The Ducati brand has long been known to be a top contender in the motorcycle industry. With names like the PS1000LE and the Monster, Ducati is constantly creating classic after classic and you can add one more to that list: the Ducati 916.
Behind the Brand
Ducati had been producing classic motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters for decades before the introduction of the Ducati 916. Given the success of so many of its different models, it’s not likely to stop any time soon.
The 916 was designed to contend with Japanese superbikes and their massive horsepower, high speeds, and affordability. Great though these Japanese and German manufacturers may be, however, their vehicles weren’t always known for their reliability. The 916 was.
Reliable Handling at Massive Speeds
One of the qualities most ruinous to a superbike’s reputation is it’s handling, namely on sharp corners. Why, you ask? Because racers don’t enjoy crashing their multi-thousand-dollar rides face first into concrete barriers when arriving at a sharp turn.
Not only was the 916 capable of turning on a dime, but the technical specifications also gave it incredible power, even if albeit slightly less than its competitors of the time.
A One of a Kind Classic
Proceeding the Ducati 888 in 1994 and preceding the Ducati 996 in 1998, the Ducati 916 superbike only lasted in production for a total of five years, with Ducati only producing one generation. Of course, somebody will always argue that the 996 was the next generation of the 916.
- Ducati 916 (1994-1998)
Inside of a reinforced, steel, tubular trellis frame, the Ducati 916 held a massive 916cc, 90-degree, V-twin, desmodromic engine with four valves per cylinder, an electronic fuel injection (EFI) system, and a liquid-coolant array.
62 pounds per foot of torque along with 114 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and a relatively light (in comparison to other professional racing superbikes) total wet weight of only 429 pounds, the Ducati 916 was capable of dominating opponents on street tracks, though not so much on straight-aways.
The Ducati 916 in the News
In July of 2019, Ducati released its 25th Anniversario edition of the Ducati 916, and so far reviewers and collectors are going crazy for it. While by no means the same as the 916 in status, the 25th Anniversario edition is not without its own bells and whistles.
Popular Both in Cliques of Riders and Clicks of the Remote
The Ducati 916 is not just a cult icon. It is perhaps one of Ducati’s most beloved classics produced since the ‘70s, being seen as so cool and so hot that it was used in about 18 films and TV shows, including Beverly Hills 90210.
When it comes to anything with a Desmodromic engine, finding a social group is a piece of cake. Take a look at the Ducati Owners-Club group on Facebook. It has almost three and a half thousand members!
The Ducati 916 – King of the Corners
Five years, that’s all it took. Five years in production to go from another motorcycle by Ducati to one of Ducati’s greatest achievements of all time. So, if you ever get the chance to drive one of these bad boys, you better say yes if you know what’s good for you!