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Ducati 851 S3 Strada

DUCATI 851 / 888

Article #11, 3 May by Harné Heuvelman

The Ducati F1 to be the ultimate of the Pantah engines and was at the limit of the technical possibilities of a per cylinder and air-cooled engine. it was a great bike with handling, the power output was at a low level, especially for racing As a true racing company, started thinking about a modern engine design could be at the forefront of the modern racing class.

Gianluigi started working on a double camshaft four-valve per cyilinder cyilinder head in 1986. The was the 748 I.E. racer of the same It used modified Pantah and a modified TT1 frame and was enlisted in the Bol 24 Hours race at Paul France in September 1986, by Marco Lucchinelli .

Although not the successful Ducati racer (it with a broken con-rod a lot of knowledge was gathered with the 748 and the bike evolved to the 851 of 1987. redesigned cylinder heads, a crankcases and power output now 120 bhp at 10,500 rpm. With a mostly similar to that of the 748 I.E. . Lucchinelli rode the 851 to at Daytona’s Battle of the Twins in

The experiment had proved to be successful and decided to enter the World Championship with the 851 in 1988. At its debut on April 3, at Donington Lucchinelli won the race! Much of were made during first Superbike season and the was in sight.

However, due to financial problems, could not enter the last two of the season and Lucchinelli finished 5th

Ducati had to homologate the 851 for the Superbike in 1988 and so the 851 Superbike Kit was introduced to the The engine was a tuned down of the racer, using Pantah as a basis. The frame was derived the Ducati F1 (as the racer shared features with the TT1 ).

In true style this too was a limited uncompromised ‘racer for the road’, as the 750 Sport . 900 Super Sport . Hailwood Replica and the F1 were Many components came from the paddock, like 17 inch magnesium wheels and floating Brembo P4.32B

A second model was introduces the 851 Strada . Although many were shared with the 851 Kit . the Strada had 16 inch Marvic/Akront wheels fitted but without any to the geometry of the frame. The result was a poor handling bike, compared to the Superbike Kit . Only 300 Strada ’s were in 1988.

With Ducati now at full ‘… mode’ in the Superbike Championship (SBK) in the 851 Strada received a major with 17 inch Brembo although losing its superb floating discs. In 1990 the received a dual seat a front fork and Öhlins suspension.

The homologation rules of the SBK dictated to sell the 851 Sport Production 2 or 851 SP2 in Although titled 851 the engine displaced 888cc. The SP2 received quality Öhlins suspension, floating Brembo disc 45mm Termignoni exhausts, an rear sub frame and a monoposto

Again, a true racer for the the 851 SP2 may have been uncompromised, it set the standards in 1990 when it to handling an performance.

Meanwhile, eight victories in the 1990 Raymond Roche won the first Superbike Championship title for It soon turned out that would turn out to be the team to in the SBK of 1991 too as Doug Polen was the championship on his Ducati 888 .

1991 saw the of the 851 SP3 . with only minor to the 1990 SP2 . the Termignoni exhausts mounted higher and the Brembo were now black. The engine higher compression pistons and air was now forced.

While both the SBK racers and the Sport Production already had 888cc, the 851 Strada was available in 1992. With a facelift, the 1992 851 Strada had a new seat design (with handles), newly designed pegs, a curved radiator and a steel fuel tank. was now Showa front and rear and the got a ‘Gold Series’ Brembo system.

In the Sport Production ‘department’ two were available in 1992: the 851 SP4 and the 888 Production Special ( SPS ). The 851 SP4 was quite to the 851 SP3 with the same engine but received the same design as the 1992 851 Strada with new pegs, curved radiator and fuel tank. The 888 SPS however was the racer available in 1992. larger valves, higher lift, racing cooling and carbon fibre Termignoni the 888 SPS almost was a 888 Corsa with and mirrors…

Ducati won the 1992 Championship with Doug . but a new talent was recruited: Carl . first with the factory Corse team in 1993. Massimo Tamburini working on the of a completely new bike at the factory, was preparing for a move that change the company forever.

In the 851 began its final year now the title of 888 Strada . although it was the same as the 1992 851 Strada . displacing the extra 37cc. The Sport Production model, the 888 SP5 was mostly based on the 888 SPS and received its performance engine, only a SP4 cooling system, a Showa fork and bronze Brembo Both the 888 SPS and SP5 are extremely rare and the best machines money buy in their days.

In 1994 Ducati was ready to the motorcycle world with a blow; the 916 .  This model not only to be a huge success for but would also dominate styling till today.

The 916 use of the same engine as that of the 888 . with a longer …. The however was a new development, much than that of the F1 derived and with a lower position for the The rear swing arm was single cast aluminium with an chain adjuster in the hub.

Ducati 851 S3 Strada

A damper was mounted vertically the extremely stiff steering and the steel fuel tank.

The further featured double mufflers fitted directly the seat and double specifically head and tail lights. The 916 Strada was only available as and from 1995 on only a dual seat (biposto) The 916 was compact compared to other of the early 90’s.  Not for its striking beauty, but also for its and performance the 916 is regarded as one of the most models, finally earning a for Ducati in the hearts and souls of a public.

Off course, being and foremost a racing company, designed the 916 for the race track. It its first appearance, driven by Fogerty and Giancarlo Falappa in the Superbike Championship in 1994, its first ever race at Ultimately winning the SBK title in its season for Carl Fogerty and the title for Ducati. It also won the Superbike titles in 1995, 1998 and 1999.

Its predecessor, the Testastretta 998 regained the streak in 2001. The 916 Desmoquattro Ducati’s most successful

Designed to take part in the Superbike Championship, the 916 Desmoquattro saw a of homologation versions. The first was the 916 Production ( SP ) of 1994. It featured style twin fuel on each cylinder, larger hotter cams, a 45mm system with Termignoni fibre mufflers and forced to the piston pin.

The rear absorber was Öhlins the front made from carbon and fully floating Brembo brakes. The 1995 916 SP remained but for 1996 the model was titled the 916 SP3 and some minor updates to the

The Desmoquattro engine started out in as the 748 I.E. racer in 1987 and after the 916 made its market Ducati started development of a brother, the 748 Strada . introduced in The same year also saw a version for the Supersport championship in the of the 748 SP . The 748 followed much of the development of its brother and, apart engine displacement, much of the were shared throughout its

In 1997 the engine was further as a 996cc version for the race first making its way to the street on the 916 SPS . like the on the 851 Sport Production it featured a larger engine than the name would Updates included new crankcase lighter crankshaft, larger valves and ports, higher gear ratios, new camshafts and a 50mm exhaust system. output was now at a level of 134 bhp at 10,500

The 1998 model was virtually the apart from some decals.

The 916 Desmoquattro later was as the 996 Desmoquattro in 1999 before the new development was the Testastretta 998 engine, on the 996 R in 2001. The 916 / 996 / 748 family proved to be one of the important in Ducati’s existence and one can see the with the 1098 / 1198 / 848 family of today.

References further reading)

Falloon, Ian ‘Ducati Desmoquattro Superbikes Motorbooks International

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