1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665

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Lot 117
1995 Ducati 916
Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665

US$ 7,000 - 9,000
£ 5,300 - 6,900
Amended
1995 Ducati 916
Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
Occasionally a bike comes along that changes the rules. Back in 1994 that bike was the then-brand-new Ducati 916. Cycle World magazine called the Duc, "The most sensational bike to appear so far this decade," then added, "It balances stunning looks with performance and handling that is nothing less than breathtaking." In their retrospective of motorcycling in the 1990s, Motorcyclist magazine put it even better: "1994 – Ducati 916 debuts. Did anything else happen that year?"

Ducati's liquid-cooled, eight-valve Desmoquattro 888 V-twin had been around for six years and had won four World Superbike championships, but on the street it was Japanese inline-fours that ruled the sportbike roost. With its enlarged motor and stronger torque band, the 916 was an even better performer than its predecessors, and its trademark steel-trellis fame with alloy single-sided swingarm imbued the bike with pinpoint handling. On the track another four World Superbike titles fell to the 916, but it was the bike's strikingly good looks that really captured the riding public's imagination. Styled by the late Massimo Tamburini, the 916 and its subsequent evolutions established Ducati as a leading player in the sportbike category.

This particular 916 is one of the desirable 'Varese' models. In fact, back in 1995 when the 916 was meeting its deserved commercial success, and the production line was as busy as ever, a fire in the paint shop unfortunately slowed down the production drastically. To solve that problem, Ducati relocated some of its production to the Cagiva-owned MV Agusta factory in Varese. There about 2,663 916 were assembled, mostly by hand. The bike has been kept in a climate controlled environment ever since it was in the vendor's possession and has always been maintained to a riding-ready condition.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is SB8S000748.
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1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
1995 Ducati 916 Frame no. ZDM1SB8S3SV000665
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