Not from the seventies but an achingly beautiful and collectable motorcycling milestone all the same. It is not just a pretty face either as its race record of three consecutive World Superbike Championships titles confirms.
In 1994 Ducati rocked the sports bike world with the 916 and it instantly became a motorcycling masterpiece. Styling was sexy and dramatic and the detail, such as single sided swinging arm and under seat exhaust, was exotic and desirable. Over twenty years later the desire grows again.
In addition to the increase in engine capacity from 916cc to 996cc with bigger valves and a stronger crankshaft there were many new features introduced such as lighter Marchesini 5 spoke wheels, uprated intake system with two injectors and redesigned airbox, fully adjustable suspension, an improved Brembo braking system and improved electrics.
"Ducati’s 996, the successor to the illustrious 916, may not be as famous or mentioned as often as it’s celebrated father, but it is actually a far better machine. It is the true connoisseurs’ choice with the owning experience to match its blue chip price"
Motorcycle News - March 2017
As an S model this one is significantly lighter than standard and has more power and torque. Amongst its many upgrades includes Ohlins rear suspension, Gold nitrided forks, adjustable steering yoke, aluminium subframe and a larger Termignoni exhaust system.