Ducati 916: review, history, specs

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Ducati 916
Manufacturer
Also called 916 Strada, 916 SPS, 916 SP, 916 Senna, 916 Biposto
Production 1994 - 1999
Class Sport Bike
Predecessor Ducati 888
Successor Ducati 996
Engine
liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin, DOHC, desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder
Bore / Stroke 94.0mm x 94.0mm
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Top Speed 155 mph (250 km/h)
Horsepower 109.03 HP (81.3 KW) @ 9000RPM
Torque 65.65 ft/lbs (89.0 Nm) @ 7000RPM
Spark Plug NGK DR9EA '94-98
Battery YUASA YB16AL-A2 '94-98
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed, manual
Final Drive: chain
Final Drive Chain: 520x94
Front Sprocket 15T
Rear Sprocket 36T
Suspension Front: 43mm Showa adjustable upside-down fork
Rear: adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage
Brakes Front: dual 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear: single 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/50 ZR17
Wheelbase 55.51 inches (1410 mm)
Length 82.52 inches (2096 mm)
Width 27.2 inches (691 mm)
Seat Height 31.1 inches (790 mm)
Weight 418.88 pounds (190.0 Kg) (dry), 198.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-153[1]
Fuel Capacity 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters)
Manuals Service Manual


The Ducati 916 was a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin, DOHC, desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder Sport Bike motorcycle produced by Ducati between 1994 and 1999. It could reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Max torque was 65.65 ft/lbs (89.0 Nm) @ 7000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 109.03 HP (81.3 KW) @ 9000 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin, DOHC, desmodromic 4 valves per cylinder. A 94.0mm bore x 94.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 916.0 cubic centimeters.

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 6-speed, manual transmission.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 120/70 ZR17 front tire and a 190/50 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers in the front and a single 220mm disc, 2-piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 43mm Showa adjustable upside-down fork while the rear was equipped with a adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage. The 916 was fitted with a 4.49 Gallon (17.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 418.88 pounds (190.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 55.51 inches (1410 mm) long.

The Ducati 916 is a motorcycle produced by Ducati from 1994 to 1998.

Intro[edit]

Sporting a 114 hp four-stroke V-twin motor, the Ducati 916 changed the design of superbikes and sport bikes alike forever. The model is included in the Discovery Channel's "Greatest Motorbikes Ever".[2]

First released in 1994 (very limited number released in 1993), the Ducati 916 was admired because of its epochally new design and outstanding technical features. Designed by Massimo Tamburini and his team at the Cagiva Research Center in San Marino, the 916 was a water-cooled version of the 888 that allowed for higher output levels, combined with a striking new bodywork that featured aggressive lines.

Design of the Ducati 916 was a balance between function and form:

The single-sided swingarm was beautiful, but designed to make wheel changes faster during races.


The underseat exhausts improve aerodynamic performance, and resultantly gave very clean lines Carl Fogarty and Troy Corser showed the world what a magnificent motorcycle the 916 was upon its release, by sweeping the World Superbike titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996, with Fogarty being the winner in 1994 and 1995.


1994 Ducati 916[edit]

1994 Ducati 916 Strada

1995 Ducati 916[edit]


The Ducati 916 has, at its heart, a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 916cc, 90-degree V-Twin desmodromic engine that was paired to a six-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 109 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque.

Also, this powerful machine comes with features such as a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear, a 43mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork, an adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage in the rear, three-spoked, cast-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, a single seat, a full-fairing with a windscreen and clip-on handlebars.


1996 Ducati 916 Senna[edit]

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The 1996 MY Ducati 916 Senna is a limited edition motorcycle, which was approved for pre-production only a couple of months prior to the passing of legendary Brazilian F1 racer, Ayrton Senna. This machine combines the engine from the base 916 with the chassis of the 916SP, to make for a well-mannered but agile two-wheeler. In addition, it has a black and grey paint scheme, red wheels, and has been fitted with a carbon-fiber front fender, clutch cover, chain guard and exhaust pipe insulating panel.


1996 Ducati 916[edit]

The 1996 MY Ducati 916 has fittings such as a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear, a 43mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork, an adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage in the rear, three-spoked, cast-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, a single seat, a full-fairing with a windscreen and clip-on handlebars.

In the engine department it sports a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected, 916cc, 90-degree V-Twin powerplant paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a chain final drive, and can produce a claimed 109 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque.


1997 Ducati 916[edit]

The 1997 MY Ducati 916 boasts a maximum power output of 109 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque from its liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected, 916cc, 90-degree V-Twin powerplant that was paired to a six-speed manual transmission with a chain final drive.

In addition, it has features such as a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear, a 43mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork, an adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage in the rear, three-spoked, cast-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, a single seat, a full-fairing with a windscreen and clip-on handlebars.


1998 Ducati 916[edit]


  • Supposedly only 50 SPS's were ever brought into the U.S.

The Italian engineers from Bologna have launched the 1998 MY Ducati 916 for those riders who want a well-mannered sportbike for everyday use, but is also capable of putting a smile on the riders face with every twist of the throttle. It comes with a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear, a 43mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork, an adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage in the rear, three-spoked, cast-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, a single seat, a full-fairing with a windscreen and clip-on handlebars.

In the engine department it is powered by a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 916cc, 90-degree V-Twin desmodromic engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and can produce a claimed 109 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque.


1999 Ducati 916[edit]

The 1999 MY Ducati 916 is powered by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 916c, 90-degree V-Twin desmodromic powerplant, paired to a six-speed manual transmission, that can reach a maximum power output of 109 horsepower and 90 Nm of torque.

Also, this machine has fittings such as a Brembo braking system with dual front discs and a single disc in the rear, a 43mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork, an adjustable monoshock with progressive linkage in the rear, three-spoked, cast-aluminum wheels, dual headlights, a single seat, a full-fairing with a windscreen and clip-on handlebars.


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References[edit]

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019. 
  2. Greatest Motorbikes Ever. Discovery Channel.