SPORTS MOTORCYCLES set to make competitive return to the mountain course at the 2017 Classic TT presented by Bennetts
39 years since the legendary Mike Hailwood won the Formula One TT, the iconic Sports Motorcycles Ducati team are set to return to the Isle of Man in August this year where they will contest the Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts with Chris Swallow...
Read the full article on the official Isle of Man TT website.
As a special tribute for Mike Hailwood’s 60th anniversary of his first race at Castle Combe in the UK, the Sports Motorcycles team bikes will be run at the event this coming 8th and 9th of JulyThis may well be that last time the bikes will ever be seen or run as they are now in a private collection [...]
Two unrelated incidents at Phillip Island last week with Ducati Pantah bikes have confirmed our fears. Too many riders are using the old plastic Oil Sight Glasses which crack and ultimately fail. At Phillip Island, the degradation of two such glasses was so severe that they actually fell out - unfortunately not an uncommon event.In [...]
I've had a lot of questions recently about our Sports Motorcycles Spondon as it's quite a rare beast, so I thought I'd write up some technical points of interest. FRAMESPECIFICATIONSCOOLING SYSTEM MODIFICATIONSThe alloy beam frame was manufactured by Spondon Engineering in Derbyshire - which is no longer in business as such. After the brilliant engineer Bob Stevenson died [...]
Now a huge global event, World Ducati Week (also known simply as WDW) began in 1998 as a factory publicity event. And I was there at the very first one with my extra special bike, Bitsa ('Bitsa this & Bitsa that'!).And so was Massimo Bordi! Massimo Bordi is known as the architect of the 4-valve [...]
Photo-Shoot Time! Sports Motorcycles Pre-89 Junior 750 - sporting this year's new graphics and weighing in at 127kg - no fuel.Sports Motorcycles Pre-89 Senior Unlimited - Spondon Chassis from 1988. This was one of two prototypes made for evaluation by Steve Wynne before the full batch was produced by Spondon engineers. Weighs in at 170kg [...]
(from an article written by Alan Cathcart and printed in Motorcycle Classics, 2009)Thirty-one years ago, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood stunned the motorcycling world when he emerged from 11 years of self-imposed retirement to win the Formula One TT at the Isle of Man on a specially prepared 883cc Ducati V-twin. A week later he rode to victory at Mallory [...]
Review of the new SPORTS VALVE by Mitch Mulligan from Australia. Mitch rides a Ducati TT2 and can often be found racing round Sydney Motorsport Park."I finally found a solution to the front end patter issue that plagues many older bikes at Eastern Creek / Sydney Motorsports park. Sports Valves have given me the control [...]
Mike Hailwood’s iconic and legendary F1 World Championship win on the Sports Motorcycles Ducati brought Steve’s Sports Motorcycles to the the attention of the world and boosted Ducati sales, as they went on to produce a staggering 7,500 Hailwood Replicas.But there were also many Sports Motorcycles success stories with world class riders and events over [...]
A new low-cost, high-tech solution to the shortcomings of damper-rod forks is finally available.The ‘Sports Valve’ from Sports Motorcycles Ltd, transforms the dynamic performance of classic damper rod forks without affecting their outward appearance.This system allows fully adjustable control of both compression and rebound damping performed by simple external access. A low mechanical skill requirement also means they can [...]