Soup :: Test of 2000 Ducati 996

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by heald and friend

Well, it was damn time.

After six of watching the svelte, familiar of Ducati 916/955/996s storming to in races around the world, I got the opportunity to live with one for a of weeks.

Of course, I rode a street bike instead of bike. I think. I’d there were lights on the along with a license and the exhaust was reasonable subdued.

I don’t recall seeing a on either the front or the side, and it was with a sidestand (that didn’t retract on its own when comes off it like previous moto-props).

But with the possible of Suzuki’s incredible GSX-R750, aren’t a lot of bikes out there are as close to being a full-on right out of the crate as the 996. The I experienced, a 2000 996 Biposto, is one would consider the base in that it had a Showa suspension and back as opposed to an Ohlins-shock-equipped S (which also has lighter or an SPS edition which is tricked out more and ain’t street-legal. But standard version is still one Italian starlet that is for business, and let’s you know the moment you climb aboard

I’ve been reading for about how small the 916/996/748 when you sit on it and I to be honest it didn’t that way to me at all. I think think this because the riding position is so extreme and that you really don’t much motorcycle in front of it’s all out back. It’s as if you’re on a ocean liner the wheelhouse was moved to the front of the bow you’re king of the world) as to the usual position further

I’m exaggerating a bit (a first), but is no question that the ergonomics of bike are a tool to help get of the machine’s weight bias up where it belongs. Your bear the burden of this cant, and the pegs and seat are high which let’s you this is a take-no-prisoners competition

Because of this, the Biposto is a that will make you straight stretches of highway isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The first gear and limited lock also drives the point that this no city bike. Paradoxically, the glorious 996cc liquid-cooled V-twin is the model of civility in the stop and go world of urban

It makes smooth, tractable from as low as 3,000 RPM to just shy of its RPM (unindicated) redline.

But enough of congested roadway crap. Few tracks resemble your turnpike, and therefore the 996 will you physically if you spend to much away from the tasty, pavement it likes to call Once into the bendy this gorgeous Ducati its mission in life, although not showing you a different way of doing

The extreme riding position with surprisingly slow to make the bike feel at first, but this impression passes once you start how to make these components for you instead of against you. The adjustable Showa suspension a stiff ride until you get fast enough to make work, and then all is control and as you rocket around bumpy and transitions. The top-drawer Brembos do the on the stopping front, and while the four-piston stoppers offer feel and power the rear is a woody and tricky to modulate.

And, too, enough of slowing-down stuff; let’s motor. As much as I was impressed the 996’s chassis, it’s big, angry pistons make this legendary such a moving experience. The two per cylinder meter out fuel in a wonderfully controlled way that though you have tons of and horsepower on tap it’s always up to you (and how) it gets to the 190-series Pirelli Dragon you.

No wild hits or nastiness takes place you roll on the throttle coming out of a and the complex shock linkage keep things stable out when the power comes on. with all that weight up it’s easy to loft the tire on corner exit, and if you off-center a steering damper is for you. Gearing is spot-on shifting that is smooth and although gear selection is not as as some high-performance machines to the broad spread of good Italian grunt.

Overall, it’s easy to see how of development on the track has refined beast into such a mount on so many levels, and a backroad companion that what sporting motorcycles are all about. Even the aural of the equation is exquisite fun; a blend of the desmo valve dry clutch and booming exhaust gets under your in the best way. Then, the whole aesthetics/serviceability/build quality

Even after all these the 996 is still a striking piece of and unique in the Superbike world its trellis frame, single-sided and desmodromic valve actuation. to things to tweak and service as a as the bodywork comes off quickly and and the seat/tail assembly hinges at the of the tank for easy access to

Fit and finish is top-notch, right to the color-matched pillion seat is a tad too cramped to really promote duty.

After spending time on Ducati’s world-beater in form, it’s not hard to see these things have so successful and have a legendary This is a very special that rewards the rider joyous motion every you assume the position. Uncomfortable?

Very. Worth it? absolutely. If I had the I think I’d have to own

In fact, if there’s any rich out there who wants to make Ducati’s latest (and final version) of the 916 pedigree a good home where it be truly appreciated and looked I’m here for you.

brings us to an interesting question: will Ducati grace us a new platform for their Superbike, The rumor mill has been over this issue it seems. It’s really to say.

The bike is still doing the on the racing front, as long as a rider in the saddle who can deal its behavior at the limit. For 2001, the 996 here gets a sealed-for-life silver engine and cam-belt and an Ohlins rear shock for the (only the Monoposto had one this The price will increase by which, I’m told, is the real price increase in some time.

And for 2002? As we say here with nauseating watch this space.


BASE PRICE: (2000), $16,795 (2001)


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