealers in modern motorcycles, particularly Italian ones, to become sponsors and race preparation specialists during the 1970s. In later years, Steve had utilised the skills of Glyn Robinson, a talented engineer from Yorkshire to solve some of the many problems inherent in motorcycle racing. Among his many skills was that of making race-type frames to house Ducati's wonderful engines. In 2012, Glyn decided to make a complete bike to showcase all the TT1/TT2 products that he, with the blessing and assistance of Steve Wynne, was producing under the Sports Motorcycles banner for use in classic racing. He made the frame from 4130 chrome-moly tubing, the total weight of frame and swinging arm being 11kg. A 900SS engine was obtained, and construction was started. Period Marzocchi magnesium forks were used; the petrol tank was made in alloy; brakes are AP Lockheed billet calipers, with adjustable master cylinder; wheels are 17-inch Dymags. The engine was later completely rebuilt by Paul Klatkiewicz of Ducati Technical Services in Wakefield. The rear cylinder head was reversed, new 41mm Dell'Orto carburettors were fitted, as was a new Spider clutch. A big-bore, free-flow stainless steel exhaust system was tailor-made for the bike. The machine was commissioned by the present owner, who has kept it since completion. A certificate of authenticity, signed by Steve Wynne and Glyn, accompanies the machine, verifying it as number 1. However, soon afterwards, Glyn decided to move his operation to New Zealand to join his mentor Steve Wynne, and whilst the Sports Motorcycles components are still manufactured, no more complete machines have been made. Since delivery, the TT has covered only approximately 58 test miles, and was last started in 2017. The owner now has decided to pass the machine to another enthusiast, as he wishes to pursue other projects. A new owner should only need to fit a battery, carry out light re-commissioning, basic safety checks, and obtain a new MoT before taking to the road. Documentation with the machine comprises a current V5C, two old MoT certificates, the aforementioned Certificate of Authenticity, a bill for the engine rebuild, a scan of a Classic Bike article, and a copy of Practical Sportsbikes magazine featuring this bike. Prospective purchasers should note that the year of the machine listed on the V5C is 1992, this being the year of the donor bike.
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.
Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am
Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am
In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.
Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.
Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register using the 'Message the seller' button.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASED LOTS
Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.
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