1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853*
Lot 376
1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS
Registration no. R638 WKU Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853*
Sold for £ 14,375 (US$ 20,045) inc. premium

Lot Details
1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853* 1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821 Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853*
1998 Ducati 996cc 916SPS
Registration no. R638 WKU
Frame no. ZDMH100AAVB000821
Engine no. ZDM916W4*000853*
• Present owner since 1998
• Less than 4,000 miles
• Marchesini magnesium alloy wheels
• Termignoni race silencers

When the World Super Bikes began in 1988, Ducati were well placed to be competitive in the series, building on the previous successes of Marco Lucchinelli. They eventually took the WSB title in 1990, ushering in an era of success for Carl Fogarty in the nineties. Racing success fed through to sales of road bikes patterned on the racers of the period, and the models changed almost as quickly as the racers.

The Ducati four-valve era began with the 851 and 888 models, alongside a range of unfaired road models. The 888 eventually gave way to the 916 in 1994. Designed by the great Massimo Tamburini, the 916 redefined motorcycle handling, looks, and overall performance. The engine was similar to its forerunner, the 888, and initially of 916cc capacity, but the chassis was completely different, being of stiffer and stronger construction and featuring a single-sided swinging arm for the first time on a Ducati. Tremendous power, coupled with the Showa suspension front and rear, and its massive Brembo disc brakes with four-pot callipers on the front, it was hard to beat. The first model was the 916 Strada, which was joined by the 916SP (Sport Production) then the 916BP (Biposto). Then, in 1997 came the 916SPS (Sport Production Special), a limited edition homologation version with larger 996cc capacity, cast iron fully floating discs, Ohlins rear suspension, carbon fibre fairing and parts. The SPS featured a number of engine and mechanical updates and improvements, including different camshafts, crankshaft, conrods, and a lighter frame, all of which resulted in a boost to the power output.

R638 WKU was purchased by the vendor in July 1998, when a mere 6 months old, and it has formed part of his small private collection. This machine is number 211 of the 250 built. Since acquiring the machine, the vendor has used it most years, but for very limited mileages only, and consequently it has not yet recorded 4,000 miles. In approximately 1999 the owner purchased the Marchesini magnesium alloy wheels, the Termignoni carbon fibre racing silencers, plus the carbon fibre air tubes, airbox, and rear suspension shrouds. All the original wheels and parts will accompany the SPS when it is sold. During the present ownership the vendor advises us that the bike has been regularly serviced, and was fitted with new cam belts in 2016.

Documentation comprises a current V5C, an old V5, some expired MoT certificates, sundry invoices, the original Owner's Manual and service booklet, and a Ducati brochure.

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